Disneyland Ticket Discounts, Deals & Coupons

Disneyland tickets are available from many different sources, which vary considerably in pricing and service, but there are reliable Disneyland ticket vendors out there if you know where to look. 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 discounted Disneyland tickets all year long, though the discounts can be deeper in the off-season. Really deeply discounted Disneyland tickets are hard to find — you’re probably going to have to pay 90%-95% of full price in most cases. Still, if you’re buying multi-day tickets for a couple or a family, that can amount to a decent chunk of money!

This page is about tickets for the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. If that’s not where you’re planning a trip, perhaps you want our page about discounted tickets to Walt Disney World in Florida. Or you may want information and tips for the Disney parks in other countries.

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

LAST UPDATE: 1/13/17

Disneyland Tickets – Popular Topics

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Important Things to Know

There are things you should know about Disneyland tickets before you buy. 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 tickets. 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 Disneyland tickets 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 Disneyland 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 Disneyland 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 Disneyland Tickets

You can apply the value of an unused Disneyland 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 to start. If you decide you want to hop, you can 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.

When Disneyland Tickets Expire

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!

Disneyland Ticket 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.

Can You Use Walt Disney World Tickets at Disneyland or Vice-Versa?

The short answer is no. 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, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will no longer honor Walt Disney World tickets.

Disneyland tickets have never been accepted at Walt Disney World, and most 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.

What Is A Park Hopper Ticket? Do You Need It?

Disneyland Park Hopper tickets can be used to visit both parks on the same day. You can leave Disneyland park in the middle of the day, walk across the courtyard and use the same ticket to go to California Adventure, or vice-versa. You can go back and forth as often as you want.

Non-hopper (one-park-per-day) tickets only allow you to visit one park each day. You can visit a different park each day, but you can’t use the same ticket to go across to the other park once you’ve entered one that day. You cannot “burn” another day from a non-hopper ticket to visit both parks on the same day; the computer knows you already entered the first park and won’t let you go into the second using the same ticket. You can, of course, leave and return to the same park the same day with any ticket, say to take a midday break or to go to lunch in Downtown Disney.

Park Hopper tickets can actually be quite handy at the Disneyland Resort, because the two parks are very close — the entrances are right across from each other. We always buy Park Hopper tickets and always hop on several days of our trip. That said, if money is tight, we think it’s fine to just get one-park-per-day tickets. It’s not a massive hardship to plan your day around staying in one park.

If you buy a one-park-per-day ticket and then realize you want to hop once you’re actually there, remember that you can always upgrade your ticket.

One factor worth considering is that third-party sellers typically have larger discounts on Park Hopper tickets, so the difference in price is not as large when you’re buying from authorized vendors. For example, a 5-day Park Hopper is $40 more than a non-hopper ticket when purchased from Disney, but is only $27 more when purchased from aRes Travel, the vendor we recommend.

Disneyland Ticket Discounts Available to Anyone

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

Disneyland ticket discounts from aRes Travel

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 Tickets are $310 adult / $295 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $23 less than gate price. Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 4-Day Park Hopper Tickets are $305 adult / $290 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $13 less than gate price. Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets are $281 adult / $278 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $12 ($3 child) less than gate price. Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 2-Day Park Hopper Tickets are $230 adult / $218 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $3 less than gate price. This ticket does not include Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 5-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Tickets are $283 adult / $268 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $10 less than gate price. Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 4-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Tickets are $268 adult / $253 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $10 less than gate price. Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 3-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Tickets are $245 adult / $233 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $8 less than gate price. Includes one Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 2-Day NON-Hopper (1 Park Per Day) Tickets are $190 adult / $178 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee, which is $3 less than gate price. This ticket does not include Magic Morning admission for Disneyland.
  • 2017 Character Dining Tickets are $38 adult / $22 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee. Each ticket is good for one meal for one guest at: Minnie & Friends Breakfast (Park admission required) or Surf’s Up! Breakfast or Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Critter Breakfast. Ticket valid through 12/31/17.
  • 2017 Premium Character Dining Tickets are $48 adult / $28 child (ages 3-9) plus a $2 convenience fee. Each ticket is good for one meal for one guest at: Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration (Park admission required) or Goofy’s Kitchen. Ticket valid through 12/31/17.

