Magic Your Way Tickets
From 2005, Walt Disney World introduced a new ticket package called Magic Your Way which gave you more flexibility in tailoring your theme park tickets to your own specific needs but could be quite confusing at first glance. It was well worth deciding exactly what you wanted to do on your visit before you bought your tickets; or you could have easily ended up buying tickets that you would not get full use of.
The rest of this page is retained purely for historical interest and documents the changes to “Magic Your Way” tickets when Disney switched to seasonal pricing in 2016. See Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets for the latest Disney ticket pricing
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.
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.
Disney now has three seasons which they are calling “Value”, “Regular” and “Peak”.
Peak season tends to cover the three/four weeks around Easter/Spring Break, the early part of the US school summer holidays starting in late May, Thanksgiving and Christmas accounting for around 30% of the calendar with Regular season coming in around 50% and Value around 20%.
For 2018 the dates are as follows:
Value — January 8 to 11, January 16 to 19, January 21 to 26, January 28 to February 2, February 5 to 9, February 12 to 15, February 26 to March 8, April 23 to 27, April 30 to May 3, August 27 to 31, September 4 to 6, September 10 to 13, September 17 to 20, September 24 to 27, October 1 to 4, October 29 to November 1, November 12 to 15 and November 26 to 29
Regular — January 4 to January 7, January 12 to 15, January 20, January 27, February 3 to 4, February 10 to 11, February 20 to 25, March 9 to 16, April 9 to 22, April 28 to 29, May 4, May 7 to 11, May 14 to 18, May 21 to 24, June 1 to 24, July 5 to August 26, September 1 to 3, September 7 to 9, September 14 to 16, September 21 to 23, September 28 to 30, October 5, October 7 to 12, October 14 to 19, October 21 to 26, October 28, November 2, November 4 to 9, November 11, November 16, November 25, November 30, December 2 to 7, December 9 to 14 and December 16 to 19
Peak — January 1 to 3, February 16 to 19, March 17 to April 8, May 5 to 6, May 12 to 13, May 19 to 20, 25 to 31, June 25 to July 4, October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17 to 24, December 1, December 8, December 15 and December 20 to 31
Peak tickets can be used on any day, Regular tickets can be used on Value or Regular days and Value tickets can only be used on Value days.
Visitors from the UK will see that most of the UK school summer holidays falls into the Value or Regular seasonal price bands, rather than the Peak season.
Like the airlines, Disney will typically show their seasonal calendar between 8 and 11 months in advance.
|Days||Base ticket, One Park per Day, Adult||Base ticket, One Park per Day, Child||Park Hopper, Adult or Child||Park Hopper Plus, Adult or Child|
|1||from $102.00||from $96.00||from $62.00||extra $25.00|
|1 ‡||from $109.00||from $103.00||from $55.00||extra $25.00|
The ‡ symbol indicates Disney’s Magic Kingdom park only.
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.
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.