Is there any way to get a discounted park ticket if you are only going to be there in the afternoon or evening. The park ticket prices are terribly steep for just a couple of hours.
The Boardwalk at Sunset
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Dad’s Take It or Leave It Answer
“Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart, you’re shaking my confidence daily…”
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You may have got Dad singing, but lucky for you his confidence isn’t actually shaken. In all seriousness, I hear your concern about the high price of tickets if you’re only spending a few hours in the parks, but sadly there aren’t many options – there certainly are no part day tickets!
With Walt Disney World tickets, there are many factors that might impact how much “value” you get for the high ticket price: how many hours the park is open, how crowded it is, how well you’ve researched and prepared your PLAN, or even how much energy you have. But the bottom line is that it’s up to you how much you are able to accomplish in the parks, and you need to decide if that experience justifies the ticket price.
Disney does offer breaks on the per-day ticket price on “the longer you stay the less you pay per day” basis – a single day base ticket will cost you $94.17 per day, and a 10-day ticket will cost you $33.87 per day. But other than that, ticket prices are a take it or leave it situation.
While there are no partial day tickets – the price is the same whether you’re in the park for one hour or 18 hours – there are a few special occasions where you can pay a special price for a special admission window. Specifically, I’m talking about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. With either of these tickets, you can save around $30 off the price of a single day admission and still get about 8 hours in the park (from 4pm-midnight).
If you’re going to the park on a regular day, you’ll just have to make the most of your time there. Ideally, to get the most out of your ticket price, you should try to pick a day with longer park hours, and go from opening to closing. You should be prepared with a really great PLAN (like on of the suggested plans on Touringplans.com) and get a good sleep so you have lots of energy to tackle the park.
But if you can really only go for a few hours, consider spending your Disney time outside of the parks. You can explore Downtown Disney and Disney’s BoardWalk for free, perhaps have dinner at one of the Disney Resort Hotels, play a round of mini golf or rent a watercraft for an hour, and watch Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian Resort.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Cecilia, the ticket price is steep, but worth every penny if you can make the most of your time in the park. If you’re looking for a great Disney experience without the admission price tag, there is plenty to do at Walt Disney World without setting foot inside of the parks.