When planning your visit to Walt Disney World another thing that you will need to pick is the type of admission ticket that you will purchase. Just like with everything else, Disney World gives you lots of options!
- Single Day Tickets Just like the name implies, this ticket will get you a single day admission into one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom. This type of ticket really only makes sense if you are only going to be visiting Disney World for one day. As of 2014, these tickets are about $100 per day.
- Multi Day Base Tickets These tickets will get you admission into one theme park per day for however many days you purchase. These tickets are available for anywhere between two to ten days worth of admissions. They must be used within 14 days of the first use. As of 2014, these tickets start at about $200 for two days up to $377 for ten days. As you can see, the more days you purchase, the more the price per day drops!
Once you decide if you will be visiting for a single day or multiple days, next up you get to choose your ticket options. These ticket options are only able to be added to the Multi Day Base Tickets.
- Park Hopper Option For an additional charge of $49 for a one to three-day Multi Day Base Ticket or an additional $60 for a four-day or more Multi Day Base Ticket, this feature will allow you same day admission to all four of the Disney World theme parks so you can enjoy visiting more than one theme park in a single day.
- Water Park Fun & More Option For an additional charge of $60 for a two-day or more Multi Day Base Ticket, this option allows you an equal number of visits to the number of theme park day admissions you purchased to the following locations: Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (before 4pm) and Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (before 4pm). So if you buy a three-day Multi Day Base Ticket with the Water Park Fun & More Option, you can enjoy three days in the theme parks plus three visits to these other locations. All of the theme park admissions and the additional option visits must be used within 14 days of the first use.
- Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More Option Or you can go all out and for an additional charge of just $86 for a two-day or more Multi Day Base Ticket, you can have all of these options included!
Annual Passes If you are going to be visiting more than once during a 12 month period, you may want to consider an Annual Pass. For example, let’s say you are going to visit Disney World twice this year for three days each trip. With Disney World’s current 2014 ticket pricing, if you were to purchase two three-day Multi Day Base Tickets with the Park Hopper Option, it would be $344 per trip for a total of $688 (including tax). On the flip side, you could purchase an Annual Pass for just $675 (including tax) for a savings of $13. This doesn’t include the savings you will see from the free parking and special discounts that you receive on dining, resort stays and merchandise as an Annual Passholder.
Where To Purchase Always looking for convenience, I purchase my tickets (usually Annual Passes) straight from Disney’s website. You can also check out Touring Plans ticket calculator, if you would like to purchase your tickets from a discounter. Please be sure you are purchasing your tickets from an authorized Disney ticket discount wholesaler! Watch out for random ticket stands set up around Orlando. If the seller asks you what specific dates that you will be using the tickets, this is a huge red flag! Some of these random sellers have been known to buy up and resell partially used admission tickets. Your tickets will be one of the most expensive parts of your trip, so please use a reputable ticket seller so that you protect your investment.
What about you? Which type of tickets do you usually purchase and from where?
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Our family buys the annual pass. We take more than one trip a year, one with our DVC membership and one for cash. We love the discounts we get from this card.
We like to plan well ahead and if you are planning to visit WDW year after year you can even save more (about $100) by renewing your Annual Pass rather than buying a new one. Maybe something to consider for those planning a string of visits in a row to WDW. Love this Site, the Photos and the Tips !!