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Disney Magic Your Way (MYW) Tickets: Choices, Choices, Choices
Walt Disney World offers a dizzying array of admission ticket choices. Tickets can include a multiple number of days (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10 days), the ability to visit several different theme parks on the same day, admission to additional water parks and other attractions, and an option that prevents partially used tickets from ever expiring. Each of these options will increase the cost of the ticket and can be mixed and matched in any way the consumer wishes. While sticking with a basic Magic Your Way ticket can be a great way to save money on your vacation - depending on what you would like to do during your trip, it may or may not be the most convenient or even the most economical choice. Read on to learn how to purchase Walt Disney World ticket(s) that work best for your vacation.
All that is needed to enter a Walt Disney World theme park is a one-day, one park ticket. And, for the first time ever, in 2013 even this choice became a little more complicated. Disney now charges more for a 1-day admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom than it does for its other Walt Disney World theme parks.
- 1-Day Magic Kingdom Ticket: $95 ($101.18 w/tax) per adult | $89 ($94.79 w/tax) per child (ages 3 -9)
- 1-Day Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ticket: $90 ($95.85 w/tax) per adult | $84 ($89.46 w/tax) per child (ages 3 -9)
This price differential does not, however, apply to multi-day tickets, and all theme parks are priced equally if more than one ticket day is purchased. Tickets can be purchased either in advance from Disney online or at the gate. Children under the age of three are admitted to Disney's theme parks for free. With 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and a host of separately ticketed recreation and attractions, most people are going to need a bit more than a one-day, single park ticket for their vacation.
Disney's Magic Your Way (MYW) tickets allow guests to build their options to suit their taste and needs. MYW tickets start with a Base ticket of one to ten days in length. A Base ticket may only be used to enter one park per day. Each day of the ticket can be used to enter any one of Disney's four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios & Disney's Animal Kingdom) - the choice is up to you. For example, you could use a 3-day MYW ticket to spend two days at Epcot and a third day at the Magic Kingdom or you could choose to go to 3 different parks, one each day.
All multi-day MYW base tickets expire whenever all of the days are used up OR 14 days from first use (day one plus an additional 13 consecutive days), whichever comes first. For example, if you purchase a 3-day ticket, you could visit the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on the first two days of your vacation, visit Daytona Beach on days 3 - 10 of your vacation, and return to Walt Disney World to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom on day 11 of your vacation. If you return to Walt Disney World on day 15 of your vacation, however, your MYW ticket is no longer valid, even though, technically, there is still one unused day. You have 14 days from first use, no matter what the length of the MYW ticket.
All multi-day Magic Your Way Tickets are nontransferable and must be used by the same person on any and all days. The person who uses the ticket for the very first time must use the ticket for its entirety. Walt Disney World uses biometric measurements to identify the owner of the ticket and prevent ticket fraud. You simply place your finger on a reader. The system, which utilizes the technology of biometrics, takes an image of your finger, converts the image into a unique numerical value and immediately discards the image. The numerical value is recalled when you use the same ticket to reenter or visit another park. Disney does not store fingerprints. If you don't want to use biometrics, you can simply carry and show a photo ID that matches the name identified with your ticket.
All single-day and multi-day tickets purchased at Walt Disney World theme parks are now enabled with the new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, which allows guests to use the new 'Touch to Enter' turnstiles at the parks. For the present, these new tickets also continue work with the existing FASTPASS system as long as your ticket is not linked to your My Disney Experience account. Soon, an innovative piece of technology called the MagicBand, which is worn on the wrist, will serve as a guest's room key, theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass card and optional payment account all rolled into one. Initially, MagicBand will be available only to Walt Disney World hotel guests, Annual Passholders and guests who purchase other specific products such as a PhotoPass package. Other guests will be able to use their standard ticket to access the benefits of MyMagic+, such as making FastPass+ selections on the "My Disney Experience" web site. This will make reselling of partially used tickets very difficult. To learn more, visit our MyMagic+ Information page.
If you have a ticket from a previous vacation that is made of paper, please visit one of the ticket booths prior to entering the park to have your ticket updated.
If you purchase your MYW tickets as part of a Disney vacation package at a Disney resort, your tickets will automatically be added to the Key to the World Card you are given at check-in or the MagicBand your receive prior to your trip. This plastic card is also the key to your resort room and holds other information like your dining credits if you have purchased a Disney Dining Plan and any charging privileges you may have. If you lose your Key to the World Card, it can be replaced at your resort's concierge desk or any Guest Service window or park ticket booth.
