Do I need park hoppers? What about the water park option? There are so many options when choosing Disney World park tickets and it can get downright confusing. We are going to break it down and let you know what each ticket option is and help you figure out exactly which Tickets For Your Disney World Vacation your family needs.
Tickets For Your Disney World Vacation
Sometimes choosing the right tickets for your Disney World vacation can seem stressful. Do I need Park Hopper tickets? Will we want to visit the water parks while we’re there? Are you OK with starting your park day around lunch and saving money on tickets? Should we just stick with the One-Park per day tickets? There are multiple things to consider when deciding on which tickets are right for your trip and your family. Let’s take a look.
FIRST: What are your priorities during the trip?
The first thing I suggest you consider is to think about your priorities. Do you have little ones and you want to take a break every day? Do you want to see as much at all parks as possible during your trip? Do you love water parks and plan to spend time at the Disney World water parks? Or are you just going to hit your favorites and then go hang out back at Magic Kingdom every day?
Types Of Tickets
- One Day park tickets allow you to spend one day in one park on Disney Property, not including the two water parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. You may leave and come back to the same park during the day.
- Park Hopper tickets allow you to go to as many of the four main parks as you would like in a single day. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to park hop every day, but it gives you the freedom to do so if you’d like.
- Park Hopper Plus tickets give you the Park Hopper option in addition to access to either of the two Disney World water parks. You can visit one of the parks and a water park in the same day. The water parks are considered ‘Plus’ visits. Each visit to a water park counts as a ‘Plus’ visit.
There is a price difference between one-day tickets and the Park Hopper, and Park Hopper Plus tickets. The one-day tickets are the least expensive, Park Hopper are a little more, and the Park Hopper Plus are the most expensive.
TIP: Be sure to keep in mind that the more days of tickets you purchase, the price for each actual ticket ‘day’ decreases. This is true for all three types of tickets! On our last trip we had purchased 5 days of Park Hopper tickets to start. I wanted to add a day and for 3 adults and 1 child. The price only went up about $50 for each of us. (That’s total!)
So How Do I Decide?
If you’re not sure that you want to visit the water parks, I wouldn’t think about Park Hopper Plus tickets. You can always buy tickets the day of if you decide to go on the spur of the moment during your trip.
If you are interested in spending most of your time at one park (we always seem to circle back to Magic Kingdom), but still visit the other parks, I would suggest a Park Hopper ticket. This allows you to begin your day in one park and then split it somewhere else. You can cover lots of ground this way.
If you are planning on going to one park in the morning, taking a break, and then going back, I’d recommend One-Day tickets. Also, if you have very small children, I would think twice about grabbing Park Hoppers unless you’re going to build in time for rest. Traveling from park-to-park can be exhausting, so be sure to think about how your little ones will hold up with so much walking and going back and forth.
Park Hopper tickets allow my family to go hit our favorite attractions and rides, as well as hitting all our Fastpass+ reservations in one park, and then hop over to things we may have missed or have gotten another Fastpass+ reservation for after using our initial three passes. On our last vacation, we spent most of the day at one of the other three parks and then would spend the evening at Magic Kingdom. Magic Kingdom is our favorite, so we really like to spend as much time there as possible. It allowed us to re-ride more Magic Kingdom rides that week. In fact, we were able to ride some of our favorites 3-4 times thanks to our Park Hopper tickets.
Tickets For Your Disney World Vacation: A Brand New Option
And one final option has just dropped and will run at through December 15, 2019. The Mid-Day Magic Ticket. This is a great option for those who aren’t early risers and don’t mind getting to the park later in the day. For a lower price, you can get a one-park per day ticket that allows entry into the park at noon. This is a perfect option for those who know they don’t need a full park day and want to save a little bit of money on ticket costs!
There are currently, 2, 3, and 4 day options available. The two day ticket starts at $88 a day plus tax (or $176 plus tax), the three day starts at $84 per day plus tax (or $252 plus tax), and the four-day starts at $79 per day plus tax (or $316 plus tax).
The Bottom Line
In the end, what types of tickets to buy for your vacation really deserves a lot of thought so that you ensure you get what fits your family best. With so many choices, Disney World really has offered a wide-range of choices that can fit just about any family and any vacation!
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