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Doing Disneyland on a Budget

June 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Discount Travel, Featured Articles

tokyo-disneylandDisneyland is a great experience for a family with small children, but it can be difficult to do it when your budget is tight, which for many people is the case. The following is a look at how you can do Disneyland on a budget, and still get  a lot out of it, while spending less.

First, look for ways to get your tickets cheaper than buying them at the gate. The cost at the gate for a two day park hopper is $143. If you were to go to eBay and buy your tickets, you could save yourself about half of that. If you want to save money on tickets, try options like the Southern California resident discounts. Or, buy your tickets with someone else. Check Craigslist, eBay, and other auction and classified sites to find tickets at a discount. Buy them with other tickets, such as through the Southern California City Pass, or by purchasing tickets through Costco, etc.

The closer you are to Disneyland, the more expensive it is, in most cases. The places around Disneyland are big resorts, and most offer on site amenities. However, if you plan to be at the park all day, you really do not need fancy pools, game rooms, lounges, etc. So, stay somewhere not as nice, as you won’t be in your room anyway. Use a time share, stay with family, etc. Or, combine your ticket package with a hotel package and get the whole thing for a nice discount.

One of the best ways to save money on a Disney vacation is with food. To feed someone at the Disney park is going to cost you $8 or more minimum. So, for a family of 4, that is $36. You could pack an awesome picnic for half that price. Take food with you, drinks, and snacks, and you will save a whole bunch on the high cost of eating at a theme park. Freeze your water bottle, or drink before you go, and it will stay cold all day. Take a backpack with some chips, pretzels, fruit snacks, peanut butter sandwiches, juice boxes, etc. in it, and eat while you wait in line for rides, or walk from one attraction to the next. You really won’t feel like you are missing out, and you will save a TON of money on food.

Disney souvenirs are half the fun of going to Disneyland, but a T-shirt will cost you $25, so for a family of 4 that is $100 more. A better option is to take a favorite Disney item with you to the park, and get it signed by a character. This still gives you the memory, but costs a lot less. Or, opt for one of the less expensive options, like a ring, bracelet, etc. over a stuffed animal or toy.  Pictures make great memories too, so forgo the souvenirs, and just be sure to frame their favorite picture when you get home.

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