One of the big decisions when planning a trip to Walt Disney World is what kind of tickets to buy. There are several options and you want to be sure the ticket is the right one for what you plan to do. We will be discussing regular park tickets in this post but keep in mind that some events require a special events ticket.
Date Based Tickets
All Disney World park tickets are currently date based. This means that when you are purchasing the ticket, the price will be based on both the type of ticket and also the date of first use. You will have to determine your first day of use prior to purchasing a stand along ticket (tickets purchased separately from a package). You will also see the usage dates. Each ticket type as a different usage time frame. The usage time frame will either be based on the ticket type or the length of stay of your package, whichever is longer. This is something to keep in mind for ALL ticket types discussed below. If you are purchasing tickets as part of package you won’t have to worry about the usage period since it will be valid for the length of your package. A package must included a minimum of a 2-day base ticket.
Adult tickets are for those ages 10+. Child tickets are for those 3-9. Children under 3 do not need tickets.
The Base Ticket
Everyone starts with a base ticket. This is where it all starts. You can purchase it for 1 – 10 days. (Longer then that and you should be thinking annual pass) This ticket entitles you to enter one park per day based on the number of days of the ticket. Keep in mind the usage dates as discussed before. With a base ticket you can leave a park and return to the same park in the same day. For example, you can go to Magic Kingdom and leave and go back to your room at Contemporary mid day for a swim break, and then return to Magic Kingdom for dinner and evening. The more days you purchase the cheaper the per day rate gets. This gets significant around day 4.
Park Hopper Option
This option allows you to go to more than one park on the same day. For example, you can go to Epcot for the morning and then go to Magic Kingdom for lunch and then over to Hollywood Studios to see Fantasmic. You would only use one day on your ticket. This can be a good option if you have no children with you or your children are older. It can take up to an hour to get between parks. This can get crazy with little ones unless you plan to go back to the room and rest and then go someplace different. This is an all or nothing option. Once you add the park hopper option to your ticket it upgrades the entire ticket. You can’t just do one day of hopper upgrade. Hopping is limited to 2pm and later.
Water Park and Sports Option
This option allows you to be admitted into the two water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), ESPN Wide World of Sports, or a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. The number of days at the other parks is equal to the number of days of your ticket. (except for a one day ticket you get two option days). Therefore, if you get a 3 day ticket with water park plus option you will have 3 option days. That gives you 3 park days and 3 option days for a total of 6 days of activities. The exception is the 1 day ticket. These can be used on the same day or different days. For example, with a 3 day ticket you can use over a 6 day time frame with 3 days at theme parks and 3 days at water parks. OR, you can use it in a shorter time frame with 3 mornings at the water parks and then spending the evenings at the theme parks. Any combination of that within the use time frame.
Park Hopper Plus Option
This option is basically a combo of the previous two options. It combines both choices into one ticket and gives you the longest length of use.
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