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 2024. And we’ll give you information about add-on pricing and a bit of big-picture analysis.
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 October 18, 2023, and do not include Florida’s 6.5% sales tax. Click any image to enlarge.
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. It can give you a sense of when Disney expects the parks to be busiest. When you buy a single-day ticket, you buy it for a specific park, but Magic Kingdom is always the most expensive. Animal Kingdom is always the cheapest, with the other two parks somewhere in between.
When you buy a single-day ticket at Disney World, you buy it for a specific park. The chart below uses the Magic Kingdom ticket prices, but the pattern is similar for other parks. In 2024 there are 12 different prices for a single-day Magic Kingdom ticket.
It’s immediately clear that if you’re looking for the lowest prices, your targets are January, August, and September. Disney advertises single-day tickets starting at $109, but that’s only at Animal Kingdom. The lowest price you’ll find here is $129, and the highest is $189. In the past, weekends were more expensive than weekdays. We only see that now in September, and perhaps a bit in May.
Of course, we have a Crowd Calendar here at TouringPlans, and we update our predictions a few times a year. At the end of 2022 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. 🙂
Comparing single-day tickets between parks, usually the most expensive single-park ticket at Disney World is about $25 more than the cheapest one for the same date. The “crowd calendar” heatmap doesn’t change much from park to park. Tap the links to see prices for 1-day tickets at EPCOT | Hollywood Studios | Animal Kingdom. Here is the 2024 price chart for a 1-day Park Hopper. For Park Hopper Plus, add $20 to the price of the Park Hopper. One-day child tickets at Disney World are $5 less than the price of the same adult ticket.
Overall Price Range
Does it look like there are very few days that are actually “Value” priced? You’re not wrong. Even if you start from the Magic Kingdom minimum of $129, there aren’t very many dates at those prices.
The bubble chart breaks out ticket prices by month, with the bubble size showing the number of tickets at that price. I think this visual makes it obvious how many days (or how few) are really in that “rock bottom” range.
There are only 2 months where the minimum-price ticket is available. For those not able to visit in August or September, the cheapest tickets will be out of reach. Unless you have a lot of flexibility to choose your dates, expect to pay $154-$181 for a single-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom. That’s only a $27 range.
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, the median does a much better job of indicating the price you’re likely to pay.
Add-Ons and Multi-Day Pricing
Disney offers three ticket upgrades that can be added on to any length of ticket. The Water Park and Sports add-on is good for admission to a variety of activities related to (surprise!) water parks and sports. The Park Hopper add-on lets you visit more than one park in a single day. The combo with both add-ons is the Park Hopper Plus. If you already know what all these are you can skip ahead to the summary chart and value analysis. Current prices for these add-ons are in the table below.
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 on 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. After January 9, 2024, you won’t need a park reservation and you can hop whenever you want throughout the day. You can switch parks as many times as you like. Stepping up to a Park Hopper costs between $65 and $95 depending on the length of your ticket and the start date.
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. It’s only available on tickets of two days or longer. 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
One thing you need to know is that the expiration date of a 4-day base ticket is not four days after the start date — it’s a week. You don’t have to go to the theme parks and also 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 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 on 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 on the same day with just one admission. That would require them to be open on the same day, which they haven’t since the pandemic … but maybe this year will be the year.
Park Hopper Plus
The Park Hopper Plus gives you both the park hopping ability of the Park Hopper add-on, and the extra activities of the Water Parks & Sports add-on. Plus, compared to the base ticket the Hopper Plus gives you an extra day before your ticket expires to do all that stuff in … because with all that hopping back and forth and up and down, you might need it to keep from getting really tired. Park Hopper Plus is only $20 more than a regular Park Hopper.
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? There used to be a nice formula that you could use, that made sense. You combined the prices of the days your ticket was good for, then applied a discount factor to get the cost of the multi-day ticket.
If you try that now, you get a randomly variable discount factor, that generally has a range of ±1-2%. I can’t say for sure that Disney set the prices and then applied a jitter function to make data scientists like me nuts, but it sure feels that way. The chart below takes a look at price trends based on length of ticket and time of year.
Looking at the chart above, it’s easy to see that after 4 days the amount for each extra day falls off quite sharply. The median 1-day ticket is $163, the median 4-day ticket is about 3.5 times that at $577 — but it’s only an additional $182 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 from Disney. It can help you find the reseller 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. For the Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus, this chart uses the mode since it shows the price you’re most likely to pay. But remember that the range is only $10 wide – it’s not likely to be the make-or-break factor in your decision about Park Hoppers.
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. At that point a single round of mini-golf will at least break even, and if you somehow don’t get there you won’t have lost much. At that point a single round of mini-golf will at least break even, 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. That’s totally going to be dependent on your personal style. If your trip is 4 days or more, adding an extra day may be more economical than a Park Hopper.
There’s a lot of synergy in the Park Hopper Plus; it’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 breaks down to $98 per day. Paying half that again ($47.50) to use hopping on two days might feel pretty steep. But if you’re already buying the Water Parks & Sports add-on, upgrading is only $12.50 per day. That might feel more reasonable for two days of hopping. Going the other way, if you’re already buying the Hopper then a round 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 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 2024, and here they are. Coloring for each length of ticket is scaled across the whole year. That is: 3-day ticket coloring scales against all 3-day tickets, not against 2-day tickets in the same month. The 1-day ticket price shown in these charts is the average across all parks for that day.
To save you from scrolling and scrolling, these are only the adult base ticket prices. To get the price of a Water Parks & Sports ticket, add $70. To see Park Hopper and child ticket prices, click here for a PDF with these same charts for those ticket classes.
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!