All of the Magic Your Way options, choices and rules listed on this page apply to your tickets whether they are tied to your Key to the World Card as part of a package or purchased as individual tickets. Just remember before deciding to purchase tickets separately that choosing to do so will eliminate your ability to purchase the Disney Dining Plan or take advantage of Free Dining should it become available during your vacation travel dates. If you're confused, about whether to purchase your tickets individually or as part of a Disney package, visit our Disney Discount page for additional information on current Disney packages that may be available or use the services of a Disney Specialized Travel agency to help you make informed choices and book your vacation.
MYW tickets can be purchased in lengths-of-stay from 1 to 10 days. If you start with the fact that an adult 1-day base ticket costs $90/$95 (depending on the park) and a 2-day base ticket costs $92 per day (any park) and 3 base ticket costs $87.34 per day (any park), you can see that the more days you add, the less you pay per day. Starting with a 4-day base ticket, the savings jumps significantly. Adding 4 through 10 days increases the total price of your ticket only $10 (plus tax) for each added day - a huge savings over 1- to 3-day tickets. To see the prices for MYW Base multi-day tickets of 2 through 10 days, visit our Ticket Calculator page.
Ticket Add-on Options
Park Hopper Option
- A 1-day Base ticket to any park that includes "Park Hopping" may be purchased for $129 ($137.39 including tax) per adult and $123 ($131 including tax) per child (ages 3 -9).
- For the flat fee of $59 ($62.84 including tax) the "Park Hopper" option can be added to a "multi-day" Base ticket of any length (2 to 10 days).
The "Park Hopper" option allows you to visit more than one theme park on the same day. Once you pass through a Disney park's turnstile, your ticket information is stored in Disney's system and that ticket will not allow admittance into another park on the same day, unless the ticket includes the "Park Hopper" option. You may, however, come and go from the "same park" as many times as you wish whether you have purchased the "Park Hopper" option or not. For instance, if you go to the Magic Kingdom in the morning, but wish to have dinner at Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary Resort, you can leave the park and return to the Magic Kingdom after dinner to enjoy the evening fireworks. But, only the "Park Hopper" option will allow you to visit the Magic Kingdom and Epcot on the same day. With the "Park Hopper" option, there are no rules on how many parks you can visit each day, for the length of your ticket. You may not, however, purchase the Park Hopper option for part of a multi-day ticket (eg 2 days of a 5 day ticket). The cost of the Park Hopper option covers all days that your ticket is valid, regardless of the number of days purchased. All MYW add-on options, such as the "Park Hopper" option, must be used within 14 days of first use unless the No Expiration option is purchased.
There are several reason why purchasing the Park Hopper option might be desirable. First, with Disney offering the Disney Dining Plan as part of it's vacation packages, and making Free Dining available for at least a few months each year, accessibility to a wider variety of dining choices has become more important than ever before. One park per day can limit dining options for those on Disney's Dining Plan looking for at least one new table service restaurant to try each day. Purchasing the Park Hopper option adds the flexibility to choose any park restaurant, without having to spend the entire day in that particular park. Secondly, park hopping can extend the hours guests actually get to spend in the parks. A park like Animal Kingdom that typically closes by 5 pm each day, could leave a family wishing to go to Disney's Hollywood Studios in the evening to see Fantasmic!. There are many other instances where the Park Hopper option could add flexibility and extra value to a family's vacation, and it's something to consider when planing your vacation and purchasing tickets. Below are some reasons to purchase a park hopper as well as a few in which you might want to forgo it.
Reasons to Consider Purchasing the Park Hopper Option:
- Your trip is three days or less and you wish to see all of the parks; not recommended for first time visitors.
- You're traveling in a large group (or with teenagers) and feel you or your family may want to split up at times to pursue different interests.
- You're on the Disney Dining Plan and want the flexibility to eat at a wide range of park restaurants. Epcot has an abundance of restaurant choices.
- You're staying on Disney property and the convenience of returning to your resort in the afternoon for a nap or swim and then visiting a different park in the evenings sounds great! This is particularly desirable if your resort is only a short walk or monorail ride from one of the Disney theme parks.
- You're going to Disney World during peak or holiday season, when several of the parks are open quite late and there is lots of time for park hopping; and, with the crowd levels being what they are and frequent hard ticket parties closing the Magic Kingdom early during the Christmas season, you may just "want" to switch parks.
Reasons to Forgo the Park Hopper Option:
- You need to cut cost and an extra $60+ per ticket can add up for families traveling on a budget.
- Your vacation is at least five days or longer giving you plenty of time to see all of the parks without spending additional money.
