Happy birthday, Disneyland!

Tomorrow (July 17) is Disneyland’s birthday and we are celebrating with a HUGE Sale! All of our 2-5 Day Park Hopper and 1-Park per Day tickets are $17 off for 2019 travel. There are a few things that are a little bit different about this sale that you should know:

  • This is the first time 2-day tickets have been included in a sale this big – so exciting and perfect for those looking for a quick trip before summer ends!
  • These are physical tickets and will be sent ahead of time, so guests will have their actual tickets in hand.
  • Tickets should be ordered 6 days in advance to allow enough time for delivery.
  • Tickets will come with some surprise freebies as part of the birthday celebration.
  • Tickets with this special are non-refundable.
  • Disney’s MaxPass can be added each day in the Parks.
  • Tickets must be used in 2019.
  • Sale is valid through July 22, 2019 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.

You can find the special tickets here:

https://www.getawaytoday.com/tickets?referrerid=7729

We are so excited for this special and hope you are too! This year is an incredible time to go to Disneyland. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to go this year:

Summer: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open at Disneyland Park and it is amazing! You can also experience the Tale of the Lion King only this summer at Disney California Adventure Park. Plus, for a limited time, the Main Street Electrical Parade will be back from August 2 – September 30, 2019.

Halloween Time: This year Halloween Time starts earlier than ever from September 6 – October 31, 2019. Expect returning spooktacular festivities in both Parks and for the first time ever, the popular “Halloween Screams” nighttime show will be available to all guests in Disneyland Park on select nights.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort: From mid-November through early January, the entire Disneyland Resort transforms into the Merriest Place on Earth. Seasonal classics like “it’s a small world” holiday, Believe… in Holiday Magic fireworks and Festival of Holidays are all coming back.

HUGE Star Wars News!

All the info

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Boarding Pass System June 24th and Beyond

Beginning June 24, 2019, guests will have the opportunity to visit Galaxy’s Edge via a virtual line. Guests may enter the virtual queue once they are inside Disneyland Park. You can find more details on how that will work here:

Specials for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Our best specials for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge include our 5th Day Free Disneyland Resort tickets, Extra Night Free hotel specials and our Layaway Plan that allows you to hold your vacation for just $175 down. Here are the links for each of these specials:

5th Day Free: https://www.getawaytoday.com/tickets/disneyland-resort/extra-day-free-disneyland-etickets?referrerid=7729
Hotel Listing: https://www.getawaytoday.com/hotels/disneyland-resort?includeTickets=True?referrerid=7729
Layaway Plan: https://www.getawaytoday.com/layaway?referrerid=7729

Is Disneyland Worth It?

DisneylandFriends, with the very recent announcement that the prices to have your next magical experience have increased upwards of 25%, I want to have a bit of a conversation with you about whether Disneyland is “worth it”.

First, I want to give you my take on why the prices have gone up. I saw a stat that said the single-day, one park ticket price for Disneyland has increased threefold since 2000. Most of the pain is in the prices of the highest Annual Passes. My take on this is fairly straight-forward. Disney needs to control the crowds somehow. Galaxy’s Edge was just confirmed to open in California in June. This alone is going to drop an atomic bomb on both parks for many months. I’m not saying that Disney is completely innocent here, as far as some calling them greedy. Certainly added profits and revenue are great side-effects. However, Disney also recently announced some price increases across the Nation at Walt Disney World. The difference is that while WDW also has Galaxy’s Edge opening this year, their increases were very small in comparison to Disneyland’s. This cements to me that it’s not at all a greedy move. It’s crowd-control, period.

I will say that it’s unfortunate that it happens. It’s sad that there are many families that will effectively be priced-out of a magical experience. But for some, the challenge is just to work harder to save up and wait a little longer to make it happen. Conveniently, those folks might have just avoided the massive crowds by being patient and saving up.

Some will go no matter the price. We are not what I consider financially well-off. My wife and I both work full time to make things work. We have two kids that normally make the trips with us. We are not currently Annual Passholders but we had been in the past. Because of our feelings about Disneyland and how much we adore the place, we would likely find a way to make it happen, no matter the price. This gets me to answering the title of this article.

Is Disneyland worth it? Let me pull this apart a little to help me illustrate my point. The phrase “worth it” means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? I like cars. I enjoy car shopping. I love watching YouTube videos reviewing cars from A to Z, typical econo-boxes to Ferraris and Bugattis. I love cars! If you were to ask me if owning a $300,000 Lamborghini was worth it, I’d proudly exclaim, YES! But, would I ever buy one? Heck no! Why? While it would be an absolute dream car to own and to drive and to show off, ownership would not make any sense. I certainly could not afford it. The loan payments, the ridiculous insurance, gas, tires, maintenance/repair, and speeding tickets would completely break us financially. Would it be worth it? Yes. Would it make any sense? No. The question about a trip to Disneyland shouldn’t be, “Is it worth it?” Because that answer would always be YES. The question should rather be, “Does it make sense?”. Because we all are in different financial situations, I can’t tell you that Disneyland makes sense. It wouldn’t be fair to tell you that. But, if you could dig in, make a plan, save your money, and dream big, you will discover that it will ALWAYS be worth it!

In an earlier article, HERE, I discussed the idea of separating the financial aspects from the magical experience itself. I won’t re-hash that here, but it does fit here nicely. The bottom-line here is to save up the money, make a smart plan and budget it all accordingly, and make it happen. Once you experience it (again, if it’s been a while), you will never have to approach the topic of the worth of a Disneyland trip. Because, duh!

A Disneyland Date?

IMG_0026.jpegGenerally, folks visit Disneyland with their lovely children. It’s absolutely a family-affair. Like many events parents get a lot of joy from watching their children having a great experience. It’s a lot like watching the kiddos unwrap their presents and seeing that sparkle in their eyes. Walt himself even said he wanted his theme park to be enjoyable to both children and adults.

After 18 years of marriage and every visit to a Disney park including our children, we wanted to do something we’d always talked about doing but never made happen. We went to Disneyland as a couple. No kiddos. Wow. What a very different experience. Thanksgiving weekend in 2018 was when we made it happen. Yes, things at the park were very busy but overall, we felt a lot more relaxed. Our hotel was a little further away than we had envisioned so we ended up using Uber to travel to and from so it was a little like being chauffeured.

Currently, we are not passholders so we had to make some things work a little different. We left our vehicle parked at the hotel. Even this small detail took our anxiety down a notch. One of the biggest differences we noticed was that we could really take it slow. We didn’t feel like we were hurrying around as much. We still used MaxPass and took advantage of some of our normal strategies. We definitely maximised our attraction and show scheduling. We discovered that reserving dining options was also much easier with just a party of two than it had been for three or four.

One interesting thing we noted was that even though we usually let our kids go off and do their own rides and gave them a money card to buy snacks, we felt even more free to do anything we wanted and look for things we’ve never done or stores we never visited. We did feel a little guilty for not including our children but we had such an amazing time that we enjoyed it all immensely. I mean, it’s still Disneyland!

We absolutely recommend planning and executing on an adventure to Disneyland as just a couple. You’ll go again soon and bring along the children, right? Enjoy your significant other’s company. Look at the sparkle in their eyes and create this unique memory to keep forever.