Other Disneyland Discounts and Deals
LAST UPDATE: 3/12/18
Here you’ll find out how to get other Disneyland discounts on all the “extras” that can really add up when you vacation at Disneyland — items like souvenirs, parking, stroller rental, Internet access and lots more! Discounts are available for a lot of the “small” things at Disneyland, but sometimes it can be hard to find those deals. Search no more!
- FREE Maps of the Disneyland Area
- Disney’s PhotoPass
- Internet Access
- Getting Cash
- Special Occasions
- Wheelchair/ECV Rental
- Ways to Save for Your Disneyland Vacation
Provided courtesy of the Anaheim/Orange County Convention & Visitor Bureau.
- Buy in Advance
- Give Your Kids a Budget
- Printable Coupons
- Birnbaum’s Disneyland Guidebook Coupons
- Disney Visa Card Discounts
- Annual Passholder Discounts
- D23 Member Discounts
- Inexpensive/FREE Souvenirs
If you have kids, you know that they will probably be seized with a case of the “I wants” when they get to Disneyland, because there is all kinds of neat merchandise cleverly placed at the conclusion of every ride. One solution is to take advantage of sales and outlet specials at shopDisney.com (formerly DisneyStore.com) before your trip and put your purchases away. Then pack the goodies in your suitcase and dole them out to the kids when you get there. Click here for current shopDisney.com discount codes and coupons.
One way to do this is to give them Disney Gift Cards for birthdays, Christmas, etc. before your trip. Encourage grandparents to do this, too. You can’t spend Disney Gift Cards anywhere but Disney, and kids will have a lot of fun picking out souvenirs from their own “money.”
- Disney Gift Cards can be used online at shopDisney.com (formerly DisneyStore.com), Disney Store locations in the US and participating locations at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line (includes most shopping and dining locations). If you want to be able to use the card at Disneyland, be careful that you are purchasing a Disney Gift Card, not a Disney Store Gift Card, which can only be spent at Disney Stores (there are NO Disney Stores at Disneyland).
- Disney Gift Cards are sold at Disney Stores, Disney World and Disneyland. They are also sold online at shopDisney.com in denominations from $25-$500 and shipping is FREE.
- Disney Gift Cards are also sold by many chain supermarkets, warehouse clubs and discount stores such as Target. Watch for special promotions on gift card purchases.
- Once you have a Disney Gift Card, if you’d like to reload money onto it by phone, call Disneyland DelivEARS at 1-800-362-4533 and press “1” to speak with a Merchandise Guest Services representative. Thanks to Linda P for info.
In the past we had also recommended giving kids Disney Dollars. However, as of 5/15/16, Disney Dollars are no longer for sale. If you currently have Disney Dollars, they do not expire and can still be used at Disney Store locations in the US and at select locations in Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Disney Dollars can be exchanged for cash equivalents at Guest Relations, resort concierge, and hotel front desks. But, Disney Dollars are now more valuable as souvenirs, so you may want to sell them on eBay. You should be able to get more than face value for them and thus have more to spend on other souvenirs!
- Anaheim GardenWalk – join their email club (upper right corner) and get newsletters containing printable coupons for merchants in this shopping center, which is within walking distance of Disneyland.
Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort 2018 includes these coupons that you can use toward souvenirs:
- Arribas Brothers, 10% off entire purchase. Expires 12/31/18.
- Build-a-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney, $5 off purchase of $25 or more. Not valid on Build-a-Party celebrations or Bear Buck$ cards. Expires 12/31/18.
- Curl Surf, 10% off entire purchase. Excludes sale items and electronics. Expires 12/31/18.
- RIDEMAKERZ, $10 off any RIDE purchase of $40 or more. Expires 12/31/18.
Disney’ Visa cardholders can save 10% on select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at the Disneyland Resort. Offer is valid at select Disneyland Resort stores and pin cart locations for most merchandise (see below for exceptions). A $50 pre-tax minimum purchase is required.
Present and use one of Disney Visa cards at time of purchase. Not valid in combination with other offers, discounts, promotions or with any previous purchase.
Discount is not valid on purchases of various items including ticket media, gift certificates, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Dollars, DVDs, sundries, many collectibles and select merchandise.
Also, see below for information about a FREE souvenir available to Disney Visa cardholders.
