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How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

by Leap on July 5, 2021 Los Angeles

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - PinterestMaybe you are a California resident who wants to be back in the parks you love. Maybe you're a Legacy Passholder wondering what, exactly, is the best way to get back to Disneyland. 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 happy 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'll show you the best ways to save some on admission and avoid those confusing (and sometimes pricey) tiers so you can break down your cost of visiting to as low as $67 a day (on a weekend!). We’ll share all the secrets we’ve been sharing with vacationers for years.

If you need a boost to keep the magic going until an annual pass program returns, then we offer your best options for getting back into the theme parks. The good news is that the Magic Key annual pass program will debut Aug. 25, 2021, offering four pass levels of choice, flexibility and value. If you had an annual pass, hopfully you got a little Disneyland pass refund money that you can use to visit the park for a couple of days.

In the meantime, there's a little bit of extra pixie dust for California Residents — a new, limited-time offer, now available, allows you to visit Disneyland Resort any three days before Sept. 30, 2021! (And you can save up to $78 versus the gate price when you purchase through Undercover Tourist.)

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - Friends have fun in Cars Land

The most expensive way to visit Disneyland is with a 1-Day ticket. Disneyland has a 5-Tier system for just the 1-Day tickets. Prices range from $104 to $154 ($98 to $146 Child) for 1-Park tickets (add $55 for Park Hopper tickets). The tiers are based on popularity, which means Tier 1 will be the most limited in terms of when you can visit (but also the least expensive). Without being able to pop in the park for a few hours or going after school or work, you may need to visit on a weekend or holiday. That would put you in the most expensive Tier 5.

Take a look at the Ticket Calendar for 1-Day Tiered tickets so see how much it will cost you to visit the day you want to go. Or, use it to find the cheapest day that works for you.

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. That's why we love the flexibility of multi-day tickets, which can be used any day (no blackouts!).

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.

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

  • No tiers to worry about
  • No blackout 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 the same to add park hopping to a multi-day ticket as 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 $23 versus the gate price!)
  • You have money left over for snacks!

Visiting on weekend days with five separate 1-day tickets could cost you up to $770, 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 $339.62 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? 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 with 13 days after first use. (The exception to this rule is the California Resident ticket offer — 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 ticket. It’s a $55 difference between a 1-Day 1-Park Per Day ticket and a 1-Day Park Hopper ticket. It's also a $55 difference between any multi-day ticket and a multi-day Park Hopper ticket (and even less for Undercover Tourist tickets). What? Yes, for real.

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 Park Hopper ticket comes in handy if you want to try your luck at joining a Boarding Group (virtual queue) for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland Park). Each day, people with a reservation for Disneyland Park OR a Park Hopper with reservations for Disney California Adventure are eligible to join a Boarding Group at select times. Hop over to our detailed guide to how to join a Boarding Group. People who visit Disney California Adventure with a 1-Park Per Day ticket will not be eligible to join, but are able to try first for a Boarding Group for WEB Slingers, the newest ride in Avengers Campus. So being able to park hop gives you more ways to hop on new rides.

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 with multi-day tickets.

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

Type of Ticket                            Cost                 Cost Per Day

  • Tier 1, 1-Day                          $104               $104 (limited availability)
  • Tier 2, 1-Day                          $114               $114 (limited availability)
  • Tier 3, 1-Day                          $124               $124 (available select weekdays)
  • Tier 4, 1-Day                          $139               $139 (available some Mondays - Thursdays)
  • Tier 5, 1-Day                          $154               $154 (any day)

Adult 2-Day 1-Park Per Day Tickets 

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 slightly 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 can't make that fifth day, no loss!

If you purchase two separate 1-Day weekend days, it could cost you up to $309, but if you purchased a 2-Day ticket through Undercover Tourist, that takes the price down to $235 ($114.59 a day), equivalent to two days on a Tier 2 ticket, which would normally be a rare Tuesday or Wednesday. So If you work during the week, 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 1, 1-Day PH                        $159                $159
  • Tier 2, 1-Day PH                        $169                $169 (limited availability)
  • Tier 3, 1-Day PH                        $179                $179
  • Tier 4, 1-Day PH                        $194                $194
  • Tier 5, 1-Day PH                        $209               $209 (can be used 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!

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.

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.

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. You will not be able to use them. 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.

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - Infographic StepsTo purchase tickets, follow these steps (you can find more details in our Disneyland park reservations post:

  1. Before you purchase tickets, check the availability calendar to see if the dates you want to visit are available or the park you want to visit first availability. Compare the 1-Park and Park Hopper calendars as they have different availability. (Reservations become available on a rolling basis, so be sure to check frequently. Dates that are full may suddenly have availability.)
  2. Buy your tickets.
  3. Immediately after purchasing your tickets, link them to your Disney account online or through the Disneyland app and visit StartYourDisneylandExperience.com to make theme park reservations. Tickets must be linked to a Disney account, and online registration is required. Guests with multi-day tickets will be required to make a separate park reservation for each day they plan to visit the theme parks. Guests with a Park Hopper ticket will select the first theme park they wish to visit to begin their day, then they can visit the other park later that day after 1:00 p.m. Limit one park reservation per guest, per day. Tickets expire 13 days after first use or January 12, 2023, whichever occurs first. 

Legacy Passholder Offerings

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - Legacy Passholder Magnet and ButtonHow to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets - Special DrinkAnyone who had a valid annual pass (even if blocked out that day) on March 14, 2020, is automatically a Legacy Passholder. Until the Magic Key program begins Aug. 25, you can receive your pass discounts at shops and participating restaurants. Make sure you link your pass to the Disneyland app! You can use that with your pass to receive your discount.

Look for other Legacy Passholder offerings that pop up. Legacy Passholders had a photo-op, magnet and button at A Touch of Disney. You might get a passholder magnet when shopping at World of Disney or even get to experience special dining opportunities in the park. The Alfresco Tasting Terrace at Disney California Adventure is exclusively for Legacy Passholders and their guests.

Magic Key Annual Pass Program

The brand-new annual pass program will debut Aug. 25, 2021! There will be four different options of Magic Key passes to provide choice, flexibility and value.

Dream Key

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks every day of the year
  • Up to six park reservation holds at a time
  • 20 percent off select merchandise
  • 15 percent off select food and beverage
  • Theme park parking included

Believe Key

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks most days of the year
  • Up to six park reservation holds at a time
  • 10 percent off select merchandise
  • 10 percent off select food and beverage
  • 50 percent off theme park parking

Enchant Key

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year
  • Up to four park reservation holds at a time
  • 10 percent off select merchandise
  • 10 percent off select food and beverage

Imagine Key

  • Reservation-based admission to one or both theme parks select days of the year
  • Available for Southern California residents only
  • Up to two park reservation holds at a time
  • 10 percent off select merchandise
  • 10 percent off select food and beverage

Throughout the year, Magic Key pass holders may enjoy special benefits, including dedicated dining experience, custom menu items, a Magic Key holder celebration month and more.

Do you have any questions about how to save money on Disneyland tickets or finding 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. 

Related: Ribbeting Rates and More Reasons to Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

Related: 8 Reasons to Stay at a Hotel Near Disneyland on Your Next Trip

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