Tickets are the most important part of a trip to Disney World, but with so many types of tickets available, how does one decide which one gives you the best Disney World deals? When planning a trip, you might have questions like whether or not you can upgrade Disney tickets after purchase or how much Walt Disney World tickets are at the gate. Don’t worry – we at MagicGuides have you covered with all the information you need to make your trip a success.
Base Park Tickets
These tickets are for guests who plan to be in one park per day. You can purchase from one day and up to ten days of entry on a single ticket. Each day, you can go to any one of the four theme parks; however, you can enter that one park multiple times a day should you wish to take a brief midday break. Base Park tickets are probably the best option for first-time visitors, as Disney has a lot to offer. It can be overwhelming to try and do more than one park in a day – if you have younger children, they might not have the stamina to hit multiple parks.
Park Hopper Tickets
If you are a veteran visitor or someone with older kids, Park Hopper tickets are a great deal. These tickets give you greater flexibility as you can go to more than one theme park per day. You could, for example, go to one theme park in the morning, rest at the hotel later, and head to another park in the evening to watch the fireworks.
Park Hopper Plus Options
The Plus option includes the water parks and other attractions throughout Disney World. If your family would like to spend a lot of time at the water parks, then this option would suit you the best. In addition to the four theme parks, the park hopper plus option also gives you access to:
- Blizzard Beach
- Typhoon Lagoon
- One round of golf at Disney Oak Trail Golf Course
- ESPN Wide World of Sports
- Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
- Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf
These extras do not count as “days” in the same way the theme parks do – you will get a certain number of visits/entries that happens to be equal to the number of days on your theme park ticket purchase (example: a 4-day theme park ticket would also includes four visits to your choice of these extra venues).
Water Park Tickets
If you’re not planning to go to the water parks much during your trip, it’ll save you money to buy water park tickets separately. You can purchase them in advance or get them at the gate. As there are no Lightning Lanes (AKA FastPasses) at the water park to pre-schedule before you arrive at the gate, there is no major advantage to purchasing them in advance.
Special Event Tickets
There are certain events that Disney holds in their parks at specific times of the year that require a separate ticket. Examples of such events are:
- Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Disney After Hours
We would always suggest you buy these tickets as far in advance as possible, as they tend to sell out quickly.