The purpose of our 2019 discount Disneyland tickets guide is to help provide you with money savings tips when it comes to buying your tickets to Disneyland. In this guide we present all the available options to you including tickets from wholesalers, grocery stores, travel companies like AAA, Disneyland and more. Plus we’ll give you the tips on which tickets are the best to match your Disney vacation needs.
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We’ve been tracking and selling Disneyland tickets for over 10 years and can tell you wholeheartedly that the best and safest place to buy your tickets is with our partner Get Away Today. They’ve been a wholesale partner with Disney for well over 20 years. In fact, I remember being in elementary school and bringing home pamphlets for their vacations in the mid 90’s. Their prices are backed by a Best Price Guarantee and their selection of Disneyland tickets include 2 day tickets all the way to 5 day tickets, 1 park per day and Park Hopper.
With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening up on May 31st, 2019, there are going to be some massive crowds at Disneyland starting that day and continuing into June so if you don’t care about Star Wars then we suggest visiting before in opens and take advantage of that special offer from Get Away Today.
January through May are some of the best off-season months to do your Disney travel, especially this year as they are pre-Star Wars land. There are a few weekends and holidays and some springs breaks that occur during this time but in general these are great months to travel in. Typically hotels and flights are cheaper during this time too. We highly recommend taking advantage of this season and purchasing a Park Hopper ticket to get as much done as you can.
We believe the reason for Disney running a special spring offer is to try and get guests to come before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens. Many guests are probably postponing their vacations until this new land opens. When it does, Disneyland will see crowds like they’ve never seen before. It’s going to make vacations during this time a bit more tricky (read our 2019 Disneyland Planning Guide for more details). Thus we recommend that if you can make your vacation before the opening of Star Wars you will not only avoid large crowds but you can take advantage of the special discounts.
With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to Disneyland in June we figured there would be a price increase on discount Disneyland tickets, which there was but it didn’t come at the time we expected it to. Historically Disney raises their prices in February which didn’t happen this year. In fact, they threw out a special offer instead which kind of blew us away. But then we saw their end game and completely understood. They raised their prices in January which was an unusually strange time for them.
What we collect from all this is that there will probably be another price increase either right before Star Wars opens or just after so be prepared. Buying your tickets now does lock in the current pricing so you wouldn’t be subject to any future price increases, especially Park Hopper tickets.
In fact if you’re planning a vacation and need both Disneyland ticket and hotel we suggest booking a package from Get Away Today with our exclusive promo code PARKSAVERS. It will save you an additional $10 off your already discounted Disneyland package. You’ll be combining both discount Disneyland tickets and discounted hotels for the ultimate vacation package. Seriously though, we’ve been booking with them for as long as we can remember and nobody can beat their prices.
In fact, they offer a Best Price Guarantee on their packages as well and will beat any price you bring them by $10. For us this is a no-brainer when it comes to saving. We highly recommend booking the Park Hopper Tickets as they give you the most flexibility.
You can even grab hotels that offer free nights which tend to be Good Neighbor Hotels (Disney approved hotels) that are close to the parks. They do also offer discounted rates on Disney Property Hotels including the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel and the Grand Californian Hotel.
The rest of our post is dedicated to the details of discount Disneyland tickets including pricing, ticket options and which ticket is right for your vacation. Having studied and followed so many of the ticket options out there plus our own visits to the parks, this information can be very valuable to you while planning your Disney vacation. We’ll also touch on the places you should and can buy your tickets from and the places that you should not buy your tickets from to avoid being scammed.
WHERE TO BUY DISCOUNT DISNEYLAND TICKETS
Our #1 recommended place to purchase authentic discounted Disneyland tickets online is with our partner Get Away Today. Yes, we’ve already mentioned them before but there’s no getting around their pricing. You’ll receive the same tickets you would if you purchased directly from Disney but for less. These tickets include FASTPASS and the option to add MaxPass through the Disneyland app. The other great thing about their tickets is that they are all e-tickets so you can skip the box office lines and head straight to the gate and enter the parks. No exchange is required!
Purchasing MaxPass for your tickets is a great way to help you save time at the parks, especially during those busy times like Summer, Thanksgiving, the Holidays and Spring Breaks. While MaxPass does cost extra to add on we think it’s completely worth it.
