Tips for Buying Discount Disneyland Tickets

Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets by Buying from Authorized Third Parties (AAA, Costco, etc.)

Looking to save money on your trip to Disneyland? Given the ticket prices following the most recent Disneyland ticket price increase in February 2015, this is a rhetorical question–we doubt anyone wants to spend more money than necessary. Lucky for you, discount Disneyland tickets can be found through a variety of vendors, including online, at Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels in Anaheim, AAA, Safeway, Costco, online, and authorized websites. If you live in SoCal (and proof of residence), special offers are sometimes made available to SoCal residents during times when attendance is predicted to be light. So if you’re a local, you might be in luck.

AAA, Safeway, and Costco have small standard discounts of a couple dollars per ticket. From time to time, Costco stores on the West Coast will offer a gift card with purchase (this is never offered online and was last offered in-stores in March 2013). If you live on the West Coast and this is available when you’re planning to purchase tickets, it’s by far the best deal. Note that AAA and Disney ended their partnership in January 2015, so the savings there are no longer as good, and they no longer offer free parking. Currently, for the best deals we recommend buying safely and securely from Park Savers, an authorized seller of Disneyland tickets with the best prices that we’ve found (for an authorized seller).

As mentioned above, Disneyland ticket prices increased on February 22, 2015. There are rumors that Disney will again increase prices right as its 60th Anniversary celebration kicks off around Memorial Day weekend, but at this point those rumors are unverified. If you’re going to Disneyland sometime before the end of 2015, it might be wise to purchase tickets now to lock-in the current prices.

Where you shouldn’t buy tickets is as important as where you should buy them. Disneyland authorizes some third parties to sell its tickets at slight discounts, and there is a huge black market for bootleg and partially-used “rental” tickets. You might be familiar with this because Disneyland’s crackdown on these tickets has garnered national media attention. Whatever you do, do not buy Disneyland tickets on eBay, Craigslist, or on the side of the road near Disneyland Resort. Ticket “rental” is a scam, and you will be throwing your money away. Disney Cast Members will not have any sympathy if you’re caught with “rental” tickets; you will have to purchase new tickets at the gate, at full price. Not a fun way to start a vacation.

Much like Walt Disney World, Disneyland offers tickets with a “hopper” option (the ability to visit both parks in the same day) and one-day, one-park tickets that don’t allow hopping. Unsurprisingly, non-hopper tickets are cheaper. As of the February 2015 increases, 1-day non-hopper tickets are around $99, whereas hopper tickets were over $150, before tax.

Remember, this guide is for Disneyland Resort, encompassing Disneyland (park) and Disney California Adventure. If you’re visiting Walt Disney World in Florida, check out our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. With that said, here are my thoughts on which Disneyland tickets you should purchase…

One-Day Visit

Disneyland's summer fireworks presentation,

No one should visit Disneyland for only one day. Even if you’re only wanting to visit Disneyland park and aren’t a big Disneyland fan. That said, if you really only want to do a single day so that you can see everything else that Southern California has to offer, purchase a one-day non-hopper pass and visit only Disneyland park. This ticket is seldom discounted, so just buy it at Disneyland (it is the one ticket that can actually cost more from authorized resellers). Yes, it will be expensive, but if you go right at park opening (as you should to avoid crowds) and stay until park closing, that’s a lot of hours’ worth of entertainment, and pretty good bang for your buck.

If you only visit for one day without a park hopper, you won’t be able to visit the awesome Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, but it’s impossible to do everything in both parks in one day. If you are really ambitious and want to see Cars Land, too, buy a hopper ticket, start at Disney California Adventure (doing Radiator Springs Racers first) and then hop over to Disneyland once you experience a few things in Disney California Adventure.

Two-Day Visit

Tips for Buying Discounted Disneyland Tickets

If you have two days to spend at Disneyland Resort, get the park hopper. It’s ~$40 more than the non-hopper, and gives you two advantages: 1) starting the day at the park that opens earlier (or getting Radiator Springs Racers FastPasses each morning) and/or ending the day at the park open later (usually Disneyland), and 2) allowing you to really exploit the FastPass system on busy days. The first point is self-explanatory–obviously extending your vacation-hours is a good thing. Really, we always recommend the park hopper option if your budget allows. It’s just so easy to walk back and forth between the parks, and staggered opening and closing hours make it really worthwhile (much moreso than at Walt Disney World, where park hopping can be a pain).

The second point is a little less obvious. You can simultaneously hold FastPasses for each of the parks during the same time windows. During busy times of the year, this can be crucial, especially if you like the more popular FastPass attractions. Hopping does take time, so your time-savings might be negligible during normal seasons, but during the height of crowds, this can really help.

Three-Day Plus Visits

Here’s where you can start finding discounted tickets. Every day you add after three amounts to a negligible (I think) increase in cost. Same goes for park hopper versus non-hopper. For this reason, I think that if you are debating between three and four days at Disneyland, and park hopper or non-hopper, always err on the side of “too much.” Go for an extra day and get the hopper. Despite Disneyland only being two parks, there is a LOT to do in those two parks (especially Disneyland). As for how many days, we typically spend 5 days at a time at Disneyland Resort and purchase the 5-day Park Hopper, but we know that we are the exception as we’re hardcore Disney fans who really like soaking up the parks.

If you’re a Walt Disney World regular, here’s a good rule of thumb to determine how many days you need: consider how many days you normally spend at the Magic Kingdom and add one to that for determining how much time you want to spend at Disneyland, and think of how many days you normally spend at Epcot and use that same number for how much time you’ll want to spend at Disney California Adventure. Add those together, and that’s the length of stay you should plan. While the hotels and Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort are nice, don’t count on spending as much time there as you would at Walt Disney World. If this “formula” doesn’t apply to you because you’ve never visited Walt Disney World and are a casual guest just trying to show your kids a good time at Disneyland, we recommend advance-purchasing the 3-Day Disneyland Park Hopper to save money.

Here’s why you should get the hopper, even if you normally wouldn’t at Walt Disney World: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are literally less than a football field apart. It’s easy to jump from one to the other, and we do on every single visit. This allows us to hit Radiator Springs Racers first thing every morning of our trip, and then either continue the day at Disney California Adventure, or head over to Disneyland. If you do continue the day at Disney California Adventure, having the hopper allows you to go to Disneyland late at night for the fireworks or Fantasmic (it’s totally possible to see World of Color AND the fireworks at Disneyland), or to head over to Disneyland to end the day, because it’s usually open later.

You can also bounce back and forth between the parks collecting FastPasses (you can simultaneously hold a FastPass in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), making for more efficient touring–this is incredibly helpful during the busiest times of the year, like summer, spring break, and Christmas. You don’t waste time going between the Disneyland Resort parks like you do at Walt Disney World, so it’s really good from a strategic and ‘most bang for your buck’ perspective, the Park Hopper is it!

Regardless of which ticket you purchase, if you’re buying a 3-5 day ticket, we recommend buying the tickets in advance from authorized ticket brokers to save money and time over purchasing the tickets at the gates when you arrive at Disneyland Resort. Once again, and we cannot reiterate this enough, but don’t buy tickets at roadside stands near Disneyland–those are scams!

Annual Passes?

Are Annual Passes right for you? Well, if you’re going to be at Disneyland for more than 7 days in a given 365 day period, there’s a decent chance one of the APs will work for you. If you live in SoCal, this is a no-brainer. Minimally, purchase one of the SoCal Annual Passes and attend when you’re not blocked out. If you’re a tourist planning on spending more than 6 days at Disneyland in a 365 day period, use the benchmark of $519 when determining what to do. If all the tickets you need for a 365 day period will cost less than that, buy the tickets. If they’ll cost more than that, consider the Deluxe Annual Pass.

Now, before buying the Deluxe Annual Pass, look at the blockout calendar. The Deluxe Annual Pass is blocked out for about 50 days per year (usually days predicted to be the busiest–like weekends and holidays). The price of blockout days substantially increased in 2013, so it now doesn’t make much sense to get the Deluxe Annual Pass if you must visit on a blockout day–instead, get the Premium Pass, which has 0 blockout days. Most tourists will probably find that purchasing an Annual Pass is not in their best interests, but it might work for some, so it’s worth mentioning.

If you’re a regular Walt Disney World Guest or an Annual Passholder at Walt Disney World, determine whether the ~$1,000 Premier Annual Pass good at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland (not to be confused with the Premium Annual Pass, which is Disneyland-only) is right for you by doing the math. Of important note: this is the top tier of both Annual Passes, there is no Disney Vacation Club discount, no renewal discount, and if you upgrade a Walt Disney World Annual Pass to the Premier Pass, the new pass takes the expiration date of your original Annual Pass. So, if you have a Walt Disney World AP that expires on 10/30, it’s probably not a good idea to upgrade to the Premier on 10/25.

For us, Disney Vacation Club members who visited Disneyland at the half-way point on our Walt Disney World APs, who don’t park at Disneyland or visit on blockout days, buying the Deluxe Annual pass to Disneyland was a far better option than buying individual tickets OR upgrading to the Premier Annual pass. However, your mileage will vary on this.

For almost everyone else, buying a 3-day, 4-day, or 5-day Park Hopper ticket with an advance purchase discount from an authorized third party ticket broker is going to be the way to go. With Park Savers you can print your tickets via Disneyland’s eTicket delivery, which saves you time when you get to Disneyland Resort. Every little bit of money you save adds up!

As for figuring out the rest of your Disneyland trip, including what to pack, whether you should stay off-site or on-site in a Disney hotel, where to dine, and a number of other things, check out our comprehensive Disneyland trip planning guide!

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Your Thoughts…

How many days do you visit Disneyland per trip? Which Disneyland tickets do you normally buy? Share your thoughts or questions in the comments!

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177 Responses to “Tips for Buying Discount Disneyland Tickets”

  1. disneyland vacation says:

    Thanks , I have recently been looking for info related to Disneyland park tickets. I bought through your recommended third party and had a great experience. Really appreciate your efforts on this.

    • Jhenny says:

      I´m from Venezuela and I would like to find the cheapest ticket price to Disneyland and California adventure. I´m goint to spend 2 days in park but I don´t know how I can get it…
      Could you help me please…

  2. Bob McIlrelire says:

    hi, that’s a great look at the ticket options. my preference is doing 3 days at disneyland. 1-2 just isnt’ enough!

    you are right about buying from authorized resellers. i know people who have been ripped off by scammers.

  3. Jane says:

    Can you tell me if I can upgrade a 2 day pass to a 3 day pass when I get to Disneyland and how much it would cost/ Thanks

    • Dianne says:

      Yes, as long as there is still at least one day on the pass you can always upgrade until the ticket expires. I do it all the time. As for blackout dates and annual passes, if a day you want to attend is blocked purchase a regular ticket of 2 or more days and upgrade to the AP when you leave on the evening of the last blocked day.

  4. Dorie says:

    You are right about Park Hopper tickets. Learned that lesson the hard way, after visiting Walt Disney World for many years and not needing them, we discovered they are needed at Disneyland. Next time!!!

  5. Leila says:

    Which tickets will get us into the park faster–online that have to be exchanged for real tickets or real tickets shipped to my home?

    With the parking ticket, can we leave the park to rest at the hotel and return to the park later?

  6. Dani says:

    Great tips here! We’ve been Annual Passholders for several years now, but we always used to buy via authorized ticket brokers rather than going direct from Disney.

  7. Armando Chavez says:

    I’m trying to stay 3 days at Disneyland and I’m taking like 15 of us, is there such a discount for all of us on tickets, or some kinda combo, hotel, tickets plis let me know, we are planning to go in October thanks

  8. HOY says:

    One thing that you didn’t mention was the AAA membership benefit. If you buy your passes there, they knock off at least $5 per ticket. Plus, if you get multi-day passes, parking is include. This will save you another $15 (or is it $16) per day.

    • Cali says:

      Hello, we are coming from the ECoast to visit son & family in Encinitis for the Christmas Holiday. Are you saying we should hold off getting anything through AAA ahead of time; until we purchase at the park; and do they give Senior Discounts? Can you recommend a better day to go to DL that will not be busy?

    • Craig says:

      Unfortunately, AAA tickets to Disneyland no longer include parking.

    • Tonja says:

      This is no longer the case as Disney ended their partnership with AAA so there is no more free parking, and tickets are only a couple dollars cheaper at AAA.

  9. Amy says:

    We ended up buying Disney gift cards at Target using our red card, saving 5%. And then bought our park tickets at check-in using the gift cards. It’s another idea.

  10. Bill says:

    There is nothing wrong with buying Disneyland tickets on from a trusted seller. I’ve saved $50 per ticket easily.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Have you done this in 2013? Disney has cracked down on the use of these fraudulently transferred tickets (yes, that’s what they are), and if you don’t match the photo tied to the ticket, they now won’t allow you to use the tickets.

      • CarlyP says:

        How do they have pictures of you? I plan on buying 5 at work and I know they won’t take my picture…

      • Tom Bricker says:

        There are now Cast Members outside the turnstiles who takes photos of guests the first time a ticket is used. The photos are then tied to the ticket. The purpose of doing this is to cut down on multi-day ticket reselling and renting via eBay and Craigslist (as addressed at the beginning of the article). If a ticket already has someone else’s photo attached to it, you will be denied entry. This is the case with the vast majority of tickets sold on eBay. If a ticket is ~$50 off, it’s almost certainly a partially used multi-day ticket.

  11. Rachel says:

    we visited Disneyland in 2/2013 and had our pictures taken when we initially used our tickets at Disneyland. They also pull up your picture when you enter into California adventure and if something goes haywire with the scanning software they stop allowing people in unless they have an annual pass. We waited in line for 30 minutes while they rebooted the system because they refused to allow anyone in without verifying who they were and if it was their ticket or not. Please believe they ARE and WILL take your picture. I would not buy tickets on craigslist unless you want to have an issue at the gate. If you don’t believe it call the park and ask for yourself. It’s really happening daily.

  12. Tama says:

    We are going for first time in 2 weeks. We’re from Seattle so the mid to low 70’s still seems warm lol and we’re very excited. We have a SoCal resident guide but we will probably venture off on our own too. One of us really likes rides…one of us doesn’t like anything twisty turning or waaaay up high…will there be things to do besides rides?

    • Rachel says:

      Om my yes!! There’s plenty of shows, things to look at, tons of rides that don’t twist or turn you too bad.. SO many things to do! Make sure you get fast passes ( California Adventure) for a world of color it’s amazing! Also the fireworks, fastasmic (both at night at Disneyland) and mickey and the magical map which is a show. There’s also Aladdin, and it’s tough to be a bug in California adventure that are shows and the old Michael Jackson 3-d movie called Captain E-O which was great. I’m sure you will find something for everyone as you make you way through the park. We are also from Seattle and are heading back Nov 16th! Have a magical time!

  13. Pam says:

    We have found the “buy an adult ticket at the child price” for several of our Disneyland trips over the years, all on the Disney ticket site online! Good $$ saver when they have it available!

  14. Charissa says:

    Found one day one park tickets on craigslist..called disneyland ticket sales and had them look up the tickets to make sure they were still valid. (of course i didnt tell them i bought them on craigslist). Got over 100 dollars off 4 tickets. Great deal and no picture on the tickets as they were one day one park.

    • Charlie says:

      That move took guts but nice one it worked right!

      • kevin says:

        Thats not true, that person didnt verify them over the phone because disney has never done that. you can never get to the ticket booth where they can verify that via phone.

        Disney tells you , that you must wait till you are here to have them verified

  15. Tom Phelps says:

    We are headed to DL on what looks to be the slowest time of the year (first week in december). We can get a beautiful hotel (Hilton) for $160 a night in San diego. I believe its a 45 minute drive to DL & DCA. Is it worth it to drive back and forth than stay on DL property? At this 1.1 crowd level, can we see both parks in 2 days. Must be back in San Diego for the last three days. Any suggestions?

    • Annette says:

      You don’t have to stay on DL property as there are TONS of hotels within walking distance or who offer a free shuttle. The 45 minute drive would not be worth it to me as by the end of the day, you are exhausted enough that the free shuttle is sometimes too far. 2 parks in 2 days would be pushing it but would be doable. If you plan 2 days in Disneyland and one in Cali Adventure, you will have a much more fun time as you won’t be rushing through everything so much.

    • LoisAlene says:

      driving time from San Diego to Anahiem is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes IF traffic is moving smoothly. Better plan on double that in morning traffic. L.A. traffic really does stink! Try the Candy Cane Inn, within walking distance (actually within spitting distance of DCA) with a very loyal clientele.

  16. Mignon says:

    We are going to Disneyland December 5th which is Walt Disney’s birthday. Does the park do anything special? Are the crowds higher on his birthday?

  17. Amy S says:

    Anyone ever visited Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day? I’m thinking of taking our 16 month old for the first time. I’m a SoCal local resident and we’ll probably only be there for 6 hours max. Advice?

    • Marty St George says:

      Went to college in So Cal so have been to DL every month of the year. Thanksgiving I thought would be quiet – Wrong! EVERYONE is out of school. Not worth your 6 hrs for just 1 or 2 rides. Unless you are a crowd freak… try another day.

  18. Les-S says:

    If you are wanting to do more than just Disneyland resort, the CityPASS is a great deal. It includes the 3-day Disney Park Hopper, 1 Day Universal Studios and 1 Day SeaWorld San Diego. The Card is valid for 2 weeks form first use. Just take the card to the gate (some ask for picture ID).

    • Les-S says:

      I forgot to mention. The discount is deep enough that if you skip one of the other parks, you still save money on the purchasing the 3-Day Park Hopper and Single park individually.

    • Samantha Stephanie Briggs says:

      Do you know if there is anything similar to this that doesnt include disney land as we have already purchased out tickets

  19. Mona says:

    How do people feel about using “City Pass”? Can you add additional days onto the City Pass for the cheaper price?

    • Jennifer says:


      We got the city pass last year and then upgraded the Disney portion to a 5 day hopper at the gate. It worked out great for us as it was like getting the other attractions for free! Just make sure to extend it before the 3rd day. You could even do it at the ticket booths when you change the card for the paper tickets….it saves time.

      • Mabel says:

        This is exactly what I want to know. I think city pass is good deal, but 3 days DL is not enough for me. Thanks so much for the tips. May I know how much did u pay for 2 extra day? I am going in NOV 2014.

  20. Marie Walters says:

    In reviewing the ticket prices (Disney tickets at Expedia) they note an expiration date of 1/13/14. We are not traveling until 2/9/14. Do we have to wait until right before our trip to get tickets? Why have such a short expiration date for tickets purchased or am I reading something wrong on the information??

    • Tom Bricker says:

      For whatever reason, some tickets that offer a better deal are ones with dates that expire sooner. If you travel after that date, you’ll want to purchase tickets that expire later–they’re available too, they just cost more.

    • Charlie says:

      so goto this site yes i think its a 3 day time frame to us them on a Disney park hopper but if that is not a good option try the california city pass and yse it any day before 2015.Yes avoid blackout days and get a free magic morning too. with a 3 day or 5 day hopper ticket. save $12 a person 1st you go to
      and if you post to me i can get another 5 bucks off. We’re currently offering a $5 discount on your order when you refer someone! so go get your tickets goto magic morning on the 1st or 2nd day and on the 2nd day turn in your pass buy any (even socal if you are a resident) annual pass and you get full price of the 3 or 5 day pass taken off the price so long as you have 1 day left and the 13 days to use them has not expired. just be shur to take advantage of the blackout days and magic morning before you turn it into a long as those days are not special event days there is no blackout days on hopper tickets. i was told that you can use if for the last day too but have not been gutsy enuf to try it. for added savings you can get 1 person in your group to buy a ($699 Premium) or ($979 Premier Annual Pass) and use it for free parking $16 savings ea day and anytime you buy food or stuff at disney 15%-20% off. just know if you want to use the extra 5 bucks off @ you must print the name of your other party member on the ticket and buy them 1 at a time. if you buy them all together it dont matter who’s name is on the other tickets so long as the main purchaser is present and on 1 of the vouchers and yes i have done this too. added note if you want to goto universal/seaworld/legoland/or sandeigo zoo and safari you can get your hopper ticket from California citypass at a discount. these tickets disney will honer at the rate of $260 discount on a annual pass.universal will honer them in any other way than if you go there 1st to get a extra day pass.universal has a 2014 buy 1 day get the rest of the year free must be the full price $84 ticket! any other questions feel free to ask other than that enjoy your trip!

      • Ernie says:

        Quick question…what do you mean when you say, “and if you post to me i can get another 5 bucks off. We’re currently offering a $5 discount on your order when you refer someone!”… how do I “post to you”?

  21. Nervous Ticket Buyer says:

    Has anyone purchased tickets through before? They are listed as an authorized Disney ticket seller on this blog, but I’m still a little nervous about it. Right now they have a deal (sounds a little too good to be true imo) where you buy a 4 day hopper and get the 5th day free. Can anyone vouch for them?

    • Sleepymouse says:

      I have never visited that site but it is not too good to be true. Orbitz and Cheaptickets currently have similar offers.

    • Rachel says:

      Did you end up buying the tickets through Vacationeers? I, too, have been skeptical and want to know if they are reputable. It almost seems too good to be true, $20 off adult 3 day Hoppers?!

      • Charlie says:

        Yes avoid blackout days and get a free magic morning too. with a 3 day or 5 day hopper ticket. save $12 a person 1st you go to
        and if you post to me i can get another 5 bucks off. We’re currently offering a $5 discount on your order when you refer someone! so go get your tickets goto magic morning on the 1st or 2nd day and on the 2nd day turn in your pass buy any (even socal if you are a resident) annual pass and you get full price of the 3 or 5 day pass taken off the price so long as you have 1 day left and the 13 days to use them has not expired. just be shur to take advantage of the blackout days and magic morning before you turn it into a long as those days are not special event days there is no blackout days on hopper tickets. i was told that you can use if for the last day too but have not been gutsy enuf to try it. for added savings you can get 1 person in your group to buy a ($699 Premium) or ($979 Premier Annual Pass) and use it for free parking $16 savings ea day and anytime you buy food or stuff at disney 15%-20% off. just know if you want to use the extra 5 bucks off @ you must print the name of your other party member on the ticket and buy them 1 at a time. if you buy them all together it dont matter who’s name is on the other tickets so long as the main purchaser is present and on 1 of the vouchers and yes i have done this too. added note if you want to goto universal/seaworld/legoland/or sandeigo zoo and safari you can get your hopper ticket from California citypass at a discount. these tickets disney will honer at the rate of $260 discount on a annual pass.universal will honer them in any other way than if you go there 1st to get a extra day pass.universal has a 2014 buy 1 day get the rest of the year free must be the full price $84 ticket! any other questions feel free to ask other than that enjoy your trip!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Charlie, are you affiliated with Vacationeer Travels?

      • Charlie says:

        No sir i am not have nothing to do with them. just think its a great buy and one i personally do business with…

      • Charlie says:

        yea still works as of april 2014. just got them from there again and worked gr8.

  22. sandi says:

    We are buying 1 day, non-hopper Disneyland tickets. Do they take your picture for that type of ticket? Can I get the early admission (before the park opens to the public) and a fast pass with a 1 day non-hopper ticket? Thanks much!

    • Charlie says:

      shur you can do a fast pass at the 1 park. if you stay at disney you get a bonus fastpass so thats 2 at both parks as i understand it. the way to utilize the fastpass at its best is have a hopper ticket and do a fastpass at both you get 1 per park with your ticket. yea its allot of runing back and forth but on busy days well worth the time. then if you have a baby or a group or both there are ways to never stand in a line but i wont go into that.magic morning is only available or extra time and such if 1 you have a 3 day hopper or you stay at a Disney resort. magic morning done on tue, thur,and sometimes sat or sunday. extra time at hotel is called something else and done on the other days. so you may want to look into a california city pass. and then decide to upgrade it or not if you plan to visit 1-2 times again within the next 365 days. more bang for your buck!

  23. Masface says:

    We are going in 3 weeks! One of us is a SoCal resident. My question is if they bought a SoCal AP, is it valid day of purchase? One of the blackout dates is a Sunday, but it’s good the rest of the week. Can they buy the AP on Sunday and use it that day even if it’s blocked out!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      To my knowledge, it CAN be used on the initial date of purchase, even if that’s a blockout day, but this is something Disney has never advertised or published, so you will definitely want to check before actually buying to make sure that is still the case. Have fun! :)

    • Charlie says:

      yes according to a Disney cast member i spoke with at the ticketing place in Disney best way to avoid 2 blackout days is to get a 3 hopper day pass. and if you plan to stay in cali for 3 weeks city pass might be the one for you they will(use it on your 2nd day stay) take $260 off the annual pass so (even the so cal ones) with the 3 day hopper part of the city pass. if you goto universal the 1st day and activate the pass there they will give you a extra day there as well. then off to San diago for the seaworld part of the trip. you can even goto the zoo/safari for extra few bucks. hotel stay for around 20bucks a night at the place i stayed i think it was called premier resort i got for 3 nights (during the week) for that the price on the door said $216 per night for 1 guest. looked like a shady area but the hotel was great! and they had security 24/7 in the parking lot and lobby. i was told by others that this trick works for a 3rd day but never had a reason to try it. in other words i did not want to get told my pass was all used up and they wouldnt grant me the discount of $260 bucks on the annual pass that would have given me that day to go anyways. i personaly have don it with the city pass 3x and going to try it this time with a park hopper ticket. and dont forget that the 3rd day do your shopping for souvenirs on the 2nd day or 3rd day that way the pass holder can buy them for you at a discount! thats how i did it for all my family members thats how i did it 3x in the last yr. thers more if you wanted to cut out the San Diago thing but i think i about covered most little extras that with a little planing can take you a long way! Have a Magical day! P.S. use the magic morning before you turn it into a season pass.

    • Charlie says:

      just not shur if the 3 day so cal park hopper ticket is upgradeable or not you may want to call Disney if you was going to use this option for the resident think the price was $194 rather than the $260 ticket but i was told by disney and have upgraded 3 day passes the $260 normal ones before and a 3 day hopper from city pass. just never a socal discounted ticket.

  24. Julie says:

    Tom, I so appreciate your blog and recommendations. I enjoyed your tips for DL and am going to use quite a few of them. I am wondering about Vacationeer Travels and if you still recommend them. I am concerned because of the way they list their tickets to include ‘fastpasses’ which is tecnically true, but seems somewhat misleading. Thanks so much!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yes, I still recommend them. Some of the wording on their site is a bit awkward, but they’re an authorized broker and use the Expedia ticket delivery system, so you should have no issues! have a good trip! :)

      • Julie says:

        Thanks Tom, I appreciate your quick response, explanation and endorsement.

      • Julie says:

        Tom, I want to say thank you for your input and endorsement of Vacationeer Travels. I ordered my APs–saved over $25.00 each and the transaction was easy, fast and I called Disney and verified they are in their system under my name! I appreciate saving money and supporting a small business!!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        No problem. It’s a reputable small business that offers great customer service AND has the best prices of any Disneyland ticket seller (as far as authorized ones go) that we’ve found. Glad they helped you save money!

  25. Mark says:

    Has anyone ever heard of a site called
    They are offering a two day park hopper for $81. They are a member only travel club. They are offering a free trial.

  26. isabel says:

    planning trip to Disneyland and found a deal thru buy 3 or 4 day park hopper get an extra day free. Link to is purchase site. Never used wondering if I should. It has been the most reasonable discount offer I have found. Let me know what you think please.

  27. dell says:

    Hello there. Is the offer on your link to Disneyland, still valid? Tried to call vacationeer travels direct and the guy who answered said it wasn’t their same company even though it was the same address…

    • Charlie says:

      yes still works according to what i have done and yea thats the link. just got a ticket for $248 and going to disney to turn it into a pass on mar 26 2014.

      • Charlie says:

        yea still works as of april 2014. just got them from there again and worked gr8.

  28. liza says:

    Do they check at the gate if you are a southern Cali resident?

  29. Forgie says:

    Travelling from Australia in September 2014, is there a 10 day hopper pass or is 5 days the longest duration paras you can buy? Any feedback appreciated.

  30. Rebecca says:

    Hey Tom…we want to surprise my kids and take them to Disneyland, but we can barely afford the one day pass (my husband is in school full time) ….it that crazy and a total waste for only one day? Help my brain know what to do, please :)

  31. Mary says:

    Hi Tom,
    I got a lot great info from your blog and thank you for provide such thorough information for everyone.
    I have a question here, hope you can give us insight see if they can do that or not.
    We’ll visit LA next Monday; I’m still working on to find a way to get the city pass. I called universal yesterday regarding the city pass. If I buy from them they give you second day free and we need to visit universal first which is fine with me, but their city pass doesn’t include the Magic hour. I checked their website and called them to confirm. I thought the city pass should include same admission with 3 days hopper Disneyland and 1 magic hour, 1 sea world, 1 universal no matter where you buy from. When I called them they said because every park has different package, we (universal) give you a second day free.
    Can they do that to take away the Magic hour admission from the city pass package? Thank you!

  32. Brandee says:

    Hi tom. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on tickets. There will be two of us adults and 1 child age 6 going to disneyland may 1st and 2nd. Im looking for a good price on 2day 1 park a day tickets. Any suggestions or deals going on?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Not unless you’re a Southern California resident. Just what’s listed above in the post!

      • Chris Blais says:

        Tom…if I have family that lives in SoCal…are they able to buy me the resident discount…and give them to my family to use? When you buy them? Do you register names…and we just need to show ID of our names? Or are they going to be looking for ID’s w/SoCal addresses…at the gate?

  33. Michelle says:

    Is there any special admission for parents who are just bringing their kids in but aren’t riding any rides? Seems like a very steep price to get in if you don’t intend on going on the rides.

    • thm says:

      Disneyland is so much more than just the rides. Shows, parades, fireworks, entertainment. If you have never been, you will be surprised at how much you can do without getting on a ride.

  34. Cheryl says:

    Tom, thank you so much for all of the valuable info on your blog!Have you ever heard of a site called aRes Travel? They are offering a 3 day Hopper ticket for an adult at the child price: $242 + a $2 fee. Are they legitimate?

    I also checked out the Vacationeer Travel site and their price is $248 for a voucher which must be redeemed for a ticket. Can the vouchers be redeemed the night before our first day of visiting to avoid waiting in the box office lines?

  35. JB says:

    Question: I am no longer a S.CA resident, but have family in S.CA. My husband, kids and I are planning a trip to Disneyland in late May. We plan to meet up with family in S. CA. I wanted to know if anyone had experience with purchasing the S.CA resident tickets and how that process works? From the Disneyland website it says at least 1 person in a group has to be S.CA resident for the discount tickets, but I’m wondering if that means that the S. CA resident has to attend the park everyday that we do, or if the CA resident just has to purchase the tickets? Anyone know how this works? Thanks!

  36. Abel says:

    Stumbled across your blog today after seeing your pictures on Flickr, amazing!

    My wife and I are planning our very first trip to Disneyland next month, and we couldn’t be more excited. Although we will be doing other things during our stay in So-Cal, we are dedicating two full days to Disney.

    The plan is to spend one full day at Disneyland, and one full day at California adventure. We were initially thinking of buying the park hopper tickets for each day, but after reading this article I’m debating what is the best thing to do.

    My question is, if our plan is to spend one full day at each park, would it be smarter/cheaper to buy a one day non-hopper pass to each park as opposed to buying the park hopper for each day since the plan is to stay at one park for a full day?

    I hope that made sense! Any advise you can give is greatly appreciated, thank you so much!

    • RJWire says:

      I’d say just buy the one-day-one-park ticket. It saves alot money. The park hopper ticket is only really good if you’re staying for 3 or more days. There’s an insane amount to do in both parks

  37. GRAMMYSUE says:

    Found an offer from ARES for 3 day hopper pass at child price. A great savings. Does anyone know if they are legit? in looking I found this site.
    Evidently Ares tickets have to be exchanged at entry. but are they legit otherwise? I initially heard of them from
    Any input is appreciated.

  38. Sharilyn says:

    I purchased through and was able to exchange my voucher at the DL ticket booth with no problem. The cool thing is, I got the 3-day park hopper tickets with 1 day free, then we decided to go ahead and stay a 5th day because we didn’t do everything we wanted.

    We upgraded at the DL booth, but I guess they didn’t know how much we originally paid for the tickets and assumed we paid the full 4-day price. We were just charged $44 more for two adults and one child, for a total overall savings of $71 for the three of us! If we had purchased the buy 4 days and get a 5th free we would have only saved the $44.

    Not sure if this was an error on their part or if this is how it always works, but for those staying longer it might be worth it!

    • Charlie says:

      yes seems they give full price of the ticket value when upgraded no matter where you got your ticket for the park. city pass 3 day worth full 3 day ticket price. as well as any other place you got the ticket you got. i get mine from vacationeer travels but you can buy them at several diff places. only difference i have seen is you only get a time span of so many days to claim your ticket the 1st time. (activate it) then the other rules apply.

  39. Paul says:

    My sister and I have the same number of kids, all under the age of 9. If we’re going to visit Disneyland within two weeks of each other, could we buy a 4-day park hopper pass and have her family use it for two days, and my family use it for the other two?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      No, you cannot.

      • Paul says:

        Ok, can you tell me why?

      • Laura says:

        Paul- Tickets are non transferable. At first use the people at the gate will take a picture of each person and link it to their ticket.

        There are other options for discounts as Tom pointed out in this post.

        Have fun on your trip!

  40. anggie says:

    Tom, I purchase 9 adult ticket for so cal residents as gifts, and gave them to family member from northern Cal, are they going to have a problem to get in disneyland, if they don’t have proff of so cal recidency,

  41. Angiepangie says:

    Hi there! We are coming to Disney land from Canada and would also like to check out Universal Studios.. we will be in Anaheim October 6-10th.. how would you spread your trip out so you see both? I was thinking 1 day at universal studios and 4 days at disneyland…having never been to either of these I don’t know if this squeezing too much in or not


    • Irma says:

      Having done that on my honeymoon, I would definitely say it’s doable. My only suggestion is that you visit Universal Studios before visiting Disneyland. I say this with slight hesitation as Mondays are usually less busy (and a perfect time to visit Disneyland) than the rest of the week. But there’s something magical about Disneyland that you definitely will NOT find in Universal Studios. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely fun and entertaining(make sure to do the Hollywood Studio Tours, at least once)! But their Customer Service is mediocre at best and you can definitely do it all in one day.

