How to Save Money at Disneyland!
We are getting you ready for Spring Break and Summer Break this week with lots of info to help you enjoy your time the most. We are also giving away a Southern California Vacation !
Planning a trip to the happiest place on earth but not looking to spend a fortune? Sara over at Budget Savvy Diva worked at Disneyland for 3 years and has attended the park over 100 times. She has offered to share her money-saving tips to help you pinch pennies on your next Disney Vacation!
Deciding When To Go:
Though the price of ticket does not change, you will obviously get more out of your experience if you do not spend your entire trip in a crowded park doing nothing but waiting in lines!
The best days to go are Tuesday or Wednesday. The worst is Sunday due to the amount of annual pass-holders who live around Disneyland – Sunday, even on off-season, is VERY busy.
Best time of the year is Sept – Nov and Feb – May. Please note that Spring Break is SUPER BUSY. I remember many times that both California Adventure and Disneyland being sold out during those few weeks.
Because Disneyland sits on a mere 40 acres, when it is busy you really feel it. There are some sections such as Adventureland that seem to always feel packed even on a light day. When the amount of people reach a certain level, Disneyland enforces traffic flows using guest control which means a lot more walking for you to get where you need to go.
This is one of the more important tips to help you save money. It is much better to buy your tickets separately, outside of a package. The Disney packages do make things much more convenient, but the cost is a great deal higher. We like GetAwayToday to book Disneyland passes and vacation packages. They have the best deals on hopper passes and multi-day passes.
Carpool if you can because parking will cost you $15 per car. A money-saving trick is parking at Downtown Disney which gives you three hours for free – and moving the car and re-parking. It takes about 20 minutes to do so it might be a hassle, but it will save you $15!
Eat a large breakfast before entering the park to reduce the cost of 1 meal! Food at Disneyland is very expensive. To give you a reference, whole fruit (banana, apple or orange) is $1.79!
Bring your own food: Disney lets you bring food into the park – just nothing in glass. Try and bring at least two snacks for every person in your party. Trail mix is great to munch on. Do not bring anything that can cause havoc in your bag such as a juice box – it might become an empty juice box when you get off of space mountain.
Knowing where to eat in the park is important too.
Worst Places to Eat:
Village Haus Restaurant
Best Places to Eat:
Redd Rocket’s Pizza Port – Located in Tomorrowland.
Rancho Del Zocalo – Located near Thunder Mountain.
Dole Whips-Located next to the original Tiki Room in Adventureland.
Bring your own: water bottles (you can always fill them up at the many water fountains or get free water from any service counter. Save over $2.70 every time you ask for a cup of water!), sunscreen, digital cards or film for your camera, baby wipes & ponchos to name a few. They are all available inside for purchase but you will pay a premium. Instead, once inside the park, rent a locker for just a few bucks and place those items inside. Then when you need them they’ll be waiting for you. Another biggie is a stroller. If your child is still in a stroller, bring yours. The strollers rentals start at $10 per day.
Are you a Disneyland expert? Do you have any other great tips to share?