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Who doesn’t love Disneyland? You know, besides the Nazis and Satan himself. Everyone loves Disneyland. Even people who say they don’t like Disneyland, secretly like Disneyland. What’s not to like?! It is a magical place, and even more so for kids. I think every child remembers their first trip to Disneyland as nothing short of a mind-blowing experience. The rides, characters, experiences, sights, and smells all combine to add up to more than the individual parts. Disneyland is quite simply amazing.

Okay, now that we’ve established the obvious, taking your family to Disneyland can be less than magical for your wallet. Disneyland has recently upped ticket prices once again and unfortunately, it’s not getting cheaper to visit ol’ Walt’s dreamland. So this begs the question: how can you save money visiting Disneyland? Here is part one of our tips to help you experience the happiest place on Earth without sending you directly to the poorhouse.

Search for discount tickets, but don’t expect much. Let’s get this out of the way first. It seems like the most obvious place to save on a trip to Disneyland is by finding a deal on the entrance ticket. Unfortunately, Disney is not one for giving big discounts in this area. It you are military (or know someone who’s in the military and owes you a favor) you can find some deep discounts on admission. Ditto for Southern California residents; Disney frequently has deals for locals. As for everyone else, we’ll have to settle for the small discounts you may find online or through AAA. One small tip is to look on Craigslist or eBay for people’s multi-day passes that still have time left on them. Sometimes you can grab a day or two of admission below the gate-price. Of course, if you buy tickets for multiple days of admission, your price per day goes down. Long story short, don’t expect to save a ton at the gate. This should provide some motivation to look for other ways to save money.

Stay near the park. If you are traveling to Southern California to visit Disneyland, plan to stay near the park. This is especially true if you are bringing young ones to visit with you. By having your base of operations close by, you can utilize your hotel room to save you money. It would be nice to stay at a Disney hotel; they are close and very convenient, but unfortunately you pay through the nose for that convenience. Look to stay somewhere within walking distance or a hotel that has shuttle service to the Magic Kingdom. By staying close to the park, you can save money in other areas.

Try to eat big meals outside of the park. Here is where staying outside of the park can save you big bucks. For some reason Mickey and his pals charge $15 for a $4 hamburger. Food is notoriously expensive in the park itself. You have two options then when it comes to eating: suck it up and try to not let the cost ruin your fun, or stay close enough to the park that you can leave and eat something in your room. The savings only increase the more people you are paying to feed. Also, bring snacks into the park. Plan to carry a bag and load it up with snacks you and your family love to eat. You’ll need the energy for all the walking you’ll be doing and a few cents worth of pretzels is easier to swallow than a $7 turkey leg. You may still have to spring for a few churros while you’re strolling through the park (it’s just part of the Disneyland experience) but you’ll buy less and you’ll save money.

So there is part one of our tips to save at Disneyland. In our next post, we’ll look at how to avoid screaming kids in the souvenir shop.

Article publié pour la première fois le 16/09/2013

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