7 Reasons to Buy the Southern California CityPASS for Theme Parks
Discounted admission to Orange County and San Diego's best theme parks
Travelers wanting to hit SoCal’s best theme parks should absolutely look at the (affiliate partner) Southern California CityPASS for convenience and discounts.
Not only will CityPASS holders save money, there are extra conveniences provided by this card, which is issued by one of the most well-known companies in the discounted attractions pass niche.
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The Must-Visit Theme Parks Are Included
This discounted pass includes admission to:
- Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure
- SeaWorld San Diego
- LEGOLAND California
- San Diego Zoo or San Diego Zoo Safari Park (with an optional add-on)
The pass includes a 3-day Park Hopper Pass to Disneyland Park and Disneyland California Adventure and one-day general admission to the rest of the parks.
Buy the Southern California CityPASS online and it will cost the same as it would at a theme park ticket booth. I like that the price is straightforward so you don’t have to scour the internet for discounts. They tell you straight up on their website that they do not offer promo codes. This pass is also not available at Costco or any other discounter that I could see.
At the moment, our partner Viator site offers the pass for a few dollars less but for all intents and purposes, it’s the same price. Keep in mind if you do buy this pass through anyone other than CityPASS, they may require that you start at a specific park so be sure to read the fine print.
Almost a 30% Savings with Southern California CityPASS
If you were to visit all of the theme parks on this list, you will save 29% versus paying regular admission. That’s nearly $150 per person.
What I like about the Southern California CityPASS is that the math is easy. There are no ancillary options, like extra museums you may nor may not have time for, that make estimating true savings a bit more difficult. In other words, it is easy to know with greater accuracy how money you will save with this pass.
Magic Morning at Disneyland Park
The Southern California CityPASS includes 3-day Park Hopper Tickets to Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park. You can pick which three days you’d like to use the Park Hopper within the same 14-day window.
BUT, a major benefit to the Southern California CityPASS is that you are entitled to one Magic Morning entry on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (subject to capacity and other restrictions). This means that you can enter Disneyland Park an hour before it opens to the public. This is a privilege only offered to Disneyland Resort hotel guests.
Having taken advantage of Magic Hours at Disneyland Resort, I can tell you that this hour will not only enable you to enjoy a bunch of rides without waiting, but you’ll be deep into the park before the crowds are able to infiltrate. So, you actually benefit far beyond the one hour.
No Line Waiting with Pass In-Hand
Once you have the pass in-hand, you can skip the ticket booth queues. Simply head to the theme park’s turnstiles where they will scan your Southern California CityPASS.
Getting the pass in advance of your trip is easy. They’ll ship cards to customers in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Australia and New Zealand via UPS (United Parcel Service) and to the United Kingdom via Royal Mail. You may also choose to have your CityPASS sent to your hotel in the U.S. or Canada.
It is also possible to avoid shipping costs by printing your voucher for immediate use (a $2.00 processing fee applies).
Visit Attractions in Any Order
Within 14 days of first use, you can visit any of the listed attractions in any order. This is convenient for those who start in Orange County, road trip down to San Diego and return up the coast to Orange County which is a common California sightseeing route.
In case you’re wondering what the north to south order of Southern California’s best theme parks is, here you go:
- Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure (Anaheim)
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Escondido)
- LEGOLAND California (Carlsbad)
- SeaWorld San Diego (Mission Bay)
- San Diego Zoo (Balboa Park)
365-Day Return Policy
If you buy a CityPASS and wind up not using it, CityPASS allows customers to receive a full refund on unused passes within 365 days of purchase.
Have you used the Southern California CityPASS? What did you think?