Disneyland is one of the single most expensive Themeparks on the planet. With Ticket Prices up to $149 a day! Naturally, one of the first things people what to know is where to get cheap Disneyland Tickets. Unfortunately, since Disney manages to fill its parks just fine charging these sorts of prices they are not keen to offer or allow many significant discounts!
Money can be saved however if you shop around and buy at the best times. We take you through everything you need to know to get the most money off at Disneyland.
The First thing we need to do is work out exactly what your trip entails. One of the easiest ways to bag cheap tickets is to buy the most appropriate ticket.
How long are you going for?
Obviously it is crucial to know how long you plan on spending at the parks as your entire trip will revolve around this ut actually it is more important than you think as it will actually define WHERE you can buy your tickets from. Disney has full monopoly over ticket prices only allowing select resellers to sell Disneyland Tickets and vastly restricting Which tickets they can sell and how much discount they can offer.
So first you need to decide is if you are visiting for a single day or wanting a multi-day ticket. We cover the best (or only) places to buy both below.
Are you going to Visit Both Parks
The other decision is are you planning on hitting both parks? One a one day trip you will require a Park Hopper but on Multi-Day trip, you can choose either, 1 Park per day or Park Hoppers.
Disneyland resort really works very well with Park Hopper tickets. The gates are directly opposite each other and the whole process of leaving on park and entering the other takes around 10mins The ability to switch between parks makes the trip far more varied and interesting as you are not “Trapped” in a single park. MaxPass reservation also works for BOTH parks regardless of which park you are in. You can grab a MaxPass Time for Radiator Springs Racers, while you are queueing for Space mountain for example.
Pricewise the cost is pretty reasonable on Multi-day Tickets, it varies slightly but an upgrade is approx $50. That is per ticket though not per day so the value skyrockets the more days you buy.
On all Park Hopper Tickets 3Days or over you also get a Magic Morning included. On these days you can head into Disneyland Park an hour early. As Magic Mornings are limited you really do get a nice and peaceful park, quite unlike any other time of the day!
Best Place to Buy ONE-day Tickets
This is an easy one. Unfortunately, Disney does not allow ANY of it’s Authorized Resellers to sell single-day tickets. Be it One Park or Park Hopper. Simply put there is no real way to effectively save any money on single-day tickets. As we said earlier Disney has a real monopoly on its tickets and the simple truth is it wants FULL control over its own Market.
If you do find a site offering single-day tickets at a discount be VERY wary. They are NOT Authorized sellers. Where these tickets are coming from is unknown and if you will ever see anything for your money is likewise uncertain. You may also see these on eBay, again these are not official tickets and you could easily end up with NO ticket when you get to the gate, No chance of a refund and a ruined trip, well you can always pay FULL price at the gate! See below for the Low-Down on Unauthorized sellers.
One Day tickets are priced based on the park’s expected business. The Park now uses a 5 Tier System. So the best way to save a ton of money is to visit on a quiet, or tier 1 day. The Price for a tier 1 day is only $104. Still, a big lump but the cost per day of some Multi-day Tickets is higher than that.
Tie 1 Days are only ever Mon-Thurs and even then during school holidays or around public holidays can become Tier 2-5. Saturdays are Tier5. Check Disney’s own schedule to determine which days are Peak, Regular or Value.
- Tier-1 : $104 Adult(10+) – $98 Child(3-9)
- Tier-2 : $114 Adult(10+) – $108 Child(3-9)
- Tier-3 : $124 Adult(10+) – $117 Child(3-9)
- Tier-1 : $139 Adult(10+) – $132 Child(3-9)
- Tier-5 : $154 Adult(10+) – $146Child(3-9)
- Tier-1 : $159 Adult(10+) – $153 Child(3-9)
- Tier-2 : $169 Adult(10+) – $163 Child(3-9)
- Tier-3 : $179 Adult(10+) – $172 Child(3-9)
- Tier-1 : $194 Adult(10+) – $187 Child(3-9)
- Tier-5 : $209 Adult(10+) – $201 Child(3-9)
With Multi-Day Tickets the Market opens up a little and you really can start shopping around for the cheapest deals. There are not going to be HUGE savings as Disney Still contols the market but it is possible to save up to $29 per ticket over the gate!
Multi-Day Tickets are also NOT affected by the Value, Regular or Peak dates so if you are visiting on a weekend it can be very advisable to go for a Multi-Day Ticket. Multi-Day Tickets are valid for 13 days after first use and will usually have an expiry date as well, so check any purchased tickets will still be valid at the time of your trip.
There are several Choices for Multi-Day Tickets, either Disney Direct or through an Authorized Reseller…
Best Disney Authorized Re-Seller
We are really big fans of Undercover Tourist. They tend to offer the best possible discounts that Disney allow, while also providing really top-notch service. Whenever buying from third party site you are unsure of it can feel like a risk and often it really is but With Undercover Tourist you can be sure they have your back. It’s as safe as buying direct only a fair bit cheaper!
We do get a small commision if you buy tickets from Undercover Tourist via one of our links, but it is a very small commison and we could get that from pretty much any other Reseller, We only reccomend Undercover Tourist as we feel it is the absolute best.
