The "happiest place on earth" is a top
destination on many families' bucket lists. If you plan ahead, this
magical, unforgettable experience doesn't have to put a large dent in
your budget. Here are some tried-and-true tips for saving money while enjoying your Disneyland experience.
Disney has infiltrated practically every
industry, which makes it easy to find Disney items anywhere, from
Walmart, Target, and your local grocery store to department stores and
Amazon. You can save a lot of money by purchasing items before your trip
at these less-expensive retailers than at Disneyland.
An autograph book is seen as a must-have by many Disneyland enthusiasts and is a
memory you can take home with you. These books can cost anywhere from
$7.95 to $19.95 at the Disney Store and up to $30 for the latest-and-greatest
autograph book at Disneyland, such as the park's 60th anniversary
edition.Other options can get the job done for under $5. For example,
you can buy a small, generic photo album; cute memo pads or notebooks.
Disneyland charges $17 a day to park in one of their parking lots or structures. Most nearby hotels offer shuttle services, often even for free. If you are not staying at a nearby hotel and need to park at Disneyland, then try to carpool.
If you are planning on using a stroller or wheelchair, plan ahead. You can rent a single stroller at the park
for $15 a day. No double strollers are available, but you can rent two
strollers for a discounted price of $25 a day.
If your hotel has a fridge, buy milk and
cereal or other easily prepared breakfast items the night before so that
you're ready to go in the morning or take advantage of the hotel's free
breakfast. If you want to eat out, eat at a local restaurant that is
inexpensive or has a kids' menu, such as McDonald's which is close to
While Disney's official policy says it does
not allow outside food or drinks, Disneyland does allow most food items.
Take snacks for throughout the day or pack a lunch to enjoy in the
picnic area just outside the main entrance of the park.
8. Take Advantage of Discounts Offered to Special Groups
Disney offers a wide variety of discounts,
including for military service members, college students, credit unions,
corporate and government groups, teachers, and youth groups. If you
think you might qualify for a special discount or group rate, call the
Disneyland Resort to book tickets. Discounts are offered inside the
Lots of things, from airfare to souvenirs,
can get more expensive during Disneyland's busier times of the year. To
make the most of your money, plan your trip during the park's
off-season. The months of September through March -- excluding December
-- are not as crowded at the parks, and even hotels can be less
expensive during these months.
Disneyland will usually offer special
discounts during its off-season to promote business. These tickets can
have substantial discounts, and although they are sold during the
off-season, are usually good for one calendar year.
Disney offers Visa credit cards that come
with extra perks and benefits. You earn rewards on everything you buy.
These rewards can be used on everything Disney, including DVDs, movie
tickets, toys, costumes and Disneyland travel.
Kids 3 years old and under get into the
Disney theme parks completely free. If you can plan your trip while your
kids are still under 3, you can save a large sum of money. Some parents
worry about spending a lot of money on a trip their children will not
remember, but kids as young as 1 year old will love their Disney
experience even if they might not remember it.
14. Check Into Hotel Packages or Book Through an Agency
It is worthwhile to look into package deals
cause many hotels offer deals that include things like breakfast, a
shuttle pass, free internet and other discounts. It is also possible to
get lower rates through a travel agency.