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Disneyland Parks currently has an Annual Pass Special. Starting with the Deluxe Pass, you receive 13 months of admission at the price of 12. Check Disney’s site direct to purchase passes and check out how to figure out which passes are best for your family.
40% Off on Disneyland Resort Hotels
Book now through 2/2/2017 and receive 40% off on select rooms at the Disneyland Resort Hotels for most nights Sundays-Thursdays. This offer is only valid if you were sent a personal promotional code – so check your email. If you are not receiving Disney Promotional emails because you’re worried about too much clutter, stop worrying. Their offers are really worth it being on the list!
Sign up for a Disney account here and start receiving their promo mails!
Southern California Residents Tickets
Grocery stores and Disney Stores still carry tickets starting at 2-day admission for cheaper than at the gate, averaging savings of about $20 per ticket. You will also be able to use these within a 2-week time frame; they don’t need to be used on consecutive days. Please note that you cannot purchase these tickets with a credit card. They must be paid with debit card, check, or cash.
Southern California City Pass
Save 29% off main entrance prices if you’re planning on visiting more than just Disneyland. In addition to a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket for Disneyland (which includes one Magic Morning admission to a designated Disneyland Park), the SoCal City Pass also grants you entrance to one day of Legoland and one day of SeaWorld (both in San Diego area), for only $51 more than a regular 3-day Disneyland Park Hopper ticket, and $91 more than a 3-day-1-park-per-day ticket. Please note that you will need to rent a car in order to reach these other parks in any reasonable way.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR VACATION PLANNING AT DISNEYLAND
Vacation Packages including tickets versus Annual Passes
I’ve checked and double checked, and it is definitely cheaper to add tickets to your vacation package than buying an annual pass, no matter where you stay.
Which hotel should I stay at?
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa – If you’re ready to splurge, I would absolutely recommend the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. While it will be undergoing refurbishments in 2017, it is a stunning property and is as close as you can get to the parks and Downtown Disney. In fact, you have direct and exclusive access to Disney’s California Adventure, and you’re only steps away from the main plaza that leads to Disneyland Park through Downtown Disney. If you’re paying for time, this affords you the most time and the least amount of hassle with transportation (you will need absolutely none, other than getting to the resort and back). Room rates per night run between $330 during low season and $600 during peak season, so expect to pay up! These rates include neither food nor park tickets.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa 2017 Refurbishments – From January 2017 through fall 2017, it is possible that you may see and hear construction starting at 9AM as the property is undergoing a facelift.
- Room refurbishments will occur from January 2017 through fall 2017. We recommend booking on the phone or through your travel agent and specifically ask about rooms that won’t be affected (or those that will be if you’re hoping for a discount).
- The pools and poolside cabanas will be closed for refurbishment from January 2017 to spring 2017. The pools, pool-side cabanas, and water slides at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will be available for Grand Californian hotel guests, but remember that these are a walk away either across the main street or through Downtown Disney. Make sure to account for the extra time and bring appropriate cover-ups.
- The Great Hall lobby will be refurbished and access will be limited beginning June 2017 through early August 2017. Since the lobby area is such a fantastic part of the Grand Californian experience, I recommend not booking this hotel during this time in order to avoid disappointment.
- The Craftsman’s Club concierge lounge will be temporarily relocated from early August 2017 through early October 2017.
- We have not noticed a notable decrease in room pricing for this inconvenience. So book cautiously during 2017.
Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel – This property is the lowest priced and at the outskirts of the Disney Resort the furthest away from the parks. You will have to make your way through the entire length of Downtown Disney to get to the main entrance of both parks, or a much shorter walk to the monorail, which will drop you in the middle of Tomorrowland inside Disneyland, instead of Main Street USA or the main entrance plaza.
This hotel is lower priced, but still carries a hefty price tag with room rates starting at $269 during low season. It is much less spectacular than the Grand California, but still a very nice and clean property.
My favorite feature about this hotel is the rooftop pool area only accessible to hotel guests with a fantastic view over both parks. Watching the fireworks from up there is amazing, and the music that you otherwise only hear from Main Street USA is played over speakers there, too! They also show movies under the stars during select nights of the week.
Good Neighborhood Hotels – These are a budget option; compare to the Value Resorts at Disney World. If you don’t want to spend all your savings on Disney Resort Hotels, these hotels are nice, clean, but mostly simple hotels very near by. Some of them are in walking distance from the parks, right across the entrance plaza and main street. For others, you will want to use the free shuttle service. Ask about location and walking distance before you book.
As always, when shuttling in by foot or wheels, you will want to account for extra time to get there, especially during the busy seasons, when shuttle lines may be long.
Good Neighborhood Hotels replace the myriad of lower-priced hotel options at Disney World. They can save you a few thousand dollars on your vacation, so they are a serious option and good choice when you’re on a budget.