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Jan 5, 2013 8:42 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
Ugh, accidentally posted first to WDW so let me try again . . . We are driving down from the bay area in early February taking I-5 and want to know the best way to avoid the LA traffic, which we always seem to hit. Last time we stayed on 5 and getting through LA was horrible. Coming down I-5, is there a better way to scoot around LA and avoid the traffic? Thanks

Well there is many ways...it goes around rather than a direct route to the parks but chances are less traffic and even carpool lanes to help. I rarely take the 5 myself and I live in LA. Anything that connects to 57 is good, whether the 210, 10 or 60 fwy. I prefer 60, seems like less traffic usually and a carpool lane helps. From there take 57 south and exit ball turn east and follow ball to structure area or take Katella all the way down. - MarshaMouse  5036.1 #27 8:55PM
I'm with linzee, I use that app so much and I avoid red or orange. - MarshaMouse  5036.1 #27 8:56PM
I agree, also depends on time of day, I try to drive long distances at night though that does not help always. The 210 seems to be less traveled past the 605 but you do go farthest out of your way on that one. I usually take the 60 also coming from LA area, though from the southbay lax area the 105 to the 605 to the 91 maybe but the 91 can be the worst of all. - secretagentangel  5640.7 #23 9:13PM
Everybody has their own way...but we use Sigalert.com as soon as we hit Magic mountain and avoid the orange and red freeways, we sort of on the fly detour and bypass heavy areas. We used to sit in the crazy 5 traffic for hours, not anymore, the iPhone pays for itself yet again. - Linzee  1340.1 #135 8:52PM
I live in CenCal and also take the 5, but download the app Waze if you can! It automatically updates the route you use to make travel time as little as possible! Great for avoiding traffic πŸ˜ƒ - michelIe  422.1 #538 9:09PM
This is what we use too. Posted below. Such a great app! - DisneyBrideΒ°OΒ°  448.9 #504 9:41PM
The 5 is always bad no matter what time of day. Sometimes it's better to take the 405 S to the 22 East and exit on Euclid. Go North to Ball if you want to go to the Mickey and friends parking structure then make a right. - JediKitty  1139.6 #164 9:26PM
Our fav way from NorCal is 5 south, 405 South, 22 East, off @ Harbor - misschurro  7104.9 #15 8:45PM
P.S. we make this drive 5-7x a year - misschurro  7104.9 #15 8:47PM
Never tried this route. We always just take the 5 straight through. - LaPearleNoir  2184.0 #74 8:50PM
Hmmm, maybe I will try next weekend! Thanks! - TinkerSchelle  2041.8 #80 8:56PM
Then, on the way home (wahhhh) 22North dumps into 405North, which dumps into 5North. Love! - misschurro  7104.9 #15 9:01PM
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Download Waze in the App Store. It uses live traffic monitoring along with posts from other users to find you the quickest way to your destination. We used it last time we wer in LA when there was an accident on 5 that caused an hour delay. We got to Disneyland in record time. It contstantly recalculats your route and speaks turn by turn directions. Life saver. - DisneyBrideΒ°OΒ°  448.9 #504 9:38PM
Fly. Then shuttle. - Waites4DodgerEars_CM  1002.5 #194 8:54PM
Not that I know of. LA always has traffic, just try and time it so you come earlier in the day before 5 pm and it shouldn't be horrible. Have a wonderful trip! - tiggertwin  332.9 #756 8:56PM
Yeah I would think the 10 would be quicker and you could then take the 605 to the 5 because then you aren't too far from the carpool lane on the 5. But like everyone else is saying, you won't know until you check the traffic. I always wind around the 5 down there at the last minute because you never know what you will find. Plus it depends what time you are passing thru LA. Hope you have quick and safe travels! - WifeofaCM  208.5 #1924 9:01PM
We live in Concord and if we leave by 5-5:30 A.M you will avoid it all - Luv-Mickey  28.0 #6339 9:05PM
The best way to avoid LA traffic is to not come at all!! But that would mean no Disneyland and that thought is depressing. 210 to 57 is a good option a bit more mileage but less traffic - Deltachiq  1244.3 #144 9:08PM
thank you all so much for the suggestions and the apps! With the phone, the apps and a map we'll do our best! - Dawnsharks  168.7 #2462 8:40PM
Leave super early.. Every time we go to DL we leave like 4am to beat most traffic and we always call hotel on the way to make sure we can check in early if we get there early otherwise we fart around downtown disney or go to target till they let us check in cause usually you cant check in till like 10 or 11. Good luck! - MiniMommaAmant  6.3 #15612 8:46PM
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That's what we did this past summer. (Not the farting around tho. Hahaha.) Left around 4 am and went 5 the entire way. Not bad at all! - MeridaFan  4243.8 #36 9:45PM
Yeah, best thing to do is avoid commute hours (best time is between 11am and 2:30pm). Or travel on a Saturday or Sunday morning. - KylaShea  632.7 #330 8:49PM
Like they said the earlier the better because 5 is the most direct and fastest with no traffic, however what we do when we leave late to the park from here in LA we do 5 to the 10san bernardino to the 710LB to the 91 east get in the carpool lane and stay on the back to the 5 you can on that lane until the Disneyland exit, we use this route all the time it moves. 710 has carpool also. - chorizo11  110.6 #3460 8:49PM
Fly. 😜 - SueBayou  2019.0 #83 9:26PM
If I leave from Sacramento at around 8 9 or 10 at night it takes me 6 hours to get to Anaheim and I only hit traffic if there is road work or an accident. If my map program shows traffic in LA then I'll divert to the 210 to 57. - MrsMears  217.3 #1806 9:38PM
$69 fares right now from SW! That's what we're doing beginning of February. Can't wait! Book by Sunday though for cheapest rates! - MeridaFan  4243.8 #36 9:41PM
I only ever hit bad traffic if I'm driving down on a Friday afternoon. YUCK. The earlier you can drive down the better and avoid commute hours. If you are using a gps a lot of them have the option to avoid high traffic areas. Good luck! :) - Jillian  767.1 #252 9:48PM
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I tried to respond but then it got cut off.... - brodysmommy  433.4 #518 10:37PM
just get a cheap Motel 6 room or something for the night before and leave NorCal around 5pm. get a good nights sleep then start early at the Park. That is usually what we do. Either way..good luck! - yellowtonka  244.7 #1447 10:16PM

