Have reservations about going to Disneyland? Of course you do!
Disneyland is not just a park anymore -- it's a full-fledged resort with three massive hotels, a large shopping district, and two gigantic theme parks (well, one and a half)!
The days of being able to just drive out to Disneyland for a day of fun are gone. In the 21st century, if you want to go to Disneyland, you need to make careful plans, save up money, and do everything you can to make sure that you get the most out of your visit to the "Happiest place on earth" under pain of crushing disapointment. Who needs the aggravation? Isn't there a half-decent miniature golf place or something near your home where you can get a few laughs without the added stress?
And here's the best part -- if you don't go to Disneyland, you can not only dispense with the hassle, you can also, with the assistance of Rat Trips, save a pile of money! Just follow these simple Rat Trips Certified© steps:
1) Decide where you don't want to go. If you don't go to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, you can save significantly more than if you don't go to just one of the parks.
2) Decide where you don't want to stay: The Disney-owned hotels (Grand Californian, Paradise Pier, and Disneyland Hotel) are all significantly more expensive than other area hotels, so you can save more by not staying there. Maximize your savings by just staying home!
3) Decide where you don't want to eat: A hot dog and soda at Disneyland can run you $10, and let's not even talk about the prices at sit-down restaurants. You've probably got the makings of a decent baloney sandwich in your fridge already -- stick with that.
4) Decide how long to stay home. The more time you spend away from the Disneyland Resort, the more money you can save. When you look at admission prices, food, lodging, airfare, car rental, trip insurance, souvenirs, etc., a family of four can save as much as $2,500 by not going to Disneyland for a single day! By not taking an extend trip, you can save even more!
5) Once you have made your decisions, put your plan into inaction! Don't make a single reservation, find something diverting to do around the house, and don't let the kids' tantrums sway you -- let 'em turn blue, you're not going! After a few weeks, add up the money you saved and start bragging to your friends and coworkers!
Super Saver Bonus Tip
Want to really save big money? Then perhaps you should consider not joining Disneyland's super-exclusive Club 33. By not joining, you can bypass years of nail biting while you are on the waiting list, and forget about a lifetime of annual membership dues amounts filled with discouraging zeros and commas. Add to this the fact that dinner at Club 33 can easily cost more than $100 per person, and your potential savings by not joining become even more significant!