- You're using Disney Transportation & the possibility of spending up to an hour or more to switch parks doesn't appeal to you.
- You have young children (or seniors along) who need their sleep, and you won't be spending long hours in the park.
- You've planned your trip during Value Season when several of the parks close quite early and time for park hopping is limited.
- The parks are great, but you also want to spend a significant portion of your vacation, lounging by the pool, golfing, shopping and playing at Downtown Disney, visiting the water parks or seeing some of the other Orlando sights. In this case, the "Water Park Fun & More" option below may be a better choice.
Water Park Fun & More Option
- A 1-day Base ticket to any park that includes "Water Park Fun & More" may be purchased for $149 ($158.69 including tax) per adult and $143 ($152.30 including tax) per child (ages 3 -9).
- For the flat fee of $59 ($62.84 including tax) the "Water Park Fun & More" option can be added to a "multi-day" Base ticket of any length (2 to 10 days).
The "Water Park Fun & More" option allows two to ten "visits" (based on the length of your ticket) to your choice of the following: Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, DisneyQuest, Disney's Oak Trail golf course*, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex*, Disney's Fantasia Gardens* or Disney's Winter Summerland*. "Visits" are separate admissions that can be used in any combination. "Visits" do not have to be used the same day as park admissions. Visiting multiple venues on the same day will use one Water Park Fun & More entitlement for each venue visited.
The number of "visits" you get with the "Water Park Fun & More" option depends upon the number of days purchased on Magic Your Way Ticket. One and two day MYW tickets will each have two visits. All other tickets will have one visit for each ticket-day purchased. For example a 3-day ticket has 3 visits and a 7-day ticket has 7 visits. Since the Water Park Fun & More option costs a flat rate, the longer the length of the ticket, the more value you get for your money. Unless the "No Expiration" option (see below) has been purchased, you'll have 14 days from the first use of your MYW ticket to use your "visits," irregardless of the length of stay of your ticket. For comparison, the cost of the individual venues if purchased separate from the "Water Park Fun & More" option are listed below:
- Water Park: $47.93 (child, 3-9 w/tax) | $56.45 (adult w/tax)
- DisneyQuest: $41.54 (child, 3-9 w/tax) | $47.93 (adult w/tax)
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: $10.95 (child, 3-9 w/tax) | $15.92 (adult w/tax)
- Oak Trail Golf (varies by time & season): $10 - $20, plus tax (junior) | $19 - $38, plus tax (adult)
- Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland: $10.65 (child, 3-9 w/tax) | $12.78 (adult w/tax)
* Visit to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex includes 30 minutes of game play at The PlayStation Pavilion. Visit does not include entrance to many of the sporting events that take place at the complex. For example, admission to the Atlanta Braves spring training games is a separately tickets event. You may, however, be able to view some amateur and children athletic events during your visit. Visit Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports web site to see what events may be taking place during your vacation.
* Visit to Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland minature golf courses is for one round of golf per day before 4:00 p.m.
* Visit to Disney's Oak Trail golf course is for one round of golf. This is a 9-hole walking course. Adult clubs ($15), pull cart ($6) or pre-round practice balls are not included in admission. Golf clubs are included for children under 18. Reservations are required. Ask the front desk of your resort for a free cab voucher to and from the course.
If you'll be purchasing a Walt Disney World Magic Your Way vacation package for travel in 2013, be aware that two DisneyQuest vouchers, each valid for a 1-Day admission ticket to DisneyQuest AND two miniature golf vouchers, each valid for one round of miniature golf prior to 4:00 p.m., are included in your package. This may be something to consider if you're think of adding the "Water Park Fun & More" option for your MYW base ticket.
If you plan on visiting a Disney water park and/or Disney Quest at least twice during your visit, adding the "Water Park Fun & More" option to your multi-day Base ticket will save you money.
Those planning on visiting a Disney water park or Disney Quest often may want to consider purchasing one of Disney's specialized Annual Passes. It may save you money over other options, such as upgrading to the Water Park Fun & More option or Premium Annual Pass, and you can go to your "chosen" venue as much as you like during your trip(s) or during the year.
Just remember that unless you have purchased the "No Expiration" option, you have only 14 days from the first use of your ticket to use all of your park admissions and all of your "Water Park Fun & More" options. If you add the "Water Park Fun & More" option to an 9-day park ticket, you'll have a total of 18 combined theme park plus water park, Disney Quest, etc, admissions and only 14 days to use them all. Adding the option to a longer length ticket might prove a difficult task to take advantage of, but if you'll be visiting several of the water parks and Disney Quest, it's still a good deal even if you don't use them all!