2-Day – 1 Park Per Day Ticket:
- Disney: $235 Adult(10+) – $220 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $228.55 Adult(10+) – $214.57 Child(3-9) (-$6 Saving)
2-Day – Park Hopper Ticket:
- Disney: $290 Adult(10+) – $275 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $281 Adult(10+) – $268 Child(3-9) (-$8 Saving)
3-Day – 1 Park Per Day Ticket:
- Disney: $310 Adult(10+) – $290 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $295 Adult(10+) – $277 Child(3-9) (-$14 Saving)
3-Day – Park Hopper Ticket – Includes ONE Magic Morning!:
- Disney: $365 Adult(10+) – $345 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $342 Adult(10+) – $345 Child(3-9) (-$22 Saving)
4-Day – 1 Park Per Day Ticket:
- Disney: $340 Adult(10+) – $320 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $319 Adult(10+) – $301 Child(3-9) (-$20 Saving)
4-Day – Park Hopper Ticket – Includes ONE Magic Morning! :
- Disney: $395 Adult(10+) – $375 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $369 Adult(10+) – $352 Child(3-9) (-$25 Saving)
5-Day – 1 Park Per Day Ticket:
- Disney: $360 Adult(10+) – $340 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $339 Adult(10+) – $318 Child(3-9) (-$20 Saving)
5-Day – Park Hopper Ticket – Includes ONE Magic Morning! :
- Disney: $415 Adult(10+) – $395 Child(3-9)
- Undercover Tourist: $388 Adult(10+) – $371 Child(3-9) (-$26 Saving)
As you can See Prices per day drop dramatically the more days you buy. This is Disney basically enticing you to spend longer and longer in the parks. It does not cost them anymore to let you in the park but they know you are far moer likely to spend more and more on food and mechendise the longer you are in the parks.
Really though unless you are DIE-HARD Disney fanatics you do not need to spend more than 3 days at the parks. After 3 Days you will have seen and done everything on offer, most things twice or more, and will be ready to move on. It is only $50 more for a 5-day pass over a 3-day, which is BARGIN, but really 5 Days is a long time to spend at Disneyland!
Our Top Pick!
The Magic morning and Park Hopping ability really make this the best value without spending your entire vacation in Disneyland.
Should I get MaxPass?
Maybe, it is a complicated question that we wrote a whole article about. But before you run off and read that, don’t worry about it now. MaxPass is $20 Per Person per Day however you pay for your ticket and can be added later via the App for the same price.
However, by adding it on later you can buy MaxPasses for individual Days and people, whereas when buying MaxPass WITH the Tickets you have to pay for all days and Guests. It might be you only want MaxPass for 1 or 2 days of your trip. So Our advice is to buy without and once the ticket is synced to the app add the MaxPasses you Require.
Disney Un-Authorized Sellers
There are many Un-Authorized sellers out there and on the whole, these are best avoided. They are normally reselling tickets they have managed to acquire from possibly dubious sources or just Other Discounts such as So-Cal or Corporate Tickets. Some are simply rip off sites where you are unlikely to see anything for your money.
The first sign to look for is them offering Single Day tickets. These are ONLY available form Google. Check the site seems legitimate and do a search to see if others have experience with the site.
Really, With the tight lease, Disney keeps on its ticket prices the simplest way is to used an authorized seller. Here you are Guaranteed the best prices pls great customer service in case of any issues.
eBay or Craigslist
Before we go any further, let’s just say one more time this is where NOT to buy tickets from. Yes, you will see tickets advertised on eBay or Craigslist ext, maybe even by a guy you meet behind a liquor store. These are an insanely bad idea. Often there is little to zero comeback, the tickets are usually promo tickets or other discounts that may require ID or people selling off part used tickets.
You will normally still have to pay a significant proportion of the gate price anyway and we have even seen and heard of people paying MORE than gate price, simply as they don’t know better and the Seller assured them it was a bargain. It just isn’ worth the risk for a meager saving.
Other Legit Ways to Get Discounted Tickets.
As far as the General public goes you are limited to the discounts offered by Dinsey and their Authorised Sellers. However certain people may fall into a category that Disney offers additional benefits to.
If you are Southern California Resident then you almost certainly already know this but you can get discounted Anual Passes from only $399 nearly the same price as a5 day ticket. Black-Out days apply and this includes nearly all weekends but it is a great price overall.
Active and Retired Military personal can get reduced-price tickets for themselves and their families, up to Six Tickets. 2020 price are:
- 3-Day Military Promotional Ticket: $184 (Park Hopper)
- 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket: $204 (Park Hopper)
These are only available at participating U.S. military base ticket offices. Really these are the only really heavily discounted tickets available. Considering your service it is a small thank-you really.
Hotel and Online Booking Agents
Your Hotel or your Booking agent such as Expedia, Orbitz, Travelline etc… may offer you tickets at a discounted rate for booking with them. Often this is not the case and the tickets are full Priced, just convenient.
Every now and then they will offer the tickets at a significant reduction, usually as a loss leader to get you to buy. This means a lot of shopping around and price checking, and they may sting you with hidden fees. But from time to time there are Genuine deals to be had. We tend to ignore these though and sort our hotels and flights/travel separate than just use Undercover Tourist for our tickets later
Corporate or Government Tickets
Select large SoCal Corporations and Government Agencies can also provide discounted tickets, but which companies offer this is not publically available and you will need to check with your own employer if they offer this benefit.
Teachers and Students
Likewise, some teachers and University students may be able to get discounts from their school college or Teaching union. These change often and vary in the discount offered. So Scheck with your affiliated body to see if you can grab a discount.
You can get Discounted Tickets with you AAA Membership, however, the discount is typically less than Undercover Tourist offers so not really worthwhile, but worth Checking anyway!
Have Your Say
Seen Tickets somewhere that looks too good to be true? Let us take a look and see if they are legit? Or maybe you have found a great source of cheap tickets and want to share it with our readers? Or maybe you have a horror story about Cheap Tickets? Whatever it is you want to say just fire away in the comments below.