If you prefer to purchase tickets in person that are several options out there for you but with little savings. AAA does sell actual tickets through their local offices but the savings are minimal, typically just a few dollars. Safeway, Vons, Sam’s Club and Costco can carry Disneyland California tickets that can be purchased in person at the stores but we would highly recommend you calling ahead to verify this.
In our experience, most of the time they aren’t carrying them so driving to the store without checking would be a waste of time. Their discounts also tend to be very minimal as well. Recently Ralphs Grocery Store stopped selling Disneyland tickets as well.
Guests who are staying at Good Neighbor Hotels will find that many of them have ticket areas set-up in the hotel to sell you tickets. However, 90% of the time they are being sold to you at gate pricing with little to no discount at all. While it may sound like we’re discouraging you from buying tickets in person, it’s only because from our experience that you can save more money by purchasing online.
Other options include Military discounts which we highly recommend if you’re active or retired. Students can receive discounts if you’re currently in school, not matter what grade you’re in.
WHERE NOT TO BUY DISCOUNT DISNEYLAND TICKETS
It’s unfortunate that we have to talk about this but the truth is is that there are a lot of scams out there when it comes to buying discount Disneyland tickets. Everyone wants to save as much as possible but sometime it can come back to bite you, big time. The last thing we want you to do is throw away your hard earned Disney vacation money.
Websites like eBay, Craigslist or other classified websites, and stands or in-person meetings should be avoided at all cost. There is absolutely no way to verify the authenticity of a ticket through these options. Purchasing a ticket from a stranger you don’t know online and hoping it will work out at the parks adds a lot of unnecessary stress to a person’s vacation. Most of the time guests arrive and find there are no days left on the ticket and now need to try and get their money back.
“Renting” tickets or splitting tickets is also a big no-no. Disney has put in place security options to prevent this from happening so it’s not a good idea. You picture is taken upon first entry into the parks so that Cast Members can verify your appearance before entering anytime thereafter. If you don’t match the picture you will be denied entry and will either need to leave or purchase new tickets at full price. That “$50 savings” has now turned into several hundred dollars lost. We’ve seen this happen first hand at the parks. Not only did the family get denied entry into the parks, they were also embarrassed beyond belief as they were questioned by security in front of a lot of people.
As a website that sells tickets we can tell you that there are a lot of people out there who don’t know the difference between Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. What are we getting at? Make sure you don’t purchase Walt Disney World tickets when you’re heading to the Disneyland Resort. Not only will you end up paying more, you’ll also have some time-consuming exchanges going on as a box office Cast Member assists you with the exchange. While it is nice to know that they can help you, you’ll lose a lot of precious park time taking care of it.
HOW MANY DAYS SHOULD I PLAY?
We highly recommend a minimum of 3 days at Disneyland if you’ve been before. If you haven’t been before we would suggest the 4 day ticket. These is so much to see and do at Disneyland that you need adequate time to do it all. An experienced family can fit this in in 3 days time. If you’ve never been we suggest taking the full 4 days and enjoying not just the attractions but shows and dining as well.
The great thing about Disneyland and Walt Disney World is that the more you play the less you pay (per day). If you compare a 2 day Disneyland ticket to a 4 day Disneyland ticket you’re paying $112 per day for the 2 day and $81 per day for the 4 day ticket. It pays to play more plus the discounts are much better on 3, 4 and 5 day tickets vs. a 2 day ticket which can save around $5. With attractions like Indiana Jones, Guardians of the Galaxy, Soarin’ Around the World, Matterhorn, Splash Mountain and lands like Cars Land and Pixar Pier, you’ll want at least 3 or 4 days (park hopper).
If you’re pretty into Disney like we are you may want to look at getting a 5 day ticket or an annual pass (keep reading). Having 5 days in the parks can bring a certain level of comfort knowing you have plenty of time and won’t miss anything with proper planning. 5 days can also be a lot so it’s not for the faint of heart!
Guests aiming for 2 days at the parks could do well with a 2-day 1 park per day ticket. It gives you one whole day in Disneyland and one whole day in California Adventure Park. You don’t have to worry about switching parks but it may leave you with feelings of loneliness as dream about being on Indiana Jones just one more time. To avoid this just add on the park hopper option! Trust us, you’ll feel much better.
