Help trying to plan/budget a DL vacation as a newbie

Spectromagic1210

Earning My Ears
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Jul 10, 2019
Hi Friends, thanks for the insight!
Do most people fly into LAX or SNA?
SNA seems closer but i'm not sure if the higher price is worth it being closer?
Any insight?
 

Disney Lvr of Old

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Oct 3, 2008
SNA is much closer to DL- about 30 minutes. WE take an Uber to the parks from the airport and it cost $30-35 with tip. And they can pick you up at the curb. LAX doesn't allow this anymore and it's about an hour with no traffic after getting your bags. Uber cost about $50-60 with tip. The ground transportation stickie has a lot of great information about shuttle services. When figuring pricing factor ground transportation into your total. We did LAX last time because it was a $500 savings. Have so much fun planning!
 

GoofyforDisney3

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Jan 19, 2004
Hi Friends, thanks for the insight!
Do most people fly into LAX or SNA?
SNA seems closer but i'm not sure if the higher price is worth it being closer?
Any insight?
I have not been yet myself so this is just based on what I've read here, but according to several post comments it is worth the few extra dollars to fly in and out of other airports (in my case one would be Burbank too). However, I'm wondering if the more limited flights will be worth it also. I'm going to sit down soon and analyze all of the different options and book what I deem best for me and my DD and if that means LAX then that's what I'll book, but I wanted to put that out there in case you aren't that analytical type of person as I am. (I tend to over analyze everything. LOL )
 

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  • Spectromagic1210

    Earning My Ears
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    I am a VERY analytical person. I made a packing spreadsheet for our last cruise with photos from our "practice pack" so ensure we didn't miss anything.

    I'm frustrated bc I would like to fly SW if possible but who knows when those flights will drop. Right now we are looking at either Delta or American to LAX just because it seems cheaper, direct and more time options at the moment.
     

    Canadian Harmony

    DIS Veteran
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    Jan 23, 2015
    Hi Friends, thanks for the insight!
    Do most people fly into LAX or SNA?
    SNA seems closer but i'm not sure if the higher price is worth it being closer?
    Any insight?
    I always fly into SNA. To me, the slightly higher price is offset by the fact I don't have to deal with LAX's HUGE airport. SNA is much smaller and easier to navigate. Plus, I use Karmel Shuttle, so it's a cost savings there as it's less expensive to use them from SNA than it is from LAX.

    YMMV, but that's what works for me and my family.
     
    Joined
    Oct 23, 2015
    Hi Friends, thanks for the insight!
    Do most people fly into LAX or SNA?
    SNA seems closer but i'm not sure if the higher price is worth it being closer?
    Any insight?
    With my home airport LAX is the only feasible option both for being the only airport that has non-stop flights (and only SWA and Spirit have non-stop to the LA area from my home airport) and for cost. All other area airports are just so high in cost and require stops.

    In all honesty I think it's just a personal decision because for me if I'm saving hundreds (and I do mean hundreds) per person on flights AND I'm getting non-stop it means LAX is the one to go. BUT if the cost isn't so much of a difference and you either don't have a non-stop option, SNA would still be non-stop or you're totally down for stops if you need to then SNA would probably be preferable due to its location.
     

    lalasmama

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Sep 25, 2011
    Hi Friends, thanks for the insight!
    Do most people fly into LAX or SNA?
    SNA seems closer but i'm not sure if the higher price is worth it being closer?
    Any insight?
    We prefer SNA, LGB, ONT, LAX, BUR in that order. Little higher prices at SNA/LGB/ONT is generally evened out when you add in ground transportation.
     
  • gerilyne

    DIS Veteran
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    May 14, 2013
    Hi Friends, thanks for the insight!
    Do most people fly into LAX or SNA?
    SNA seems closer but i'm not sure if the higher price is worth it being closer?
    Any insight?
    My first trip as an adult in 2012 we flew into LAX which wasn't a bad experience but it was a long way to the hotel. After seeing about SNA on the DIS boards I tried it on my 2nd trip and I am not sure I will ever go back to LAX. I grew up in Nebraska where we have a tiny airport for such a large city so I am more comfortable maneuvering around SNA compared to LAX. For me, the dollar difference is made up by the cost of transportation and time in getting to the DLR area.
     

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