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 Park Per Day 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.
At this time you must also make Park Pass reservations for each park you want to visit for every single day you are visiting a park during your vacation (for every member of your party) in addition to buying your tickets.
1 park per day tickets for adults start at $109 per day and tickets for children (age 3-9) start at $104 per day. However, ticket prices vary by day. 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.
Ticket prices also reduce (in terms of cost per day) the more days you buy.
As you can see, the exact cost of the tickets will vary based on WHEN and HOW LONG you choose to visit.
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. Under the current Park Hopping rules, guests are able to visit one park, and then “hop” to any of the other 3 Disney World theme parks after 2PM (provided that capacity has not been reached).
You must have a Disney Park Pass reservation for the FIRST park you’re going to visit, and you must visit that FIRST park before you’ll be allowed to hop anywhere else in the afternoon. Note that you do NOT need to make a Park Pass for the second park you visit. And, if you wish, you can visit ALL FOUR parks (again, provided that there is availability)!
Park Hopper tickets start at $174 for a 1-day ticket for adults, and $169 for a 1-day ticket for children (ages 3-9). So, essentially, adding the Park Hopper Option to your ticket will cost you $65 extra per day for a 1-day ticket (for both children and adults).
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 only add on the Park Hopper option for 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 (Currently Unavailable)
- NBA Experience (Currently Unavailable)
- 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
The Water Parks and Sports Option ticket starts at $179 for adults for a 1-day ticket, and $174 for children (age 3-9) for a 1-day ticket. So, essentially that is $70 extra per day for both adult and kids tickets for a 1-day ticket (as compared to a standard 1-park per day ticket).
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 Park Hopper Plus Option is essentially the same as the Water Parks and Sports Option, EXCEPT it also allows you to Park Hop once Park Hopping hours begin (currently 2PM daily) between the four Disney World theme parks.
The Park Hopper Plus Option start at $194 for a 1-day adult ticket, and $189 for a 1-day child ticket. Essentially, this is $85 extra per day for both adult and child tickets for a 1-day ticket.
But again, this extra cost per day decreases if you buy tickets for a larger number of days.
Remember that these are simply starting costs. 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.
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 $69.
A Memory Maker – Advance Purchase includes all of your photos and videos from your entire vacation! This option is $169.
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 $199. (You may also purchase individual photos, if you’d prefer).
1-Day Water Park Tickets
A 1-day water park ticket will only admit you into a Disney World water park for 1 day. Right now, the only water park available to visit is Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, as Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park currently remains closed.
You can purchase this type of ticket with or without blockout dates. The blockout dates for this year are May 29 through October 3rd, 2021 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).
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.
A new Annual Passholder program debuted on September 8, 2021, and guests are able to choose from FOUR brand new 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. (Though the Disney Dining Plan is currently suspended, you may choose to add the Plan to your Vacation Package, as well, when it becomes available again.) 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!