Mom and Children Planning
  • On Jun 29, 2022
    Jessica from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a shuttle service or way to get kids from Orange County airport to Disney property hotels without having to bring car seats on the plane? I'm trying to avoid having to lug them along on the plane and risk damaging them.

    Hi Jessica!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you so much for sending your Disneyland Resort vacation planning question to us hEAR!

    Oh Boy! Traveling to Mickey's house with your Mouseketeers sounds like so much fun! I hope your family enjoys your Southern California holiday! This is a quandary indeed. Disneyland Resort does not offer a shuttle between any of the LA area airports, however, hEAR are two very handy links that mention both getting around the Disneyland Resort area as well as transportation from the area airports. California does require children under the age of 8 years or 4ft 9in tall to be in an appropriate car seat when riding in a non-commercial vehicle. (Rental cars, taxis, app-based ride-hailing cars, etc.) Larger commercial vehicles (busses, shuttles, trains) in the state do not have a car seat requirement. 

    I'm a military wife and I've been in your shoes many times as we've traveled around with our son. If your children are old enough for backless booster seats, you'll be able to bring those on the airplane cabin with you to store in either the overhead bins or under their seats. If your children are smaller and you've purchased seats for them, you should be able to bring those seats into the cabin for them to sit in on the plane. Definitely double-check with your airline about their rules when bringing seats on board. I've found that most taxi and Uber drivers are very understanding, too, when it comes to installing and uninstalling car seats from their vehicles and never felt a rush to get in or out. (Pro Tip: My husband still has a hard time putting one of our seats in our own vehicles, so be sure to pack the installation guide just in case you need it.) 

    Your best bets might be to either schedule a chauffeured car (like a town car or a limo) or a rental car from SNA and add car seats from that vendor. This might incur an extra rental fee, but at least you'll know that your littles will be set. Both companies will monitor your incoming flight so should there be a delay they'll know about it automagically. And a super bonus of using a town car or limo is that their drivers can usually pick you up curbside or assist with getting your luggage. 

    I hope that this helped to better plan your upcoming vacation to The Happiest Place on Earth, Jessica! Be sure to check out the official planDisney Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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