Tickets

You found a resort for your stay? Yay!  Next step is determining how many days you want to spend at Walt Disney World and booking the park tickets.

There are four Walt Disney World theme parks:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom

Each theme parks requires a ticket to enter.

There are two types of Disney Park tickets that are offered: regular or park-hopper passes.  The regular park tickets give you entrance into one Disney park per day (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom).   Park-hopper passes give you unlimited daily access to all four parks (meaning you can “hop” around to whichever park you choose).  Park-hopper passes are slightly more expensive, but they give you more flexibility.  In my opinion, if you can afford the park-hopper passes, they are worth the extra money.

There are two Disney waterparks:

  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Blizzard Beach

Each waterpark requires a ticket to enter. 

Waterparks are open during the warmer months of the year and require a ticket to enter.  These tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the entrance of each waterpark if you are not sure you will fit it in your plans.

Disney Springs:

Disney Springs is a newly-renovated area primarily full of shops (both Disney and non-Disney) and tons of restaurants.  You can also find live entertainment, activities such as balloon rides, and shows like Cirque du Soleil.  Disney Springs is free of charge as it is open to the public.

Special Events:

Keep in mind that if you are vacationing at Disney during a holiday season or are interested in attending a special event, there may also be special event tickets to purchase… and yes, they do cost extra in addition to your normal park ticket if you desire to go to the event.

Other Activities:

Not only does Disney have theme parks but they also have MANY activities around property such as horseback riding, water activities, resort pools, campfires, movies under the stars, rental bicycles, mini-golf, a boardwalk, and dinner shows.

**Listed below are my recommendations for beginners.  Keep in mind that there is a LOT to do at Walt Disney World-I lived there for 8 months and still didn’t do everything.  Don’t be overwhelmed if you can’t fit every activity in.  Just pick and choose the activities that fit your family best.

My Recommendations for Ticket Purchases (based on length of stay):

3-Days

  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom

Recommended Tickets (per person): 3 (and they must be park-hoppers)

4-Days

  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios & Disney Springs
  4. Animal Kingdom

Recommended Tickets (per person): 4 regular or park-hopper

5-Days

  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios & Disney Springs
  4. Animal Kingdom
  5. Flex Day (go to any park you’d like to return to)

Recommended Tickets (per person): 5 regular or park-hopper

6-Days

  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios & Extra time (waterpark, resort activities, dinner show, etc.)
  4. Animal Kingdom
  5. Disney Springs & Extra time (waterpark, resort activities, dinner show, etc.)
  6. Flex Day (go to any park you’d like to return to)

Recommended Tickets (per person): 5 regular or park-hopper

7-Days

  1. Magic Kingdom
  2. Epcot
  3. Hollywood Studios & Extra time (waterpark, resort activities, dinner show, etc.)
  4. Animal Kingdom
  5. Disney Springs & Extra time (waterpark, resort activities, dinner show, etc.)
  6. Flex Day (go to any park you’d like to return to)
  7. Flex Day (go to any park you’d like to return to)

Recommended Tickets (per person): 6 regular or park-hopper