Pacific Coast Getaways – 15% off Coupon Code for Groupon Getaways

Pacific Northwest Getaways

Pacific Coast Getaways – 15% off Coupon Code for Groupon Getaways

Today & tomorrow, Friday August 15th & Saturday August 16th, Groupon is offering a 15% off coupon code for all their Groupon Flash Getaway sales. This is a great sale to take advantage of saving on a vacation as you can save up to a maximum $50 discount.

To take advantage of the 15% off coupon code, use the code: GETAWAY15 at checkout. Limit of 1 deal per customer.

Here are a few Northwest getaway ideas:

Sunriver Resort in Bend

Sunriver Resort:

Located in Bend, Oregon . Stay at the 4 Diamond resort of Sunriver Resort in central Oregon for stays as low as $97/night. They have availability into December, so it could be a great option for fall weather or even into the winter & ski weather, with Mt Bachelor just 20 miles away.

What’s available:

  • Stay for two in a lodge village king room – From $97/night (depending on the date) – after 15% off coupon code = $82.45
  • Stay for four in a lodge village double room – From $97/night – after code = $82.45
  • Stay for six in a lodge village suite – From $140/night  - after code = $119

Amenities:

  • Five restaurants
  • Four golf courses
  • Nature center and observatory
  • Sage Springs Club & Spa
  • Several outdoor pools
  • Fitness center and indoor lap pool
  • Complimentary resort-wide transportation
  • Complimentary WiFi

Roche Harbor Resort

Roche Harbor Resort - San Juan Island, WA:

Stay at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island for just $259 for 2 nights. After the 15% off coupon code, that’s just $220.15 for 2 nights or $110.07/night. This is a great price for staying on San Juan island & near Friday Harbor, and at this particular resort, which is well known & has even hosted guests such as Teddy Roosevelt.

This area is also an awesome location for whale watching – especially the Lime Kiln State Park nearby this resort.

What’s Available:

The $259 rate for 2 nights is only Mon-Wed nights from 9/1 – 10/30, but from 11/1 – 12/25, it is valid for any night stay.

  • Stay for 2 in the McMillin suite – $259 for 2 nights – after 15% off code = $220.15 or $110.07
  • Stay for 4 in the Quarryman Hall room – $259 for 2 nights – after 15% off code = $220.15 or $110.97

Amenities:

  • Three restaurants
  • Spa
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Playgrounds, gardens, and bocce courts
  • 377-slip marina
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Whale watching
  • Kayaking

Fairfield Inn in Burlington

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in Burlington: 

Burlington is a great base area for a number of day trips, such as trips to Mt Baker or Baker Lake (only about 30 minutes or less to Baker Lake), numerous spots along the North Cascades Highway (Ross Lake, Diablo Lake & more) for hiking & exploring or on your way to a ferry out of Anacortes to the San Juans or Victoria, BC.

The deal for Fairfield Inn & Suites is a great one as the price starts at just $85/night, but also includes a $20 credit to Bob’s Burgers & Brews restaurant.  There is also a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and a nice indoor pool.

What’s Available:

  • Stay for two in a king room - From $85/night  - $72.25 after 15% off coupon code + $20 credit to restaurant
  • Stay for two in a king room with whirlpool – From $88/night – $74.80 after 15% off coupon code + $20 credit to restaurant
  • Stay for four in a double-queen room – From $121/night – $102.85 after 15% off coupon code + $20 restaurant credit
  • Stay in a king studio - From $121/night – $102.85 after 15% off coupon code + $20 restaurant credit

Amenities:

  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Indoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Tesla charging station
  • Free WiFi

 

 

Alaska Airlines Sale – Prices as low as $79/one way from Seattle to LA, $209/one way to Maui & more!

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Alaska Airlines Sale 

Here’s another *hot* airline sale we found (the Virgin Airlines sale ended last night) – Alaska Airlines sale prices rival the Virgin Airlines sale, with prices as low as $79/one way from Seattle to Los Angeles, prices as low as $69/one way from Seattle to San Francisco & more& many more options!