Combining The "Park Hopper" & "Water Park Fun & More" Options
- A 1-day Base ticket to any park that includes both the "Park Hopper" and "Water Park Fun & More" options may be purchased for $174 ($185.31 including tax) per adult and $168 ($178.92 including tax) per child (ages 3 -9).
- The cost of adding the "Park Hopper" and "Water Park Fun & More" option to a "multi-day" MYW Base ticket of any length offers a flat rate savings, priced at just $84 ($89.46 including tax) per ticket.
If you are planning on adding the "Park Hopper" option to your multi-day MYW Base ticket anyway, and you'll be making just one visit to a water park or Disney Quest, it now makes sense to add the "Water Park Fun & More" option too. The addition $25 it cost to upgrade would be at least $14-$28 less than a single admission to either of these venues.
NO Expiration Option
MYW tickets expire 14 days from first use - day one starting the count. Disney also offers a "NO Expiration" option that can be added to the tickets for an increased cost. The No Expiration option can be added to a ticket even after it is purchased but must be done before the ticket expires. The cost of the upgrade will vary and depend upon the number of days of your original ticket. The cost must be paid for the entire length of stay of the original ticket and not just the remaining unused days. Thus, whether you purchase the "No Expiration" option before you leave home or after you've spent several days in the park, it won't make any difference in the price to upgrade the ticket. Unused days can be used at any future date, as well as any remaining "Water Park Fun & More" visit and/or "Park Hopping" privileges you may have purchased.
The "NO Expiration" option is most frequently added to partially-used tickets to retain unused days & options you have already purchased and might otherwise lose. In some cases, it's purchased as a way to save money, mainly by those who make frequent trips to Walt Disney over a few years. Be sure to read all of the advice in this section before deciding to purchase the "No Expiration" option in advance.
Even without the "No Expiration" option, Walt Disney World tickets that have never been used do not expire. You can buy MYW tickets at current prices even if you won't be visiting Walt Disney World for several years and ward off future inflation. For example, at current prices, the cost of purchasing two 5-day tickets with the "Park Hopper" option added would be $27 cheaper than adding the "No Expiration" option to a 10-day park hopper ticket. There is no longer much advantage in purchasing tickets with the "No Expiration" option as way to save on future trips, except in very specific cases involving at least three future trips. For information on how you can purchase a lengthy MYW ticket in advance and use the "No Expiration" option and save money, visit our So You Want to Go Back page.
Be sure to keep track of unused days and remaining "Water Park Fun & More" visits on your "No Expiration" ticket as Disney can not check these for you in advance of a return trip; it must be done at Guest Services at the park. See below for prices to upgrade to the "No Expiration" option.
Update: Disney World has altered the way it sells the "NO Expiration" option for MYW tickets. The option is no longer available through Disney online. The "NO Expiration" option is also no longer listed on theme park ticket signage at Walt Disney World. The "NO Expiration" option continues to be available at theme park front gates (must ask for it) or by calling Disney directly to purchase at (407) 939-7679, daily from 7:00 a.m to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For the time being, the option also remains available to travel agents through their portal into the WDW system. Walt Disney World Tickets with the NO Expiration option are also available through our discounted ticket partner, Undercover Tourist.
Purchasing an Annual Pass, which gives you additional discounts & benefits, is probably the way to go for those who will be visiting Disney for 11 days or longer and wish to park hop during their visit or for those who will do repeat visits within the same year.
Those who enjoy visiting Walt Disney World more than 4 times per year but less than 9 times per year, can save by purchasing a 5- to 8-day multi-day MYW ticket with the "NO Expiration" option rather than an annual pass.
When adding the "No Expiration" option to a child's ticket, there are specific rules that apply if the child turns 10 before the ticket is used or used up. If the ticket has never been used the difference between the price of a child's ticket and an adult ticket will have to be paid. If the ticket has been partially "used" there is no additional charge to exchange the remaining days on the ticket for an equivalent adult ticket, even if it has been years since the ticket was partially used. Any any Guest Services location can make these exchanges.
Visit our MYW Ticket Calculator page for a complete list of options, prices, and comparisons.
Discounts & Purchasing in Advance
Whichever ticket options you chose, make sure to buy tickets in advance when possible. The one feature that never changes concerning Disney admission tickets is that the price increases yearly. Waiting to buy tickets at the gate (especially approaching the summer months) can sometimes end up being more expensive if prices increase before you arrive. For the past three years, Walt Disney World has increased ticket prices on the first Sunday in June, although this could change at any time. Disney never gives much warning prior to ticket price increases. Additionally, there is a great online savings option for purchasing multi-day MYW tickets in advance through Undercover Tourist that you can't get when buying tickets at the gate or through Disney online. Undercover Tourist is a licensed ticket vendor, authorized by Walt Disney World to sell their tickets. From all of the raves we've heard on TheMouseForLess Group from members who have used Undercover Tourist, this is a very reliable company with very competitive prices and we highly recommend them.