Guest who are looking into a single day visit should prepare themselves for overload. We don’t recommend visiting Disneyland for just one day but understand you may only have that amount of time as you visit other areas of Southern California or are just sneaking in a day from a business trip. Keep in mind that there are no authorized ticket sellers that discount 1 day tickets so your best option is to purchase directly from Disney. Skip the box office lines and do it online to help you save time.
For your one day in the parks we would recommend you get the park hopper ticket unless you know everything you want to ride is just in one park. This way you can go between the two parks and experience a few big attractions in both. It’s also nice because you don’t have to be trapped in a park that my be busier than the other. With the proper crowds, MaxPass knowledge, previous experience at the parks and the stars aligning, you could get a fair amount done in just one day.
If you’re on a tight budget we would suggest skipping the park hopper ticket and going with the 1 park per day option. It’s cheaper but limits you to just one park. The trade-off can be real on busy days which can keep you from getting on everything you want. We would always suggest getting the MaxPass with a 1 park per day ticket to help improve your chances of getting on more attractions.
One thing to keep in mind is that your tickets can be upgraded at any point during your vacation as long as it happens before the end of your last day. If you have a 3 day park hopper ticket and decide you want a 4 day instead, head over to a box office and add the extra day. You’ll only pay the price difference between the 3 and 4 day tickets. If you’re not sure how many days you want, we always suggest going with the lower day and then upgrading if you decide for the extra day. You cannot downgrade a ticket so it would be wise to go lower with your initial purchase. If you’re thinking about upgrading to an annual pass see below for all the details on how that process works and when it’s wise to do so.
PARK HOPPER VS. 1 PARK PER DAY TICKETS
Because Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are so close to each other we always suggest getting the park hopper option for your tickets. The reason we suggest this option (with confidence) is because of the flexibility it offers you. Being able to go back and forth between the parks is almost priceless in our minds. If you want to ride Toy Story Midway Mania in the morning at California Adventure Park and then head over to Indiana Jones in Disneyland Park, you can. If you want to spend all day in California Adventure Park and then see the fireworks that night at Disneyland Park, you can. If you enter Disneyland Park and find it’s very crowded and wait times are crazy, you can head over to California Adventure Park.
Even though the park hopper option costs a bit more we think the flexibility that it offers is well-worth the price. This means that the 1 park per day option is cheaper but comes without the flexibility of the park hopper option. If you’re travelling on a budget we do recommend the 1 park per day tickets. With these tickets, whichever park you enter that day is the park you must stay in for the entire day. If you enter Disneyland Park you’ll need to stay there the entire day.
This ticket requires deeper planning than the park hopper ticket because of this. For example, if you want to watch the fireworks at Disneyland Park on a certain night you need to make sure you don’t go into California Adventure Park that day. If the Food and Wine Festival is happening at California Adventure Park and you want to participate in that, don’t go to Disneyland Park for Splash Mountain then try and head to California Adventure for lunch. It won’t work!
If you’re planning your trip during a busier time of the year including the Holidays, Thanksgiving or the summer months we would highly recommend getting the park hopper option. With the addition of MaxPass to the FASTPASS system you can get a lot done between both parks as long as you have the park hopper. For instance, you can be standing in line for Guardians on a hot day dreaming of cooling off on Splash Mountain. With the combination of the park hopper plus MaxPass you can simply pull out your phone and make the FASTPASS reservation. Once you’re done with Guardians you can live your Splash Mountain dream!
DISCOUNT DISNEYLAND TICKET PRICING
Here are the current 2019 Disneyland ticket prices (as of 6/02/19)*:
|2019 Ticket Pricing||Discount Pricing||Gate Pricing|
|2-Day Park Hopper||$276||$280|
|3-Day Park Hopper||$344||$355|
|4-Day Park Hopper||$367||$380|
|5-Day Park Hopper||$372||$395|
|2-Day 1 Park Per Day||$221||$225|
|3-Day 1 Park Per Day||$291||$300|
|4-Day 1 Park Per Day||$316||$325|
|5-Day 1 Park Per Day||$321||$340|
For the Disney lovers and obsessors out there, this is for you. Annual Passes is an outward expression of your inner love for Disneyland! There are so many things that make an annual pass wonderful (except the price) that if you’re thinking about getting one, read on.
