Disney World Hotel Deal Starting At $79 Per Night!

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Disney World Hotel Deal

Disney World Hotel Deal

Are you and your family thinking about heading to Disney World? If so you may want to check out this pretty awesome Disney World Hotel deal. You can grab rooms for as low as $79 per night over on Travelzoo.com. Plus you will get some other bonus offers too!

Product Details:

  • Rooms from $79 per night, an exclusive Travelzoo savings of 50% off current rates
  • Kids eat free program (up to two kids ages 4-11 eat breakfast buffet free with paying adults; reg. $25)
  • Discounted resort fee of $12 (reg. $18)
  • BOGO Domino’s Pizza (reg. $20)
  • April 12 – July 16; Aug.­ 2 – Sept. 30

Location:

  • 1850 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
    Lake Buena Vista, FL, 32830
    United States

If your looking for ways to save on a Disneyland vacation instead, be sure to check out our Disneyland Deals page here too!

Virgin America Flights Seattle to SAN FRANCISCO As Low As $79 One Way!

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Virgin America Flights

Virgin America is back with another awesome sale! They have flights from Seattle to SAN FRANCISCO as low as $79 one way & flights from Seattle to LA as low as $89 one way. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Hurry over and take a look!

If you are looking into a Disney vacation, this may be a great way to save on your flight if those dates & times work for your schedule.

More info about Virgin America:

Named the Best Domestic Airline from Travel + Leisure magazine for the sixth year in a row, Virgin America’s upscale in-flight experience is complete with Wi-Fi, food on demand, live TV and pay-per-view movies.

Available Stops:

  • Seattle to SAN FRANCISCO CA $79
  • Seattle to LOS ANGELES CA $89
  • Seattle to SAN DIEGO CA $133
  • Seattle to DALLAS TX $137
  • Seattle to LAS VEGAS NV $137
  • Seattle to AUSTIN TX $142
  • Seattle to NEW YORK/EWR NJ $200
  • Seattle to BOSTON MA $200
  • Seattle to FT. LAUDERDALE FL $200
  • Seattle to WASHINGTON DC/IAD DC $200
  • Seattle to NEW YORK/JFK NY $200
  • Seattle to CHICAGO IL $200

Check out other ways to save on your next Disneyland trip!  And our Disney Travel Pinterest board You may also want to check out Disney hotel deals and resort deals.

Make sure to check out our Travel Tips Pinterest board for some inspiration & ideas for when you travel.

Fine Print:

  • * Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on Thursday, March 26, 2015. For AUS-SFO, DAL-LAX/SFO/DCA/LGA/AUS, LAS-SFO, SEA-LAX/SFO, PDX-SFO, LAS-LAX, SFO-LAX, and SAN-SFO, all main cabin fares require a 14-day advance purchase and travel must occur between April 7, 2015 and November 5, 2015. For all other markets, all main cabin fares require a 21-day advance purchase and travel must occur between April 14, 2015 and November 5, 2015. Travel for JFK-LAX must occur by May 16, 2015. Travel for FLL-SFO must occur by May 19, 2015. AUS-DAL service begins on April 28, 2015. Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries. Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Blackout dates for 2015 include May 22nd, May 25th, June 11th – September 7th, October 9th, and October 12th. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Flights may not operate daily. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. For travel solely between points in the Western Region (LAS/LAX/PDX/PSP/PVR/SAN/SEA/SFO/SJD only) and AUS-DAL, changes or cancellations can be made for a $100 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. For all other itineraries, changes or cancellations can be made for a $150 fee per guest through all channels, plus any increase in fare, if applicable. Any remaining balance will be placed in a guest’s travel bank, good for travel on Virgin America for one year from date of issue. Changes or cancellations of a booking made with Elevate Points will be subject to a $100 redeposit fee per guest. Guests who no-show without a change or cancellation prior to the scheduled departure time will forfeit the amount of this fare. In addition, any future flights booked in the same reservation will also be canceled and the fare will be forfeited. Tickets purchased from Virgin America through our reservation call center will cost an additional $20 per guest per itinerary. Any added cost associated with purchasing tickets from Virgin America through our reservation call center will be non-refundable. Fares will not be honored retroactively or in exchange for any wholly or partially used ticket. Fares, routes, fees and schedules are subject to change without notice. Virgin America will accept up to ten pieces of checked baggage, up to 50 pounds each, per ticketed guest traveling within the U.S. The fee for each piece of checked baggage up to 50 pounds is $25. Additional fees apply to baggage exceeding these weight limitations, and other baggage restrictions may apply

Disneyland Ticket Discounts – How to Save On Getting Into the Parks!

