Inland Orange County
The lure of the inland O.C., a primarily residential area, tends to be dominated by the Mouse. But if you just have to get away from the overwhelming cutesy happiness for a while, a few other entertaining attractions lurk in the shadows.
For information, visit the Anaheim Visitor and Postal Center (640 W. Katella Ave., 714/991-4636, www.anaheim411.com, daily 8 a.m.–7 p.m.). As the name implies, not only does this facility have the 411 on the O.C., you can also mail a letter or a package here. The office lies inside the Jolly Roger Hotel at the corner of Katella and Harbor.
The nearest airport to Disneyland, serving all of Orange County is John Wayne Airport (18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, 949/252-5200, www.ocair.com). It’s much easier to fly into and out of John Wayne than LAX, though it can be more expensive. John Wayne’s terminal has plenty of rental car agencies, and many shuttle services that can get you where you need to go—especially to the House of Mouse.
If you have to fly into LAX for scheduling or budget reasons, you can catch a shuttle straight from the airport to your Disneyland hotel. Among the many companies offering and arranging such transportation, the one with the best name is MouseSavers (www.mousesavers.com). Working with various shuttle and van companies, MouseSavers can get you a ride in a van or a bus from LAX or John Wayne to your destination at or near Disneyland.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition