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? (Rhetorical question–I 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–as of April 1, 2014, it is not being offered). 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. 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).

Unfortunately, the discounts available on Disneyland tickets are not all that significant–usually between $2 and $15 per ticket–as compared to amount of money you can save on Walt Disney World tickets. But everything you save adds up, plus you save vacation time when you buy your tickets in advance from a Disney-authorized third party ticket seller!

Where you shouldn’t buy tickets is as important as where you should buy them. While Disneyland authorizes a number of third parties to sell its tickets at slight discounts, 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. Any ticket “rental” is a scam, and you will be throwing your money away. Disney Cast Members will not have any sympathy for you if you’re caught with these “rental” tickets, and you will have to purchase new tickets at the gate, at full price. Not exactly 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 early 2014, 1-day non-hopper tickets are around $92, whereas hopper tickets were over $100.

Here are my thoughts on which tickets you should purchase…

One-Day Visit

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 are so inclined, purchase a one-day non-hopper pass and visit only Disneyland park. This ticket is seldom discounted, so just buy it at Disneyland. 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.

Tips for Buying Discounted Disneyland Tickets

Two-Day Visit

Again, this is a ticket that is rarely discounted. If you have two days to spend at Disneyland, get the park hopper. It’s ~$30 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. 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. “Advanced” guests 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 during the busiest times of the year. 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.

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 $499 when determining what to do (subtract $20 if you’re a Disney Vacation Club member). 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 Premium 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. 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 $979 Premier Annual Pass good at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland 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.

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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 (formerly Vacationeer Travels), 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!

To plan your trip to Disneyland, read our “10 Steps for Planning a Disneyland Trip” post! 

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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  4. 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.

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  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. Bill says:

    There is nothing wrong with buying Disneyland tickets on ebay.com 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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:

      Hi

      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.

  22. 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 http://www.vacationeertravels.com
      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 annual.so 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 @http://www.vacationeertravels.com 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!

  23. Nervous Ticket Buyer says:

    Has anyone purchased tickets through vacationeertravels.com 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 http://www.vacationeertravels.com
        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 annual.so 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 @http://www.vacationeertravels.com 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…

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. Mark says:

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

  28. isabel says:

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

  29. dell says:

    Hello there. Is the offer on your link to Disneyland http://www.vacationeertravels.com/disneyland/dining/3-day-rebate, 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.

  30. liza says:

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

  31. 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.

  32. 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 :)

  33. 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!

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 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?

  37. 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!

  38. 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!

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