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Which Disneyland Ticket Should You Buy?

by Leap on July 10, 2018 8 Los Angeles

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One of the most important decisions you can make when planning a Disneyland vacation is deciding how long to visit and which Disneyland ticket to buy. While there are quite a number of options when it comes to Disneyland tickets, thankfully there aren't too many. Today, we'll explore all of the options so you can decide which Disneyland ticket is right for you! And you might have heard our good news, but we've made it a little lighter on your wallet by now offering discount Disneyland tickets.

Deciding Which Disneyland Ticket and How Many Days at Disneyland

The first thing you should determine when deciding on which Disneyland ticket is how many days you want to spend at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. While families routinely spend a week or longer at Disney World, Disneyland's size lends itself to shorter visits. At Disneyland, the entrances to the two parks plus Downtown Disney are within a minute or two of each other. And many of the hotel options (both onsite and off) are within a few minutes walk to several minutes drive. Keep in mind that there are no Disneyland water parks and that many families planning a Los Angeles vacation may visit other nearby theme parks such as Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain and do other sight-seeing during their visit as well. (We always plan at least one day for the beach, and Flora is always set on doing a tour while we're there.)

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Disneyland Resort offers 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-day tickets. Most families opt to spend about 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 on when to go). If it's a less busy time of year, it will be easier to experience all of the major park attractions. During the busiest times of year, it will take longer to experience the major attractions.

Disneyland Magic Morning

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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.

It's worth noting that if you purchase 3-, 4- or 5-day Disneyland tickets in advance, you will have the option of attending one Magic Morning early admission. You get one early admission to Disneyland Park during your length of stay on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday with Magic Morning.* Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions are currently the areas of the park open during the Magic Morning. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort properties also enjoy 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.)

We have one really Frog Family tip regarding the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hour: 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. Because lots of people take advantage of the benefit, you don't want to spend that first hour of early opening waiting to get into the park!

* Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

When Deciding Which Disneyland Ticket, Should You Purchase a Park Hopper?

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We think Park Hoppers are unequivocally a good idea at Disneyland, and not just because we like hopping! The biggest reason is convenience. Because Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are so close by, it's no big deal to just walk or "hop" between the two parks. 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 touring plan 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, so that is another consideration as well. You want to maximize your time in the parks. And Disneyland often staggers the park closing times. By purchasing Park Hoppers, you would be able to hop to the park open late, catching World of Color at Disney California Adventure or Fantasmic! at Disneyland on the nights that it is shown.

The only reason we can think to not purchase Park Hoppers is if budget just absolutely doesn't allow for it or you are not able to spend full days in the park. 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.

We hope you have found this guide to which Disneyland ticket to purchase helpful as you plan your visit. Have questions about which Disneyland ticket is right for you? Share in comments below! You'll find even more helpful information in our Disneyland and Disney California Adventure touring plans. 

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

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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)

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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!

Leap

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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!

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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.

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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!

Leap

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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.

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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.

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

Great suggestion, DisneyDorkTom! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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