Disneyland and California Adventure tickets come in a variety of configurations. Which type of ticket is right for you will depend on how much time you have, how much you want to spend and how much flexibility you need.
All tickets other than annual passes cost less online than at the gate, and it saves you a lot of time standing in the ticket line when you get to the park, so plan to buy your tickets in advance.
One Day Single Park Tickets will get you in to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for one day.
Multi-Day One-Park-Per-Day Tickets will get you into a single park per day for the number of days you purchase, but you can't go into both parks on the same day. So you can go to Disneyland on one day and California Adventure on another day, but not Disneyland in the morning and California Adventure the same afternoon.
Park-Hopper Tickets allow you to go back and forth between the two parks as much as you want. They are available for one to five days.
The more days you plan to stay, the less difference there is between the price of a one-park-per-day ticket and a Park-Hopper ticket. For a one-day adult ticket, the Park-Hopper is 43% more than the Single Park ticket. For a 2-day to a 5-day ticket, the Park-Hopper is only $30 more than a 1-park-per-day ticket, which ranges from 18% for 2 days to 12% of a 5-day ticket.
Multi-day tickets do not have to be used on consecutive days. You have 13 days from the first entry to use the additional days. So if you suffer from theme-park fatigue, you can plan a relaxing day at the beach in between park days.
Annual Passes come in multiple configurations from full access with no restrictions to passes that are only valid on 160 specified days per year. The restricted passes are usually not valid for any holidays or summer weekends. Some passes are only available to Southern California residents.
Children's Ticket prices are good for children ages 3 to 9. Children 10 and older pay adult rates. Children under 3 are free.
The Best Deal for You
You can save money overall by spending fewer days at the parks or save money per day by spending more days. A one-day Park-Hopper ticket will get you into 2 parks for one day for $125 per adult. A 3-day one-park-per-day ticket will let you experience both parks for $83 per day per adult, and if you're a total Disneyland fan, a 5-day ticket will get you down to $52 per day for 1-park-per-day or $58 per day for a Park-Hopper. (2013 rates)
You have to buy single day tickets directly from Disneyland.com. For multi-day tickets, I recommend buying tickets from Kijubi. They match Disneyland's best prices and, unlike Disneyland, they will replace a lost ticket as long as you have the credit card you used to purchase it. Kijubi also offers a Disneyland or Disney California Adventure One-Day Ticket with Transportation from LA hotels or from San Diego Hotels.
Southern California Residents
Disneyland offers special rate tickets and annual passes to residents from zip codes 90000 to 93599
Southern California CityPass
A 3-day Disney Resort Park-Hopper ticket is included in the Southern California CityPass.
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