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If you are planning a trip to Disneyland for your family, you are probably looking at a lot of different options. That’s why you should Buy Disneyland Tickets Using These Tips for Best Options. From hotels to activities away from the parks to which Disneyland tickets to purchase, there is a lot to decide on. For many families, the Disneyland tickets will be the biggest purchase you make for your vacation. Take the time to check out our tips for making the best ticket choice for your family.
Buy Disneyland Tickets: Basic Info
The options for your park tickets can be a bit overwhelming. How many days should you go? What are magic mornings? Do you need to parkhop? Where can I get the best deal on tickets? Don’t worry. I am here to help you figure out everything you need to know before buying your Disneyland tickets. Plus how to save on your some major money on your tickets.
Basic Disneyland Tickets and Pass Information
Disneyland park offers tickets for various amounts of days, with additional options available. With all of the different options, it can get a bit confusing to know what tickets you will be needing and what options are best for your family. So we are going to start with the basics.
There are day passes, multi-day passes up to 5 days, and Disneyland parkhopper ticket upgrades in all of these types that allow you to go to both parks on the same day. There are also Disneyland annual passes available to those visiting more than once per year.
Types of Disneyland Tickets
When you buy Disneyland Tickets they range from 1-5 days. Disneyland offers single day and multi-day tickets to their parks. A single day ticket will vary in price based on if you are visiting during peak season, etc. but the cost is over $100/day/person for a single day ticket.
- One day tickets can be purchased with a park hopper option (at an additional cost) which allows you to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA) on the same day. One day Disneyland tickets prices vary by the date you plan to use them and starting February 11, 2020 have 5 tiers of pricing.
Days when Disneyland expects less crowds have a lower cost. Days when they expect higher crowds have a higher cost. (As of this time, tiered pricing is only on 1 day tickets).
- Multi-Day tickets range from 2-5 day tickets. The more days you purchase, the cheaper the per day cost. Multi-day tickets are not currently priced differently based on date used so this is a great option for some. Multi-Day tickets must be used within 13 days of first use (with the exception of the SoCal tickets sometimes available to SoCal residents at the beginning of each year). They do not have to be used consecutively so you are able to take a break from the parks midweek. Multi-Day tickets also have the ability to add in a park hopper option, in which case, you can visit both parks on the same day every single day of your visit if you choose.
NOTE: Residents of Australia are able to purchase up to 10-day tickets.
- Why you shouldn’t buy tickets at the park – Multi-Day tickets purchased online that are for 3 or more days will include a Magic Morning Admission (more on that later) but those purchased at the kiosks at the park will not. (This does not include pre-purchased tickets being redeemed or picked up at the kiosks.)
- Park Hopper Passes allow you to visit both parks on the same day with a single ticket. This is prices slightly more than a one park pass.
What Age Is An Adult?
We often don’t think of our tweens and teens as adults. When purchasing your Disneyland tickets, it is important to know that guests over the age of 9 are considered adults when purchasing theme park admission. If you are visiting over your child’s birthday, and they will be 9 the first day of your ticket use, you may purchase them a child’s admission.
- Children 10 and over are also considered an adult when purchasing character meals.
- Disneyland does not charge admission for guests under the age of 3. They also do not charge those guests for character dining (but you will need to include them in your party count). Just like with your 9-year-old, if your child is under the age of 3 on the first day of admission, you will not need to purchase a ticket during this trip, even if their birthday falls during this vacation.
Buying Disneyland Tickets
Some tips for where to buy Disneyland tickets for your upcoming trip are below. Buying Disneyland tickets from the right place can save you hundred of dollars. But buying them from the wrong place can cost you hundreds.
- Disneyland tickets are non-transferable. Once a ticket is scanned for first entrance, tickets may not be transferred. Disneyland will take the picture of the person using the ticket to ensure the same person uses the ticket every day.
- HINT: Do not buy partially used tickets off eBay, etc for this exact reason
- You can purchase Disneyland tickets from different places. Disneyland tickets may be purchased online, at the kiosks, and through multiple authorized ticket agents. Our favorite is Get Away Today.
Discount Disneyland Tickets
Disneyland is expensive, I get that. Because of that, most people want to know if there is a way to get discounted Disneyland tickets. While discounts are few and far between, there are a few ways to get discounted tickets.
Authorized Ticket Dealers often have sales. There are a handful of authorized ticket agents/dealers that sale Disneyland tickets. Some have discounted prices throughout the year. Our personal favorite, as mentioned above is Get Away Today.
