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. Online ticket purchases are usually valid until the end of the following year. The sample prices included here may change at any time and are based on adult ticket prices.
Children's ticket prices are good for children ages 3 to 9. Children 10 and older pay adult rates. Children under 3 are free. Children's ticket prices are on average just $6 less for a single day and up to $15 less than an adult five-day ticket.
One-Day Disneyland Resort Tickets
In an effort to cut down on the number of people trying to visit at peak time, one-day tickets to either Disneyland Resort park now come in three levels, Peak, Regular, and Value. It's important before you buy your ticket online to check the calendar and see what kind of ticket you'll need for the day you want to visit, or plan the day you visit around the ticket options available. You can save as much as $27 per person on a single-day ticket by visiting on an off-season weekday, compared to a peak season weekend.
Value days tend to be most days that Southern California kids have school. There are no Value dates in June, July, or December, during the high season.
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. Single-day Park Hopper Tickets range from $157 to $174, depending on the day.
Multi-Day Disneyland Resort Tickets
There is no Value or Peak pricing for multi-day tickets. The more days you visit, the lower the price per day. A one-day Park Hopper on a Peak day is $174 compared to $70 a day with the 5-day Park Hopper pass. The One-Park-Per-Day ticket goes down to $61 per day with a 5-day ticket.
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 in the afternoon.
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 or at the resort in between park trips.
Tickets are non-transferable. Don't buy extra multi-day tickets thinking you can bring different guests on different days, or sell your leftover days if you don't use them all. On single day tickets, you just get your hand stamped to get back into the parks if you go out, but for multi-day tickets, they take your photo with their ticket scanner to make sure it's the same person using the ticket on all days. If you don't match the photo that pops up on their scanner, you won't get in.
Three to five-day tickets include one Magic Morning, which is early entry into certain areas of Disneyland before the rest of the park opens. One early entry is included for no additional charge when you purchase 3-day to 5-day single park or park hopper tickets.
Annual Passes to Disneyland
Annual Passes come in five configurations, including the Signature Plus Passport with full access and no restrictions, which costs $1,049 for ages 3 and up; the Deluxe Passport for $619, which excludes peak Saturdays and most holidays; and the Southern California Select Passport for $339, which excludes all weekends all year and doesn't include any summer days at all. Additional perks apply.
Southern California Resident Specials
Disneyland offers special rate tickets and annual passes to residents from zip codes 90000 to 93599. These change every year, and they're sometimes offered only for a limited time off-season, so check the website to see if there is currently a Southern California special.
Southern California CityPass
The Southern California CityPass includes a 3-day Disney Resort Park-Hopper ticket and one Magic Morning early entry.
The Best Deal for You
You can save money overall by spending fewer days at the parks or save money per day with a multi-day pass. 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. Regardless of how many days, the Park Hopper upgrade is $45, so for a one-day adult ticket, the Park-Hopper is 48 percent more than the Single Park ticket. For a 2-day to a 5-day ticket, the Park-Hopper ranges from 21 percent more per day for 2 days to 14 percent more for a 5-day ticket.
Where to Buy Disneyland Tickets
You have to buy single day tickets directly from Disneyland.com. For multi-day tickets, Viator is another option with a best-rate guarantee. They also offer character dining, Disneyland tickets with transportation from LA hotels, and VIP guided tours of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.