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Which Disneyland Ticket Should You Buy?

by Leap on April 23, 2019 31 Los Angeles

Which Disneyland Ticket Should You Buy - Disneyland Discount Tickets - Disneyland EntranceIf you're planning to visit the Happiest Place on Earth, "How long should I visit?" and "Which tickets should I get?" are probably your first questions ... well, right after "How do I get Disneyland discount tickets?" Lucky for you, we have answers!

We know the Disneyland Resort is a great value and the ultimate in family fun. There is so much hoppin' at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and there are so many memories to be made. But still, there are so many decisions, especially around Disneyland tickets. Everyone wants to pick the best ticket and the right number of days. Today, we'll explore all of the options so you can decide which Disneyland discount tickets to purchase! Before we hop into the specifics, we should note that as an authorized seller, we're able to offer authentic Disneyland tickets at a discount. These are the same tickets you would purchase at the gate for hoppin' good prices. If you already know which ones you want, hop straight to our Disneyland ticket page and buy them. For those of you who still aren't sure, read on!

How Many Days Do You Need at Disneyland?

Families routinely spend a week or longer at Disney World, with its four parks, two water parks and two shopping/entertainment areas (spread out over land roughly the size of San Francisco!). But Disneyland's size lends itself to shorter visits. Disneyland Resort offers 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day tickets. At Disneyland, the entrances to the two parks plus Downtown Disney entertainment area are within a minute or two of each other. And many of the hotels are a few minutes' walk or a short drive away. With less travel time and ground to cover at Disneyland, you can spend three to five days in the parks and experience it all. Many families also plan visits to Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and other LA attractions. So we recommend you also factor in what else you want to do. (For our visits to LA, we always plan at least one beach fun beach, and my wife, Flora, insists on least one day of shopping.)

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Most families opt for three days in the Disneyland parks, and two is the recommended minimum. First-time visitors should plan at least a three-day visit and maybe a four-day visit, depending on how busy the park is (see the best times to visit Disneyland for suggestions). If it's a less busy time of year, it will be easier to experience the major attractions in less time. How many days also depends a little bit on whether you'll be hopping or not. One last reason we recommend a multi-day visit: Disneyland introduced date-based, tiered pricing for single-day tickets a couple of years ago. Unless you're visiting during a non-peak time, this adds an additional complexity (and potential cost) that you can avoid if you go with multi-day tickets.

Disneyland Ticket Types - Base or Park Hoppers

You have two ticket choices at Disneyland: the base ticket or park hopper. The base ticket gets you into one park per day. The park hopper lets you, well, hop between parks on the same day. With the park hopper, you can hop as many times as you like. No, you cannot hop by using two days of the base ticket. Most families choose park hoppers. We'll share the reasons why (and whether we think Disneyland park hoppers are worth it) below. But first, we want to mention an added bonus of a three-day visit to Disneyland.

Disneyland Magic Morning - An Extra Bonus If You Purchase a 3-Day (or Longer) Ticket!

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If you are going to take advantage of the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour, make sure to be at the entrance at least 30 minutes ahead of the early opening time.

As we mentioned, three days is our recommendation for a first-time visit, and if you purchase a three-day or longer ticket in advance, you get the added benefit of Disneyland Magic Morning*! This perk gives you early admission to Disneyland Park during your length of stay on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions are currently the areas of the park open during Disneyland Magic Morning. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort properties can also get Extra Magic Hour, which is early admission during every day of their hotel stay at either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. (Read more about the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel.) Currently, the Extra Magic Hour schedule is:

  • Disneyland Park: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Disney California Adventure Park: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

*Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions

Is the Disneyland Park Hopper Worth It?

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We think so, and not just because we frogs like hopping! The biggest reason is convenience. With Disneyland and Disney California Adventure so close, it's easy to hop between them. In fact, you could spend your day hopping back and forth between the parks if you wanted. That's what we tend to do when we visit. Some people hop as part of their ride strategy since you can hold FASTPASSes for both parks at the same time.

It doesn't cost that much to add on park hoppers at Disneyland, and that's another reason we think they're worth it. You want to maximize your time in the parks. And Disneyland often staggers the park closing times. By purchasing park hoppers, you are able to hop to the park open later, catching World of Color at Disney California Adventure or Fantasmic! at Disneyland on the nights that it is shown. The only reason not to purchase park hoppers is if your budget just doesn't allow it or you only have a couple of hours to spend. For example, if you were attending a nearby convention for a few days and could only spend evenings at Disneyland, then adding on park hoppers probably doesn't make sense.

So there you have it, the full scoop on Disneyland tickets and our recommendations on which to get as you plan your trip!

