Disneyland Ticket Discounts

LAST UPDATE: 9/28/16

Disneyland tickets can absolutely be purchased at a discount, and we list all the best places to find Disneyland ticket deals. There are multiple Disneyland ticket discounts available to the general public, and even more for local residents, members and employees of certain organizations and the US military. You can get a Disneyland pass discount every day of the year, though the discounts can be deeper in the off-season. Really deeply discounted Disneyland tickets are very rare — you’re probably going to have to pay 90%-95% of full price in most cases. Still, if you’re buying multi-day passes for a couple or a family, that can amount to a decent chunk of money!

Prices and blackout dates listed on this page are subject to change at any time.

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Important Things to Know About Disneyland Tickets

In addition to discounts, there are things you should know about Disneyland tickets. You may save yourself some time, money and/or aggravation by reading the tips below.

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Where NOT to Buy Disneyland Tickets

There are lots of legitimate ways to get discounted Disneyland tickets. Unfortunately, there are also some ways to get ripped off.

Never buy partially used passes. For instance, someone may claim they bought a 4-day ticket and ended up using only 2 days of it, so they are reselling the remaining 2 days. Sounds good, right? The trouble is, there is absolutely no way to tell whether the pass does, in fact, have the number of days remaining that the seller claims, until you get to the gate and see if it works. If it doesn’t, Disney will not be sympathetic, because Disney tickets are nontransferable. That means they can legally be used only by the original purchaser.

It is a very bad idea to buy Disney passes on eBay or Craigslist. Unfortunately both of these online resources are extremely popular with con artists. Recently scammers have even taken to presenting fake “invoices” or “receipts” that seem to be from legitimate businesses that supposedly sold them the tickets. They always have some sad story about buying nonrefundable tickets, and now they can’t go, and they just want to get some of their money back. But the passes they sell you are partially or completely used up, or were never valid to begin with.

Tickets can look perfectly new and real, yet be worthless. For example, they may be selling real Disney ticket stock shoplifted from supermarkets or other stores, but since the tickets were never paid for, they have not been validated and have zero value.

There is no way to find out if the tickets you buy from a stranger (or even “a friend of a friend”) are any good in advance of your trip. You are very likely to arrive at the gate and find out you have invalid passes. Here is a news story, another story and yet another story about this type of scam.

Websites that seem to be offering super low prices on Disney tickets are almost guaranteed to be scams. There are legitimate, authorized Disney ticket brokers, but they don’t have a lot of profit margin once they pay Disney. There is no way a ticket dealer can offer new, authentic Disney tickets at extremely low prices without losing money. Scam sites may outright rip you off (charge you for tickets you never receive), or even worse, they may just be harvesting your personal information and credit card number so they can sell that information to criminals.

Some signs of a scam ticket site:

There are legitimate, authorized ticket brokers that have contracts with Disney and sell NEW, UNUSED Disney passes at a discount!

Lost Tickets – Very Important Tip!

For a long time, Disneyland would not replace lost tickets under any circumstances. In 2014, they switched policies to match Walt Disney World, and now they will replace your lost tickets, if you have a scan or picture of the back of the ticket with the numbers under the barcode visible. So when you get your tickets (not your will-call voucher or print-at-home “tickets,” but the small paper tickets the size of a credit card), immediately take a picture with your phone or camera of the backs of all of the tickets, and zoom in on the photo to make sure those numbers are readable. Then email the photos to someone else, or upload them to a cloud service, so you can still get to them if you lose your phone.

If you lose a ticket and have a picture of the back, the ticket can be replaced at any Guest Relations location or Disneyland resort ticket booth. You’ll need to have everyone in your party go to Guest Relations together, with all the tickets you have (if any) so they can be sure which tickets need to be voided and replaced. It would be very bad to accidentally void the wrong ticket.

If you don’t have a camera or smartphone, write down all the numbers under the bar code from each ticket and stick it somewhere you won’t lose it, like deep in a purse or backpack.

Amazingly enough, if you don’t have your tickets or a photo of the backs, but you do have some unused FastPasses that were gathered using those tickets, the Guest Relations folks can look up your tickets from the code numbers at the bottom of the FastPasses!

