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Disneyland Resort has always been a popular family vacation destination. Now that theme parks are reopening in California, Disneyland vacation planning is heating up! Find out the details on Disneyland ticket prices, what you’ll pay for an Anaheim hotel, dining costs and developing an overall trip budget. Keep reading to find out the real cost of going to Disneyland in 2021.
Disneyland has been a family destination hot spot since it opened in 1955. But Disneyland ticket prices sure have increased since those first days so long ago!
Planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth involves a lot of parts and a lot of costs. Here, we lay out the amount you can expect to pay for a Disneyland vacation, including Disneyland ticket prices, hotels, food, souvenirs and even a few things that might be worth the splurge!
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Changes Happening at Disney Parks
It’s also important to be aware of the changes happening during Disneyland reopening in 2021. Unlike Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Disneyland in Anaheim is much more restricted due to California state guidelines.
TravelingMom Tip: Disneyland tickets can be purchased online ONLY! And that’s just the first step. Once you have your tickets, you need to make a Disneyland park reservation for each day of your trip.
How Much Does It Cost to Go to Disneyland in 2021?
Determining how much a 2021 Disneyland vacation will requires computing the cost of:
- Disneyland park tickets
- extras (like souvenirs)
Read on for details on each. And please note: Until the state restrictions for out-of-state travelers are lifted, only California residents may visit the Disneyland theme parks. Out-of-state travelers can still buy Disneyland tickets (which are valid through Dec 2022) but will be unable to visit the parks until state guidelines change. This article will be amended with updates as they are released.
TravelingMom Tip: Disneyland ticket prices mentioned in this article were accurate for Disneyland vacations booked in April 2021. Disney ticket prices and travel costs change regularly. Prices you will actually pay depend on when and how your family travels. Please consider working with a certified Disneyland travel agent for booking assistance. TravelingMom recommends Get Away Today for great deals and terrific customer service.
How Much Are Disneyland Tickets?
In the past, a single day Disneyland ticket was the same price, no matter when you visited. However, park admission prices now are tiered, depending on the day you visit. Ticket prices are higher on weekends, holidays and during other high-demand periods. Tier 1 tickets cost the least. Tier 5 tickets cost the most.
For 2021 Disneyland vacations, the prices of a one-day tiered adult ticket purchased on the Disneyland website range from $114 to $154. Single day tickets purchased now are valid until December 30, 2022.
Tiered pricing and scheduling reservations can get a little tricky. To see specifics on which tiered priced 1-day ticket can be used on which day, refer to the website calendar for valid dates.
Is a Multi-Day Disneyland Ticket the Best Option?
The way to make the most of your California Disney trip is by planning to visit on multiple days. The current cost of a 4-day, 1- park-per-day ticket is $340 per adult ticket. (At Disneyland, everyone age 10 or older pays adult prices.) That breaks down to $85 per park day, a significant savings over buying a single-day ticket. Multi-day tickets purchased now expire 13 days after first use or on January 12, 2023, whichever comes first.
So which ticket should you avoid buying? The single day ticket is the most expensive per-day ticket. But, if you have only one day to visit Disneyland, it’s worth the cost!
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What’s Changed About Disneyland Tickets in 2021?
Here’s what’s changed:
- Disneyland tickets must be purchased ahead of the trip. Sales are online only. There will be no day-of tickets sold at the gate.
- All guests must have a valid park ticket AND a park reservation. The ticket will be either a printed ticket or bar code through the Disneyland app. The reservation will be a QR code sent via email (separate QR codes are sent for each guest and each day, for multi-day tickets).
- Disneyland FASTPASS will not be available upon reopening. Also, Disneyland Maxpass is not currently being offered to park guests. This extra-purchase FASTPASS program uses the Disneyland app to schedule ride reservations. Both FASTPASS and Maxpass are expected to return in the future.
- Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hours are currently suspended.
- Only California residents may visit Disneyland parks at this time.
Should You Park Hop at Disneyland?
Park hopping will be permitted at Disneyland, albeit with some new changes. Through the Disneyland reservation system, all guests with Park Hopper tickets must choose whether to start their day at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure.
Park Hopper ticket users may switch (or “hop”) parks after 1 pm. The ability to Park Hop will be dependent upon park capacity limitations on any given day.
Park Hopping at the Disneyland Resort is generally easy. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park face each other, with a narrow esplanade between the two.
Is Park Hopping Worth the Cost?
For families with multi-day tickets, the extra cost for park hopping may be an unnecessary extra cost — just spend a whole day in one park and go to the other on the next day. For shorter vacations or single-day visits, it’s worth it to buy a Park Hopper so you can experience both parks.
A Park Hopper ticket adds $55 to 2-day Disneyland ticket prices. A 2-day ticket with a Park Hopper is $290 for adults. A 2 day ticket for one park per day (no Park Hopping) is $235. Multiply that by the number of guests in your party to determine whether park hopping is worth the extra cost.
No Special Deals for Southern California Residents
For many years, Disneyland has offered Southern Californians a special SoCal Disneyland ticket. This discounted 3-day pass is available (for purchase and use) only for Southern California residents.
There has not been any recent announcement about reviving the Disneyland SoCal Resident ticket in 2021. If the state guidelines for out-of-state travelers isn’t lifted soon, this offer may reappear.
What About the Disneyland Annual Pass?
Earlier in the year, the popular Disneyland Annual Passholder was “sunsetted” and all annual passes were cancelled. Disneyland Annual Pass purchased were refunded and those people were granted what Disney called, “Legacy Passholder” status. This includes some discounts for dining and shopping at Downtown Disney or during the A Touch of Disney event.
