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  • On May 4, 2023
    Kayla from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! When is the best time to book to get the cheapest rates for hotel + tickets for a September trip? I'm going for my birthday and I'm so excited but I want to get the best deal I can

    Hi Kayla! A very merry unbirthday to you.

    Budgeting is always an important factor for my family when planning our Disneyland Resort vacations as well, so I can appreciate your concern. There's no magical best time to book, but I can give you some hints for finding the best value you can.

    First, I would keep my eye on the Offers and Discounts available. Currently, Spring Offers are posted, but those will be expiring soon. Since you have a specific date in mind, watching for your trip window to fall within the offer period will be important! I always find it is best to book one of these offers as soon as they are advertised as hotels do sometimes fill up.

    Second, I'd consider a Vacation Package, either for an onsite Disneyland Resort Hotel or a Good Neighbor Hotel. These always offer Guests good value by combining your hotel stay with your admission tickets, and come with benefits, such as discounts in the parks and Early Entry, depending on your choice of hotel. Vacation Packages also feature the option of self-determined payment plans. You can make payments when you like in the amount you choose, which offers a lot of flexibility for budgeting. If you're interested in a Vacation Package, you can book online or speak with a friendly Cast Member on the dedicated Vacation Packages phone line, where they can assist you in booking your magical trip.

    Finally, a Disney Gift Card can be a great budgeting tool. If purchased at certain retailers, you might be eligible for a percentage discount on the purchase of the card, which you can then apply to the purchase of your tickets, hotel stay, and throughout the parks. Plus, you can set a limit for spending for yourself by sticking to using your Disney Gift Card throughout your visit.

    I hope you have the best birthday! Take a spin on the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park for me.

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Meet the Panelist: Elizabeth, Missouri

Hello from St. Louis! I'm Elizabeth, a professor, wife, and mother to two little boys. We love to travel as a family, and Disneyland Resort is the place where we laugh more and make the happiest memories. We've done everything from solo to big multi-generational trips, and I've got the tips and tricks for traveling with little ones to help ensure your experience is truly magical. Learn More About Elizabeth

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