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This is an  app. Thank you @@@Admin - LiveLaughLoveDisney  295.8 #0 2:46PM
Thank you LiveLaughLoveDisney! - Admin  5:59PM

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Here is the Overall Quality Top 10 real-time list. Follow these MouseWaiters for great content:

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This list needs to be updated! Just saying😬 - MadameLeota  4422.9 #33 9:51PM
FINALLY!  Thank you!  - MadameLeota  4422.9 #33 2:34PM
is this just a standing thing? Never changes? - DarthFairy  472.5 #468 8:06PM

Disneyland unFORECAST (BETA) is here! Top MouseWaiters giving you the rundown of what's happening at the Disneyland Resort. The unFORECAST now has its own page on the web www.unFORECAST.com

unFORECAST for the month of April 2016
Spring Break traffic continues to make the Parks busy, however, we've made it past the heaviest part of Spring Break. Expect strong crowd levels through April 11th, and then things should slow down a bit. Look for crowds to pick up again at the end of the month and through May. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), through April 11, 2015, crowds averaged in the low 80s (approx 80% capacity), then the Crowd Index dipped into the 60s, until later in the month when the Crowd Index rose to the 70s. Remember, we've seen larger crowds ever since the 60th Celebration began, so keep that in mind when looking at historical Crowd Index data. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Apr 4, 2016 3:24PM



We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  643.2 #323 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  20.6 #7400 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  442.0 #509 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  175.5 #2345 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  270.8 #1182 5:04PM
I'm glad Saturday's are good we are going tomorrow ! - vanessav87  5.4 #17913 3:45PM
Saturday's are less busy - DarthFairy  472.5 #468 2:18PM
6 of us going Sunday 11 6 year have use that annual pass - jmmm  0.6 #75270 12:12PM