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Disneyland Ticket Discounts

Disneyland Ticket Discounts!

Are you planning a trip to Disneyland? It is one of my families favorite destination spots, and we have been a number of times over the years. While Disneyland is never a cheap trip, there are some saving strategies I have learned over time that I wanted to share.

Check out our Disneyland Savings page for more tips on:

Now, lets look at how to get the best Disneyland Ticket deals, which could possibly be the biggest expense of your trip.

Generally speaking you save more when you buy your tickets separately, vs part of a vacation package, so its always a good idea to see what current Disneyland Ticket Discounts are available.

Another important point – You will want to be careful when purchasing discounts for Disneyland tickets, there are plenty of scams out there. In the past folks have bought tickets off of ebay and Craiglist, and we highly recommend you stay away from this practice (folks sold tickets that had only been partially used, for the remaining days). Disneyland has really cracked down on fraudulent ticket sales, and they will take your photo with hand held computers at the gates, and if someone else’s picture is attached to the ticket you will not be able to use it and will have lost that money. I would only buy tickets from a vendor you know is reputable.

 

DIsneyland Ticket Deals

Toon Town, always a good time!

Here are Disneyland Ticket Deals that we know are legitimate:

(We update the promotions weekly)

Cheap Tickets Disneyland Deals

  • Cheap Tickets is part of Orbitz, and they offer Disneyland Tickets discount too. You can find out what promotions are available through them on this page here.  Just put your dates of travel in up on the top right hand corner and select View Pricing, to see what offers are available for your dates of travel (see picture above). Currently we found Buy 3 or 4 day passes and get one day free deals for the month of April! This is a great savings, and can really add up for a family if you want to visit for more then one day.

This is where we bought our tickets for our last trip, and it was by far the best deal I could find at the time. It worked out great for our trip!

  • Orbitz is currently running a promotion where you will get one day FREE on 3 & 4 day park hopper tickets!  This is a savings of up to $68 per ticket. Just put your dates of travel in up on the top right hand corner and select View Pricing to see what offers are available for your dates of travel.  We bought a four day pass for the price of a three day pass on a similar site.  I was buying 5 tickets, so this saved us hundreds!
  • Park Savers offers discounts of up to $27 off per ticket.  These guys have great offers currently, and they are good through November 2015 so its a good spot to stop for discount ticket options first.  2-day minimum advanced purchase is required.
  • Get Away Today usually offers some savings on Disneyland part tickets too, and they are a legitimate site to purchase from.  Here are some of the discounts available:

Adults at Kids’ Prices on 3-day, 4-day or 5-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets when you book by March 31.

3rd, 4th, or 5th night FREE Anaheim Area Hotel Specials

Save up to 20% on Premium Rooms at a Disneyland Resort Hotel on select nights 4-5-6/16.  Must book by 5/7.

5-Day/4-Night packages start at $72 per person per day!

Lock in prices until you travel any time in 2015 for just $125 down.

  • Buy at your Grocery Store during rewards offers – this is a great way to save significantly on your tickets if you plan ahead and purchase during a rewards offer at one of your local grocery stores. Another thing about grocery stores, is that they are not required to dispose of their Disney Tickets if the price increases. This means they will continue to sell the lower priced tickets until they are gone (I found some at last years prices at one of my local Safeway stores this Feb.).

     Some examples of ways to save at recent offerings at NW grocers include:

Safeway runs a get 4x the gas rewards on gift card purchases from time to time. They sell Disneyland tickets in their gift card section. For my family of 5 a 3 day park hopper ticket would have earned us 5000 in gas rewards – or 5 $1 off discounts. Since I can use them for up to $25 per fill up that means that this offer would have saved me $125 in gas that month (and so I consider that a $125 savings on the tickets!).

