How To Do Disneyland Cheap in 2020

how to do disneyland cheap

How to do Disneyland Cheap is a question we get all the time. It seems that every year Disney is raising their theme park ticket prices making it more and more expensive to take a vacation to Disneyland. The average family saves for 5 years to spend a week there. Saving money anywhere possible can help you take your trip sooner and get more out of it.

Follow these simple steps to help save money on your next Disneyland vacation. Doing so could save you hundreds dollars and make what is typically an expensive vacation a cheap one!

Travel during the off season

Disneyland Christmas Tree

You’ll find better rates on hotels and better discounts on tickets by doing so. You’ll also see less crowds at the Parks. Off season is anytime school is in session still, avoiding holidays and weekends and big conferences being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Their website typically lists their upcoming events.

Book in advance

Try to book 2-3 months out if possible. Hotels will have better rates further out and some ticket discounters require an advanced purchase as well. This is especially useful during the Spring Break time of March and April. Book your hotel and tickets early for special deals and discounted hotel rates.

Buy your tickets through a ticket discounter

Only buy from an authorized seller and their partners like Park Savers. This will ensure entry and savings over gate price. You can save up to $25 per ticket when you purchase this way. Look of special sales throughout the year as well. We typically offer specials such as a free day or Adults at Kids prices. This is a major part of How to do Disneyland cheap.

Stay off property for your hotel

Disney has several Good Neighbor Hotels right across the street from the parks. If you book using our exclusive link you can receive FREE NIGHTS at several Good Neighbor Hotels to help you save even more! Several of them offer free parking and breakfast which can add up to saving of $60 per day!¬†Disney’s 3 Property Hotels do not offer either of these things. You can even receive discounts on hotel rates as an annual passholder or military member at these Good Neighbor Hotels.

Fly into a closer airport than LAX

Southwest Airlines Disney

Of all the Orange County airports LAX is the furthest away so you’ll end up spending more getting from there to the resort then the other two. Try flying into SNA – John Wayne Airport or LGB – Long Beach if you can. Also, try and book your flights with saver airlines such as JetBlue and Southwest. Both fly into all 3 major airports in Orange County and can save you hundreds of dollars over Delta or United.

Don’t drive to Disneyland

There’s no point in spending money on a rental car these days. You can get from the airport to the resort for much less then a daily rental car or the cost of a taxi with either Uber or LYFT. Plus with rental cars you may end up spending money on parking each day at your hotel and Disneyland depending on the distance. This can cost you $35 a day in parking alone!

Use our special Uber and LYFT discount codes to get your first ride free! One more step in How to do Disneyland cheap!

Bring your own food

If you’re driving pack your car with all the food you need for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll save an average of $30 per person per day by doing so. If you’re flying in try using Vons Grocery delivery service or Amazon’s Prime Pantry. Both can deliver right to your hotel. You can bring your own food into the parks so don’t worry about that. Pack the cooler and the lunch boxes and sit down wherever you’d like to enjoy a delicious meal and savings!

One great tip you’ll want to remember has to do with water. DON’T pay for water at Disneyland. You can go to any quick service restaurant and get a free cup of water. Just ask! It will save you $3 every time.

Come Prepared

Disneyland Castle

Check the weather ahead of time. If it is going to be cold or rainy, you might be able to enjoy the parks with fewer visitors. Packing a poncho, gloves, a coat, or other cold weather necessities can make a world of difference! If it’s going to be hot and sunny – a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, pure aloe vera, and staying hydrated (with the free water tip above) will ensure you enjoy the Magic all day long!

See my what to pack post for more information on what to bring.

Buy your merchandise before you arrive

If your kids want hats, shirts, or toys, buy them at Walmart or Amazon before you travel. They will be at least half the cost compared to buying at the Disney Parks. If you are going to purchase at the parks, try a budget. Get each kid a Disney Gift Card with a certain amount of money on it and let them know that once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Grab Free Tickets or Airfare for your Vacation

This seems crazy right? That you could actually get free tickets or airfare to Disneyland. These ideas are the epitome of How to do Disneyland Cheap. And yet I have a proven method that works and has worked for myself. I have a complete guide on how to do this so be sure to read it.

Basically the gist is this: Grab the best credit card rewards offer on the market that give you over $600 in cash or travel. Then apply that bonus offer to your vacation and save big. I’ve explained this to several guests over the past year and many of them have been able to save big. I personally paid for my entire airfare with the welcome offer I received.

It’s one of the smartest ways to save on a Disney vacation and is open to anyone with Good to Excellent credit. Again, be sure to read the complete guide above for all the details. You won’t regret it!


Combing all or most of these steps will help you save several hundred dollars on your next Disneyland Vacation. Then you can put that money to good use elsewhere! For more savings and deals be sure to subscribe to Park Savers Disney Deals Newsletter. They keep you in the loop on any upcoming specials and offerings as well as great giveaways including free tickets and vacations! What better way to save money on a Disneyland trip then getting it for free?!

So there you have it. If we didn’t answer the question of how to do Disneyland cheap we don’t know what else to tell you! You can save on flights with discounted airlines and flying into airports closer than LAX. You can purchase discounted Disneyland tickets. You can book hotels in advance and stay at Good Neighbor Hotels that offer free nights, free parking, free breakfast and more. You can bring your own food into the parks so you don’t have to purchase the pricey food there.

All these things taken into consideration is the perfect combination on How to do Disneyland Cheap!