7 Tips To Save Money at Disneyland + Free Hotel Night


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With Disneyland ticket prices increasing year after year, it can be less affordable for even a family of four to visit. Let alone all the extras such as $18 parking, meals, snacks and souvenirs. It all certainly starts to add up pretty quickly. So we’ve made a list of things that will for sure help minimize the cost when visiting the happiest place on Earth. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Country Inn & Suites to give a one-night stay at their newest hotel in Anaheim (just steps away from Disneyland) or to any Country Inn & Suites of choice.

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1. Military, group, employee discounts

Disneyland offers military families and large group discounts throughout the year. Be sure to call ahead to find out when those discounts are available. 

Also, some large companies offer theme park discounts to their employees. Be sure to reach out to your Human Resource department. You might be surprised to know that your employer or your significant other’s employer can get you around 25% off tickets.

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2. Visit during off-season

Visiting during holidays or weekends are not only the busiest and most crowded but also the most expensive. Try visiting during ‘value’ dates instead. 

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3. Take your babies!

Kids under 3 are FREE! And once they turn 3 the ticket price is almost as much as an adult price. So be sure to take advantage of this while they’re young. 

4. Southern California Resident Perks

Southern CA residents can purchase a City Pass which includes:

  • One 3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® ticket for Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park (includes one Magic Morning admission to a designated Disneyland® Resort Theme Park)
  • One day at LEGOLAND® California Resort
  • One day at SeaWorld® Adventure Park

In addition to the City Pass, residents can also purchase an annual passport. There are different tiered passports and most are by no means inexpensive; however, if you live in Southern CA, plan to visit often and have little ones under 3, this is for sure the way to go.

5. Eat breakfast before

Breakfast at Disney is not only delicious but just as pricey as having a lunch or even dinner there for that matter. Be sure to fill up your tummies before entering the park to cut down on that extra meal cost.

6. Bring snacks

Yes, bringing your own snacks is a no-brainer as it can lower your in-park eating cost; however, it will also help keep you sane. Hear me out. Waiting in long lines and walking around the park will for sure increase your little one’s appetites. And the last thing you’d want is to have a cranky kiddo waiting in another line just to grab a snack.

7. Stay off-site

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If you’re traveling from afar, staying at an off-site hotel will save you the most money. Luckily, there’s a brand new one that just opened near Disneyland. The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Anaheim, CA has a modern and stylish feel with spacious rooms and spa inspired bathrooms. But my absolute favorite feature is that it offers a complimentary hot breakfast. Their ‘Be Our Guest’ Breakfast, includes a parfait bar, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, and pastries to name a few. And did I mention this hotel has a great outdoor patio and pool view of Disneyland’s fireworks? How amazing is that, right?

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country-inn-suites-anaheimDon’t forget to enter our one-night giveaway at a Country Inn & Suites Hotel! Simply check out their site HERE to see what’s your favorite feature about the new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson hotel in Anaheim and leave a comment below.

**Giveaway Closed** Congrats to Jessica Miller for winning this great prize just in time for Spring Break! Be sure to stay tuned in for additional giveaways.

Abrazos (hugs) — Gladys

39 thoughts on “7 Tips To Save Money at Disneyland + Free Hotel Night

  1. This is great is I win as we are planning to go this spring break!! This place is great as there is free breakfast and walkable distance to the main gate!!!!

  2. Looks like a amazing hotel will definitely have to check out prices are reasonable too.Very modern and all the amenities I like!

  3. These are such great tips! As someone who has 0 clue about anything Disney park related this is extremely helpful. I’ve always wanted to check out the parks but obviously don’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Thanks for the advice!

  4. I LOVE the fact that they offer FREE breakfast (total win for a family of 4) AND that it os within walking distance of the park! Definitely always looking for ways to save money when it comes to Disneyland trips! I will definitely be checking them out 😉

    Jessica

  5. Wow! I can’t believe that this hotel is walking distance from Disneyland! The one thing that has me sold is not only the 24 hour fitness center but the free continental breakfast. I usually book hotels based on this one factor because it makes life easier for me and the family. Thanks for the info!!!

  6. Definitely bring snacks! The food is so expensive there. Some great ideas – it’s not a cheap place but it can be made a bit more affordable with some thought!

  7. I love how kid-friendly the Country Inn and Suites is. The idea of having planned activities for the kids in order to give parents some downtime is a big selling point in my book!

  8. I love how kid-friendly the Country Inn and Suites is. The idea of having planned activities for the kids in order to give parents some downtime is a big selling point in my book!

  9. What an amazing hotel. I love how modern it is. I learned that this hotel is withing walking distance of Disney and other great attractions. Plus it has a beautiful pool and offers a hot breakfast. It is everything you need!

  10. This looks AMAZING!!! My favorite is that the hotel is within walking distance from Disneyland’s main gate AND that you could watch fireworks from the heated pool. Sounds incredible! We’ve been to Disney World, but not Disneyland even though we lived in Sacramento for six years and were so close! This would be amazing to plan a trip back to visit some friends!

  11. Love hearing about your tips! Thank you for sharing.

    Please, please, please pick us! I like trying new places to stay! It’s the little escapes that keep you sane and help you feel refreshed!

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