Best. Day. Ever. You have finally committed to going to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World. You are ecstatic. You jump right in with trip planning and researching- step one: TICKETS! How many days? Which parks? Special Events? Park Hoppers? Wait–Park Hopper PLUS? Do you get one of each? Overwhelmed yet?
Today we will dive right into our discussion on the differences of each ticket package so you can pick the very best for your own Disney Vacation.
Disney has passes from 1-day tickets to 10-day tickets. Including season passes. The best way to start is deciding how many days you think you and your family would like to explore the Disney Parks. I highly recommend at LEAST a 4-day pass so you can see a little of everything without being rushed. You can easily spend a full week at Disney World and still not see every attraction! You can pick the first option of 1 Park per Day ticket which is a great way to enjoy the entire day at each park.
Disney then offers the ability to jump from park to park so you can visit multiple parks each day; this pass is called the Park Hopper. While this is an awesome feature, and I always recommend getting this, it can add anywhere from $60-80 per ticket depending on how many days your pass is valid. Let’s say you start at Magic Kingdom, and you didn’t realize they had a special event on the schedule and the park is full. With a Park Hopper you have the freedom to leave and enjoy any other park and avoid the crowds.
This is a great way to hit lots of fun areas- I always tell my clients, keep it at two parks per day though. It takes anywhere from 1-2 hours transporting to each park and you don’t want to waste any more time than that during your park days!
The next feature Disney offers with their tickets it the Park Hopper Plus Pass! This gives you the same benefits of your park hopper pass AS WELL as the chance to check out Disney’s two, out of this world, water parks; Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon! If you have a 4-day park hopper plus ticket you would get up to 4 visits, etc.
The next option Disney has available is “Disney After Hours” this is normally a 3-hour event, where the park closes at their regular scheduled time, but those with this special pass get to stay and enjoy the park and extra shows with a lesser crowd level. Right now, these tickets are running $129/each.
*This is not to be confused with their “Extra Magic Hours”. Any guest that stays at any Disney Resort will receive this awesome benefit. Each day, at least one of the parks will offer an Extra Magic Hour, sometimes in the morning- sometimes at night. They are usually 1-2 hours and a great way to hit fun rides before the main opening of the parks!
During the Holidays Disney likes to party- and they want all their guests to party with them! They have many special events like, “Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party”, or “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”. Again, these are an additional fee per ticket and run anywhere from $120-$140 a ticket (travel tip: the closer it gets to the actual holiday the more the tickets cost). These are awesome parties where, again, the park closes to the general population and only those with the pass get to stay. They add extra parades and celebrations, free food and drinks, and souvenirs. It is a great way to hit those rides you normally can’t get to without a Fast Pass!
To get the most bang for your buck- combining whichever ticket package you select into your Disney Resort stay will save you buckets! Check with your a Touch of Magic Travel Agent for any additional questions!
If you have any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me at Katie@ATouchofMagicTravel.com.