What Can You Get for Your Dollars at Disney World – Tickets

I would really love to say “I feel like going to Disney World for a week”, and not have to worry at all how much it cost. But like most of you, I have a budget. Disney World vacations have four main cost categories: lodging, food, tickets, and transportation. You can have very different trips with the same length of stay and the same budget – it all depends on how you decide to divvy up your dollars.

Three different pie charts, each with sections allocated to food, lodging, and tickets. In each chart, the components are balanced differently. One is labeled resort splurge and has most of the pie in the lodging. One is labeled Dining Deluxe and has a bigger dining slice. The third is labeled Evenly Balance and is about equally divided.
The same total budget can be divided up differently for lodging, tickets, and food. What are your priorities?

Want to see some examples in action? Check out Same Cost, Different WDW Vacations: $2,000$4,000$6,000

Today we’re going to break down how many days of admission you can get for a specific dollar-value budget. You can combine this with information on the cost of lodging and food (coming in future articles) to decide how many days you can afford and how to slice your personal budget pie. Our goal here is to help you figure out how long your Disney World vacation could be for the money you are able to spend.

About the Numbers

Disney World tickets are sold in lengths from 1 to 10 days of admission, and they vary in price depending on the date. There are about 20 different prices each year for a 1-day ticket. For multi-day tickets, the more days you add the cheaper they are per day. (More about Disney park ticket choices: Walt Disney World Ticket Options: FAQ – Park Hoppers, Water Parks, and More.)

It’s not super-helpful to pick one of these prices and say: “$1,000 will buy three 2-day tickets or two 3-day tickets for a family visiting on October 13.” This article is about ballparking your budget, not getting down to the dollar values – so we need to simplify. To keep these numbers manageable (but still very useful!) here’s what I’m going to do. If you’re in a hurry feel free to just read the parts in bold and skip over the explanations.

I’m only going to consider adult ticket prices. 

The child base ticket for ages 3-9 is about 2.5% cheaper. On longer tickets (8-10 days), that’s about $15-20. But the difference between the cheapest and most expensive dates is more than $100, which is way more than the difference between the child and adult price. So looking at mixed parties vs. only adults doesn’t give us useful information. It just gives us a lot of extra charts to account for all the combinations.

I’m only going to use Disney’s prices.

It’s true, you can save 10% or more buying tickets through an authorized reseller, and I’ll talk more about that later. But that percentage varies, it may change more often than Disney adjusts prices, and it’s no good to you if you’re thinking about booking a package. So I’m sticking with numbers I’m sure about.

I’m going to throw out the highest and lowest prices.

When we look at how many days of admission your $1,000 will buy, sometimes we’re going to see a range. If a 10-day ticket in September is cheaper than a 4-day ticket at Christmas, the best we can say is “4-10 days depending on when you go.”

The wider that range, the less useful it is – “you’ll get between 1 and 10 days in the parks on your budget” is like um, yeah, duh! Cutting out the top and bottom 10% of prices is a compromise that works to narrow the range a bit and give us a result that’s more helpful. If you are planning on going at an especially busy time of year, keep in mind that you might get fewer days than the charts will show.

These choices work here because we’re only ballparking what your ticket dollars will buy at Disney World, as you try to figure out how trip length lines up with your budget. Once you’ve gotten to the point where you’re ready to look at prices on specific dates, we have them here.

Every Regular Disney World Ticket Price in 2022
Every Regular Disney World Ticket Price in 2023

Disney World Tickets: What You Get for What You Pay in 2022

Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, the numbers. (2023 is up next.)

Chart showing the number of days admission you can get for a specific dollar value at Disney World in 2022
Cells in green indicate that this amount can purchase 10-day tickets; red indicates that even a 1-day ticket is out of reach. Ticket prices used here include 6.5% sales tax.

In the chart above, start in the column for the number of people. Then move down to see how many days admission you can buy for $500, $1000, and so on. Or, if you want to know roughly how much a 3-day ticket will cost for your family of 4, move down until you find the cells that contain the number of days you want. Then look at the dollar value on the row(s) to get an idea of what you’ll need to pay.

The Park Hopper, Water Parks & Sports, & Park Hopper Plus add-ons are a flat price no matter how long the ticket is, but I’ve shown them here for convenience.

I want to talk for a minute about the ranges, because they can be a little confusing. If you see “4-7 days”, that doesn’t mean you can get any number of days you choose between 4 and 7, although it’s true that if you can afford a 7-day ticket you will definitely have the $$ for the shorter ticket. Instead, it means that depending on the starting date of the ticket, the longest ticket you can buy might be anywhere between 4 and 7 days.

