How much does it cost to go Disneyland?

How much it costs to go to Disneyland.
How much it costs to go to Disneyland. Photo: Fred Prouser

It's the only park to be built under the direction of Walt Disney himself and there are plenty of reasons to take the kids to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California.

But first, parents need to work out how much a holiday to "the happiest place on earth" will cost.

Flights

Tom Walley, head of leisure travel at Flight Centre says while the Australian dollar has fallen, airfares to the United States have been "extremely competitive".

"We have seen flights for as low as $860 return to Los Angeles, however it is unlikely you will find such low prices during peak seasons like school holidays and over Christmas when airlines know more people will be flying and therefore, don't have the incentive to reduce the prices," said Walley.

The most popular time for families to travel from Australia to Disneyland is during September school holidays, with many booking in February.

He suggests booking in advance to secure the best pricing. "The later you leave it to book, the more you are likely to pay, so we always encourage customers to plan ahead and lock in their holiday as soon as they can."

At the time of publishing, Air New Zealand has flights for September from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles on sale from $1729 per adult and $1325 per child (ages 2 - 11). The sale ends February 26 .

Outside of sale fairs, Walley says, "expect to pay on average around $2000 per adult and around $1500 per child for September airfares booked outside of sale periods."

"If your family's schedule allows, I recommend avoiding school holidays and booking in a non-peak season for access to lower priced flights."

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Accommodation

Once you have secured your flights, accommodation is the next major expense to take into account.

There are three official Disneyland Park hotels that are within walking distance of the park: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa (rooms starting at USD$379 per night), Disneyland Hotel (rooms starting at USD$329 per night) and Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel, which Walley says is by far their best seller. Disneyland guests also get the added bonus of entering the park an hour before it opens through a private entrance.

However if you want to keep the budget down, Walley says staying at a hotel outside of the official Disney complex is also an option.

"Hyatt Regency Orange County is a good value, family-friendly option that caters well to Disneyland-bound guests with a shuttle service that operates daily," says Walley.

A five night stay is currently on sale through Flight Centre from $1145* per adult and from $495* per child which includes a free night, a four-day Park Hopper ticket for entry to Disneyland and California Adventure Park, one Magic Morning admission for early entry into a designated theme park and return airport transfers.

Tickets

For a two day pass to Disneyland Park you are looking at $92.50 for adults and children over 10 years old per day. And, $86 per day for children aged between three and nine years.

The ticket prices vary depending on how many days you plan to visit the park.

For more information: visit the Disneyland Park website.

How many days should you plan at Disneyland

"There are two theme parks within the Disney complex - Disneyland and California Adventure Park - and both require at least a day each," says Walley.

"That being said, I think two days at each would be best as this allows for a slightly slower pace and the ability to take breaks instead of trying to cram everything in."

Just make sure you plan your park experience before you go and take advantage of the fast pass services.

*Valid for sale until 31 March 2016.  For travel 1 August - 29 October 2016.