Fred Meyer (Kroger Stores) pays you on your rewards points

Albertsons runs promos from time to time where you will get a certain Dollar amount off your next grocery store purchase with gift card purchases.

Target offers 5% off if you use your Target Red card to purchase Disney Gift Cards/Tickets

If Disney is offering a ticket deal that you can buy at the ticket gate during your visit, then consider buying the Disney Gift cards during one the promo offers mentioned above, and you can *double dip* on the deals. You will get the savings for buying the Disneyland gift cards, and then you can also use those cards like cash at Disneyland to take advantage of the ticket offer you found through Disneyland.

  • City Pass for Southern California – If you are planning to do more then just Disneyland on your trip. the CityPass for Southern California is a nice option. The CityPass gives you back-and-forth admission to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure for any three days during the 14 consecutive day period the pass is valid.  It includes on Magic Morning admission which lets you in one hour before regular opening time but it must be used on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.  You can also upgrade the Disneyland portion of this pass if you want to spend more days at Disneyland. You will just want to make sure you do it before you use up day 3 on the pass, and you will have to do it onsite at Disneyland.
  • Costco – Sometimes Costco will offer a Costco Gift Card with purchase of a Disneyland Hotel ticket. These are getting harder to find, but are great offers if you come across one!
  • Military Discount - Those who are active or retired military members can save quite a bit on tickets (get 3- day park hopper tickets for as low as $132!) through the Salute discount running through Disney right now. Purchase from August 25, 2014 through October 1, 2015.  Valid for admission from September 28, 2014 through October 3, 2015, excluding blackout dates.  There are some restrictions, so be sure to read all the details here.
  • AAA offers a discount on your tickets + AAA/CAA Members also receive FREE parking at the Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks with a multi-day Disneyland® Resort Ticket. If you plan to drive and park at Disneyland, this might be a nice option as free parking can save you an extra $16 per day! You will need to be a member and sign in to get this offer.
  • Mouse Savers also has a list of discount Disneyland tickets if one of the above offers does not fit your needs

 

Disneyland Tickets Discount

Cars Land at night – so pretty!

Things to Consider When Buying Disneyland Tickets:

Park Hopper vs non-Park Hopper Tickets – No park hopper tickets can save you up to $30, so they are definitely a cheaper option. For the Disneyland park though, I always opt for the Park Hopper tickets. They are just more convenient. Unlike Disney World, the Disneyland and California Adventure Park are right across from each other, and its nice to have the option to go back and forth. Especially if you are staying in one of the Disneyland hotels and want to use the special entrance into the California Park (start there and work your way over to Disneyland). It is also nice, when one park opens earlier or closes later – to maximize time in the parks for the full day.

How Many Days to Visit - One tip that not everyone realizes is that you can upgrade your ticket at Disneyland. For example, if you buy a 2 day ticket and decide to visit three days, as long as you have one day left on your tickets you can upgrade to more days. So, when in doubt buy the lesser number of days and if you decide to visit the park an extra day or two you can upgrade your tickets onsite.

That being said, we always prefer a 3-4 day hopper ticket with young kids. This allows us one day to explore each park at our own leisure, a third day to finish off the rides we might have missed the first two days and if we do day 4 we use that as an opportunity to jump in and out of the park, and do a second round of rides on our favorites, etc. We enjoy a pool break daily, and like to take our time working our way through the parks and not feel pressured to do everything right away, which is the main reason we prefer this length. You could do both parks in two days though, if you like a more aggressive schedule and less time out of the park. 5 days would be too much for my crew – by day 4 we don’t even spend that full day in the park.

There is also plenty to do for a full day out of the park, in the Disneyland area – so we generally plan one days stay where we don’t have park entrance. Downtown Disney has Build A Bear, Studio 365 for make-overs, ESPN Zone for fun, and much more. Pool time is also fun, and there are plenty of day trip opportunities in the immediate area.

Early Entrance – Multi-Day park hopper tickets will provide you one day of early entrance into one of the parks. If you stay at a Disneyland hotel you will get early entrance for each day you visit the park. This early entrance opportunity is a wonderful opportunity to get on the more popular rides like Cars, without extreme wait times!

