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How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

by Leap on May 17, 2023 Los Angeles

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Maybe you are a California resident who wants to be back in the parks you love. Maybe you just want to know the best ways to save some green on your next vacation. How are you going to get into your hoppy place without breaking the bank? Never fear, your froggy friends are here to make it easy for you to save money on Disneyland tickets! We also compare Magic Key passes in this post.

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We'll show you the best ways to save some money on admission and avoid those confusing (and sometimes pricey) tiers so you can save up to nearly $80 a day with multi-day tickets compared to purchasing 1-Day tickets. We’ll share all the secrets we’ve been sharing with vacationers for years.

ANY Disneyland tickets purchased through Undercover Tourist, including 1-Day tickets, come with our 365-day return policy!

Some frequent visitors can save money through the Magic Key annual pass program. However, the lowest Magic Key holders do not have access to the parks through most of the summer while our tickets are good every day of summer (subject to reservation availability). Park availability is sometimes better with multi-day tickets. So even if you like to visit a couple times a year, multi-day tickets might offer better flexibility without those frustrating blockout dates.

Are you a California resident or a Southern California resident? Keep an eye out for the 3-day California Resident ticket! You can get your discount promo tickets from Undercover Tourist. These promo tickets are even cheaper than our already discounted tickets. Each winter and spring you can take advantage of the Southern California resident promo. You can visit any three weekdays between early January through about May 25, for as little as just $68.86 per day, with park hopper and Genie+ options, as well.

Come summer there is usually a 3-day promo for all California residents. It's usually valid from mid-June to mid-Sept. and you can save even more when you purchase through Undercover Tourist!

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

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The most expensive way to visit Disneyland is with a 1-Day ticket during weekends or peak times. Disneyland has a 7-Tier system for just the 1-Day tickets. Disneyland increases prices each year, and the most recent price increase was Oct. 11, 2022. Prices range from $104 to $179 for 1-Park tickets (add $65 for Park Hopper tickets).

The tiers are based on popularity, which means Tier 0 will be the most limited in terms of when you can visit (but also the least expensive) and will also fill pretty quickly due to its affordability. You might see this Tier 0 midweek in early January or even early June. Without being able to pop in the park for a few hours or go after school or work, you may need to visit on a weekend or holiday. That would put you in the most expensive three tiers: Tier 5 (most Sundays) or Tier 6 (Saturdays and any day of holiday weeks). Prices can vary.

You can take a look at Disneyland's Ticket Calendar for 1-Day Tiered tickets, or just check out our ticketing page for an up-to-date calendar featuring color-coded dates by tier and price.

Keep in mind that if you purchase a lower tier but want to switch days to a higher tier, you will not be able to reserve. You have to go to the ticket booth to upgrade your ticket and then make a new reservation. If you live far away, you can't easily head to a ticket booth to change your ticket. If you wait until your trip, there will not be any reservations left to book for your upgraded ticket. That's why we love the flexibility of multi-day tickets, which can be used any day (no blockouts!).

How to Save Money on Disneyland Multi-Day Tickets

The next ticket option is a Multi-Day ticket. These tickets come in 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-Day options. The earlier you buy, the better the savings. Our current multi-day tickets are good through Jan. 12, 2025. Even if prices went up one or possibly two times before that, if you have already bought at the current prices, you won't be affected. (But keep an eye out for sales for additional discounts, usually around holidays!)

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - Baby eating popcornAdvantages of multi-day tickets include:

  • No tiers to worry about
  • No blockout dates
  • You can visit any day, including weekends and holidays
  • You get to go more than once (Yay!)
  • You can save big money per day
  • It costs less to add park hopping to a multi-day ticket than it does to a 1-Day ticket
  • You can purchase multi-day Disneyland Resort tickets from Undercover Tourist and save some extra green (up to $33 per ticket versus the gate price!)
  • You have money left over for snacks!
  • Get the fifth day free with Undercover Tourist! If you were to purchase a 5-day Disneyland ticket through Undercover Tourist, you would pay less than a 4-day ticket through Disneyland? It's like getting the fifth day for free!

