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It’s all in the Ticket – Understanding the Different Walt Disney World Tickets

Quick Guide to Walt Disney World Park Tickets

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.

Child with Walt Disney World Tickets

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)
      • DisneyQuest
      • 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.
  • 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.
Walt Disney World Magic Band

A Magic Band can now store your Park Tickets

Annual Passes

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.


 Discounted Tickets

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.

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  1. HeidiPortzlineStrawser August 28, 2014 at 6:09 am - Reply

    We still have 2 days left on some old 10-day no-expiration tickets that we bought YEARS ago (when Gracie was still considered a child – and she’s 14 now!)  
    Ashley and I have regretted not getting annual passes the past few years.  Seems like we end up with a family trip and a business trip to the area – and having the annual pass would have been a money saver.  Oh well.  
    Someday I’m hoping to have a Florida Resident Pass, but we shall see.

  2. RoeMo326 August 28, 2014 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Great overview! I can’t remember the last time we got the Water, Fun and More Package. Do you still think it’s worth the price?
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  3. JodiWhisenhunt August 28, 2014 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Very thorough, Mary! What a great overview. Thanks for the tips!

  4. DawnCullo1 August 28, 2014 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Thank you for breaking it all down, seems less confusing now.  Curious about the Florida resident pass – it is only for residents living in certain zip codes or for all Florida residents?

  5. homeisthemouse August 30, 2014 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Great overview of park tickets!  We had annual passes for the first time ever this past year and it save us so much!! We even got a discount on the AP by first buying discounted Multi-day tickets through Undercover Tourist and then “bridging” them to the Annual Pass once we arrived at Walt Disney World!

    We are DVC so we always buy our tickets separately, is there a discount or benefit to purchasing your tickets as part of a vacation package when staying at a Walt Disney World resort?

  6. adisneymom August 30, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Great post!  I”m excited about using magic bands for the first time.  Do you let your little ones wear their magic bands or do you keep them?  I’m so scared they’ll get lost if I give them to my boys!

  7. JenniferKaufman August 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Excellent overview! It’s been a while since we bought tickets that weren’t APs, so it’s really cool to see all the varieties!

  8. disneyonwheels September 4, 2014 at 6:32 am - Reply

    I’m sharing this post with a few people. Disney tickets can be so confusing!

  9. CapMagicalMem September 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    JenniferKaufman I know.  If I was buying just a normal ticket I would definitely be adding that Water Parks and More option.  That is a no brainer.

  10. CapMagicalMem September 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    adisneymom Good question.  Mr J and I take ours off at night so the deal is if you take it off you hand it to Mom immediately.  Mr T and Joe wear theirs all the time.  No problems at all.

  11. CapMagicalMem September 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    homeisthemouse No.  Unless you are at a convention or they are required for a special (i.e. Free Dining) getting your tickets should be a separate decision.   You may be able to find better deals elsewhere.

  12. CapMagicalMem September 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    DawnCullo1 No it is open to all.  So if you lived in the panhandle a regular pass would probably be better.

  13. CapMagicalMem September 7, 2014 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    RoeMo326 If you are there over 2 days and plan on going to the water park at least once it is definitely the way to go!

  14. CapMagicalMem September 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    HeidiPortzlineStrawser We still get APs and never regret it.  Plus it gives you an excuse to visit one more time each year.  😉

  15. Jenn Lissak September 7, 2014 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    With so many different options, it can definitely be tricky!  I still can’t understand going for just 1 day – totally not worth it.. might as well stay for 3 or 4 🙂

  16. DisneyMamaLin September 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    This is a great overview of the WDW ticket options Mary!

  17. Lori Ketcherside January 24, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I love this explanation! We sometimes get park hoppers and sometimes don’t depending how our trip falls.

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