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Disneyland Discounts for Southern California Residents
In the slide show above, you're viewing pictures of attractions at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure! If viewing Disneyland pictures makes you want to hurry to the theme park, perhaps the discounts mentioned on this page can help! Note: This page covers SoCal Residents' discounts to Disneyland. Not a resident? Please view our "Disneyland Park Discounts for out-of-town guests" page.
Southern California residents have lost many perks at Disneyland
Zip codes 90000-93599 only SOMETIMES get special SoCal deals at Disneyland these daysSouthern Californians USED TO BE a lucky group---they were often able to get their very own special Disney discount prices. Because the Disneyland Resort stays open 365 days per year, the park needs to attract thousands of visitors each and every day. However, out-of-towners usually have a difficult time visiting Disneyland any time except during the summer vacation period. Therefore, local residents were needed to fill up the park during the "slow season." In order to keep the park alive with guests year-round, discounts were always given to Southern Californians, who can visit Disneyland more frequently than out-of-towners simply because they live closer to the park. They can pop into Disneyland on weekends...or even after school or work hours are over on weekdays. Life was terrific for Disneyland fans!
Times have changed. Discount programs are few, and the park discontinues them when their attendence is good. Disneyland is generally busy year-round now, and the number of Southern Californians owning discounted annual passes has soared to unmanageble numbers in recent years. Visitors who buy single-day tickets (both locals AND out-of-towners) are having a horrible time trying to enjoy the attractions in a timely matter. (If you've been to Disneyland in the last several years, you've surely endured that same problem yourself.) Single-day ticket holders often anticipate their Disneyland visit for an entire year or more. They arrive excited, expecting to enjoy Disneyland's best-loved rides and experiences --- but get discouraged when they find hours worth of lines for rides, attractions and food.
Even seeing the park's line-less parades and spectacles can be difficult to do if you're a single-day ticket holder. With only one day to enjoy everything, visitors can't spend much time sitting around merely waiting for something to happen. This contrasts with SoCal annual passholders, who frequently sit to hold a spot for long stretches merely to enjoy one or two parades or shows.
In other words, local residents have loved Disneyland TOO much. Fortunately, something is being done to address Disneyland's problem with overcrowding. Unfortunately, however, Disney officials have worked to solve the problem in a way that makes the most money for them. They raised prices and restricted the number of less-expensive passports that they will sell. This means that Southern Californians who were already making sacrifices to take their kids to Disneyland may now have to abandon the idea completely.
Discouraged? There are still a few good ways for Southern Californians to get into Disneyland Park for a moderate price. The best two ways are (1) the annual off-season discount period each Spring; and (2) buying a Southern California Select annual passport...which is especially reasonable if you can buy it with a monthly financing plan. Details about these discounts...and others...can be found below on this page.
Disneyland's Daily Ticket Prices for Local Residents
Daily ticket prices at Disneyland: If all you'd like to do is visit Disneyland for one day, you'll have to gasp at the sticker-shock of Disney's steep prices, just like non-residents have to. The cost for a one day, one park ticket (either Disneyland OR Disney's California Adventure...but not both) is $97---during the "off season." Tickets cost even more during the "regular" and "peak" seasons at Disneyland---up to $135 in Spring 2018. (Yes, that's for just ONE day at ONE park!)
What's "tiered pricing?" If it has been more than a two years since your last Disneyland visit, then you need to know that there isn't just ONE price any more. There are THREE different prices for daily tickets! It all depends on the exact date that you choose to visit Disneyland. And guess what? If your child is on vacation or seasonal break, that's exactly when it's NOT the cheapest time to visit!
If you want to visit both Disneyland AND Disney's California Adventure in the same day, then the cost of your tickets goes up even more.
Since Disneyland's daily ticket prices are the same for both residents and non-residents, please visit the Disneyland Tickets for Non-Residents page, where you can see a full listing of Disneyland's 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5-day ticket prices.
Annual slow-season discounts for local residents"Say, what happened to 2-fer discounts?" you might ask. "Or the 2-parks-for-1-low-price discounts?"