Disneyland Annual Passholders get pretty extensive merchandise discounts:
- Southern California Select Passport, Southern California Annual Passport and Deluxe Annual Passport holders get 10% off at almost all merchandise locations in the Disneyland theme parks and Downtown Disney and the shops in the Disneyland resort hotels.
- Signature Passport, Signature Plus Passport and Premier Annual Passport holders get 20% off at most of the same locations. A handful of independent stores only offer 10%.
- Click here to see a complete list of Annual Passholder merchandise discounts in the Disneyland Resort Area.
- You may also want to click here to see Annual Passholder discounts on food and drink.
Disneyland Annual Passholders also qualify for merchandise discounts at many shops in Anaheim GardenWalk, within walking distance of Disneyland.
Select Downtown Disney locations offer D23 members merchandise discounts when you present your D23 membership card. Click here to see the current list of D23 merchandise discounts.
- Pressed pennies are fun to collect. Each location (and there are many throughout the parks and resorts) has a different design, and the process of “squishing” a penny is fun to watch. Cost is typically 51 cents (you supply the penny and pay .50 to press it). There are also pressed quarter machines, which of course cost you more! Guest Relations can usually provide a list of all of the locations for the pressed penny and quarter machines, along with the images available at each of the machines. Disney also sells inexpensive pressed penny/quarter books that you can use to store and display your treasures. Thanks to Sandy C and Jessica G for additional info.
- Postcards – Susan H of Port Neches, TX suggests that a fun and inexpensive souvenir is to let your “kids send themselves postcards from each park. Buy your postcards off property for something like 3/$1.00 and bring along lots of stamps. A really fun way to do this would be for the child to write themselves a note about who they met that day and mail the card late in the day. Or you could get a character to autograph the card.”
- Fastpasses and other paper memorabilia – MouseSavers.com reader Jeff has another great suggestion: “Fastpasses are great to collect, as well as old passports and vouchers etc. You can try and collect them all, get the holiday passes, blank end-of-roll Fastpasses, Fastpasses printed upside-down, etc. At the end of the day with unused Fastpasses you can collect them for free and even have a relevant character sign it. (Sharpie markers work best so they can use the whole Fastpass for the signature because, obviously, it’s hard to sign with big gloves.) The Mickey credit card wallet at Disneyland is a great buy to hold all of this neat and free stuff. I like the wallet because it is leather and has tons of credit-card-sized slots.”
- Silhouettes – One of the best souvenirs at Disneyland is a silhouette. These are a true bargain, and completely personalized, too! Visit the Silhouette Shop on Main Street and watch as they hand-cut a silhouette of your head (or your kids’ heads). The result is charmingly old-fashioned, and the cost is surprisingly low — under $10 per person for TWO identical copies of the silhouette. There is a reasonable extra charge if you want them framed.
- Autograph book – Many children really enjoy meeting the characters and getting their autographs. For this you only need an inexpensive autograph book (or storybook – see below) and a fat pen (markers are ideal) that the character can grip easily. Autograph books can be ordered in advance of your trip from shopDisney.com or Amazon.com. MouseSavers.com reader Lise G suggests, “A way to make the autographs more personal and fun to look at after visiting the parks is to buy [an autograph book with] a photo sleeve across from each blank autograph page. I take a snapshot of my daughter and the character while they are signing her autograph book. Now we have a memory not just a signature.”
- Personalized storybook – Here’s an idea for a relatively inexpensive, yet personalized souvenir. If you will be attending a character meal, purchase a storybook featuring characters that will appear at the meal. For instance, if you will be eating breakfast at Storytellers Cafe, get a book with Chip and Dale in it. (Alternatively, get a single book with lots of characters in it, so you can use it as an autograph book throughout your trip.) Buy the book in advance and take it with you. When you go to the character meal, or as you tour the parks, bring along a big pen and have the characters sign in the book. Later you can also paste photos of your child with the characters into the blank pages at the back of the book. Now you have a nice souvenir that you can actually use after the vacation (unlike the Disney autograph books), because you can talk with your kids about the characters who signed the books and look at the pictures when you read it! Thanks to Sulan D for the idea.
