Disney World Tickets How Much in 2023?
By James | Last updated October 22, 2023
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Disney switched from seasonal theme park ticket pricing to date-based ticket pricing. The familiar “Magic Your Way” Disney tickets have been replaced by “Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets”.
Disney has said they are doing this to help even out crowd levels but how effective this is remains unknown. Many people do not have the flexibility to visit Walt Disney World whenever they please. Especially for families with children as authorities are making it harder to take children out of school during term time.
Instead of buying your tickets based upon seasonal block dates, prices are specific to an individual start date. As a general rule of thumb, Disney World tickets are higher around weekends (Friday to Sunday) and over holiday periods. These premium periods will include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Spring Break, Easter and the school summer holidays.
The more days you purchase, the cheaper the daily rate is. So for example, if the cheapest single day ticket is $120, a ten day ticket may have a daily rate half of this making it far more cost effective to purchase the multi-day pass and spend more time at the Disney Parks.
The other big difference is that prices are the same across all four parks. Magic Kingdom is no longer a special case commanding a premium price. Previously Magic Kingdom ticket prices were higher than the other Disney parks.
To assist in purchasing tickets, Disney has introduced a new online planning tool. This can be accessed via their website or through the My Disney Experience mobile app. You can see the different calendar date pricing and buy tickets. This is also a way to check out cheaper times of year if your plans are flexible.
All prices on the Disney calendar are rounded to the nearest whole number of dollars per day and when you select the first date, the actual total price (excluding tax) is shown at the bottom of the calendar.
All daily prices on the Disney site are adult prices. It is not until you have selected the number of days that Disney show you the total amount per adult (aged 10 and above) and per child (aged 3 to 9).
It’s best to shop around as you may find some great deals to save you money on your trip. We recommend at least exploring one other site outside of Disney to compare prices. Our partner Orlando Vacation have some amazing deals that could make all the difference to your budget. Rather than listing all the prices here on our website which will be subject to constant change, check out the latest prices at at our recommended partner site Orlando Vacation, links below.
Our top tip for saving big on Disney Ticket Prices
For the best prices, you will want to compare a few sites. Prices differ even from the official Disney site. You are likely to get a great deal if you shop around.
As Disney World tickets are now date based, choosing a different day of the week as your first date can effect how much you pay; a different start day can result on the tickets costing more or less.
Note you do not have to visit a park on the start date, you are entitled to visit the number of days you choose between the start and end dates selected.
So for example if you choose a two day ticket you can go to the parks twice in a four day period. It might be cheaper to actually select Monday as your first valid use date but visit on Tuesday and Thursday.
Buying Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets
Walt Disney World theme park tickets give you access to the four theme parks, namely Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.
When you start the buying process you now have to choose between:
- 1 Park Per Day ticket. Visit one park per day on each of your ticket days; I.e. no park hopping
- 4 Park Magic Ticket. This allows admission to each one of the parks within a time period.
- Ticket with Park Hopper Option. This allows you to visit one or more of the four theme parks on any single day
- Ticket with Park Hopper Plus Option. The same as Park Hopper and includes access to the two Disney water parks and golf courses as described below
- Ticket with Water Park & Sports Option. The same as one park per day plus a number of visits to certain water and sports venues
You can always upgrade later to one of the Park Hopper options in the Disney checkout process as well as choosing flexible dates or buying a Memory Maker package.
If purchasing tickets at the gate you’re likely to pay a slight premium in comparison to booking in advance.
Like most of the Florida theme parks, anyone aged 10 or over on the day of their first entry to the theme parks is classed as an adult and will have to buy an adult ticket.
Children between the ages of 3 and 9 are classed as children and may purchase a child ticket.
Children under the age of 3 are admitted for free.
1 Park Per Day Disney World Tickets
With the 1 park per day tickets, can you only visit one of the four theme parks on any particular day. To read more on single day tickets, head over to our Buying Walt Disney World Single Day Tickets page. The alternative to one park per day is the hopper option. With this you can visit multiple parks in one single day.
So for example if you bought a four day ticket you could not visit Magic Kingdom and Epcot on one day and then Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park on another day.
Each visit must be on a separate date within the start and end dates of your ticket.
The Expiry column in the price table is the number of days the tickets are valid including the start day. Therefore taking the example of a three day ticket, it is valid over a period of five days.
Disney World Park Hopper Option
The Park Hopper would cost more in comparison to the 1 Park Per Day ticket. This is because it allows you to visit more than one theme park on each day of your ticket.
This means for example you could go to Magic Kingdom in the morning, visit Animal Kingdom in the afternoon and then go and watch the Epcot fireworks the same evening. Check out our park hopper guide for further information on these ticket types.
Park Hopper Plus Option
The Park Hopper Plus option (originally called Water Park Fun & More) would cost more than your normal Park Hopper) but adds extra visits to your holiday.
With the Park Hopper Plus Option, you also have access to:
- two water parks, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- NBA Experience at Disney Springs
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (excludes ticketed events)
- 9-hole Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf
- 9-hole Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course and † Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (after 4 p.m.)
Each visit counts as one access and the number of accesses is the same as the number of days on your ticket with the exception of a one day ticket which gives you two accesses.
All visits must occur within the existing start and end dates of your theme park ticket.
As an example if you purchased a two day ticket with Park Hopper Plus you can visit the four theme parks on two separate days with park hopping. You can also make two visits to the Park Hopper Plus attractions. All visits must occur within the four days available to a two day ticket.
Note that with the higher number of day tickets you end up with more visits than you have days available. For example a six day ticket must be used within nine days but with Park Hopper Plus as well as six days at the theme parks you also have six visits to the extra attractions.
Each round of golf counts as a separate visit but you can visit one of the water parks multiple times on the same day, counting as one visit. If you visit both water parks then that is two visits.
Disney World Tickets with Water Park & Sports Option
The Ticket with Water Park & Sports Option is the same as the Park Hopper Plus Option but excludes park hopping, it is strictly one theme park per day of your ticket.
Disney World Ticket Expiry
With the old Magic Your Way tickets, all multi-day tickets used to expire 14 days after first use. With the new system, you only get a 14 day expiry if you purchase a 10 day ticket. So if you are buying say a relatively low number of days, you cannot spread them over a full fortnight.
If your ticket is part of Disney Resort hotel room and ticket package, the expiration date is the longer of:
- dates as above
- start and end dates of resort hotel stay
For example, if you buy a two day ticket, you have to visit both times within a four day window. However, if you are booked into a particular resort for seven days then with the same two day ticket, your ticket window runs from the day you check in until the day you checkout, seven days later.
Flexible Ticket Dates Option
Whereas Magic Your Way tickets expired 14 days after first use, the new tickets generally have a shorter life span; for example a two day ticket can be used over a total of just four days whilst a ten day ticket is still valid for 14 days. There is a new Flexible Dates Option that allows you to visit whenever you want and the tickets retain their 14 day expiry but you have to effectively pay the highest daily rate to upgrade to this option.
This option is available in the checkout after you select your ticket.
Changing the First Date of Use
You may want to change the first date of use. You can do so as long as you make the change before the first day of use.
If when moving the first date, your tickets become more expensive then you have to pay the difference but if by moving the first date, the tickets becomes cheaper you do not receive a refund!
If you wish to amend you ticket after you have started using it, for example to switch a two day ticket to a four day ticket, then you need to contact Guest Relations.
Remember if you move dates you may need to re-book some of your FastPass+ selections.