Mom And Daughter Sailing Ship Columbia; In costume as captain hook and Peter Pan
  • On Apr 6, 2015
    Kim from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I was thinking of taking my daughter to Disneyland in October for Mickey's Halloween party. She will be 3 and I'm a single mom. Do you have any recommendations to keep the costs down?

    Hello Kim,

    Thank you for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I hope you are having a Fantasmic! day!

    Budgeting for a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth can be overwhelming but I don’t want it to be. I want you to focus on the magical memories you are going to make with your daughter! Since you are thinking about attending Mickey’s Halloween Party, you may want to attend just the party on that day since that requires a separate party ticket. Last year, party attendees were allowed to enter Disneyland Park about 3 hours prior to the party starting, this may change this year and announcements have not been made yet but with party hours being a good amount, it may be enough for a 3 year old. 

    While in the parks, you can bring in your own snacks and drinks. Just be sure to leave any glass at home. We like to pack sandwiches in a soft sided cooler and keep it in the stroller and then for the other meal, grab a hot dog or famous corn dog. This can help keep the budget down. Eating a hot dog while grabbing a table on Main Street, U.S.A. to people watch is a lot of fun too! We bring a couple water bottles to refill at the drinking fountains too. This will help save money and make sure you and your princess are staying hydrating during your adventure.
    If you sign up to get a Disney VISA Card from Chase, you can save while shopping in the parks. We signed up with a debit card. Another note on shopping, sometimes I stop by the Disney Store before a vacation and look in their clearance section. I’ll buy a couple items and wait to give it to our littles until we are on our vacation.

    We also like to check out our local Costco for tickets to the Disneyland Resort, they often have great package deals.

    I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please visit me here and let me know how I can help you plan your pixie-dusted visit.

    Wishing you magic!

    ~ Lynette
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Meet the Panelist: Lynette, Utah

I'm a mama, a wife, an artist, a believer in Pixie Dust and I love fashion with a Disney twist. I live Disney every day, quite literally. My family and I live in the real "UP" house replica from the beloved Disney•Pixar film. We are always chasing our dreams by living our family motto, unashamedly borrowed from Walt himself, "Keep Moving Forward." Learn More About Lynette

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