In 2018, there was actually a pretty good deal. Some of the cheapest Disneyland tickets can be found during the annual Spring off-season discount programs that take place between January and May.
The 2018 discount period is over, but you can look for it again, perhaps, next Spring. In particular, there MAY a good chance of getting a discount right before the new Star Wars themed area opens in mid-year 2019. The park may provide some good deals to encourage people to visit Disneyland Park BEFORE the upgrades open. (We would venture to speculate that full-paying customers will want to make their dollars count towards seeing the new attractions rather than re-visiting the old...wouldn't you think?)
Details of the 2018 slow-season discount were as follows: There were 4 deals you could choose from, and all of them were multi-day tickets---
In the strange world of Disneyland tickets, these are actually pretty good deals. You may use this infomation to compare with what you find at the park's website next spring. In 2018, the discount tickets were sold between January 8th and May 21st, and had a black-out period between 3/23 and 4/8 when you couldn't use them. The tickets expired on May 24th. If they appear again next year, the dates should be similar.
Costco.com Disneyland Ticket Deals
Costco members who are alert may OCCASIONALLY find Disneyland ticket deals for SoCal residents on Costco.com! (If you're not a Costco member, you can still use the Costco website for tickets, too, but an extra fee may apply.)
The last time we saw a Disneyland deal posted on Costco.com was in May, 2018. In other words, the Costco special ran at the same time as the SoCal resident's special (described in the section above.) However, you never know when another deal might return. You may check to see if there are currently any Disneyland discount ticket offers at Costco.com by using the following link to the theme park discount ticket page of the Costco.com website. If you don't find Disneyland discount tickets at this link, then there aren't any Costco ticket deals going on right now.
Are Costco's Disneyland discount tickets also available at local Costco stores? Yes, in selected locations...but only on special occasions when Disneyland is holding a Costco promotion.
However, you CAN find Disneyland hotel & ticket packages year-round from Costco Travel. Even if you're a local resident, you might wish to pamper yourself with a stay at the Disneyland Hotel. After all, the hotel is an attraction in & of itself. Here's a link to the Disneyland Resort Packages page of the Costco.com website where you can see if any of the current combos interest you.
Annual passport holder "friend" tickets
A new announcement was made in June, 2018 stating that Disneyland pass holders may purchase 2 single-day Park Hopper tickets for 40% off of the regular price. This deal will continue thru September 3rd (Labor Day.)
If you KNOW an annual passport holder, now is not the time to be shy: ask if you can get your friend's help saving money!
The big conditions to remember about this deal are that:
If it sounds too good to be true...well, it IS true, and you CAN save money...BUT there's a lot of "iffy-ness" going on that you may not notice when you read about the park's generous offer in official publications. A KTLA (TV channel 5) reporter started figuring out just when you could go to the park...and just how much you could actually save...and came up with a few surprises that might save you some grief if you know about them. Here's a link to the
KTLA article about the 40% "friend ticket" deal for Disneyland annual pass holders.
Annual Passes for Local ResidentsAnnual passports have traditionally been the cheapest choice for local residents who want to visit Disneyland several times during the year. Unfortunately, the park will now be limiting the number of annual passes that they sell (in an attempt to limit the crowd size inside the park.) Also, the passport prices have been raised. Again.
Sometimes you might not be able to purchase Disneyland passports when you need them. Disneyland banned sales for quite a few months in between 2014 and 2016 in order to let the number of pass holders trickle down. Then again in Fall, 2017, the park once again quit selling one of its two types of annual passports. As of this update in mid-2018, they are still unavailable.
But, you're still in luck if you can visit off-season and on weekdays. You CAN buy the most black-out filled passport now! It's called the "Southern California Select" annual passport.
1.) Southern California Select Annual PassportFor some Southern California residents, being able to get this passport will mean the difference between getting to take their families to Disneyland...or NOT going. If you can get these passes when easy monthly financing is being offered by the park itself, it becomes a way to get yourselves into the park without a huge lump sum of money being spent all at once. You'll very well be saying to your children, "Looks like we will be going to Disneyland again for our treat. We can't afford going anywhere else." (When your budget is squeaked to its max...yet you've managed to get your Disneyland passes...then yes, that statement can be true!)
