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How to Score Cheap Disneyland Tickets and How Much Are They? [2020]

Planning a trip to visit Mickey and wondering how much are Disneyland tickets? I’ll show you the current ticket prices, what each ticket option means, and share where I buy cheap Disneyland tickets!

How Much Are Disneyland Tickets

Buying tickets is one of the most expensive parts of the cost of a Disneyland vacation. Expect to pay about $125 per day, but it varies based on your visit date, the number of days, and whether you buy a park hopper or one-park per day ticket.

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How much are Disneyland tickets? © Stuffed Suitcase

You’ll save money if you buy multi-day tickets, as you add on more days the per-day cost gets cheaper. Single-day tickets are the most expensive and are on tiered pricing based on peak/off-peak dates. Also, single-day tickets are not sold through authorized resellers, only through Disneyland.

Note that children are considered age 3-9 and their tickets will be approximately $10-$20 less than adult tickets (age 10+).

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Abbreviations used in this table: 1PPD = 1 Park Per Day ticket, PH = Park Hopper ticket

Ticket TypeDisneylandGet Away TodayUndercover Tourist
1-day 1PPD$104 – $154N/AN/A
1-day PH$159 – $209N/AN/A
2-day 1PPD$235$223$216
2-day PH$290$278$269
3-day 1PPD$310$295$283
3-day PH$365$350$330
4-day 1PPD$340$320$303
4-day PH$395$375$353
5-day 1PPD$360$325$318
5-day PH$415$380$367

*based on current Adult (age 10+) ticket pricing as of February 13, 2020, at Disneyland.com, Get Away Today, and Undercover Tourist.
** Get Away Today will price match competitor pricing.

What Type of Disneyland Ticket to Buy

As you can see above, there are a lot of options for Disneyland tickets. I think the first step is to figure out how many days you plan to be in the parks.

It’s good to know that you can enjoy Downtown Disney (shopping and restaurants) and the Disney hotels without a theme park ticket. Some character meals happen at the hotels, which is a great option to avoid buying a ticket for half-days. Of course, the hotel pools are only available to guests.

I personally think that three days at Disneyland is the perfect amount of time for a family visit. Now that we’re experts at the parks we typically do a 2-day ticket. If you have a week and want to take daily breaks for naps or pool time, you can definitely enjoy Disneyland for longer. Or you can enjoy other sites as I did on our one week Southern California vacation itinerary.

You also get Magic Morning with any 3, 4, or 5-day advance purchase tickets. Magic Morning is offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and lets guests enter Disneyland Park (not California Adventure) an hour before opening. Only certain attractions are open in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, so it doesn’t give you entry to all the rides.

What is a Park Hopper?

Disneyland Resort is made up of two theme parks (plus hotels and the Downtown Disney District). The entrances to the two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, are in the same esplanade space and only about 250 feet apart.

A park hopper ticket lets you go to both parks on the same day. This is useful especially if you want flexibility on what nighttime attractions, parades, and restaurants you want to visit. It also helps if you’re using Early Entry or Magic Morning and want to maximize park hours.

In contrast, a 1-Park Per Day Ticket means just that, you can only enter one of the two theme parks in a single day. This can be popular if you’re visiting for two days and plan to visit one park each day.

However, a 1-Park Per Day ticket does require some additional planning to make sure you can see everything you want to see since some entertainment is not offered every night. Plus, Disneyland is often open later and having a park hopper lets you maximize a full-day at Disneyland.

Adding on MaxPass to Your Ticket

Another option you’ll need to decide on when buying your Disneyland tickets is whether you want to add Disney MaxPass to your tickets. If you pre-pay for MaxPass you have to pay for it for each day of your ticket. If you add it on in the parks you can add it for individual days.

MaxPass lets you make FASTPASS reservations on your phone. You can get FASTPASS tickets for free in the parks at the attractions, however, MaxPass saves you from having to run around the parks getting FASTPASS tickets. Which can actually save you time and help you maximize riding the big attractions, along with my other expert Disneyland tips!

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Disney MaxPass costs $20 per day per person and lets you book FASTPASS reservations on your phone. © Stuffed Suitcase

Another perk for MaxPass is the PhotoPass service. You can have the photographers take family photos in the parks and you’ll get all the digital images for your memories. You can also get the ride photos as part of your MaxPass subscription.

MaxPass costs $20 per person per day. That can definitely add up quickly for a family. To book a FASTPASS on your phone, each person in your party must have the MaxPass service.

For a family of four, that means it’s $80 extra per day for MaxPass, $240 for a 3-day park ticket. That’s certainly not what I’d call cheap Disneyland tickets!

