With so much to do at the four Disney World parks, visitors do get a great value for their money, but let’s face it – buying tickets can be one of the costliest parts of planning your Disney World vacation. Check out these tips to maximize your savings and keep costs as low as possible.
A Disney World Ticket Primer
First of all, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about the available extras:
A base ticket allows you entry into one park for each day of your ticket. For example, if you buy a three day ticket, then you can enter into one park on each day. A park hopper adds the ability to go from park to park, so you could start your day at Animal Kingdom and then hop a bus to EPCOT for dinner.
Water Park & More
Another popular option is the water park and more addition; which, you guessed it, gives you access to the water parks. This can only be purchased with the park hopper addition and it gives you access to as many water park entries as theme park entries.
For example, if you purchased a three day water park and more ticket, it would be possible to get six days of amusement out of your tickets – you’d have three days to visit the theme parks and three days to visit the water parks. However, if you visit a water park in the morning and then a theme park in the afternoon for three days straight, you would have used up all your entitlements.
Start With the Base Ticket and Add Extras as Needed
You may want to buy tickets with as many extras as you think you can use. You may assume you’ll want to park hop, or that you’ll want the water park and more addition. When you get to the parks you might realize you can easily stay in one park for the entire day, or perhaps it rains throughout your trip and you never make it to the water park. The money you paid for those extras has just gone to waste.
A better option is to start off with the base ticket and upgrade them as needed. There’s no fee to options such as: ark hopper options, or water park and more to your ticket once you’re in the park. You also won’t pay more in park for these extras than you would have if you bought them ahead of time. As a result, your best bet is to start with the most affordable option and add extras only if you find you really need them.
Buy Your Tickets Ahead of Time
Orlandovaction.com offers you the opportunity to essentially reserve your tickets ahead of time with a small deposit and to pay for your tickets within 15 days of your arrival. For example, if you were arriving on July 15th you wouldn’t have to pay the balance until July 1st.
This method has a few advantages:
- Prices are lower than those you’ll see at the gate.
- When you reserve your tickets, you lock in the current rate. Disney has already raised ticket prices twice within the last 12 months, but if you order your tickets today, you’ll pay today’s prices – even if you don’t travel for another nine months.
When tickets are a significant portion of your vacation budget, it’s worth it to save a few bucks! With these tips you could save a significant amount on your next Disney World vacation.