Are you planning the trip of a lifetime to Disney World?! Well, grab your Mickey Mouse coffee cup and let us help you by sharing our top questions and answers about Walt Disney World’s ticket options.
1 – What Ticket Logistics Will Disney Ask For?
Before beginning the ticket process, you’ll want to have a grasp on these items as Disney will be asking for them:
- Number of Days Needed
- When You Are Going
- Numbers of Tickets Needed (Both Adult and Children)
- Theme Park Selections
2 – How Many Days Do I Need?
Disney wants you to visit as many times as possible! We’ve stayed at Disney for a 7-day trip, but only needed 4 days of tickets for example. Keep in mind that when thinking of how many days you’ll want to visit the parks, Disney does offer a discount the more days you select. For example, a one day ticket might cost you $119, but 4 days’ worth of tickets would cost you around $95 per day. In other words – the more days you purchase, the more of a discount you receive.
3 – Why Does It Matter When I Go?
Disney World now has a tiered ticket system. This means that a one-day admissions may cost more or less at different times of the year depending on historic crowd levels. If possible, you’ll want to visit when Value tickets are available. This will not only save you money but crowds likely won’t be as bad! Disney has three seasons and prices that correspond:
- Value (from $102)
- Regular (from $114)
- Peak (from $122)
4 – What Is the Age Breakdown for An Adult Vs. Child Ticket?
An adult ticket is for ages 10+. A child ticket is for ages 3 to 9 years of age and is usually right around $6-$10 cheaper than an adult ticket. Children younger than 3 years of age do not need a ticket.
5 – Why Does It Matter Which Theme Park I Am Going To?
Disney now has a different ticket cost for Magic Kingdom and the other three theme parks. Here is an example of pricing per theme park during Peak season for a 1-day ticket:
- Magic Kingdom – $129 adult / $123
- Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom – $122 adult / $116 child
6 – What Is The Park Hopper Option?
The Park Hopper option includes the same-day admission to all 4 theme parks. This means for one ticket price you can visit Magic Kingdom in the morning, Epcot in the afternoon, Animal Kingdom for dinner, then Hollywood Studios for fireworks if you wanted! We personally don’t recommend the Park Hopper option if you are first timers to Disney World. There is PLENTY to do in each park that park hopping tends to be more of a hassle than good. Of course, some people however thinks it’s the best way to go! An example of pricing during Peak season for a 1-day park hopping ticket is $184 for adults and $178 for a child.
7 – What Are Magic Your Way Tickets?
A Magic Your Way ticket is included in a Magic Your Way Package, which plainly put is like bundling a Disney vacation into one package. You can either purchase a Magic Your Way Package that includes Room and Tickets or a Room, Ticket, and Dine Package. These packages allow you to build your own trip, catering to how many day/nights you are planning to stay and how many tickets you will need. Prices vary with Magic Your Way tickets simply depending on the Magic Your Way Package you select. Ticket options include one day passes, multi-day passes (these get cheaper the longer that you stay), park hopper options and water park and more options that get you additional access around the resort. Multi-day Magic Your Way ticket prices for 4-10 day base tickets recently increased $25-$60 depending on how many days you purchase.
8 – What Is NOT Included in My Ticket?
Parking and MagicBands are two important items that are not included in your theme park ticket. If you are a Disney Resort guest however, both theme park parking and MagicBands are complimentary! Special ticketed events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are not included in your standard park ticket and require a special ticket purchase. Disney’s Water Parks also require a Water Park Ticket for admission.
9 – Does Disney Offer Ticket Discounts?
Yes! Be on the lookout for special offers, discounts, and deals. Our favorite place to locate such deals is straight from the Disney World website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/. Discounts are available for Florida Residents, Disney Vacation Club Members, Military, and AAA. Use your Disney Premier Visa Card and receive credit. Since we visit frequently, we save a lot of money by purchasing Annual Passes which has the Annual Passholder perks as an added benefit. Keep in mind that typically when you purchase a Magic Your Way Package (as mentioned above) you end up with great savings all around.
10 – Should I Buy Tickets in Advance?
100%, YES! Not only will you save loads of time when you get to the park (Ticket window lines have no FastPass+ option!), but Disney is currently offering a $20 discount for multi-day tickets of three days of longer when pre-purchased online. The other perks to purchasing your tickets in advance are linking your tickets to your My Disney Experience account and being able to make FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance for non-resort guests, or 60 days in advance for Disney Resort guests. While we do encourage purchasing tickets in advance, be sure to see the below paragraph about expiration dates. Plus, if your plans change, you can always upgrade your ticket!
11 – Do Tickets Expire?
Yes, with new policy changes, tickets do now carry an expiration date. Your ticket’s expiration date will vary depending on the type of ticket you purchase. Before you purchase your ticket in advance, be sure you know what your ticket expiration date is. You wouldn’t want to purchase tickets only to have them expire before your trip. Good news – if you paid for an unused, expired ticket – the purchase total may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price. If you purchased a non-expiration ticket in the past before this policy came about, this non-expiration ticket remains valid until you use it.
12 – Are Tickets Transferable?
No – tickets are not transferable once a person uses their ticket. After that first use, all following admissions are specific to that person and can’t be transferred. If you have NOT yet used a ticket however, you may be able to transfer it to another person by connecting with Disney’s Guest Services.
13 – How Do I Link My Tickets to The My Disney Experience App?
First, you’ll want to visit MyDisneyExperience.com or download the app on your phone. Follow the steps to create an account. Once you have an account, you have the freedom to link resort reservations, ticket purchases, FastPasses, and even dining reservations to your account. To link your ticket, under the “My Disney Experience” menu you will find “Reservations and Tickets”. Go down to “Tickets and Passes” where you will find a button that says “Link Ticket”. Enter your Will Call Confirmation Number or Ticket ID located on the back of your ticket and you’ll be linked!
14 – Any Extras I Should Consider?
While it is not required, we recommend that if you are not a Disney Resort Guest, you purchase a MagicBand if at all possible. MagicBands are $12.95 plus tax and can be linked to your My Disney Experience account – making life easier for gaining access to the parks, as well as ease for FastPasses. As we mentioned above, Resort Guests receive complimentary MagicBands. We also recommend purchase Memory Maker in advance. Memory Maker is when you can download any and all photos taken by PhotoPass Cast Members in the parks and resorts for one set price. Purchasing Memory Maker in advance saves you $20 – with a cost of $149 plus tax.
Editors Note: Before purchasing tickets you may want to consider an annual pass. Read our article here for more information!
**Prices are valid as of 7/16/18
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