Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Disneyland Tips for Saving Money - Part III

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It's been awhile since I have shared my money saving tips for Disneyland.  I figured it would be good to do a recap plus add some other ideas I've found!

If you've missed Part I and Part II, you may find them here:


Here are some other tips which will save you money for your Disneyland vacation:

Stay at a Good Neighbor Hotel - While certainly staying onsite at Disneyland will be an amazing, memorable experience (and there are many reasons to stay onsite which I address in another article here), it just is not in the budget for everyone or for every trip (if you visit as much as I do).  Staying at a Good Neighbor Hotel within walking distance of Disneyland Resort not only saves you on accommodations, but it also saves you on the daily parking fee charged by Disneyland.

Visit Disneyland Before Your Child Turns 3 - Did you know that kids under 3 are free?  As long as they are not three years old, they can be 2 and 364 days old and still get into Disney for free.  :)  Plus, if you do any character meals your under-3-year-old can eat off your plate for free, saving you additional dollars!

Another tip... Visit Disneyland Before Your Child Turns 10 - Once your child turns 10, your child will need an adult ticket.  If you visit before the age of 10, you will only have to pay for a child ticket for your child.

Order Light Up Wands and Necklaces Online - I always buy light up rings in bulk on Amazon in quantities of 12 or 24 and bring them with me to Disney.  My kiddo loves to brighten up (literally) the nights of other kids by giving out these inexpensive light up accessories.  She even made a friend that we have since visited in San Diego because she gave her a light up ring!  The cost of a dozen of these rings is about the cost of 1 or 2 of them a the parks, so you can light up your whole family for cheap!

Get the Newspaper - When you arrive into Anaheim, stop by a grocery store or newspaper stand and pick up a copy of the paper.  Often, you can find money saving coupons that you can use around Anaheim and even in Downtown Disney!

Start a Pressed Penny Tradition - A much more affordable souvenir is the pressed penny.  Disney has LOADS of different designs.  For 51 cents, you have a cheap souvenir that you can get the kids excited about before the trip.  They can find their shiniest pennies and start grouping them with two quarters.  Then you can sort of make a scavenger hunt out of finding the machines.  They can pick their favorite ones.  It is a fun tradition and is much cheaper than collecting Disney Pins.  TIP: Those little mini M&M tubes make great containers for putting in your change.  I stack mine in groups so they are easy to dispense.  

I hope these tips help you on your next trip to Disneyland!

I can help you with even more individualized tips when you book your trip with me at no fee to you!

Laura
Travel Agent  
Once Upon A Vacation
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Diamond Celebration

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I have to apologize to you. I wrote an entire post on the news about the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and it sat here in limbo.

Here's what I know so far...

The Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration will begin on MAY 22, 2015 with no announced end date, yet.

The celebration will include an amazing new fireworks spectacular called "Disneyland Forever."

At Disneyland Park there will also be the "Paint the Night Parade," which is sure to impress with its colorful floats, lights and music.  

At Disney California Adventure, the Mad T Party is returning!  
There will also be an all new World of Color show: "World of Color - Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney."

There will be new merchandise, new popcorn buckets and, of course, new sparkles on Sleeping Beauty's Castle!  

You are not going to want to miss the celebration!

Laura, Travel Agent Once Upon A Vacation
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration

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Can you believe Disneyland has been around for nearly SIXTY YEARS?!

Yet, it never gets old... does it?!

Disney has been pretty hush hush about the events that will take place at the Diamond Celebration this Spring, but some lucky guests will get a sneak peek next Wednesday.  I am sure we will hear from them soon!

The rumors are already flying all over the web.  No one knows exactly what to expect.

One thing I know for sure is that it is bound to be fabulous. 

I am trying to sneak in another trip the first weekend in March to celebrate my birthday and another sometime in April.  It looks like I will miss out on the celebration in March, as Sleeping Beauty's Castle will still be under renovation until Mid-March in anticipation of the celebration!

If you would like to meet up with me on one of my upcoming Disneyland trips, contact me to plan your vacation at no fee to you!  Anyone I meet in the parks will receive a special gift reserved for my blog readers and facebook fans who book their vacations with me!

I'm so excited to celebrate 60 years at Disneyland!  As soon as I have more info... you will be the first to know about it!

Laura, Travel Agent
Once Upon A Vacation

Once Upon A Vacation is an EARMARKED GOLD Authorized Disney Travel Planner.  You should always plan your vacation with someone who knows Disney.  Why not let me provide you with concierge-level service at no additional cost to you?

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