If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World, there is A LOT to consider, from where to stay to where to dine to how to get around. And high on every guests’ priority list is figuring out tickets to get into the Walt Disney World theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Additionally, Disney World is home to two water parks, mini-golf courses, and a sports complex which also require valid admission should you choose to include them in your vacation plans.
Fortunately, Disney World offers several different types of tickets, each with unique inclusions. Figuring out which ticket is right for your vacation can be complicated, so we’re exploring the various types of Disney World tickets so you can know all the options — and make the best decision — for your traveling group’s needs.
Single Park Per Day Tickets
Standard 1-Day, 1 Park tickets allow you to visit ONE of the four Disney World theme parks per day: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can choose different parks for different days of your visit, but you are only able to go to one park each day.
1 park per day tickets for adults start at $109 per day and tickets for children (age 3-9) start at $104 per day in 2024. For 2025, prices for adult start at $119 and $169. However, ticket prices vary by date AND park.
Dates that are expected to be more in demand will generally be priced higher, while dates during Disney’s “slower” seasons will be less expensive. Ultimately, 1-Day ticket prices currently range from $109 to $189.
Ticket prices also reduce (in terms of cost per day) the more days you buy with multi-day tickets. The exact cost of the tickets will vary based on WHEN and HOW LONG you choose to visit.
*IMPORTANT UPDATE: PLEASE BE AWARE that Disney has implemented “park-specific pricing” only for 1-day, 1-park tickets. (This means that a 1-day, 1-park ticket to Magic Kingdom on a particular date may cost you MORE than a ticket to, for example, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, on that same date.) Tickets for Magic Kingdom will reach the highest levels out of all 4 parks.
Date-based tickets are what Disney describes as the “standard” ticket option offered to guests.
Here’s a breakdown of what a 1-day, 1-park ticket currently costs (in 2024):
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom — $109-$164
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios — $124-$184
- EPCOT — $114-$179
- Magic Kingdom — $124-$189
Interested guests may find pricing for tickets on the Walt Disney World website. And remember, children ages 2 and under do NOT require a park ticket.
Park Hopper Option
Would you like to visit MORE than one of the four major theme parks per day? Adding the Park Hopper benefit to your ticket will let you visit more than 1 park in a single day. (You can even visit up to ALL FOUR, if you like!)
Park Hopper tickets start at $144 for a 1-day ticket for adults in 2024. PLEASE BE AWARE that prices for select add-ons like Park Hopper vary by date.
The extra cost of the Park Hopper option becomes slightly less per day the more days you purchase. So, the added cost of a Park Hopper for a 10-day park ticket will be less than the added cost of a Park Hopper for a 1-day park ticket.
Keep in mind that the Park Hopper option must be added for ALL days for which you have tickets. Guests are NOT able to add on the Park Hopper option for only 1 day (or any less than the full number of days for which you have tickets).
You may add the Park Hopper option onto your tickets after you purchase them. So, for example, if you arrive in Disney World and spend your first day with a 1-park per day ticket, and then decide you’d like to add the Park Hopper option on for the rest of your trip, you may do so. BUT Disney will charge you for the entirety of the days for which you have tickets.
So, be sure to add the Park Hopper option early so you can take full advantage of it during your trip. Also, keep in mind that while you can add the Park Hopper option, you may not be able to get that option taken off of your ticket or get a refund for it.
Our advice is to truly consider whether you will make good use of the Park Hopper option prior to purchasing.
Water Parks and Sports Option
The Water Parks and Sports ticket option allows you to visit ONE of the 4 Disney World theme parks per day (you can choose a different park for each day of your trip) AND you’ll get a certain amount of visits to select other experiences depending on the length of your stay. For example, a 4-day ticket allows 4 visits to these other experiences and a 5-day ticket allows 5 visits.
What are these “other experiences” you’ll be able to visit? They include:
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Currently unavailable)
- Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
- Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course – FootGolf
- Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (prior to 4PM)
- Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (prior to 4PM)
As with the Park Hopper, that added cost per day will decrease if you are buying tickets for a longer period of time. And again, the cost of your ticket will depend on the exact dates you choose to visit.
Park Hopper Plus Option
The actual costs of your tickets will vary depending on the days you choose to visit.
A word of advice: it is easy to overestimate the amount you can do in one day in the excitement of trip planning. We suggest you think about how much use you will make of all the extras by considering factors like travel time between several locations, your specific group’s needs for downtime, how much you would like to do in the four major theme parks, and more.
Florida Residents Ticket Options
Often, Disney World offers unique ticket options for Florida Residents. Florida state residents are advised to visit the Walt Disney World website to select Theme Park Tickets options for Florida Residents. You can also check out our Disney Deals & Discounts page to learn about any current ticket promotions available for Florida Residents!
Memory Maker Add-On
Memory Maker includes: Digital downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos, select attraction photos and videos, professional photos taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers, and Magic Shots (special “effects” and animation featuring Disney characters and more) added to your photos.
A Memory Maker One Day add on includes all your photos and videos from a day of your choosing. This option costs $75.00.
A Memory Maker – Advance Purchase includes all of your photos and videos from your entire vacation! This option is $185.00.
If you don’t purchase the Memory Maker package in advance, you can still get all of the photos and videos from your vacation by purchasing Memory Maker later for $210.00. (You may also purchase individual photos, if you’d prefer).
Water Park Tickets
1-Day Water Park Tickets
You can purchase this type of ticket with or without blockout dates (meaning you CANNOT visit a water park during that time). For a water park ticket WITHOUT block out dates, the cost is $69 for adults and $63 for children (age 3-9). For a water park ticket WITH blockout dates it’s $64 for adults and $58 for children (age 3-9).
Water Park Seasonal Pass
A season pass option allows guests to pay a nominal fee to visit the water parks all season long. The Disney Water Park Seasonal Pass is $79 per person, plus tax. The Pass is eligible from the date of purchase until May 24th, 2024. And it has NO blockout dates!
Walt Disney World Annual Passes
Guests who frequent Disney World on a more regular basis may want to consider a Walt Disney World Annual Pass.
Guests are able to choose from FOUR different Annual Pass options. You can find out more here.
Walt Disney World Vacation Packages
You may choose to purchase your tickets as part of a Walt Disney World Vacation Package, which also includes your Resort hotel room (as well as options to add on the Disney Dining Plan.) If you are interested in learning more about Vacation Packages, we recommend contacting our friends at Small World Vacations!
The people over at Small World Vacations know all of the current discounts, and they stay up to date on new discounts that could be applied to your vacation to help you save money on your vacation. They can give you personalized advice and really help make your vacation planning stress-free. Oh, and did we mention that their services are TOTALLY FREE?! You can fill out their form to get started right here, or visit the first link in the box below!