- FREE keepsake photo – Disney Visa cardholders get access to an exclusive Character Meet ‘n’ Greet with a FREE keepsake photo. Cardmember Meet ‘N’ Greet takes place daily, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, at Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure (behind the “House of Cards” and next to Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!). There is also a Star Wars Imperial Meet ‘N’ Greet daily from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. Must present a valid Disney Visa card for entry and limited to 6 people per card. Operating time, days of the week, location and appearance of Characters may vary and are subject to change without notice. Subject to availability and location capacity. Offer includes one complimentary 5×7 Disney Friends Portrait per valid cardmember account.
Disney’s PhotoPass is Disney’s name for their in-park photography service. Using professional digital equipment, photographers take photos of guests throughout the theme parks. Just walk up to any Disney PhotoPass photographer and ask to get a picture. Taking the picture is FREE; they only charge for prints or downloads of the pictures you like. So if you see a photographer and he or she isn’t busy, go ahead and pose. You’re only out a minute or so and you can decide later if you like the photo enough to want to download it or buy a print. Be aware that your PhotoPass photos expire after 45 days (365 days for Signature and higher Annual Passholders), so don’t wait too long! They can be extended by 15 extra days (to 60 total) by paying a fee, but that’s it.
When you take the photo, if you already have a PhotoPass card or Signature or higher Disneyland Annual Pass, they can scan that to link it to your account. If not, they’ll give you a free PhotoPass card and scan it. You can continue to use that same card in the future with other photographers. Guests can use one PhotoPass for their entire vacation (or multiple vacations) or get a new PhotoPass each time they take a photo (however, keep in mind that in the end you’ll be typing in all the numbers from the PhotoPass cards, so don’t get a new card just to get one). You can also use the Disneyland app on an iPhone or Android phone; it will generate a PhotoPass QR code that photographers can scan, which will then automatically link to your Disneyland.com account.
After your trip (or during, if you like), go to your Disneyland.com account (or create one), and link all your PhotoPass cards to your account. You can also add attraction photos by typing in the ID number under the photo on the screens you can see when you walk out of attractions. You’ll be able to review all your photos, add captions and borders, and share the low-res versions of your pictures with others on Facebook, FREE. For a fee, you can download high-resolution photos, and order prints or specialty photo items like mugs. The cost of ordering prints and downloads starts at around $12 each, or you can download all the photos from a single day for $39. Disneyland Signature or higher Annual Passholders get FREE downloads of their PhotoPass images for 365 days after they were captured.
MouseSavers.com readers report that the quality of PhotoPass shots is highly variable, since some of the photographers are better than others. Occasionally there is a glitch and photos are lost by the system (or the photography equipment fails). So if it is really important to get an excellent shot of a particular event or experience, be sure to take your own photos, too! Also, reader David F points out that “every photographer (and just about any other cast member) was more than willing to use our camera to take a picture after they did the PhotoPass shot. They do not seem to be restricted to only doing the PhotoPass pictures.”
Hint: when you are given PhotoPass cards, you should immediately use your cell phone camera or digital camera to take a photo of the code on the cards, just in case you lose them. (Or if you don’t have a camera, use your mobile phone to text the code to yourself.) If you lose a PhotoPass card, Disney will do its best to locate your photos based on the last time and location where you had activity in the system, but sometimes it can’t be done. Don’t take a chance on losing your vacation memories when a simple photo could have prevented it! Thanks to Margit M, who learned the hard way, for this important suggestion.
Although Disney’s PhotoPass replaces the old photo system at Disneyland Resort, guests are still able to view and buy their vacation photos at Disney Photo Centers on property.
The PhotoPass CD is no longer being sold, but people who pre-purchased one while they were being offered will still get it under the original terms.
PhotoPass+ One Day at Disneyland is a single-day option to download all the photos from a single day in the parks. It costs $39, and you can purchase it ahead of time, but it costs the same whether purchased in advance or afterwards. You’re better off waiting to see your photos, and buying it only if you have enough photos you want to download from that day to be worth it. For example, once you’ve taken a look at your photos, you might find that there’s only one day that has enough good photos to be worth spending the $39. On the other days you can just let the photos expire, or buy just one or two photos you like.
PhotoPass+ One Week at Disneyland is an option to download all the photos in the parks from within a 7-day consecutive period of your choosing. It costs $78, and you can purchase it in advance, during or after your trip (see above for details about when your photos expire).
