Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Disneyland on a Budget

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that Disneyland raised the price of single admission to $92 for adults and $86 for children (3-9 years old). Honestly, I find the price tag outrageous, then again, that doesn't stop many families like my own from visiting this magical place. It's understandable to think a family of five could spend up to $1,000 for admission, souvenirs, parking and food; but I decided to plan a Disneyland trip on a budget and here are the money saving tips that helped us:

1. Look for deals before you go. Tickets can be found cheaper at Costco, Sam's Club, AAA offices or even Disney.com! So try to ensure initial savings by looking for discounted offers before stepping foot at Disneyland. 

2. Next, eat outside of the park. I love using yelp.com to find great restaurants, so when I'm in Anaheim I do the same for a great lunch and dinner spot. We've spent a fraction of what an average meal inside Disneyland would cost on great meals outside of the park.

3. Buy souvenirs before you go! This is actually an easy and fun solution that equals big savings. There's a Walmart maybe 3-5 miles from Disneyland with an amazing Disneyland section. I stocked up on items that were pretty much 1/2 the price. My kiddos had it all... Disney gear, souvenir cups, autograph books, even Minnie ears! So shop before entering the park and spend way, way less!

4. While you're at Walmart stock up on snacks and water bottles to take into the park. The park allows outside food and we simply asked for free cups of ice throughout the park and refilled it with our own beverages. This is truly a money saver on a hot day like when we visited when temps reached as high as 100 degrees. 

All in all, Disneyland doesn't have to break the bank, so plan around the big expenses and find ways to save! Besides, the best part of Disneyland is actually free... memories built by laughter, creativity and togetherness.

Tell us your theme park money saving tips? 

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7 comments:

  1. We like to grab breakfast outside the park, have lunch in the park (we ate at the pizza place and the portions were big and reasonably priced). Another good tip for bringing drinks into the park is to bring those little powdered drink mixes, they are light and don't take up much room in your bag and you can get a free cup of water at all of the parks restaurants. We usually eat out of the park on our way home too. Besides parking & admission to the park our last trip only cost us $100 for a family of four and that included souvenirs.

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  2. I'm just starting to research going to disney world with my two girls. I kind of don't want to have to leave the park unless I have to. It would be awesome to feel like I haven't left town once we get settled in. I don't yet know how it works to get around the area outside of Disney resorts..... cabs, trams, busses?

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    1. I only have experience at Disneyland and you can walk out of the park and go into Downtown Disney and find lots of places to eat

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  3. We do the same as Joey--eat before we enter the park, load up on snacks and drinks to bring into the park, then we starve the kids (depending on what time the park closes that night) and promise them In-n-Out on the way home. Also, consider getting annual passes. For the amount of money you spend for Park Hopper passes, even if you visit 2-3 times out of the year, it makes it worth it. Especially if you live reasonably close (I can get to Anaheim in less than 40 minutes in the carpool lane). This way we don't kill ourselves trying to see it all--we know we can come back anytime we want.

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    1. P.S We don't starve the kids. Well, kinda. But no children are harmed during the writing of this comment.

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  4. Great tips! We are looking into buying annual passes so I don't have to feel like we have to get everything done on 1 day. I especially like the idea of buying souvenirs outside the park ;)

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