(Article last updated: July 9, 2017)
When people start planning Disney World trips, they're often shocked at how expensive Disney World tickets are. Although huge discounts aren't common, there are some ways to save.
Today, we've compared some popular sources for tickets and shown you where to buy different types of tickets to get the best deals.
Let's take a look...
In this article
- Which Disney World tickets should you get?
- Where should you buy tickets?
- Comparison chart of all sources
- Some additional sources
Which Disney World tickets should you get?
First, a quick overview of the different types of tickets and who should get each one.
These are the most basic tickets that allow you to visit 1 of the 4 theme parks per day. If you are looking to spend the least amount possible and/or your daily plan only requires you to visit one park each day, this is your best bet.
Adding the Park Hopper option to tickets allows you to visit more than 1 park per day. We recommend Park Hoppers in these situations:
- People who want to use Extra Magic Hours but spend the other part of the day in a non-EMH park. Though I don't normally recommend EMHs, this is especially handy during peak travel times (like Christmas and Easter).
- If you're staying at an Epcot-area resort, it's convenient to have Park Hopper tickets so you can spend the first part of the day at any park and then go into Epcot in the evening.
- Visitors with trips of 3 days or less who want to fit in more parks than they have days.
- Those who want to see all nighttime entertainment but the shows aren't scheduled for every night of your trip. Park Hoppers will allow you to visit any park for the first part of the day and then hop to the park with the nighttime show when it's scheduled.
Park Hopper Plus
Adding this option to your tickets gives you entry into the water parks, miniature golf (before 4:00), and a round of golf at Oak Trail. For every day of tickets that you buy, you get 1 entry into 1 of the extra places. For instance, if you buy 5 day Park Hopper Plus, you'll get 5 entries into the extra places that can be used at any time during your trip.
If you plan to do a water park, it's often a good idea to get these tickets rather than buying your water park ticket separately.
People taking multiple trips within a year will usually find that an Annual Pass is a better deal than buying two sets of Disney World tickets (though you should do the math to be sure). Annual Passholders also get free PhotoPass downloads (basically Memory Maker is included), free onsite parking, and special discounts on resorts and food. There aren't many AP discounts available and these tickets are usually purchased directly from Disney World.
People staying offsite may also find it makes a lot of sense for just 1 person in the travel group to get an Annual Pass because it includes free onsite parking, a MagicBand, discounts, and photo downloads.
Where should you buy tickets?
We compiled prices from some of the most popular sources.
Here's the breakdown of which sources provide the best types of Disney World tickets:
Some sellers provide a commission on tickets purchased through the links below.
Buying directly from Disney means that you're paying full price for tickets, but it's also a required part of booking a package. If you hope to take advantage of a package promotion like Free Dining, you'll have to make a reservation for an on-site resort plus park tickets to do that.
Disney World is the best source for these types of tickets:
- 1 and 2 day tickets of all types
- Anytime you need to book a package
Park Savers offers prices that are hard to beat for almost all ticket types. Park Savers tickets are sent by email within 24 hours and you can then link to your My Disney Experience account. People who do not have MagicBands will need to stop by guest relations before entering the park to pick up tickets, but can still make FastPass+ reservations online beforehand.
Park Savers is the best source for these types of tickets:
- All types of 3-10 day tickets
Undercover Tourist might be the most trusted name for Disney World tickets, and I'm thrilled to be one of their partners.
Undercover Tourist is the best source for these types of tickets:
- All types of 3 day tickets
- 4 day base tickets
- 5, 6, and 10 day base and Park Hopper tickets
Like Undercover Tourist, Official Ticket Center is an authorized, legitimate ticket wholesaler. They provide free shipping for tickets, have a great reputation, and fantastic prices.
Official Ticket Center is the best source for these types of tickets:
- 3, 4, 5, and 6 day base tickets
- 5 day Park Hopper tickets
Many big corporations offer discounts on lots of things, including park tickets which can be purchased through Tickets at Work or Working Advantage. When searching your company intranet, try just searching for "tickets" rather than "Disney World" because the site sells discounted tickets for lots of destinations and your company may not list the specific types of tickets.
Tickets at Work/Working Advantage is the best source for these types of tickets:
- 6 day base tickets
Military Salute tickets
Disney provides tickets to military personnel at a deep discount. However, the only tickets available are 4 and 5 day tickets.
Military Salute is the best source for these types of tickets:
- Anybody who qualifies and wants 4 and 5 day tickets will find these to be the best deal by far
There are other military tickets available. Be sure to check out Military Disney Tips ticket info for more info.
Comparison chart of all sources
Check out the chart below to compare prices from all sources for all types of tickets of different lengths.
- The bolded prices are good deals in their respective ticket category
- All ticket prices include tax
- All of these ticket sources can be linked in My Disney Experience
- For those sources that ship tickets, shipping is usually free
(Click here to open the chart in a new tab.)
Some additional sources
Guests outside of the United States can often get great discounts by purchasing long-length tickets from Disney.
AAA used to be a good source of discounts, but Disney World tickets aren't available through all chapters anymore and the prices vary between them. If you're a AAA member, see what (if any) prices are available to you (be sure to include tax and delivery fees) and compare to those in the spreadsheet in this post to see if they're a good deal for you.
Used ticket resellers
Ticket sellers will often pop up at random hotels in the Orlando area or on sites like eBay. Do not purchase from those sources.
When you enter a Disney theme park, your finger is scanned to verify that you are the person linked to the park ticket. If you purchase used tickets, your fingerprint won't match, you'll lose your tickets and there's a good chance you'll be questioned by a Cast Member regarding where you purchased the tickets.
Youth Education Series
YES has been a Disney program that provides educational classes in the parks for kids during certain months of the year (usually January, February, June, July, August, September and October). A side benefit to participating in YES classes has been that you can purchase discounted park tickets. However, this program has been discontinued at least for the rest of 2017.
In addition to the Military Salute Tickets listed above, there are other discounted tickets available for military families. Be sure to check out Military Disney Tips ticket info for more info.
We checked many other ticket sources, including Maple Leaf, Orlando Fun Tickets, Visit Orlando, and Getaway Today and found that the pricing (watch the delivery fees!) and method of delivery couldn't beat the methods listed above.
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