The Disney PhotoPass Collection includes digital downloads of all the available PhotoPass photos linked to your account, a voucher for a Dining Print package and a Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc. The Dining Print Package includes one 6 x 8 print and four 4 x 6 prints. The Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc has over 350 high-resolution professional photos of Disneyland. The PhotoPass Collection is $106.67, tax included and can be purchased at a Disney PhotoPass Sales Center, any dining location with PhotoPass Photographers and at all attractions that take PhotoPass photos during the ride.
The Disney PhotoPass Collection + Disc includes a DVD disc with all of the available PhotoPass photos linked to your account, a voucher for a Dining Print package and a Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc. The Dining Print Package includes one 6 x 8 print and four 4 x 6 prints. The Disneyland Resort Gallery Disc has over 350 high-resolution professional photos of Disneyland. The PhotoPass Collection + Disc is $128.22, tax included and can be purchased at a Disney PhotoPass Sales Center, any dining location with PhotoPass Photographers and at all attractions that take PhotoPass photos during the ride.
- Active or retired US military personnel can purchase a Disney PhotoPass Collection for only $52.80, tax included, January 1 through December 19, 2018! This offer is only available at Main Street Photo Supply Co. in Disneyland and Kingswell Camera Shop in Disney California Adventure. Valid military identification required for purchase. There is a limit of 2 Disney PhotoPass Collections per family. For more details go to Disney Military Tips or the Disneyland website just below the details about the Military Salute ticket offer. Thanks to Small World Vacations & Military Disney Tips for info.
Parking at Disneyland is $20 per day for cars, $25 per day for RVs, campers and cars/trucks with short trailers, $30 per day for buses and cars/trucks with extended trailers.
If you will be visiting Disneyland for 6 days or more within a 365-day period, consider buying an Annual Pass. It’s may be a good deal compared with the cost of buying multiple regular tickets or passes, and you can save on parking if you buy a Signature or Signature Plus Passport that includes unlimited free parking.
Several AAA offices in the western US offer a FREE parking voucher if you buy a vacation package or tickets through them. Typically the tickets are full price, so you’ll usually save more taking advantage of a discount ticket seller and paying for parking separately, but it depends on how many people in your party and which tickets you’re buying.
You get 2 hours of FREE parking when you self-park in the Downtown Disney parking lot (west of Paradise Pier Hotel). Plus, if you buy a ticket at the AMC Theatre and/or eat at any of the table service restaurants in Downtown Disney, they will validate your parking for an additional 2 hours. After that the cost is $12 per hour ($36 maximum).
The Disneyland Resort hotels now offer both wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, free to guests.
We found that in the public areas of the Grand Californian, we could access the Wi-Fi without a password. This may be true at the other Disney hotels as well.
Internet access is also available for guests who do not have laptops at each hotel’s Business Center, where you’ll find desktop computers for your use.
Need cash at Disneyland? If you have your checkbook with you, Chase bank’s location on Main Street is on the right as you go in, and you can cash a check up to $300.00 a day with proper ID. Also, most major hotels will cash a personal check if you can show a valid credit card. Thanks to Jayne G and Arnold T for info.
Otherwise, if you possibly can, try to get cash BEFORE you arrive at the Disneyland Resort. The ATMs in the parks are operated by Chase bank and they charge a significant “cash transaction fee” (somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 per transaction) unless you are a Chase customer. Thanks to Danny P for info.
Keep in mind that if you’re not a Chase customer, your own bank may also charge you a second fee on that ATM withdrawal!
You won’t be charged the “cash transaction fee” if you take cash out of a Disneyland ATM using a Disney Visa card, which is issued by Chase. However, using your Disney Visa card isn’t a good way to get around the fees, because you’ll pay a big “cash advance fee” instead. According to the fine print on my Disney Visa Cardholder Agreement, the ATM Cash Advance Fee is 3% of the cash advance, with a $5 minimum! Yikes.
Another reader points out that you can use an ATM card at a nearby store to get cash back with a purchase. Buy a small item (gum, for instance) and when you pay at the register, do so with your ATM card. You can usually get up to $50 cash back with little or no fee. There is a 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of Katella and Harbor Blvd, in the same block as Disneyland, where you can do this. Thanks to Arnold T for the suggestion.
If you don’t have any choice, ATMs are available throughout the Disneyland Resort, generally next to the restrooms and telephones.
Don’t be shy about mentioning special occasions — honeymoon, birthday, anniversary — to the reservations agent, front desk, waiters and other Cast Members. There is no guarantee that you’ll get a special treat, but it does happen.
