Hotels and Disneyland – How to Save On Your Disneyland Stay! (Plus Current Hotel Deals)

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Hotels and Disneyland

Staying at Disneyland (and Disneyland Hotel Deals) –

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!

We will also be updating this with current hot Disneyland Hotel deals as they become available. See the section below on current Disneyland Hotel Deals to see what might be available this month!

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:

  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.


Current Disneyland Hotel Deals:

Disneyland area hotel

Cortona Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort – Anaheim, CA – as low as $89/nt! This includes a hot complimentary breakfast and there are room options for up to 6 ppl to accommodate larger families.

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Discount Great Wolf Lodge Deal – Summer Dates (Start at $199 NT for Suites + $25 Resort Credit)!

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 Discount Great Wolf Lodge Deal!

Just a reminder, that its the last chance to take advantage of this offer if you are interested!

Looking for Great Wolf Lodge deal? Here is another great Great Wolf Lodge deal available right now from Zulily, that is perfect for summer dates!  They are offering deals for the family suite, for a two night stay. The rates work out to be $199/ nt for suites plus get a $25 nt resort credit. That is a good price for this time of the year, if you are looking to make visit through September (read fine print below as there are a few blackout dates)! This is also only for Sun. – Wed. stays

They did sell out some of the options when they last offered this promotion, so you may want to shop early if your interested. Its generally the Friday night stay option that sells out first.

**You can find current Great Wolf Lodge promo codes and savings in this post here too if you want to compare prices!

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts Available for the Grand Mound, Wa. Location:  (you can find other location offers here too)

  • This $399 zulily-exclusive voucher is good for a two-night stay with arrival dates between Sunday and Wednesday from July 5, 2015 to Sept. 3, 2015 at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA.
  • Stay in the Family Suite, which offers two queen size beds and a full size sleeper sofa, as well as a semi-private sitting area with a 32-inch television for when you’re kicking back in the room.
  • You also receive four passes to the indoor water park with the option to buy two more and $25 per night in resort credit that can be used at any outlet.

Fine Print:

  • Limit two vouchers per zulily member
  • Promotional value expires Sept. 3, 2015; paid value does not expire
  • $399 for a Two-Night Stay in Grand Mound, WA 7/5 to 9/3
  • Blackout dates: Aug. 9
  • Does not include tax, shipping, handling, gift certificates or resort fees

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.

Southwest Airlines Sale – Flights as low as $49 & Up

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Southwest Airlines Sale

Southwest Airlines Sale – Flights as low as $49 & Up

I got an email today about a 72 hour day sale happening at Southwest Airlines, with fares starting as low as $49 one way & up! This sale is only lasting through Thursday, October 16th at midnight. This sale is for travel between December 3rd, 2014 through December 17th, 2014 and again January 6th, 2015 through February 11th, 2015. {Make sure to check out blackout dates & other exceptions – not valid for travel on Fridays or Saturdays.}


Here are a few sample rates that I saw listed at Southwest Airlines:


  • Seattle – Orange County – Starting at $99 one-way
  • Seattle – Chicago (Midway), IL – Starting at $149 one-way
  • Seattle – Las Vegas, NV – Starting at $99 one-way
  • Seattle – Sacramento, CA – Starting at $99 one-way
  • Seattle – San Diego, CA – Starting at $99 one-way


  • Portland – Chicago (Midway), IL – Starting at $149 one-way
  • Portland – Denver, CO – Starting at $99 one-way
  • Portland – Las Vegas, NV – Starting at $99 one-way
  • Portland – Phoenix, AZ – Starting at $99 one-way
  • Portland – Sacremento, CA – Starting at $49 one-way

Fine Print (make sure to check their site for all the fine print details):

  • Purchase from October 14th through October 16th, 2014, 11:59 pm for the respective time zone of the originating city.
  • Travel December 3rd through December 17th, 2014 and January 6th though February 11th, 2015.
  • Blackout Dates Apply: Travel to Florida or Nevada is valid Sunday through Wednesday only.  Additionally, travel from Florida or Nevada is valid Tuesday through Friday only.  Travel between Nevada and Florida is valid on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.
  • Some flights operated by AirTran® Airways.
  • Fares valid on nonstop service only.
  • Displayed prices include all U.S. and international government taxes and fees.
  • Seats and days are limited. Fares may vary by destination, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods.
  • Travel is available for one-way Wanna Get Away® Fares.
  • Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward future travel on Southwest Airlines, so long as you cancel your reservations at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. Failure to cancel prior to departure will result in forfeiture of remaining funds on the reservation.
  • Any change in itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Standby travel requires an upgrade to the Anytime Fare.
  • Fares are subject to change until ticketed.
  • Offer applies to published, scheduled service only.