Upgrading MYW Tickets
New or partially-used MYW tickets can be upgraded to add extra days (up to a total of ten days), park hopping, Water Park Fun & More option, NO Expiration option, or any combination of these options. Upgrades are done on a one ticket for one ticket exchange. You cannot exchange one higher price ticket for several lower price tickets, nor can you get a refund under any ticket exchange scenario. Our Ticket Calculator can show the cost of adding days and options to your existing ticket. First, add the ticket you want to upgrade to to the second comparison chart (using the "Add to Compare" button) and then add the ticket you currently have. The difference in price is what you will pay.
MYW tickets can also be upgraded to a regular annual pass or a premium annual pass. Please note, however, for MYW tickets that include the Water Park Fun & More option you must upgrade to a Premium Annual pass if the ticket you are trying to upgrade has been partially used. Unused tickets with the Water Park Fun & More option can be upgraded to a regular annual pass, as long as the value of the ticket does not exceed the value of the pass. The only possible upgrade for a 10-day MYW ticket is to purchase an annual pass. Just be sure that the price the ticket you are upgrading is less than the Annual Pass. The price of a 10-day MYW ticket with the "Park Hopper" and "No Expiration" options will exceed the current price of a regular Annual Pass and once the transaction is made, you can not get a refund.
Upgrading Unused Tickets: Unused MYW tickets have no expiration until they are actually used and can be upgraded at any time. The price printed on the ticket will be applied to any higher priced ticket. As long as your MYW ticket is unused and the cost of the new ticket exceeds that of the old one, you can purchase any other MYW ticket or Annual Pass you choose. For any one-day ticket, such as a one-day MYW ticket or one-day water park ticket, upgrades may only be done on the date of use. Complimentary tickets can not be upgraded. Simply take your ticket to any park or Downtown Disney Guest Service window to complete the transaction. Only MYW tickets can be upgraded. Tickets purchased prior to 1/2/05 that have not expired (Park Hopper and Park Hopper PLUS tickets) may still be used for park admission at no additional charge but may not be upgraded.
Upgrading Partially Used Tickets: If you change your mind during your visit and want to upgrade your partially used MYW ticket, the entire value of the partially used ticket can be applied to a ticket upgrade. Partially used tickets must be upgraded within 14 days of first use. This holds true for all partially used tickets, even if you've purchased the "NO Expiration" option. In addition, all multi-day tickets must have at least one unused day remaining to be upgraded. So, if you have a four-day ticket and have used all four days, you cannot upgrade the ticket on the fifth day even if it has not been 14 days since first use. Any entitlements used on the original ticket must be included on the new, upgraded ticket. If the original ticket was used in more than one park on any one day, you will be required to purchase the upgraded ticket with the Park Hopper option. If the original ticket was used at a water park, Wide World of Sports, Disney Quest, etc, you will be required to purchase the new ticket with the Water Park Fun & More option, or in the case of upgrading to an Annual Pass, you will be required to purchase a Premium Annual Pass that includes unlimited visits to these venues. When upgrading a used ticket to add the "Water Park Fun & More" option, you will receive the full entitlements for the length of the ticket, even though you have you have used some park admission days. For example, a 7-day MYW Base ticket with 4 days used, will still receive 7 "visits" that must be used within 14 days of the first use of the original ticket. Simply take your ticket to any park or Downtown Disney Guest Service window to complete the transaction. The price of the existing ticket will be applied to the new ticket.
Upgrading Discount Tickets: If you've purchased a discounted ticket(s), you could end up getting credit for more than you actually paid should you decide to upgrade the ticket. When upgrading "unused" tickets, the original purchase price is applied to the upgrade; this price can be found printed on the front of the ticket. However, if you have "discounted tickets" and wait until you have used one or more days to apply your upgrade, you will be credited for the "current" gate price of the ticket - effectively making your discounted ticket deal a money maker!