    • Charlie says:

      look into a city pass get 1 or if you do it right 2 days at Hollywood studios and 3 days at disney. and another day at another park in San diago. well worth the price last time i looked even if you dont spend the time in the 3rd park. the way i got the 2 days last time (Hollywood) is if you redeem your city pass at there park 1st they gave me a 2nd day>. but look into it im shur there is a deal to be had.

  42. Mary says:

    I just found your website as my husband and I are taking our kids to DL right after school is out as a BIG surprise! I looked at AREStravel last week and saw the “buy a 3-day get a day free” and didnt’snag it…kicking myself. I was wondering about the websites like, “cheap tickets” and “expedia” do they add on other “convenience” fees? Also, would you say your website is the best deal around, better than Costco? Just trying to “score” on something for this trip that is now costing way more than I anticipated! lol Thanks!

  43. Hannah says:

    Hi tom! So I just purchased my disneyland tickets from vacationer travels for my up coming honeymoon trip at the end of the month. I noticed that other people who have purchased from this site say that they called disney and we’re told that the tickets are in their system, in their name. I tried to do this and was told that they could not confirm my tickets and wouldn’t be able to until the day I go to the the booth with my vouchers, do you have any ideas why this is?
    Thank you!

  44. Stacey Eagan says:

    There a page going around on Facebook from a Disneyland Nation. It says get free tickets to Disneyland if you like and share to people. They are
    I can’t tell if this is real or a hoax. Disneyland does not normally do this sort
    Of thing. Can anyone shed some light on this for me?

  45. Corinne says:

    I just bought tickets how do I get the extra 5 off?

  46. Melissa says:

    Is it worth it to stay onsite at Disney Land resorts in Sept/Oct since you can only get 1 day of early entry even if you have a 3 or 4 day park pass?

    At Disney World resorts you get early entry to the parks every day you stay at the resort which makes it a very attractive option.


    • Melissa says:

      Now I am finding seemingly conflicting information on the early admissions from different parts of the Disneyland websites. I wonder which is correct?

      ONE DAY ONLY, ANY DAY: “Magic Morning allows one early admission into select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations at Disneyland Resort Park before the park opens to the general public. For admission, each member of your travel party (ages 3 and older) must have a valid 3-day or longer Disneyland Resort theme park ticket purchased in advance of arrival.” –

      ONE DAY ONLY (TU, TH, SAT ONLY): “With Magic Morning, an early admission option, Disneyland Resort Guests (with valid 3+ day ticket) enjoy one early admission (during the duration of theme park ticket or Southern California CityPASS) to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations in Disneyland park for one full hour before the parks open to the general public on select days…Magic Mornings at Disneyland Park are available during these select days: Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday” –

      EVERY DAY OF STAY: “Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests can enjoy early admission, during every day of hotel stay, to select attractions, stores, entertainment and dining locations in either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park one hour before the park opens to the general public.
      For more details, including the current Extra Magic Hour schedule, please see the early admission options.” –

      • Tom Bricker says:

        The second and third listings are the current policies. When Cars Land opened back in 2012, it changed to an alternating ‘Extra Magic Hours’ schedule. You can find an ACCURATE summary of current policy for on-site hotel guests here:

        If you aren’t staying on-site, you just get one Extra Magic Hour/Magic Morning at Disneyland Park on a 3+ day ticket.

        Disneyland really needs to update and simplify its site.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      It depends upon whether you are interested in Cars Land. That extra hour in Disney California Adventure is a HUGE benefit for minimal waits for Radiator Springs Racers.

      • Melissa says:

        Thanks for that helpful information Tom! Gracious, that was a 4th policy difference on their website!! And guess what? I just called and got yet a 5th policy difference!!! Here’s what I was told over the phone:

        Guests at any one of the 4 onsite Disney hotels get in hour of free early admission (to whichever park has early admission that day as they alternate) every day of their ticket. There is no minimum or maximum length of ticket required.

        Guests at good neighbor hotels get only 1 free early admission with a minimum of a 3 day park pass. And again the early admission only applies to the park that has early admission that day.

        For whatever reason, it is the good neighbor policy that appears when you reserve a Disney hotel online.

        This is so complicated. Communications are so messed up.

        Also, The online hotel reservation system must be limited. I can book the hotel for the 1st through the 5th and the 5th through the 7th, but not the 1st through the 7th.

        Thankfully they can book the contiguous stay over the phone.

        I’m apprehensive about what else is miscommunicated.

        Last year we went for a day and pre-ordered the picnic meal to get the reserved seating for the color show and almost didn’t get the food or reservations.

        When we got there to pick up the meal for dinner to watch before the show we were told we had to pick it up in the afternoon (and apparently carry around for the day?)

        Nothing about the time limit was mentioned on the website when we ordered them.

        The person said even though the food was packaged with the reserved seating in the evening, you were supposed to eat the food earlier and come back to the reserved spot later, not eat the food in the reserved spot. That was confusing too.

        Online it looked like the food was paired with the event, sort of like eating at Ariel’s Grotto with a character event. But instead the food and event were at different times.

        Thankfully there was someone hanging around late who could retrieve the food for us.

        It was the best meal we had on the entire trip! But what a hassle.

        I continue to be surprised at some of these missteps in communication.

        But cast members have always been helpful in working through the snafus.

        Thanks again!

  47. Sheena says:

    I’m just wondering if anyone had ever used before & is it legit? Thanks!

    • Flora says:

      Same question here. Ive done a lot of research about it but find nothing negative so far. I am about to reserve our tickets and the prices are pretty good but again I am not sure if we can trust it. My last resource since no one have had buy tickets from is to call Disney to make sure it is legit.

  48. Raven says:

    Microsoft employees get a discount, too! Through their Prime card.

  49. Hi Tom. I’m a long time reader, and am even more appreciative of your time and effort as I’m finally planning my first trip to DL in mid-August. I’ve a newfound interest in your in-depth DL planning and advice pages.

    I’m a WDW regular and AP holder, so my question is this:

    I’m going for 2, maybe 3 days (accompanying my dad on a business trip to LA, extending it a few days to visit DL). I have an WDWnAP that expires end of October. Would it be worth it to upgrade to a Premier Annual Pass? I imagine they would prorate? Just trying to do the math and figure if that would be a better deal than paying for a 3 day DL hopper pass. We’re not planning to stay on-site, but may utilize parking, so that may factor in to the AP advantage.

    Any advice would be appreciated- your brain works so well in these kind of arenas; mine, not so much. :)

  50. Flora says:

    Hi Paul, have you heard any thing good about ? Is it safe and trustful to buy tickets from them ?

  51. Kira says:

    Anyone ever used great work perks to purchase tickets?

