Almost everyone when considering their Disney Vacation imagines themselves taking out a second mortgage to pay for it but I am here to teach you about saving money at Disneyland. We want to help avoid that feeling of despair with a few tips on how to save a few pennies along the way. Here’s a few of the ways we can think of for you to have a Disneyland Saving Plan as well.
Transportation: Use Anaheim Resort Transit instead of driving and parking at Disneyland Park. At $5.00 for 1 Day or $12 for 3 Day’s it’s far less than the $15 per day to park your car at Disneyland. This Disneyland Saving plan could save you over $50 on the average trip to Disneyland alone.
Dining: Find a hotel or room that has at least a refrigerator so that you can have breakfast in your room, even a bowl of cereal will be a lot less money. It’s also the quickest way to get to the fun stuff. Pack snacks and a lunch for the day. Ensure you use a small insulated bag during those hot days. Once you’ve saved some money by not spending it on lots of food throughout the parks, you can enjoy a nice sit down meal in the parks, or hop out and head to Downtown Disney for a different experience. Disneyland Saving Plan of at least $30 per person per day you utilize this.
Souvenirs: They are everywhere, even before you enter the parks you’re hit with merchandise to buy. If you have kids you’ll know soon enough every item available for sale. Here’s an easy tip, pre-buy some souvenirs from Disney Store online and then hand them out to the kids as you go along. If you have kids you know this may not be enough, so set a limit early in the trip on what the kids can get. I encourage my own son to “window shop” and then at the end of the day he can go back and buy one item he really wanted.
Glow Items: The sun goes down and the neon light up sticks come out. Instead of buying the light up bubble maker, or the other assortment of light up toys, bring a pack of glow sticks available for $1.00 at your favorite local store. Let the kids use their imagination to build their own rocket ship or necklace and wear them proudly.
Non-Park Days: Never underestimate the greatness of heading to Downtown Disney and just enjoying the free 3 hour parking, as well as all the live, free entertainment available throughout the area. Head into the resorts and check out their activities. A lot of free things to do as well. And you can even watch the fireworks for free from Downtown Disney. Maybe not quite the same, but still a lot of fun and less expensive.
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