Planning a trip to Disney World, and feeling overwhelmed? There’s certainly a lot to consider before leaving home. What tickets to purchase is a big part of the decision-making process. No one wants to pay for something they won’t use or need. Here are some tips to help you understand the myriad of ticket choices you have when visiting Walt Disney World.
1. Determine how many days you want to visit the theme parks, excluding the Disney water parks. Disney World has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. A 1-day base ticket (one park only) is almost $100! The good news is, the more days you play, the more you save! For instance, a 5-day base ticket averages $65 per day and a 10-day base ticket is only $38 per day.
2. Would you like to have the ability to visit more than one theme park per day? For example, many guests enjoy touring Futureworld at Epcot in the morning, having lunch in World Showcase, then returning to their hotel for a swim and/or nap in the afternoon. Then, after being refreshed, you can go to the Magic Kingdom for the evening parade and fireworks. This option is called Park Hopping, and can be added to any base ticket, for an additional cost. To add park hopping to a 3-day base ticket is an additional $52.
3. Disney routinely raises their ticket prices twice a year. If you are planning to visit Disney now and in the future, you may want to consider the No Expiration option. This will allow you to save any unused ticket days, for a future visit. No Expiration costs range from $42.60 (including tax) for a 2-Day Base Ticket to $362.10 (including tax) for a 10-Day Base Ticket.
4. To Swim Or Not To Swim? In addition to its four major theme parks, Disney World also has two world-class water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, an indoor “theme park” (think video games) called Disney Quest, and two mini-golf complexes. If you are visiting Disney for a week or more, you may want to consider adding the Water Park Fun & More option. Except for the single-day WPFAM ticket, which gives you two admissions, the number of admissions equals the number of days on your ticket. If you buy an 8-Day Base Ticket, for example, and add the WPFAM option, you get eight WPFAM admissions. Beware! It can be difficult to use all those options without wearing yourself out! Sometimes it’s cheaper just to purchase one or two of these options separately. Adding the WPFAM option to a 7-day base ticket adds an additional $64. *Tip: Park-hopping, no expiration, and WPFAM can be combined, in any combination.
5. Do you plan to visit the theme parks more than 12 days in a one year period? If so, you should purchase an Annual Pass. Annual Passes run $675.21 (including tax) for both adults and kids age 3 and up. You can purchase a Premium Annual Pass for $803.01, which includes unlimited WPFAM options.
6. Are You A Florida Resident or U.K. Citizen? Resident Florida residents and United Kingdom citizens can purchase tickets at special discounted prices. In addition, discounts can be had by members of AAA, Disney Vacation Club Members, and members of the Military. Contact Disney or your specific organization for exact prices.
*Unless otherwise noted, the above prices listed are for ages 10 and up. Children’s ticket prices (ages 3-9) run slightly less. Children under 3 are free.
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