By Jennifer Stuart
If you are a Canadian planning a trip to Disneyland for the end of 2018 or in early 2019 this news will be music to your ears. Read on to find out about this amazing deal direct from Disney, how much you can save and how it is different than past discounts.
Real discounts on tickets to Disneyland are few and far between. Sometimes you can get a small discount by going through a third party retailer, but it is very rare to get a real deal on tickets. This is especially true of tickets that are not rolled into some kind of package. The advantage of a separate ticket only deal is that you can stay at any hotel of your choosing and still save!
This is a limited time offer direct from Disney for tickets of 3,4 or 5 days. Tickets must be purchased in advance —not at the gates. and before April 11, 2019. Order your tickets online, by phone or through your favourite travel agent. Tickets can be will- call (pick up at ticket booths with booking number) or mailed your home if you have enough time. Tickets must be fully used before May 23, 2019. This ticket offer still includes one Magic Morning entry to Disneyland. (Read our post on Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour at Disneyland).
The chart above shows what the pricing is on tickets for an adult park hopper in US dollars. (Remember that Disneyland considers those 10 and older as adults for the purposes of ticket pricing). Savings work out to approximately 25% off regular ticket prices! That savings will almost offset the exchange rate which is listed as 28% today.
Child prices are $235 USD for a 3 day Parkhopper, $253 USD for a 4 day Parkhopper and $263 USD for a 5 day Parkhopper with the Canadian Resident Discount. Base tickets (single park entry not Parkhopper) are also available for both adults and children and would be cheaper than Parkhopper tickets. (They start at $207 USD for a 3 bay 1 park adult ticket)
Anyone who regularly prices out Disneyland tickets knows that after 3 days it is relatively inexpensive to add the 4th or 5th day. With these discounted tickets it is only $30 USD difference to add 2 more days in the park.
How does this price out for you? If you had a family of 4 with 2 children under the age of 10, you would be looking at paying $968 USD for 3 day Parkhopper tickets for the family. Regular pricing on this would be $1, 288 USD - that is a savings of $320 USD.
If you are like our family and choosing for our preferred ticket, which is a 5 day park hopper, then you would be paying $1084 USD - a savings of $358 USD off of the regular price. At current exchange rates that is a savings of over $450 in Canadian Dollars!!! That difference pays for a couple more hotel nights or a whole lot of Dole Whips and Mickey ears!
You can also choose to add Maxpass (the new digital fastpass) for $10/day for each ticket at either the time of ordering or day by day in the park. If you are new to Maxpass you can read our Step-by Step Maxpass Guide. If you are looking for more information about Fastpass at Disneyland our post on Disneyland Fastpass for Beginners is a good introduction or refresher.
Remember that you will need to show Canadian ID at the turnstile the first time you use your Canadian Resident Discount Ticket. We used our divers licences but you could also use a passport.
How is this offer different from past years? This offer has been made available for Canadian visitors in the fall for the past 2 years. (when there was a noticeable decline in Canadian visitors due to the exchange rate with the US dollar). Previously, the tickets purchased in the fall were valid until Dec 31 of the following year. The change to an end use date of May 23 is just another indication that Star Wars Land will most likely be opening in June 2019 (although Disney has not officially released the opening date yet) Given the large influx of crowds expected there will be no discounted tickets for this time frame.
All photos and screenshots by Jennifer Stuart and Kim Stuart
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