Head to Travelzoo & look under the “Top 20 deals” and find the “Fall Fare Sale from Seattle: One Way” with Alaska Airlines.

There is actually a lot more flexibility with the Alaska Airlines sale as compared to the Virgin Airlines sale, just from the dates that I was looking at, even though it says that the same date restrictions are there (traveling on a Tues, Wed or Saturday). 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.

This is another great opportunity to head to Disneyland at a great rate of less than $200 / ticket. Or head to Maui with prices as low as $209/one way! These prices can’t be beat!

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

  • Seattle to LA – $79
  • Seattle to San Francisco – $69
  • Seattle to Spokane – $79
  • Seattle to Orange County – $89
  • Seattle to Maui – $209 (one-way)
  • Seattle to Kauai – $229
  • Seattle to Anchorage – $199
  • Seattle to Philadelphia – $159

Plus the only blackout dates are from Nov 20 – Dec 2nd, 2014, so this may include holiday travel depending on availability.

Fare Rules:

  • Purchase by 11:59 p.m. (PT) on August 12, 2014.
  • Travel is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from September 3, 2014 through December 16, 2014, with the following exception: Travel to Hawaii is valid Sundays through Wednesdays. Travel from Hawaii is valid Mondays through Thursdays. Travel from contiguous U.S. to Alaska is valid Thursdays through Saturdays. Travel from Alaska to contiguous U.S. is valid Sunday through Tuesdays.

Blackout Dates:

  • Sale fares are not available between November 20, 2014, through December 2, 2014.
  • Sale fares are not available traveling to and from Calgary, Alberta, Canada between November 8, 2014, through December 2, 2014.
  • Tickets must be purchased 14 days in advance.

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Virgin America Flights Seattle to California As Low As $87 One Way!

Virgin America Flights

Virgin America is back with another awesome sale for their Anniversary sale with flights from Seattle to Los Angeles as low as $87 one way & flights from Portland to San Francisco as low as $57 one way. This sale is for flights from August 26 – February 11th on Tues, Wed & Saturdays. (excludes holiday travel). This sale is going on through tomorrow, Thursday August 7th, 2014, but the flights do sell out quickly with this sale.

How to find this deal:

  • Head to Travelzoo
  • Click on “Top 20″ on the left sidebar at the top
  • Find “Virgin America Anniversary Sale”

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. The fall is a fantastic time to beat the crowds too (Sept & October)

This deal is from Travelzoo’s Top 20 Weekly deal list they send out every week! I’d highly recommend signing up for this email as it always has fantastic deals.

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:

  • Los Angeles – Las Vegas – $47
  • Portland-San Francisco … $57
  • Las Vegas-San Francisco … $67
  • San Francisco-Los Angeles … $67
  • Seattle-Los Angeles … $87
  • Austin-San Francisco … $127
  • Los Angeles-Dallas … $127
  • San Francisco-Chicago … $147
  • Boston-Los Angeles … $157
  • Los Angeles-Fort Lauderdale … $157
  • New York City (Newark and JFK)-San Francisco … $157
  • Orlando-Los Angeles … $157
  • Washington, D.C. (Dulles)-San Francisco … $167

Fine Print:

  • All Main Cabin fares are one-way and require a 14-day advance purchase.
  • Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
  • Travel must occur between August 26, 2014 and February 11, 2015.
  • Travel to/from PHL must occur by October 6, 2014. Travel for DAL-SFO, DAL-LAX, DAL-DCA must occur between October 13, 2014 and February 11, 2015. Travel for DAL-LGA must occur between October 28, 2014 and February 11, 2015. Travel for PSP-SFO must occur between September 11, 2014 and February 11, 2015. JFK-PSP service starts on November 21, 2014.
  • Lowest sale fares are available only on certain itineraries.
  • Lowest sale fares are only valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
  • Blackout dates are 10/13/14, 11/10/14, 11/26/14 – 12/1/14, 12/19/14 – 12/31/14, 1/1/15- 1/4/15, 1/16/15, 1/19/15.
  • 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.               