You might be thinking that some of those ranges aren’t terribly informative and you’d like to narrow it down a bit more. Never fear, we’ve got you covered. The chart below shows the 1-day ticket prices for 2022.

Adult single-day base ticket price for every day in 2022. Prices accurate as of Feb 16, 2021, does not include 6.5% sales tax.

If you’ve got a time in mind for your visit, take a glance at that chart. If the month you’re thinking about is redder, expect to get the low end of the range for days of admission. If it’s greener, expect the high end. The reddest of red and the greenest of green on that chart are the days that were excluded. If your visit includes several of those days, you should double-check the chart against the actual prices for those dates.

Disney World Tickets: What You Get for What You Pay in 2023

The median price of a 1-day ticket went up by $5 in 2023. That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you add up the effects on the longer tickets, it’s enough to see some shifting around. Here are the numbers using 2023 prices.

Chart showing the number of days admission you can get for a specific dollar value at Disney World in 2023
Cells in green indicate that this amount can purchase 10-day tickets; red indicates that even a 1-day ticket is out of reach. Ticket prices used here include 6.5% sales tax.

Again, we see some of those ranges are pretty wide, so here’s the 1-day ticket prices over the whole year to help guide you towards the right part of the range.

Regular 2023 WDW ticket prices single-day tickets
Adult single-day base ticket price for every day in 2023. Prices accurate as of June 15, 2022, does not include 6.5% sales tax.

Tips on Budgeting for Tickets

My first tip is to remember that you don’t have to go to the parks every day of your vacation. In fact, many people who take, say, a week’s vacation to Disney World don’t want to spend every day in the parks. Even at four days, it’s a question. (You Have Four Days at Disney World. Should You Go to All Four Theme Parks?)

My second tip is to really consider the various add-ons and how they might fit into your vacation style. Depending on your length of ticket, the add-ons might cost more than a couple of extra days admission. (Which Disney World Ticket Add-Ons Are Best for You?)

Third: if you’re on the fence, know that you can always add Park Hopper and Water Parks options after you arrive. (The cost will not be pro-rated.) You can also usually add on days to a partially used ticket. This used to be “always”, but if you’re visiting in a busy time you might find that there are no park reservations left for the park you want. Depending on overall reservation availability, you might not even be able to add days. Still, if you’re visiting with lower crowds, you can consider being conservative and planning to add on an extra day if you want it. Especially since the reverse doesn’t work – Disney won’t give your money back if you want to shorten your ticket.

Finally: consider buying from an authorized reseller. No, I’m not talking about the shady outfits on Rte. 192 advertising “Theme Park Tickets Here, CHEAP!” Those guys are a good way to lose money, not save it. Instead, I’m talking about a third-party vendor that has a contract with Disney to sell discounted tickets. Our Ticket Calculator checks prices for your dates at the most popular authorized ticket wholesalers to find which one is offering the best prices for your date.  You can easily save 5-10% or more by choosing not to buy directly from Disney.

How do you choose to line up ticket prices and length of stay with your budget? Do you have any favorite tips?  Let us know in the comments!



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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer Heymont has a background in math and biology, but since she couldn't pick between the two she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

5 thoughts on “What Can You Get for Your Dollars at Disney World – Tickets

  • October 31, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Looks like you got red and green backwards in your description of daily prices.

    • October 31, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Len, I’ve added a few words to clarify that when the ticket prices are redder you should expect to get the low end of the possible range for days of admission. Thanks for pointing out how confusing the wording was!

  • November 5, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    My understanding is you get a huge price break in cost/day at 6 days and up. That might be worth calling out. 4-5 days provide some discount and 2-3 very little.

    • November 5, 2022 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks for the comment. The significant drop in per-day price occurs after 4 days, you can the slope change in the chart here: https://blog-cdn.touringplans.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Rise-rate-with-increased-days-WDW-tickets-2022_upd-1200×736.png (that’s 2022, 2023 is similar).

      We’ve definitely called that out in a number of other articles, but I don’t think it has value here – there’s too much variability in the starting price. For people whose budget will cover a longer trip, they’re going to be in a range and have to look at their specific dates anyway; they’ll see which lengths fall into their budget. For people taking shorter trips it won’t apply.

      There will be a separate article later at the end of the series discussing the economics of taking longer trips less frequently.

      • November 6, 2022 at 4:14 am

        Thanks for the clarification!

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