Keep your smile at the “happiest place on Earth,” even after counting your receipts. Experience the magic of California’s enchanting Disneyland Resort without the added stress of stretching your wallet. Sure, the price tags for many of Disney’s main attractions can seem intimidating, but don’t let that deter you from watching your children’s (or your own) dreams come true! Follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your Disneyland Resort vacation.
Prepare, research, and purchase beforehand!
- Don’t buy overpriced, unnecessary items at the park. Prepare beforehand. It gets cold at night so bring a sweatshirt! Even in sunny California, there may be a slight change of rain. Pack a small umbrella, just in case!
- Although everyone wants to keep memories of their trip, Disney souvenirs can be found just about anywhere these days. Consider buying your Mickey Mouse ears to wear around in a store outside of the park beforehand, or even at your local retailer, favorite online store, or other department store.
- Without a doubt, having your own Disney autograph book to collect all of your beloved characters’ signatures is a must-have tradition for your visit. Why not make your own unique book instead of purchasing one of the park’s premade ones?
- Be cautious of when you schedule your trip! Book your trip in the off-season months between September – early November and mid-January - March to get the best pricing possible. Be mindful of Disneyland Resort’s hours as they change frequently throughout the year, dependent on the crowd fluctuation.
- Are you a military service member, teacher, or a college student? Certain groups of guests qualify for special discounts. If you’re a member of a credit union, corporate and government group, or a youth group, then it might be worth looking into any Disneyland benefits that you may be granted. Plus, children under the age of three have FREE admission.
Find clever ways to use your money more wisely for necessities
- Disneyland charges $18.00 for cars and motorcycles, $23.00 for oversized vehicles, motor homes, and tractors without trailers, and $28.00 for buses and tractors with extended trailers. Instead, take advantage of ALO Hotel, Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa, Ayres Hotel Orange, and Ayres Hotel Anaheim’s ART shuttle service which brings you directly to the Maingate from each hotel. Shuttle tickets are as low as $5 for adults and $2 for children. Don’t forget that parking in Downtown Disney is free for up to three hours!
- Buying food to feed the entire family can add up rather quickly. Make sure to eat breakfast beforehand with Ayres Hotel Anaheim’s complimentary full breakfast. Even though Disneyland Resort does not permit visitors to bring in coolers and other items into their grounds, pack lunches to eat right outside of the park’s gates. You may also bring in non-alcoholic beverages to have throughout the day (no glass containers) instead of buying expensive drinks inside. After all, California’s hot weather can strike at any given moment. Fun fact: The resort and its restaurants are legally obligated to give guests a complimentary plastic cup of water to keep people safe.
Taking a little bit of time to prepare for your Disney adventure beforehand can save you a lot of time, stress, and money. Plus, you’ll still feel like a Disney prince or princess without breaking the bank!