My family and I are coming the States in early Aug for a 5week trip to celebrate me beating cancer. Our first leg is two weeks with friends in Northern California near San Jose. Because we might not be back in America for a long time, I'm trying to squeeze in a short trip from there to Disneyland as a surprise for our children (aged 5 and 9). And if we do that I would love to just get a quick look at some of the LA sights too. But I can see that Anaheim is not near to Hollywood. I have this plan, but am not sure if it would work in practice - can anyone advise me?
Plan is as follows:
Fly with Southwest from San Jose to LAX early morning
Do 'A day in LA tours' based in Santa Monica (recommended on this site) (Santa Monica looks close to LAX but how early would we need to arrive at LAX to be sure of getting to the tour safely for 9.45 and how would we get there? taxi? this is the bit I'm concerned about)
At end of tour, return to LAX (??can we??) and catch airport shuttle over to Anaheim.
Stay 3 nights at Candy Cane Inn near Disneyland. Buy 2 day Disney tickets.
Return to LAX on morning of 4th day.
I have already checked that there is availability on the flights and hotel. In theory my idea about the tour seems good to avoid long driving times, but I wonder if it's just too risky/complicated after a flight.
Any comments greatly welcomed, thank you!