In this post, I’m going to answer a common question: How much does it cost to go to Disneyland? I’ll breakdown, in great detail, how much you should expect to pay for hotels, park tickets, food, travel, and even extra add-ons like holiday parties and tours.
Now before I get started, I just want to let you know that there really isn’t a specific price that you should expect to pay only because everyone’s situation and travel style is different, especially when it comes to family sizes and trip duration.
That said, I’ll try to average out how much you really should expect to pay in every aspect of a Disneyland visit.
And as a baseline, I’ll use a family of 2 adults as an example throughout, mainly because I have a lot more personal experience visiting Disneyland and California Adventure as a couple, as opposed to like a family of four.
- Total Disneyland Visit Cost (to save you some time)
- Disneyland Park Tickets
- Hotels and Resorts
- Food and Dining
- Extra Add-Ons (Special Events, Merch, etc.)
- Any Disneyland Discounts?
- Example #1 – How much does it cost to go to Disneyland for 2 adults?
- Example #2 – How much does it cost to go to Disneyland for 3 days?
Total Disneyland Visit Cost (to save you some time)
This is how much you should expect to pay on average per day when visiting Disneyland:
- Park Tickets: Starts at $104 per day plus an extra $60 for the Park Hopper option.
- Food and Drinks: $70 per day per person
- Transportation: $160 to $240 ride-share round-trip from LAX; $10+ around Anaheim Resort
- Hotels and Resorts: Disneyland hotel rates range from $415 to $675 per night and $200 on average per night off-property
Minus, the park tickets costs, you can use these prices above to multiple by now many days you plan on visiting.
Thankfully, Disneyland park tickets get cheaper the more days you add, but I’ll go into more detail in the next section below.
Disneyland Park Tickets
Park tickets are by far the most expensive part of any Disneyland visit.
A 1-Day One Park Per Day Ticket costs $104 on select days.
Prices can increase depending on the day and time of year that you go on, so you can expect to pay anywhere from $119, $134, $159, or $164 for a 1-Day ticket.
However, if you a purchasing a multi-day ticket, the ticket is the same price no matter the time of year or week you visit.
The One Park Per Day ticket is the cheapest option but it only allows you to visit either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park, both of which are the same price.
When purchasing your tickets online, you have to also make a theme park reservation, so you’ll first need to choose the exact date you expect to visit at time of purchase.
Is Adding the Park Hopper option worth it at Disneyland?
Adding the Park Hopper option, which allows you to visit both parks (the second being after 1 pm), will cost an extra $60 per ticket.
This price doesn’t change based on how many days your tickets are for.
But is it worth it?
Personally, I think it’s worth it if you have a short trip of one or two days. Now if you have 2 full days, then saving that $60 per ticket is probably the best bet because you can then use the entire day to explore both parks.
One thing I realized is that generally, Disneyland Park closes later than California Adventure so we always start the day at DCA and knock out our favorite rides, then head to Disneyland in the evening to enjoy the nighttime entertainment, grab some Mickey beignets, and ride some cool rides.
Are multi-day tickets cheaper?
If you’re looking to go to the parks for multiple days, the ticket prices get cheaper the more days you visit.
For example, a One Park Per Day ticket costs $128 per day for 2 days, $110 per day for 3 days, $90 per day for 4 days, and $76 per day for 5 days.
So to sum things up:
- 1-Day One Park Per Day Ticket starts at $104 plus an extra $60 if you want to add the Park Hopper option and visit both parks.
Are children tickets cheaper at Disneyland?
Kids ages 3-9 will receive the children’s Disneyland ticket price which is $6 to $9 cheaper than an adult ticket. Kids 2 and under are free.
Adult tickets start at the age of 10.
Disneyland Ticket Discounts
One of the best ways to save money on Disneyland tickets is to take adventure of the discounts from Undercover Tourist.
Current ticket discounts include:
- Save $7 on 2-Day 1-Park Per Day with Genie+ ticket
- Save $7 on a 2-Day Park Hopper ticket
- Save $8 on a 2-Day Park Hoper with Disney Genie+ ticket
Tickets purchased on this site are e-tickets and are full refundable.
