How to Save Money at Disneyland

When heading to the happiest place on earth, you may not realize how expensive the trip can be until after you’re in the park. To maximize your time and money, there are so many things that you can do before you head to the park that will help you avoid breaking the bank. Here are six tips on how to save money on your trip to Disney:

1. Bring food

Yes, you can bring food into Disneyland! Bringing a small backpack and packing chips, dried fruit, and even finger sandwiches are great ways to save money. Since you’ll be walking around the park all day, you will get hungry, so food is essential. Food sold in the parks can be super expensive, so bringing your own snacks and sandwiches will help you keep some of that money in your wallet.

2. Pack water and a water bottle

Yes, you can also bring water into Disneyland! Fill up those water bottles or bring empty ones to fill up in the park. You’ll have to stay hydrated while walking around the park and while waiting in line to get on your favorite rides. Believe it or not, a water bottle or fountain drink can come out to be $4 or $5 at restaurants and refreshment stands inside Disneyland. Just like food, bringing your own drinks or refreshments is a sure way to save up lots of money.

3. Don’t be shy to ask staff for photos

If you are going to the parks with friends, family, or a significant other, you will most likely want to snag a few photos at all of those iconic Disney landmarks. There's a bunch of staff located all around the park, and most of them are more than happy to help you and your group snap some memories. Most people think that when they get photos taken by staff with professional cameras, they have to pay for the photos. However, if you politely ask the photographers to use your smartphone, they will happily do that too! 

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4. Purchase a multi-day ticket

Most people don’t know that a one-day ticket is actually the most expensive one. Why not spend a couple of days in Disneyland and end up getting a better deal? If you are traveling to Southern California, I highly recommend the two-day Park Hopper ticket. Both Disneyland and California Adventure have so much to do, so the Park Hopper is worth it. Spending two days in the parks may seem like a lot, but since there is a lot to see in each park, you won’t feel bored and things won’t get repetitive. A multi-day Park Hopper ticket is a good way to get a better deal.

5. Buy Mickey Mouse ears before heading into the park

When you get into the park, there are a bunch of people wearing those iconic Mickey/Minnie Mouse ear headbands, and you will be extremely tempted to get one for yourself. However, inside of the park, those headbands cost around $30! If you shop online beforehand, you will find discounts and websites that sell the ears for better prices. Additionally, you and your group can find signature or custom designs online.

6. Take advantage of the free Fastpasses

Some attractions come with a Fastpass option so you can skip through lines on your favorite rides! A couple of popular attractions that offer Fastpass include Radiator Springs Racers, the Haunted Mansion, and Indiana Jones Adventure. Remember, these passes are completely free, but you have to get them early and return to the attraction at the appropriate time to use your passes. 

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A trip to Disneyland is always one to remember, and I hope all of you will have a lovely time exploring the parks with your loved ones. Disneyland can be an expensive trip, but there are so many ways to plan ahead and save lots of money. I hope these tips were helpful and will make your trip to Disneyland less stressful and more affordable!