  52. Mabel says:

    Hi Tom,
    Thanks. This site provide me really good tips of what ticket I should buy.
    I’m going DL on Nov 8-15 for the very first visit. I’m planning to buy city pass to go to Hollywood & DL only. In order to get Hollywood 2nd day free, I have to use the pass there first. My question is, I would want to extend my DL 3 days to 4/5 days. Can I still do this upgrade if I used the pass at Hollywood first? Does it matter which park first?
    Another question, the Hollywood 2nd day and the DL extra days, does NOT need to be consecutive right? i.e. Sun-Hollywood, Mon&Tue-Disney, Wed-Hollywood, Thu&Fri-Disney

  53. Andrewg220 says:

    Great information! We are traveling to SoCal in October and looking to do attractions at both DL/DCA as well as San Diego. I know there are options for discounted tickets in SD and then those in Orange Co but are there any discounts between both cities? We’re planning on being there 5-6 days. Thanks!

  54. Lauren says:

    If anyone has access to the website through your employer, they are offing 10% off Disneyland tickets for 2+ days and that’s the best deal I can find at the moment. They also sell tickets for WDW, Universal, Sea World, etc..
    Just one more place you can check when shopping around for the best deal.

  55. Jennifer says:

    You mentioned that Park Saver is an authorized seller of discounted Disneyland tickets. I went to their website and their tickets for a 1 day park hopper ticket is $288.00. Disneyland’s official website I can buy them for $266.00. The same is true for 2-day and up – the prices are higher on Park Saver. You might want to correct that information. Not sure why you listed it and who is making money off that advertisement.

    • Karen says:

      The price you are quoting is the 5 day hopper on Park savers vs the non hopper on the Disney site. The Gate price on a 5 day hopper is $305

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Compare apples to apples tickets–the prices on are most certainly *not* cheaper if you compare identical tickets.

  56. James says:

    Don’t forget to check for discount through your work. There’s a site called that has some pretty good deals.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yep! If you’re employer participates, can be a great option. Problem is, I don’t know of many that do. :(

  57. justin says:

    “The Premium Annual Pass is blocked out for about 50 days per year”


  58. Vicki says:

    I was wondering if you can buy the one park one day ticket, and if you change your mind and want a park hopper after you get there, can you up grade your ticket. And can you change and upgrade say on day 2 or day 3 (we are thinking about getting a 4 day ticket)

  59. josie says:

    I was given three Disney tickets from one of my sales reps just a Disneyland ticket is there anyway I can upgrade that to California adventures?
    And has anyone used, th r really quote compared to AAA bet them by 500 just nervous.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Disneyland tickets are actually “Disneyland Resort” tickets, which encompasses both parks. You can use your tickets at either park. Never heard of

    • Mike says:

      Getawaytoday is probably the most popular site for people who visit from Utah and Idaho. I’ve talked with large numbers of people who have used it (and I’ve used it myself), and no one has ever had a problem that I’ve heard of.

  60. Christine says:

    Hi, Tom. I’m a SoCal resident (Culver City) and my credit union is offering a great deal on SoCal resident tix. I’d like to purchase them as Christmas gifts but, would not be attending with the recipients. The recipients are not SoCal residents (they’re in NorCal). Will they have trouble getting in? Am I able to purchase these tix as gifts or do I need to pay for non SoCal resident tix?

    • Danny says:

      I’m from NorCal and have families in SoCal. This past May there was the SoCal discount, I went to the local Albertson in Westminster and bought 4 2-days park hoppers with SoCal discount. They did not checked.

    • Peter says:

      Hi Christine, what’s the name of your credit union? I might open up an account if it meant a good price on passports!

  61. Cynthia says:

    What is the best month and best day of the week to visit DL? By best I mean slowest…thanks

  62. Momof2Groupof20! says:

    Ok, this makes my head spin! Ha!
    Am I reading this correctly?
    I can prepurchase my 5-day hopper at a discount with the rest of our group (18 tickets)
    Then at the gate I could upgrade to AP so we ALL can take advantage of discounts and as a NorCal resident possibly go again by the end of year. Would that be silly? Or would that indeed be a savings. Especially if I make the others chip in on the price difference of my one AP.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      You are a group of 20? Then yes, you should absolutely purchase one Annual Pass for the savings on meals, souvenirs, etc.

      Will you all be ordering meals together? Keep in mind that only those who are actually with you can take advantage of your AP discount. So if the group splits up, the rest of the group wouldn’t have that discount. With a group that size, if you are planning on separating or purchasing meals separately during the trip, it might make sense to have a couple of APs…

      • Momof2Groupof20 says:

        Would it make more since to buy the pass ahead of time (would they mail me offers and etc.) or just purchase discount tickets prior and update at arrival? Or are you able to find discount annual passes from an authorized seller. ( I didn’t see these on Parksavers but have sent them an inquiry.
        Thanks so much for confirmation! Needed moral support before making that decision! Ha :)

      • Tom Bricker says:

        I believe ParkSavers does have discounted Annual Passes. Aside from the discount on the pass itself, the only reason to purchase in advance would be if you are considering booking an on-site Disneyland hotel, in which case having the pass will give you access to the Passholders website to see rates. Even without that access, you can book a passholder discounted room by calling and showing your pass at check-in, though.

        Have fun!

  63. Ana Paula says:

    Hi Tom! I’m from Brazil and I will be at Anaheim for 15 days in january. We will stay at Disneyland Hotel. As we’ll be with our 3 years old daughter, we are planning to go about 10 days to both Disneyland and DCA. I’m thinking to buy 2 AP deluxe and 1 Premium, just to maximize the discount available. What do you think? Thanks a lot!!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If you’ve done the math and that sounds like a smart option given how much you’ll spend and the superior discount of the Premium, then go for it. I can’t give you a definitive answer without knowing how much you’re likely to eat on-site, but over the course of 10 days, I can see for the Premium being advantageous. :)

  64. Mike says:

    I personally think it is morally wrong for Disney to not let people share park hopper tickets. They are already PAID for and their prices are so over the top now. A one day park hopper ticket costs 150.00 dollars. That is ridiculous. Why should they be so police like about a shared park hopper ticket. Someone already paid the full price for the ticket and now is letting someone else use one of two days of the ticket? This just infuriates me. Also people that get on their high horse and say it is morally wrong? Give me a break. The ticket has already been paid for. Disney got their money.

    • Allie says:

      It’s a perfect strategy on Disney’s part. They want people to spend multiple days in the park so they make the price high for one day and cheap for more than 3 days. Especially since at Disneyland you can leave to have lunch midday and are not “forced” to buy Disney food the way you are at Disney world. Otherwise, everyone would just buy the biggest pass and share the days, resulting in lost profit for Disney.

  65. sagh says:

    If i buy two days (one park per day, no hopper), can i have gap in those two days. I will be busy in conference, can I go first day i.e. 21st Nov. and then second on 25th Nov. Is it possible? I am buying through They have 2-DAY 1 PARK PER DAY BONUS TICKET in $171 (per day) including taxes and every thing.

    Thank you for help

  66. Mary says:

    I am thinking of a 3-day trip to Disneyland. Can I buy a regular ticket and decide when I get there which park to go to? Reason: 1st Day Disneyland, 2nd Day CA Adventure Land and 3rd Day Choice of which one I liked best. Would you recommend this idea?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Yes, you can do this, and yes, I’d recommend it. Consider getting park hopper tickets so you can jump from park to park in the same day. They are literally 2 minutes apart by foot, and going from one to the other midday (or at the end of the night after DCA closes) is nice.