One last tip. Some of the ticket deals above provide you a voucher that you have to turn in to redeem your actual tickets for. Many of the hotels will allow you to pick your tickets up at check -in. All of the Disneyland Hotels do. If your hotel offers this service, it can save you time as you will be able to avoid the ticket lines in the park (and they can be long)!

Anaheim Hotel Near DISNEYLAND Resort (Anabella) – $78.30/Nt + $25 Dining Credit (4 Stars!!)

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Anaheim Hotel Near DISNEYLAND Resort

Anaheim Hotel Near DISNEYLAND Resort

Are you thinking of taking a family trip to Disneyland? If you are there is a nice deal on a hotel stay. Right now Groupon has a deal for an Anaheim Hotel Near DISNEYLAND Resort called the Anabella, starting at just $87 per night, that includes a $25 dining credit! PLUS right now you can also get an extra 10% off with promo code TEN10 (up to $50 off). That means you could get it for as low as $78.30 per night plus the $25 dining credit after promo code)!!

That is a fantastic price for this hotel! With the $25 dining credit included this is a VERY good deal (the Tangerine has a great Happy Hour that is family friendly too). You can get a Mission Suite for as low as $109 and the extra credits. This is the room Sia’s family stayed in, and it had a King bed, a pull out couch and a separate room with a day bed! It was a fantastic room for that price (and her teen loved having his own space).

Sia and her family stayed at The Annabella Hotel with a deal she got online like this one two years ago (only this deal is actually much better), and they really enjoyed their stay. If you are not staying in a Disneyland hotel, it was one of her favorites. Its sits back behind the California Lodge hotel, and so you can walk to the Disney Parks by cutting through the California Lodge. Its about a 5 minute walk, and can be tiring with little ones, but doable (its only a couple blocks, but Disney blocks are long). They walked every day with their kids (ages 4-15 at the time). It has its own Happy Hour that is family friendly, and has some great prices in their restaurant (you can sit out on the patio and enjoy these deals!), making food more affordable. There is also a family style restaurant and ice cream shop right next to the hotel for late night treat cravings. She loved the old Spanish Mission style, and its not huge so easy to navigate. They had a room that had two rooms, so her teen could have his own space too! They ate breakfast there, and enjoyed it as well. Plus, check out our post on Disneyland Secrets and Tips to make the most out of staying so close to Disneys California Lodge too!

Plus, dont forget to check our Disneyland Deals page for all of our tips on saving on your Disneyland trip (tips to save on Hotel costs, Food costs, Mementos and much more!)

More Details on Staying at the Anabella Hotel at Disneyland for as low as $89/nt + $25 dining credit!

What You Get:

  • Stay for two in a Bella Rey king room or up to four in a Mission suite or premiere king/double room
  • $25 dining credit per day at the Tangerine Grill & Patio
  • Dates into October
  • (Note – there is a $5/dy resort fee you will have to pay)

What to Expect at Anabella Hotel:

  • Rooms feature granite bathrooms, designer furnishings, and more
  • Dine on light, fresh fare at Tangerine Grill and Patio
  • Relax in the quiet pool for adults, large resort pool, or Jacuzzi
  • Stroll the resort’s seven acres of tropical grounds
  • DISNEYLAND® Resort PARK HOPPER® Tickets available for purchase at the hotel

You might also be interested in this deal for the Red Lion (also a good neighbor hotel at Disneyland) for as low as $79/nt!

National Park Free Admission for 4th Graders for 2015 – 2016 School Year

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National Park Free Admission for 4th Graders

National Park Free Admission for 4th Graders in 2015 – 2016 School Year

It has just been announced this week that all 4th graders will get FREE admission to National Parks for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Starting in September, every fourth grader in the country will get an Every Kid in a Park pass that will be good for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks & federal lands & waters. This will be good for the 4th graders & their families (since it’s typically a family/car admission to get in). The pass will be good for a full year.

This pass will apply to student’s who are in 3rd grade this year & will be in 4th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative.

How many of you have 3rd graders now who will benefit from this initiative?

