The Scoop On Cheap Flights To Disneyland and Disney World

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Before you plan a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort, you’ll need to budget out the costs of visiting. Of course, theme Park tickets, Disney Water Park tickets, and Disney dining will be a large part of your vacation costs. But you will also have to make arrangements for transport to your vacation. Purchasing plane tickets and booking flights will likely be one of the first steps in booking your Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort vacation. Let’s discuss how to wade through flight deals to find airline tickets for your magical vacation in Orlando, FL., or Anaheim, CA.

Disney's Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort
Credit: All photos Walt Disney World Resort

Leveraging Credit Card Points and Savings

Snagging cheap flights or finding a ticket price that will not break the bank is a great way to save vacation dollars. After all, finding cheap Disneyland tickets or discount Disney World tickets is impossible, so you have to save cash on transportation and dining in Disney Park.

A credit card held up in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.

Of course, traveling on airline reward points is a great way to snag cheap airfare. If you choose to forgo the Disney Visa credit card that can be used to offset the cost of Disney tickets, you may choose to use an airline reward credit card like the Delta American Express credit card. Do your research in the months leading up to your vacation to determine which card would be best for your reward dollar.

As a loyal Delta customer living near the Atlanta, Georgia, hub of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the Delta Skymiles American Express card is my family’s best rewards credit card. If you are interested in learning about the perks of this card or applying to offset the cost of your flights to Disneyland Park or Disney World, check out this site.

John Wayne Airport
Credit: John Wayne Airport


Even if you can’t snag cheap flight tickets, you can benefit from partial discounts, seat upgrades, or free luggage perks that could result in savings and a better Disney experience. Use credit cards responsibly to get the most bang for your reward buck.

Cheap Flights at Disney World

Child enjoying a character experience with Mickey and Pluto at exclusive Disney Cardmember Spot in EPCOT
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Suppose you are headed to Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, or any other part of Walt Disney World Resort and are arriving by air. In that case, you will likely fly into Orlando International Airport. Some travelers may also fly into Orlando Sanford International Airport. Snag flight tickets to either of these spots for a better price by booking your trip well in advance.

orlando international airport planes on tarmac at sunset
Credit: Orlando International Airport (MCO)

According to sources like U.S. News, booking airline tickets between two and eight months from your vacation is advantageous to get the best prices. Monitoring Google Flights and turning on alerts are my favorite ways to stay on top of costs and watch price trends in the weeks leading up to my flight purchase.

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Where Can I Buy Cheap Flight Tickets to Disneyland?

Orlando International Airport
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If you are headed to Southern California to visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park, you will likely fly into John Wayne Airport. We’ve talked about using Google Flights to search but let’s chat about other helpful search tools. If you have been exploring how to find cheap flights, you may have landed on sites like (formerly known as Scott’s Cheap Flights) or even Skyscanner to estimate and track the costs of airline tickets in the weeks leading up to your target booking date. These are great options for gathering more information about cost projections before booking your flight.


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Flight Monitoring

If an app is your preferred way to search for flights and receive alerts, I recommend Hopper. You can set up draft trip options with different travel days and airports to determine the best prices. Even better, you can set an alert so you get notified on your phone when prices are trending down, and you see when you should book to get the lowest price. I love this hands-off way to monitor flight costs before a Disney vacation.

Credit: Orlando International Airport

Whether you are looking for cheap flights to Disney World in Florida or to Southern California to visit Disneyland Resort, we hope these tips will be helpful as you plan your magical vacation. When the flights are booked, and you are ready to plan Park details, purchase tickets, and book dining reservations, visit Inside the Magic for all your vacation planning needs!

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