Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Orange. Enjoy the ride as we share some of the basics to help you plan your Disney vacation..
Getting into the park may be one of the most important decisions that you make when heading to Disney. The good news is that Disney has made it very flexible to meet a wide range of needs. Unfortunately that means you can easily get overwhelmed by too many options.
Hopefully by breaking it down you can get to the basics and then purchase the tickets that will work best for your family.
Magic Your Way Tickets
Disney calls their park ticks Disney Magic Your Way. But if you break it down there are just a couple of basic variations.
- Single Park Tickets – These tickets will only let you into a single park (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom). You can choose which park you would like but you cannot visit more than one in a day.
- Single Day Tickets – one park most expensive option ($94 – $99 ages 10+, $88 – $93 ages 3-9)
- Multi-Day Tickets – Purchase 2 – 10 day tickets ($35.40 – $94 per day ages 10+, $33.40 – $87.50 per day ages 3-9)
- These tickets are great for those that know they will only be visiting one park per day.
- Note: British guests do have an option for a 14 day ticket.
- Park Hopper Tickets – Will allow you to visit all of the parks in a single day (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom). You can visit just one or all four. It is up to you.
- Park Hopper Option – $60 per ticket
- This fee is the same if you buy a 2 day or a 10 day ticket. So if you plan on being there for multiple days this option pays off quickly. You can spend the day at the Magic Kingdom and have dinner at Epcot. It is very flexible
- Water, Fun & More Option – For each day of your ticket you get to choose one of the following below.
- Water, Fun & More Option – $60 per ticket
- Disney Water Parks (Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach)
- Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (9 hole)
- Disney Miniature Golf (1 round prior to 4 pm)
- ESPM Wide World of Sports
- This options pays for itself as soon as you do two of the above. So if you are going multiple days and you think you would go to the water parks twice then add this option.
- Water, Fun & More Option – $60 per ticket
- Park Hoppers with Water, Fun and More – This is getting it all. You can visit multiple theme parks in a single day and you get one water, fun & more option per day.
- Park Hopper and Water Fun & More Option – $86 per ticket
- This one is a no brainer if you plan to do one water, fun & more option during your stay and want to park hop. It’s like getting a water park ticket for $16.
- Water Park Tickets – If sold separately you will pay $53 ages 10+, $45 ages 3-9. So if you think you are going to a water park look at the Water, Fun and More Option first.
If you think you will be visiting Walt Disney World more than once in a calendar year or for over 10 days you may want to think about an annual pass.
- Annual Pass ($634, $516.53 Florida Resident, $485 DVC members ages 3+) and includes:
- No Blackout Dates
- Park Hopping
- Complimentary parking at Disney Theme Parks
- Special Discounts and Exclusive Events
- Premium Annual Pass ($754, $644.33 Florida Resident, $605 DVC members ages 3+)
- All Annual Pass benefits
- Unlimited access to Disney Water Parks
- Access to Disney Oak Trail Golf Course and ESPN Wide World of Sports
- Florida Resident – includes seasonal block out dates (2014 block out dates and 2015 block out dates)
- Seasonal ($339.74 ages 3 and over)
- Weekday Select Pass ($233.24 ages 3 and over)
- Epcot after 4 pm Pass ($190.64 ages 3 and over)
- One benefit for Florida residents is the ability to make monthly payments on their passes rather than having to pay it all up front.
These days we are always trying to save a couple of dollars. There are some discounts out there and timing of your purchase can also help.
- Teacher, Nurses, Fireman, and Government Discounts – The best way to find those discounts is to visit your organizations website or to call Disney directly as these are not typically publicized.
- Military Discounts – There are some really good deals for our men and women of the armed forces. You can get discounted tickets at your local PX or you can take advantage of seasonal special. You can find the latest deals over at Military Disney Tips.
- Order Early – Disney raises their ticket prices at least once a year. If you know you are going go ahead and buy your tickets and avoid paying the price increase.
- Order Online from a Ticket Broker – One way to save a couple of dollars is to order your tickets ahead of time from a ticket broker that buys in bulk. Undercover Tourist is one ticket site I recommend and have used in the past.
I hope this gave you a basic overview of the ticket option. If you are still confused I am happy to answer any questions.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is I am a Mommy Nerd.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
- 1st Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories – WDW Park Tickets
- 2nd Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd – Disneyland Fastpasses
- 3rd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers – Resort Levels
- 4th Stop ~ Disney Mamas – Understanding FastPass+
- Final Stop ~ Heidi’s Head- Dining Plan Basics