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Step 5 – Which Tickets To Buy

With dining reservations in hand, you can make a better decision about which park tickets you need to buy. You may wonder why we waited to discuss tickets until now. Well actually, we think looking at your resort, schedule, and dining gives you the best indicator of what tickets you’ll want. Before we begin ask yourself these questions:

1. Do I want to go to a theme park every day? (Or will I take advantage of non-park rest days?)

2. Do my dining reservations line up with my park schedule? (Or will I need a park hopper option?)

3. Will my resort pool provide adequate water entertainment for my family? (Or will we want to visit the waterparks?)


OK, let’s get started…

1. Multi-Day Tickets

Multi-day Disney tickets become “cheaper” the more days that you plan to go…cheaper per day, that is. At the four day mark, the savings really set in, so if you are debating at all about additional park days, now is the time to do the math—any day after three is actually pretty economical in terms of additional total cost. The base ticket will allow you entrance into one park for each day of use.

2. Park Hopper

Adding the Park Hopper option gives you access to all four theme parks on any day of use. For example, with this upgrade you could start the day in Hollywood Studios then “hop” over to Epcot in the afternoon, get it? Park hopping privileges come at a fairly significant cost though, so be sure to really consult your schedule (and dining reservations) to see if it’s the best thing for you. Also, be aware that hopping from park to park is not as simple as it sounds when you add in travel time and security. Hopping can easily eat up over an hour. For those under a time crunch, consider adding Express Transportation to maximize your Park Hopper ticket. If you’re unsure, remember that you can add hopper upgrades at the parks’ ticket counters at any time.   

3. Park Hopper Plus

Park Hopper Plus allows you the benefits of park hopping, plus admission to the following Disney places: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Winter Summerland Mini Golf, Fantasia Mini Golf, Golden Oaks 9-Hole Golf, and ESPN Sports Complex. The number of “plus” admissions corresponds to the days of your ticket. (A four day ticket with park hopper plus gets you four admissions to the extra venues listed above.) Park Hopper Plus is an excellent option if you plan to utilize the waterparks on your rest days, since the additional cost is less than regular waterpark admission.

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