Great Wolf Lodge Promo Code – Rooms as low as $159.99 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 right now. Plus they are running their 48 Hour Sale too, with discounts up to 20% off through tomorrow (6/5)! Rooms start at as low as $165 for a family suite during this sale (rates will vary by dates). Use code 48HOUR (or R48HOUR for returning customers)

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 5/29, for members (sign up for free here) with promo code SIGNIN13! The lowest prices will be for mid-week stays (costs go up for weekend stays if they are available), and you will need to stay between now and 7/2/15. You can also get themed suites (like the bear den) for $223.99 after promo code for the same dates.

If you are looking for dates further out, you can stay starting at $169.99 through 9/4/15 with promo code SAVINGS (again the lowest prices will be for family suites on weekdays, but it should provide you a 20% savings). This code will save you 15%-20% depending on the length of your stay (2 night minimum required for this offer).

Military Members can use promo code HEROES to get rates starting at $159.99 through 12/31/15 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!

Staycation Seattle – Things To Do In Seattle (& Greater Seattle)!

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100 Staycation Ideas for Seattle

Looking for budget friendly vacation ideas for the Pacific Northwest this year?  With the high cost of airfare you might want to consider taking a “Staycation” in Seattle (or a mini vacation in Seattle if you live within driving distance)! Seattle, the “Emerald City”, offers many things to do and explore beyond the well known Space Needle.

We have compiled a huge list of things to do in Seattle  that are budget friendly. You can also check out these Discount Tickets for Seattle if your planning to attend an event or show!

Find activities by area of interest:

Always Free In Seattle / Frugal Fun In Seattle
Free Museum Days
Festivals, Fairs & Events
National, State and Local Parks
Beaches, Pools & Lighthouses
Movies & Concerts
Sightseeing & Attractions
Discount Tickets for Sporting Events, Theater & More
Open Air Markets
Seattle Staycation Tips

If you are interested in what to do in the Greater Puget Sound area this summer be sure to check out the following:

Fun & Frugal Weekly Events in the Pacific Northwest
Summer Fun Ideas for the Pacific Northwest
Pacific NW Travel Reviews/Ideas
Weekly Budget Friendly Getaways post
Kids Eat Free in Seattle and Portland Areas

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Local Getaway – Great Deals at NEW Angel Of The Winds Casino Hotel

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Angel of the Winds

Angel of the Winds – Budget Friendly Option in Skagit Valley!

My husband had to work out of town for some time this year, and we were looking for a chance to getaway and reconnect now that he is back. With three kids still at home, we were looking for a local option that was not too far, and was affordable. So, when the opportunity presented itself to try out the new hotel at the Angel of the Winds Casino, we called in grandma to watch the kids and packed our bags.

We had a wonderful time, and scoped out tons of money saving opportunities for you too! If you’re looking for a couples getaway where you can relax, reconnect, but still have some things to do, then this is a great option.

The hotel has some great savings packages, and there are a number of great budget friendly food options. There also are quite a few free things to do throughout the area as well. A couple could do a great overnight getaway for under $200 including food, room and some entertainment. You could even do it for less if you really planned well!

Angel of the Winds Casino opened up in 2004. There was no hotel at that time, and the casino space was much smaller than it is today, but they adopted the mantra “Worlds Friendliest Casino” and the casino grew mostly from Word of Mouth as they lived up to that friendly reputation. Fast forward to today, and the expansion includes a brand new hotel, along with new casino space, and continued plans for growth. Since the hotel is new, and they want more folks to become aware of it, it is a great time to get a good deal. The hotel itself just opened this past December, so its all new and very cozy. The hotel is on one side (no smoking at all in that area) and the casino on the other side, so it can be a good budget friendly option even if you don’t game at all.

Hotel Savings Packages for Angel of the Winds:

Hotel Overview – 

The Angel of the Winds Casino and Hotel is new (opened in December) and the rooms are very nice. They offer a number of savings packages, and we found some really great values for the quality of room and stay.

angel of the winds hotel room

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Exploring Skagit Valley Area – Things To Do On A Budget

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Skagit Valley Final

My husband and I recently enjoyed a weekend getaway at the Angel of the Winds Casino and Hotel. During our stay, we were fortunate enough to have a tour of the local area from John (hotel guru of the area). He shared with us some of his favorite spots. We had so much fun, we wanted to share some of these tips with you!

