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.
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