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Buying Walt Disney World Tickets

Mission: SPACE at Epcot
Mission: SPACE at Epcot

Magic Your Way Tickets

From 2005, Walt Disney World introduced a new ticket package called Magic Your Way which gives you more flexibility in tailoring your theme park tickets to your own specific needs but can be quite confusing at first glance. It is well worth deciding exactly what you want to do on your visit before you buy your tickets; or you could easily end up buying tickets that you will not get full use of.

You can save money by making an advanced purchase on 4 day or more tickets with the Park Hopper® option or Park Hopper® Plus option.

In essence, the Magic Your Way package works like this:

  • Firstly you choose how many individual days worth of visits you require (either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 days). If you just go for the Base ticket, then each day you are allowed admission to one park only (choose from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom).
  • For an additional fee you can add the Park Hopper® option which allows you to “hop” between parks on any one day; for example you could visit Hollywood Studios in the morning, hop across to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon parade and then finish up at Epcot for the evening firework display. You also get use of the Disney transportation system (monorails, water launches, and motor coaches) between parks.
  • If you want to visit one or more of the other Disney attractions then you can upgrade to the Park Hopper® Plus option. This allows you additional day visits to any of the two Disney Water Parks (Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon), Disney’s Oak Trail golf course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf and Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf.. You get one visit for each day of the multi-day ticket (except for the one day ticket where you get two visits).

In the past, unused days on multi-day Disney tickets never expired but starting in 2005, tickets automatically expire 14 days after their first use. If you wanted to have non-expiring tickets then you had to purchase the No Expiration option.

However in February 2015, Disney did away with the No Expiration option and all tickets now expire 14 days after first use unless stated otherwise. Older tickets purchased with the No Expiration option will be honoured.

In February 2016, Disney introduced tiered seasonal one day ticket pricing for their four theme parks. These seasonal price bands only relate to one day park tickets. Multi-day park ticket prices are not affected by seasonal pricing and blackout dates.

In February 2017, as part of their annual price rise, Disney also started expiring all tickets so if buying tickets in advance, check the final expiry date. Also purchasing tickets at the gate is more expensive than purchasing online for the three to 10 day passes.

Walt Disney World Ticket Information Pages

If you buy your tickets in the UK or Ireland, it is quite likely you will be offered different packages and options compared to buying them in the USA, such as 7 day, 14 day or 21 day all inclusive tickets (see UK visitor tickets for more details).

Walt Disney World Magic Your Way 2018 ticket prices

These prices are subject to change and you should check with Walt Disney World for the latest prices. From 2017, all 3 to 10 day tickets cost an extra $20 if purchased at the gate or from Disney Guest Services.

Remember, if you want to hop between parks on any one day, then you need to add on the Park Hopper® option.

As far as Walt Disney World is concerned, 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.

DaysBase ticket, One Park per Day, AdultBase ticket, One Park per Day, ChildPark Hopper, Adult or ChildPark Hopper Plus, Adult or Child
1 from $102.00from $96.00from $62.00extra $25.00
1 ‡from $109.00from $103.00from $55.00extra $25.00
2$209.00$197.00$65.00extra $25.00
3$305.00$287.00$65.00extra $25.00
4$380.00$360.00$75.00extra $25.00
5$395.00$375.00$75.00extra $25.00
6$405.00$385.00$75.00extra $25.00
7$415.00$395.00$75.00extra $25.00
8$425.00$405.00$75.00extra $25.00
9$435.00$415.00$75.00extra $25.00
10$445.00$425.00$75.00extra $25.00

The ‡ symbol indicates Disney’s Magic Kingdom park only.

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Multi-day passes

The price per day goes down considerably, the more days you buy but do bear in mind that from February 2015 all tickets expire after 14 days from date of first use.

In previous years you could buy a "No Expiration option, then any extra days you did not use would not be wasted. Older tickets with the No Expiration option will be honoured.

Transferring tickets

Tickets are non transferrable and Disney have now introduced new RFID enabled tickets to ensure that only the person who originally bought the ticket can use it.

Walt Disney World Ticket Price History

In the past, Disney typically raised their ticket prices each year in August (twice in 2006).

In 2007 and 2008 they added $4 to the price of a one day ticket and in 2009 added $5. In 2010 they added another $3, a further $3 in 2011 and then $4 in 2012.

However in 2012 and again in 2013 they raised their prices in June immediately after Universal Studios raised theirs. In 2013 for the first time ever, they set separate prices for a one day admission to Magic Kingdom. A one day ticket to Magic Kingdom increased by $5, whereas the other Disney parks only saw a $1 increase.

In February 2014 they raised prices again with another $4 on single day admission tickets and in February 2015 they added another $6 to the Magic Kingdom and $3 to the other parks.

In February 2016 they introduced tiered seasonal pricing for the first time for one day tickets. The low “Value” season prices stayed the same as their 2015 prices but the mid “Regular” and “Peak” season prices rose by as much as $19. Multi-day prices rose by between $10 and $35.

In February 2017, one day ticket prices increased between $2 and $5 and annual passes went up between $10 and $40. Disney also started putting expiry dates on all tickets. Tickets purchased in February 2017 will now expire on December 31, 2018 latest.

Again in February 2018, one day ticket prices increased between $2 and $5 and all annual pass prices rose. Tickets purchased from February 2018 will expire on December 31, 2019.

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