Thanks to Mike W. for info.

Upgrading Tickets

You can apply the value of an unused ticket or pass, or even a partially used one with days left on it, toward the purchase of a higher-priced pass, as long as you do it before your pass expires. For instance, if you buy a 3-Day Park Hopper and then decide on the third day of use that you’d rather have an Annual Pass, you can apply the value of the Park Hopper toward the Annual Pass. Discounted passes purchased from third-party vendors will be credited at the retail price as of the day the ticket was issued. Full-price or discounted passes purchased directly from Disney will be credited at the exact price paid. To upgrade a ticket, go to any ticket booth or Guest Services window.

If you’re not sure whether you’ll want to hop between parks on the same day, you can always buy non-hopper tickets, then if at some point you want to switch to the other park, you can always upgrade your ticket to a Park Hopper by taking it to a ticket booth or Guest Services location and paying the difference between your current ticket and a Park Hopper ticket of the same length. The upgrade costs $40, except for 1-day tickets, where the upgrade costs $56. If there has been a ticket price increase between the time you bought your tickets and when you do the upgrade, you’ll also need to make up the difference.

Expiration

There is no “No Expiration” option for Disneyland tickets. All multi-day passes at Disneyland expire 13 days after the first day you start using them. (Unless you use them up first. Naturally a 3-Day Park Hopper is “expired” once you’ve used all three days, even if 13 days haven’t passed yet!) Once the 13 days have passed after the first use, or the last admission day on the ticket is used, the ticket becomes worthless.

Current Disneyland tickets generally expire 13 days after the end of the year they were purchased, even if not used. Some special promotional tickets may expire even earlier. Tickets purchased late in the year may expire at the end of the next year, but they will expire. Unused, expired tickets cannot be used to enter the park any more, but can be traded in for a new ticket. You’ll get the amount you paid originally as a credit toward the new ticket. Even if you’re trading in for the same type of ticket, you’ll have to pay more if the ticket prices have gone up since you bought the original ticket.

Old Disneyland passes that were issued in the days before expiration dates applied can still be used. Their original value is too low to be worth applying to a new pass, though. Just use them for admission (Guest Services will trade them for passes that will work at the gates) — or if they’re old enough, they might be worth more as collectibles!

Blackout Dates

If you buy a restricted Annual Pass (such as the Southern California Annual Passport, which has many “blackout dates”), but you plan to start your trip on one of the blackout dates, the blackout will not apply on the day you purchase the pass. So if you go to Disneyland on a Saturday and buy an Annual Pass that is normally not valid on Saturdays, you will still be able to use it that day at both parks.

Using Walt Disney World Tickets at Disneyland

In the past you could use any unexpired, leftover days on a Walt Disney World ticket at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. This was an unpublished benefit that was in effect at least since this site first started (2001). However, as of mid-December 2013, we are receiving reports that Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will no longer honor Walt Disney World tickets.

Disneyland tickets are NOT accepted at Walt Disney World, and Annual Passes are only good at the park where they were purchased (Walt Disney World Annual Passes are NOT good at Disneyland, and vice versa). However, there is a Premier Passport that is good at both locations.

1-Day and 2-Day Ticket Discounts

One-day and two-day tickets to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure are seldom discounted. The exceptions are all for advance purchase only:

Advance Purchase Ticket Discounts

There are no advance purchase savings if you buy directly from Disneyland online or by phone, except during special promotions.

Park Hopper Tickets are valid for admittance to both Disneyland Resort theme parks, including visits to both parks on the same day.

NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Tickets only allow you to visit one park each day. You cannot use two days from a non-hopper ticket to visit both parks on the same day; you have to have hopper tickets to visit both parks on the same day. However, you can enter Disneyland one day, Disney California Adventure another day, etc.

3-Day and longer tickets include one Magic Morning admission for early entry into selected attractions at Disneyland Park before the park opens to the public on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday.

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Discounted Disneyland Tickets (2-Day to 5-Day) from aRes Travel

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aRes Travel (pronounced “a-rez” rather than “a-reez”) is an extremely reliable, authorized Disneyland ticket vendor we’ve been recommending for years. They have decades of experience selling Disneyland tickets (and other Southern California attraction tickets), and have excellent customer service, with real people you can talk to. You can buy from them with confidence.

