• Jenny Espino

Get MAJOR Savings On Your Next Disneyland Trip!

I get asked how I get to go to Disneyland so often, and well, the truth is... it's not cheap, unfortunately... BUT there are ways to cut corners and save some MAJOR CASH on your trip! Read on for my 5 favorite tips for saving at Disneyland!

*Disclaimer: The following blog post contains affiliate links where I will earn a commission from purchases made after following said links.

1. Save 15-20% On Your Hotel:

Three words for you. Howard. Johnson. Anaheim! This newly renovated hotel is has given me a discount code to share with you! You'll love the convenience of this adorable hotel, and all of its vintage Disney-inspired decor! They even have a pirates-themed Water Playground that your kids will fall in love with, and a garden pool that you'll fall in love with.

Follow this Link:


20% off Disneyland Magic Key Passholder Discount - Corp code: 1000025935

15% off Discount for everyone - Corp code: 1000022077

2. Save On Your Disneyland Theme Park Tickets:

If you haven't heard of Get Away Today, you're missing out! They are an AMAZING and super helpful travel agency that is dedicated to getting you the best price on your next vacation! Not only do they help you save on theme park tickets, but they also have hotel savings and packages available too! Plus, when you book with them and mention me with the promo code: FiveBucks10, you'll get another $10 OFF on top of their already amazing deals!

Follow this link to save on your upcoming trip now:


Are you an active-duty or retired military family, like us?

Don't forget about your special access to the Military Salute Tickets available at your base's Information, Tickets & Travel location! These 3 or 4-day park-hopper passes cannot be beaten in terms of price! You can use them as if they were an annual pass, as long as they are used by the expiration date. You can purchase up to 6 tickets per year. Leave a comment below if you have any questions about these tickets and how they can benefit your family.

3. Bring Your Own Water Bottles & Flavor Enhancers:

When you visit the parks, you can expect to walk... A LOT. And your body is going to need plenty of refreshing water to replenish itself! Please do not pay $3.99 for one bottle of water. Disneyland is equipped with several water refill stations around the park, where you can fill up... FOR FREE! And, if you're not a fan of plain water, make sure to bring along some flavor enhancers too.

Here is a list of all of the Water Bottle-Filling stations at the Disneyland Resort:

Bottle-Filling Stations at Disneyland:

  • Frontierland: Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante has a freshwater spigot in its outdoor seating area.

  • Frontierland: Near Pioneer Mercantile in-between Adventureland & Frontierland.

  • Tom Sawyer Island: Near Catfish Cove which is on the side of the island closest to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

  • Fantasyland: Near Red Rose Tavern across from Casey Jr. Circus Train by the Restrooms.

  • Tomorrowland: Near Autopia and across from the Galactic Grill.

  • Tomorrowland: Galactic Grill has a freshwater spigot in its outdoor seating area.

  • Galaxy's Edge: Near the Black Spire Outpost Market Restrooms.

  • Galaxy's Edge: Near the Black Spire Outpost Courtyard Restrooms.

  • Galaxy's Edge: As your exiting Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run (in the exit queue).

Bottle-Filling Stations at California Adventure:

  • Avengers Campus: Near the Ancient Sanctum across from the Avengers Headquarters.

There are also countless water fountain stations in which you can find by searching in the Disneyland app. But feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!

Also, here are some of the items we routinely bring when we are going to the parks to stay hydrated:

4. Bring Your Own Mickey-Shaped Snacks:

Yes, OF COURSE it's super fun to get all of the park treats, but when you're on a mission to save, like we typically are, you bring your own snacks - and then make them Mickey-shaped so you still feel like you're getting the special Disney treatment that you deserve. When we go, we think of one treat we'd each like to purchase, but for the rest of the time, we have some easy-access essential snacks in our backpacks - especially for when we're waiting in those long lines. Here's what you can usually find in my boy's hands:

5. Purchase Your Disney Merch/Clothing Before Your Trip:

There are SO many amazing brands that also carry fun Disney merch. Be warned: When you wait to buy merch on property... the prices go way way up! I understand that there is always a thrill when you can get a souvenir from inside the parks. So my advice is to leave the clothing, princess, Star Wars, and Avengers costumes on the rack at the parks - unless it's something that you really really want. Save your money for something small for your children (like a toy or stuffed animal), and for you - maybe a coffee mug, mouse ears, figurine or jewelry - something that can't be purchased anywhere else besides in the parks.

Places to check before you go: Target, Walmart, JCPenny, Amazon, Etsy... all of these shops can have some really awesome pieces that you could create an amazing look with while you're enjoying the parks. And you'll be happy to know you got to save a lot too.

Even Shop Disney has some awesome sales to pay attention to - they are great because it's mostly all things sold directly in the parks.

So I hope you are able to take these tips and apply them to your next trip, and let me know in the comments if you do! Enjoy!

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