Who can figure out Disney World ticket prices? Should you buy an Annual Pass? Is the Magic Your Way Ticket a good deal? Which Disney World ticket option is right for your family?
Don’t worry. Dad’ll help.
Disney has several ticket options you can choose from. They can be very confusing. The primary ticket people buy is the Magic Your Way Ticket. It’s Disney’s primary admission media. If you buy a ticket at the gate you’ll get a Magic Your Way pass on a paper card. If you buy a Disney vacation package, you’ll get a Magic Your Way pass added to your MagicBand – how cool is that?
Your ticket to THRILLS – Photo by Judd Helms
Magic Your Way
The most common Disney World ticket is the Magic Your Way ticket. This ticket entitles you to one entry to one park per person per day for the length of the pass. You can choose between 1-10 day ticketc and these passes expire 14 days after the first use or after you the number of days you bought are used (whichever comes first).
Disney World ticket prices become more economical the longer you stay. For example, a 3-day Magic Your Way ticket costs $289 for an adult. A 7-day ticket costs $410. That’s only $121 more dollars for 4 more days.
The moral to this story is: take longer vacations (even if you go less often).
Disney Tickets Price Chart
Here are the current Disney World ticket prices. We’ve made a chart so you can easily compare costs of a regular Magic Your Way ticket, or the cost of a ticket with the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus options added on. Need a refresher in what those options include? Dad’s got you covered with all the details:
Single day tickets are subject to a complicated price system that involves which park you’re going to and how busy it is projected to be. And the more days you buy, the less your cost per day works out too (just in case you need a reason to take a longer vacation).
Children are ages 3-9, and kids under 3 are free to enter the parks. Taxes are extra.
With Park Hopper
With Park Hopper Plus
|1-day (Magic Kingdom) – Value Season||$109/$103||$164/$158||n/a|
|1-day (everywhere else) – Value Season||$102/$96||$164/$158||n/a|
|1-day (Magic Kingdom) – Regular Season||$119/$113||$174/$168||n/a|
|1-day (everywhere else) – Regular Season||$114/$108||$174/$168||n/a|
|1-day (Magic Kingdom) – Peak Season||$129/$123||$184/$178||n/a|
|1-day (everywhere else) – Peak Season||$122/$116||$184/$178||n/a|
If you decide part way through your trip you want to add on more days, add on Park Hopper, or even upgrade to an Annual Pass – you can easily do this at Guest Relations at any park. You’ll simply pay the difference between what you already paid and the cost of the ticket you want to upgrade to!
Oh, and if you’re a military family – Disney offers special prices on tickets for you so be sure to check those out. Dad thanks you for your service to our country!
Hang on for FUN! – Photo by Cliff Wang
An Annual Pass allows guests unlimited access to the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom for a 365 day period from the date of activation. Passes can be purchased in advance and activated at the gate.
If you are planning multiple trips in a year, or if you are going to WDW for more than 10 days – be sure to do the math as an Annual Pass may save you money! In addition to saving on entrance tickets you get perks like free parking, Memory Maker, and even discounts on shopping/dining/hotels. Check it out.
Annual Pass Price
The current Disney World Ticket Prices for an Annual Pass are:
- The Platinum Pass (admission to all four theme parks including Park Hopper, free parking at the theme parks, Memory Maker, 20% off select dining andn shopping) costs $849.
- The Platinum Plus Pass (admission to all four theme parks including Park Hopper, admission to water parks / Oak Trail Golf Course / ESPN Wide World of Sports, free parking at the theme parks, Memory Maker, 20% off select dining andn shopping) costs $949.
- There’s also a Water Parks Annual Pass (admission to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) that costs $130.
All of these prices are before tax – and kids or adults are the same price (chidren under 3 are still free though).
If you are a resident of the state of Florida, congratulations or condolences. Your ticket options are almost unlimited. You can buy special day passes, annual passes, after hours passes and more.
To get a look at the wide array of passes for Florida residents, check out Disney’s Florida Resident passes.
To see the history of prices on Disney World tickets go to Dad’s History of Disney World Ticket prices page
The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness – Photo by Mike Billick
Get some help
Confused about Disney World Tickets? What would be best for your family? Why not get some professional help (no, I’m not being mean). Let my friends over at Destinations to Travel help you choose the Perfect ticket for your trip. They are experts in everything Disney and would love to work as you plan your perfect vacation.
Dad’s Favorite – Photo by Wayne Wood
For the last several years, Disney has required all pass users to match their fingerprints with their passes. It’s a good thing to make sure you have your own ticket, and that you trust the source you purchased it from.
Where to Buy Your Tickets
There are lots of places where you can buy tickets. The main place is from Disney itself. However if you are only looking for a ticket (not a package) you can save some money buy buying from Authorized Disney Ticket Sellers.
Save Money on Your Tickets
Dad recommends the Official Ticket Center. They are authorized by Disney to sell tickets and can save you A LOT per ticket.
Where NOT to Buy Your Tickets
Disney Tickets are available from just about everyone. There was a time, and maybe you still can, where you could purchase them at Walmart.
All of us are looking for ticket deals or cheap tickets. This makes us open to scams. It’s natural. We want a good deal. Tickets are expensive and getting more expensive all the time.
Some of the scams are pretty easy to spot, like the one above, but some are innocent. In Dad’s humble opinion (see what Dad thinks about IMHO) –
YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY DISNEY WORLD TICKETS ON EBAY OR CRAIGSLIST OR FROM A GUY IN A PARKING LOT.
Did you get that?
Dad’s Bottom Line
Disney World ticket prices have steadily increased ever since Uncle Walt got rid of the ticket books. It’s a natural thing. Disney usually has a couple of price increases every year, so if you have made plans for a Disney World vacation, it’s probably a good thing to go ahead and buy your tickets.