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Making Disneyland Affordable

Updated on February 24, 2018

Ways to Save on Travel

One of the largest expenses of traveling to Disneyland is usually airfare. If you go in the off-peak season, when most children are in school and attendance in the park is at the lowest which happens in January, February, or October you can save hundreds of dollars. Flying during the week can also have an impact on the price for your airfare. However if you live within around 600 miles from the park, it might actually be cheaper for you to drive to Disneyland and stay at a hotel while traveling.

Disney California Adventure Ferris Wheel

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Save on Lodging

During your trip to Anaheim you need a place to stay. Many people think that staying on Disney property is the best option for lodging. For those on a budget staying at one of the neighboring hotels can save a bundle, with off peak rates as low as $42 a night versus over $100 a night for on property stays. Most of the good neighbor hotels are within a few miles of the park and many are within blocks of the main entrance. With parking currently $16 a day these hotels are a great ways to save money on parking as well. Some hotels even offer free or cheap buses to the park if you don’t feel up to the walk. If you think you might want to take a bus back from the park at the end of the day, make sure to buy the pass before you leave, as they do not sell bus passes at Disneyland.

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Ticket Options

Disney theme park tickets are a large expense. For visitors staying longer than three days, consider purchasing a yearly pass. With a 4 day Park Hopper Pass costing $265 you would only be paying $10 more for the opportunity to spend 170 days in the park. Plus if you live in Southern California you have the option to make a down payment on an annual pass and pay it off over the next 12 months.

The Band Plays On

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Ticket Discounts

If you do not live in Southern California there are several ways you can possibly get discounts on park tickets. Members of the Military get various discounts throughout the year and places like Costco, AAA and the neighboring hotels offer discounted tickets. There are sites that claim to sell discounted tickets by selling multiple day park tickets that have to be returned after use. This might save you money but be careful because some of these places sell expired tickets.

Mickey Pumpkin

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The White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts

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Food and Snacks

Within Disneyland there are many food options, ranging from fruit and ice cream at pushcarts, and cafeteria-style pizza and salad to 3-course sit down meals. If you plan on eating in the park most places have cheaper lunch options versus dinner, which can help save money if you plan on lunch being your main meal for the day. You can also save money by bringing snacks into the park. Bringing your own snacks and even sandwiches, prevents you from spending money on food but as an added bonus means you can eat while you’re in line for a ride or watching a show.

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      Jessica 

      4 years ago from Arizona

      Helpful hub! We have not been to Disneyland yet, but will go soon and this will be a great reference for when we do.

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