What a pass it is, too!
One of the best reasons to be a Southern Californian is to be eligible to buy the Southern California "Select" Annual Passport. This is possibly the biggest money saver that could ever be imagined by a Disneyland-lover.
* Big advantage---Cheapest price: This pass cost only $369 at the time of this update in mid-2018. (Prices were raised in February...and yet, they may be raised again later this year.) For this price, you'll get a 12-month-long annual passport good for about 170 pre-selected days that's valid at BOTH Disneyland Park AND Disney's California Adventure theme park. Also, these 170-or-so dates happen to be the LEAST busy days of the year.
---All weekends ALL year long are blocked out. You will never be able to visit Disneyland on any Saturday or Sunday with this pass.
---Most, if not all, days during school summer vacation
For kids who attend school on a 12 month/year-round plan, it's ideal. What can you do with a month off from school in February or September? Head to Disneyland! The same holds true for homeschooling families; a visit to Disneyland makes an excellent field trip or reward for work well done!
Families with preschoolers are a perfect fit for the Southern California Select passport. The last time that our family chose this particular passport, we had two preschoolers in the family---and this pass was a dream come true. We could take the kids for several hours in the morning on weekdays, then come home when they got tired---without worrying that we "wasted our money" for staying such a short length of time. We could always go back a different day---something we could not have done if we had purchased one-day tickets.
Senior citizens may also find this pass to be quite useful. With a pass in hand, it's easy to leave the park after fatigue or pain sets in. Especially for retirees, the blockout-date restrictions become meaningless. If anything, visiting the park becomes more pleasant when you choose dates when most people are either at work or at school.
List of Block out dates -- Southern California Select Annual PassWhat are the black out dates for the Southern California Select Disneyland Annual Passport? Here's a list of the block out dates you'll have to avoid this summer---
June 2018--- From January thru May, pass holders can plan their Disneyland visits on many different weekdays during the month. However, June is when the "available" days really dwindle down for people who have the Southern California Select annual pass. In June, there are only 4 days...yes, that's four measly days...when you're allowed into the park. These date are June 4, 5, 6, and 7. All other dates in June are blocked out. NEW: The park just added a few more dates to the list on June 6th! These newly-added dates are June 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20.
July 2018--- EVERY DATE IN JULY is on the blockout list! You must purchase a regular full-priced theme park ticket to visit Disneyland Park on ANY day this month. The park no longer sells discounted "blockout day" tickets.
August 2018-- There are only a few days in August, 2018 on which SoCal Select passholders may enter the park. These dates are: Aug 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30. All other dates are blocked and you'll have to purchase a full-priced ticket in order to visit the park.
October 2018-- All Saturdays & Sundays blocked out. You may visit the park on EVERY weekday this month! Note: on some dates, there may be an early closing time at Disneyland (due to the park's after-hours Halloween parties.) Be sure to check Disneyland's calendar of hours before you hear to the park.
November 2018-- The following dates are blocked out: Nov 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. Every OTHER day, you may visit Disneyland with your Select passport!
Debember 2018-- You MAY visit Disneyland this month on the following dates: December 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11. All other dates are blocked out. Don't forget to visit the park super-early if you want to enjoy its annual Christmas holiday celebration!
January 2019-- The following dates are blocked out in Jan: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28. You may visit the park on any weekday this month that isn't on this list.
February 2019-- All Saturdays & Sundays blocked out. Feb 15th & 18th are also on the no-go list. However, you may visit on every other weekday in February.
March 2019-- It's the first of two "Spring Break" months at the Disneyland Resort...when guests will be pouring in from out-of-state to enjoy the parks. Of course, this unfortunately means that there are a number of block-out dates to contend with! The following dates in March are on the blackout list: March 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.
There is one "grandfathered" Disneyland pass for local residents
The Southern California Annual PassportAnother Disneyland discount annual pass that's available only to local residents is The Southern California Annual Passport. This passport has ALMOST the same name as the first one that you just finished reading about in the section above. Be careful when you order your annual passes from Disneyland.com---always make sure you're ordering the exact pass that you want! (This more expensive pass doesn't have the word "Select" in its title...that's the difference.)