 

  • 5-Day Park Hopper Ticket purchased in advance is $309 adult / $309 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 5-Day Hopper tickets purchased at the gate cost $335 adult / $320 child.
  • 5-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Ticket purchased in advance is $280 adult / $265 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 5-Day 1 Park Per Day tickets purchased at the gate cost $295 adult / $280 child.
  • 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket purchased in advance is $294 adult / $294 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 4-Day Hopper tickets purchased at the gate cost $320 adult / $305 child.
  • 4-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Ticket purchased in advance is $265 adult / $250 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 4-Day 1 Park Per Day tickets purchased at the gate cost $280 adult / $265 child.
  • 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket purchased in advance is $279 adult / $279 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 3-Day Hopper tickets purchased at the gate cost $295 adult / $283 child.
  • 3-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Ticket purchased in advance is $243 adult / $221 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 3-Day 1 Park Per Day tickets purchased at the gate cost $255 adult / $243 child.
  • 2-Day Park Hopper Ticket purchased in advance is $223 adult / $211 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). This ticket does not include Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 2-Day Hopper tickets purchased at the gate cost $235 adult / $223 child.
  • 2-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Ticket purchased in advance is $186 adult / $174 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). This ticket does not include Magic Morning admission for Disneyland. For comparison, 2-Day 1 Park Per Day tickets purchased at the gate cost $195 adult / $183 child.
  • 2016 Character Dining Ticket purchased in advance is $37 adult / $22 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). This ticket is good for: Minnie & Friends Breakfast (Park admission required), Surf’s Up! Breakfast, Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Critter Breakfast. Ticket valid 1/1/16 – 12/31/16.
  • 2016 Premium Character Dining Ticket purchased in advance is $47 adult / $28 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee (plus shipping, or print them at home free). This ticket is good for: Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration (Park admission required) or Goofy’s Kitchen. Ticket valid 1/1/16 – 12/31/16.

First use on most of the tickets above must take place by 12/31/16 and they expire 13 days after first use or 1/13/17, whichever comes first. Some specially-priced tickets may expire earlier; be sure to check the fine print to ensure the ticket is valid for the time you need it for.

  • Click here to order online from aRes Travel or call and speak with an actual person at (800) 680-0977. Order at least 2 days in advance. You print your ticket receipt at home and present the receipt at the park ticket booths, where they give you the actual tickets.

ares-logo-only-400w3-Day or 4-Day Disneyland & Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Bundle

aRes is offering a nice discount when you buy a bundle that includes 2-Day or 3-Day Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets and 1-Day Universal Studios Hollywood Tickets, which you can purchase instantly online and print out (thus no shipping fee). They are an extremely reliable ticket vendor we’ve been recommending for years. They have decades of experience selling Southern California attraction tickets, and have excellent customer service, with real people you can talk to. You can buy from them with confidence.

You will receive the Universal Studios tickets immediately upon booking and the Disneyland tickets via email within 24 hours of booking. aRes is a reliable authorized Disneyland and Universal Studios ticket vendor and this is a perfectly safe way to buy tickets at a nice discount.

Disneyland Park Hopper tickets expire 13 days after first use or 1/13/17, whichever comes first. Universal Studios Hollywood tickets expire 12/31/16.

Other Places to Buy Advance Purchase Tickets

There are no advance purchase savings if you buy directly from Disneyland online or by phone, except during special promotions.

AAA

The American Automobile Association is subdivided into regions, and the regions offer different attraction tickets. Some offer Disneyland tickets; some don’t. Some have discounts and free add-ons, some don’t. For the very latest information, you should always call your local club or check their web site to see what they offer.

Supermarkets/Safeway

Some supermarkets such as Safeway, Albertson’s and Ralph’s (primarily in California and neighboring states) may carry promotional advance purchase tickets. These are typically just the Southern California resident tickets, and you may need to show an ID with a Southern California zip code in order to purchase the tickets.

