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    Default Disneyland-advice please

    When I began using this site, I opened a bank account for savings that
    was especially for "dreams"! My family has now saved enough to go on a
    trip to Disneyland - a reward for all the hard work! So thanks to all
    who helped make this possible!!

    Since Disneyland (Anaheim) is not just a different state, but a
    different country for us (we live in Canada), I am looking for some
    advice/tips on "how to do Disney". In particular, ways to save on
    meals (I really have no idea how much to budget for this as no
    particular site I have seen lets you know.......I've just been told
    it's expensive??) I would also like to know about transportation to

    different venues off the Disney property........taxis are expensive as
    well. Can anyone comment on this? Any and all tips would be
    appreciated.

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    I don't know if things are the same in Canada, but here in the US I
    see advertisements on tv all the time about special packages for
    Disneyland. try a local travel agent...there's no charge unless you
    book and then it's included in the package and I believe that the
    sites that you go to pay a good percentage...all a part of trying to
    get visitors.
    mos
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    Oh, yes! I love doing Disney on a dime!

    1. Stay off-site. Anaheim is beautiful and walking to the hotel is
    not a problem. We've stayed at the Tropicana, the Penny Sleeper, and
    Hawthorne Suites. The first two have sparse, but sufficient
    accomodations (like Motel 6). Continental breakfast is a donut and
    coffee. Hawthorne sleeps up to six, luxurious accomodations, and full
    buffett breakfast. Tropicana is closest and cheapest. Penny Sleeper
    is maybe a mile walk, Hawthorne is 1.25 miles, but they offer a shuttle.

    2. Book well in advance and get as many discounts as possible. $60
    buys you a AAA membership, but could save you $250+ off your trip.
    http://www.mousesavers.com has tips on discounts.

    3. Get free continental breakfast. Fill your bellies before you get
    the park, and get there when the gates open. Skip lunch if you can.
    Park meals feed 2 easily. If you must eat in the park, share and eat
    lightly. There is a Denny's and McDonald's within walking distance of
    the park, McDonald's is close enough for lunch; Denny's is not.

    4. Stash some individually-wrapped packs of snacks in your purse to
    hold the kids over until meal time.

    5. "Off-season" is after Labor Day. We went early September/end of
    May and faced little crowding.

    6. Good websites to peruse:
    http://www.mouseplanet.com
    http://www.mousesavers.com

    Have fun!!

    5. Buy one coke with a screw-top lid. Share it. Refill at water
    fountains.
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    Also,
    There are lockers just inside the gate. What my sister and i did with
    our 5 kids was to pack or buy lunch items in insulated bags or lunch
    boxes and then put them and drinks in the lockers. We met up back
    there at agreed upon time and ate and got refreshed before heading out
    again. It has been alot of years since we were there, but am assuming

    the lockers are still there, that can be checked out online at their
    site, am sure!
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    Cindy,

    I use to live 30 minutes from Disneyland. There are quit a few hotels
    within walking distance. Do not stay at the Disney hotel, because it
    will be more expensive than other places. While at the park, bring a
    small cooler with food and drinks and put it in a locker. Food and
    drinks are pricy in there. However the cheapest meal is in toon town
    at Daisy's pizza place. You can get a personal pan pizza, a salad,
    and a drink for about $7. Also the resort now offers double park
    entries (into Disney and California adventure). There isn't much for
    the kids in California adventure unless they are roller coaster size.
    Like someone else said, there are plenty of resturants in the area as
    well. If you get a room with a refridgerator, then you can also buy a
    few supplies to munch on and drink. Some rooms have stoves, so you
    could save money by cooking. You get a stamp on your hand when
    leaving the park so that you can re-enter; so, you could leave and go
    eat then go back in. There is also fast pass on some rides. A fast
    pass is where you put your ticket in a machine and it tells you to
    come back in an hour to 2 hours and you can get on the ride a lot
    faster (there is a short line that moves quicker). We loved this. We
    would get a fast pass for the Haunted Mansion then go on another ride.
    When we got off, it was time to go to the Haunted Mansion. Instead
    of waiting in line for 1 hour, we waited anywhere from 10 minutes to
    30 minutes.

    I saw shuttles all over the place in that area, so it is easy to get
    around without a car. Like the other person said, a train goes to San
    Diego as well. Personally I like Disney more than Sea World. I had
    passes to both. I kept my Disney pass for 3 years. I miss living so
    close to it.

    Oh, if a hotel is connected to a restaurant, you might get free
    breakfast at the restaurant (it's happened to us in the past).

    Make sure to bring plenty of spending money for inside the park.
    There are a lot of fun keepsakes, but they do carry a price tag. One
    hint, if you see something you like in the park, look for it in one of
    the stores in down town Disney before you buy it. Things are usually
    a little cheaper in down town Disney.