 
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2. Winnie111286
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3. Coaster
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4. grumpypapa
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7. rob2240
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8. JPatDL
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I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  16113.8 #2 11:30PM
Me too - LaPearleNoir  2184.0 #74 1:11PM
Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  645.0 #319 9:59AM
Yippeeeee!!!! I made the list!!!  - dizzneyfan  565.8 #371 7:17AM
Wow, top of the list:-) - beentoall  795.8 #0 5:40AM

MouseWait COUNTDOWN for iOS is here! Countdown the days to your next Disneyland or Disney World trip with our images OR your pics! Your Countdown also displays on Apple Watch and is beautiful on iPhone 6 screens. Secure the discounted launch price for a limited time.

I have the countdown and I love it! - tree320  0.6 #0 9:26AM
Just got it! - Dizkid  459.0 #490 12:29PM
Doesn't everyone have a countdown clock on the top of one of their pinball machines?  Unfortunately mine is blank because our DL trip was weeks ago :( - awhittle  0.0 #127116 10:15AM
That just means it's time to start planning! πŸ˜€ - AngiMouse  100.2 #3638 1:02PM
Ours is blank too with no plans anytime soon. That's why I come to β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈ - DisneyMom13  298.0 #959 7:30PM
So from the looks of it, there is not even one app made for those of us on android. You know there are millions of people who do not own iPhones. Its kind of rediculous these days not to offer an android version of apps. Would love to help this site grow by donating, but I see no point in that when there appears to be no intrest by the app builders here to support android. I mean how about atleast a partialy functional app so we can feel that theΒ android users are even wanted as a part of the mousewait community.Β I see lots of requests and sad posts about no android, but dont see any replys by the site to the fact that anyone is even working on it.I've checked back here every so offten to see if there is anything for android users, but never bothered joining until today.I just wanted to rant a little, and now I am done.Unfortunalty, at this point I think I am officaily giving up on mousewait.Β Thanks for reading Β and understanding my frustrations ( i hope ) and please everyone........Have a Disney-tastic day!Mark - molney14u  0.0 #127125 11:05AM
I have an iPhone and an old droid. I use the old droid for wait times when my iPhone can't connect and it works fine. There's so many droid phones to have  separate apps for but I hope android makers would start using the basic same code and security but I'm probably wishing on a star for that . I miss my droid but a lot of apps don't work the same.  - secretagentangel  5640.7 #23 8:10PM


 
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Will there be a Season 3??  Please??? - YoPirate  1423.2 #123 8:03PM
Will there be a 3 and when? - menifeemom  224.9 #1701 7:31PM
- MommyandBash  408.1 #561 10:29AM
@Admin  HOPE you are working on #3!  - Dianat710  52.4 #4760 5:41PM

Play Disneyland Trivia with your friends for FREE! See the list of TRIVILATOR usernames on this page. Play from any device with our new web version

Cool admin. Hope I do better than the first one. Hope people that enter will be ready to play and the tournament moves along better - Goofytom  2423.2 #63 6:41PM
Yes, 1 question every 24 hrs was difficult to stick with.  - DisneyMom13  298.0 #959 6:28PM
Oh πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ just realized that post was 2+ years oldπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ well people are still taking turns very slowly. Maybe it's the app, not the players.  - DisneyMom13  298.0 #959 6:34PM
I will announce the December tournament date this week. - Admin 11:58PM
Can't wait! - sawman911  2783.4 #49 6:30PM
Still waiting. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - MeridaFan  4243.8 #36 12:59PM
There should be a droid version of this. I. would love to play  - bryanjung1997  1.1 #68031 2:19PM
I end up deleting games while in progress due to opponents leaving me hanging FOR-EH-VER!!! - MommyandBash  408.1 #561 12:18PM
It happens, if you want start a game and I'll play you. I take a couple days off a week but I'll finish the games I start. - richiii3  1369.4 #130 2:20PM

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