But to be honest, unless you’re a Veteran, there really aren’t any major discounts you can take advantage of. California residents will sometimes get access to locals-only rates but it’s becoming more rare.
Disneyland Military Discount
As of right now, the biggest discount available for park tickets are reserved exclusively for eligible U.S. military members.
- 3-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket = $225
- 3-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket with Genie+ = $285
- 4-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket = $260
- 3-Day Military Promotional Park Hopper Ticket with Genie+ = $340
These tickets can only be purchased at a military base ticket office.
How about annual passes aka Magic Key?
As of right now, Disneyland isn’t taking any new Magic Key holders. But since they’ll eventually open up the Magic Key program again, I’ll explain some of the costs associated with each Magic Key.
There are currently four Magic Key Passes that you can get:
- Inspire Key = $1,599
- Believe Key = $1,099
- Enchant Key = $699
- Imagine Key = $499
Each Magic Key has its own blockout dates, perks, benefits, and discounts. The Inspire Key is the only one that has free standard parking, which normally costs $30 per car.
Personally, even though I live in Orlando, my wife and I also have an Enchant Key. Since we usually try to visit Disneyland twice a year and go to the parks for 3 days, it was actually cheaper buying a Magic Key.
A 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket costs $390 per person ($780 for the both of us). And since the Magic Key is $699, we technically only need to make only two trips to Disneyland every year to get our money’s worth.
And to be even more specific, we really just need 5 days in Disneyland to make the Enchant Key worth more than buying normal tickets each time we visit.
Plus, the Magic Key gives us dining and retail discounts that we wouldn’t get with normal tickets which is awesome.
Hotels and Resorts
There are three official Disneyland hotels located on property:
Disney’s Grand Californian is the priciest option but it does have an exclusive, guest-only entrance into Disney California Adventure’s Grizzly Peak. This entrance alone makes this the best hotel at Disneyland, but it does come at a steep price.
You can expect to pay around $584 to $767 on per night on average at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort depending on the time of year you visit. If you visit during Southern California’s spring break, rates are upwards of $950 to $1,000 a night.
That said, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is the cheapest of the bunch but it now also has it’s own private entrance into Disney California Adventure that lets you into the park right near Corn Dog Castle.
You can expect to pay around $355 to $466 per night on average at Disneys’ Paradise Pier Hotel. But it’s going to be closer to $464 most days of the year.
The Disneyland Hotel is the most modern of the bunch and is the furthest hotel from the parks.
You can expect to pay around $464 to $631 per night on average at the Disneyland Hotel depending on the time of year you visit.
Tip: Staying at a Disney hotel will give you 30 minutes early admission into both parks allowing you to experience select rides before the park is officially open to all guests.
Off-Property Room Rates
Staying off-property is by the far the cheapest way to go because as you already saw, those Disneyland hotel rates are ridiculous. Generally, you can’t go wrong with Disneyland’s Good Neighbor hotel options.
Since there are some many different categories and classes of hotels off-property, I’ll only use the closer, more walking-friendly properties as an example.
- Cheap (Kings Inn Anaheim) $117 per night.
- Moderate (Howard Johnson Anaheim) = $239 per night.
- Expensive (The Westin Anaheim Resort) = $379 per night
$130 to $230 seems to be the sweet spot for hotel nightly rates off Disneyland property. These properties are pretty close to Disneyland Resort, some of which are either walking distance or provide a free shuttle.
Tip: When searching for a hotel using Google or Expedia, be sure to search within Anaheim Resort to find properties near Disney property.
If you love using credit card points or have loyalty with a certain hotel chain or brand, then you’ll also have success at some of the properties near Disneyland Resort.
Some hotel brands you’ll find off-property include Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott, just to name a few. Plus, there are a few properties that are part of the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts program.
Personally, it’s about 50/50 for us staying on an off-property. If not saying at the Disney Grand Californian, we will stay at the Hyatt Place, Homewood Suites, or The Westin Anaheim.
So to sum things up:
- Disney’s Grand Californian Resort = $675 per night on average.
- Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel = $415 per night on average
- Disneyland Hotel = $540 per night on average
- Good Neighbor Hotels = $200 per night on average.
Food and Dining
Food and drinks, especially adult beverages, are pretty expensive at Disneyland.
Now that I got that off my chest, here’s how much you should expect to pay for food at Disneyland broken down by quick service, table service, snacks, drinks, and alcohol.
- Quick Service = $15 – $18 a meal not including a drink
- Table Service = $36 to $60+ a meal
- Snacks = $8 on average
- Drinks = $4.59 – $5.29 each; bottled water costs $4.39
- Alcohol = $9 – $15 each including beer and cocktails
There are so many incredible food and drinks at Disneyland that I swear I spend over $100 a day just on snacks and drinks alone. But it’s totally worth it!
Here are some popular Disneyland snacks and their prices:
- Churro = $5 for classic and either $5.75, $6.25, or $6.75 for a special churro
- Mickey Beignets = $4.99 for a 3-pack; $8.49 for a 6-pack; and $0.50 extra for seasonal offerings
- Popcorn = $5 for a normal box
- Dole Whip = $5.99 for a normal Dole Whip; $6.79 for a float
Extra Add-Ons (Special Events, Merch, etc.)
There are a few cool experiences that you can enjoy at Disneyland during your visit that will come at an extra cost. But even with the extra money you have to shell out, some of these experience are actually worth it.
Here are some extra things that you can splurge on during your Disneyland visit.
1. Special Ticketed Events: Special ticket events include Oogie Boogie Bash and Disneyland Afterdark Events. Not to mention some special events available exclusively for D23 Gold Members. These prices usually start at $129 and can go up to $179 per person.
2. A VIP Tour: A guided VIP tour is a great way to ride every ride, skip lines, and have tons of fun without having to worry about wasting your time waiting in line. I’ve done 2 so far and they’ve been fantastic. Prices fluctuate depending on the season but hourly rates are from $400 to $600 per hour with a 7 hour minimum. Check out my full review!
3. Build Your Own Lightsaber: You can build you own lightsaber in this incredible experience at Savi’s Workshop inside Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. This will cost $219.99 per lightsaber which also includes a carrying case.
4. Souvenirs: No Disneyland visit is complete without some merchandise and souvenirs. Souvenirs, clothing, home goods, and ears are getting more and more expensive as the years go on so be prepared to shell out some cash if you’re looking to buy some merch.
Disneyland, at least from what I can see, seems to get a lot more locals than out-of-town visitors, at least compared to Disney World. Like honestly, whenever we take a Disneyland vacation, it feels like everyone in the parks and even resorts are Magic Key holders. But that could just be me.
That said, here’s how much it will cost to get to Disneyland Resort.
Flight Prices to Disneyland Resort
It’s literally impossible to figure out how much flights to Disneyland would cost so I’ll instead use this section to talk about the nearby airports that you can fly into.
Airport Distance to Disneyland Resort:
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) = 40 miles
- John Wayne Airport (SNA) = 15 miles
- Long Beach Airport (LGB) = 13 miles
- Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) = 42 miles
- Ontario International Airport (ONT) = 34 miles
I usually fly into LAX because we have nonstop service from Orlando via Delta, United, American, and Jet Blue. But if I ever had to take a flight with a connection or if I’m coming from the west coast, then I will always 100% fly into John Wayne (SNA). It’s literally only a 20-25 minute Lyft ride that costs around $28.
Something I noticed: Flight prices are usually cheaper for me if I fly into LAX on any other airline besides Southwest. If I fly Southwest Airlines into Southern California, prices are almost always going to be cheaper flying into SNA or ONT.
Uber and Lyft to and from Disneyland or Anaheim Resort
When using a rideshare service to and from Disneyland from LAX, you can expect to pay around $80 each way, except during rush hour. During rush hour, these prices skyrocket to $120+ with just a normal UberX or Lyft.
If you’re looking to take an Uber or Lyft around Anaheim Resort. you can expect to pay around $10 to $22 each way. From personal experience, it really isn’t that bad. We would sometimes take a Lyft from the Grand Californian to the nearest In N Out and it would be about $30 roundtrip if it’s not during peak hours.
