Disney ticket prices are based on the date you buy them for, but they don’t make it easy to comparison shop. You can see a few weeks or so at a time by pretend purchasing and bailing out at the payment step, but it shouldn’t have to be that hard. In this article you can see the cost of every regular ticket you can buy in 2023, plus information about add-on pricing and a bit of big-picture analysis.
Looking for 2022 prices? Find them here.
There’s a lot to talk about, so if you’re in a hurry then click below to go directly to the section that interests you. All prices in this article are accurate as of June 19, 2022 (if there are increases we’ll update them and note the new date), and do not include Florida’s 6.5% sales tax. Click any image to enlarge.
Before we get started, I’m just going to say … the array of dates, prices, and add-ons can begin to feel dazzling. As you read through, you may begin to see sparkles and wonder whether it would be easier to speak to a travel professional. If you do, feel free to put this down and reach out to our friends at TouringPlans Travel; they can talk you through it and buy the tickets for you too.
Note: Increases and changes have been announced for 2023 tickets, but we don’t have any data yet and Disney isn’t releasing it until December 8, 2023. We’ll update the numbers here ASAP thereafter, but if you know now when you want to go – buy soon to lock in your price. Updates to Disney World 1-Day Ticket Prices and Park Reservations on December 8, 2022
Single-Day Price Trends
I like to start out looking at the prices for the single-day tickets, because it feels a bit like a crowd calendar that can give you a sense of when Disney expects the parks to be busiest. In 2023 there are 15 different prices for a single-day base ticket.
One thing that really stands out to me in comparison to 2022 is that the gap between weekend and weekday prices has really closed up. January, the first half of February, and the first half of May looked very similar to August and September in the 2022 prices. In most months of 2023 those big swathes of mid-week green are gone. The average price difference between Mon-Thu and the following Fri-Sun is now only about $5-10 — except for late August and September where it swings up to as much as $30.
Holiday patterns have changed as well. Thanksgiving week is again at the highest tier, where it was placed after the last round of price increases in February 2022. Winter break in February stands out clearly with prices several dollars above the median ticket; last year those weeks commanded mid-range prices. Easter is actually cheaper than February break in 2023.
Of course, we have a Crowd Calendar here at TouringPlans, and we update our predictions several times a year. At the end of 2021 we put our calendar head-to-head against Disney’s demand prediction based on ticket prices. I’ll go ahead and brag — we came out on top. 🙂
Overall Price Range
Does it look like there are very few days that are actually “Value” priced? You’re not wrong. Since 2019, Disney ticket prices have ranged from a low of $109 to a high of $159. This makes it easy for some outlets that aren’t as familiar with Disney to portray that as “no change in price”, but that’s not accurate.
The chart below breaks out the ticket prices by month, and the bubble size indicates the number of tickets at that price. I think this visual makes it obvious how deceptive that $109-$159 framing really is.
There are only 2 months where the minimum-price ticket is even available, and the next price point after that is $124. Unless you’re able to visit in August or September (and can withstand the heat when you do), readjust your picture of the price range. As published the range is $50 wide, but you should know that about 90% of the prices fall into a window only half that wide: $129-$154.
Side note: stats nerds like me will tell you that this is a great example of why we often use the median (the halfway measurement) rather than the mean (average). In cases like this where the distribution isn’t symmetric, the median does a much better job of indicating the price you’re likely to pay.
Add-Ons and Multi-Day Pricing
Park Hopper Add-On
If you buy a 4-day base ticket, you get four admissions to the Disney World theme parks between the start date of your ticket and the expiration date a week later. However, each admission only gives you entry to one park, and you can’t use more than one admission per day. This means you can’t buy a 5-day ticket and use it to visit Magic Kingdom and EPCOT in the same day just by spending an “extra” admission that day.
The Park Hopper lets you go from park to park on a single admission. You need to tap into the park where your reservation is before you can hop, and you can’t hop before 2 p.m., but after that you can switch parks as many times as you like. Adding the Park Hopper is $65 for a 1-day ticket, $75 for 2-day and 3-day tickets, and $85 for 4-10 day tickets.
