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How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

Last updated 12/18/2016

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets

Saving Money is Magical
I am obsessed about finding the absolute lowest prices on everything I can.

Disney vacations can be expensive, so I believe in saving money where possible!

I've done a lot of research on how to save money on Disneyland tickets. I will share with you:
  • Where to buy 
  • Where not to buy
  • My personal recommendation
  • Scams to avoid 

Wait…Is it Even Possible to Get Discounted Disneyland Tickets?


This might be a surprise to some. It was to me.
Yes! You CAN save money on Disneyland tickets … if you know where to go and what to buy.

My First Tip: Go for More than Just One Day

There’s so much to see and do at Disneyland that just one day doesn’t cut it.

Personally, I think that 3 days is about perfect, but that depends on your appetite for all things Disney, your budget, the age of your kids, and so on.

Three days gives you a chance to experience the shows, parades, all of the attractions at both parks, all at a relaxed and reasonable pace.

Also, one day tickets are almost never discounted.
The more days you stay, the more you save. No surprise there.

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Types of Disneyland Tickets

I always recommend getting the Park Hopper, as the parks are both awesome and they’re 100 yards apart from each other.

Park Hopper
A Park Hopper ticket allows you to go back and forth between Disneyland® Park or Disney California Adventure® park on the same day.

Non-Park Hopper

Pick one park (Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure) and enjoy it all day long.

Magic Morning
Get one early admission to certain attractions, stores, shows, and dining at Disneyland Park one hour before the park opens to the general public. Available on select days only (currently Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Magic Morning is available only with a 3+ day ticket or Southern California CityPASS.

Let’s Compare Disneyland Ticket Prices

Below we’ll compare prices found on Disneyland.com and two authorized Disneyland ticket resellers that you can trust: Get Away Today and aRes Travel.

Park Hopper Price Comparison: Adult

(prices as of 12/18/16)

Disneyland Get Away Today aRes Travel
Best price
3 Day Park Hopper (adult) $295 $283 $281
4 Day Park Hopper (adult) $320 $305 $305
5 Day Park Hopper (adult) $335 $320 $310

Pro-Tip: If you’re considering a 4-Day Park Hopper, adding one more day will only cost you $5 per person.

Park Hopper Price Comparison: Child

(prices as of 12/18/16)

Disneyland Get Away Today aRes Travel
Best price
3 Day Park Hopper (child) $283 $283 $278
4 Day Park Hopper (child) $305 $305 $290
5 Day Park Hopper (child) $320 $305 $295

Pro-Tip: If you’re considering a 4-Day Park Hopper, adding one more day will only cost you $5 per person.

Non-Park Hopper Price Comparison: Adult

(prices as of 12/18/16)

Disneyland Get Away Today aRes Travel
Best price
3 Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket (adult) $255 $250 $245
4 Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket (adult) $280 $275 $268
5 Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket (adult) $295 $290 $283

Non-Park Hopper Price Comparison: Child

(prices as of 12/18/16)

Disneyland Get Away Today aRes Travel
Best price
3 Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket (child) $243 $238 $233
4 Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket (child) $265 $260 $253
5 Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket (child) $280 $275 $268

Bottom Line: Family of Four Will Save $30-$100

(prices as of 12/18/16)

I did the math – a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) will save $30-100 by using the aRes option instead of buying directly from Disneyland.

Here’s what that looks like:

Disneyland aRes Travel Savings
3 Day Park Hopper $1152 $1122 $30
4 Day Park Hopper $1250 $1190 $60
5 Day Park Hopper $1310 $1210 $100

Why I Recommend aRes Travel

aRes Travel was something of a hidden secret for me until recently. I’ve used them multiple times now. I’ve even talked to executives of their company and I’m converted.aRes Travel

They’re a legit, authorized Disneyland ticket reseller with great customer service. They’re rated A+ on BBB. You’re safe to purchase from them in confidence. For more reassurance, read this TripAdvisor thread (there are a lot more like it on TripAdvisor too).

Note: aRes Travel collects a $2 per ticket service fee.

Disclosure: If you buy tickets through the aRes Travel links, I get a small commission. It’s not much but it helps keep the website running and doesn’t cost you any extra. You don’t have to use my links, but I’m very thankful when you do. I recommend them not because of the commission but because I use them myself. 

Do NOT Buy Disneyland Tickets from These Places


How to Save Money on Disneyland TicketsWith so many people wanting to know how to save money on Disneyland tickets, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places trying to scam those people out of their money.

Avoid these places when buying Disneyland park tickets:

  • Any site that uses the word “Disney” in the URL (that isn’t clearly a Disney-owned site). Disney doesn’t allow its authorized ticket sellers to use their brand in their website URL.
  • Any broker selling 1-day tickets at a discount. Disney doesn’t allow this by its authorized sellers.
  • Anyone selling you partially used tickets. First of all, you can’t be sure if the pass will work until you arrive at the gate. Second, if the ticket does NOT work, Disney won’t help you because tickets are non-transferrable.
  • Craigslist & eBay. Scammers will try to sell you stolen or used tickets.
  • Any site requiring you to pay with any method other than credit card.