Great Wolf Lodge Promo Code – Rooms as low as $149.99 After Coupon Code!

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Great Wolf Lodge Promo Code

Great Wolf Lodge Promo Code!

(Updated Regularly)

There are some new promo codes available for Great Wolf Lodge at the Grand Mound, WA location that will help you save on stays through Spring Break right now.

Check out this new Great Wolf Lodge promo code that will help you get rooms for as low as $159.99 per night, if you book by 4/6, for members (sign up for free here)! If you missed the recent Groupon offer, this is another great deal!! The lowest prices will be for mid-week stays (costs go up for weekend stays if they are available).

You can also save up to 25% off two + night stays with promo code SPRING for stays between 4/12/15 – 5/21/15 (book by 4/6) (rates start as low as $149.99 per night for Grand Mound location) or use MOREFUN for 20% off 2 night stays good for stays before 4/2!

If your looking for a room stay before 4/12 for Spring Break, it might cost more, but you can get rates starting at $319.99 with promo code BREAK right now too.

More Posts to Check out:

Tips on Saving at Great Wolf Lodge

 

You might also be interested in our post on Great Wolf Lodge – Tips To Save The Most During Your Stay!

Or More tips on ways to save on rooms at Great Wolf Lodge here.

And we share Great Wolf Lodge Groupon deal here too, when available!

Alaska Airlines Sale – Prices as low as $89/one way from Seattle to LA, $249/one way to Maui & more!

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Alaska Airlines Sale

Alaska Airlines Sale 

Here’s another *hot* airline sale we found: Alaska Airlines sale with some of the lowest prices we have seen in awhile, starting as low as $49/one way from Seattle to Pasco, prices as low as $89/one way from Seattle to Los Angeles or San Diego& many more options!

You can look at the scheduler & see which dates have the best prices on flights, which was really helpful if you have some flexibility in your schedule. You can also look on that date to see which flight time will be the least expensive as well.

Here are some of the sample prices from Seattle (one-way):

  • Seattle to Pasco – $49
  • Seattle to Oakland – $59
  • Seattle to LA – $89
  • Seattle to San Diego – $89
  • Seattle to Las Vegas – $109
  • Seattle to New York – $159
  • Seattle to Maui – $249 (one-way)

Terms and Conditions:

  • Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Bag fees apply for checked baggage. An additional VAT fee from $2.15 (CAD) per bag for bags checked in Canada may apply. For travel solely within the state of Alaska, customers may check up to three bags free of charge. Additional fees apply to check more than three bags or overweight or oversized items. These fares are nonrefundable and are only available on Alaska Airlines. A ticket purchased at an Alaska Airlines airport location or through one of our reservation call centers will cost $15.00 more per person than the advertised fare. Applicable fare and tax differences apply to any changes made after ticketing. A $125(USD) change fee per person applies to changes made within 60 days of ticketed travel. The change fee is waived when travel is wholly within the state of Alaska on flights operated by Alaska Airlines. Fares include U.S. government taxes and fees. Canadian and Mexican government taxes and fees that are included in the fares shown are based on the current currency exchange rate and are subject to change. All fares are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice, and other restrictions apply. Some markets may not operate daily service. Some flights may be operated by or in conjunction with Horizon Air, SkyWest, or PenAir.

Thanks The Coupon Project!

Hotels and Disneyland – How to Save On Your Disneyland Stay!

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Hotels and Disneyland

Staying at Disneyland (and Disneyland Hotel Deals) -

**Update – Disneyland is offering 25% off stays before 2/12, and 20% off on stays by 3/26. Discounted rates are valid for select stays Sunday through Thursday nights. We found rates starting at around $207 per night, which is a SUPER price for a Disneyland Hotel!

Here are some tips on how to save the most on Hotels and Disneyland stays in the Anaheim area. Be sure to check out our Disneyland Deals page too, for more great ways to save on a Disneyland Vacation!

There are two ways to save the most on your stay when looking at Disneyland Hotel Deals:

1) Stay during the off season. The off season for Disneyland runs from:

  • Mid-January through mid-March (except for President’s Day Weekend)
  • Mid-April through mid-May (except during Spring Break)
  • Mid-September through mid-November (except during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort)

Generally speaking, you will save more if you book a weekday stay vs weekends too (plus you miss more crowds this week, but may run into shorter hours, etc).

