If you aren’t lucky enough to live close to Disneyland, you will surely need a place to stay while you are there. Since the area is so heavily made for tourists, there are so many options and that can make it hard to figure out exactly which one will work for your family and your budget. Here are some tips for ways to save money on Disneyland accommodations to make trip planning a little cheaper.
Skip the Disney hotels- This one is probably a given but it is alluring to want to stay there especially if you can get a deal as a package from a travel agency. The truth is, though, you will easily spend a lot more to stay at these places and honestly, there are hotels that are within short walking distance from the park that it isn’t worth the extra cash. Additionally, many hotels offer free shuttles to the park as well!
If you can’t forgo the Disney hotel experience, go off-season and look for discounts. The off season is the best time to find deals up to 30 or 40% off for the resorts and for packages.
Consider staying at a Bed and Breakfast.– Sometimes, Bed and Breakfasts can be an excellent value, especially if you plan to go off peak season. Generally speaking, they aren’t a good option for a large family, but a small one could easily find accommodations for less the $100 a night. When you throw in the breakfast that comes with these kinds of stays, this is a great deal.
Go Camping! Did you know there are several RV and campsites near the park or within close proximity so that it would only be a short drive? Many of these parks offer both tent and RV spots so if you are close enough to take your RV there, this may be an excellent option. You can also rent RVs for less than you would pay for a hotel per night.
Check out the “Good Neighbor” hotels– Disneyland has a bunch of hotels in different price ranges right across the street from the park that are affiliated with Disneyland and can offer some great packages for staying near the park on a more reasonable budget. These book up fast, though, so make sure to book early.
Check online for discounts and deals on places you are considering staying. Don’t just take the price these hotels tell you on the phone with reservations. Instead, go online and try to Google discounts with the name of the hotel and the word ‘discount’. Also, make sure to check out sites that are designed to save money on hotels such as travelocity or Orbitz.
Utilize discounts already available to you. If you are military, some hotels offer discounts and Disneyland itself often does.
Be flexible with your dates when planning your trip. Prices can change week to week. Start planning early and jump on deals when you find them.
DisneyLand Food Bucket List
Are you a first timer or a returning visitor to Disneyland and hoping to do all the things you want like a bucket list? There are so many things to do at Disneyland it’s no wonder people come back more than once or get passes for several days in a row! If you are planning a trip to Disneyland and you are wanting to know what foods at the park are must-tries, here is a Disneyland food bucket list to make sure you get all the best treats in while you are there.
Disneyland Food Bucket List
Dole Whip– This one is one of the most famous treats on Pinterest from Disneyland. It is soft-serve ice cream with tartness and is sold at The Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland.
Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich– This is a cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate. Think of it as a better than Reese’s peanut butter cup. It is sold at Pooh’s Corner at Critter Land.
Mint Julep– This is a classic drink that is also available as a free sample! It is lemony-lime with a hint of mint. So refreshing! It can be found at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Mickey Beignets– These are a crispy donuts shaped like Mickey (ears and all!) and covered in powdered sugar. These are also sold at The Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square.
Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato– This is a potato with a meal stuffed in it that you won’t want to miss. It is a sweet BBQ sauce, chicken, coleslaw and sour cream. It is served at Harbour Galley in Critter Country.
Elote– This is chili lime corn on the cob that is a must try! It is sold at The Boardwalk and is a perfect food for on the go.
Lobster Nachos– This may sound very strange, but it is actually incredible. It is lobster, black beans, pico de gallo, and cheeses on top of tortilla chips. Lobster Nachos are served at The Cove in Paradise Pier.
Fried Biscuits– These are a cheese lover’s dream. They are filled with cheese and a kick of jalapeno and are served at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
Turkey Legs– These are huge and the perfect thing to get if you are feeding small children as they are definitely big enough to share. You can find them at a cart that tends to move around, but is often located near The Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
Fire Cracker Duck Wings– If you like sriracha, you are in for a treat with these. They have The famous sauce as well as a slight sweetness from lime. These can be found at The Carthay Circle Restaurant as well.
Zootopia is a totally fun movie and if you haven’t seen it with the kiddos yet, make it a rainy day necessity!
To aid you in celebrating the adorable Zootopia gang, here is a HUGE collection of activity sheets that you can print off and keep the littles entertained for hours. All you need to do is click on the Zootopia links so you can get a great printable version. Some Zootopia items are in Spanish — just check the preview!
I am SUPER Psyched to see this Jungle Book movie — it has a great cast and the video stills I have seen are breathtaking! What a leap from the classic animated version I grew up with!
Here is some FREE Jungle Book fun for you…just click on the Jungle Book Links under the pictures to print off an activity sheet!
You are going to see a LOT of fun posts about Florida over the next few months! Things from Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and so much more!
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Disney has SO MANY amazing movies coming out this year — Miss Sarah is really looking forward to this one! The BFG is based off a best selling book by Roald Dahl and is directed by the man himself: Steven Spielberg!
We are thrilled to share the latest trailer for THE BFG, which includes new, never-before-seen footage of the BFG (Big Friendly Giant). The BFG hits theaters everywhere on July 1st!