Buying Discount Disneyland Tickets in 2018

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There aren't a ton of places to find legitimate discount Disneyland tickets, but there are a few. In this post, we review different ways to find discount Disneyland tickets, comparing them according to savings, difficulty of obtaining the discount (this includes costs you have to front to get the discount), and risk that you'll run into problems with your ticket.

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Our Choice For Discount Disneyland tickets

Undercover Tourist

Discount: Varies - Difficulty: None - Risk: None

Undercover Tourist starting selling Disneyland Tickets in May 2018, and are our recommended site for buying Disneyland tickets. While we've never purchased Disneyland tickets from them, we're purchased Disney World tickets from them numerous times.

If you're at all concerned about buying tickets from a third-party seller, we've got you covered with a post dedicated entirely to why we recommend Undercover Tourist for Disney discounts.

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Get Away Today

Discount: Varies - Difficulty: None - Risk: None

Get Away Today is one of the very few legitimate sites selling discount Disneyland tickets. On shorter tickets without packages, the discounts are unfortunately pretty small (a few bucks). But there are two ways to get bigger savings at Get Away Today.

First, they have a five-day park hopper ticket at the price of a four-day park hopper ticket. A fifth day isn't necessary at Disneyland, but you definitely can fill it if it fits into your plans.

Second, Get Away Today specializes in California vacation packages. This opens the door to potentially hundreds of dollars in savings. Remember to always be sure you're getting the cheapest hotels. Even the best package deals can sometimes be beaten with a little bit of searching.

The Standard Discounts

The next set of discounts are standard offers that are either easy to get for everyone or easy to get once you've worked your way into an exclusive group for the discount.

Southern California Resident Discount

Discount: 15% to 20% - Difficulty: High - Risk: None

These offers come and go, but Disneyland regularly has discounted tickets available to Southern California residents. You can click through here for the current offer (4/25/2018).

 The most recent Southern California discount Disneyland ticket offer

The most recent Southern California discount Disneyland ticket offer

Moreover, California residents who are serious about Disney should probably consider an annual pass (for which they also receive a discount).

Disney Vacation Club Discount

Discount: About 10% - Difficulty: High - Risk: None

Disney Vacation Club members occasionally get ticket discount offers. For most DVC members, it will make sense just to have an annual pass, so it's rare that these ticket offers are going to be worth much. They also aren't very high when they do happen. If you're a DVC member, look into an annual pass, and pay attention to deals as they pop up. But definitely don't wait for them or plan too heavily around them.

Military Discount

Discount: Around 50% - Difficulty: Heroic - Risk: Heroic

The discount looks a bit limited from the military discount Disneyland ticket page (only service members and spouses), but for 50% off your two adult tickets, paying full price for kids isn't so bad (and maybe those are discounted too and the site just isn't clear).

The best source for information on these discounts, including prices and how to buy, is Military Disney Tips.

AAA Discount

Discount: Very Low - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: None

At one point, AAA discounts were a decent way to save on Disneyland tickets. No more. First of all, the discounts come from individual branches, so you'll have to call local AAA offices to get quotes. Second, their discounts tend to be pretty small, often beaten by the prices you'll find on ticket broker sites. Worth a phone call, if you're already a member, but no worth effort beyond that.

Deal Hunting

Not so much "discounts," these are out of the box ways to carefully consider before trying.

Using Discount Disney Gift Cards

Discount: Varies (about 8%) - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: None

This will rarely be the best discount you can get, but we want to mention it for the sake of completeness. You can typically get discount Disney gift cards, saving about 8 to 10% on Disney purchases, including park tickets.

The Annual Pass

Discount: Varies - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: None

You came looking for discounts, and we're telling you to maybe just buy a yearlong ticket? Look, this one is just going to come down to how the math works out for you. Disneyland annual passes are too complex to break down thoroughly in this post, but here's some quick notes.

A Disney Deluxe Passport, which has some blackout days, for an adult costs $729. That's pretty much right in between the cost of two and three Disneyland vacations. So if you're a once or twice-a-year person, don't consider it.

eBay

Discount: 10-30% - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: EXTREME!!

We don't advocate buying tickets on eBay. The reason is pretty simple - prices for many, if not all, things on eBay are determined in part by the risk associated with buying over eBay. Can you find legitimate tickets on eBay? Of course! Will the legitimate tickets have big discounts? No!

There are going to be a few people who put up an eBay account just to sell tickets they lucked into, but you can't distinguish those from scammers. If someone has 1000+ positive reviews for selling park tickets, they aren't going to have to offer much of a discount. In short, finding a true, legitimate discount on a ticket via eBay is incredibly difficult, and never worth the risk of getting to the park and being denied entry!

Where do you buy your discount Disneyland tickets? Did we miss anything??

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