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Saving Money at Disneyland

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Disneyland is special destination for everyone, young and old. However, the trip can quickly become expensive, especially when you are buying tickets and souvenirs for the whole family. This is a guide about saving money at Disneyland.
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By 4 found this helpful
August 24, 2011

We took our two oldest grand daughters to Disneyland a little over a year ago. It was a dream come true. We stayed at a resort a couple miles away. They had a shuttle that ran to all the parks every day.

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The resort was more like a condo with a complete kitchen, two bathrooms, and bunk beds for the girls. It was only around $100 a night.

We found the closest Walmart, and got snack and food for our dinners. We ate breakfast early, and then took the shuttle to the park of our choice. We took a back pack with snacks, and water. We went online and found the cheapest places to eat (best deals), and we ate lunch at the park. Then we would have a late dinner back at the condo.

There are also great souvenirs at Walmart, or shop the souvenir shops around where you are staying. Never buy at the parks, because they overcharge.

Hope this helps. Happy traveling!

By Mell from Traverse City, MI

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July 11, 20080 found this helpful

Here are some tips for saving money at Disneyland share by ThriftyFun readers.

Things to Bring

Have fun! I love it there.

By mulberry204

Pack a Lunch

We packed a lunch and left it in the car. Then we went back for it and went to a close park to eat it. It gave everyone a break and we could decide what we wanted to see in the afternoon. Re-entry is free, make sure your hands are stamped.

By Har'iet

Stroller, Hats and Sunscreen

I agree. Pack a lunch and snacks and at least one bottle of water per person. During the summer months bring your own squirt bottle with attached fan. There's not a whole lot of shade as you walk through the park.

If you need a stroller bring one from home. It cost $15 to rent one there and more for a double stroller plus there is not a basket underneath. There is just a net pouch on the back to hold all your stuff.

Bring hats and sunscreen. Then if your kids like to play in the water bring extra clothes or a bathing suit. There are little fountains they get to play in to cool off.

By Ninaheil

Restaurants

I live next door to Disneyland. Our windows rattle with the fireworks. Bring snacks for the kids and bottled drinks, but they must be in plastic and be held on your person. They will inspect your backpacks, purses and such. This is since 9/11.

If you want a restaurant, travel at least 1 mile from the park. The ones around the park are more expensive. I believe they allow you to drive back in as long as you keep your parking ticket.

If you pack a lunch, you can picnic at a nearby park within walking distance. Bring all you need in the way of sweaters or coats (depending on the time of year). We get very chilly at night.

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By mfgershman

Fanny Pack!

My kids always make fun of me for wearing a fanny-pack but at the end of the day, I have THEIR phones and THEIR stuff in my fanny pack. They're not making fun of me then.

By Sharon

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July 29, 20040 found this helpful

As soon as my kids found out we are going to Disneyland they started talking about what they wanted to get there to bring home. Being a frugal mom can be hard, but I just can't see spending so much money on t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs. I looked at the local Disney store, but that isn't cheap either.

So I did what any thrifty mom would - searched Ebay! Guess what, Disney has a partnership with them and they sell stuff from both the parks and stores! I've already got hats, shirts, little toys, pins and fans, all things they'd want, and I didn't pay more than $5 for anything! Now, as long as I can keep them hidden until the trip, we'll save tons!

By Christine J

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By 0 found this helpful
August 26, 2011

My tip for saving at Disney is to always stay at a timeshare rental. For about the same cost as a hotel room, you will have a condo or house with bedrooms, bathrooms, living/dining area and full kitchen complete with washer/dryer, full sized refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher, dishes, cookware and bakeware. The homes are more completely furnished than hotel rooms. Many of the houses have private, screened-in swimming pools. Most are in communities with many amenities (community swimming pool, gym, gameroom, restaurant, etc.)

We recently had a family reunion in a rented home with private pool. The house was about $150. a night and had six bedrooms, four bathrooms and private pool. Three families (a total of 11 people) stayed there very comfortably. We were less than three miles from Disney.

If you are flying, the washer/dryer alone can save a lot in baggage charges (no checked bags = no baggage charges). Having the kitchen available can dramatically decrease the cost of eating out. RedWeek.com is a good source for timeshare rentals.

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By Valerie

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