Discover Disney: AAA’s Backstage Pass to the Magic Kingdom

Disney expert offers insider tips

To help Disney-bound travelers get the most out of their visit with Mickey and friends, AAA’s Disney experts suggest the following tips:

  • Don’t miss a memory. Gone are the days where mom or dad is missing from the photo because they were the one taking it, and, the cost of park photos can add up quickly.
    • Insider tip: Disney’s new PhotoPass+ allows park guests to get all photos taken by Disney photographers, select attraction photos and dining photos for one price. Guests can save $30 on the package by purchasing it online at prior to arrival.
  • Stay on park property. One of the many perks of staying at one of the Disneyland® Resort hotels is the convenience of a private entrance into California Adventure. Also, Extra Magic Hours allow early admission to either Disneyland® or Disney California Adventure® Park every day of your stay.
    • Insider tip: Don't hassle with carrying your souvenirs around all day. Guests of the Disneyland® Resort can enjoy the convenience of having purchases from select Disney shops delivered right to their hotel rooms.
  • Enjoy AAA park perks. Booking a Disney vacation through AAA will not only alleviate travel planning stress, but also provide several exclusive extras including free admission to Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness, a wake-up call from your favorite character and free parking at the Mickey and Friends parking structure. Guests will also receive the AAA Vacations® Diamond Card, which offers 10-20 percent savings at select dining and shops throughout the parks.
    • Insider tip: Book your vacation through AAA and receive preferred seating at some of the most popular shows and attractions at Disney California Adventure®  Park.
  • Save on snacks. It’s costly to feed a family while spending the day at a theme park. AAA urges travelers to take advantage of incentives such as the AAA Vacations® Diamond card, which will offer dining discounts at select locations.
    • Insider tip: Park guests are permitted to bring in small, six-pack sized coolers with food and drink, so long as there is no alcohol or glass – with the exception of baby food. Guests who bring items that could be cumbersome to carry around throughout the day should consider renting a park locker for storage.
  • Get tickets in advance. The cost of theme park tickets can add up when you take the whole family on vacation, and the lines at the ticket window can be long, especially during peak periods. Take advantage of your AAA membership and you'll be on the rides faster and have more money for souvenirs.
    • Insider tip: AAA members can save money and avoid the ticket lines by purchasing discounted Disneyland® tickets with extra member benefits at your local AAA office or online before you go.


Visit our Disneyland page to see AAA Member Benefits and more, or to book your Disneyland vacation, call a AAA Travel professional toll-free at 888-870-9408 or stop by your local AAA office.