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Disneyland Resort Holidays
  • On Oct 2, 2019
    Gail from MT Asked

    I am planning a trip to Disneyland in December, and we would like admission to both parks for 6 days. What would be the best way to purchase tickets for 6 days?

    Greetings, Gail!

    I love finding ways to spend more days at the Disneyland Resort! Because five is the most number of days of any of the Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets available for purchase, you would either need to combine multiple tickets or purchase an Annual Passport to enjoy six park days on your vacation.

    The lowest-cost approach to combining different tickets is to purchase a five-day Park Hopper ticket and a one-day Park Hopper ticket. I recommend purchasing a "Regular" one-day ticket and using that ticket on one of your weekdays instead of the five-day ticket for that day. It's OK if you use the one-day ticket in the middle of your visit because the five-day ticket does not need to be used on contiguous days, only within 13 days of the first use. That way, you can save a little money versus the "Peak" one-day tickets that would be required for most weekend days.

    For six park days, you should seriously consider purchasing an Annual Passport. With current Passport prices, the difference between the ticket combination above and the lowest-priced Annual Passport, the Disney Flex Passport, is only a few dollars. (Note that prices are subject to change.) And with dining and merchandise discounts available to Annual Passholders, you are likely to make up that difference and then some during your vacation. Plus, who knows, maybe you can use your Annual Passports for yet another visit to the Happiest Place on Earth before they expire!

    But, here's the deal: with most of the Annual Passports, blockout and reservation-only dates apply. So that may not align perfectly with your exact vacation dates. One way to work with that is to purchase five-day Park Hopper tickets to start your vacation. Use those tickets for the first few days of your visit, especially if those are weekend days that would require a reservation or might be blocked out. A bonus with this approach is that pre-purchased tickets of three or more days come with one Magic Morning early admission to Disneyland Park. I recommend taking advantage of that Magic Morning early on in your visit. Later on in your vacation, before the end of your ticket's last day of use, you may visit a main entrance ticket booth to upgrade your ticket to an Annual Passport. You only pay the difference from what you already paid for your ticket. If your upgrade day happens to fall on a blockout date, you will be granted a blockout override pass to still visit that day. Before upgrading to an Annual Passport, check the blockout calendar to make sure your remaining dates after that are not blocked out or that reservations are currently available. Also, note that only a single ticket may be applied toward a single Annual Passport. And the person using that ticket must be the same person using the new Annual Passport.

    Tony's Tip: If you plan on purchasing Disney MaxPass with tickets that you also plan on upgrading to Annual Passports, include MaxPass at the time of purchasing the tickets rather than adding it on later. That way, the value paid for MaxPass can still be applied to the price of the new Annual Passport.

    I hope you enjoy your Holiday Time visit to the Merriest Place on Earth, Gail!

    ~Tony
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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! With over 30 years of experience visiting the Disneyland Resort, I’m excited to help you discover the magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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