6 Questions to Ask When Buying Disney Tickets

Walt Disney World offers an array of theme park ticket options, grouped into a program called Magic Your Way. The simplest option, visiting one theme park for one day, is called a 1-Day Base Ticket. Other features, such as the ability to visit more than one park per day ("park-hopping"), or the inclusion of admission to Disney's minor venues (Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest, mini-golf, and the like), are available as individual add-ons to the Base Ticket.

Question 1: How many people are going?

Disney sells Adult and Children for their theme parks. Children tickets are available for kids age 3 to 9 years old, while Adult tickets are for anyone over 10. Children under 3 years old do not need theme park tickets.

Question 2: How long and when are we going?

Disney offers single day tickets and multiple day tickets that go all the way up to 10 days. Be sure to select the amount of days that you will actually use as leftover days cannot be used at a later time. For example if you purchase a 4-day ticket and then only use 3 days, you can't come back next year and use the remaining day. However, tickets don't expire until 14 days after their first use. That means if you purchase a 4-day ticket, visit 2 days in a row, and then come back a few days later to use the remaining 2 days, your ticket will still be valid. The more days of admission you buy at a time, the lower the cost per day.

Question 3: Will we visit more than one park in a day?

Adding the Park Hop feature to your Disney World ticket allows you to visit more than one theme park per day. The cost is on top of the price of a regular ticket, and can be exorbitant for one or two days, but more affordable the longer your stay.

Keep in mind that park hopping can take up a lot of your valuable vacation time. If you're using Disney transport during busy periods of the day, it can take up to 1 hour to go from park to park. This is less of an issue if you're staying for a week or more, but if your time is a premium you may consider not purchasing park hoppers.

It's also important to note that you can't use 2 "Days" of your regular ticket to visit 2 parks on the same day without the "Park Hop" option.

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Question 4: Will we want to visit the water parks, DisneyQuest or other extra resort options?

Disney's Water Park Fun and More option gives you admission included in your regular park ticket to one of Disney's water parks (Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon), DisneyQuest (an indoor video arcade "park"), Oak Trail Golf Course, mini-golf courses (Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland), or the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Purchasing this option gives you the number of admissions equal to the number of days on your ticket. If you buy an 8-Day Base Ticket, for example, and add the Water Park Fun and More option, you get eight Water Park Fun and More admissions on top of your included regular park admissions.

Here's a tip: You can skip the Water Park Fun and More option entirely and buy an individual admission to any of these minor parks or courses - and that's almost always the best deal if you want to visit only one of the venues above.

Question 5: What special discounts might I be eligible for?

Disney offers several different discounts throughout the year, including AAA members, convention-goers, Florida residents, military, and many more. Check our Disney World ticket discounts page (scroll down to see discounts listed) for more information.

Question 6: How do I get the best price on the tickets I need?

Every day we check the Disney World ticket prices at Disney and the most popular authorized Disney ticket discount wholesalers to find hidden discounts and special prices. We use those prices here, the Disney Ticket Discounts and Deals search engine for Disney World tickets. This search engine will find you the cheapest authentic Disney admission for whatever you want to do. We can even save your search results to your trip dashboard for later use!

Our calculator is totally unbiased (we receive no compensation from tickets bought) and only shows official Disney authorized ticket dealers - so you can be sure that the options we show you are the best available, and that you won't arrive at the parks to find you've been scammed with a fake ticket. (Never buy a Disney ticket off Ebay!)

One more note: If you are comparing prices on disneyworld.com, realize their ticket prices will not include tax until the very last step (whereas with this calculator, we include it automatically)!

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