Disneyland offers a resource here on when to visit Disneyland, with information on what to expect for weather, crowds and more.

Fairfield Anahiem

We spent one night at the Fairfield Marriott Anahiem, across the street from Disneyland

2) Stay off site at one of the Disneyland good neighbor hotels ( a non-Disney Hotel) – Staying at one of the Disneyland good neighbor hotels vs a Disney Resort will save you lots of money! I have to be honest and tell you that I am a Disney Resort fan personally, but its really a personal decision so I will point out some of the pros and cons of both (and where to find the best deals). My family has stayed onsite at all three Disneyland Resorts, and off-site in walking distance and off-site requiring a shuttle. Every stay was great, and I recommend them all. Here is some more info when trying to decide whether to stay onsite or off site.

The Disneyland Main Gate area is a great place to stay if you want to be in walking distance to Disneyland. Some of these hotels are directly across the street from the Disneyland Maingate (you walk through the transportation area of Disney where the shuttles drop people off). Two that get great recommendations are The Fairfield Disneyland Maingate and The Howard Johnson Anahiem. We stayed at the Fairfield for a night on our latest trip and we had a front row seat for the evening fireworks from our balcony. The room also accommodated our family of 5 nicely (pull out couch and two queen beds). Customer service was great, there was a pizza hut and arcade on the third floor, Mcdonalds in the parking lot, nice swimming pool and a really easy walk to Disneyland! Plus their online booking system is awesome. Book your hotel stay in advance to secure your rate, but you can keep an eye on the rates and if they drop you can cancel and rebook for the lower rate with no penalty (as long as you are more then 24 hours out from your stay)!!

Howard Johnson Hotel

Photo Credit: Howard Johnson website

The Howard Johnson is a little bit of a longer walk, but it includes a small water park on site, so may be fun if you have little ones. I have not stayed here personally, but the reviews are good, and it is the only non-Disney hotel with a waterpark.

Another benefit of staying offsite is that you will have easy access to many more affordable restaurants then if you stay in a Disney resort.

I find Trip Advisor to be a great spot to read the reviews and decide which hotel might best suite your family.

Best ways to save on Off Site hotels near Disneyland:

  • Take advantage of travel site promo codes for sites like Expedia.com , Cheap Tickets or Orbitz.com promotion codes. Here are some examples of current ways to save:
  1. Cheap Tickets is a branch of Orbitz (legit site for both Disneyland hotels and park tickets – we bought ours through them for our recent stay). They almost always offer a 20% off coupon code, that can really help you save. Find their current promo codes here!
  2. Orbitz also offers promo codes good to use on Hotel deals. Find a list of current promo codes with them here.
  3. Expedia often offers special promotions too. See site for details.
  • Get Away Today offers some of the best Disneyland discounts as far as travel sites go.  They often include extra promotions (like currently they are offering a free night stays, free kid’s backpacks, discounted Character Meals and more).  I found one deal for the Clarion in Anahiem for my family for around $1500 for a 4 day 3 night stay, and includes free parking and free breakfast (and kids eat free for other meals too). This included a 3 day park hopper ticket, and the price of the tickets alone for my family ran around $1200, so this is a pretty amazing deal! I was looking at packages with tickets included, and they were running approx. $500 less then comparable packages on the Disneyland site. Plus TNWM readers can save an extra $10 off with promo code ThriftyNW14  Another benefit for Get Away Today is that you can use their layaway program and make payments on your vacation to spread the cost out over time.
  • Check to see if your preferred hotel has an online booking site that will not cost you any cancellation penalties (like the Marriott site I mentioned above). That way you can book far in advance, and then keep an eye on rates and cancel and rebook at the lowest rate you find. Many of these sites guarantee lowest rates too, so if you found a lower rate on one of the travel sites you can submit for that rate.
  • Don’t forget to join the rewards programs of these hotel sites too. You could get close to a free nights stay with some, if you are booking 4 or 5 night trips.

