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Disney World Tickets – Ultimate Guide

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Disney World tickets are SOOO expensive! They are without a doubt the most expensive part of your Disney vacation. In recent years, Disney has implemented more and more ticket options so it’s important to do your research and find the best Disney ticket for your family! 

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Standard Disney Park Tickets 

If you purchase a standard Disney Park ticket you can only visit one park each day. When purchasing Disney World tickets, you will need to select the dates you plan to visit and the number of days.  With the Disney World reopening and the COVID pandemic, you are only able to visit one park per day anyways right now.

All Disney World tickets are priced based on the dates of your visit and the number of park days purchased.  As of today, you can only purchase standard park tickets for the rest of 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic.  The standard Disney ticket is the base ticket for all Disney World tickets. For 2021 and the future, you will have the option to add different Disney World ticket options to the standard ticket. 

For example, with this ticket, if you plan to visit the Magic Kingdom this is the only Disney Park you can visit that day! 

Magic Kingdom


Standard Disney World Ticket with Water Park and Sports

New in 2021, you have the opportunity to add water park and other extras to your standard Disney World park tickets. When adding this option to your park ticket, you will purchase the same number of days your purchased on your Standard Disney World ticket. For example, if you buy a 3 day standard Disney ticket you will receive three visits at the following locations.   

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • NBA Experience 
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf 
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

This is a great addition to the standard park ticket if you have an interest in visiting other popular Disney attractions like the NBA Experience or the Disney Water Parks. Before you Disney vacation, research all of Disney’s other attractions to see if this is a good Disney ticket option for your family! 

Blizzard Beach

If your planning on visiting one the Disney water parks or spending time at the pool, I recommend bringing comfy water shoes. The pavement is usually really hot and water shoes will prevent burned feet. It’s also pretty gross walking around the water parks barefoot.  I love this pair and bring them every Disney vacation! 

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If you don’t want to visit several of these experiences mentioned above, you can always purchase an individual Disney ticket for all these experiences. 


Disney World Park Hopper Ticket

The Disney World Park Hopper ticket allows you to visit multiple Disney Parks in one day.  The Park Hopper ticket gives you much more flexibility than the standard Disney Park ticket by allowing you to visit multiple parks everyday. My family purchases the Disney Park Hopper ticket every vacation simply because of the added flexibility and minor cost addition. 

On average, a Disney Park Hopper ticket costs between $65-$85 more per ticket.  When your spending thousands of dollars on Walt Disney World tickets, the park hopper addition is a small cost.  

My favorite reason to get the Park Hopper is the flexibility to eat where ever you want whenever you want.  My family isn’t big on planning so we don’t always book dining reservations 60 or 180 days out. We check the  My Disney Experience app during our Disney vacation and grab dining reservations the day of or day before. We often schedule Fastpasses at one park and often eat dinner at a different Disney Park in the evening. The Disney Park Hopper is great for families who don’t want to plan their entire Disney vacation months ahead and love to be spontaneous with all the different options at Walt Disney World. 


Disney World Park Hopper Plus Ticket 

The Disney Park Hopper Plus Option is similar to the Standard Disney World ticket with Water Park and Sports. With this Disney ticket, you can visit multiple Disney Parks each day and you can visit the following locations multiple times each day during your Disney vacation! 

  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park
  • NBA Experience (available for purchases after February 11, 2020)
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf 
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

This Disney ticket option gives you ultimate flexibility. You can visit almost anywhere on Disney property anytime you want. If you want the entire World of Disney at your finger tips, this Disney ticket package is for your family!

For example, with this ticket you can visit Epcot in the morning, Blizzard Beach in the afternoon, and Animal Kingdom in the evening. 

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Special Event Tickets 

Disney also has several after hour ticketed events that you may want to attend.  These after hour events cost a premium but they give you special access to the Disney World parks and offer unique experiences you can only have during these events! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has cancelled many of their special events for the foreseeable future.  These are some of Disney’s ticketed events you may want to check out in the future:

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • H20 Nights at Typhoon Lagoon
  • Magic Kingdom After Hours 
  • Epcot After Hours 
  • Hollywood Studios After Hours 
  • Animal Kingdom After Hours  

In recent years, Disney has frequently added new, unique ticketed events so keep a look out for different events and parties at Disney World! These events offer access to low park crowds and experiences that don’t happen during a normal park day. 

Annual Passes 

If you frequently visit Walt Disney World, you may want to consider a Disney World Annual Pass. Disney offers many different Annual Passes that allows you to visit different times of year, allow different experience, or a special Annual Pass for those who live in Florida. Right now, Disney has paused the purchase of new Annual Passes due to the COVID pandemic. There are many Disney Annual Pass options:

  • Disney Platinum Plus Pass 
  • Disney Platinum Pass
  • Disney Florida Resident Theme Park Pass 
  • Disney Gold Pass 
  • Disney Silver Pass
  • Disney Weekday Pass
  • Epcot After 4 Annual Pass
  • Water Park Hopper Annual Pass
  • Water Park After 2 Pass
  • Premier Annual Pass

Disney Annual Passes are really pricey but if you visit Disney so many days a year, they may be worth it. The Annual Pass also comes with some great perks like Disney resort discounts, Disney World dining discounts, and special Annual Passholder merchandise. The Disney World Website is the ultimate resource for more information on Disney Annual Passes! 

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How to Pick? 

There are so many Disney World ticket options that allow you to customize your Disney vacation to your family. When deciding what Disney tickets to buy, research all the different Disney Parks and Disney World attractions your family may want to visit.  Many people forget about all the extra experiences like the water parks, golf, ESPN zone, and more so do some thorough research into these other experiences!

If all the different Disney World tickets are overwhelming you, consider picking up the Birnbaum’s 2020 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide. My family purchases this book every year because it details all the changes to Disney Parks over the last year and it explains all parts of Disney travel in great detail. 


The Birnbaum Book also contains DISNEY COUPONS to save you more money on your vacation! 

In my opinion, most people purchase the standard Disney ticket or the Disney World park hopper. If you’re overwhelmed by the ticket options, considering purchasing either one of these more basic ticket options. You will have access to the Disney World theme parks which is the highlight of any Disney World vacation! 

If I could give any advice for choosing Disney resorts, tickets, dining, etc., it would be to do what’s best for your family. There are so many ways to do a Disney vacation so do whatever is right for you!  If your planning a trip in the near future, use our tips for starting to plan your Disney vacation


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11 thoughts on “Disney World Tickets – Ultimate Guide

  1. Such a great breakdown of all these options! Planning a Disney vacation can be overwhelming but these are some amazing tips on making the right choice. Thank you for sharing!

  2. We would love to head to Disney sometime in the near future, so I appreciate the amazing breakdown of the types of tickets available. This is very helpful!

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