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Ultimate Guide to Discounted Disneyland Tickets 2022

Ultimate Guide to Discounted Disneyland Tickets 2022

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Disneyland tickets are often the most expensive part of your trip. Naturally, with something so important there’s a lot to learn. Here’s the scoop on what you need to know about Disneyland tickets including the new Disney Genie program, park hopping, buying discounted Disneyland tickets and more.

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You’re Here Because You Want Discounted Disneyland Tickets?

Everyone planning a trip to Disneyland wants to save money on Disney tickets. Why pay full price when there are places that sell discounted Disneyland tickets! Keep reading for the best ways to save on Disneyland admission.

2022 Discounted Disneyland Ticket Changes!

After an over year-long closure and ticket suspension, Disneyland tickets available for sale. I highly recommend purchasing discounted Disneyland tickets through Get Away Today. They offer fully refundable tickets (which Disney doesn’t do). They also offer the best rates on 2+ day tickets!

Some of the events, activities and attractions mentioned in this article are currently unavailable. For everything you need to know about Disney reopening, be sure to read more. I’ll also discuss how to secure a Disneyland reservation, a current must have to visit the theme parks both California and Florida.

Main entrance to Avengers Campus
Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure

Discounted Disneyland Tickets!

My travel partners at Get Away Today offer both discounted Disneyland tickets and Anaheim-area hotels to fit any budget! Many hotels include exclusive discounts like free parking, complimentary breakfast or even free nights, just for booking through Get Away Today.

Disneyland tickets are good through December 31st, 2022. We never know when Disney will increase prices so there’s always a potential savings of hundreds of dollars for families. Purchase your multi-day tickets through Get Away Today now.

When you’re ready to book your full Disneyland vacation, my friends at Get Away Today are ready to help! Mention code REWRITTEN to receive an extra discount off your SoCal vacation package of two or more days.

My number one tip on buying Disneyland tickets is….

Don’t wait to buy your park tickets when you get to the park. Seriously. Do not buy tickets at Disneyland…that is, unless you like to stand in line for 30+ minutes when you could be getting into the park. Or if you like paying full price instead of getting a possible discount by doing a little shopping around!

2021/2022 UPDATE – This tip is all the more relevant now when Disneyland tickets are NOT being sold at the front gates! Disneyland tickets are only being sold in advance and must accompany a separate park reservation for the day in which you are visiting. Keep reading for the important details.

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

Here’s some of the various places you can usually purchase Disneyland tickets

(some locations may not currently selling park tickets)

  • I recommend purchasing online through my affiliate partner Get Away Today because they are an authorized seller of discounted tickets and full service travel agency.
  • Purchase park tickets on the Disneyland website.
  • Buy Disneyland tickets from AAA, credit union or at Costco.
  • Your employer may offer theme park tickets.
  • Tickets for Disneyland can be bought at ShopDisney or the Disney Store in your local mall.
  • Anaheim Good Neighbor hotels sell Disneyland tickets.
  • You can even buy Disneyland tickets at Southern California grocery stores or Target.
Disneyland ticket held up inside the park

Pre-Purchased Tickets

If you buy your tickets elsewhere, read the fine print that comes with it. Sometimes you can go directly to the front gate and they will trade your ticket in whatever form it is (your ticket purchase might look like a plain 8×11 print-out or like a plastic gift card). The Cast Member at the entrance will exchange that ticket for an official Disneyland ticket right then and there.

Other pre-purchased tickets may request that you go to the ticket booth in advance. If you have to do this, I suggest trading them for your actual park tickets on the day before you enter the parks to save time.

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Lined up in the morning at the box office…when they could be in the Park!

What is a Disneyland Park Hopper and Should I Buy One?

*2022 editors note* – Park Hopping now only happens after 1 pm each day. Guests must make an advance reservation for the park in which they will start their visit. If they hold a valid Park Hopper ticket, they may “Park Hop” to the other park. That is, only if space is available while capacity is limited.

A Disneyland ticket with a Park Hopper option allows guests to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park on the same day. “Hopping” between Parks is generally quick (they are just across a short esplanade from each other). Re-entry to Disneyland specifically can sometimes take longer on busy days.