First let’s talk about sense. Does it make sense to get an annual pass. We’ve crunched all the number for you and have come up with the simple number of 10. If you’re planning on visiting the parks 10 days or more in a single calendar year we believe an annual pass is right for you. If you’re visiting anything less than this we think you should stick with the multi-day tickets.
If you’re trying to decide on whether or not you should get an annual pass be sure you look at each pass type and if they have block-out dates or not. If you know you’re going 5 days in February and then 5 days in November, be sure to look at both months and make sure none of your days are blocked out on the pass you’re considering. It may end up making sense just to stick with multi-day tickets if there are block-out dates.
The cheapest annual pass right now is only available to Southern California Residents. The cost is about the price of a 5-day park hopper ticket ($399) but residents get 225 days out of the year to use it. Keep in mind that with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening this summer, the So. California Select annual pass has quite a few block-out days in the summer. If you’re interested in one, buy now before it may be too late. We’re betting that the price for this pass will either go up or disappear entirely.
If you have a flexible schedule and can make it out to the parks 10 or more times, we would suggest looking at the Deluxe annual pass. It has much less block-out days than the So. California Pass and offers great discounts for the holder. For those of you who may be visiting the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resorts in the same year you may want to look into the Premier Annual Passport.
This baby is pricey but it offers everything including the max dining and merchandise discounts, free MaxPass (at Disneyland) and PhotoPass and both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, zero block-out dates, free parking and more. This pass can do it all and then some! And it only requires a simple payment of $1,949 plus tax. Yikes! To be honest, you’d have to visit both resorts several times to ever get your money’s worth out of this pass.
Take a look at current Annual Passes for Disneyland and their prices:
|Pass Type||Southern California Resident Passport||Disney Flex Passport - New!||Disney Deluxe PassPort||Disney Signature Passport||Disney Signature Plus Passport||Disney Premier Passport|
|Price||$399||$599||$799||$1,149||$1,399||$1,949 + tax|
|Discounts||10%||10%||10%||15% and 20%||15% and 20%||15% and 20%|
The Disney Flex Passport is brand new for 2019 and works a bit differently than the other passes do. Some days require you to make a reservation in advance if you want to visit the park that day. You can do this online or via the Disneyland app but basically Disney is saying they’ll allow a certain number of Flex Passport holders come to the parks that day when normally they would be blocked out. Reservations are limited though so the further out you know the better.
Lastly, you can upgrade any Disneyland ticket to an annual pass. To do this simply visit any box office and let them know which one you’d like to upgrade to. They will apply the value of your entire ticket towards the annual pass. You can do this all the way up till your last day in the parks. Anytime after that your ticket will have no value. You can also complete this process through the Disneyland App now.
Many of you have probably heard about this pass before. In previous years it offered special discounts to 3 theme parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND. We realize there are 4 parks listed, that’s because Universal Studios was removed and SeaWorld was added. This pass exists and doesn’t exist these days. Instead of paying one price for the 3 theme parks you can now combine whichever parks you want and receive a discount. Our partner Get Away Today offers several variations of this ticket with parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND
Some of these combinations make sense and some don’t depending on your travel plans. SeaWorld and LEGOLAND are more towards San Diego while Disneyland, Universal Studios and Knott’s Berry Farm are all in Orange County. If you plan on visiting both areas then there are combination tickets that will match perfectly. If you’re going to be visiting one or the other it may make more sense to purchase individually, especially if you’re just in the San Diego area. Either way be sure to checkout the offers from Get Away Today as they’ll be able to help you save.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESIDENT TICKETS
Along with the Spring Special Offer for Disneyland, the resort is also offering special pricing to Southern California Residents. Keep in mind that photo ID is required to purchase these tickets though only one resident is required. You can purchase them for family who may not live in Southern California but the resident will need to be there to get into the parks.
Pricing for this special 3-day ticket is $179 for a 3-day 1 park per day ticket and $234 for the 3-day park hopper ticket. Both tickets include one Magic Morning Early Entry. This special fall in line with the Spring Offer Special that Disney’s offering to everyone in the sense that they really want guests to come BEFORE Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens.
Southern California Residents who qualify for this offer must live within zip codes of 21000-22999. Photo ID must be shown at the box office to purchase or at time of entry if purchased online.