First use on most of the tickets above must take place by 12/31/17 and they expire 13 days after first use or 1/13/18, 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.

3-Day or 4-Day Discounted Disneyland & Universal Studios Hollywood Ticket Bundle

Disneyland discount combo tickets from aRes Travel

aRes Travel 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.

First use of the Disneyland Park Hopper tickets must take place by 12/31/17 and they expire 13 days after first use or 1/13/18, whichever comes first. Universal Studios Hollywood tickets expire 12/31/17.

Other Places to Buy Advance Purchase Disneyland Tickets

Direct Purchase From Disney

You can obviously buy Disneyland tickets directly from Disney, but there are no advance purchase discounts online or by phone, except during rare special promotions. The rest of the time you pay the same price online as you would in person at the ticket booths.

When there is a special promotion that is available to the general public, we list it here.

AAA

The American Automobile Association is subdivided into regions, and the regions offer different attraction tickets. Some offer Disneyland ticket discounts; some don’t. Some have 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. Obviously, you will need to be a member of AAA to get these discounts, but in many cases, a club in one region will allow members in other regions to take advantage of their discounts. It never hurts to ask!

Supermarkets/Safeway

Some supermarkets such as Safeway, Albertson’s and Ralph’s (primarily in California and neighboring states) may carry promotional advance purchase discount Disneyland 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.

1-Day Ticket Discounts

One-day Disneyland tickets and Disney California Adventure tickets are almost never discounted. The exceptions are all for advance purchase only:

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.

Disneyland Annual Pass Deals & Discounts

It may be more cost-effective to buy an Disneyland Annual Pass (which Disneyland calls an “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 a Disneyland Annual Pass

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.

Disneyland Annual Pass Deals

Southern California Resident Ticket 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

New!Southern California and Northern Baja California residents can buy a 3-day ticket at an exceptional price! Get a one-park-per day ticket for $149 (ages 3+) or a 3-day Park Hopper for $189 (ages 3+), valid through 5/25/2017, with blackout dates of 4/9/17-4/23/17. Includes one Magic Morning admission to Disneyland on selected dates. Tickets can be purchased now through 5/22/17. Tickets are available at Disneyland ticket booths, or can be purchased online at Disneyland.com/socal.

Unlike regular 3-day tickets, these do not expire 13 days after first use. They expire on 5/25/17, or when all three days have been used, whichever comes first.

Only available to residents in California zip codes 90000-93599 and Baja California zip codes 21000-22999. Proof of residency and photo ID is required at purchase time, and each person may buy up to 5 tickets per day. Proof of residency may also be required at admission time.

Southern California Annual Passport

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

DVC Member Annual Pass 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.

Ticket Discounts for Teachers

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

Disneyland Ticket Discounts for College Students

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.

Discount Disneyland Tickets Through the 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. Click here to learn more about individual enrollment.

Ticket Discounts for Youth Groups

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. These deals are getting fewer and further between as Disney has been slowly reducing the number of deals it offers to corporate and group clients. Still, if you belong to a credit union in California, be sure to inquire about this.

Discounts for Military Families

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Military Salute Disneyland Tickets

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 Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets for $156 per ticket or 4-Day Disneyland 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.

Tickets must be purchased by 12/16/17.

How to Get Military Salute Disneyland Tickets

Tickets for use 1/1/17 – 12/19/17 went on sale 11/1/16.

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 Disneyland 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.

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 Disneyland Ticket 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.

Discounts for Canadians

Disneyland Tickets for Australians and Kiwis

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.