Southern California CityPASS

Planning a “grand tour” of Southern California? Be sure to consider the Southern California CityPASS, which includes discounted admission to Disneyland, Legoland California and SeaWorld San Diego. The San Diego Zoo or Safari Park can be added as an option on this pass. By purchasing this combined ticket, you save a substantial amount vs. buying each ticket separately.

Annual Passport Deals & Discounts

It may be more cost-effective to buy an Disneyland Annual Passport if you will be in the parks for more than a few days during the year. Be sure to include an Annual Pass in your calculations when deciding on the best pass to buy.

When purchasing tickets for a family, group or couple that will visit Disneyland together, it is often worthwhile to buy ONE Signature or Signature Plus Passport for someone in the party. That’s because in addition to the admission, a Signature Passport includes parking, many Disneyland Resort restaurant and shopping discounts and discounts at the Disneyland resort hotels. Just have the Signature Passholder use the discounts and parking privileges for everyone’s benefit. (Most restaurant discounts are good for the entire party — a few have limits.)

How to Buy an Annual Passport

You can buy your pass in person at any Disneyland ticket booth. If you have never had an Annual Passport before, you’ll have to get a photo taken by a PhotoPass photographer, which will be associated with the pass.

You can also buy a Disneyland Annual Passport in advance by phone at (714) 781-INFO (4636) or online. If you buy in advance, you can order a voucher for an actual Annual Pass. The voucher must be “activated” (exchanged for the actual Annual Pass) at the park. To activate the voucher, you’ll have to show photo ID (for adults).

Many supermarkets in Southern California sell “gift card” style vouchers for Disneyland Annual Passports at full price.

Generally we don’t see much point in buying an annual pass voucher in advance, except if you know the prices are about to go up and you want to lock in the current price. Even if the price goes up after you purchase it, your voucher is valid until the end of the calendar year without paying any extra. After that time the voucher still retains its value (what you paid) but you have to pay the difference in price if annual pass prices have gone up. The Annual Passport is valid for one year from the date you redeem the voucher.

You can renew an Annual Passport up to 40 days prior to its expiration date. Renewals are automatically activated immediately after the current pass expires. If you will not use a new Annual Passport within the 60 days after your old one expires, it’s better not to renew. Just buy a new pass when you actually need it.

If you are purchasing an Annual Passport that has blackout dates, be sure to read the hint above so that you can maximize your use of the pass at the time of purchase.

Annual Passport Deals

Southern California Resident Discounts

Most promotions for Southern California residents are available for Southern Californians residing within zip codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within zip codes 21000-22999. Photo ID is required at the time of purchase and may be required at the time of admission as well.

Current So Cal Disneyland Ticket Offers

No current offers.

Southern California Annual Passport

Southern California residents qualify for reduced-price Annual Passes. See the Disneyland Ticket Prices page for details.

DVC Member Discount

The Disney Vacation Club (DVC) is a Disney-operated timeshare program with properties at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Vero Beach, Hilton Head Island and Hawaii.

Teacher Discounts

If you are a teacher in the US or Canada, be sure to check with your teachers’ union for possible Disneyland ticket discounts.

College Student Discounts

Many universities in Southern California offer Disneyland and Disney California Adventure tickets at a small discount for their students. If you are a college student, check with your Student Union. You’ll typically only save around $1 on 1-day tickets and $6 on 2-day tickets.

Y.E.S. (Youth Education Series) Program

Disney Y.E.S. programs are special educational programs offered in the Disneyland Resort theme parks on selected dates to students in 1st through 12th grade. Y.E.S. is a wonderful educational program, but it also has an added benefit: discounted tickets. You can get 1-Day/1-Park and 2-Day/1-Park Tickets, or 1-Day to 5-Day Park Hopper Tickets in conjunction with the program.

Normally the Y.E.S. programs are available only to groups of 15 kids or more, but at times Disney offers “individual enrollment” that does not require you to be part of a group. However, if the “individual enrollment” events don’t fill up, they may be cancelled. To learn more about individual enrollment, click here.

Youth Group Discounts

If you will be taking a group of 10 or more kids (between ages 3 and 18) to Disneyland, be sure to call the Youth Group Sales department at (800) 232-7980 to see what discounts may apply, or visit disneyyouth.com for more info.

