Should you book a package for your Disneyland vacation through Walt Disney Travel Company or should you do it on your own? Look below to help you answer those questions.
No Package - Do it yourself
You have complete control of where you stay, and for how long.
You can purchase a single day ticket, or a 3, 4, or 5 day Park Hopper.
With a 3-day or higher Park Hopper, you still get Early Entry for one day during your stay.
Your hotel will probably be less expensive.
No vouchers to lose.
Easier if you want to divide your vacation into different hotels around California.
No Mickey's Morning Madness.
You pay for everything separately, instead of all at once before you even leave home.
You make several calls to various hotels, instead of one call to a travel agent, or Walt Disney Travel Company.
Walt Disney Travel Company Package
You can confirm your hotel, your park passes, and even your airfare with one phone call.
Mickey's Morning Madness.
Preferred seating at selected attractions in Disney's California Adventure.
Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin and lanyard.
California fun book.
You can add Disney's Dining Plan to prepay meals.
You pay for items you may not want such as the pin and lanyard.
While the packages are pretty flexible it is not so easy to book 2 nights at Disneyland, and then hotels in other California cities.
Price can be higher for your selected hotel.
Penalties for changing or canceling your reservation.
Booking a Walt Disney Travel Company Package through AAA Travel
Unlimited Fastpass if you stay at the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier or Grand Californian Hotel. (Changed after 2006: 2007 Changed AAA Benefits)
If you are a AAA member AAA Travel offers package discounts.
Same as those for booking through Walt Disney Travel Company.