You’ve got your airfare, hotel room and picked up your advanced Dining Reservations. What now?
Well before you pick your FastPass+ reservations, you’ll need to consider park tickets. Because these are constantly changing, the goal of this article will be to showcase the tools that I use when buying my own tickets AND what goes into the discussion.
Walt Disney Ticket Tips
Let’s start with the obvious – Tickets are expensive! You’re looking at a significant investment when you start the booking process that will probably send you into sticker shock at this stage. It’s okay to admit though because you’re amongst friends:)
Top Tips to Know before you Buy Your Tickets
You’ll be choosing from a list of many options! One Park Per Day, Park Hopper or Park Hopper.
From there, you’ll probably be looking at the Date Based OR Flexible Date, which will give you the option of either choosing your start date (with a hard expiry date) or a flexible date (if you don’t know the exact date).
After that, you’ll be choosing the # of days OR maybe even thinking about an Annual Pass (depending on the cost)
I know…it’s a lot to think about. Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed as we’re all in the same boat:)
Know the Resources Available
Most folks will start at the official DisneyWorld.com website to buy tickets, but this should be the beginning of your adventure to save some money. At the end of the day, tickets that will be added to your MyDisneyExperience won’t show the price you paid, so if you can save money by purchasing your tickets through a wholesaler…why not?
Our favorite resources to find information about Ticket Pricing is:
- TouringPlans.com – Ticket Calculator
- UndercoverTourist.com – Disney Park Ticket Discounts
- VisitOrlando.com – More Discounts!
Steps to Magic Difference
Dollars matter. Saving an extra $20 on tickets per adult could mean the difference between a quick service meal and a table service experience. Doing your research will 100% give you the confidence that you did your best!
Buy tickets that you’ll actually use! You may think that a Park Hopper option will be worthwhile, but most times you can find FastPass+ and Dining reservations to keep you and your party entertained in one park without having to do a second park in the day.
“One park per day” doesn’t mean that you can’t leave the park and then return. This is a common mistake that I overhear from first-time visitors, but you can completely enter the Magic Kingdom in the morning before heading back to the hotel midday and then come back for dinner and an evening at the Magic Kingdom!
Disney Increases Prices ALOT
Even those who work in this industry are caught off-guard by these increases, so be prepared for February & September ticket price increases. Some years, they’ll send out increases in August OR at completely random times…so if you know that you’re going to be doing a trip on a specific date – just buy your tickets asap! The prices will very rarely if ever actually go down;)
Tickets are stressful to buy, so if you need help – just reach out to a company like Undercover Tourist or TouringPlans OR an authorized Disney Ticket Wholesaler! They’ll know the best deals and discounts available, because your vacation is stressful enough;)
This is a topic that is so difficult to get into because it’s constantly changing and evolving from year to year. Hope this was helpful!