Check out other ways to save on your next Disneyland trip!  And our Disney Travel Pinterest board

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


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Wilson Pool in Portland – Frugal & Fun for Families with Slides, Lazy River & more!

Wilson Pool in Portland Park Review

Wilson Pool in Portland – Reader Park Review

We love hearing about new parks & favorite summertime spots around the Northwest and today we have reader Stephanie from Portland sharing about her favorite spot to head with her family in the summer – Wilson Pool in Portland!

We would also love to hear your thoughts and opinions on these parks. Comment below with your review, additional tips, or anything else you want to add.

We’d also love to hear from you & hear your favorite parks or campgrounds around the Northwest! You can submit a park review or campground review & get a $10 Amazon Gift Card if we use your review !

Don’t forget about our master list of Water Parks around the Northwest!

Highlights:

Wilson Pool Slide

Wilson Pool is the neighborhood pool we all wish we had growing up. This popular local watering hole has pricing typical of public pools, but amenities similar to a full water park. Don’t miss this pool for a fun and frugal day in Portland!

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Travelzoo – Sign Up To Get HOT Travel Deals, Entertainment Deals & More First (Plus Tips to Save on Summer Travel)!

Just a reminder that this is a great resource if you are looking to start planning any Summer travel or other travel!

Here is one of my deal hunter secrets. I am a subscriber to the Travelzoo Weekly Top 20 Travel Deals newsletter. I have been for years, and have booked some of my favorite vacation savings through the deals I found on there. We got a night at the Oregon Garden Resort, dinner for 2, breakfast for 2, and garden tickets for $79 one year! We also booked a room at the Edgewater on the Seattle waterfront for $99 another year. The newsletter really provides you some great insider travel deals if you like to getaway, or they also often offer great entertainment or sporting deal tickets. In fact, many of the Mariner ticket deals you have seen us post on the blog here, came from theTravelzoo newsletter tip! 

You can subscribe for free to get the newsletter sent to you here. Just provide your email and zip code, and hit subscribe. They even send you local deals when they become available.

Right now they have some great deals on Vacation packages, and more going on, so if you are looking to save on Summer travel, its a great resource.

You might also be interested in:

 

Resort at the Mountain – Mt Hood, Oregon – $99 + $25 Resort Credit

 

The Resort at the Mountain, one of my favorite Northwest resort locations up near Mt Hood in Welches, OR is offering a special deal right now for Sunday – Wednesday stays. They are offering a one night stay for just $99 + a $25 resort credit when you book a Sunday – Wednesday night available stay ! This is an amazing deal, especially for the beautiful summertime when there is SO much to see & do at Mt Hood! Plus it’s less than an hour away from Portland to the resort!

All you need to do to get this offer is use the promo code: 9925 under Corporate/Promo Code on their reservation booking system online or you can call 877-439-6774. This rate is available for 99 hours ( a little over 4 days)!

I just went to the resort this spring so you can check out a full review of the Resort at the Mountain – we absolutely love this resort – especially with all the great summertime outdoor opportunities.

Check out more ideas of summer fun at Mt Hood:

Family Friendly Activities at Mt Hood for any Season

Mt Hood Adventure Park at Ski Bowl Review

 

 

 Fine Print of Offer: 

  • Offer is valid Sunday through Wednesday and subject to availability.
  • Not valid for group bookings.
  • May not be combined with another offer or promotion.
  • Rate is per night for single or double adult occupancy, exclusive of Resort Fee, tax and gratuities.
  • Resort credit may not be redeemed for cash.
  • Offer is neither retroactive nor applicable to existing reservations.
  • Other restrictions may apply.

Historic Captain Whidbey Inn 2 Night Stay Including Breakfast + $15 Dining Credit ONLY as low as $129!