The La Conner area is a great stopping spot approximately half way between Seattle and Vancouver. You can check out the Visit Skagit Valley site for lots of details on the area, but here are some of our favorite tips for off the beaten path spots to stop! If you like weekend road trips (or day trips), and visiting small towns this is a great area to explore.

Tips for planning your trip to the Skagit Valley Area:

The trick to making this a budget friendly getaway, is to plan ahead. There are a number of free activities to enjoy, including great hiking spots, beautiful parks and more. There are also many festivals in the area that you can plan your trip around. You could do it as a day trip, and pack a picnic, and keep your costs close to a tank of gas. You could also make it a weekend trip, and find a budget friendly lodging option. A few ideas for this include: camping, finding a lodging deal on one of the deal sites, or the Angel of the Winds Casino and Hotel deals.

There are a number of festivals throughout the year, that are especially fun times to visit. Be sure to follow our festivals post here to stay on top of those!

Check out deal sites for the area before you leave, if you want to be prepared to save on restaurants or entertainment. A couple we are aware of, that are specific to this area, include:

  • Deal Savers (select Bellingham as your city)
  • KAPS Radios Country Store – this local radio station offers many discounts for things like local restaurants, the Childrens Museum & more!
  • Follow our weekly Getaways post to find deals for lodging in the San Juan area, and other lodging deals tht may pop up in this area of the state.

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Saving at Disney World – FREE Disney Dining Plan (Valid Select Dates Through Dec. 2015)!

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Are you planning a trip to Disney World this year? If your answer is a yes, or a maybe you may want to check out this offer from Disney World.

Get a FREE Dining Plan, when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at select Disney Resort hotels. This special offer can be booked through July 10, 2015.

This could really help you save if you were looking at a trip, as your food costs will all be covered (which is a big ticket item for my family when we travel)!

Offer valid for arrivals most nights on the following dates:

  • August 28 – October 2, 2015
  • October 25 – October 31, 2015
  • November 8 – November 19, 2015
  • December 15 – December 21, 2015

FYI:  You just need to book your FIRST Night during these dates to qualify for the FREE dining plan.

Disney Dining Plan includes meals and snacks at over 100 select Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. For each night of your vacation package, each Guest in your party (ages 3 and up) receives:

  • One Table-Service Meal
  • 1 Quick-Service Meal
  • 1 Snack
  • 1 Resort-Refillable Drink Mug

Find more details about the dining plan and the resort hotels that are included with this offer.

Important Information

  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas and campsites.
  • Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities.
  • Children ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

We also have lots of tips on how to save on a Disneyland vacation if you are planning to travel there instead – check out our Disneyland Deals page here (tips or saving on tickets, hotels, food and more)!

Knotts Berry Farm Discount Tickets – $38 (reg $68)! Close to Disneyland!

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Knotts Berry Farm Discount Tickets

Knotts Berry Farm Discount Tickets – $38 for Adult Tickets (Reg $68)

If you’re headed down to Southern California, we’ve found discount tickets from Goldstar to Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park. I lived in southern California for a few years when I was a kid and this was a fun amusement park we visited a few times. If you’re headed down to Disneyland but want a break to try something new for a day & at a lower rate than paying for another day at Disney, this is a nice option of a different kind of theme park to take the family.  It’s only 10-15 minutes away from Disneyland too, if you’re staying close to Disney.

Ticket prices for adults are regularly $68, but with Goldstar’s discount tickets, they are just $38 + service fees, making them $41.25. Kids tickets are $35 at Knott’s Berry Farm & $33 but with a $2.50 service fee, so they are actually $.50 more with Goldstar. So, the best deal is definitely the adult tickets at almost 50% off.

More information about Knott’s Berry Farm::

There’s much to keep you and your family amused by land, water and air at Knott’s Berry Farm’s 160 acres of roller coasters, games, shopping, live entertainment, dining and children’s rides in Buena Park. Go head-over-heels and heels-over-head on the scream machine Boomerang. Bang into your buddies on the Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars. Make a splash on Bigfoot Rapids. Take a spin on Wipeout — if you dare! In between turns on the Sierra Sidewinder and the hair-raising Montezooma’s Revenge, visit Camp Snoopy or Ghost Town for live singing, dancing, stunts and the Peanuts Gang. In the spring, celebrate Knott’s delicious roots at the Boysenberry Festival. (Walter Knott invented the cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry!) This fun food festival includes tasty Boysenberry Bites — like boysenberry BBQ sauce, ICEE floats and Frappuccinos, live entertainment and more farm-fresh fun for the whole family.

If you’re looking for ideas on ways to save on Disneyland while you’re down there, check out our Disneyland Savings page:

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 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


  • 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!