Upgrading Partially Used Tickets to "No Expiration": This upgrade option is frequently used to retain unused days & options you have already purchased and might otherwise lose. For example, if you originally purchased a 7-day MYW ticket with the "Water Park Fun & More Option" and then found that after spending 4 days at the theme parks, 2 days at water parks and a day at Disney Quest you had to return home on an emergency, this option might be for you. You could upgrade to the "No Expiration" option so that you can use the remaining 3 three theme park days on another trip. You will be charged the difference between the 7-day MYW ticket with the "No Expiration" option and the 7-day MYW ticket without it, even though 4 days of the original ticket were already used. The cost of upgrading your existing adult 7-day ticket with 3 park days remaining will be $220 (plus tax), and you won't lose your 4 remaining "Water Park Fun & More" options. If you were to buy just a 3-day MYW base ticket without the "Water Park Fun & More" option, you would pay $262 (plus tax) for an adult ticket at current prices. If there is any chance you will return to Walt Disney World at some future date, upgrading to the "No Expiration" option would ensure that you don't take a complete loss on unused portions of the ticket. Plus, the cost of that 3-day ticket will most assuredly go up over the course of a few years too. Upgrading could save you some additional cash on inflation. In some cases, it might actually be cheaper to take a loss on the remaining days of the ticket, but this can be difficult to calculated given all of the possible scenarios, inflation, and cases with unused "Water Park Fun & More" options.
For your convenience, the quick glance chart below shows the price of adding the "NO Expiration" option to existing tickets of varying lengths, as well as the minimum number of days remaining on a MYW Base ticket needed to make upgrading optimal (cheaper than buying a similar ticket at current prices).
Cost of Upgrading to No Expiration Option (tax not included; based on adult Base ticket prices):
- 2-Day Ticket: $35 - upgrade less than purchasing 1-day Base ticket
- 3-Day Ticket: $45 - upgrade less than purchasing a 1-day Base ticket
- 4-Day Ticket: $95 - upgrade about the same as purchasing a 1-day Base ticket
- 5-Day Ticket: $145 - upgrade less than purchasing a 2-day Base ticket
- 6-Day Ticket: $190 - upgrade less than purchasing a 3-day Base ticket
- 7-Day Ticket: $220 - upgrade less than purchasing a 3-day Base ticket
- 8-Day Ticket: $245 - upgrade less than purchasing a 3-day Base ticket
- 9-Day Ticket: $280 - upgrade about the same as purchasing a 4-day Base ticket
- 10-Day Ticket: $325 - upgrade slightly less than purchasing a 9-day Base ticket
Beginning with Disney's price increase on June 2, 2013, for the first time ever, purchasing a fully upgraded adult 10-day MYW ticket is now $20 more than buying a Premium Annual Pass.
TheMouseForLess MYW Ticket Tips
• Unused day(s) on any Walt Disney World "unexpired" multi-day ticket can be used for admission to Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure parks. Present your WDW Ticket at the gate (not a ticket booth) and it will be exchanged for a single day Disney park admission ticket. If you have multiple days left on your WDW ticket, you must repeat the process each day. Only one day will be subtracted from your WDW ticket at a time and the Disneyland ticket must be used on the same day. If your Walt Disney World ticket has the "park hopping" option, you may also park hop at Disneyland. It's also worth noting that you must have already used or activated the ticket at Walt Disney World for at least one day in order to use unused days at Disneyland Resort.
Note: Currently, this will only work if you have the old pre-MyMagic+ paper (Tyvek) tickets. The new RFID Walt Disney World tickets and MagicBands can not be used for admission to the parks at the Disneyland Resort. The ticketing system at DL can only read a bar code (or serial number) that ties into the WDW Automated Ticketing System. The new RFID tickets and MagicBands have a serial number that does not tie directly to this system so there is no way for Disneyland to read and verify days or remove days from these ticket devices. Thus, if you have leftover days on the old WDW multi-day paper tickets that you may use at WDW and/or DL in the future, do not convert these tickets to the new RFID tickets. You should still be able to enter Walt Disney World without converting these tickets. Conversely, we have also heard that if you have RFID multi-day Walt Disney World tickets that do not expire with leftover days that you plan on using at Disneyland, you may request that the ticket be replaced with a Tyvek ticket before leaving the Walt Disney World Resort, although this information has not been verified.
• Disneyland tickets can not be used as admission to Walt Disney World parks! The value of a valid unused or partially-used Disneyland ticket can, however, be applied to the purchase of a new Walt Disney World MYW ticket or Annual Pass. Any Guest Relations Office at Walt Disney World should be able to lookup the value of your unexpired Disneyland ticket, cancel the Disneyland ticket, and apply that value to your new WDW ticket.
