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  • [Other] Saving money at Disneyland

    Yes it is possible to save your remaining bits of money you might have once you make it into Disneyland but firstly you will need to prepare.

    For day visitors:
    prepare sandwiches, snacks and beverages at home. Put some ice in a small cooler you can store these outside the park near the picnick area lockers. With a small daypack to carry various snacking items and fruits/waters for carting during the day.
    Savings= significant. Considering feeding a family of four in Disneyland or from a Disney property eatery will cost at least 14 dollars a person, your saving at least 50 dollars per meal if not much more!!!!

    While staying at hotels: you can stock up on provisions from Costco, store these In a large cooler in your room/base. Have backpack to bring some snacks/small waters with you to to bring in the park.
    Savings=significant. Considering apples cost over 2 dollars each in Disneyland and waters are significantly more then that you will save a Large chunk of change.

    Souveniers- well in the old days there were actually items kinds wanted that were unique to the park, that is no longer a concern you can find these souveniers pretty much anywhere and much cheaper. Take a picture of the item and search for it on line.
    Savings=significant

    if you forgot to bring food in a locker or something happened have no fear, mcdonalds, mimi's and Ihop are directly across the street from the shuttle dropoff parking! Open late and very affordable you will still save a good amount of money and time going this route!! From mainstreet walk towards he exit and make a left those eateries are directly across the street.
    Savings=significant

    I am sure there are many other ways to save lots of money once your at Disneyland what are your secrets?
    Last edited by CAspace; 09-23-2009, 06:32 AM.

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    Re: Saving money at Disneyland

    The best free souvenier is the park map and times guide. I still have my 1968 wall map and can revisit the park as I did my first time any time I choose simply by studying it for a while.
    First Visit at the age of 12, July 17, 1968.
    First Ride, The Disneyland and Santa Fe Railroad.
    BRING BACK THE PEOPLE MOVER!

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    • #3
      Re: Saving money at Disneyland

      I have been known to put snack in my (huge) pockets so I dont have to have that extra meal of the Day.
      Happy Halloween!!!

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      • #4
        Re: Saving money at Disneyland

        Stock up on Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Tabasco and Hot sauce....
        Check out my Theme Park Photos at http://darkbeer.smugmug.com

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        • #5
          Re: Saving money at Disneyland

          Originally posted by ttrocc7007 View Post
          The best free souvenier is the park map and times guide. I still have my 1968 wall map and can revisit the park as I did my first time any time I choose simply by studying it for a while.
          Those were truly fantastic. Those "free" park guides that you received on Entry were amazing. You can still find them on E-Bay.

          DarkBeer: When you speak of "stocking up" on ketchup and hot sauce, I imagine that those condiments are now charged per use at Disneyland, considering a slice of tomato is now 99 cents, I imagine each condiment requested is at least 50 to 75 cents, can you confirm this?
          Thanks so much!

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          • #6
            Re: Saving money at Disneyland

            As of Sunday, there's still no cost for condiments. But wait for it, I'm sure it's coming. I'm also waiting for the announcement that guests will no longer be able to bring food and beverages into the park. Just because we've always been able to doesn't mean that at some point some MBA wanna-be-exec isn't going to point out that they might possibly be losing money on food sales, and voila! no more food past the gates.

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            • #7
              Re: Saving money at Disneyland

              In case you missed it....

              The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien - Disney Cutbacks (08/07/09) - Video - NBC.com

              Get out that Garden Hose before winter!
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              • #8
                Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                I agree that the park maps are great souvenirs, and I always bring home an extra and file it away in the keepsakes album/box. I also like to keep FastPasses of our favorite rides and scrapbook them with pics of those rides. I've also kept all of our park passes. Autograph books, whether purchased at the park or not, are also great, and some of the girls favorite souvenirs. I also collect postcards from almost everywhere I go.

                We make sure whatever hotel we stay at has a complimentary continental breakfast. The selection is usually meh, but its another meal you are not paying for in the park, or even at IHOP or McDonald's. You can usually also grab a piece of fruit or 2 and sometimes even wrapped muffins and whatnot to bring with you for later.

                We always get into the park early and leave mid-afternoon for a swim. If we brought food, we can have lunch at the hotel. Most rooms come with small fridges, and sometimes microwave ovens, for such convenience. Or you can eat at McD's. Again, another off-site meal; big savings!

