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Walt Disney World Tickets and Options — Disney Theme Park Tickets
The pricing for Walt Disney World tickets are based on a Guests’ specific dates of travel. Pricing may be lower during off-peak travel periods. Tickets will need to be used during a specific time period as well. Multi-day tickets are a better value than single-day tickets. Multi-day discounts will vary depending on the length of the ticket.
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 and this change to the ticket structure makes things seem a little more confusing. Disney’s new date-specific 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.
Each of these Walt Disney World ticket options will increase the cost of the ticket allowing you to be in control of the price of your theme park admission. 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. With this new system, guests will be able to purchase tickets using an interactive online calendar, which displays different ticket prices based on the dates they choose to visit the parks. Guests looking to purchase tickets now will first need to choose the number of days they are looking to visit the parks, as well as the first date you want to use your tickets using the online calendar. The calendar will show per day pricing that is based on your start date and the length of ticket you are wishing to purchase. The daily Walt Disney World ticket price decreases as your length of visit increases, so the more you play, the less you pay per day.
If you are looking for the lowest priced Walt Disney World ticket, there will be the option to see which months offer tickets with the cheapest prices.
But what if you don’t want to choose a specific start date for your Walt Disney World ticket? For an extra fee that is dependent on the total number of days of tickets you are purchasing, you can add on the ability to purchase a ticket with a flexible start date; that means you don’t have to choose the specific first day you want to visit the parks. Those tickets are valid for 14 days after first use.
Say you need to make a change to your tickets. If you need to change dates, upgrade to a Park Hopper, or add days, you can easily do that, as long as you make the changes prior to the start date you selected. There is not a specific change fee, however, you will have to pay any additional fees for tickets that cost more than what you initially paid. Note, if you change to a day that actually offers cheaper tickets, you do not get a refund or credit.
The new date-based pricing will not change throughout the year; there’s no price yielding. So, you don’t have to worry that as the day becomes more popular, Walt Disney World ticket prices will increase.
Once you select your ticket start date, you’ll be able to choose how many adult and child tickets you’ll be needing to purchase and you’ll see the total cost for your tickets. (The price listed in the calendar only shows Adult ages 10+ pricing.)
Walt Disney World Ticket Pricing
The calendars below show the price per day, ranging from one 1-day Walt Disney World ticket (Ages 10+) before tax to one 10-day Walt Disney World ticket (Ages 10+) before tax. As you will see, Walt Disney World ticket pricing will fluctuate not only depending on the specific date that is chosen, but also depending on the number of days that are looking to be purchased. This calendar is designed to give you a range to understand what the minimum/maximum amount that a Guest would be paying per day for their ticket.
As a reminder, the more you play, the less you pay per day. That means that the 1-Day tickets will be the most expensive PER DAY price and the 10-Day tickets will be the least expensive PER DAY price.
Walt Disney World Tickets Expiration Dates
All multi-day Disney Theme Park Base tickets expire whenever all of the days are used up OR based on the number of days of tickets purchased, whichever comes first. Walt Disney World tickets will have an expiration date that corresponds with the number of days of tickets that have been purchased. Guests will no longer have 14 days to complete their ticket use, like they did before. Now, if for example, you purchase a four day Walt Disney World ticket, you’ll have a seven day window to use your tickets in.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to use your park tickets on consecutive days, if you don’t want to. 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 3-4 of your vacation, and return to Walt Disney World to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom on day 5 of your vacation. If you return to Walt Disney World on day 6 of your vacation, in this example, however, your Disney Theme Park ticket is no longer valid, even though, technically, there is still one unused day.
Expiration dates for the Walt Disney World tickets will be:
- 1-day ticket – valid only the start date selected
- 2-day ticket – any 2 days within 4 days beginning on the start date
- 3-day ticket – any 3 days within 5 days beginning on the start date
- 4-day ticket – any 4 days within 7 days beginning on the start date
- 5-day ticket – any 5 days within 8 days beginning on the start date
- 6-day ticket – any 6 days within 9 days beginning on the start date
- 7-day ticket – any 7 days within 10 days beginning on the start date
- 8-day ticket – any 8 days within 12 days beginning on the start date
- 9-day ticket – any 9 days within 13 days beginning on the start date
- 10-day ticket – any 10 days within 14 days beginning on the start date
For an extra fee that is dependent on the total number of days of tickets you are purchasing, you can add on the ability to purchase a Walt Disney World ticket with a flexible start date; that means you don’t have to choose the specific first day you want to visit the parks. Those tickets are valid for 14 days after first use.
Date-based tickets purchased as part of a package will have one of the following valid use periods (whichever is longer): (1) the same valid use period described above, OR (2) a valid use period beginning on the package resort arrival date and ending on the package resort check-out date.
