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  • On Mar 12, 2022
    Farhan from BC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We booked our non-refundable airline tickets to Anaheim thinking we could go to Disneyland. We did not realize that you needed to book disney tickets ahead of time. Is there anyway we can buy tickets for March 15 to 18th for 4 kids and 2 adults ?

    Hi Farhan!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you so much for reaching out to us hEAR with your Disneyland Resort Vacation Planning question. I'm happy to be your planEAR today!

    Oh Farhan, I am so sorry to hEAR that you're having ticket trouble. I can't imagine how excited your family must be to finally be able to travel again after two long yEARs of restrictions. Sadly some of the health and safety reopening precautions put in place are still limiting the number of Theme Park Admission Tickets sold per day. Those who are able to purchase tickets must select which days they plan to visits the parks at the time of purchase. And on top of that, there are now Park Pass Reservations that must also be made that notate which park you plan to visit on what day. So you're technically battling two reservation calendars.

    While it might seem impossible right now, there is still some room to hope that you'll get to see Mickey and his friends at The Happiest Place on Earth. First off, you can always try to buy tickets at the front gate. Your best bet will be to do this as soon as you get into town, even if you arrive on a Sunday but weren't planning on going to the parks until Tuesday. You can be dropped off at or park in the Downtown Disney District (this parking area charges an hourly rate vs daily rate) and walk to the ticket booths in The Esplanade area that sit directly between the entrances of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. There may not be any available for the days you're attempting to visit, but this will be your best bet as these tickets can guarantee both the ticket visit dates and the Park Pass Availability.

    You could also keep trying to purchase tickets online, either on Disney.com or through any other ticket sales websites you find. Think about your credit cards (do any of them have travel help desks, or ticket purchase portals?), memberships (Costco), and associations. (Like the Canadian Automobile Association.) If you can find the tickets, you then only need to hope for Park Pass Reservations. Looking at the Park Pass Reservation Calendar right now, things also look kind of grim. These reservations are fluid in that as other guests change or cancel their plans, their dropped reservations become available to be booked by anyone else. And that does happen quite a bit, however, often not until the day before. Your best bet for securing a Park Pass Reservation would be if you can also book a stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel as there is a backup set of park pass reservations held for hotel guests. If you can find tickets but not Park Pass Reservations, rest assured that the value of what you paid for those tickets can be applied toward tickets on a future Disneyland visit.

    I am so sorry again, Farhan. I'll cross my fingers and think some happy thoughts that you're able to find some Disney Days this upcoming week. Thank you again for reaching out to us. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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