Visiting on weekend days with five separate 1-day tickets could cost you up to $895, but if you spread those five days out over three weekends in a row (within 13 days after first use and careful scheduling), you could pay $391.51 for those same five days with Undercover Tourist. Ribbit! Can't squeeze five days in? There are 2-day, 3-day and 4-day options, as well, and all offer significant savings.

Three weekends you say? Locals can spread out visits. If you have a 4- or 5-day ticket, you could start your visit on a Sunday and take it through the next two weekends before your days are up. After your first day of use, you have up to 13 days to use the remaining days. Book early (up to 60 days in advance) for the best selection.

Disadvantages of multi-day tickets:

  • You have to use all of the days within 13 days after the first use. (The exception to this rule is for certain promo California Resident ticket offers that appear from time to time — you can see all of the details in each ticket's description.)
  • If the days hit capacity and you cannot find availability for your days within that window, you will have to find a new period to visit.

How to Save with Park Hopper Tickets

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - Minnie Mouse Exiting ElevatorUltimately, the best way to save is to get tickets that allow access to one park per day and forgo park hopping. But if you like having options (we do!) and want to hop between parks, you’ll need a Park Hopper ticket.

Disneyland has one price for park hopping no matter how many days are on your multi-day ticket. It’s a $65 difference between a 1-Day 1-Park Per Day ticket and a 1-Day Park Hopper ticket. It's even less for multi-day tickets! It's a $60 difference between any multi-day ticket and a multi-day Park Hopper ticket (and even less for Undercover Tourist tickets). What? Yes, for real. It is actually cheaper to add park hopping to a multi-day ticket than to a 1-Day ticket!

The more days you plan to visit, the cheaper park hopping becomes per day. So if you are buying a multi-day ticket, we say the park hopper option is definitely worth getting. A 5-day ticket with a park hopper comes to $12 a day for the ability to hop.

Ticket Cost Comparison

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Here’s a cost breakdown of price per day, comparing 1-Day tiered tickets with Disneyland multi-day tickets versus Undercover Tourist discount multi-day tickets. See how the cost per day decreases the more days you visit with multi-day tickets.

Disneyland increased prices on Oct. 11, 2022.

Adult 1-Day 1-Park Per Day Tickets from Disneyland

Type of Ticket                            Cost                 Cost Per Day

  • Tier 0, 1-Day                          $104               $104 (limited availability)
  • Tier 1, 1-Day                          $114               $114 (limited availability)
  • Tier 2, 1-Day                          $129               $124 (available select weekdays)
  • Tier 3, 1-Day                          $144               $139 (available some Mondays - Thursdays)
  • Tier 4, 1-Day                          $159               $154 (many days)
  • Tier 5 1-Day                           $169               $164 (most days)
  • Tier 6 1-Day.                          $179               $179 (any day)

These tickets can be used through Dec. 30, 2024. (That is a shorter expiration than multi-day tickets.). Here's a sample look at the Tier Calendar. Note how one day can cost $104 and the next day $179. If you want to visit midweek in January you can get by with two 1-day tickets. But if you want to visit on the weekend or at a holiday time, you are going to save a lot with multi-day tickets.

Adult 2-Day 1-Park Per Day Tickets (tax included)

Adult 3-Day 1-Park Per Day Tickets 

Adult 4-Day 1-Park Per Day Tickets 

Adult 5-Day 1-Park Per Day Tickets 

You may notice that the Undercover Tourist 5-Day ticket is less than the 4-Day ticket purchased through Disneyland. So even if you are not sure you can make five days, you can save money by giving it a try.

If you purchase two separate 1-Day weekend days, it could cost you up to $358. So If you work during the week, Undercover Tourist multi-day tickets can help you gain weekend access to weekday prices.