Have questions about which ticket is right for you? Drop us a line! Once you decide on tickets, check out our hopful Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park plans. Don't froget, we're now selling Disneyland discount tickets.

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Keep hopping!

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Feb 9, 2020 at 6:23 p.m. Jennifer R Schultz Says...

If I buy advance tickets here will we be able to use them during "peak" days??

Feb 10, 2020 at 11:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Most of our tickets can be used any day, without restriction, through Jan. 12, 2021 (tickets expire 13 days after first use, or on Jan. 12, 2021, at which point they'd need to be exchanged at Will Call). On occasion, some of our promotional tickets will have to be used by a certain date. You can see all of the details by clicking the name of the ticket, then "View Ticket Details." Or, feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 846-1302 - we'll be hoppy to help you find the perfect ticket!

Keep hopping!


Jan 8, 2020 at 9:06 a.m. Jeanine Says...

We have been planning on 4 days--one park per day. The fourth day was for doing the last few items and for having added flexibility. We tend to take a while to get going, and we have a baby. But we also have older kids, and I saw that there's a three day kid's ticket sale. With the new part of the park, can we still do everything in 3 days, or is it worth it to spend the money on four? Thanks.

Jan 9, 2020 at 8:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeanine!

It’s a tough call. That 3-day promo is such a great deal! You can spend one day at DCA and two at Disneyland. You may not see it all but you can do a lot, especially if you use MaxPass and can divide up and keep the older kids going while the baby naps. You could use the fourth day for character dining, swimming at the hotel pool and Downtown Disney shopping or playing.

Keep hopping!


Aug 4, 2019 at 9:27 p.m. Cinthia Says...

Hi! We're planning on going to California in mid-November and I was wondering if it'd be better to get a hopper and do both parks in one day or reserve a day for each park without the hopper, giving that we're willing to skip most rides that are duplicated in WDW and that we'd like to see the parades and nighttime shows in both parks.

Your blog is a life saver, thank you so much!

Aug 5, 2019 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

It's our pleasure, Cinthia - thanks for taking the time to hop by!

We recommend two days for the parks, so take a day for each park. Be sure to use MaxPass and to reserve your Fantasmic! and World of Color FASTPASSes first thing in the morning. The show FASTPASSes are at the bottom of the list of ride FASTPASSes.

Keep hopping!


Apr 15, 2019 at 12:55 a.m. Barbara Says...

How can I be sure your tickets are authentic? I need for 5 people and I would hate to get there and they not honor them.

Apr 15, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Barbara!

You can check out our customer reviews here to learn more about the experience other customers have had with us over the years (and you may also hear or see some comments from others in the Frog Pond throughout the blog!). You can also see our mentions in the media here (reputable sources like The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Forbes). All of our Disneyland tickets are RFID enabled, allowing you to head straight to the gate! If you have any questions about how our tickets work, you can access our FAQ here, or feel free to give Customer Service a call at 1 (800) 846-1302 - they'll be hoppy to answer any additional questions that you may have!

Keep hopping!


Apr 5, 2019 at 8:05 p.m. Andrew Says...

Part of your article is no longer accurate. Disney no longer allows you to hold FASTPASSes for both parks since the systems became linked when they introduced MaxPass.

Apr 10, 2019 at 9:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the feedback! We've made the adjustment!

Keep hopping!


Mar 22, 2019 at 9:03 p.m. Michael Morgan Says...

Four day single park vs 3 day hopper - What do think is better?

Mar 25, 2019 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael!

At Disneyland, we recommend a Park Hopper since the parks are so close, making it extra convenient to hop from one to the other. But this also depends on your family and your preferences! For smaller tadpoles, sticking to one park a day may be plenty, in which case the four day single park ticket may be preferable for your family.

Keep hopping!


Mar 13, 2019 at 3:27 a.m. QuadMomma Says...

If I buy a 3 day pass, can we add an extra day once we are there for cost of the difference between the 3 and 4 day ticket? I don't want to pay for a single day ticket, if we want to stay longer, and I don't want to overpay if we only go 3 days.

Mar 13, 2019 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi QuadMomma,

You sure can! Just visit a ticket booth and they'll get you upgraded.

Keep hopping!


Mar 4, 2019 at 9:59 p.m. Dono Says...

If we buy a 3 Day pass and not hopper passes can you upgrade the 3rd day to a hopper pass at the park?

Mar 5, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dono,

Yes, you can upgrade to a Hopper at the parks.

Keep hopping!


Jan 10, 2020 at 12:29 a.m. VH Says...

I was searching info for our first upcoming Disneyland trip in two weeks and found your website with plenty of information. I was wondering whether we could upgrade the third day ticket to a hopper as we do not want hop during first two days. Found the answer in the comment section Thanks ???? If I upgrade the third day ticket to a hopper how much we should pay extra per ticket ?

