Greetings from "The Happiest Place on Earth"!!! I wanted to share some time and money saving tips with ya that I have learned along the way. There are some websites dedicated to this type of thing, but can be so overwhelming.
Tip #1: Plan your trip, waaaayy in advance to get the best prices on hotels and airfare. Beware of packages, they cost more than buying everything separate. But if you need that free lanyard then by all means... Lol
Tip #2: When booking a hotel room, keep these things in mind: distance from the parks, amenities like free breakfast, and parking fees. For instance, if you are going to pay for a hotel room that is just alright, but have to pay 14 dollars for parking, you might as well book the moderate room that is 10 dollars more with free parking and breakfast. I also use www.tripadvisor.com Gto view the rooms and get people's reviews on it.
Tip #3: If you park far or you walked to the park, invest in a locker. You don't want to waste your time trying to go back to the car and/or hotel just to get your jackets or snacks. They are decent priced and available for your use all day. (I do suggest leaving jackets in hotels if you are going back to take a nap or for an afternoon swim!)
Tip #4: Fast passes are your friend. Use them wisely. Once you get one for a ride, you are not able to get another one until the time on the pass is up.
Tip #5: If you are buying coffee in the park, buy it at Disneyland's Marketplace on Main Street. Save the receipt and you will be able to get free refills all day. Also, for the coffee conisseur. Disneyland has its own blend.
Tip#6: Ride all of the rides in Fantasyland after the parade or fireworks. There will be short waits!
These are all the tips I have just used! Enjoy. I tend to go to Disneyland frequently. Like 4-5 times a year. If you have any questions, or need a specific tip on traveling with kids, teenagers, or adults...let me know. Don't be afraid to shoot me an email. I have also stayed in lots of hotels around the area, so ask away!