As of Oct. 11, 2023, Disneyland ticket prices increased on popular days by 8.4% (more on that below. . .) But the good news for parents is that if you’ve got a little one between ages 3 – 9, Disney is giving you some discounts. Starting Nov. 14, kids aged 3 – 9 receive 50% off their tickets and dining plans if guests purchase a four-day and four-night vacation package for any Disney World resort. On Oct. 24 they also released a limited-time selection of Disneyland one-day, one-park tickets for just $50 each!
With the Play & Dine Package at Disney World, you’ll save about 24% on a 4-night stay for a family of four. To maximize savings, select the lowest-price resort in your search results and the Quick Service Dining option. You’ll get to visit all four parks during your stay (one each day) so keep things cheap by opting for the lower-priced resorts and the standard room options. We’ll break down an example trip below so you can plan a family trip to Disney World at an affordable price.
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1. Disney World cuts kids’ ticket and dining prices in half with a 4-night resort stay.
The Play & Dine Package tickets are available on Nov. 14, 2023, for travel select dates from March 3 – June 30, 2024.
Beginning Nov. 14, 2023, purchase a regular-priced 4-day, 4-night stay at any Disney World resort, and all kids 3 – 9 years of age will get a 50% discount on their ticket and dining plan purchase. These tickets have limited-time availability and are valid on stays between March 3 – 24, 2024, and April 7 through June 30, 2024. To get the discount you must book with the Kids Play & Dine package. There is a minimum of a 4-night stay and the maximum for the discount is 14 nights.
*Notable blackout dates March 25, 2024, through April 6, 2024.
You’ll save around 24% on your entire trip.
We selected a trip in June because ticket prices were lower. For a family of four from June 17 – 21, a standard room at Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan rang up at $4,121.36 without the Play & Dine discount. With the Play & Dine discount, the total dropped to $3,146.26, a 24% discount.
All Disney World tickets are based on surge pricing, so a 4-day stretch in June costs less because it’s less popular with travelers. Travel in March and April sees higher pricing, especially on popular days and weekends.
Visit the Disney Special Offers page to book.
Visit the Disney Special Offers, Deals & Discounts page and click on the Kids (Ages 3 to 9) Play and Dine 50% Off featured offer. From there you’ll see the details of the promotion and can book your stay using the blue Check Availability button on the right side of the page.
There are some room restrictions.
You cannot select these room types with the Play & Dine package: 2-bedroom suites, 2-bedroom villas, 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.
All other rooms at all other resorts are included.
Your family can visit one park per day with these discounted Disney ticket prices.
There are four parks to visit, and you can explore one park per day with these promotional tickets. Or, you can splurge on the Park Hopper pass for an additional $71.84 per person, increasing your trip total to $3,433.62 — still $688 less than booking without the Play & Dine package.
What if I already booked my trip?
Disney might allow you to apply this promotion to your current trip. Just log in to your account for more details. If you’ve already booked a 4+ night stay within the March 3, 2024, and June 30, 2024 timeframe, we think there’s a good chance you’ll get the discount.
2. Disneyland dropped kids’ tickets to just $50 each as of Oct. 24, 2023.
Beginning October 24, tickets for children between 3 and 9 years old for Disneyland in California now start at $50 each instead of the previous $104 price. Tickets can be used between Jan. 8 and March 10, 2024. Even better news? These special-priced kids’ tickets are available any day of the week — yes, even weekends — from Jan. 8 through March 10, 2024. That means no matter which day you book your trip within those 62 days, you pay just $50 per ticket for your child. There are a couple of restrictions like you can only visit one park per day, but this is still a savings of $54 (or 52%) per child’s ticket. Let’s look deeper into this deal and also how to plan your family’s Disneyland trip around this discount for maximum savings.
You can only visit one park per day, but you can buy up to three days at this discounted price.
When buying the park tickets, you’ll be asked to select one park per day for your visit. If you’re only visiting for one day, you’ll choose between Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. But if you’re visiting for multiple days, you can select to visit the other park on another day. You’ll be prompted to select which park you’ll visit on each day of your trip.
These ticket prices are valid any day of the week from Jan. 8, 2024 – March 10, 2024.
The best part about this deal, in my opinion, is that the $50 tickets are available any day of the week. While adult ticket prices are based on popular days — meaning weekend tickets are more expensive — kids aged 3 to 9 will get in at the same $50 price Monday through Sunday.
Here’s how to get your discounted kid’s ticket.
To buy a discounted children’s ticket:
- Visit disneyland.disney.go.com and click on Theme Park Tickets.
- Select the Kids’ Special Ticket Offer.
- Choose the number of days you’ll be visiting (the discounted tickets are for 1 – 3 days)
- Select the number of children’s tickets you’re purchasing by age.
- Click on the One Park Per Day option and then hit Continue. You can also choose the optional Park Hopper ticket at this step for $35/child.
- Select the day(s) of your trip.
- Select the park you want to visit. You can only choose one park per day of your visit at the discounted rate.
- Add on any extras to your order, like Disney Genie+ or parking vouchers, and then purchase your ticket(s)!
- *If, and only if, you book your ticket on Jan. 8, 2024, visit the Park Reservation page to reserve your spot. Any tickets on or after Jan. 9, 2024, include a park reservation.
The Disney World ticket sale begins on Nov. 14, 2023.
This deal is currently only at Disneyland in California, but Disney announced plans to drop the price of tickets to Florida’s Disney World on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. We’ll have all the deets on that Disney ticket sale as soon as they’re available.
2. Combine the kids’ Disneyland discount with the $104 Disney ticket price for the best value.
Since adult tickets are based on surge pricing (higher prices on popular days), tickets start at $104 but can increase up to $194 depending on the popularity of the day you go. Weekends are usually the most expensive. So to get the best ticket prices for your whole family, book single-day tickets during the week at the $104 price.
