If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you might be curious about the various Disney World park ticket options. It definitely isn’t as simple as just walking to the front gate and purchasing tickets. There are lots of options, including the park hopper, multi-day tickets, and special event tickets. So, what do you need to know about Walt Disney World park tickets? Here’s our guide to help.
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Walt Disney World Park Tickets: What You Need to Know
Types of Disney World Park Tickets
Multi-day Magic Your Way tickets are available for guests. In general, expect to pay less money per day the more days on your ticket. Currently, you can get tickets for one day to ten days.
One day ticket prices vary depending on the park you’ve chosen (the Magic Kingdom ticket is more money), and whether you are traveling during value, regular, or peak season). Walt Disney World offers an online calendar so that you can see the dates that fall under each season. There are also expiration dates that apply to these tickets, so be sure that you check the fine print before purchasing.
Multi-day tickets (along with options purchased with them) must be used within 14 days of first use. So you’ll really need to use them for one vacation – you can’t just buy a 10-day ticket and use it across several family vacations. An expiration date also will apply for these tickets.
When you purchase your tickets, you’ll also have the option to add on the park hopper option. Having that option means that you can use tickets to visit more than one park per day. See the next section for information on whether or not you’ll need the park hopper for your trip.
You also have the option to upgrade to the Park Hopper Plus option, which means you’ll also get visits (the amount depends on the amount of days on your ticket) to a water park, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, one of the mini golf courses (restrictions apply), or the Oak Trails Golf Course (green fees only).
There are other ticket options, including annual passes (if you frequently visit), Florida resident tickets, and Disney Vacation Club member tickets. In addition, if you are attending a conference at Walt Disney World, you may be able to purchase discounted tickets that can be used in the late afternoon/evening. Your conference coordination should have more information on those tickets.
Do You Need The Park Hopper Option?
Guests to Walt Disney World frequently ask whether they need the park hopper option. That really depends on your specific plans. Keep in mind that you’ll need valid park admission to dine at a specific park. Say, for instance, that you visit the Magic Kingdom for the day but want to dine at Epcot’s World Showcase. You’ll need the park hopper option on your ticket to enter Epcot that evening. You aren’t able to use a second day on your multi-day ticket. You do not, however, need the park hopper if you leave the park for a while but return to the same park later that day.
We typically do like to get the park hopper, because it gives us a good amount of flexibility. I can make my dining reservations well in advance without worrying about which park we are visiting. Since we enjoy staying at the Beach Club Resort, it’s nice to eat at the World Showcase at night, even if we aren’t visiting Epcot that day.
Keep in mind that you do not need park tickets to visit Disney Springs, or to eat at any of the Disney World resort restaurants.
Where to Purchase Disney World Tickets
You have lots of options for purchasing Walt Disney World park tickets. If you are purchasing a vacation package, you’ll add the tickets right to the package.
Otherwise, you may purchase tickets online at the Disney World site (discounts may apply for online purchases). There are also other options for discounted tickets, including AAA, your employers (some offer discounts), and Undercover Tourist. Just be sure that you are checking prices and restrictions when comparing the various options.
You’ll want to link any tickets that you buy in the My Disney Experience app so they are available when you are making your FastPass+ reservations. If you are staying at an on-property Walt Disney World resort hotel, you’ll also receive complimentary MagicBand 2s.
Special Event Disney World Tickets
In addition to the regular Walt Disney World park tickets, there are also special event tickets. These tickets are required for entry into the special parties, including Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. These events do sometimes sell out, so it’s a good idea to purchase them online. They can be bought through the Disney website, or Undercover Tourist also offers them.
If you haven’t been to one of these events, they are so much fun. They are usually (but not always) less crowded than the parks typically are. You’ll get the most value if you can stay for most of the event. Therefore, it’s usually best not to go with younger children who may want to go to bed early.
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Planning a Walt Disney World family vacation can be confusing. Here’s a collection of posts (with links) that will help you decide whether to stay on property, where to stay, how to book your FastPass+ reservations, saving money, and much more! These travel tips are a must read for anyone planning a trip to Disney.Save
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Planning a Walt Disney World family vacation can certainly be confusing, whether it’s your first Disney vacation or your 10th. With four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of lodging options, and so much more, it’s hard to learn everything that you need to know about planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Although there are numerous online places to learn more about Walt Disney World, there are also so many different acronyms to learn. Here are Family Travel Magazine, we’ve put together dozens of articles with key information about Walt Disney World. If you are looking for Walt Disney World planning tips, this is definitely the place to start.
Before you plan your Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll need to do a few things – like review your budget, and decide when to go. This article on Disney World Planning – Things to Do Before Your Start Planning, is the best place to start. You’ll also want to figure out the best time to travel to Walt Disney World, as well as the best age for a first Walt Disney World trip.
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Once you’ve figured out those things, you’ll want to check out these Free Resources to Plan Your Walt Disney World Vacation. In addition to the articles I have published here, those resources can definitely help. You may also wonder – should You Stay On Property at Walt Disney World? There are lots of good reasons to stay on property, but some families prefer to stay off-property. You’ll also want to review our list of The Best Hotels for a Disney World Vacation. There are definitely other great hotels that aren’t on the list, but these are the hotels we’ve experienced first hand. I also have these tips for saving money on a Walt Disney World vacation.
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You’ve probably heard all about FastPass+ and MagicBands – but do you know how they work? If you are planning an off-property stay, check out this post for Off Property Disney Guests: Things You Should Know About FastPass+ and Magic Bands as well as this update for MagicBands 2. You should also review these 10 Things You Need to Know About Walt Disney World Resort’s MagicBands and Fastpass+, 9 Things to Know About the New FastPass+ System at Walt Disney World, and 7 Tips for Booking Your FastPass+ Allocations. Unlike other theme parks, you won’t pay a fee to use the FastPass+ system – but will need to do some advance work. Don’t plan on renting a car? You don’t need one, but if you are flying in to MCO, you’ll want to learn about Disney’s Magical Express.
You’ll also want to book Disney Dining in advance of your stay. The booking window opens 180 days in advance, and yes – restaurants do book up right at this window. Check out these 9 Things to Know About Disney Dining, as well as our review of one of the most popular restaurants – Be Our Guest.
As it gets closer to your Walt Disney World family vacation, check out these Things to Do Before Your Disney Vacation. You’ll also want to download the My Disney Experience app, and check out this article that explains How to Use the My Disney Experience App to Improve Your Disney Vacation. The parks, as well as the Disney resort hotels now all have WiFi, so you’ll be able to check the app on the go. Be sure to bring along extra power if you need it to power up your phone.
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Depending upon your plans, you may find these articles helpful:
35 Fun Must-Dos at Walt Disney World
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Traveling With a Baby at Disney World
Walt Disney World Crowd Tips
Review of the Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom
Review of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
The Best of Both Worlds: The Disney Swan and Dolphin Resorts
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Kids
Eatings and Shopping Your Way Through Disney Springs
Review of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Remember to have fun, drink lots of water, relax, spend time at your resort, and get plenty of sleep. Have a great vacation!
If you are looking for a hotel for your Walt Disney World vacation, I recommend the following hotels. Note that I have stayed in some of these resorts as part of press trips, but all opinions are my own.
- Disney’s Beach Club
- Disney Swan and Dolphin
- Disney’s Art of Animation
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Gaylord Palms
- JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
- World Center Marriott
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