• If you'll be at Disney for a lengthy stay, say 7 days or more, you don't have to buy a park ticket for each day of your stay. If you add the Water Park Fun & More Option, you can use it for several days and not go to the parks at all. This worked out great for us and saved us money. We made a day out of Downtown Disney with shopping, dinner and Disney Quest and another day at Blizzard Beach and then doing some things later in the day at our resort. The cost of adding the Water Park Fun & More Option was less then paying for Disney Quest and Blizzard Beach combined or buying two extra days on our park tickets. ~ Brandi.
• Take a photo of the back of any Walt Disney World tickets you buy from a third party or make a photo copy and keep it in a safe place during your vacation. It will be the only way to get tickets replaced that may get lost on your trip. You will also want to familiarize yourself with your vendor's replacement policy. For tickets purchased at Walt Disney World or directly from Disney, keep ticket receipts in a safe place. This can also help get lost tickets replace. Resort guests can show resort identification at any resort concierge, ticket booth or Guest Services to have tickets placed, while non-resort guests may be asked to show the credit card used to purchase the tickets. ~ Linda S.
• Disney doesn't require kids who have a birthday during a trip to change tickets. They would continue to use their Child ticket for the duration of their stay. ~ Pam S.
• If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, I think that park hoppers are an absolute must. The reason being that you can't always get your reservations in the park of your choice on the day of your choice. Some parks are very crowded on certain days and if your "Table Service" reservation happens to be on one of those days, you won't be stuck there for an entire day when you could be in a much less crowded park. That being said, we were not on DDP this year and didn't purchase park hoppers. PH is something you can add on during your stay without any penalty in price. It is a flat amount and is the same whether you pre-purchase or not. So if for some reason you should find that you need it, you can add it at the parks. ~ Carol in Oregon
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Walt Disney World Annual Passes
Walt Disney World General Public Annual Passes
- Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to all 4 Disney theme parks for one year, including free parking. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more. A discount of $90 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration. Cost (includes tax): $648.59 for all ages.
- Premium Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to all 4 Disney theme parks for one year, including free parking, as well as unlimited admission to Disney Quest, Disney water parks, Disney's Oak Trail golf course, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more. A discount of $110 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration. Cost (includes tax): $776.39 for all ages
- Disney Quest Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to Disney Quest at Downtown Disney for one year. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.
Cost (includes tax): $95.85 (ages 10-up); $76.68 (ages 3-9)
- Water Park Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon for one year. Water Parks subject to seasonal or weather closures. Each of our water parks is refurbished annually. These routine maintenance periods are staggered, so our Guests should be able to enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.
Cost (includes tax): $110.76 (ages 10-up); $90.53 (ages 3-9)
- Water Park/Disney Quest Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to Disney Quest, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon for one year.
Cost (includes tax): $140.58 (ages 10-up); $108.63 (ages 3-9)
- Disney's Premier Passport: Allows access to both east coast and west coast resort parks with no blackout dates. Passholders are able to visit multiple parks on the same day, as well as, get unlimited admission to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (valid only on event days; some events require an additional admission charge) and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (with restrictions). The pass also includes theme park parking, invitations to special events, and Passholder discounts and offers. The cost of the Premier Passport is $979 for all ages, plus applicable sales tax. For comparison purposes, purchasing a standard annual pass for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland would cost $1108 plus tax, and neither pass gives the extra perks a premier passport offers. For an additional fee, annual passholders can upgrade their annual or seasonal pass for one resort to a Disney Premier Passport. Disney Premier Passports are available for purchase only at select Disney Parks locations: Disneyland Resort theme park ticket booths; Guest Relations windows at Walt Disney World theme parks; and Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World Florida Resident Tickets & Annual Passes
Various Annual and Seasonal passes are offered to Florida Residents at a discounted price, as well as discounts on select MYW tickets, after hour water park tickets, and Disney Quest tickets and passes. Florida Resident 3- and 4-day tickets offer a savings, plus extended time to use the ticket. For 50% off the regular price, or just $29.50 plus tax, the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More options may be added to the 3- and 4-day Florida Resident Tickets. Both options can be added to the Florida Resident 3- and 4-day tickets for just $59. Florida Resident 3- and 4-Day Tickets and Options expire 6 months after first use or 12/17/2014, whichever comes first. Block-out dates apply. Florida Residents can purchase a 1-day park ticket at full price, but are offered discounts on adding options such as "Park Hopping" and "Water Park Fun & More" or both. The 1-day Florida Resident ticket and any options purchased must be used within 14 days of first use. There are no blockout dates for the 1-Day ticket. Valid proof of Florida residency per adult is required for purchase and use. Acceptable ID includes a Florida driver's license or Florida state ID card, showing a Florida address.