The Southern California Annual passport is the "next step up" in Disneyland annual passes. UNFORTUNATELY, this pass is NOT BEING SOLD AT THIS TIME. At the time of this update, Disneyland has sold its maximum number of these passports. However, below you will find the info about these passes at the time it was last sold:
The price was $469, when we last saw it offered in 2017. You can expect this one to cost even more than that if the park should offer it again soon.
Benefits: You will be able to enjoy your Disneyland annual pass approximately 215 days per year. That means you'll have less black out days to worry about than with the Select pass. When can you use this pass? Although all Saturdays throughout the year remain blocked-out, same as the Select passport,you WILL be able to attend both Disneyland Park and the Disney California Adventure park on most Sundays. This pass will also give you a FEW more days that you may attend the park during the summer. However, this passport still won't give you very many summertime visits; you'll have to move up to a passport for out-of-towners (like the Deluxe Annual Passport) if you need to visit Disneyland during summer vacation time.
As you're making your decision about which pass to buy, keep in mind that inexpensive blockout day tickets are no longer being offered. You'll have to pay full price to enter Disneyland on days that your particular pass has been "blocked out" from the schedule. In other words, adults must pay in the neighborhood of $100 for EACH extra day of visitation. It doesn't take but a day or two to make the cheapest passes NOT a bargain. If you feel that you must visit the park on several blockout dates, it might actually be LESS expensive to move up to a more inclusive pass.
How much does a Disneyland block-out day ticket cost?
What do you do if you'd like to attend Disneyland Park on a date when you're "blocked out?" In the past, you could purchase a blockout-day ticket at a discounted price. That is no longer so! Currently, you must purchase a full-priced ticket if you'd like to enter the park on a blockout day. At this time, it's not known if the limit on blockout-day tickets is only temporary...or if it's permanent. Here's a link to the blockout day ticket information on the Disneyland website. You may check to see if these discount tickets have been reinstated at the time you need them.
What's a good way to get around the black out dates? You can buy your annual pass at the Disneyland Resort ON a block-out day. Restrictions to your pass won't take place until your SECOND visit.
Disneyland Ticket Scams are on the rise---beware!With the price of Disneyland tickets at an all-time high, scams have been increasing. Just consider this: if you purchase tickets that are turned down at the park, you'll have to eat the cost of those bogus tickets AND buy new "real" Disneyland tickets, as well. This extra cost may mean that you'll have to skip your Disneyland visit altogether.
Here's what to avoid: Do NOT purchase tickets on Craig's list or through a classified ad in your local newspaper. Yes, the people who offer these tickets will have a good excuse. Usually, it's something like "we purchased these expensive tickets and now we can't go to Disneyland after all! We need our money back, so we're willing to sell them at a discount to you." (If you have read some of the newspaper reports about people who have actually been scammed this way, then this line will already be familiar to you.) Victims have stated that the people selling these fake (or already used) tickets will be VERY NICE. So warm, so personable that you just HAVE to believe them. Well, they've got to be nice or else they'd never sell their tickets. While there are people who actually MAY have purchased tickets that they didn't use, you need to consider if saving a few dollars is worth taking a risk.
Another scam is ticket-sharing. There are people who have made their own small business out of Disneyland "ticket sharing." How it works is that you pay a discounted price to these people---and they give you a 5 day ticket that already has several of the days used up. This isn't allowed by Disneyland's terms-of-service. (If a family buys 5-day tickets, they must use those 5 days themselves.) These services have official websites, but you won't find any business address on them...because the owners need to avoid being caught. (Yes, there is real jail time for the sellers if the police apprehend them.) Now, knowing that you have no way of contacting these people if something goes wrong (other than the number of their throw-away cell phone,) do you really want to do business with them. You will have to provide them with a credit card number for your payment, and they will hold your driver's license while you're using the 5-day ticket. (If you don't bring it back to them, then they can't sell the unused days to sell to someone else.) Think about it: your personal information will be in the hands of people who don't obey the law. This is not a position that most people who like to sleep well at night will want to be in.