  67. Michael says:

    So, I’m coming to Anaheim for two days of Parks starting Christmas day. We have a baby and a 4 year old. I’m able to get a discount on the 2 day 1 Park tickets through work. Total is like 450. Is this the best option for us. Also getting a Plaza Inn breakfast in one of those days.

  68. Krystal says:

    Help! Going to Disneyland in Saturday. I was trying to figure out cheapest way to get 5 one day park hoppers.

  69. Meagan Erickson says:

    Hi! I’m wondering if a one day, single park ticket can be upgraded to a park hopper ticket? My boyfriend bought one as a gift for me but we want to visit both parks, but don’t want to pay another $95 if we can do an upgrade.

  70. ebrahim sarang says:

    I have just purchased Disneyland tickets from criggs tours.
    are they legit

  71. Tracy says:

    Dilemma…I purchased 2 day park hopper tickets for my kids at disney store. We all went as a family once already and my daughter and her husband were planning on taking their daughter back this week. He was called out of town a few days ago and won’t be back til Christmas. So now the $ I spent on his park hopper is wasted, because you have to use it within 13 days of first use. Is there any way to transfer it to my daughter?

  72. Allie says:


    I am going for the 10k and half marathon for Star Wars weekend. I will be at Disneyland for 3 days but I am getting a one day non hopper from the group I’m running with. Is it possible to bring that ticket and upgrade it to a 3 day pass the first day I get there? I’m thinking that should save me close to $40.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Normally, this would be possible. I can’t confirm it is in the case of group tickets. I *strongly* suspect that it is, but I don’t want to tell you that it is without being 100% certain. I’d contact the group liaison to confirm. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  73. Al says:

    Hi, great article… please note that there’s a dead link at “save money on Annual Passes”…

  74. Dana says:

    What’s the BEST way to do ONE_DAY passes with FAST-pass included? thanks for your blog!

  75. Rebecca says:

    I am travelling to Disneyland in May 2015 from Australia, there is 7 of us going and was thinking of purchasing 5 day hopper passes prior to leaving was just wondering what the best online site is to purchase these tickets with the best discount. Thanks

  76. N Gough says:


    I want to do 2 days at Disney and one day at Universal. Would it just be cheaper to get the citypass? So many options my head is starting to spin. I’m from Australia so any advice would great as not too familiar with all the different sites and tickets. How does the Fast pass work? Do you get there in the morning and book them all in for the day? Last time I came I had to wait 4 hours for each ride in the boiling heat. Don’t fancy that again.

  77. Erin Henriksen says:

    Hi Tom! The link for saving money on buying annual passes isn’t working. I had a question on the best way to handle APs for our upcoming trip at the end of May. Our trips are for 10 days, so we buy the deluxe APs. We activated our APs on 5/31/14 and our next day back will be 5/31/15. We are DVC owners, so got them with a discount last year. With rumors of an impending ticket price before we go back, would it be best for us to go ahead and buy some APs now with our DVC discount (albeit SMALL discount) or should we wait until we go back and renew then with the renewal rate?


  78. Costa A. says:

    After doing WDW with my family for the first time 3 years ago, we are now planning do WDL for the first time this April (spring break). We are 2 adults, 2 children, and planning to do either 5-day hopper or the CityPASS. Are there are any packages that discount the park admission if you bundle it with an on-property resort? I don’t know if getting the magic hour alone is enough to justify staying on property, given how many lower cost options are available nearby.

    On a side note, we used AAA last time at WDW and got an excellent deal. It’s a real shame these deep discounts are no longer available.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Perhaps the AAA deals will come back. I saw a new Disneyland 60th Anniversary poster from AAA talking about hotel packages today. It might be standard marketing, or it might be a sign of things to come. I’m not holding my breath.

  79. Chuck says:

    Great site Tom.

    For the Disney SoCal passes do you know what is required for “proof of residency”?

    I pay property taxes & utilities for my SoCal address, but my driver’s licence is not from SoCal. Am I good to go?

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I’m not entirely sure what’s currently the case, last I heard, you just needed some form of proof of residency. In your case, the utilities bills would suffice.

  80. Triston says:

    Great information Tom is the $5 referral still active with Park Savers? If so, how do you get it?


  81. Deanne says:

    I have 4 1-day park hopper tickets and want to add on another day to each — is there a price break in doing that (if so, how?) or do we just purchase another set of tickets?

  82. TopherTheRed says:

    If you are in Southern California or can get someone there to buy your tickets for you from Disney, the tickets are actually cheaper buying direct. $139 for 2 day single park a day tickets.

  83. Brittany says:

    I am planning a Disneyland trip this year in August. I have already booked the place I am staying at and the last step is to purchase my tickets. I want to purchase a 3-Day Park Hopper and I am wondering where the best place to get discounted Disneyland Resort Tickets would be? I saw the link to but was unsure if they are a safe and reputable site? Opinion? Recommendations??

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Well, I wouldn’t have recommended them if they weren’t safe and reputable, but I assume you’re asking others. 😉

  84. sydney says:

    I have a 4 and five year old and i was wanting to spend about 7 days to explore what disney and california adventures has to offer. It will be me, my husband and our two kids. they are pretty young yet and i wanted to know if i should get hopper tickets or not. i was thinking maybe getting 3 days at california adventures and 4 days at disney land. would this be a good choice o get my moneys worth? would love some advise so that i know how much to save and what to plan. thanks so much for your time!!

    • Tonja says:

      You should just get a hopper ticket for the full number of days you want to be there. Buying individual tickets for the parks ends up costing significantly more than the hopper.

  85. Christina says:

    I have a quick question. This will be our 3rd family trip to disneyland, but 1st since 2011. Back then we purchased a 6 day park hopper. this time we bought the 5 day park hopper. Is there any way to upgrade the 5 day to a 6 or 7 Day?

  86. sylvia says:

    If we purchase a Southern CA pass (3 day hopper and 1 day at Universal is what we’re needing) can we upgrade to the “Front of the line” ticket at Universal? Not sure if it’s much of a savings this way? Thanks!

  87. Brandi says:

    Once tickets are purchased, how long are they good for? I am planning a trip for November but would prefer to purchase the tickets in advance. Thanks!

  88. Yolanda says:

    Has anyone ever bought tickets from Tickets are advertising Two-one day passes for $70… I’m a little skeptical.

  89. dANA says:

    Do season pass holders get a discount on the regular Disneyland park hopper tickets?

  90. Sarah says:

    I’m hoping someone can help with my question. My sister in law to be wants to get us Disneyland tickets for a wedding gift. She’s in the military and gets a discount. Do you know if we can use the tickets she buys with her discount without her being there with us? I can’t find anything that says for sure.


    • JD says:

      Military members have to be with you the first day to show their I.D. and after your sign your tickets at the gate, you are good to go.

  91. Tara says:

    How do I get 5.00 savings?


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