Adult 1-Day Park Hopper (PH) Tickets (Disneyland)

Type of Ticket                              Cost                 Cost Per Day

  • Tier 0, 1-Day PH                        $169                $169
  • Tier 1, 1-Day PH                        $179                $179 (limited availability)
  • Tier 2, 1-Day PH                        $194                $194
  • Tier 3, 1-Day PH                        $209                $209
  • Tier 4, 1-Day PH                        $224                $224 (can be used many days)
  • Tier 5, 1-Day PH                        $234                $234 (good almost any day)
  • Tier 6, 1-Day PH                        $244                $244 (good any day)

Adult 2-Day Park Hopper (PH) Tickets

Adult 3-Day Park Hopper (PH) Tickets

Adult 4-Day Park Hopper (PH) Tickets

Adult 5-Day Park Hopper (PH) Tickets

Child tickets (ages 3-9) will save you even more!

You can also purchase regular and park hopper tickets pre-loaded with Disney Genie+. While you can save money, it also means you are tied to having Genie+ for every day of your journey. It's great for people who know they want it. Plus, when purchasing tickets with Disney Genie+, you are locked into a fixed rate — Genie+ purchased same-day using the Disneyland app is subject to variable pricing.

Keep an Eye Out for Sales and Promotions — Including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and California Resident Tickets

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From time to time (often near holidays) we offer ticket sales on our already discounted tickets!

Follow Undercover Tourist on social media to jump on limited-time offers. Also, at limited times Disneyland offers either Southern California promo or California resident promo deals. Undercover Tourist sells them too, for an even bigger discount! The nice part of the promo tickets is that they do not have to be used within 13 days of first use, offering a little more flexibility for locals. Keep an eye out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Do you live in, California, SoCal or in certain zip codes in Mexico? There is usually a summer 3-day promo ticket on sale. It's good for visits from mid-June through mid-September. Also, keep an eye out for winter/spring deals, usually from January to May! Ticket holders can use the ticket to visit any three days during a certain amount of time. The spring deal is usually Monday through Friday only from about Jan. 2 through May 25. Summer promos often have weekend ticket options as well. Ticket users must show an ID with proof of zip code on the first day of use.

With promo tickets, you still need to make a theme park reservation for each day you visit. You can reserve up to 120 days in advance. Don't wait until the last few weeks to reserve or you may not get a reservation. You can purchase 1-Park per day, Park Hoppers or either of those with Genie+. In fact, these deals have the cheapest prices for Genie!

Our guide to Genie+ at Disneyland can help you decide if you want a Genie+ ticket, which gives you access to Genie+ for each of the three days of your visit, or if you would rather purchase in-park for just certain days. You may save a few dollars by purchasing the Genie+ on a multi-day ticket versus buying individually each day in the park. But if you do not want it every day, then you can also save money by not selecting the Genie+ option and just purchasing it in the app after entering a theme park that day. You can still purchase tickets pre-loaded with Genie+ at Disneyland. (Just not at Disney World.)

Is It Safe to Purchase Tickets from Undercover Tourist?

Absolutely. Undercover Tourist is an official Disneyland partner.

We sell the exact same authorized tickets as Disneyland but for less. There’s no catch. No hidden fees. No membership fees. Plus our blog is filled with tons of hopful tips and details to help you save time and money in theme parks and get the most out of your visit. Here's our FAQ in case you have further questions. And now our (unused) Disneyland tickets are refundable for 365 days from the date of purchase. See the ticket for details on that. That peace of mind only comes from Undercover Tourist tickets.

We’ve been selling theme park tickets for over 20 years. You can link Undercover Tourist tickets straight to your Disneyland account online or through the Disneyland app and make park reservations as soon as you get your confirmation email. In the Disneyland app, you can scan the code on your ticket or type the 19-digit number under the code into the app.

One thing to be aware of is that it can take 24 hours for your tickets to arrive. Sometimes it's just a few minutes, but there may be a delay to make sure you are you and not somebody else trying to take a vacation with your missing wallet. It hoppens. Just purchase in advance.