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    I personally have not been to Disneyland but have been to Disney
    World several times. Food in the park is expensive. Some ways that
    you can save some money is to eat a large breakfast before you go
    into the parks, split larger portioned lunch/dinners and share
    rather than buying everyone a smaller dinner or lunch, you can also
    take in a backpack with some snacks and water.
    Check out http://www.mousesavers.com. It has all kinds of hints and ideas
    for making your vaction less expensive. Last time our family went
    to DisneyWorld we used the discount codes for rental cars and ended
    up getting a great deal!

    Good luck and I hope that you have fun! My family loves to go to
    Disney, we always have such a good time together.
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    One good way to avoid food costs is to pack your own snacks, and
    leave the park for meals. This also lets kids, especially younger
    ones, time to unwind.

    When we took our 5 year old to her first amusment park, we went in a
    group of 5- my, my husband, a friend, my 5 year old, and my 14 year
    old sister. Half way through the day, I left with my sister and
    daughter and went back to our hotel to eat. They had a chance to
    swim in the pool, and we ate cheap, plus Raegan (my daughter) got to
    unwind. There weren't large crowds, or waiting lines, or constant
    stimulation being shoved in our faces the entire time, which is
    tiring even for adults!

    If you are planning to go for more than a single day to the park,
    then I would schedule sections of the park for different days, as it
    IS a large place. Leave for at least 1 meal, and keep healthy snacks
    in a back pack, such as: granola bars, crackers w/peanut butter,
    frozen juice boxes, a small container of grapes or watermelon, etc.
    These will help fill you up without sugaring you up at the same
    time. Also, watery fruit serves two purposes: it provides liquid and
    food, so it will also help quench thirst! Keep these in hard
    containers though, just small single serving ones will do for a
    snack, and the fruit won't get crushed.

    It might also be in your best interest to find a room with a
    kitchenette, and pack some food, or plan to go to a grocery store
    while in California. You'll get food MUCH cheaper at a grocerie
    store than at small gas stations for snacks and what not.

    Fun stuff at parks can definatly be tempting- games, souviner shops,
    junk food, balloons, etc... Limit yourself to a budge each day for
    what you plan to spend on specific things.

    It's been 10 years since I've gone, but when I went I was at Walt
    Disney World in FL for 5 days, 4 nights, and I had $200 total to
    spend after the hotel costs. I limited myself to $20 a day for food,
    and was able to stick to it easily even including a single snack
    each day. I ate at the hotel for Breakfest, which was Comissary
    style- lots of styles of food, buffet and what not, so I only got
    what I wanted and knew I'd eat. I also made sure to eat good at
    breakfest, to avoid getting hungry earlier in the day.

    If a kitchenette isn't available at your hotel, ask if they have a
    microwave in the lobby, and maybe just get some different
    microwaveable foods that will be easy- bags of popcorn, frozen pizza
    (pick one up at a grocer that night), cans of soup, that sort of
    thing.

    If you can bring a cooler, buy a half gallon or gallon of milk, and
    cereal. Buy cheap plastic bowls at the dollar store, and get
    disposable spoons. Breakfast is served without spending a dime. Also
    check to see if your hotel provides complimentary continental
    breakfasts. If they provide it, take part! The less you have to
    spend, the better!

    Call around and get rates, and find out how close to the park it is
    by using Mapquest. See if it's on a bus route, or if they offer a
    shuttle service to and from the park. If there's two hotels, and one
    is $20 more, but provides free shuttles, you'll save a TON in
    taxi's, and bus fares.

    For each child, and yourselves, set a souviner limit, and save
    actual buying for the last day of the trip. This way, they can
    puruse everything, and see what they like best before buying. They
    might find something they love the first day, but if they buy it,
    and find something better later in the trip, they're out of luck.

    STICK to the limit on souviners. It's fun to shop, but chances are,
    4 months from now, it'll be collecting dust somewhere. Photo's are
    great ways to remember the trip. If your children are older, like 8
    or up, get them each a cheap disposable camera for taking thier own
    pictures. You'll get all sorts of different shots without having to
    take them all yourself, and your children will love seeing what they
    got when it's turned in.

    Make frequent rest stops. The sun is hot, the lines are long, and
    you'll all be overly stimulized before long! If you can, get a park
    hopper pass which allows you to visit numerous parks in 1 day. The
    time to transport between them will be a down time, and you can get
    in small parts of 2 parks in a day, instead of trying to take in an
    entire park in a single day.

    Remember- kids have more energy, but they also get overly stimulized
    much easier- if they're getting cranky, or whiney, or not acting
    normal, it's time for a break! You'll all enjoy it MUCH more if you
    go at a slow pace!

    Good luck, I hope this helps, and HAVE FUN!!
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    In addition to the advice already given regarding saving on the food
    costs I reccomend you get the Book by Sehlinger called "The Unofficial
    Guide to Disneyland" He has a series of books on different places/ I
    have ussed his books many, many times always found them reliable and
    exxellant resources. It also ramps up the exxcitemint to read about
    the place and plan. Sehlinger's book will give you alot of help.
    Probably is at the library but I enjoyed having my own copy and took
    with.
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