DisneylandHotel
Disneyland Hotels:

While it will almost always be cheaper to stay off site, there are some reasons that you might choose to stay at a Disneyland Hotel. They are primarily for convenience, because the rooms are not spectacular for the price you pay (but we loved our room, with all the extra Disney touches).  That being said, if we can afford it and find a deal, we generally choose a Disneyland hotel over staying off-site (just our personal preference). The primary reason for us is that Disney is never a very frugal vacation option, even if you are saving everywhere you can. So, if we are going we want to cut down on the stress and really enjoy the parks, and staying on site helps us do that best.

Here are some of benefits of staying on-site at a Disneyland Resort:

Early Park Entrance Hours – this is the best benefit in my opinion. When you stay at a Disneyland Resort you get early entrance into one park or the other each day of your visit. You can get one day of early entrance with a multi-day ticket if you stay off-site too, but having this option each morning of our visit was great! We were able to easily get on Cars one day by utilizing early entrance. It was a nice way to enjoy many of the harder to get on rides, and then we would take a breakfast break during the morning rush after they opened the park to all. Even better, the Monorail is open during this early hour for hotel guests so you can avoid the crowds at the front gate.

Disney Theming throughout the hotel and grounds (you never leave the magic of Disney). Our headboard in the Disneyland Hotel could light up at night with a fireworks theme, they played Disney music from the alarm clocks, you can have a Disney bed time story on the TV in the evenings and more. You can also request to have a character call in the morning to wake you up!

– There are many other Disney events for your downtime out of the park (like movies, storytime, character sightings and more).

Convenience. We were able to enjoy many conveniences while staying at the Disneyland Hotel. We were able to pick up our park tickets at the front desk while checking in, and avoid the ticket lines. If we purchased anything in the parks (or won prizes) we could have them sent back to our hotel for free, and not carry them around the park all day. Guest services is located right in the hotel so we were able to easily set up restaurant reservations, get info, etc.

You can read more about some of these in our Disneyland Secrets and Tips post here.

Ways to Save on Disneyland Resort Hotels:

We got our rooms for 25% off this year, by using a promo code they sent us. Here are some tips for saving on Disneyland Hotels beyond just booking during the off season:

**(Note – we found rooms at the Paradise Pier Disney Hotel for $247 in June after using the 25% off Cheap Tickets promo code! (They are a branch of Orbitz (legit site for both Disneyland hotels and park tickets – we bought ours through them for our recent stay). They are offering 25% off with promo code PACKUP through May 26th. )

  • Check out the Disneyland Offers and Promotions page for current specials.
  • Sign up to get special offers and promotions sent to you from Disneyland here!
  • Get on Disneys mailing list, to get emails from Disney and promotions (they sent ours to us in the mail). You can do this when you request a free Disney Planning DVD or Cruise Planning DVD, or if you have stayed with them before.
  • If you are booking online at the Disneyland website, pull up a chat box and ask the representative if there are any travel promotions available (they sent me a link to book the 25% off directly online, so I would have been able to do that even if I had not received the post card from them).
  • Book through Costco Travel to get extra perks. For my family this worked out to be more then $200 in extras! I just compared vacation packages and they were the same price on Costco travel and Disneyland site, BUT if you book through Costco you also get:
    • Premium Disney Character Dining Experience (one per person, per stay) – a value of $45 per adult and $22 per child (ages 3 to 9)♦
    • $20 Disney Gift Card (one per package)♦♦
    • Exclusive collectible pin with matching luggage tag and lanyard (one per person)
    • (plus check out Thrifty and Thrivings tip on how to use the character dining to save even more on dining while at Disney here)!
  • Call the Walt Disney travel company directly and ask for promotions (note – I always do this just in case they have a lower rate for me – but in this years case I found a rate online that was lower then they could even find in their system, so be sure to check all avenues first!). The number is (714) 520-5060.
  • Take advantage of Expedia.com or Orbitz.com or Cheap Tickets promotion codes (see the staying at Non-Disney hotels above for current promotions)!
  • Military Discounts – Military families can get up to 40% off at Disneyland Resort hotels, now through Sept. 27th, 2014. Call their travel company for more info (714) 520-5060.
  • Check Get Away Today for current promotions (Plus TNWM readers can save an extra $10 off with promo code ThriftyNW14 )
  • Check Mouse Savers for current promotions.

