As a SoCal resident, I am lucky to enjoy Disneyland frequently. Without a doubt, I can say that Disney is magic; the joys and memories made are well worth the price-tag as Disney provides quality, top-notch entertainment that permeates every inch of their parks.
However, with a “down-turned” economy, a single-family income, and three kids, Disney can get expensive. Here’s your guide to the best Disney Vacation Deals (and a few to avoid!).
Spring 2012 Promotions & Special Offers
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure
-Through May 28, 2012, get 3-day Park Hopper tickets for $199. Visit both parks in one day!
-Southern California Residents can Go Wild and visit twice for $99; now through June 1, 2012. You pick the park, you pick the day.
–Active and retired U.S. military can enjoy a 3-day park hopper ticket for their families (up to 6 people) for just $99 through September 28th, 2012. Special hotel rates are also available to military on select days.
-The Southern California CityPASS includes 3-day Park Hopper tickets to both Disney parks as well as one day tickets to Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. The pass can save you over $100 if you bought individual tickets to each activity and is good for 14 days from first use.
-Score up to 25% off Disneyland Resort hotel rooms when you book a vacation from April 16th- June 9th.
– Trekaroo keeps tabs of great hotel deals near Disneyland
Walt Disney World
– Book a 5 night/6 day Magic Your Way Package before May 18th to get a FREE DINING PACKAGE for your entire family! (Select availability between August 25- September 29, 2012). This special package can save your family up to $848 on dining!
-Florida residents can enjoy the Wild for 3 Pass; a 3-day ticket to a Walt Disney World theme park—for just $99. Tickets must be used by May 24, 2012. You can add a 4th day for just $30 more! Folks who call the Sunshine State home can also a special “after 2pm” water park annual pass.
–Active and retired U.S. military can buy a 4-day Park Hopper pass for their families (up to 6 people) for just $138 through September 29th, 2012. For just $27 more, the pass can be upgraded to the Park Hopper and Water Parks, Fun & More pass for even more value. Special hotel rates up to 40% off are available on select days.
-Save up to 30% off at select Walt Disney World hotels for travel between April 13th- June 14th. (Book by March 31st!)
– Trekaroo watches for the best hotels deals near Walt Disney World
-Book your cruise online to receive an extra $25 onboard credit.
-Florida and SoCal residents, keep checking in as new promotions are posted frequently.
Tips on buying tickets
The absolute best resource for finding an awesome deal on Disney vacations is to head to the source: Disney constantly offers special packages on their own websites and the prices online are almost always cheaper than buying your tickets at the door. Check back often as promotions change throughout the year. Disney’s California Parks | Disneyworld | Disney Cruises
Don’t buy tickets from eBay, Craigslist, or anyone else offering you what seems to be too good of a deal. Scam artists are very eager to prey on budget-conscious tourists by offering passes at low rates. The catch is you have no way to guarantee that the ticket they are selling is real, or has any days left. Don’t be sorry, buy your tickets from Disney’s offical site or from reputable resellers or travel agents.
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