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Budgeting Your Disneyland Vacation


Sticking to a budget at Disneyland can be a challenge, but with some careful planning and discipline, it is definitely possible. Here are some tips to help you stick to your budget while still enjoying your time at Disneyland:

  1. Set a realistic budget: Before your trip, determine how much money you're willing to spend on tickets, food, souvenirs, and other expenses. Take into account your overall financial situation and plan accordingly. My favorite way to stick to this number is by purchasing Disney gift cards for the amount that I want to spend and putting my debit card away for the trip. This way, you'll have a clear idea of how much you can spend and avoid going over budget.

2. Use Disney's mobile app: The Disneyland mobile app provides information about wait times, show schedules, and dining options. Utilize the app to plan your day efficiently, ensuring you make the most of your time and avoid unnecessary expenses. This is also a great place to check pricing for food before your trip so you can budget.


3. Plan in advance: Research ticket prices, dining options, and other expenses ahead of time. Look for any discounts or promotions that can help you save money. Having a clear idea of costs will help you allocate your budget wisely. Booking farther out will give you time to pay down your trip by making monthly payments instead of having to pay in one big chunk.


4. Prioritize expenses: Determine what is most important to you and allocate your budget accordingly. Consider what experiences, meals, or souvenirs you value the most and focus on those. This will help you make informed decisions and avoid overspending on things that are less important to you.


5. Bring your own food and drinks: Food and drinks at Disneyland can be expensive. Consider packing some snacks, refillable water bottles, and even a picnic lunch. You can still enjoy a fun snack or a sit down meal, but by bringing the bulk you can save a good bit.


6. Avoid impulse purchases: Disneyland is filled with tempting souvenir shops and merchandise. While it's okay to buy a few special items, try to resist impulsive purchases. Take some time to think about whether you truly need or want the item before making a decision.



7. Limit dining out: Disneyland offers a wide variety of dining options, but eating at restaurants can quickly add up. Consider limiting the number of restaurant meals you book and opt for more affordable quick-service options for the majority of your trip. You can even bring your own food, as mentioned earlier.




Remember, the goal of your trip is to have a memorable experience while staying within your budget. By planning ahead, making conscious choices, and being mindful of your spending, you can enjoy your time at Disneyland without breaking the bank or skimping on the experiences.


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Elizabeth Sturtz
Elizabeth Sturtz
2023年7月07日

Great tips. Planning disneyland vacation soon and this will definitely help.

いいね!

taximom00sga
2023年7月01日

Also-you can always get a free cup of ice at most quick service locations! Stay hydrated! 💦

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veevee210
2023年7月01日

I'll be packing lunches for my trip later this year, however, we are going to eat dinner at the parks for the experience. I hadn't thought about doing a set budget on gift cards. I think this is a great idea that I'll definitely be implementing!

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Molly Anderson
Molly Anderson
2023年7月01日

Many Disney World fans are surprised by how close the parks are to the Downtown Disney area and off-site hotels. We definitely prioritize staying on property at Disney World for the ease of transportation, but generally stay at Hilton properties in Anaheim. We use the Hilton AmEx card for EVERYTHING (even cable/internet and insurance) and pay it off monthly to earn free nights. Hilton Honors membership is free and can entitle you to discounted room rates, as can other memberships like AAA. If you are traveling with a big group, play around with room options to see if it is cheaper to book a suite or connecting rooms. The Homewood Maingate has a 2 bathroom suite!

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nerlande123
2023年6月30日

I absolutely love these tips so helpful and great.

いいね!
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