Where To Buy Cheap Disneyland Tickets

Get Away Today and Undercover Tourist

As you can see from my chart above, you can save money on Disneyland tickets. However, you want to make sure you purchase tickets from an authorized retailer, like Get Away Today and Undercover Tourist. I’ve used both and it’s been smooth each time. Get Away Today also price matches competitors, just call or email them and ask for the price match.

Another nice perk about buying through Get Away Today or Undercover Tourist is that you can get savings on a lot of other attractions like Universal Studios Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm, or the San Diego Zoo. It’s like having a one-stop-shop for all your attraction tickets.

You also want to make sure the tickets you buy are electronic and can be taken “straight to the gate”. No one wants to wait in the long lines of the ticket booths to exchange vouchers or whatnot. Get Away Today and Undercover Tourist both have direct to the gate tickets.

I also want to mention that I have had amazing customer service with Get Away Today. They have real people that live in California and visit the parks regularly with Disneyland so they can help you with planning your vacation. They also offer a layaway plan in case you need to make payments on your Disneyland vacation.

Target.com Disneyland Tickets

Another option for cheap Disneyland tickets is through Target.com. You can purchase 1-Park Per Day and Park Hopper multiday (2-Day and 3-Day) tickets online and they’ll be delivered to your email for use at the park gates.

The way to get cheap Disneyland tickets at Target is to use your Target RedCard to buy the tickets which will give you 5% off. They currently have a 3-day Park Hopper for $355, and after your 5% off it would be $337.25.

target disneyland ticket discount
Save money on Disneyland tickets with a Target RedCard.

AAA

If you’re an AAA member, you can also find discounts on Disneyland tickets from them. However, I’ve never purchased park tickets from them so I’m not sure if they’re “straight to the gate” or if you have to redeem them at the ticket booths.

Other Ways to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

Southern California Residents & Military

If you’re a Southern California resident, you can take advantage of special pricing for tickets from Disneyland and the other online retailers I’ve mentioned. This sale is through mid-May, 2020. They run these sales occasionally but you have to show proof of a 90000-93599 or 21000-22999 zipcode on a government photo ID.

Southern California residents might also consider buying an annual passport. These pay for themselves often if you plan to visit two or three times or more per year. Plus you save on your food and shopping purchases around the resort, too!

If you’re a member of the military you can buy discounted tickets at your military base. My understanding is that military ID will be required when you use a military discount ticket.

Disneyland Vacation Packages

Another option to save money on your tickets is more about saving money on your whole vacation. You can check the pricing for hotels and tickets vacation packages at Get Away Today, Undercover Tourist, Costco Travel, and AAA.

Just be sure to do the math and verify that the package is a better deal. Vacation packages typically come with different payment and cancellation rules so be sure to read those as well.

If you are planning to buy a Disneyland vacation package, you can use the code ‘Stuffed Suitcase‘ at Get Away Today to save $10 on your two+ day vacation package.

Where to NOT Buy Disneyland Tickets

Online Marketplaces

Do not go to eBay, Craigslist, or other online marketplaces to buy cheap Disneyland tickets! Long ago you could buy a multiday ticket and then some people would sell off the ‘left-over’ days. For instance, someone would buy a 5-day ticket and visit Disneyland for 2 days then sell someone else the leftover 3 days.

Disney got smart to that and now everyone has to get their photo taken to be linked with your ticket. When you use your ticket for the first time the turnstile cast member will take your photo with their ticket scanner and it will be linked to your specific ticket and checked each time when you re-enter the parks.

At the Disney Ticket Booths

There are very few reasons you should ever find yourself standing in the long lines at the Disneyland ticket booths. I’m constantly shocked at the number of people who don’t plan ahead and get their tickets online. Plus, you’ll be stuck paying full price for your theme park tickets.

If you are reading this post I’m betting this is not going to be you. Get your tickets in advance and have them printed or saved for scanning and head straight to the turnstiles to get started on your park fun!

Other Ways to Save Money at Disneyland

We also save money at Disneyland with a few of these tips:

  • Stay off-site at a hotel that offers free breakfast.
  • Pack your own lunches or snacks to save money on food in the parks.
  • Bring your own water bottles and refill them with water for free in the parks.
  • Visit during the off-peak season for lower hotel costs and fewer crowds.
  • Have a budget for souvenirs and consider buying some gifts in advance – park prices are premium prices.
  • Buy Disney Gift Cards at Target with a Target RedCard to save 5% on dining and shopping in the parks.

Now you know how much Disneyland tickets cost and you know how to save money on them! Use my Disneyland Planning Sheet to help keep track of your plans and enjoy your time with Mickey!

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