                Places like Redd Rocket's Pizza Port have HUGE servings of pasta that my 2 kids split easily, and it is way less expensive than paying for 2 kids meals elsewhere. The girls and I even split a serving one night.

                That's all I've got

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                • #9
                  Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                  Pizza Port pizza, 30 bucks, fed all 8 of us.
                  I have spent 80 days of my life at Disneyland.



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                  • #10
                    Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                    Originally posted by Swellpixiegirl View Post
                    Places like Redd Rocket's Pizza Port have HUGE servings of pasta that my 2 kids split easily, and it is way less expensive than paying for 2 kids meals elsewhere. The girls and I even split a serving one night.
                    Sounds like you haven't been to RRPP lately, home of the ever shrinking pasta plates!
                    Check out my Theme Park Photos at http://darkbeer.smugmug.com

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                    • #11
                      Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                      There are a lot of ways to save on a day at Disney. On our recent SoCal trip my family of four, looked at the options and based on the single day rates, we selected option B:

                      Originally posted by Joshua
                      A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?
                      And visited Universal City walk instead.
                      "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

                      -Mark Twain

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                      • #12
                        Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                        Originally posted by Moonliner View Post
                        There are a lot of ways to save on a day at Disney. On our recent SoCal trip my family of four, looked at the options and based on the single day rates, we selected option B:



                        And visited Universal City walk instead.
                        Hopefully someone with clout will read this post and actually care about day visitors experiences other then focusing solely on local monthly club "Members"/regulars.

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                        I am wondering do you think I could get Domino's to deliver to the front gate? How about the picnic area? Shuttle drop off?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                          OK, just off the top of my head....

                          One day at Disneyland - $72 and no current SoCal specials

                          Knott's - $30 with a couple of cans of food to be donated

                          SFMM - $30 online

                          USH - about $50 with a coupon, but you can get an AP for less than $70
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                          • #14
                            Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                            Originally posted by Darkbeer View Post
                            Sounds like you haven't been to RRPP lately, home of the ever shrinking pasta plates!
                            That was a shrunken plate?!?!?! There was so much food! We were just there, August 21-24.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                              though most of that is correct, Ihop across the street is just as expensive as in the park. We got an omelet and 2 cokes and it was $30!
                              otherwise though, i love it! ill be doing all i can to save during Halloweentime!


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                              and they lived happily ever after

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                              • #16
                                Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                                From my family's perspective:

                                Admission for my wife and I - $33 bucks a month, 2yr old daughter - free
                                Gas from SD to ANA - $36
                                Lunch - We bring our own sandwiches, snacks, etc.
                                Drinks - We bring those too.
                                Dinner - Plaza Inn - $28 bucks for 1 kids meal, 1 chicken dinner that my wife and I split, and a coke.
                                Merchandise - $15 limit.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                                  Originally posted by Swellpixiegirl View Post
                                  That was a shrunken plate?!?!?! There was so much food! We were just there, August 21-24.
                                  Hmmmm the plot thickens!

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                                    Great post! Sandwhiches and bringing sodas are great options! for those of you saying go to pizza port, its still expensive, and it's disgusting. (IMO) I think it's better, cheaper, faster, and easier to bring food from home. It's also better tasting!

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                                      Originally posted by ♥disney.princess♥ View Post
                                      Great post! Sandwhiches and bringing sodas are great options! for those of you saying go to pizza port, its still expensive, and it's disgusting. (IMO) I think it's better, cheaper, faster, and easier to bring food from home. It's also better tasting!
                                      I must say, Pizza Port has good salads. It is not disgusting; that is a matter of opinion, and it is reasonable if you are getting 2 meals for the price of one. Also, I'm from Canada; I'm not bringing food from home for my week in Disneyland. Ew.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Saving money at Disneyland

                                        If you really must have that icy cold Coke at lunch, Rancho del Zocalo and Redd Rockett's have free refills (along with table service restaurants). This last time we had some Pepsi and Dr Pepper with us and all you have to do is go to any counter service place (like Tomorrowland Terrace or Award Weiners) and ask for a cup of ice. One poured can later and your cup is good to go! You can also request a cup of ice water at the counter service places and save yourself $3 since it's not a bottle of Dasani water.

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