Historic Captain Whidbey Inn

Historic Captain Whidbey Inn 

Here’s a fun and affordable getaway for two! Right now you can get a room for 2 at the Historic Captain Whidbey Inn for as low as $129 for two nights! That’s as low as $65 a night! Enjoy a two night stay on the beautiful Whidbey Island for two at the famous Captain Whidbey Inn, which includes a daily breakfast and $15 dining credit.

More About the Captain Whidbey Inn:

Located on the scenic shores of Whidbey Island, you’ll find over 100 years of hospitality. The Captain Whidbey Inn offers gorgeous scenery and warm and cozy rooms.

Room Options:

  • For $129 ($233 value) enjoy two-nights for two in a historic inn room (Sunday through Thursday stays)
  • For $169 ($233 value), enjoy two-nights for two in a historic inn room (Friday and Saturday stays)
  • For $189 ($365 value), enjoy two-nights for two in a lagoon room (Sunday through Thursday stays)
  • For $229 ($365 value), enjoy two-nights for two in a lagoon room (Friday and Saturday stays)
  • All options include daily breakfast and $15 dining credit

Locations:

2072 W Captain Whidbey Inn Rd
Coupeville, WA 98239
360-678-4097

Fine Print:

  • Sold by Captain Whidbey Inn
  • In order to receive the full value, travel must be completed by September 30, 2014. If you complete your travel after September 30, 2014, you will be entitled only to the paid value of $129, $169, $189, or $229 (depending on option purchased) to spend toward a stay at Captain Whidbey Inn; the paid value does not expire
  • 10.7% tax on paid value is not included and will be collected by Captain Whidbey Inn upon booking; amount subject to change. Credit card required
  • Limit 2 vouchers per purchaser; additional 2 vouchers may be sent as gifts
  • Vouchers may be combined for an extended stay
  • Voucher not valid for stays on the following dates: July 3 – 5, 2014 and August 29 – 31, 2014
  • Voucher valid for double occupancy in a Historic Inn or Lagoon Room (depending on option purchased) including daily breakfast and $15 dining credit at The Dining Room or Judge Still’s Tavern (cannot be applied toward alcoholic beverages)
  • Customers must be 21+ with valid ID to check in
  • Customers will be asked for a credit card at check-in to cover incidentals
  • Entire value of each voucher must be redeemed in a single reservation
  • Reservations are required and subject to availability; nights must be used consecutively
  • Merchant cancellation/re-scheduling policy of 72 hours applies; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Not valid toward existing reservations
  • Reservations can be made immediately after purchase
  • If you request, Amazon Local will refund your unredeemed voucher anytime within 30 days of purchase. However, once you book your reservation, your voucher has been redeemed and you may no longer refund your voucher

 

Discount Great Wolf Lodge Deal – Groupon Sale with Resort Credit For Ground Mound, Wa.!

discount great wolf lodge

 Discount Great Wolf Lodge Deal!

Just a reminder that this Great Wolf Lodge offer is still available if you are looking for a way to save on summer rates! This offer is good through 6/30, or until it sells out – so only a few more days left in this promotion.

Looking for Great Wolf Lodge Discounts? Great Wolf Lodge is back with another deal on Groupon right now!  They are offering a multi-day deal for the family suite! Rates work out to about $214.50 after you factor in resort credit for the multi-day visit. That is a good price for this time of the year, if you are looking to make a summer visit. 

This sale is for multiple Great Wolf Lodge locations. You can find the full list of locations with Great Wolf Lodge Discounts here.

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts Available for the Grand Mound, Wa. Location:

  • $479 for a 2-night stay for six in a Family suite with water park wristbands and a $50 resort credit, valid for check in Sunday–Wednesday, not valid for Friday or Saturday stays (up to a $690 value)

(I just checked a Sunday Check in for July and it was going to be over $600 and no resort credit on the Great Wolf Lodge website!)

