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Walt Disney World Ticket Options — Magic Your Way (MYW) Tickets
It’s important to know Walt Disney World Ticket Options before you visit the Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World offers a dizzying array of admission ticket choices. Tickets can include a multiple number of days (1 – 10 days), the ability to visit several different theme parks on the same day, and admission to additional water parks and other attractions. In addition, the price varies by the time of year that the tickets are used – Peak, Regular, and Value for one-day tickets.
Each of these Walt Disney World ticket options will increase the cost of the ticket and can be mixed and matched in any way the consumer wishes. 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. Disney charges more for a 1-day admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom than it does for its other Walt Disney World theme parks. In addition, the price changes by season.
1-Day Magic Kingdom Ticket (Tax included)
- Peak Season: $137.39 per adult | $131.00 per child (ages 3-9)
- Regular Season*: $126.74 per adult | $120.35 per child (ages 3-9)
- Value Season**: $116.09 per adult | $109.70 per child (ages 3-9)
1-Day Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Ticket (Tax included)
- Peak Season*: $129.93 per adult | $123.54 per child (ages 3-9)
- Regular Season**: $121.41 per adult | $115.02 per child (ages 3-9)
- Value Season***: $108.63 per adult | $102.24 per child (ages 3-9)
* Peak Season 2018 Dates: January 1-3, February 16-19, March 17-April 8, May 5-6, May 12-13, May 19-20, May 25-31, June 25-July 4, October, 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17-24, December 1, December 8, December 15, December 20-31
**Regular Season 2018 Dates: January 4-7, January 12-15, January 27, February 3-4, February 10-11, February 20-25, March 9-16, April 9-22, April 28-29, May 4, May 7-11, May 14-18, May 21, 24, June 1-24, July 5-August 26, September 1-3, September 7-9, September 14-16, September 21-23, September 28-30, October 5, October 7-12, October 14-19, October 21-26, October 28, November 2, November 4-9, November 11, November 16, November 25, November 30, December 2-7, December 9-14, December 16-19
***Value Season 2018 Dates: January 8-11, January 16-18, January 21-26, January 28-February 2, February 5-9, February 12-15, February 26-March 8, April 23-27, April 30-May 3, August 27-31, September 4-6, September 10-13, September 17-20, September 24-27, October 1-4 October 29-November 1, November 12-15, November 26-29
This price differential between Magic Kingdom and the other three theme parks does not 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 Walt Disney World ticket 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 a multi-day Base 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 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, which allows guests to use ‘Touch to Enter’ turnstiles at the parks. For those who stay at a Walt Disney World owned resort, a 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, Memory Maker card and optional payment account all rolled into one. MagicBand is available free of charge only to Walt Disney World hotel guests, Annual Passholders and DVC Members. Other guests will be able to use their standard RFID ticket to access select benefits of MyMagic+, such as making FastPass+ selections or purchase a MagicBand. This makes reselling valid partially used tickets on sites like ebay and Craig’s List.
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.
1-Day tickets for Walt Disney World Resort will expire at the end of the next calendar year. For example, 1-day tickets sold in 2018 will expire on Dec. 31, 2019. The amount paid for an unused, expired ticket may be applied towards the purchase of a new ticket at the current price.
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 MagicBand that you receive prior to your trip.
All of the Magic Your Way ticket options, choices and rules listed on this page apply to your tickets whether they are tied to your MagicBand (as part of a vacation package) or purchased as individual tickets. Just remember before deciding to purchase tickets separately that choosing to do so may eliminate your ability to purchase a Magic Your Way discounted package should one 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.
Magic Your Way Ticket Add-on Options
Park Hopper Option
- For the flat fee of $65 plus tax the “Park Hopper” option can be added to any 2- or 3- day “multi-day” Base ticket.
- For the flat fee of $75 plus tax the “Park Hopper” option can be added to any 4- to 10-day “multi-day” Base ticket.
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 entrance scan, 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.
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, 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. Secondly, park hopping can extend the hours guests actually get to spend in the parks. A park like Animal Kingdom may close earlier on a particular day, so a family wishing to go to Magic Kingdom to experience later hours. 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.
- 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 Disney Springs, visiting the water parks or seeing some of the other Orlando sights.
Park Hopper Plus Option
- For the flat fee of $90 plus tax the “Park Hopper Plus ” option can be added to any 2- or 3- day “multi-day” Base ticket.
- For the flat fee of $100 plus tax the “Park Hopper” option can be added to any 4- to 10-day “multi-day” Base ticket.
The Park Hopper Plus option allows two to ten “visits” (based on the length of your ticket) to your choice of the following:
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
- Disney’s Oak Trail golf course*
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex*
- Disney’s Fantasia Gardens* Miniature Golf Course
- Disney’s Winter Summerland* Miniature Golf Course.
“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 Park Hopper Plus entitlement for each venue visited.