Water Parks & Sports Add-On
The Water Parks & Sports add-on is a flat $70 no matter how long your ticket is, and gives you the same number of entitlements as you have ticket days. Entitlements can be redeemed for any of the following:
- A water park visit to Typhoon Lagoon (currently closed) or Blizzard Beach
- A round of mini-golf (before 4 p.m.) at Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland
- A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- A round of FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- A visit to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (currently closed)
One thing you need to know when considering this add-on is that the expiration date of a 4-day base ticket is not four days after the start date — it’s actually a week. If you get the WPS add-on, you don’t have to go to the theme parks and use one of your WPS admissions on the same day, every day, in order to use them all. And the Water Parks & Sports add-on actually gives you an extra day before your ticket expires, compared to the same length base ticket.
That said, there are a couple of funky rules. In general you can use more than one admission per day; for instance you can go to a water park and play mini-golf in the same day. But mini-golf is only free before 4 p.m. and there’s a max of one round per day (you can pay out of pocket for additional rounds). On the flip side, park hopping is automatic at the water parks; you can visit Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach in the same day on just one admission.
Park Hopper Plus
Multi-Day Tickets (and Stats)
Since the introduction of Magic Your Way tickets in 2005, Disney World tickets have been cheaper per day the longer you stay. But even the multi-day tickets have variable prices, so how does that work? The answer is that Disney takes the average price per day over all the days that your ticket is valid, and multiplies it by the number of days of admission. That number is then multiplied by a fixed discount that varies with the number of days to reduce the price per day.
Looking at the chart above, it’s easy to see that after 4 days the amount for each additional day on the ticket falls off quite sharply. The median 1-day ticket is $144, the median 4-day ticket about 3.5 times that at $507 — but it’s only an additional $150 to get all the way to 10 days. Put differently: the first day of a 10-day ticket often costs about as much as the last six days combined.
No matter how long your ticket is, the TouringPlans Ticket Calculator helps you find the cheapest day on which to start your ticket. The Ticket Calculator is also the place to go if you plan to buy tickets from an authorized reseller instead of direct from Disney, as it can help you find the one that has the best price for your specific ticket.
What’s Worth It?
Now that we’ve got this large collection of numbers that go into the price of your ticket, I feel like it’s time for a nice chart so we can see them all in one place.
Our article on choosing add-ons discusses some of the factors that might make these options appealing, but let’s start with what’s easy. If you’re going to a water park for even one day, you should strongly consider buying the Water Parks add-on for just a dollar more. At that point a single round of mini-golf will make it pay off, and if you somehow don’t get there you won’t have lost much. What’s harder to say is when a Park Hopper is worth it, because that’s totally going to be dependent on your personal style.
There’s a lot of synergy in the combo though, and that’s worth considering if you’re definitely getting at least one add-on.. If you’re buying a 7-day ticket and you might only hop a couple of times, the median 7-day ticket price breaks down to $85 per day. Paying half that again ($42.50) to use hopping on two days might feel pretty steep. But if you’re already buying the Water Parks & Sports, upgrading is only $17.50 per day to spend those two days hopping; that might feel a lot more reasonable. Going the other way, if you’re already buying the Hopper then a couple of rounds of mini-golf will make the Hopper Plus pay off without going anywhere near a water park.
One thing to remember about Disney tickets: you can add on features or extra days, right up until the end of the last day that you use them in the parks. It will only cost you the difference between the original price of the ticket you’re upgrading to, and the price of the ticket you initially bought. It’s never too late to make your ticket more expensive, but it’s hard to make it cheaper once Disney has your money.
All. The. Prices.
I promised you all the prices for 2023, and here they are. Coloring for each length of ticket is scaled across the whole year. That is: 3-day ticket coloring is scaled against all 3-day tickets, not against 2-day tickets in the same month. To save you from scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, only the adult base ticket prices are shown. To get the prices for a Park Hopper, Water Parks & Sports, or Park Hopper Plus add-on, increase the price of each ticket by the amounts in the table below. For child tickets, use 96.75% of the adult base ticket value and then adjust for any add-ons. All prices exclude tax.
Do you adjust your dates to get a better price on your ticket? What’s your favorite add-on? Let us know in the comments!