Top 10 ways to save money at Disneyland & California Adventure

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Getting to take a vacation to Disneyland in Anaheim, California can be a dream come true.  No matter what your age is or you who you travel with, you are bound to have fun at Disneyland & California Adventure theme parks.

The only negative to a Disneyland trip is the cost.  Let’s face it; a trip to Disneyland can get quite expensive.  Luckily, there are ways to help you save money to help make a great trip to Disneyland affordable.  In fact, I’m going to let you in on 10 ways you can save money on your vacation.

First, let’s discuss tickets.  Here are three ways you can save money:

Book tickets through aRes Travel

aResTravel is one of the most reputable resellers of Disney tickets.  You can get great deals on Disney tickets through this website. In fact, you can save up to $163/person.

Book tickets through Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist is another great way to save money on your Disneyland tickets.  We are repeat Undercover Tourist customers who have always been pleased with our purchase.  They help you save money on lots of different Disneyland ticket options.  You can even add on a hotel and/or car rental to help you save more money.

Now, let’s discuss hotel rooms:

Book a Disney Hotel Stay through David’s Vacation Rentals

We’ve found the most affordable way to save money on an official Disneyland hotel is to book a room at the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Resort through David’s Vacation Rentals.  There are Disney Vacation Club villas at both hotels, and you won’t have to be a DVC member to stay in one of these.  Instead, you can rent points from current members.  This will save you hundreds of dollars on your vacation stay.  We go over the process of booking a DVC room here.

Stay at non-Disney hotel near Disneyland

One thing I like about Disneyland that is not the case with Disney World is that you can stay at a lot of hotels that are not technically “Disney hotels” but are within walking distance of Disneyland. I stayed at Residence Inn Anaheim Maingate and had a wonderful time, and I was able to walk each morning to the parks.  A couple of these hotels with great deals going are the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort & Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim.

Save money on your dream Disney vacation

You can find other affordable hotels near Disneyland here.

Now, let’s discuss vacation packages:

Earn money through Swagbucks for Hotels

Swagbucks is a way you can make money online. You earn “Swagbucks” for tasks like answering surveys or watching videos, and then you can redeem them for Disneyland tickets.  This can take a little time, but I have used it to get gift cards for  So you could use those towards hotels either on or off Disneyland property

Finally, let’s discuss getting to the Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Vacation Packages

One way to save money on your tickets and your hotel is to combine them together with a vacation package.  We talk about these vacation packages here.

There are other vacation packages, too, that can save you money, such as bundling your Disneyland tickets with Universal Hollywood or Knott’s Berry Farm tickets.  Maybe you are also visiting San Diego and you’d like to bundle your Disneyland tickets with SeaWorld or LEGOLAND tickets.  Or maybe you’d like to bundle your Disneyland tickets with a car rental and flight.  You can find those vacation package options there.

Now, let’s discuss meals:

Eat dinner at restaurants near Disneyland

The last time I went to Disneyland, I saved a lot of money by not eating dinner at the parks.  When you visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, you are kind of in a bubble and it’s hard to visit restaurants outside the resort, but once you walk outside Disneyland you are close to a number of reasonably priced dining options.  For example; my family really enjoyed getting a pizza at Pizza Press which is close by Disneyland.  It was reasonably priced, plus we saved money by sharing a pizza.  Then we went back to California Adventure later for World of Color.

Get a discounted flight

For some people, flying to Disneyland is a necessity, because if you live far off, the drive might be too impossible. But even if you say live in an area where you could drive, such as Salt Lake City, it could actually be cheaper for you to fly; it really just depends on the flight you get.  I personally have had great success finding discounted flights through Cheapoair.

Get discounted car rental

If you fly into the Los Angeles area and you want to have a car so you can visit other places while you’re in Southern California, such as Universal Studios Hollywood, then you may want to rent a car.  I have always found that OneTravel has great prices on car rentals.

And finally, there is a way you can pay very little for all of this…

Win a sweepstakes

This one is kind of a longshot, but there are often sweepstakes that could help you save money on a Disneyland vacation, whether the sweepstakes is for a specific trip to Disneyland or is for something that would help you save money on your trip (such as for an airfare voucher, hotel points that would help pay for your stay at a nearby hotel, gas cards that would save you money on gas, etc.).  At Green Vacation Deals, we update our readers every day with great current travel sweepstakes, so periodically check out our Sweepstakes page.