Fine Print:

Book by: 8/26/14
Travel window: 6/29/14–8/27/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 8/3–8/5, 8/13–8/14, or 8/17–8/18
  • Cancellation policy and fees: all cancellations subject to $30 fee; 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1 night’s stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 10% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $19.99 daily resort fee not included

Make sure to check out our tips for ways to save while you’re at Great Wolf Lodge, too.  For more ways to save, make sure to check out additional ways to save at Great Wolf Lodge using the military discount, signing up for E-mail alerts on discounts and more.

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Tickets for Adventure Park – Half Day Pass OVER 50% Off & Half Off Alpine Slide

ski bowl ticketsThe offer for Ski Bowl Tickets for the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park just got better! They are selling on Get My Perks for just $34 (same offer we shared from Groupon below). Plus if you have not downloaded the Get My Perks Mobile app yet, you can do that and use promo code GOMOBILE14 to get an extra 25% off. That means you could pay as low as $26 for a Half Day Pass for 2 people (just $13 per person for 4 hours of fun), or as low as $17.25 for the Apline Slide for 2 people! Thats not much more then you would pay to go see a movie per person!

(Note – you will need to have Portland selected as your city to find this offer on Get My Perks)

 

Sia’s family went and had a blast last summer (see lots of pictures and her review of the Mt Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park here)! She said her kids have been asking to go back (her youngest keeps asking to have her birthday there now).  Plus find more ideas for family friendly activities around Mt Hood during the summer.

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If you would rather purchase through Groupon, that offer is still available too:

Groupon  has a Half Day Pass for 2 to the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Adventure Park for 50% off right now! That means you will pay $34 for 2 people for a 1/2 day pass. They are also offering 50% off the Alpine Slide tickets for 2 people.

Here are the discounts offered:

1/2 Day Pass for 2 to Mt Hood Adventure Park – $34 ( 50% off – reg $68 for 2 tickets)

Alpine Slide Tickets for 2 people - $23 (50% off – reg $46 for 2 tickets)

We get asked often for discounts for this park during the summer and they don’t come around very often, so take advantage of this deal if you think you’ll be headed up to the Adventure Park. The Adventure Park is now open for the summer 7 days a week and you have until July 25, 2014 to use these ticket vouchers.

 

Mt Hood Ski Bowl Summer Tube Hill

The pass includes:

 

  • 18-Hole Disc Golf
  • 32-Foot Rock Wall
  • 9-Hole Mini Golf
  • Alpine Slide
  • Aqua Rollers
  • Badminton
  • Batting Cages
  • Horseshoes
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Kid’s Super Play Zone
  • Kiddy Bouldering Wall
  • Kiddy Bounce House
  • Kiddy Canoes
  • Kiddy Carousel
  • Kiddy Karts
  • Mountain Bike Freeride Park
  • Mountain Bike Lift Access
  • Mountain Bike Park
  • Mountain Bike Skills Park
  • Pony Rides
  • Quad Bungee Trampoline
  • Ratskeller Arcade (2 Tokens)
  • Scenic Sky Chairs
  • Summer Tube Hill
  • Tight Rope Walks
  • Volleyball

Fine Print:

  • Expires Jul 25th, 2014.
  • Limit 4 per person.
  • Valid only for option purchased.
  • Reservations available starting June 14.
  • Online reservations required 24 hours in advance
  • Email notification to reschedule is mandatory and must be sent to reschedule@skibowl.com 24 hours before existing reservation.
  • Limited availability on weekends.
  • Only advertised Half Day Adventure Pass times are valid.
  • Once offer expires, purchase price of Groupon may be used toward purchase of like item.
  • Operating hours are subject to weather conditions.
  • Not valid for groups of 15 or more.

More Money Saving Tips For Disneyland – Save on Salons, Mementos, Disney Clothing & More!