Jan 10, 2020 at 9:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi VH!

You certainly can upgrade just one day to a park hopper! Our suggestion, though, would be to just get a park hopper for all three days. The price to upgrade is going to be about $50-$55, which is going to apply whether you buy a one-day park hopper or a three-day park hopper. In other words, you'll pay the same amount to hop for the entirety of your trip as you would for just one day. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!


Nov 19, 2018 at 7:34 p.m. Jessica Says...

I am going to Disneyland soon and it's going to be a Field trip with my class I want to know since I am 16 what will I need in order to purchase a ticket?

Nov 29, 2018 at 6 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica!

Usually group tickets for field trips are purchased through the school, so check with the school first to be sure. Sometimes the tickets are cheaper through the school since they are buying in bulk. If the school is not selling them, you can purchase discounted tickets through us and link them in the Disneyland app.

If you are purchasing in person at a ticket booth, you can pay with cash, or a credit card or debit card in your name. If you do not have a credit card, you can use a parent’s card to purchase online or through the app, but not in person at the booth. They will ask for ID to match the credit card at the booth. Hope this helps :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 25, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. Odessa Says...

My fiance and I are getting married in Sept. 2020. We are planning to get 3 day park hopper tickets w/ possibly maxpass. What I would like to know is, can I pick up tickets at the booth if I order online, and can I pick them up the a day or two before we actually go into the park? (I want to have paper tickets but not mailed to me)

Jun 27, 2018 at 8:59 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Odessa,

You can print out tickets from the email you'll receive or have them scanned on your mobile device. When you enter the park, you will receive a paper ticket at the turnstile. You don’t need to wait in any line at the ticket booth to get the paper ticket because you receive it upon entering the park!

Keep hopping!


Dec 17, 2017 at 2:14 a.m. Krista Says...

It appears some Good Neighbor Hotels sell discounted tickets, do you know if they generally sell them less than purchasing online? Thank you!

Mar 23, 2017 at 6:25 p.m. jessjane Says...

When hopping, is the wait to get into each park long? Like do you spend 15 minutes each hop waiting to get into the park? Just curious.

Mar 23, 2017 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess,

The wait time to get into each park will differ depending on the time of day, and on which park. The mornings will be busiest, with late afternoon to early evenings also busy with people coming back from Downtown Disney shopping or hotels.

Keep Hopping!


Oct 16, 2014 at 4:19 p.m. DisneyDorkTom.com Says...

People who tend to stick to one park per day, or hop just once, should probably also avoid park hopper passes. In a 3-day trip, it's so easy to pre-plan 2 full days in Disneyland and 1 full day in California Adventure that hopping doesn't become a requirement. If you can do that small amount of pre-planning it could easily save you $156 total (for a party of four). That's a meal for 4 at Thunder Mountain Ranch BBQ and a few souvenirs for the kids that are covered by the Hopper savings. I think hopping makes more sense for people who want to totally wing it and explore as they go.

Apr 21, 2019 at 5:40 p.m. Sherry Says...

I completely agree with you!!! Last year my husband and I bought park hoppers for our family and only used it on our very last day. We had 4 day park hoppers. We were encouraged to get park hoppers because Disneyland can become crowded so many guests will go to DCA once that happens. However, this was not the case for us on our very first visit as a family. I also noticed that once DCA closed many would go over to Disneyland because they stayed open later. For our family, we stayed in the park we initially decided to go to because there is soooooo much to do!!!! We didnt even leave the park until late in the evening or at DCA when it closed????. This year we are doing a 5 day 1 park per day. Spending 3 days at Disneyland and 2 days at DCA.

Mar 23, 2019 at 2:10 p.m. Zsanara Says...

Thank you for this info. We have been to Disneyworld twice and want to try Disneyland this time. I am wondering how many days it takes to get through the two parks. I don't like park hopper tickets we like to focus on one park at a time. Any advice?

Jan 20, 2016 at 9:48 p.m. Rachelle Says...

I agree. We don't do park hopping because going back and forth between the parks is tiring. We'd rather focus on a specific area each day and take things a little bit slower instead of zig zagging between rides because our feet get worn out too quickly if we are bouncing around too much.

Mar 9, 2019 at 12:16 a.m. AnnieF Says...

Thank you this was awesome advice! This is our first time at disney and we have 3 older kids. We have been talking to people and trying to decide if we need a hopper or not. But first timers I would assume take it slower and go through a whole park at a time and then switch to the other park. I am hoping that is how it goes and is the best choice for a first time family?

Oct 16, 2014 at 1:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Great suggestion, DisneyDorkTom! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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