Disneyland at a Discount

Making the Happiest Place on Earth Budget Friendly

The prices here are the least expensive, non-discounted rates. Pay attention to the tips on finding discounts on hotels, food, transportation and more – discounts abound at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Feeling flush? You can also upgrade pretty much everything in the Disneyland, from your accommodation to meals, park tickets and more.

All prices are based on a family of four made up of two adults and two children between the ages of three and nine, for four nights.

 Off Park Accommodation
There are three Disney-owned hotels located within the resort area (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park), known as on-park accommodation. Staying off park is significantly less expensive than staying on-park. For instance, you can stay at the Super 8 Anaheim for as low as $240 for four nights. There are plenty of hotels along Disneyland Drive that are less than a mile from the Disneyland entrance – look up the ones you’re considering on a map to ensure they’re not too far from the park.

 On Park Accommodation
Why stay on park? Staying in a Disney property has plenty of perks. You’re closer to the action – room to ride staying in the closest off park hotel will be 30 minutes or more. Stay at one of the Disney properties and room to ride is literally just a few minutes. If you’re travelling with small children who need frequent rests in the peace of your hotel room, staying on park means avoiding a meltdown is just minutes away.


Hotel guests will also enjoy one Magic Morning entry into Disneyland Park an hour before it opens to the general public. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive entrance into Disney's California Adventure Park by shortcutting through Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Airport transportation is included with your Disney hotel stay – some off park hotels may also offer free shuttles. Four nights during the week can cost as little as $800 at Paradise Pier, $840 for the Disneyland Hotel, and $1,060 for the Grand Californian.

 Park Admission
Park tickets can be bought for just one day, but the best value is in multi-day passes bought in advance online. An Adult 4-Day Park Hopper ticket (allowing you entry into both parks) costs $201 at the gate, but can be purchased in advance for $182. A Child 4-Day Park Hopper ticket costs $163 in advance, or $178 at the gate.

 Food & Drink
There are dozens of restaurants within The Disneyland Resort that offer various dining options, from fresh fruit at a fruit stand on Main Street USA to the award-winning Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Downtown Disney offers more selection, including many budget-friendly options, such as $3 steel cut oatmeal at Jamba Juice. Good value in character dining is offered at the enormous buffet at Goofy’s Kitchen. Prices changed based on the season or meal time – call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE for current prices.

More Money Saving Tips for Disneyland Resort in Southern California

 Visit Disneyland.ca and westjetvacations.com for the latest in discount packages and flight specials.

 Buy portable snacks and other non-perishable food at a local grocery store to eat in your hotel room and at the park. Don’t forget your own water bottles – water fountains to refill them are readily available around the parks.

 Excited kids often don’t want to sit still long enough to eat. When eating at a sit down restaurant, order less and plan to share. You can always order more food – it’s easier than pestering kids to finish unwanted and pricy food.

 Shopping opportunities abound, but many of the items your kids will beg for will be forgotten before you head back home. Instead of shopping on the fly, have your kids make a list of any items they want and on the last day, let them chose one item.

Sarah Deveau’s first memory of saving up to buy something she really, really wanted was at age five, when she saved her allowance and birthday money for six months to buy a mini waterbed for her Cabbage Patch doll. She’s been in love with money every since; making it, spending it, and saving it too.

The author of two personal finance books, Money Smart Mom: Financially Fit Parenting, and Sink or Swim: Get Your Degree Without Drowning in Debt, Sarah’s work has also appeared in Today’s Parent magazine, the Calgary Herald, and other newspapers and magazines across Canada.

Shortly after her first daughter was born, Sarah opened her own business, an award-winning children’s consignment boutique in Airdrie, Alberta. But once daughters two and three came along, she closed her store to invest in a lakeside farmhouse on 40 acres in rural Nova Scotia. Sarah and her high school sweetheart husband plan to move east within the next ten years and semi-retire before the kids hit high school, made possible by the everyday money decisions they’re making now. Whatever your financial goals, be it a vacation home, college savings for the kids, or getting out of debt and stop cringing at credit card statements, this blog is for you.

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