Additional information on all theme park tickets
Tickets can be purchased either in advance from Disney online, over the phone, from a travel agent 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 Theme Park tickets allow guests to build their Walt Disney World ticket options to suit their taste and needs. Disney Theme Park tickets start with a Base Walt Disney World 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 Walt Disney World 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 Disney Theme Park 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 Disney Theme Park 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 Walt Disney World 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 Lightning Lane returns, Memory Maker card and optional payment account all rolled into one. MagicBand is available for purchase at a special price for 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 Genie+ selections or purchase a MagicBand.
If you have a Walt Disney World 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 Walt Disney World ticket 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 Disney Theme Park tickets, choices and rules listed on this page apply to your Walt Disney World ticket 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 Disney Resort Hotel 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.
Disney Theme Park Ticket Add-on Options
Park Hopper Option
- For the flat fee of $65 plus tax the “Park Hopper” option can be added to any 1- day Base ticket.
- For the flat fee of $75 plus tax the “Park Hopper” option can be added to any 2- or 3- day “multi-day” Base ticket.
- For the flat fee of $85 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. Guests must make a theme park reservation via the Disney Park Pass reservation system for the first park they plan to visit. After entering that first park, Guests will be able to visit the next park starting at 2 PM until each park’s regularly scheduled closure. The ability to visit a park is subject to the park’s capacity limitations. At this time a park reservation is not required after the first park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change.
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 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.
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 $85 plus tax the “Park Hopper Plus ” option can be added to any 1- day Base ticket.
- For the flat fee of $95 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 $105 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 one 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 Disney Theme Park Ticket. All Disney Theme Park 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. Purchasing the Park Hopper Plus option adds an additional day to the number of days your Disney Theme Park ticket is valid for. If you purchase a 3-day Disney Theme Park Ticket with the Park Hopper Plus option, then you have 6 days to use the ticket entitlements. For comparison, the cost of the individual venues if purchased separate from the “Park Hopper Plus” option are listed below:
- Water Park: $63.00 (child, 3-9 plus tax) | $69.00 (adult plus tax)
- Water Park with Blockout Dates: $58.00 (child, 3-9 plus tax) | $64.00 (adult plus tax)
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: $14.00 (child, 3-9 plus tax) | $19.00 (adult plus tax)
- Oak Trail Golf (varies by time & season): Starts at $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 miniature 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 a certain number of days that corresponds with the number of days of tickets you’ve purchased from the first use of your ticket to use all of your park admissions and all of your “Park Hopper Plus” options. For example, 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, miniature golf, 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 Disney Theme Park 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, Walt Disney World theme park 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
As of 2017, there is a savings on a 3-Day or longer Disney Theme Park Ticket when purchased on Disneyworld.com or through the call center as compared to the price for the same ticket at the theme park ticket windows, Guest Relations and Sports Welcome Center.
Upgrading Your Walt Disney World Tickets
New or partially-used Disney Theme Park 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.
Disney Theme Park tickets can also be upgraded to an annual pass. The only possible upgrade for a 10-day Disney Theme Park 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 Disney Theme Park ticket is unused and the cost of the new ticket exceeds that of the old one, you can purchase any other Disney Theme Park ticket or Annual Pass you choose. For any one-day ticket, such as a one-day Disney Theme Park 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 Disney Theme Park 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 Disney Theme Park ticket, the entire value of the partially used ticket can be applied to a ticket upgrade. Partially used tickets must be upgraded during the tickets valid dates. 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 expired. 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 Walt Disney World theme park 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. With the new Disney Theme Park tickets, you can also upgrade the number of days on a partially used ticket and the ticket use dates will be increased to match the new number of ticket days.
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 Walt Disney World 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 Disney Theme Park 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 Disney Theme Park 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 $1,949.00 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 Walt Disney World theme park tickets and after hour water park tickets.
Florida Resident Discover Disney Tickets
Florida Resident 3- and 4-day tickets offer a savings. There is no 2-day Florida Resident ticket but the 3-day ticket is cheaper than the regular Disney Theme Park 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 have the same length of use as corresponding Disney Theme Park Tickets. The Flexible Date option can be added on to a Florida Resident Ticket making the expiration date 180 days from first date of use or December 31, 2020, 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 on the selected use date (or day after with the Park Hopper Plus option).
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 tickets for Florida Residents:
The policy on upgrading Florida Resident Disney Theme Park tickets varies slightly from other Disney Theme Park tickets. Guests may upgrade to a Florida Resident Seasonal Pass or Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass even if the Disney Theme Park 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 Disney Theme Park base Walt Disney World 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.