Disneyland Money-Saving Tips
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Get up!Always arrive at the parks early and enjoy the attractions before the crowds hit. Take an afternoon nap or a time-out at the pool if you need to, but always start the day at park opening.
Don’t bother with a car rentalIf Disneyland is your only Southern California destination, you won’t need a car once you’re on the property.
Make reservations with Disney DiningAfter standing in line to ride the Matterhorn, the last thing you want to do is wait for a table to open up at a restaurant in the park. Call Disney Dining (714-781-3463) to arrange complimentary priority seating for all sit-down eateries in the park.
Park HopperSpend the money on a park hopper for easy back-and-forth access between the two parks. One-day hoppers are $91 per adult/$81 per child.
FastPassTake advantage of Disney’s free FastPass system, which allows you to make a reservation for the most popular attractions so you can skip the long lines; details in the park maps you receive on arrival.
Use package pick-upIn-park purchases can be held for you at the exit; if you’re staying in one of the resort hotels, packages can be delivered right to your room.
Drop off FidoPets can be left in the Disney Kennel Club during Park hours.
Off-peak primerDuring the low season, park hours are shorter and there are fewer opportunities to catch the parades and fireworks shows; attraction refurbishments are often slated for the quieter times as well.
Avoid School HolidaysAny time the kids are out of school, the park is more crowded and hotel rates go up. If possible, plan your vacation for a slow period, like September or January (excluding holidays).
Travel ART-fullyNot staying at the resort and don't want the hassle of a car? Anaheim Resort Transit (ART) buses stop at many of the hotels in town on the way to Disneyland. Buy a one-day pass for $4, a three-day pass for $10, or a five-day pass for $16. There are significant discounts for kids aged 3-9, and children 2 and under ride free.
Stay off the ResortIn general, it's cheaper to stay at a hotel in town rather than one of the three Disneyland accommodations. Several are within walking distance to the park entrance, and some others offer shuttle service.
Online CouponsCheck the Anaheim Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau website (www.anaheimoc.org/coupons) for discounts on Disneyland/airport shuttle service, as well as area restaurants and attractions.
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