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Inside Disneyland (on the train) and you can see the entrance to California Adventure – that’s how close it is to Park Hop!

Park Hoppers do add a bit more cost to your ticket price. If you are staying for only 1 or 2 days, I would highly recommend a Park Hopper option. This way you’ll be able to make the best use of your Disneyland mornings by hitting popular rides and going back and forth between the Parks.

If you are staying for 3+ days, I would purchase non-Park Hoppers because you’ll be able to spend more time exploring each Park thoroughly by staying in one each day. You’ll also get a better price rate on 3+ day tickets.

What's new & what's coming to Disneyland? Find out more about MaxPass, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and more!

Are There Cheap One Day Disneyland Tickets?

Unfortunately one-day Disneyland tickets are the worst value of all ticket options. Tickets are sold with “tier pricing”. This means if you’re visiting on what Disney considers a PEAK day, you’re going to be paying more for your ticket based on one of the five ticket tiers.

Review some of the dates to avoid when planning a Disneyland trip and aim for off-peak times (non-weekend & not over holiday breaks will offer the best value).

Back of a one-day park hopper Disneyland ticket
The One-Day Park Hopper Disneyland Ticket is the worst value.

You can save a bit on one day Disneyland tickets by only choosing the non-park hopper option. One day Disneyland tickets with a Park Hopper are considerably more pricey than the single park tickets. If you only have one day to spend at Disneyland, choose to stay in one park and save some money.

Multi-Day Discount Disneyland Tickets

Generally the more in-park days you purchase upfront, the better discount you’ll be getting. Keep in mind that once you enter the parks with the multi-day ticket, that ticket is assigned only to you. Each guest will have their photo taken when the ticket is scanned. That means nobody else except for YOU will be able to use this ticket for Disneyland park entry!

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My husband having his photo taken upon entering the park for the first time with our multi-day Park Hopper ticket.

What About an Annual Pass?

An annual pass is a great way to save on the cost of multi-day vacations! Magic Key is Disneyland’s newest annual passholder program. Guests can choose from four options, each with various blockout dates, discounts and perks.

Disneyland Tickets

Where Can You Get Discounted Disneyland Tickets?

Can you get cheap Disneyland tickets at Costco?  Yes. You can also purchase Disneyland park tickets at AAA or through your employer. But often the cheapest and most reliable way is via an authorized ticket seller.

I highly recommend purchasing tickets from Get Away Today online as they are an authorized seller of discount tickets for Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and LEGOLAND. They also offer ticket bundles which includes tickets to Disneyland as well as other Southern California theme parks. You’ll save buying the ticket combo of attraction tickets versus buying individual tickets for each park.

Stay at one of the Disneyland Resort Hotels and book a Get Away Today travel package, which includes park tickets at a discounted rate. Disneyland resort hotels do cost more than off-site hotels but have some added incentives. You’ll want to compare Disneyland Resort versus Good Neighbor hotels. Get Away Today can help you balance your budget and travel dates to get you the best deal!

Get Away Today also offers discounted vacation packages, so I’d definitely request a quote from them first! You can even place your vacation on layaway with Get Away Today and pay in installments. Use the Promo Code REWRITTEN and receive an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount).

SoCal Resident Ticket Offers

If you are a Southern California resident you often have the advantage of receiving discounted prices on short visit tickets during certain times of the year. You’ll need proof of residence upon entry to the Park for each adult with a SoCal Resident ticket (when available, Get Away Today sells this discounted Disneyland ticket as well!).

Front of Disneyland printed paper ticket
The SoCal Resident ticket can save you lots of money, when it’s available!

What’s Included With My Disneyland Ticket?

Most everything inside of the Disneyland parks is included with the price of admission. Here’s what you get with admission:

  • All rides, shows, parades, entertainment and most attractions from official opening/closing times
  • Use of Disney Genie+, to obtain shorter wait times (*editors note* – FASTPASS is currently not being utilized at the Disney theme parks).
  • Any character greetings
  • PhotoPass photographers (purchase of photos is an extra cost).
  • Seasonal special events, including Festival of Holidays, Lunar New Year, Disney California Food and Wine Festival.

What’s NOT Included in the Price of a Disneyland Ticket?

