Many believe that a Disneyland trip is out of reach financially. This doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to visit the park for less. We have several money saving tips for Disneyland that will help you do Disneyland on a budget!
Disneyland on a Budget
Saving Money on Disneyland Accommodations
If you are planning to stay at a Disneyland hotel, be sure make your reservations well in advance.
One of the easiest ways to save on your Disneyland vacation is too book a trip to the parks in the off-season.
You will find that prices are far less expensive than they are in the peak periods like Holidays and Summer.
Another way to save some major money is to stay at a non-Disneyland hotel.
While you might not be within walking distance, you will find that you can save big money (and might even score a free breakfast).
Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets
Discount Disneyland Tickets
First thing you need to know is that you should purchase your Disneyland Ticket(s) in advance.
You don’t want to waste time standing in a ticket line at the park.
Purchase a Disneyland Package
You are going to find that the longer you go to Disneyland, the cheaper the ticket price will be per day.
And if you stay on Disneyland property and book a Disneyland package, you will save even more.
Buy through a Discount Disney Ticket Site
You should always buy your Disneyland tickets in advance and perferably through an accredited Disney ticket broker.
Insider Tip: Once you have your ticket, take a photo of the back of your ticket with your phone.
If you were to lose your ticket, this is the only way to be able to trace it. Guest Relations can replace any lost ticket if they have the right information.
Take Kids to Disney Before they Turn 3 because Kids are FREE Before Age 3
You read that right.
If you have little ones under the age of three, they can get into Disneyland for FREE which saves you the price of a Disneyland ticket.
In addition, also eat free at Disneyland buffets ( and this includes character dining.)
Saving Money on Food at Disneyland
The best way to save money on food at Disneyland is by bringing your own drinks & snacks.
Disneyland allows you to bring food and drinks into the park (no glass and no alcohol).
We love to pack a small cooler of water bottles and a backpack with individual snacks.
Another way to save money on food at Disneyland is to share meals.
Many of the meals in the park are large enough for two people to share.
Adults are also permitted to order kid meals at quick service locations.
A great tip is to purchase kids meals (that are far cheaper than adult meals).
If you aren’t a big eater, you will enjoy the kids cheeseburger as much as the adult one (and you’ll like the price savings too).
Saving money on meals will let you spend the extra dough you save on the great desserts & snacks at Disneyland, like a Dole Whip.
Saving Money on Disneyland Souvenirs
One of the best ways to remember your Disneyland trip is by purchasing souvenirs.
The problem is that if you bring kids into the stores in Disneyland, they are going to want EVERYTHING they see.
Instead, consider packing some Disney souvenirs with you.
We love shopping to small Disney toys and trinkets at Dollar Store. You will find so many cute things and kids will have no idea that you only paid $1.
Free Disney Souvenirs
Did you know there are FREE souvenirs at Disneyland?
If you are celebrating a special occasion or if it is your first time at Disneyland, you will want to make sure that you get your FREE Disneyland Button that commemorates the occasion.
You can get your FREE Button at City Hall.
Wear it with pride all day long and take advantage of the extra attention it gets you.
Cheap Disney Souvenirs
If you don’t bring souvenirs with you, at least opt for inexpensive souvenirs.
By far the cheapest souvenir you can buy at Disneyland are Disney Pressed Pennies.
These pennies feature popular Disney Characters, rides and attractions.
The key to doing Disneyland on a budget is planning. Planning your trip to Disneyland ahead of time and by thinking about how you can cut costs will allow you to keep your trip within your budget.
Do you have any money saving tips for Disneyland that you would like to share?