No new Annual Passport program has been announced.
How to Save on Disneyland Tickets
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Child’s Disney Ticket Prices 2021
Do I have to buy my baby a ticket?
No. Children ages 2 and under get into the parks for free. Taking toddlers before their 3rd birthday is the best way to save money on Disneyland ticket prices!
What age is considered “adult” at Disneyland?
Adult tickets start at age 10. Kids aged 3-9 receive the children’s Disneyland ticket price, which is $15 cheaper than the comparable adult ticket price. So you’ll save a few bucks by taking your kids to Disneyland before they turn 10.
How Much are Hotel Costs at Disneyland?
TravelingMom Tip: Only Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be reopening. There is no opening date for the other two hotels. In addition, some perks for staying at a Disneyland hotel are suspended, such as Extra Magic Hours.
The Disneyland Resort consists of 3 “on-site” hotels – The Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. All would be priced in the Deluxe Category, as classified by Disney World hotel standards.
Disney’s Grand Californian is the priciest, with an exclusive guest-only entrance to the California Adventure theme park. The Paradise Pier Hotel costs the least of the Disneyland Resort hotels, with an approximate 10 minute walk to the park gates.
Depending on the time of year, expect to pay between $350 and $800 per night for a Disneyland Resort hotel.
What’s a Good Neighbor Hotel?
Good Neighbor hotels are located within a few miles of the Disneyland entrance. Consider a stay off property in one of these Anaheim and Garden Grove hotels to save your family hundreds of dollars when compared to Disneyland Resort hotels.
Many Good Neighbor hotels are within walking distance of the Disneyland theme parks. Choose hotels within a half-mile distance on the Harbor Boulevard side.
These are a few additional things to consider when deciding on local accommodations:
- Per night cost, including sales tax and resort fees
- Hotel location. Is it within walking distance? Is there a dedicated hotel shuttle to the parks?
- Food cost. Is there complimentary breakfast at the hotel?
- Is there a fridge or a full kitchen for meal prep?
- Parking fees and/or the daily cost to park at the hotel
Traveling Mom Tip: There is currently no tram service from the Disneyland parking garages. This means an extra long walk from the parking lot to the front gates. Consider staying at a nearby Harbor Boulevard hotel to minimize the additional steps of driving, paying to park and walking. The Courtyard Anaheim is just across the street and features an awesome water park area!
How Much Does it Cost to Get to Disneyland?
Transportation to Disneyland can be a huge part of a family’s travel budget. Where you are coming from will determine whether it is cheaper to drive or fly, along with all associated costs.
Families who fly must consider these additional costs as well:
- Airline Baggage fees
- Rental car or ride share services
How Much Should I Budget for Food at Disneyland?
Whether choosing full service or quick service dining at Disneyland, food can be a budget-buster. Expect to spend about $12-18 per person for quick service meals that include an entrée, side and beverage.
Costs for full-service restaurants will be more, around $18-25 per person. Character dining at Disneyland raises the bar even higher, with prices starting at around $40 per adult.
How to Save Money Dining at Disneyland
There are several ways to save on the cost of food at Disneyland. One way is to pack your own beverages and snacks. Guests are welcome to bring bottled water, sandwiches, chips and other foods for the day. No glass or alcohol are permitted.
Another suggestion to save on dining costs, is to share a meal at Disneyland. Many restaurants offer large plated dishes that make it easy to share food at Disneyland, although some full service dining locations charge a plate-splitting fee.
Other Disneyland Expenses
With the big ticket travel items out of the way, it’s time to consider the lower-cost extras that can add up quickly. Those include:
- Disneyland parking. It costs $25 per standard vehicle. This includes the Mickey and Friends parking garage, Pixar Pals garage and the Toy Story parking lot.
- Disneyland Photopass. Unlimited downloaded photos were previously included with the cost of Maxpass. At this time, Photopass details have not been released in regards to cost or operation.
- Locker rental. Costs range from $7-15 per day. The fee includes unlimited access with locations both inside and outside the theme parks. It’s worth the cost to be able to store snacks, jackets and other items that you otherwise would have to carry around the parks.
- Daily stroller rental at Disneyland. Expect to spend about $15 for a single and $35 for a double. Keep in mind that strollers cannot leave the park area, so it may be best to bring your own. Here are TravelingMom-tested stroller recommendations.
Budget for These Disneyland Splurges
Is your Disneyland trip a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Or do you just want to do it up big after a long year without traveling? Consider one or more of these Disneyland vacation splurges. Certain activities mentioned may be on hold until the parks fully reopen.
- A Disneyland guided tour. This tour includes the in-depth history behind the park. Want more? Book a VIP Tour with priority access and personal guide for the day.
- A custom-built lightsaber. It’s a fun way to commemorate your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Build your own at Savi’s Workshop (costs begin around $220 each).
- World of Color dessert party. This is an excellent way to take in the nighttime water spectacular. Guests receive an exclusive treat box and drinks along with a table and seat to watch the show.
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This makeover opportunity takes place inside Sleeping Beauty Castle and will turn your child into a young princess or prince.
- Souvenirs. These can definitely break the bank! Set a budget with kids pre-trip to decide how much you’ll spend buying things at the parks.
For anyone saving up for a Disneyland vacation, consider using the Disney Visa. This credit card offers exclusive photo opportunities, discounts and a way to save points that can be used within the parks.