How to Save Money at Disneyland (Tips From a Disney Employee)
Save Money at Disneyland with These Tips, Tricks & Hacks
Planning a trip to the happiest place on earth but not looking to spend a fortune? Guest blogger Sara from Budget Savvy Diva worked at Disneyland for 3 years and has attended the park over 100 times. She knows best about how to save money at Disneyland and she has offered to share her tips to help you make the most out of your trip!
The Best Days to go to Disneyland
Though the price of a Disneyland park ticket does not change each day, 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 on Tuesday or Wednesday. The worst is Sunday due to the number of annual pass-holders who live around Disneyland – Sunday, even on the off-season, is VERY busy.
The Best Time of Year to go to Disneyland
Best time of the year is September through November, February, and May. Please note that Spring Break is SUPER BUSY (Spring Break is pretty much all of March and April). I remember many times both California Adventure and Disneyland being sold out during those few weeks.
Because Disneyland sits on a mere 40 acres, you really feel it when it gets busy. There are some sections such as Adventureland that always seem to feel packed even on a light day. When the number of people reaches 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.
How to Get Discounted Disneyland Tickets
In order to get Disneyland Ticket Discounts, we use GetAwayToday (as do many commenters below) to book Disneyland passes and vacation packages. They have the best deals on Disneyland park hopper passes and multi-day passes!
The very best deals on Disneyland tickets are found during Black Friday week and in February (when you can buy tickets for the current year at the prior years prices). Even if you’re shopping outside of those times, GetAwayToday will still have discounted tickets. They also offer layaway plans so you can lock in your savings, and you just have to pay it off 15 days prior to your travel date!
Make sure to use the coupon code FABFRUGAL10 to save an additional $10 off your purchase! If you call them (855-GET-AWAY) be sure to ask for the Fabulessly Frugal discount!
Carpool if you can because parking will cost you $20 per car. OR make sure you stay at a hotel that offers free shuttle bussing to Disneyland (the folks at GetAwayToday can help you with that too!).
Another money-saving hack is to park at Downtown Disney which gives you three hours for free. You can then just move and re-park your car every 3 hours to keep the free parking. It takes about 20 minutes to do this so it might be a hassle, but it will save you $20.
How to Save Money on Food at Disneyland
Food at Disneyland is very expensive. To give you a reference, one whole fruit (banana, apple or orange) is $1.99! Here are a few tips to help you save money on food:
- Eat a large (healthy) breakfast before entering the park to reduce the cost of 1 meal!
- 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.
Note that there is a limit on the cooler size that you’re allowed to bring in. Coolers larger than 6-pack size are not permitted. If you want to bring a larger cooler, you can rent a large locker just outside the main entrance, but get there early because they go fast! Coolers for those lockers can be up to 18″ wide x 25″ high x 37″ deep.
Where to Eat Inside Disneyland
Worst Places to Eat:
- Tomorrowland Terrace
- 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.
Things to Bring
- 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.
- Stroller: If your child is still in a stroller, bring yours. The strollers rentals start at $15 per day (or $25/day for two strollers). Note that this will take a little extra time getting thru security. But it’s nice to have a stroller to hold stuff too!
There you have it, you’ve now learned from an expert all of the best tips, tricks, and hacks to help you save money at Disneyland. With this useful information, your trip to Disney should be nothing but magical!
Are you a Disneyland expert? Do you have any other great tips to share? Leave a comment!
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