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