There are some extra events throughout the year and other add-ons that can be made to your Disneyland day that are not included with admission:

  • Parking in any of the Disneyland lots or garages.
  • Food and dining (though Disneyland will permit outside food and snacks).
  • PhotoPass downloads
  • A few attractions with a small fee, including Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition.
  • Special packages, including reserved seating and dining packages for World of Color, Frozen and Fantasmic!
  • After-hours special ticketed events including Disneyland After Dark, Disney Merriest Nights Christmas Party and the Halloween themed Oogie Boogie Bash.
Little girl dressed like Elsa at California Adventure


Disneyland Reservations

In the past, guests could show up at any time with ticket in hand to visit the amusement parks. Currently, while guest capacity is being limited, anyone wanting to visit must make a separate Disneyland reservation. Here’s how to do this:

The Disneyland reservation window opened to guests holding valid theme park tickets on April 12th 2021. Each person with a park ticket must also hold a date specific reservation. This can be done via the Disneyland website. Anyone with a single day ticket must first verify eligibility by checking the tier calendar before making a reservation.

Jessie's Critter Carousel

How Do I Use My Ticket for a FASTPASS? 

*editors note* – FASTPASS & Maxpass will no longer be in use at Disney Parks. Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane is the new “skip the line” plan and it comes with a cost. The program is operating at Walt Disney World but has not yet been released at Disneyland.

Do Babies Need a Disneyland Ticket?

If your child is under three years old, their admission is free! Check out these posts with tips for traveling to Disneyland with a baby –

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More Annual Passport Tips

The Disneyland Annual Passholder program is now called Magic Key. This is a four-tiered system, with varying calendars and benefits. The tiers are called Dream Key, Believe Key, Enchant Key and Imagine Key. The Imagine Key is only available for Southern California residents and offers the most restrictions.

Disneyland annual pass card
No more physical care for Annual Pass holders – everything is now digital.

You may decide mid-vacation that you’d like to upgrade to a Magic Key Disneyland Annual Pass. Apply the amount that you paid for the ticket (so long as it hasn’t expired) to the cost for the Annual Passport. This should be done on the final day of your multi-day ticket. Applying your ticket cost to a Magic Key is very easy and can be completed through the Disneyland app prompts.

If you buy the Magic Key, consider which pass makes the best sense for you and your family. Different passes have certain blockout dates so check the calendar before deciding which one is best for you.

Annual Passports have a monthly payment option (after an initial down payment) so you can take the year to pay the price of the Passport off. A blockout calendar on the Disneyland website and app shows which dates are “good to go” for each specific tier.

Mad Tea Party tea cups at Disneyland in night

What NOT to Do When Buying or Using Tickets?

  • Don’t buy tickets on Craigslist or on Ebay. You have no way of looking at the tickets and knowing if they are valid or legal.
  • Don’t buy tickets from anyone selling them outside the Park. Buy only from an authorized dealer.
  • Don’t buy anyone else’s multi-day ticket from them. You have no way of knowing how many days are still valid on that ticket! Also your photo will be taken the first time you use your multi-day ticket and verified each time you enter.
  • Don’t lose your ticket!
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Take a photo of the backside of your ticket in case it gets lost.

Your park ticket will allow you entrance in and out of the park for the day. I recommend that you take a photograph of the backside of your ticket. Capture the bar code/date stamp. You’ll be able to get a replacement at Guest Relations should your ticket go missing. Make sure everyone in your group and all the tickets that were purchased are with you.

More Ways to Save on a Disneyland Vacation

Now that you know how to get discounted Disneyland tickets, find out more ways to save on your vacation. Check out these other money-saving Disney tips!

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Stefanie

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Great tips! Looking forward to our second trip this year!

Tamara

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Thanks for all the info about all the pass options and especially the max pass! Super helpful!

Jill

Wednesday 16th of May 2018

Super helpful information! Thanks!

Andrea Cummings

Saturday 12th of May 2018

The info on fast pass and maxpass were really helpful. Thank you!

Jessica Thomas

Saturday 12th of May 2018

Very helpful. Confirms that I should get my tickets from Get Away Today. I like the lanyard idea.

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