Save on Disneyland Resort tickets following the 2019 price hike

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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If this latest price hike on Disneyland Resort admission tickets caught you by surprise, don't panic—there are still ways you can save on Disneyland tickets for your next trip. I'm only listing legitimate discounts and options here—no timeshare presentations or ticket-sharing scams here. If you have a tip I haven't mentioned, let me know!

1: Purchase through Get Away Today

MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today will continue to sell tickets at the pre-increase pass through Tuesday, January 15 2019. This discount is valid only via their website, or by calling 1-855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to mention that you saw them on MousePlanet.

2: Check your local grocery store or Disney store

If your local grocery store or Disney Store sells Disneyland tickets, check to see if they have any at the old prices. While Disney Stores often pull the old tickets a few days before a price increase for just this reason, your local store may not have read the notice. Grocery stores are often slower to react to price changes, so you may have a one- or two-day window to hunt down a deal.

3: Check with your local travel agent

In the past, travel agencies and ticket resellers could quietly continue to sell their remaining tickets at the old prices after a price change, while inventory lasted. If you work with a travel agent that usually stocks Disneyland tickets, check with them.

4: Check with a Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel

Likewise, Disneyland's Good Neighbor Hotels are usually allowed to quietly sell their remaining tickets at the old prices after a price change, while inventory lasts. This may give you a short window to find tickets at the old rate.

5: Disneyland local? Check out the Southern California Resident Ticket

The Southern California Resident Ticket offers residents of Southern California and Northern Baja California admission to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure up to three times between January 7 and May 23, 2019.

You can use every day of this ticket at the same theme park, or visit different parks on different days, but you cannot use it to enter both parks on the same day. The ticket is $179 for ages 3 and up, a discount of 40 percent compared to the box office prices that took effect on January 6, 2019.

For an additional $55, you can also upgrade the ticket to a park-hopper, which allows entry to both parks each day, and which is a savings of up to $121 compared to the box office price of a three-day park-hopper ticket.

Although you can purchase tickets at the Disneyland Resort ticket booths on the day of your visit, you should purchase in advance by calling (714) 781-4636, or by going online at Disneyland.com and printing them at home. Purchasing three-day tickets in advance comes with one Magic Morning admission, a benefit you do not get if you buy on-site. If purchasing at a participating third party ticket outlet, double-check that their three-day tickets come with this feature.

There is no "fuse" on this ticket, which means you can use the first admission on January 7 and wait until May to use the remaining admission. You must, however, purchase the ticket by May 20, 2019. Tickets expire on May 23, 2019, and are blocked out April 14–22, 2019.

Disney states that proof of residency is required for purchase and admission, and each resident can purchase up to five tickets per day.

6: Visiting before May 23? Consider the Limited-Time Special Ticket

If you do not live in the qualifying ZIP codes for the Southern California Resident Ticket described above, or prefer a 4- or 5- day ticket, Disney has another offer valid for travel on the same dates that is open to everyone. However, this ticket comes with a 13-day fuse, so plan your visits accordingly.

The Limited-Time Special Ticket Offer is valid for travel January 7 through May 23, 2019, excluding the spring break blockout of April 14–22, 2019. The price is the same for all ages 3 and older, and each ticket includes one Magic Morning entry. This offer is about $11 more than the locals-only deal from 2018.

Duration One Park Per Day Park Hopper
3-day $210 $260
4-day $229 $279
5-day $239 $289

Tickets must be purchased by May 18, 2019. You must use all entries within 13 days of the initial entry, which provides some flexibility to visit as many as three weekends in a row. With the fourth and fifth day adding just $19 and $10 to the base ticket price, it's definitely worth adding the extra days if you can fit even a half-day visit into your week.

7: Want an Annual Passport? Consider upgrading the Southern California Resident Ticket or Limited-Time Special Ticket

As detailed above, these two promotional tickets offer up to five days admission to the Disneyland Resort during winter and spring 2019. The biggest benefit to these offers is that the tickets are not blocked out on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, as are the lower-tier annual passports. (Excepting the spring block out period of April 14 through April 22, 2019).

You can upgrade these promotional tickets to an annual passport on the last day you use them, and receive the original purchase price towards your annual passport. While this does not save you money overall, purchasing and upgrading a promotional ticket basically gets you a Disneyland Annual Passport at the current rate, while also giving you up to five days admission to days your pass would normally have been blocked out.