Tickets, Tickets, Tickets
“Magic Your Way” (MYW) tickets became the ticket system of Walt Disney World Resort in January of 2005. If the last time you were at Disney was before then please forget everything you know about the ticket system because it has all been changed. The MYW tickets begin with the “base” ticket. This ticket will get you into one park per day and expires 14 day after the first use. The base ticket gets cheaper per day as you increase the number of days purchased. For example a one day MYW base ticket cost $82.00 and a ten day ticket costs $262.00, or $26.20 per day. Once you have purchased the MYW ticket you can add options.
- No expiration: This option does exactly what the name says, it does not expire.
- Park hopper: This allows you to enter as many of the four main theme parks as you want in any given day. It is by far the most popular option, however it does cost $54.00 per ticket regardless the number of days that the ticket is for.
- Water Park Fun & More: With this option you are able to select from two Water Parks, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. The number of entries into these activities is the same as the number of days that your ticket is for. This option is also a flat rate of $54.00 regardless of the number of days that the ticket is for
You are now going to be asking, what are the benefits of these options, and is it really worth the price? Here are our thoughts and a more detailed explanation of how it all works.
No Expiration Details
The no expiration option is on a sliding scale. The more days that you have on a ticket the more money per day the no expiration option is. For example to add the no expiration option to a three day ticket is only $28.00 or $9.33 per day. However, to add the no expiration option to a ten day ticket is $213.00 or $21.30 per day. Now in my opinion there is really no good reason to purchase this. Unless you are planning a series of short 3 day trips it makes more sense to just purchase the tickets without this option. You may be asking yourself “What if I purchase an eight day ticket but only go to the park for five days”. Disney allows you to add any of their options or even more days at any time prior to the expiration of the ticket, fourteen days after first use. So if you have a couple of days left on your tickets and you want to save them you can always add the no expiration option the last day of your trip. Another tip is to be a minimalist with your ticket purchases. What I mean by this is if you are not sure if you want to park hop do not buy the park hopper, you can always add it while you are there. This works the same with the Water Park Fun & More option and with adding more days. So save yourself a couple of bucks and get the minimum amount you will need.
The Park Hopper option is simply a matter of preference on how you wish to travel around Disney parks. It may be that you are taking a quick trip (3 or 4 day) and want to do as much as possible in that short amount of time. The Park Hopper may be the way to go for you. However, if you have as many or more days then you have parks it takes only a little advanced planning to guarantee that you can see and do everything the parks have to offer without the Park Hopper option.
Water Park Fun & More Details
Water Park Fun & More option is pretty simple to break down the math. It is $54.00 to add up to ten entries into Disney’s two Water Parks, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, ESPN Wide World of Sport Complex or a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (the number of entries is based on the number of days of the base ticket). If you plan on going to two or more of any of the aforementioned activities then it is monetarily beneficial to purchase the Water Park Fun & More option. Otherwise paying for just an entry ticket to the option of choice is the way to go.
The annual passes are typically designed for Florida residents. However, there can be several circumstances that it can be beneficial for a person who does not visit Disney a couple of times a month to purchase the annual pass. The first is, it is less expensive to purchase one annual pass then it is to purchase two three day park hopper MYW passes. So if you are planning on visiting twice in one year then it makes sense to spring for the annual pass. Also another reason to purchase an annual pass is to gain access to the discounted rooms that are offered to annual pass holders. Basically don’t think that you cannot benefit from annual passes just because you do not live within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom.
Now you may be asking where to get tickets from. The place that I get my tickets from is http://www.ticketmania.com/. Their tickets usually run about $10.00 per person cheaper than getting them directly from Disney. Now one thing you must remember when looking at the ticket prices is that Disney does NOT include tax in their price where as Ticket Mania does. You can also get your tickets from the concierge at your hotel. This makes life very convenient because they can add your tickets directly to your room key (this means one less thing to lose). Under no circumstances should you ever purchase tickets from an outdoor or road side retailer. If you see a deal that seems too good to be true, it is: walk away. There are always people that are trying to scam the system, so please try and stick to legitimate retailers. Buying partially used tickets off of E-Bay or Craigslist is a bad idea. Disney uses a finger scanning system to prevent sharing of tickets so a partially used ticket will not work. You can purchase tickets from AAA as well if you are a member. They do not have a wide verity of tickets but they are worth checking out, purchasing them is only worth it if you are going to use the options that are on the ticket.
As with resorts it is important to plan ahead, think about the style of vacation you want to enjoy. If it is just two adults, willing to take on two huge parks in one day, then spring for the park hopper and enjoy a quick trip around Disney. Do you have children who will need a nap and a decent bed time? Two parks are probably out of your realm and the money for the park hopping option could be spent elsewhere. As always check in with us, let us know your thoughts.