I'm a regular visitor to WDW from the UK, but this August will be my first ever visit to the "original" park, taking in the D23 Expo too. As I don't know when I'll be able to get back to CA again, I want to cram as much into seven days as I possibly can, and I plan to take a day-trip to SF to see the Walt Disney Family Museum too. I've been doing lots of online research, and am a member of several online forums, but this is my first visit to MiceChat's forums, which seems to be a great community for Disneyland-specific information. So I may have a few questions!
I've now decided on Weds 17 August for my trip from Disneyland to San Francisco. I can fly from SNA (John Wayne) or LAX direct to SFO for similar cost. From LAX I can fly Southwest or Continental for exactly the same price, and with much the same time options. Looking at around 6.45am, 7.25am or 7.50am flights to give me as much time in SF as possible.
I'll be staying at one of the nearby hotels to Disneyland, but probably not actually on-site by then (I think I'll do two 'splurge' nights on-site on Sunday/Monday, and then five nights at somewhere like the Candy Cane Inn, Park Vue, etc).
So the question is, which airport? Several people here have said they prefer LAX, but I thought that SNA was much closer to the Disneyland area? I'd like to keep my travelling time (and cost, but time especially) to a minimum - especially with those flights at around 7am! What time would I need to leave my hotel for the easiest/quickest/cheapest journey? Would transfer shuttles run at that time of day, and if so would I need to catch one horribly early, or better to just swallow the cost and get a cab? (shuttle2lax.com want to pick me up at 3.25am for a 7am flight from LAX!!! I was hoping for nearer a half-hour journey and a lot more sleep!)
See, I said I would be asking a lot of questions! Many thanks for any help you locals can give me.