Lastly, if you have your own RV, here is a list of RV parks near Disneyland that you could stay at. If you really want to save, you can consider camping near Disneyland. There is a list here of some sites that include actual camp sites (but I recommend checking reviews on Trip Advisor too).

Do you have any great tips on how to save on your stay at Disneyland that we missed?

You might also be interested in this article (and stay tuned for more posts on saving on food at Disneyland, How to Get There, Souvenirs, Tickets and more coming soon!).

Tips For Visiting Victoria BC – What to See, How to Get Around & more!

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Tips on Visiting Victoria BC

Tips for Visiting Victoria BC

I’ve been sharing about Victoria, BC all week long (make sure to check out all of the Victoria posts I’ve shared) and today’s post is a wrap-up post about some of the different options of things to see in Victoria, along with a few general tips about visiting Victoria and what you should know before you go.

My husband and I recently had a one-night getaway to Victoria, BC during the Christmas season. You can read all about the fun Christmas activities that they offered in Victoria as well as the Butchart Gardens Christmas lights.

Victoria is one of those places which is an awesome place to visit any time of year.  Whether it’s in the spring or summer when they have their gorgeous, huge flower baskets on every street corner or around Christmas when twinkly Christmas lights line the streets and the buildings. Those are the two times I’ve been, but I’m sure every season is beautiful in this English city by the sea. You definitely feel like you’re transported over to England, with  proper afternoon tea offered at the Empress or double-decker buses driving by.

Things to Do at Any time in Victoria::

If you’re looking for a great resource on things to do in Victoria, the Clipper Vacations blog has an excellent resource on a number of different activities to do anytime of year in Victoria. There really are so many different things you can do at little to no cost, mainly just walking around & enjoying the beautiful sights at any time of year. My husband and I loved taking walks around the Inner Harbor, the grounds of the Empress and the Parliament buildings & all around downtown.

Here are some activities to check out:

The Empress Hotel in Victoria BC

Fairmont Empress Hotel - A must-see when you visit Victoria is to visit the Fairmont Empress. This is the site of the famous afternoon High Tea, which you could try as well (this is pricey at $50 – $63/person – depending on the seasons) for tea & pastries/scones/sweets & tea sandwiches, but it’s on my bucket list to try it – someday! The view is spectacular from the tea room of the harbor (it’s right at the top of the steps in my picture above)

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The Victoria Clipper – Comfortable & Convenient Ride to Victoria!

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The Victoria Clipper

The Victoria Clipper

If you’re thinking of heading up to Victoria, BC, you’ll definitely want to consider traveling on the Victoria Clipper as it’s based right out of Seattle & is a very convenient option for heading up to Victoria. My husband and I recently headed up to Victoria and after considering all the options of travel to Victoria, we decided upon the Victoria Clipper.  The Victoria Clipper is a great option for those in the Puget Sound area or if you’re coming up from Oregon or out of state as it takes off right out of Seattle on the waterfront. Not only is the location convenient to board the boat,  but the Clipper is a nice, comfortable way to make your way to Victoria.

The Victoria Clipper is a passenger only ferry service that travels year-round to Victoria, as well as traveling to the San Juan Islands seasonally.  The trip to Victoria takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes, going through the Puget Sound & Straits of Juan de Fuca.   We liked the times they traveled as it was 8am – 10:45am & then we departed the next day at 5pm to arrive at 7:45pm in Seattle. Even though we only spent one night, we felt like this schedule really made it feel like 2 full days in Victoria.

Victoria Clipper Top Floor

The Clipper has 2 floors on the catamaran boat – the top floor is filled with tables which would be great for families. There are either 4 or 6 seats grouped together around a table, which would make it nice for eating, playing games and more. The top floor also has some nice views from that 2nd level.  I think the tables would definitely make great options for families to be able to have some more space & get out coloring books, a few toys, etc. With these tables, if the boat was really full, just know that they do need to fill in all the spots, so if there is room at the table, then other people may be sitting with you (like on a train), but it would be a fun way to pass the time chatting with others.

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