This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet. One-day theme park tickets to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., and its sibling, Disney California Adventure Park, start at $104 per person, so calling Disneyland cheap is about as believable as saying an elephant can fly. But at Disneyland, elephants do in fact fly (Dumbo, anyone?) — and successfully planning a trip to Disneyland on a budget isn’t as impossible as it might seem.
Here’s how to go to Disneyland for less.1. Purchase discounted Disneyland tickets Authorized third-party sellers such as Undercover Tourist often sell Disneyland tickets for less than buying directly from Disney
Some membership programs, including AAA and Costco
offer tickets or vacation package deals, though they typically command a membership fee to join. Other affiliations, such as employee or student discount programs, might similarly unlock discounts. Disney also sometimes offers discounts to groups, including U.S. military members or Southern California residents. Also see: The good and bad on booking a vacation through Costco Travel2. Skip Park Hopper for multiday trips There are two Disney theme parks in Anaheim, and if you want to see both in one day, you’ll need a Park Hopper ticket. The problem? Park Hopper tickets cost $65 more per person for a single-day ticket. If your one-day trip will feel incomplete if you don’t see both, say, Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and Avengers Campus across the way at Disney California Adventure, then you’ll need the pricier Park Hopper option. But if you’re there for multiple days, save by visiting one park per day. The best way to do Disneyland is by focusing on one park at a time, anyway. Plus: 7 off-the-radar places worth stopping on a California road trip3. Get there early (like, really early) The theme park turnstiles typically open for business …
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