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One of the ways that I find it easiest to save for a Disneyland trip, is on things like mementos, Disneyland clothing, and special activities while you are there. While these things could really add up, a little planning ahead of time will save you tons of money while at the parks!

I shop ahead of time, and pack these items in a separate backpack. It does require you carry an extra bag there, but we find it worth the savings.

If you are planning a Disneyland trip you will probably be spending lots of time in the parks, but one way to save on your trip is to buy one day less in the park and enjoy so many other things that Disneyland has to offer (like some of the deals in Downtown Disney, or amenities of your hotel). Don’t forget to check out our Disneyland Deals page for many for savings tips for your Disneyland trip, as well as our Travel: Disney Pinterest board.

Here are some of my family’s favorite tips on how to save on Disney Mementos & Splurge Purchases:

Disney Dollars

Use Disney Dollars or Gift Cards for Kids’ Spending Money!

We get our kids a Disney Gift Card each with some spending money on it, so that when we are there they are not asking us for stuff the entire trip. They can choose when and where to use their money, and when its gone its gone. We buy ours at Safeway to get the extra gas rewards, helping us save more. Another idea is to get the kids Disney Dollars. You can purchase them at the Disney Resorts, right inside main street, or at some Disney Stores (if they are in stock). One dollar buys $1 in Disney Dollars, and can be spent on all the Disney properties. They are fun for the kids to spend, plus you can keep one and then you only spent $1 on a cool memento!

 

Studio 365

Consider Studio 365 vs Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Salon -

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a very popular stop for little princesses. If you are traveling with a little princess, consider getting them a makeover at Studio 365,  where styles start at $19.95 vs over $50 at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. This really makes a difference if you have more then one child. Prices at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique start at $54.93.  With two girls that would put me at over $100 for just starting prices. I can get both of them makeovers with hair and makeup, a big fuss made over them and a goodie bag to take home for $40 + tax in Downtown Disney.

Plus, I preferred the less crowded area of Studio 365 to get in and out of. We did this two years in a row, and my girls just love it! We have never had to wait in line, and service has been great. Last year the dressed in their princess outfits before getting their hair done. This year they just wore a comfortable Disney outfit. The bow hairstyle you see above is just $19.95 and the other style was $29.95. They get to keep a makeup pallet and hair comb too (plus the $29.95 style came with Face Gems, some they put on her and some to keep), so they leave the shop with something special too!

Once they are finished, they make a big production of showing them off in the store. There is a big reveal, where they are announced as “Rock Stars” and everyone claps for them and they get a certificate. Its lots of fun!

disney autograph book

Autograph Books

Autograph books are a very popular item that kids love to have at Disneyland. They are small books that kids have the characters autograph and can get pictures with the characters to add to the book later on. You can make your own, but we found these cute Disney themed ones at our local Dollar Tree before our trip. We spent $1 per book, vs the around $15 -$20 they can cost in the park, and I did not get a single complaint from my kids. You might also want to look for a special pen at the dollar store too!

Amazon also has these Minnie and Mickey autograph books for $4.75 if you cannot find them at the dollar store, or this Mickey pen and autograph book set for $7.98

Another idea here is to get your kids a Pillow Case, and have them design their name on it. Then get a permanent ink pen and have the characters sign that. They will be able to use it to sleep in when they get home for more great dream time!

Pressed Pennies

Penny Machines

Many people collect the trading pins while at Disneyland. Many of the cheaper versions of the trading pins are knock offs or frauds, so one thing we started with our kids years ago was to collect the pennies around the park. Unfortunately, many of the machines have been taken out over the years, but there are still a few left and my kids continue to love to make these. We buy them a book to store their collection in and keep it safe. You can download a pdf of the Penny Machine locations throughout the parks here. They cost $.51 per penny (you put in 2 quarters and 1 penny and choose your design). We still have a book my oldest started over 10 years ago, and they are fun to reflect back on and pass down to the younger kids too!

 

paradise Pier games

My son won 2 of those huge Home Run pillows…good thing we drove down!