They have several tickets sales a year, such as Adults at Kids Prices, summer sales with dollar amounts off, and more. My favorite part about Get Away Today is they offer these discounts by themselves as well as in packages.
- Spring Disneyland ticket sales. This used to be my favorite way to save on Spring Break visits. In 2019 Disneyland offered a spring ticket deal to all guests, however, this is not the case in 2020. We are watching to see if there is a spring ticket deal for Southern California Residents.
Other Disneyland Ticket Discount Options
- Military Discounts for those in the service. Disneyland knows how to thank our service men and women. There are a few different discounts available to those who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Members of the armed forces and their spouses can purchase tickets through their bases, or at Disneyland’s Ticket Booths. The tickets at the Ticket Booth tend to be the best deal (approximately half price). You must have a military ID to purchase.
- SoCal Tickets. Some years, Disneyland will offer SoCal tickets for residents in Southern California at the beginning of the year. These tickets are discounted and good for dates from January-May with blackout dates around spring break. Watch the Disneyland website for more information on this offer. You do need to show proof of residence to purchase SoCal Tickets.
- The Secret Target Red Card Discount. This is honestly 100% my favorite way to save money on Disneyland tickets. The best part is, this can be used along with military discounts, and SoCal discounts. Basically, any discount being offered directly by Disney. What is this secret Target Red Card Discount? Simple: If you have a Target Red Card- you can purchase Disney Gift Cards and get your 5% discount when you pay using your Red Card. So if you buy $500 of Gift Cards you only pay $475. You can then use those $500 of Disney Gift Cards to purchase tickets, including the military tickets or SoCal tickets, at the Disneyland Ticket Kiosks. I share more about using your Target Red Card in my post sharing how to go to Disneyland for cheap.
What Disneyland Tickets Should You Buy?
Deciding what Disneyland tickets to buy is such a personal decision. You can ask 5 different Disneyland bloggers and each one would probably give you a different answer. If you aren’t sure how many days to stay, check out my to help you decide how many days to spend at Disneyland.
Future Vacation Plans. If you think you will be able to make it back to Disneyland within the calendar year, it may be more cost effective to get an Annual Pass.
This was the case for my family this year. We knew we would be doing at least 2 trips, but more likely 3, within the 12 month period (plus they had a special for an extra month free!) It was much more economical for us to splurge on Annual Passes.
Just two trips more than paid for our passes, but then we also get discounts on purchases and dining. I upgraded my husband and I to Signature Passes so that we would have free parking, a bigger discount, and at the time it included free Photopass services.
- Note Regarding Annual Pass Purchases: If you can, I always suggest purchasing the annual pass at the beginning of your visit to utilize the discounts, but if you decide at the end of your vacation that you want to come back again within the year, you can go to any ticket booth on the last day in the parks and upgrade to an annual pass by paying the difference. The pass will expire 12 months from the first use of your ticket. There are several different annual pass options, with different prices and blackout dates, so be sure to compare all-pass types to decide which ones are the best fit for your family.
Things to consider before you buy Disneyland Tickets
- Budget. I think the budget should always be at the top of the list of things to consider when deciding which tickets to purchase. Definitely stay within your budget. Maybe this means choosing one-park-per-day tickets instead of park hoppers, or maybe this means going for 3 days instead of 5. Whatever you decide, let your budget be your guide.
- Time. You can not do everything in one day. Even with super spectacular planning and use of the FastPass system, you can not do every ride or attraction in one day, let alone hit up your favorites twice. If you have enough time during your vacation I always suggest at least two days in the parks. That said, any day at Disneyland is better than none, so don’t think you are wasting your money if you only go one day
What you need to consider about Park Hopper Passes
What about Parkhopping? Park hopping is one of those things that people have very different opinions on. Honestly, we used to forgo park-hopping. When the Goof was little, and we were on a stricter budget, I couldn’t fathom spending the extra money. Instead, we always did 2 days at Disneyland and one at California Adventure. But one time we were going for 4 days, and so we decided to park hop.
Honestly, we have never looked back after that. The two parks are so close that parkhopping is super easy. It is nice to be able to go to the other park if one is too crowded or the lines are too long. If your budget allows, I would definitely suggest adding parkhopping.
The Magic of a Disneyland Vacation
No matter what tickets you choose to go with, you are sure to have a magical time at Disneyland. If this is your first trip (ever or just in a while) I have a tons of tips to help you learn all about the parks. Also, your tickets now double as your access to FastPass lines. Learn all about Disneyland’s digital FastPass system and the new MaxPass system here.
Did I answer all of your questions about how to buy Disneyland tickets? If not, leave your question below in the comments and I will try and answer it for you.