Discount ticket options for Florida Residents (excludes tax):
• 3-Day Florida Resident Ticket: $179 adult | $167 child (ages 3-9)
• 4-Day Florida Resident Ticket: $199 adult | $187 child (ages 3-9)
MYW Blockout Dates: June 8 – August 15, 2013; December 19, 2013 – January 3, 2014; April 12 – April 25, 2014; June 7 – August 14, 2014.
• 1-day Base ticket (any park) + Park Hopper: $109.50 adult | $103.50 child
• 3-day Florida Resident tickets + Park Hopper: $208.50 adult | $196.50 child
• 4-day Florida Resident tickets + Park Hopper: $228.50 adult | $216.50 child
• 1-day Base ticket + Water Park Fun & More: $119.50 adult | $113.50 child
• 3-day Florida Resident tickets + Water Park Fun & More: $208.50 adult | $196.50 child
• 4-day Florida Resident tickets + Water Park Fun & More: $228.50 adult | $216.50 child
• 1-day Base ticket + Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More: $139 adult | $133 child
• 3-day Florida Resident tickets + Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More: $238 adult | $226 child
• 4-day Florida Resident tickets + Park Hopper & Water Park Fun & More: $258 adult | $246 child
The cost of Florida Resident tickets plus various options can be calculated on our Ticket Calculator page.
The policy on upgrading Florida Resident MYW tickets varies slightly from other MYW tickets. Florida Resident 3- and 4-Day tickets only may be upgraded within six months of date of first use. Guests may upgrade to a Florida Resident Seasonal Pass or Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass even if the Magic Your Way Ticket was used during a block-out period. Florida Resident tickets may not be upgrade to the "No Expiration" option.
Grandparents (aunts, uncles, divorced spouses, etc) who have small children from out-of-state visiting, may be able to get around the Florida Resident ID requirements when purchasing Florida Resident children tickets since an ID is not required to buy the tickets.
WDW's Annual Pass Monthly Payment program is available to those purchasing or renewing an Florida Resident annual pass online or in person at the theme park ticket window or Downtown Disney Guest Relations location, except on passes where noted below. Florida Residents make a down payment equal to the price of a non-discounted one-day Magic Your Way base ticket and then pay the remainder through 12 recurring automatic monthly payments scheduled for the year. It’s interest and finance charge free. The contract purchaser must be able to provide valid proof of Florida Residency and be at least 18 years of age. Passes can be renewed up to 60 days before and 30 days after expiration.
Annual Pass options for Florida Residents (excludes tax):
- Florida Resident Annual Pass: $464 (all ages)
Entitles residents to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, plus complimentary parking. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more. A discount of $70 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration.
- Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass: $584 (all ages)
Entitles residents to unlimited admission for 365 days from the activation date (except events separately priced) to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, DisneyQuest, Disney’s Oak Trail golf course and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, plus complimentary parking. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more. A discount of $90 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration.
- Florida Resident Seasonal Pass: $309 (all ages)
Entitles residents to admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom except for “blockout” dates around Christmas/New Years, Easter/spring break, and peak summer vacation period; the pass expires 365 days after activation. Parking is not included with this pass. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more. A discount of $45 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration.
Blockout Dates 2013: June 8 - August 15; December 19 - 31
Blockout Dates 2014: January 1 - 3; April 12 - 25; June 7 - August 14; December 18 - 31
- Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass: $209 (all ages)
Entitles residents to admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Monday through Friday only except for “blockout” dates around Christmas/New Years, Easter/spring break, and peak summer vacation period; the pass expires 365 days after activation. Parking is not included with this pass. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more. A discount of $30 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration.
Blockout Dates 2013: June 8 - August 15; August 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; September 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27; November 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30; December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15; December 19 - 31
Blockout Dates 2014: January 1 - 5; January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; April 5, 6; April 12 - 27; May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31; June 1; June 7 - August 14; August 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31; September 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; December 6, 7, 13, 14; December 18 - 31
- Florida Resident Epcot After 4 Pass: $174 (all ages)
Entitles residents to admission to Epcot at 4 p.m. The pass expires 365 days after activation. This pass does not include any additional benefits, discounts or parking. A discount of $25 is offered for renewing the pass prior to expiration.
- Florida Resident Water Parks After 2 p.m Pass: $62 (ages 10-up); $50 (ages 3-9)
Entitles residents to admission to Disney's water parks—Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park after 2 p.m.; the pass expires 365 days after activation. This pass does not include any additional benefits or discounts. This pass is not available under the Monthly Payment program or eligible for a renewal discount.
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