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California Vacation Deals

Theme Park Trip Discounts and Money-Saving Tips

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California Vacation Deals
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Are you planning a vacation to California and have Disneyland or other theme parks on your itinerary? Learn about the latest theme park travel packages, ticket discounts, and deals for the Golden State. UPDATED JULY 7, 2014.

Disneyland Resort Deals

Disneyland raised its ticket prices in May 2014. You can still save, however, by purchasing passes online in advance of your visit.

  • Advance Purchase Discount for Disneyland Tickets
    Save on Bonus Park Hopper tickets (allows admission to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure) as well as 1-park per day tickets when purchased online in advance. Special Park Hopper ticket pricing good for visits through 12/31/2014. For example, 2-Day Special Park Hopper Tickets are available for the discount price of $217 (adults, includes tax).
  • 4 Days, 3 Nights, 2 Parks for One Low Price
    Package deal includes accommodations at off-property partner hotels. Good for arrival days from June 13 to August 14, 2014. Other deals available.

Southern California CityPass
Good deal. Pay $331 ($289 for kids) and receive passes to 4 theme parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure (3-Day Park Hopper) and one day each at Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld San Diego. Must be used within 14 days after first admission. Purchase online or at one of the parks. Disney even throws in admission to both of its parks on the same day and one early entry pass. First (I think) discount program to include Disneyland. Buy direct from Disneyland via Kijubi.

Universal Studios Hollywood Deals

Multi-Park Discount Deals

See Southern California CityPass above, under Disneyland deals.

Go Card offers two ways to save money while visiting a number of California parks:

  • The Go Card Select Southern California Pass lets you choose the attractions you'd like to visit on your vacation and offers discounted rates. You put together your own package and only pay for the attractions you choose. Options include Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Legoland California, Knott's Berry Farm, and more. Must be used within 30 days after first admission. Buy Go Card Select direct from Go Card.
  • If you are planning to visit a lot of attractions in the L.A. area, and you enjoy packing a lot of activities into a day, the Go Los Angeles Card could save you some vacation dollars. It includes admission to 40 attractions such as Knotts Berry Farm, Legoland California, and Aquarium of the Pacific. 3-day and higher cards include admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. Make sure that you'll be able to take advantage of enough offers to make the purchase worthwhile. The Go Los Angeles Card Web page includes suggested itineraries that list potential savings.
    Get more info and buy direct from Go Los Angeles Card.

More California Park Deals

2014 SeaWorld San Diego Fun Card
Unlimited admission to SeaWorld San Diego for all of 2014. (There are some blackout dates.) Cost is the same as a one-day ticket at the gate.

SeaWorld San Diego $50 Weekday Ticket
Purchase by September 1, 2014 and redeem by September 30, 2014.

Go San Diego Card
If you are planning to visit a lot of attractions in the San Diego area, and you enjoy packing a lot of activities into a day, the Go San Diego Card could save you some vacation dollars. It includes admission to 50 attractions such as Legoland, San Diego Zoo, Belmont Park, and a Whale Watch Cruise. 3-day and higher cards include admission to SeaWorld San Diego. Make sure that you'll be able to take advantage of enough offers to make the purchase worthwhile. The Go San Diego Card Web page includes suggested itineraries that indicate potential savings.
Get more info and buy direct from Go San Diego Card.

California Fun Spots
Sponsored by California's Division of Tourism. Download coupons for discounts and special values at Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland, San Diego Zoo and The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and other attractions.

Hotel Deals

Compare rates for Anaheim-area hotels at TripAdvisor.

Compare rates for San Diego-area hotels at TripAdvisor.

Compare rates for San Francisco-area hotels at TripAdvisor.

Trip-Planning and Money-Saving Tips
Learn some general tips to make the most of your California theme park vacations.

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