How to Get Discount Disneyland Tickets

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Let's face it. A Disneyland vacation is not cheap. But there are several ways that you can save some money on your next family vacation. You won't find two-for-one deals or huge discount coupons, but there are offers and packages that will shave off a few dollars. Here are some tips on finding discount Disneyland tickets.

Start with Disney: Disneyland offers an ever-changing array of special offers, from hotel packages to discount ticket pricing. You can find the most up-to-date offers here.

Park Hopper Passes: If you want to visit both Disneyland theme parks on the same day, consider a Park Hopper Pass. Park Hopper Passes allow you to visit both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure on the same day, and are less expensive than purchasing two separate park tickets.

Buy your ticket online: Buy your ticket online and you could save a few bucks. Disneyland often has special pricing for online purchases, sometimes up to $50/off the gate price, so this is worth your time and effort. Just print the tickets out at home or get them delivered by mail. Current deals include a 3-Day Park Hopper Pass for $169. To obtain this offer, you must purchase and use the tickets by April 14, 2011. Offers change throughout the year, so check online for current deals and to purchase tickets. Deals can sometimes be found at other ticketing sites.

Disneyland Vacation Packages: Disneyland Resort Vacation Packages can often be a better deal than purchasing each item separately. Packages include a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, theme park admission and lots of special perks, such as "Magic Morning" early admission to a theme park, a phone call from Minnie or Mickey and preferred seating at select events. Packages change throughout the year. From now until February 19, 2011, purchase a three-night stay at a Disneyland hotel and receive a fourth night free. Guests also receive a $20 ESPN Zone Game Card. This offer is good for arrivals from January 4 – April 11, 2011. For more info, see Disneyland.com or call 714-520-5050.

Disney Hotel Discounts:Disneyland Resort Hotels run special offers throughout the year. From January 2 to April 13, 2011, receive 35% off on a 2-night stay. This offer is good on select nights, and you must book by February 19, 2011. Disney hotel offers change throughout the year. Check here for the most up-to-date options.

Check with Your Travel Agency: Your local travel agency is often privy to special Disney pricing and can offer budget packages. One such is example is AAA. Members of the Automobile Association of America receive discounts through packages that include lodging and dining. The more you include in a package, the bigger the discount. Packages must be booked through AAA.

Southern California Residents: If you live in Southern California, you're in luck-there are special offers just for you. The Southern California Select Annual Passport ($184 for ages 3 and up) allows entry to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on any of 170 pre-selected days, while the Southern California Annual Passport ($239 for ages 3 and up) allows you to choose from 215 pre-selected days.

Another option is the Southern California CityPass ($229 ages 3-9; $269 ages 10 and up). This pass includes admission to Sea World, Universal Studios Hollywood, a 3-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Bonus Ticket and your choice of the San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park.

Annual Passports: If you're going to be a frequent visitor at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, you can purchase a Deluxe Annual Passport. The pass is not cheap, but the $700 ticket allows unlimited admission to all 8 theme and water parks at both the Orlando and Anaheim parks. The catch is that you can only purchase the pass at a Disneyland ticket booth or the Guest Relations window at Walt Disney World.

If you just want access to Disneyland Resort, then consider purchasing an Annual Passport ($329 and up for adults and children). Annual passports are year-long passes, available to anyone, and they're a great value for those who visit more than a few times a year.

Military Discounts:If you're in the military, you can purchase discount tickets to Disneyland at participating U.S. military sales outlets. The Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket is a fantastic deal at just $99/each, and is available to military members and their families. Purchases must be made by Sept. 28, 2011 with travel by Oct. 1, 2011. Eligible members include active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard. Bring your military ID to show at the gate. Military members can also save up to 40% on rooms at select Disneyland hotels. For more info on Military Promotional tickets on the Disneyland hotel offer, call (714) 956-6424 or contact your participating U.S. military base ticket office.

Photo, Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

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