The number of “visits” you get with the “Park Hopper Plus” 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 Park Hopper Plus option costs a flat rate, the longer the length of the ticket, the more value you get for your money. 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 “Park Hopper Plus” option are listed below:
- Water Park: $62.84 (child, 3-9 w/tax) | $69.23 (adult w/tax)
- Water Park with Blockout Dates: $57.51 (child, 3-9 w/tax) | $63.90 (adult w/tax)
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: $13.50 (child, 3-9 plus tax) | $18.50 (adult plus tax)
- Oak Trail Golf (varies by time & season): $39.00 plus tax (per player)
- Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland: $12.00 (child, 3-9 plus) | $14.00 (adult plus)
* 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, pull cart or pre-round practice balls are not included in admission. Reservations are required. Ask the front desk of your resort for a free cab voucher to and from the course.
If you plan on visiting a Disney water park at least twice during your visit, adding the “Park Hopper Plus” option to your multi-day Base ticket will save you money.
Those planning on visiting a Disney water park 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 Park Hopper Plus option or Platinum Plus 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 you have only 14 days from the first use of your ticket to use all of your park admissions and all of your “Park Hopper Plus” options. If you add the “Park Hopper Plus” 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 playing miniature golf, it’s still a good deal even if you don’t use them all!
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, it now makes sense to add the “Park Hopper Plus” option instead. The additional $15 it cost to upgrade per adult is less than a single adult admission to either of these venues.
NO Expiration Option
The NO Expiration Option has been eliminated!
However, MYW Tickets with the NO Expiration Option that were purchased prior to the February 22, 2015 are still valid for park entry at Walt Disney World theme parks.
Discounts & Purchasing in Advance
New in 2017, there is a $20 savings on a 3-Day or longer Magic your Way Ticket when purchased on Disneyworld.com or through our call center as compared to the price for the same ticket at the theme park ticket windows, Guest Relations and Sports Welcome Center.
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 or Park Hopper Plus 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. Once the transaction is made, it’s final.
MYW tickets can also be upgraded to an annual pass. The only possible upgrade for a 10-day MYW ticket is to purchase an annual pass.
Upgrading Unused Tickets: The purchase price 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 (or MagicBand) to any park or Disney Springs 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. 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 at a water park, Wide World of Sports, etc, you will be required to purchase the new ticket with the Park Hopper Plus option, or in the case of upgrading to an Annual Pass, you will be required to purchase a Platinum Plus Annual Pass that includes unlimited visits to these venues. When upgrading a used ticket to add the “Park Hopper Plus” 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 (or MagicBand) to any park or Disney Springs 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 may be credited for the “current” gate price of the ticket – effectively making your discounted ticket deal a moneymaker!
TheMouseForLess Magic Your Way 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 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.
• Take a photo of the back of any Walt Disney World tickets you buy from a third party or make a photocopy 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.
• Disney doesn’t require kids who have a birthday during a trip to change tickets. The age of your child on the day you check-in determines the ticket you will need to purchase.
Visit our Ticket Discount page for information on getting discounts on Magic Your Way tickets.
Walt Disney World Annual Passes
- Platinum Plus Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to all 4 Disney theme parks for one year, including free parking, Digital PhotoPass Plus downloads, as well as unlimited admission to 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.
- Platinum Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to all 4 Disney theme parks for one year, including free parking and Digital PhotoPass Plus downloads. Benefits include select discounts on resort rooms, meals, merchandise, and more.
- Disney Gold Annual Pass: Allows unlimited admission to all 4 Disney theme parks for one year (blackout dates apply), including free parking and Digital PhotoPass Plus downloads. Available for Florida residents and DVC members only. Subject to Blackout dates.
- 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 Disney’s water parks is refurbished annually. These routine maintenance periods are staggered, so guests should be able to enjoy at least one water park experience year-round.
- 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, 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 $1,439.00 for all ages, plus applicable sales tax. 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 Disney Springs area at Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World Florida Resident Ticket Options
Various Annual and Seasonal passes are offered to Florida Residents at a discounted price, as well as discounts on select MYW tickets and after hour water park tickets.
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Florida Resident 3- and 4-day tickets offer a savings, plus extended time to use the ticket. There is no 2-day Florida Resident ticket but the 3-day ticket is cheaper than the regular MYW 2-day ticket. For approximately 50% off the regular price, the Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus 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 $57 and $64 respectively. Florida Resident 3- and 4-Day Tickets and Options expire 6 months after first use or December 31, 2018, whichever comes first.
Florida Residents can also purchase a 1-day park ticket at full price, but are offered discounts “Park Hopping.” The 1-day Florida Resident ticket and any options purchased must be used within 14 days of first use.
Valid proof of Florida residency per adult is required for purchase and use of Florida Resident tickets. Acceptable ID includes a Florida driver’s license or Florida state ID card, showing a Florida address.
Discount ticket options for Florida Residents:
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.
WDW’s Annual Pass Monthly Payment program is available to those purchasing or renewing a Florida Resident annual pass online or in person at the theme park ticket window or Disney Springs 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:
Florida residents also are able to purchase exclusive Annual Passes. Purchase of a Florida Resident annual pass requires proof of residency. For a list of options and pricing for Florida Resident annual passes, visit our Annual Passholder page.