Stuffed Animals / Toys Onsite

If your kids want a stuffed animal, they can be pricey at the Disney Stores. We found that the carnival game section on Paradise Pier was a fun way to get stuffed animals for the kids. They get to play a game and get a toy! For example, the Fishing game on Paradise Pier makes everyone a winner when they play (you get a small, medium or large stuffed toy depending on the fish you play). If you can get into things like the water gun game, or horse race game with just members of your family, then one of you are guaranteed to win a prize too! My kids ended up with too many toys this way, and it cost us less to have them play games and get the stuffed animals then it would have to purchase toys in the gift shops.

Glow wands

Glow Toys

Glow toys are very popular at Disneyland. The kids love them after dark, and Disney charges quite a bit for them. We hit up the Dollar store and Walmart ahead of time, and got some glow wands, and even found Disney Princess and Minnie glow toys for $1 each! This will save you a ton if you’re inclined to get your kids glow toys for the evenings!

disney clothes

Disney Clothes -

The gift shops at Disney are full of Disney clothes for quite a bit. This might seem a bit excessive, but I always buy my kids new Disney PJs and a few Disney outfits before we leave on our trip, just to add to the magic of our vacation! I do this, because I can generally find them for around $5 per outfit with a little pre-planning! A couple of my favorite resources for affordable Disney clothes include:

* H&M – This is always my first stop as I have gotten them Disney items for so cheap and they have held up year after year (they then come home and wear them to school all year). The outfits you see the kids in above are from H&M. I got them for $5 or less during one of their clearance events online, so start to watch those if you are planning a trip! The $3 items shown above are all from H&M.

* Amazon - Amazon offers some great deals on Disney licensed items these days. This Disney outfit cost me under $5 per piece recently!

*Disney Store Sales – currently the Disney store is having its Twice a Year Sale and you could save half off many of the items you would likely find onsite too!

* Kohls - I found the girls princess PJ sets for $3 ea (I paid $6+ tax for a set of two on their clearance racks). Another favorite of mine is to look for the Dollie and Me PJ sets on sale. I will get my kids those and then they can use the doll PJs for their Build A Bear to sleep in at night with them!

Build a Bear

Here is one of my kids with her Build A Bear & the Dollie and Me Matching Pjs I mentioned above too!

Saving at Build A Bear in Downtown Disney:

Downtown Disney is full of many great spots, including a Build A Bear Workshop! One thing we did with our kids was to grab a $6 off coupon that was recently available at Living Social and used it on one of the $15 bears, to get a Build A Bear for LESS then $10! We did this the first night of our stay, so the kids had their animals to sleep with each night during our trip. Costco sometimes offers gift card deals too, so you could save before even getting there (and gift cards should act like cash, so you could use them with the other deals too).

Be sure to join their rewards program here to earn more when you shop too!

To save on outfits we did the following:

  • We had the option to buy a $10 Build a Bear Gift card for $5 during our initial visit. We purchased that. (as of July 2014 Costco is offering two $50 Gift Cards for $39.99)
  • We signed up for the Build a Bear rewards program and they sent us a $5 off $25 coupon for signing up on our mobile phones.
  • We then took advantage of their 2/$15 outfit sale on the top floor of the store, and let the girls each pick out a hat too to bring our total to just over $25.
  • So after coupon and gift card we paid just over $15 (including cost of gift card) for two outfits. We were able to get our girls a bear and outfit for about $16+ tax each and they loved coming back to the hotel to their new build a bears at night!

Ridemakerz

RideMakerz

Ridemakerz is another fun shop in Downtown Disney where you can build your own remote control cars. They are not cheap, but you can print out this $10 off $40 coupon from the Anahiem Visitors center to help you save!

Be sure to share your favorite money saving tips for mementos & visit our Disneyland Deals page for more Money Saving tips for a Disneyland trip, or our Disneyland Secrets & Tips to help you plan your vacation!