The current overlapping dates of $104 ticket prices with the kid’s $50 ticket prices in 2024 are as follows:
- January 9 – 11, 2024
- January 16 – 18, 2024
- January 22 – 25, 2024
- January 29 – 31, 2024
- February 1, 2024
- February 6 – 7, 2024
If we were to calculate a family of four — two adults and two kids ages 3 to 9 — for single-day tickets, the absolute lowest price you’ll want to aim for is $308. If we compare that to non-discounted kids’ tickets, you’d be shelling out $416.
Here’s a look at Disneyland’s current ticket pricing.
On Oct. 11, 2023, Disney increased the prices for some Disneyland (in California) theme park tickets. Here’s what to expect:
- Single-day tickets for kids 3 – 9: $50 per day, up to three days
- Single-day tickets for ages 10+ (on the least expensive days) remain $104 per person
- Single-day tickets for ages 10+ on the most expensive days rose to $194 per person, an 8.4% jump from its previous $179 cost
- Two-day tickets: $25 increase – $155 per day (new two-day price $310)
- Three-day tickets: $30 increase – $130 per day (new three-day price $390)
- Four-day tickets: $50 increase – $112 per day (new four-day price $445)
- Five-day tickets: $65 increase – $96 per day (new five-day price $480)
Together, these new multi-day ticket prices average out to $116 per day.
3. Park reservations are no longer necessary on or after Jan. 9, 2024.
Until Jan. 8, 2024, guests ages 3+ need a reservation to enter a Disney theme park. As of Jan. 9, date-based tickets (1-day or multi-day ticket, even a vacation package with date-based ticket) won’t need reservations, but some other ticket types might.
Before buying a ticket or package, check if your preferred date and park are available. Different types of tickets might have different reservation dates available. If you happen to book on the one day this promotion overlaps with park reservation requirements (Jan. 8, 2024), make your park reservation right away. If you buy a 1-Day ticket for a specific date and park on or after Jan. 9, 2024, you’ll get a reservation automatically.
Annual Passholders can visit the theme parks without a park reservation after 2 p.m., except on Saturdays and Sundays at Magic Kingdom.
Disney also announced that dining plans will be an option for guests staying at Disney Resort hotels who have a vacation package with stays on or after Jan. 9, 2024. Bookings began on May 31, 2023.
4. 2023 park hopper tickets let you move between Disneyland parks two hours earlier.
If you have the Park Hopper perk added to your Disneyland tickets you’ll be able to hop starting at 11 a.m. from Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Both of these parks open at 8 a.m. (7:30 a.m. for early entry), so you’d get at least three hours at the first park before the option to hop.
Hopper tickets add $35 to children’s $50 tickets and $65 to adult’s $104 tickets. So if you were to visit two parks in two days, a single adult would spend $208. By using the Park Hopper ticket, you’ll get access to two parks for $169, a 63% savings.
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5. The Disney Genie+ Service now includes free ride photos.
As of March 20, 2023, Disney Genie Plus — the $30 (per ticket, per day) service that gives you access to the speedier Lightning Lane for rides — now also includes ride photos! This means that you can now get digital downloads of your favorite ride photos taken in the park on the day of your purchase at no additional charge.
Ride photos are taken while in the parks at more than a dozen of the most popular attractions including Space Mountain, Slinky Dog Dash, Test Track, Expedition Everest, and more. Disney Genie+ photos are only for photos taken on rides. If you want to get a photo taken by a roving photographer, you’ll need to purchase a Memory Maker (which is now $185, previously $169) photo package.
To get your ride photos, simply purchase Disney Genie Plus and scan your MagicBand or ticket at the photo stand located in each ride’s photo area. Your ride photos will be automatically added to your Disney PhotoPass account and will be available for download within a few hours.
The $30 Disney Genie+ Service gets you:
- Access to book Lightning Lane entrances on select Disneyland Resort attractions and experiences
- Create unique photos and videos with the augmented-reality effects of Disney PhotoPass Lenses
- Listen to engaging audio tales through different park experiences
- Enjoy unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from the day
Note: Disneyland gave free ride photos to all ticket holders between Feb. 4 – March 20, 2023.
6. Complimentary self-parking at Disney World hotels has returned.
In 2021 we lost Magical Express at Disney World, which was Disney’s complimentary transportation from the Orlando Airport to the hotels.
Now if you’re staying at a Disney World hotel location, you’ll receive complimentary overnight self-parking. This is a perk that resort guests used to have, then it went away, and now it’s back! This will save you up to $40 per night. Parking your car at the hotel and taking the tram to the parks will avoid paying for parking at the parks too.
At Disneyland, you’ll have the option to purchase a $35 parking voucher along with your tickets. Each voucher is valid for one day of parking for one standard-size car or motorcycle at the Mickey & Friends or Pixar Pals Parking Structure, or the Toy Story Parking Area. Parking spaces may be limited, and a parking voucher does not guarantee a parking spot. Parking is $35 at the gates, so if the voucher doesn’t guarantee a spot, skip it.
7. Disney Annual Pass holders no longer have to make park reservations if they visit after 2 p.m.
Reservations at Disney have been a thing since 2020. Some of the beauty of being a Disney pass holder and living nearby is just randomly heading to the park. But with reservations, that last-minute magic has faded.
Now if you’re a Disney World annual pass holder in 2023, you don’t have to make reservations to visit the parks after 2 p.m. — except on Saturdays and Sundays at the Magic Kingdom.
And, as mentioned above, reservations are going away completely on Jan. 9, 2024.