Tip: I saw this hack that if you actually request your Uber or Lyft from a nearby LAX airport, the price is more than 50% cheaper. As an example, I used the Hilton Los Angeles Airport as my pickup spot and the ride to Disneyland was $54 compared to $132.
Daily parking at Disneyland Resort costs $30 per car or motorcycle.
Here are some additional daily parking rates:
- $35 per oversized vehicle, motor home at Toy Story Parking Area only
- $40 per bus or tractor at Toy Story Parking Area only
- $45 for preferred parking at Mickey & Friends and Pixar Pals Parking Structure
- $15 per vehicle to upgrade pre-purchased parking
Parking structure locations include Mickey & Friends, Pixar Pals, or Toy Story.
Any Disneyland Discounts?
Even there aren’t too many steep discounts available for Disneyland tickets, that doesn’t mean that you can’t find them.
Authorized Ticket Sellers
- Undercover Tourist = save around $7 per multiple day ticket
Disneyland Military Discount
- Special Multi-Day Park Hopper Ticket promotion as well a military hotel offer. Learn more here.
Southern California Residents
- For people living in the 90000 – 93599 zip codes, there are sometimes special offers available to these residents. You’ll normally find these on this page.
Magic Key Holders Discounts
- As a Magic Key Holder, you can sometimes get special hotel discounts on most stays from Sunday to Thursday nights. But these deals come and go so be sure to keep this page bookmarked. You’ll even find deals for Aulani.
As a Disney Cast Member, you will get some incredible discounts on Disney hotels as well as 20% off food and drinks inside the parks. Plus, along with your free entrance into both parks, you’ll also receive your normal merchandise discount. For more details, be sure to check out The Hub.
By far the best way to save money at Disneyland is to visit during the slower times of the year. I recommend you check out a crowd calendar to see if it’s slow season. This will usually mean that the park tickets are at its cheapest and room rates are a lot more reasonable.
I always plan my trips on Mondays to Wednesday or Tuesday to Thursday. Weekends are always going to be the busiest no matter what and ticket prices are at its most expensive on Saturdays.
Tip: If you ever find a discount on a one-day ticket to Disneyland, that’s a major RED FLAG. Those are rare and it’s more than likely a scam.
Example #1 – How much does it cost to go to Disneyland for 2 adults?
For two adults to visit Disneyland for one day, it will cost $428 for two 1-Day Park Hopper tickets with Genie+ Service, $30 for parking, and around $160 for food, snacks, and drinks bringing the total to $578.
To make a one-day visit to Disneyland more affordable, you can remove the Park Hopper option, as well as the Genie+ option from your tickets. Park tickets will then cost $268 for two guests. Parking stays the same at $30.
You can always pack your own lunch and bring your own refillable water bottle. However, if you still want to eat at the parks, but on a budget, you can definitely only spend around $17 per meal with one or two snacks throughout.
With two meals, and one snack throughout the day, you can except to pay around $42 per person for food bringing your food total to $84.
So to sum things up:
- Splurging Trip for Two = $578
- Budget Trip for Two = $382
Both these examples don’t include shopping or merchandise purchase.
Example #2 – How much does it cost to go to Disneyland for 3 days?
For a two adults, a 3-day trip to Disneyland will cost $2,680. This breaks down to two 3-Day ticket with Park Hopper for $780, three nights at Disneys’ Paradise Pier Hotel in a Standard Room for $1,179.36, and around $720 for food during the trip.
You can make a 3 day trip cheaper by removing the Park Hopper option on your ticket, bringing down your ticket price to $660 for two.
You can stay at a Good Neighbor hotel in the Anaheim Resort area for around $140 a night during the off-season bringing your room hotel costs to around $450 for 3 nights.
If your hotel has complimentary breakfast, then that’s one less thing to worry about buying inside the parks. So even with two Quick Service meals and 2 snacks, you can expect to pay around $52 per person per day. This can bring you food costs down to $468.
So to sum things up:
- Splurging Trip for Two for 3 Days = $2,680
- Budget Trip for Two for 3 Days = $1,578
Note: These prices don’t include airfare or any transportation costs.