Qualifying Southern California youth groups can buy significantly discounted tickets through the site above, by fax or by phone.

Thanks to Don R and Charles F for info.

Corporate, Government & Other Membership Discounts

Employees of large companies, major government agencies, or large membership groups like unions or professional organizations (typically those with 200-plus employees or members) may qualify to purchase discounted Disneyland tickets, regardless of whether the company has any direct relationship with Disney. Tickets are offered through private websites operated by various ticket suppliers that service large organizations. A password is required to access those sites. Check with your company or organization’s benefits department to find out whether your company participates and how to get the password.

If you work for a company that is a major corporate sponsor at Disneyland (i.e. the company’s logo is on a major attraction), or has a significant business relationship with Disney, you might qualify for significant discounts on tickets. Check with your Human Resources department for additional info.

Some of these membership discounts can be significant, but others are no better (or even worse) than discounts available to the general public, so be sure to compare the final price (with any service fees and/or shipping) to other advance purchase ticket discounts.

Credit Union Discounts

Some California credit unions may offer Disneyland discounts to their members. If you belong to a credit union in California, be sure to inquire about this.

Military Discounts

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Military Salute Tickets

New!Military Salute Tickets for Visits 1/1/17 – 12/19/17

Active or retired US military personnel may purchase up to a maximum of six 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $156 per ticket or 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $181 per ticket, to be used by themselves, family members (including spouse) or friends. The tickets expire and may not be used after 12/19/17. Tickets may not be used on the following blockout dates: 4/9/17 – 4/23/17.

The tickets must be purchased between 11/1/16 and 12/16/17.

Military Salute Tickets for Visits 1/3/16 – 12/19/16

Active or retired US military personnel may purchase up to a maximum of six 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $143 per ticket, to be used by themselves, family members (including spouse) or friends. The tickets expire and may not be used after 12/19/16. Tickets may not be used on the following blockout dates: 3/20/16 – 4/1/16.

The tickets must be purchased by 12/16/16.

How to Get Military Salute Tickets

New!Tickets for use 1/1/17 – 12/19/17 were announced on 9/28/16 and go on sale 11/1/16.

Tickets for use 1/3/16 – 12/19/16 went on sale 9/25/15.

Military Salute Tickets must be purchased in person, with military ID by the eligible member or their spouse. The tickets can be purchased at participating US military sales outlets (MWR/ITT office) on a military base or at a Disneyland ticket booth.

Rules for Military Salute Tickets

These tickets are for active or retired members of the US military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the US Coast Guard, with a valid military ID card. Dept of Defense (CIA, FBI, Secret Service) and Coalition Forces are not included.

The military ID will be checked when the tickets are activated. Once the tickets are activated the group can split up.

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Where to Ask Questions About Military Salute Tickets

If you have questions about this promotion, please don’t send them to us. All the information we have is listed above. If you need more info, here are some good resources:

Ongoing Military/DoD Discounts

Active duty and retired military, DOD civilian employees and their dependents qualify for discounts on Disneyland tickets.

Disney will check ID at the gate. Military personnel may bring in non-military guests with the military discount as long as they accompany the non-military person(s). If military personnel purchase tickets and give them as gifts to non-military users that they will not be accompanying, they risk having the recipient denied entry and the tickets confiscated.

Canadian Disneyland Ticket Discounts

Australia/New Zealand Disneyland Tickets

Aussies and Kiwis can purchase a Disneyland ticket that is not sold at the parks: a 10-Day Disney Vacation Pass, which is basically a 10-Day Disneyland Park Hopper ticket, including one Magic Morning admission. Typically this ticket sells for only a few dollars more than a 5-day Park Hopper, making it a great deal for longer trips. This ticket is only sold in Australia and New Zealand, through travel agents including Flight Centre and Air New Zealand Holidays. Not all agents list the tickets on their web site; you may need to call to get prices and buy the tickets. The price of Disney tickets purchased in Australia and New Zealand is adjusted periodically to conform to the current exchange rate. Thanks to Paula S for info.