This is where you should be booking your vacation, Disney California. There is a big difference between Disney Orlando and Disney California. One is known as Disneyland and the other is known as Walt Disney World. You’re currently researching a Disney trip to Disney California or Disneyland Resort. Disneyland is the very first park that Walt Disney opened in 1955 and features the base attractions that are now featured in the other Disney theme parks around the world.
Disney California opened as Walt’s dream of bringing his stories and films to life. It was a place where guests could walk through a castle and meet their favorite Disney characters such as Snow White, Mickey Mouse or Peter Pan. Of course as time has gone on Disneyland has expanded quite a bit and now includes several different lands including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that opened in 2019. Technology has come a long way since Disneyland first opened and Galaxy’s Edge offers a glimpse into this new age with Animatronics that are very fluid and life-like.
If you’re visiting Disney California for the first time we suggest entering Disneyland Park first and heading to some of these classic attractions including:
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Peter Pan
- Snow White
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
Of course there is a lot more to experience on your Disney vacation including a whole other park: California Adventure. This is why we highly recommend getting a Park Hopper ticket for your trip.
Hopefully you’ve heard of MaxPass by now. If you haven’t you may want to read our guide on what it is and how to best use it. Essentially MaxPass is an additional service that upgrades your Fastpass experience. With Fastpass you can skip the main lines for bigger attractions by getting a return time and then coming back within that time frame. This service does require you to go to the actual attraction and get that return time.
With MaxPass you can avoid having to go to the actual attraction and just do it from your phone using the official Disneyland app. What this means is you can be standing in line Indiana Jones and schedule a Fastpass for Incredicoaster or Space Mountain. On top of this MaxPass does include unlimited digital downloads of your pictures from that day. This includes attraction photos and PhotoPass photos from some of your favorite sports around the parks.
MaxPass originally cost $10 per day per person. It now costs $15 per day per person.
COSTCO DISNEYLAND TICKETS
If you’re looking to buy Costco Disneyland tickets we do have some updated news. We threw this section in because we always have guests asking us if we know about Disneyland Tickets from Costco and how to buy them. Basically what we’ve found is that Costco used to sell Disneyland tickets via online and in warehouse. As of maybe a few years ago they stopped selling Costco Disneyland tickets. So to answer your question: does Costco sell Disneyland tickets? The answer right now is no they do not.
As a Costco Member you can always check online through the Costco Travel website to see if they’ve brought back Disneyland tickets Costco. It’s as simple as loading up the correct theme park tickets category and seeing if they have them listed.
You can also call your local warehouse and see if they have them in stock. We suggest looking them up via Google or Costco.com. Talk to customer service and see if they have any or if they don’t, when they think they would get them in stock.
The deals that we’ve heard of for Disneyland tickets is that you could get a 4 day park hopper ticket that came with a $50 Disney Gift Card. The price for the ticket was less than gate pricing so with the two combined you could save a lot of money. While Costco doesn’t sell these tickets we would suggest using Get Away Today. Guests looking to purchase directly from Disney with no savings can do so at Disneyland.com.
We understand that was a lot to take in but here are the main points:
- The best place to purchase discount Disneyland tickets is with our trusted partner Get Away Today. They carry all the multi-day tickets and offer a Best Price Guarantee.
- There are a few in-person places that you can get your Disneyland tickets but most of them including AAA and Costco don’t offer much savings.
- You don’t want to purchase your tickets from places like eBay, Craigslist or McDonalds parking lots. It’s scams like these that can really ruin a vacation.
- We highly recommend the 3-day park hopper ticket or the 4-day park hopper ticket if you’ve never been before so you can see and do it all.
- The park hopper option offers the most flexibility to you when it comes to visiting the parks. If you’re traveling in a budget the 1 park per day option will work best.
- Annual Passes make sense if you’re visiting at least 10 days or more in a single year. Southern California Residents can purchase the So. Cal Annual Pass for $400 but should do so soon.
- The SOCAL CITYPASS is more of a combination ticket now that can apply to several different parks including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND.
If you feel like there is anything we’re missing from this article please let us know via comments or shoot us an email. We have lots of other planning guides to help you plan your Disneyland or Walt Disney World vacation including How To Do Disneyland Cheap or booking Disneyland Hotels for less and What To Pack For Disney.
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