When researching your Walt Disney World holiday, one of the first areas you’ll want to look into is Disney Park Tickets. Chances are, this research will take you online and to one of the many Walt Disney World related blogs and websites (just like this one!). Unfortunately, this is where things can become very confusing for anyone travelling from the UK.
If you land upon any website which is based in the USA and targets American visitors to the Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll start to hear about a variety of different ticket options. They will tell you to consider many options for ‘building’ your park ticket. They’ll talk about Park Hopper and Water Park options, and how the expense of the tickets means you should carefully consider how many days entry you buy. The information these blogs and websites provide is excellent, and very useful to many Walt Disney World visitors, however if you are a guest travelling from the UK, they can be very confusing, and often very misleading.
Ticket bundles offered to UK guests are very different to those offered to Walt Disney Worlds American market. Unless you are planning to purchase your tickets once you arrive in the States, there is no need to worry about ‘building’ your ticket, or having in-depth discussion about whether or not the Park Hopper option is really necessary for your party.
Walt Disney World Resort have realised that, unlike American visitors, many UK guests spend at least a week on holiday; many looking at going to Florida often choose 2 weeks. Due to this, they offer UK guests special ticket packages. Our tickets come in 2,7,14 & 21 Day Options, with the latter 3 being all-inclusive; this is,
- water parks,
- park hopping,
- Wide World of Sports entry
- mini-golf rounds
all all included in the ticket!
www.disneyworld.co.uk very neatly and easily explains the various ticket options on offer to UK guests, as well as offering the total ticket price and a breakdown of “price per day”. This is useful in comparing the value of your ticket to other parks and attractions – The price per day for your Walt Disney World ticket is currently cheaper than Alton Towers, for example.
It is also worth noting that the price of a 2-Day or 7-Day ticket is roughly the same as the price offered to American guests (or if you decide to buy your tickets on arrival). However, 14 and 21 Day Ticket options are an exclusive offer to UK visitors; they do need to be purchased before your departure but they are very good value and do not cost a lot more than a 7 day park ticket (A 14 Day Ticket is only £10 more!). Therefore, if you are visiting Orlando for 10 nights or more, a 14 or 21 Day Ticket works out the best value and gives you the most access to Walt Disney World for your money.
Purchasing Your Walt Disney World Tickets
Most people booking their Walt Disney World package (either from www.disneyworld.co.uk or through their local travel agent) choose to include their Park Tickets in their package price. This allows for a total holiday cost up-front, allowing less worry about the optional extras you still have to find money for at a later date! However, if you choose to purchase your tickets separately, the Disney travel website will let you purchase tickets on their own.
There are also a number of other websites offering Walt Disney World ticket packages, and many of these can sometimes offer a better price than going directly to Disney. If you choose to search around for the best ticket price, make sure you choose an Authorised Ticket Seller – they should display the Authorised Ticket Seller Logo. I would also advise choosing a seller who will dispatch real tickets, as opposed to vouchers or e-tickets. While is it one extra essential you will need to remember to pack, it will save a lot of time and hassle on your first morning as you can directly enter the park as opposed to queuing up to get your tickets. Please also remember to purchase your tickets in good time – there would be nothing worse than your passes not arriving before you departed for your holiday!
Occasionally, Walt Disney World Resort will have special Offers on their ticket packages. A popular offer which has been reused over the past couple of years is the 14-for-7 Ticket Offer, which allows you to purchase a 14 Day Ticket for the price of a 7 Day ticket. Park Tickets are also used as part of the Free Dining Offer, whereby if you book a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel and your Tickets together you will receive a Disney Dining Plan for free (hotel & time of year dependent). On Occasion, a free Memory Maker package is also offered with certain Ticket package types.
It is always worthwhile to keep a look out for any special deals or offers – regardless of what that offer is, try not to miss an opportunity to reduce the price or add extra value to your ticket!
At certain times of the year, Walt Disney World Resorts holds special ‘Hard Ticket’ events (most notably the Halloween & Christmas parties at Magic Kingdom Park). These events are NOT included in the price of your Park Ticket. Therefore if you wish to attend any, you must purchase a separate Event Ticket.
Special Event Tickets can be bought from Disney directly, either through their website or by phoning them. You can also choose to wait and purchase your Special Event Tickets upon arrival in Orlando at any Walt Disney World Resort Concierge or Guests Services in the Theme Parks.
My Park Tickets
Once you have purchased your Theme Park Tickets, you will probably be wondering when you will receive them and what they will look like. The answer to this all depends on the type of holiday you are taking and who you have booked it through. If you have purchased tickets from a dedicated ticket website, follow their information on when they will be posted to you. People who have booked a package deal should receive their tickets with the rest of their travel documents provided by their tour operator a few weeks before departure. If you have chosen to stay in a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you will receive one of Disney’s latest and most exciting developments; a MagicBand. Your Park Tickets (along with your hotel room entry, FastPass+, Dining and Room Charging information) are stored on your MagicBand. Guests from the UK currently get their MagicBands upon arrival at their Resort.
If you aren’t staying in a Walt Disney World Resort and therefore wont be receiving a Magic Band, you can still purchase one in the Theme Parks and have your Park Passes added to it! If you are not getting a Magic Band (on right), your Park Tickets will be on a credit-card sized piece of plastic, as shown on the left.