Disney World Quick Tip – Only Buy As Much Park Ticket As You Will Use

One of your largest expenses to budget for your Walt Disney World vacation is the cost of Admission Media (park tickets in English). It can be tricky and if you’re not careful be overly expensive. My basic caution here is, if you are not sure you will use it don’t buy it. Pricing is always subject to change so I won’t discuss dollar costs just suffice it to say – not much is cheap at Disney. Let’s look at each type of ticket but remember when Disney gives you a price for tickets it does not include the 6.5% sales tax or, if you are not buying them as part of a package, delivery to your home.

  1. Base Ticket – Provides admission to one, and only one park per day. Please note, even if you have an extra day on your base ticket you can not use it to visit a second park in a single day. This is the lowest priced ticket.
  2. Park Hopper Option – Purchasing this option allows you to visit as many parks as you would like each day. This is worthwhile if, like us, you start in one park and maybe want to visit Epcot for dinner and Illuminations or if you stay in the first park until it gets busy and just want to go to another for the rest of the day. As usual a word of caution, if you have a 7 day or 10 day ticket it costs a certain amount (approx $56) to add it to the entire ticket but even if you only want to add it to one day the cost is the same – not good!!
  3. Water Park and More Option – If you purchase this option it gives you a number of single day admissions (based on the length of your ticket) to the minor parks such as the water parks, Disney Quest, Wide World of Sports, etc. Pricing is identical to the Park Hopper Option and the number of the 1 day admissions you receive matches the number of days on your ticket. Unless you are sure you will be visiting the minor parks at least 2 or 3 times during your visit don’t get this option.
  4. Premium Option – Combines all three of the above but does not include a discount for purchasing it.
  5. No Expiration Option – This is the most expensive option and at least to us, doesn’t appear to be worthwhile. This option does, however, work for some folks but the biggest complaint I have heard is that the tickets have a way of getting misplaced and/or are forgotten and never used.

These are the options that are available to you with a word of caution where it applies. Buy what you will use and use what you buy but don’t overbuy. Being prepared for every possible thing that you might want to do can use money that you can use more effectively for other things. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!


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Ken is just an old guy who loves all things Disney. He loves to share his experiences and advice with anyone who wants them. He focuses on Disney for seniors, quick tips, Best of..., and Top 5/10.

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