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Planning Your Trip to Disney World: What Tickets Should I Choose?

Planning Your Trip to Disney World: What Tickets Should I Choose?

The next item on most of my client’s list of questions once they decide when to go and where to stay is always tickets.  This may seem pretty strait forward, but like most things pertaining to Disney, it’s not.

Disney currently has a program called Magic Your Way.  It should really be called “we want to you to stay in our parks during your vacation and forget those other guys” but that is probably too long of a name. Now, I am not knocking it… I basically really love it since I usually just want to stay on Disney property.

There are 3 main components.

1. How many park days

2. Park Hoppers

3. Water Park Fun and More

 

So, no matter what you will purchase #1 when you buy Disney tickets.  The question is how many days should you get?  That really depends.  Any Disney package allows you to add on whatever kind of tickets you want, so even if you stay for 5 nights, you can get 3 day tickets if that is what you want.

The most important thing to realize about the pricing of Disney tickets…. Days 1-2 cost you the most, day 3 is a bit less but still a noticeable add on.  Once you hit days 4-10 it is just dollars, AND I MEAN JUST A FEW DOLLARS, more per person to add on days.  If you are going to Disney for 5 nights and you think that you will save big bucks with 3 day over 4 or 5 day tickets, you just won’t.  If you want to visit the theme parks for 5 days, then just go ahead and add on the extra days.  Trust me, you won’t probably even break 2 digits in price increases for a family of 4!  The only time you should fret about price increases is between days 1-2.  The downside to this is if you want to see Disney for 3 days and go off property for a couple of days, those guys over at Universal do the same thing.  So 3 days at Disney and 2 days at Universal is not going to be cheap.  They all want to keep you on their own property and would rather you just stick with them for the duration of your week long trip.

This also helps some of my clients decide on how long to go, which is a separate topic, but ties into this.  Disney takes at least 4 full days to truly experience.  The property is huge and even with 4 days you won’t scratch the surface.  This is not Six Flags!!  If you do it right with just 1-2 days, YOU WILL WANT TO RETURN because you will realize everything you missed.  So saying that, if you can,  plan for a normal week long vacation to Disney World.  You won’t regret it!  And bonus is that those extra days of tickets won’t cost you that much more.

#2 is Park Hoppers.  These are sometimes very helpful, especially if you are meeting up with friends and family in the parks.  If you are only going to be there for 3 days and want to see all 4 theme parks or if you are there 5+ days and want to park hop a couple of those days, park hoppers may make sense.  The downside is of course the price.  No matter if you have a 1 day ticket or a 10 day ticket, the price is around $60 per person to add these on.  We ask ourselves every time… is $120 worth it?  Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes no.

#3 is Water Parks Fun and More.  So if you are going to Disney in the summer and you have at least 5-6 full days you may want this add on.  Disney has 2 super cool water parks, 2 amazingly entertaining mini golf courses and Disney Quest, a 5 floor video game world located in Downtown Disney.  This is also a aprox $60 per person add on.  If you want a water park day or you love video games or you want to play mini golf then this is a good add on.  Most of my first time clients don’t add this on because lets face it, the 4 theme parks keep you pretty busy… but if this is your second plus time in a few years, you may want to experience more.

Note: If you add on both Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More you save a little… its just over $90 per person to do both.  If you already plan on park hoppers and have an extra day, the Water Park option is a no brainer!  Disney water parks are phenomenal and worth a visit.

What about Annual Passes?  At this time it is only really economical to purchase annual passes if you will be at Disney for a minimum of 10 plus days in a year.  The great thing about annual passes is you get discounts on Disney Resorts, you can still add on dining and you also get other perks.  If you are a DVC member, you get discounts on annual passes.  More Annual Pass info HERE

If you live in Florida you should take advantage of the Florida annual passes.  More Info HERE

If you want help planning your trip to Disney World… FOR FREE… fill out a Quote request form HERE

 

 

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Laura Mims

My parents took me at the age of 15 and in the last decade plus I have continued to return year after year. We believe that the most informative and entertaining part about planning and going to Disney is hearing about others trips. I’m also a Disney Trip Planner, so when you’re ready to book fill out our quote form here!
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Laura Mims

My parents took me at the age of 15 and in the last decade plus I have continued to return year after year. We believe that the most informative and entertaining part about planning and going to Disney is hearing about others trips. I’m also a Disney Trip Planner, so when you’re ready to book fill out our quote form here!

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