Ticket Scams

In trying to save money on Disneyland tickets, watch out for ticket scams. Do not buy from individuals trying to sell their unused tickets. When you enter Disneyland theme parks, your photo is taken. If you try to use a multi-day ticket that was first used by someone else, you can lose your ticket and your money! Also, if someone linked their tickets to their account already, their name will be on the tickets. Keep in mind that once a ticket is activated at a park gate it cannot be used by anyone else.

Naming Tickets

Another hopful tip is to make sure you add each ticket holder's name correctly when you link your tickets to your account. You cannot edit a ticket once it is assigned. You can link tickets to multiple accounts but the person's name stays on the ticket. However, if you need to use the ticket for someone else, the unused ticket can be used by anyone, no matter what name is on the ticket. But once it's used, it can only continue to be used by the person who first scanned into the park with it. Each time you scan in, the photo associated with the ticket holder pops up. If you are using Genie+ you'll want the names to be correct so you know which people to choose for Lightning Lane selections.

You can find more details in our Disneyland Park reservations post on how to link your tickets and make reservations.

Bundle a Ticket Purchase With a Rental Car

Do you need a car rental? While your tickets are in your Undercover Tourist cart, shop for a car rental. If you add the car to your cart you'll unlock even steeper savings of up to 50 percent off the car rental!

Magic Key Holder Offerings

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With the Magic Key program, you can receive pass discounts at shops and participating restaurants. Look for other Magic Key offerings that pop up. The Magic Key Terrace at Disney California Adventure is exclusively for Magic Key holders and their guests. You might find photo-ops or lounges at times. Sometimes you get free gifts such as buttons, stickers or magnets.

Magic Key Annual Pass Program

There are four different types of Magic Key passes. Magic Key holders may make park reservations up to 90 days in advance, compared with other ticket holders, who may reserve up to 120 days in advance.

Inspire Key — $1,599 (former Dream Key has been discontinued)

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks (subject to availability)
  • Blockout dates of Dec. 20, 2023, through Jan. 2, 2024
  • Up to six park reservation holds at a time
  • 20 percent off select merchandise
  • 15 percent off select food and beverage
  • 20 percent off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • Theme park parking is included at Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure and Toy Story lot (excluding blockout dates)
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads

Believe Key — $1,099

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year (subject to availability)
  • Hop here for the Believe Key blockout calendar
  • Up to six park reservation holds at a time
  • 10 percent off select merchandise
  • 10 percent off select food and beverage
  • 20 percent off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • 50 percent off theme park parking at Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals and Toy Story lot (excluding blockout dates)
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads

Enchant Key — $699 (available for renewals only)

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks on select days of the year (subject to availability)
  • Hop here for the Enchant Key blockout calendar
  • Hold up to four park reservations at a time
  • 10 percent off select merchandise
  • 10 percent off select food and beverage
  • 20 percent off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • 25 percent off theme park parking at the Toy Story lot (excluding blockout dates)

Imagine Key — $449

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks on select days of the year (subject to availability)
  • Hop here for the Imagine Key blockout calendar
  • Available for Southern California residents only with zip codes 90000 to 93599
  • Up to two park reservation holds at a time
  • 10 percent off select merchandise
  • 10 percent off select food and beverage
  • 20 percent off the purchase of Disney Genie+ service (subject to limited availability) on days when you use your pass for park admission
  • 25 percent off theme park parking at the Toy Story lot (excluding blockout dates)

Throughout the year, Magic Key pass holders may enjoy special benefits, including dedicated dining experiences, custom menu items, a Magic Key holder celebration month, free buttons or magnets, PhotoPass opportunities and more.

Do you have any questions about how to save money on Disneyland tickets or find the best ticket options for you? Please let us know in the comments section below. Hop over to our Disneyland Resort ticket page for pricing and tickets. You can also save on a hotel stay at Disneyland Resort hotels, such as Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, as well as other hotels near Disneyland. 

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