How to choose the right park tickets – PREP051

Disney World park tickets are expensive and can be confusing to figure out. Today, I have info on which options are available and who should choose each one.

I also have a quick tip about your techie setup when making hard-to-get dining and FastPass+ reservations.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Ticket types

These are the types of tickets that you can get for your Disney World trip:

  • Base tickets - allows you entry into 1 park for each day of your trip
  • Base tickets with the Park Hopper option - flat rate fee on top of the price of base tickets that allows you to enter more than 1 park per day. Read my article on who should make use of Park Hoppers for more info.
  • Base tickets with Water Parks Fun and More - flat rate fee that allows you to enter 1 park per day plus entries into extra things like the water parks, DisneyQuest, the 2 miniature golf courses and Oak Tree golf course (anybody planning to go to a water park should probably get this option since the cost is basically the same)
  • Base tickets with both Park Hoppers and Water Parks Fun and More - allows you to park hop and entry into the extra places (buying both gives you a reduced flat fee compared to buying them each separately)
  • No expiration tickets - most tickets expire within 14 days of first being used but adding the No Expiration option allows you to use them anytime. These make sense for people who know they'll be back to Disney World but won't be spending more than 10 days in 1 year. (No expiration tickets were discontinued in February 2015)
  • Annual passes - unlimited entry into the theme parks for 1 year which makes sense for people who will spend more than 10 days per year there and sometimes makes sense for people only making 1 trip.

Finding deals

People buying a package will pay full price through Disney since packages require you to book a hotel and park tickets (and you can add a Disney Dining Plan optionally).

For current full-price ticket prices, see

The best deals are often found through third-party wholesalers like Undercover Tourist (use the UT link in the newsletter) or Official Ticket Center which is who I use.

See my comparison of ticket prices (which is now outdated since Disney increased their ticket prices) at

Quick tip of the day

You can use multiple devices (computers, tablets, smartphones) when trying to get dining or FastPass+ reservations. This might make it easier to get difficult reservations, especially if you have multiple people logging on at once. You will not be logged out of My Disney Experience by doing it this way.

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