Make the most of your time at Disney World by finding theme park tickets to all of the most popular attractions at the best possible prices.

Many first-time visitors to Disney World do not realize how many different theme parks and attractions there are to visit. While the theme park tickets are not cheap, with a bit of research, you can be sure to get the best possible deal on your tickets. This article includes advice about buying the right type of Disney World theme park tickets as well as ways to find discount Disney tickets.

How to Choose

It is easy to become overwhelmed when you begin looking for Disney World theme park tickets. There are a seemingly endless number of options, add-ons, and prices. It can make your head spin if you try to figure it all out while standing at the ticket window!  Fortunately, information is power: you will need to have some information about your trip before you purchase the tickets that will get you the best deal.  Read on.

Theme parks tickets are your key to Disney fun.

Theme parks tickets are your key to Disney fun.

The difference in the cost of a seven-day ticket versus the cost of a single-day ticket is huge. The cost per day for a seven-day ticket is about half of that for a single day. For this reason, you must know the length of your stay, and how many of those days you plan to devote to theme parks, before you choose your ticket package. If you choose too few days, you will end up paying more to add days on later. If you choose too many days, you will be paying more than you need to, and some of the days on your ticket may be wasted.

Parks and Attractions that Interest You

You also need to decide which parks and attractions you want to visit. If you are going just for your very small children, then the base ticket may be a fine choice. If you have older children, you may want to add on some features, such as the ability to visit water parks or to visit more than one park each day. By knowing which theme parks and attractions interest you, you will not purchase unnecessary options that will drive up the cost of your Disney World tickets.

Type of Tickets

Base Tickets

Everyone who purchase Disney World theme park tickets start with the base tickets. These tickets allow access to one park per day for the number of days that you specify when you buy your tickets. You do not have to visit parks on consecutive days, but the tickets will expire two weeks after you use them for the first time.

Park Hopper

A Park Hopper ticket has all of the features of the base ticket with the added option of being able to visit more than one park each day. This is a great option for those who want the ability to come and go from each park as they please rather than having to set aside one day for each park. If you have children of different ages, this is a wonderful feature, because it will allow everyone to have a chance to do what they want each day.  However, if you are fist time visitor, you will probably find plenty to do in any one of the parks to occupy a full day – so hopping may not be important.

Water Fun & More

Another option that can be added to the Disney base tickets is called Water Fun & More. This option allows you to visit Disney World’s two water parks, DisneyQuest Interactive indoor theme park, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Oak Trail Golf Course. As mentioned above, it is important that you do a bit of research before choosing your tickets. Not all visitors care to visit any of the parks included in the Water Fun & More option so, for those guests. it would be a waste of money to add this option.

No Expiration Date

As mentioned earlier, the base Disney World theme park tickets expire two weeks from their first use. When you purchase the No Expiration Date option, the days never expire. For example, if you buy a seven day ticket, but only use four of the days, you can save those tickets and use the remaining three days during your next visit to Disney World.

There are also special attractions within some of the parks, such as backstage or special access programs, that require an extra fee, so be sure to consider that when planning your Disney World vacation budget.

Discount Disney World Tickets

Disney World does not typically put its tickets “on sale”.  And, of course, the ultimate source of all Disney theme park tickets is Disney.  However, there are ways that you can score discount Disney World tickets. A few ideas are below.

Military and College

Many military bases and college campuses have a recreation department where they sell discount tickets to various attractions. The number of tickets is often limited, so be sure to check well in advance of your Disney vacation to see if your base or campus has discount Disney World tickets.

Vacation Packages

One of the best ways to get the best deal on your Disney World theme park tickets is to buy them as part of a vacation package. Such packages may include hotel, airfare, transportation to and from the hotel and theme park tickets. There are many types of vacation packages available. Some include only the base tickets. Others include various options such as those mentioned above as well as back stage access or other fun extras.  Be sure to understand exactly what is included – especially around transportation and ticket options – before making your purchase.

Auction Sites

Another way that some find discount Disney World theme park tickets is to purchase them from auction sites.  These are typically tickets purchased by another visitor to the park who did not use all of the days that they purchased. Of course, you will need to be sure that the seller included the no-expiration option when they bought their tickets. There is some risk involved with purchasing tickets in this manner. Should you get to the park and learn the tickets are expired, you will have to purchase new tickets. Still, for those willing to take the risk, it is possible to find Disney tickets for a fraction of the original price.

Choosing your Disney World theme park tickets is an important part of making sure that you get the most out of your time at the Disney World Resorts without spending more than necessary. With a bit of planning and research, you will be able to buy the right tickets at the best price.