So, I live in Northridge. Since I've got my AP in September, I've been traveling to Disney via the I-405 to the 101 to the 5. As you may know, on a weekday morning, that's a lotta traffic and makes it into a 2-hour trip versus a 50-minute one. We discovered that I'm not too far from the CA-118 (which is seemingly never congested), and that takes me directly to the 5. Whenever I finally make it onto the 5, barring an unforeseen accident ahead, usually it's little to no traffic. Of course, this is only a small stretch of the freeway.
I'm planning on heading down on Thursday at around 8 AM to make it there nice and early (you can guess why), and I was thinking about trying this route, and, yes I will be with a friend, so I'll be able to handle carpool lanes (which the 101 lacks). Is this a smarter way to travel or am I just wasting my time and will be up to my knees in the same kind of traffic?