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Disneyland on a budget?

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montreal
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Disneyland on a budget?

I will be in Carlsbad, CA from Feb 27- March 12. would LOVE to bring he family to Disney, but horrified at the prices. Are there any ways at getting discount tickets? What would you recommend the best way to get the most bang for the buck? And would the lines be hoorendous during that time of year?

thanks !!

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1. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

The crowds at Disney should be relatively modest at that time of the year.

You can check www.mousesavers.com for discounts but be advised that generally for single day tickets there's no way to get discounts. The available discounts are generally for multi-day tickets.

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2. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Once you pay your entry fee, everything is free, except for the food and shopping.

But I figure its a once in a lifetime experience and you can eat cheaply in the park if you wish.

If you go as soon as the gates are open and stay all day, it's not a bad price when you compare it to a 2 hour movie ticket.

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3. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Thanks, great advice. I am thinking it may be worth doing the 2 days...and finding somewhere reasonably priced to stay in the area overnight. Any recommendations? The 2 day ticket makes it sound like we could get a chance to see both parks....

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4. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Well, at the low end of the price range, the Alpine Inn is a basic Motel that gets good reviews.

The Extended Stay America is a basic Apartment Style Hotel that was recently remodeled.

The Anaheim Plaza is an older Limited Service Hotel with outdoor corridors. This would be the one closest to the parks, but all three mentioned are within walking distance.

Currently a 3 day ParkHopper is on sale at Disneyland.com, and if you keep your costs down, such as staying at the Extended Stay America, take advantage of the kitchen in your room (even if it is for just a few meals and using leftovers) plus the basic free Grab and Go breakfast, and keep your shopping to places off property, plus doing things like bringing in some food and snacks to the parks should help with the expenses.

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5. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Marriott Fairfield inn is reasonably priced. Right across the street from the main gate. Have fun! :)

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6. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Usually a 2 or 3 day Parkhopper is suggested for a visit, since there are two Park located directly across from each other so easy to hop back and forth to. And plenty to keep you busy for at least that amount of time.

The special Promotional offer mentioned for a 3 day Parkhopper on the Disneyland.com website is a good value since its only $20 more than a regular 2 day Parkhopper. It does have to be purchase though by Feb 28, 2013 and first use must start by March 11, 2013. And, it can only be purchased online.

Canada residents also sometimes get some good values on tickets. If you were also planning doing more, there is also the Southern California City Pass which has a 3 day Disneyland Parkhopper, 1 day Seaworld ticket, 1 day Universal Studios ticket. Its available to Canada residents through Costco Canada for a good value of $279 for adults.

http://www.costco.ca/.product.100010685.html

Heres the info also for Canada resident discounts through the Mousesavers website mentioned, which is a good resource as they list current discount on attractions for you, but dont sell tickets.

mousesavers.com/disneyland-california-vacati…

The Mousesavers website also has a good list for discounts for meals

mousesavers.com/disneyland-california-vacati…

Flight Centre Canada is also offering some discount on some types of Disneyland tickets.

www.flightcentre.ca/vacations/disneyland

If you wanted to save money on a 2 day 1 Park per day ticket is also less than a 2 day Parkhopper. So basically you could visit one Park one day, and one Park the next day.

However, you obviously dont have to even do 2 or 3 days if you dont want to. If you decide all you need is one day. Usually a 1 day 1 Park ticket for Disneyland Park is suggested, since there is plenty to keep you busy for at least that amount of time just at one Park.

As Far as when to visit in March, you would want to do that as early in March as possible. The first week sometime would be best as its gets busy about mid March.

Keep in mind though, if you visit in early March, hours will be shortened during the week usually since its still the "Off Season", something like 10am till 8pm M-Thurs. With longer hours of around 8am till 12pm Fri,Sat,Sun. Also, the Fireworks show and Fantasmic show would only be shown on weekends during that time, Fri,Sat,Sun.

So you can see where things are located. Here is a Map of Hotels in the Disneyland area. The Disneyland Main Entrance is off of Harbor Blvd near where it says "East Shuttle Area" on the Map.

printfreemaps.com/maps/freedisneylandareamap…

Not sure exactly what you are looking for as far as a Hotel goes. Can you give us a little more info about your needs. Such as do you want a Hotel with those amenities? or is a standard Motel ok close to Disneyland.?

Can you also give us a budget per night you are willing to spend as everyones idea of inexpensive is different.

Edited: 07 January 2013, 17:56
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7. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Wow, what a reply ! Many many thanks !

we are actually booked to stay 13 nights in Carlsbad, so would look just to add the most basic, yet clean and comfotable motel available that would be close to the park, so we wouldn't have to drive the distance from carlsbad to Anaheim two days in a row...

Anything belwo !00 per night would be great, the lower the better. We are 2 adults and two kids (although in Disney terms they are adults 10 ans 12 yrs)

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8. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Check out the Super 8 on Katella. It is basic but usually gets good reviews.

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9. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

The closest well rated Motel which may be in that price range in very early March would be the Anaheim Desert Inn..... and would be around $100 a night. Its about a 7 min walk to the actual Turnstiles that go into either Park. Free Continental Breakfast.

The Anaheim Plaza...... is a very basic place to stay, but is clean and in about a 9 min walk to the Turnstiles They should have rates around $69 a night and offer $5 off of that rate if you have some form of AAA where you live. Parking is $4 a day.

The Alpine Inn..... mentioned is a nice small well rated Motel about a 14 min walk with Art shuttle service at the Desert Palms next door. Free Continental Breakfast and parking. It should also be around $69 a night.

The Anaheim Islander Inn...... would also have rooms around $75 a night and you would also likely be able to get a larger suite for around $100. Its about a 14 min walk with Art shuttle service.

Usually the earlier you could come in March the better the prices are. I would also consider booking something ASAP with a cancelable reservation so you can lock in the lower price, as some will raise thier prices the closer it gets to a date.

If you are planning on a full day at Disneyland and then another day the next day, I would suggest visiting on a weekend day and a weekday so you can get a full longer day and the nightime entertainment such as Fireworks, and get a less busy day the next day as the Park would close around 8pm.

So, you may want to consider March 3, 4.

Although you will have to check out of your Hotel the next day around 12 for most Motels, they will sometimes allow you to park your car for the day there, and you have a better chance of that happening if its a Monday. If not, you would have to transfer your car to the Disneyland Parking lots which cost $15 a day.

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10. Re: Disneyland on a budget?

Does Costco have any $209 4 day hoppers left?