- Celebration Buttons
- Special Occasion Cakes
- Special Surprises: Gift Baskets and More
- More Romantic Ideas
If you’re celebrating a special event (birthday, anniversary, wedding, first visit, etc.) you can go to Town Hall on Main Street in Disneyland and tell them. They will give you a special button to wear, and that may bring you some extra attention or freebies from Cast Members. (Again, no guarantees, but it may happen.)
Guests at the Disneyland Resort hotels can order special cakes for delivery to your hotel room or to be served after your meal at a Disneyland Resort hotel restaurant. They do not deliver to the theme park restaurants. Cake orders must be placed at least 72 hours prior to delivery.
You can order in advance through Disneyland Vacation Planning at 714-300-PLAN (7526) or you can call Room Service on arrival.
If you are staying at one of the official Disney hotels, Disneyland Vacation Planning can arrange for gift baskets, cookies and milk, balloons and other treats to be delivered to your room. The prices are pretty high but what a fun surprise! Order in advance through Vacation Planning at 714-300-PLAN (7526).
Want more romantic ideas for a Disneyland vacation? Click here for ideas on great places to propose, romantic places to eat and fun things for couples to do.
Stroller rental costs $15 per day or two for $25. There are no double strollers. Strollers can be rented just outside the entrance to Disneyland, on the right as you face the front gates, near the Kennel. You can keep the stroller as you hop between California Adventure and Disneyland, but the strollers can’t be taken past the security barrier into Downtown Disney. If someone walks off with your stroller you can return to the rental center and show your receipt to get a replacement.
There is a prepayment option that offers no discount but saves some time. You just pay in advance for all the days you will need a stroller. Then on the second and subsequent days you can just go straight to the stroller pickup area, show your receipt and take your stroller(s), thus avoiding the line for payment. Thanks to Shawn P for info.
Bring/Buy Your Own Stroller
Bringing your own stroller will ensure that you have the stroller available all the time, such as when you’re going to and from your hotel. (Bear in mind that you will usually have to take your child out of the stroller and collapse the stroller while on trams.)
Another consideration in bringing your own stroller is the hassles of getting it to Disneyland, particularly if you are flying. (You can “gate check” a stroller, which saves some of the work – just bring your stroller right to the gate at the airport. It will be tagged and put into the cargo hold from the gate.)
If you want to avoid the hassle of transporting a stroller on a plane, you might consider buying a cheap one upon arrival and giving it to another lucky family or a charity when you leave.
Or buy a stroller in advance and have it shipped directly to your hotel. This has the advantage of saving you money AND being less of a hassle (since you won’t have to transport it to Disney yourself). At the end of your trip, either give the stroller to someone or put it back in the shipping box and have the hotel ship it home for you. To ship it to your hotel, it should be addressed as follows:
Hold for guest: (write the full name under which you made the reservation)
Check in date: (insert date)
Hotel’s name and address (which will appear on your confirmation form)
Most people who bring their own stroller recommend a cheap umbrella-style one. They are lighter, making them easier to get on and off trams, and you won’t worry as much about the possibility of the stroller being stolen. (It’s not unheard-of for strollers to go missing in the parks, so it’s a good idea to put something personal on yours. At minimum, write your last name on it using a permanent marker.)
Disney charges $12 (plus a $20 deposit) for manual wheelchair rental. There is one central location for renting wheelchairs, outside the entrance of Disneyland next to the Kennel Club. There is no wheelchair rental available in the Downtown Disney District, and the wheelchairs you rent from Disney cannot be taken into Downtown Disney.
If you need to use an “electric convenience vehicle” (ECV) to get around the Disneyland Resort, be aware that the rental is quite expensive (currently $50 per day plus a $20 deposit). There is one central location for renting ECVs, outside the entrance of Disneyland next to the Kennel Club. There is no ECV rental available in the Downtown Disney District, and the ECVs you rent from Disney cannot be taken into Downtown Disney.
In general it’s usually a better deal to rent an ECV from an outside firm. Not only is it less expensive, it also guarantees that you’ll have the ECV available all the time. For more great info for those with disabilities who are planning a trip to Disneyland, including suppliers of rental ECVs, we recommend Teri’s Disney Travelers’ Disability FAQ.