Disney is known as “The Happiest Place on Earth”, but for some, it’s also known as the priciest place on the planet. And the prices seem to go up each year either. I wouldn’t be surprised to see $20 burgers one of these days.
There are obviously plenty of ways to lighten the load though. Families have enjoyed Mickey’s home for 60 years now, and many have developed ways to enjoy their time while holding on to their cash. Here’s a few ideas to consider when heading to Disneyland and California Adventure. (Here are a few more ideas for amusement parks in general.)
Food and Beverages
My wife and I rarely eat at Disneyland due to the high marks ups, so we’ve developed a habit of eating before and after we are inside the park. We’ve found that stopping by Subway or Chipotle provides us a hearty lunch at half the price of Disney restaurants. Sandwiches and burritos are very filling, so why not grab some early lunch before you head in? BONUS: You don’t have to make it the night before either. And if you feel like splurging, might I recommend the Matterhorn Macaroons? They’re filling and at one of the best snack bargains, you can grab one at under three dollars. They’re located in the Holly Jolly Bakery at the end of Main Street.
Helpful Items to Pack
Because summer is fast approaching, don’t forget to bring sunscreen. If you forget, you can purchase some at the Baby Care Centers (located in both parks), but you’ll be paying a premium. We’ve found clip-on fans on Amazon that attached to strollers that are life savers for cooling off your toddler on hot summer days. Come already dressed in your Disney gear so you can avoid the temptation to spending tons at the gift shops. Check out Pinterest for helpful iron on ideas for creating your very own Mickey shirts.
Souvenirs From Home
A fun way to remember your magical day is getting a souvenir for the kiddos. Due to the high prices of those plastic goodies, we’ve found cheap Disney-themed souvenirs at Target and Walmart to bring in beforehand. These are fun and cheap little surprises throughout the day and will usually keep your toddler from beckoning you to enter the gift shop located on almost every corner. Right now your local Target is enthralled in Finding Dory gear to prepare for the upcoming movie. Stickers, light up toys, and coloring packs can be purchased for only a buck. If you’re staying later for the parades, bring your own glow sticks or necklaces. If you have toddler girls, consider purchasing those Belle and Elsa dresses before entering those magic gates. At around $20 a pop, they’re still a bargain compared to the $37 dresses in Disneyland. If you’re feeling frugal, check out your local consignment stores or thrift stores. My wife just scored two dresses for under $10 recently. Score!
What helpful tips do you have for saving at “The Happiest Place on Earth”?
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