It seems that every year Disney is raising their theme park ticket prices making it more and more expensive to take a vacation to Disneyland. The average family saves for 5 years to spend a week there. Saving money anywhere possible can help you take your trip sooner and get more out of it. Follow these simple steps to help save money on your next Disneyland vacation. Doing so could save you hundreds dollars and make what is typically an expensive vacation a cheap one!
Travel during the off season
You'll find better rates on hotels and better discounts on tickets by doing so. You'll also see less crowds at the Parks. Off season is anytime school is in session still, avoiding holidays and weekends, and big conferences being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Their website typically lists their upcoming events.
Book in advance
Try to book 2-3 months out if possible. Hotels will have better rates further out and some ticket discounters require an advanced purchase as well. This is especially useful during the Spring Break time of March and April. Book your hotel and tickets early for special deals and discounted hotel rates.
Buy your tickets through a ticket discounter
Only buy from an authorized seller and their partners like Park Savers. This will ensure entry and savings over gate price. You can save up to $20 per ticket when you purchase this way. Look of special sales through-out the year as well. Typically during January and February you can find deals such as Adults paying Child prices.
Stay off property for your hotel
Disney has several Good Neighbor Hotels right across the street from the parks. You can book directly with these hotels to save even more then booking them with Disney. Several of them offer free parking and breakfast which can add up to saving of $60 per day! Disney's 3 Property Hotels do not offer either of these things. You can even receive discounts on hotel rates as an annual passholder or military member at these Good Neighbor Hotels.
Fly into a closer airport than LAX
Of all the Orange County airports LAX is the furthest away so you'll end up spending more getting from there to the resort then the other two. Try flying into SNA - John Wayne Airport or LGB - Long Beach if you can. Also, try and book your flights with saver airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest. Both fly into all 3 major airports in Orange County and can save you hundreds of dollars over Delta or United.
Don't drive to Disneyland
There's no point in spending money on a rental car these days. You can get from the airport to the resort for much less then a daily rental car or the cost of a taxi with either Uber or LYFT. Plus with rental cars you may end up spending money on parking each day at your hotel and Disneyland depending on the distance. This can cost you $35 a day in parking alone!
Use our special Uber and LYFT discount codes to get your first ride free!
Bring your own food
If you're driving pack your car with all the food you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You'll save an average of $30 per person per day by doing so. If you're flying in try using Von's Grocery delivery service or Amazon's Prime Pantry. Both can deliver right to your hotel. You can bring your own food into the parks so don't worry about that. Pack the cooler and the lunch boxes and sit down where ever you'd like to enjoy a delicious meal and savings!
One great tip you'll want to remember has to do with water. DON'T pay for water at Disneyland. You can go to any quick service restaurant and get a free cup of water. Just ask! It will save you $3 every time.
Buy your merchandise before you arrive
If your kids want hats, shirts, or toys, buy them at Wal-Mart or Amazon before you travel. They will be at least half the cost compared to buying at the Disney Parks. If you are going to purchase at the parks, try a budget. Get each kid a Disney Gift Card with a certain amount of money on it and let them know that once it's gone, it's gone.
Combing all or most of these steps will help you save several hundred dollars on your next Disneyland Vacation. Then you can put that money to good use elsewhere! For more savings and deals be sure to subscribe to Park Savers Disney Deals Newsletter. They keep you in the loop on any upcoming specials and offerings as well as great giveaways including free tickets and vacations! What better way to save money on a Disneyland trip then getting it for free?!