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Walt Disney World Park Ticket Questions

by Katie and Lynn
(California and Phoenix)

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Video Transcript

Hi. It’s Dad here again with another video, Ask Dad. In fact today we have two questions to answer. They’re about tickets so I kind of decided to throw them together.

Here’s our first question from Katie in California.

“Hey Dad, going in slow season January 8th through 14th. Will I need a Park Hopper Pass? Parks are not open that late. Looks like we can do a park a day and not have too long of lines. Also is it worth it to go to Blizzard Bay?” She means Blizzard Beach, but, “Or will it be too cold then?”

Well Katie, I’ve not ever been a big fan of Park Hopper Passes, especially during the slow times. You just don’t need them. When the parks are not open as long, it just doesn’t make any sense to spend an hour going from park to park. It just doesn’t make a lot of sense. When the parks are open from 9:00 till midnight, yeah, you can go in the morning, take a nap in the afternoon and go back in the evening to a different park.

That makes sense, but when the parks are open, only open from like 9:00 to 6:00, 9:00 to 5:00 like they are sometimes in the wintertime in January, 9:00 to 7:00, if you go in the morning and then you take an hour to go to the other park, it just won’t work. You just don’t get as much done.

During the slow times of year when the parks aren’t open as long, Park Hopper Passes don’t make as much sense. On that one, no, I wouldn’t suggest that. The other question about Blizzard Beach. Blizzard Beach in January, December, November, December, January, February, it’s kind of a toss-up whether the waterparks are a good idea at that time. You won’t really know until it’s about time to go what the weather is going to be like.

Now the weather could be great. It could be 75, 80 degrees, great day to be at the waterpark, but it also could be 45 degrees, 30 degrees, closed. There are times in the winter when the waterparks close because it’s just too cold. That’s a question that can’t really be answered a long time in advance.

You’ll have to wait until about a week before. You can always add, if you want to add the Waterpark Fun and More Option, you can always add that onsite when you’re at Disney. It doesn’t matter if it’s done early. It doesn’t save you any money to do it early or late. The Waterpark Fun and More Option doesn’t make a lot of sense unless you’re going to a waterpark twice. You probably wouldn’t want to do that, add that ticket option, but I would say just wait. About a week before start looking at the Florida weather and just see if it makes sense to go to the waterpark.

I hope that helps. I hope that answers your questions, Katie.

Let’s move on to the second question. It comes from Lynn in Phoenix.

“We have a nine day pass for Walt Disney World Parks. We would like to add a day and have been told, as you said, to wait until check-in at our hotel. The problem is we cannot make any FastPass reservations for that day. Do you have any recommendations or know a way to resolve this? Thanks.”

Well Lynn, when I made that recommendation about not upgrading until you got to Disney World your passes, that was before the FastPass Plus System came out with the 30 and 60 day. I think in your case go ahead and get the extra day. What does it hurt? It’s $15 a ticket. If you’re going to do it anyway, go ahead and do it. Make your FastPass reservations. Everything is taken care of. There’s really no reason not to.

Yes, you could wait and do it at Disney World, but why would you want to do that? Yes, a few years ago there wasn’t any reason to, but with the FastPass System, it makes more sense now to go ahead and upgrade so you can make those FastPass reservations. Tickets, we always like to recommend our friends over at the Official Ticket Center. If you need tickets they’re right there close to Disney World. They can help. They can help with these kinds of issues with the upgrades, with the things like that.

Dad’s Official Ticket Center page

They’ve got people there that know the answers to these questions. I hope, Lynn, that that answers your question. I hope that helps you. I think it would be better to go ahead and to upgrade your tickets now, get your FastPasses. You’ll be a lot better off.

Okay, Dad’s Bottom Line, when you’re going in the slow seasons, not necessary to have Park Hopper Passes. Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, during the wintertime check the temperatures before you go. Decide even when you’re at Disney World.

What does it hurt to take a swimsuit? Just be ready in case it’s nice. You’re going to be taking it for the hotel pools anyway. You can decide that once you get to Disney World. For the upgrading the tickets, go ahead and do that. Everything will be fine. You’ll get your FastPasses. Bottom line is it’s all good. It will be fine. I hope that helps. Talk to you later. Bye bye.


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