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Buying Walt Disney World Tickets for UK Visitors

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]

Disney has put together special 7 and 14 day tickets for UK and Ireland visitors which can be purchased in advance through the official Walt Disney World Travel Company (opens in a new window) and are effectively the equivalent of purchasing tickets with the Park Hopper Plus option.

Known as the Walt Disney World Resort Ultimate Ticket, it is available for 7 days or 14 days and is only available in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Throughout the year Disney offer a number of exclusive deals to UK and Ireland visitors including free dining, special price hotel stays and combined flight/hotel deals.

Alternatively, you can buy the normal Disney tickets either before you leave for Florida or when you arrive in Florida. Bear in mind that from October 2018, Disney has introduced date-based ticket pricing for their four theme parks. The advantage of the special UK multi-day tickets is that the price is not affected by the new seasonal daily prices and all are valid for up to 14 days depending upon the ticket.

To decide whether it is worth buying the special UK and Ireland visitor Ultimate tickets, you need to think about how many days you plan to spend at Walt Disney World, which parks you want to visit, whether you want to park hop, whether you would like to use the water parks, what the exchange rate is like and then compare equivalent Walt Disney World theme park ticket options. Remember in the USA, displayed prices typically do not include sales tax whereas in the UK they do.

Typically the Disney UK Ultimate tickets are better value for money than buying regular multi-day tickets in the USA especially with the introduction of date-based pricing.

Current Walt Disney World Ultimate ticket options for UK and Ireland visitors are:

  • a 7 day ultimate ticket giving 7 days unlimited access to Disney’s four theme parks, two water parks and other attractions
  • a 14 day ultimate ticket giving 14 consecutive days unlimited access to Disney’s four theme parks, two water parks and other attractions

Like most of the Florida theme parks, anyone aged 10 or over on the day of their first entry to the Disney 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.

Walt Disney World Ticket Information Pages

What Does The 7 Day and 14 Day Walt Disney World Ultimate Ticket Include

The 7 Day and 14 Day Ultimate tickets give you access to:

  • all four Disney theme parks; Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom
  • both the Disney water parks; Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (open seasonally)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (only on event days, some events priced separately)
  • Memory Maker to download your Disney PhotoPass photos (adult tickets only, worth $199)
  • Disney’s Oak Trail golf course (green fees only)
  • plus one round per day at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens or Summerland Miniature Golf Courses (prior to 4pm)

Note that at present you have to make reservations for each park for each day that you wish to visit, not just the first day. This can be easily done with the Disney My Experience app using the Disney Park Pass reservation system.

Currently you cannot park hop until after 2 p.m. each day.

Walt Disney World UK Visitor Special Offers and Deals

Sometimes Walt Disney World run special offer deals like offering their 14 day Ultimate ticket for the price of a 7 day Ultimate ticket.

Right now there are no special ticket deals but even without the deal, a 14 day ticket can be purchased for just £20 more than a 7 day ticket..

These tickets can be purchased online from the official Walt Disney World Travel Company (opens in a new window).

Expired Walt Disney World UK Visitor Special Offers and Deals

Below are listed recently expired deals:

  • buy a 14 day Ultimate ticket for the price of a 7 day Ultimate ticket — offer available from October 13, 2020 to August 31, 2021

Walt Disney World UK Visitor Ultimate Ticket Price Comparison

This example gives a good indication of comparative pricing between a 7 Day Ultimate Ticket and their USA 7 Day Multi-Park counterpart:

  • a 7 day Disney UK Ultimate ticket for use in 2021 will cost you £439 including all taxes and be valid for 14 consecutive days from date of first use
  • an equivalent 7 day Walt Disney World theme park ticket with Park Hopper Plus would cost between $605 and $783 based on seasonal pricing including all taxes and would be valid for any 7 days in 10 consecutive days

The Park Hopper Plus option includes the two water parks.

Assuming an exchange rate of 1.4 between UK Sterling and US Dollars, the UK Ultimate ticket works out at $615 including taxes which is slightly more expensive than the USA equivalent multi-day ticket if you visit in the very low season but cheaper than the USA price if you are visiting at any other time of the year including the busier holiday periods.

If you are not bothered about park hopping or visiting the water parks then it is may be cheaper to stick with the USA tickets as in this case the 7 day multi-park ticket would be between $493 and $672 including tax.

Disney’s 14 day ticket is typically only an extra £20 but Disney often has a deal where you get a 14 Day Ultimate ticket for the price of a 7 Day Premium ticket.

Either way the 14 day ticket is a good deal compared to buying your ticket in the USA as the most days you can buy on a multi-day ticket in the USA is 10 days unless you purchase an annual pass.

All Ultimate tickets are valid for 14 consecutive days.

There also used to be a 21 day ticket which offered excellent value for money if you can take 21 days of Disney!! At present the 21 day ticket is not available for sale

In 2019 Disney introduced a new special 2 day ticket for the Summer but it was only valid until August 27, 2019, just before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened and unlike the other tickets it did not allow park hopping.

Remember you also need to budget $25 per day for parking no matter which ticket you buy.

Walt Disney World UK Visitor Ultimate Ticket Prices for 2021/2022

Because of fluctuating exchange rates, all these prices are subject to change and you should check with the Walt Disney World Travel Company (opens in a new window) for the latest prices. Note, these prices are in UK sterling and include all taxes, all other Disney ticket prices on the other ticket pages are in US dollars and do not include sales tax.

For UK and Ireland Ultimate Tickets, Disney set a price for each year rather than date based pricing. Normally the special Ultimate tickets are available from the first day of the year and must have their first use by the last day of the year for the year that they have been bought for.

However 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Magic Kingdom in October and at present all 2021 tickets cannot be used until January 1, 2021 and are only valid until September 26, 2021. For 2022 tickets they cannot be used until January 1, 2022 and must have their first use by December 31, 2022.

Both 7 and 14 days tickets expire 14 days after the date of first use.

Disney's 7 Day Ultimate Ticket Adult Child
Park to park admission to Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom plus Disney’s water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) and more
Expires 14 days after first day of use. Only available online.
£439
(2021)

£449
(2022)
£419
(2021)

£429
(2022)
Disney's 14 Day Ultimate Ticket Adult Child
Park to park admission to Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom plus Disney’s water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) and more
Expires 14 days after first day of use. Only available online.
£459
(2021)

£469
(2022)
£439
(2021)

£449
(2022)