Understanding Walt Disney World’s Ticket Options

The only way to access all of the magic offered at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is to purchase admission tickets. But Disney is well versed in offering multiple options and choices to Guests when it comes to every facet of their dream vacation. There are multiple choices in resort hotels, in theme parks, in attractions, rides, entertainment, restaurants and more. So it makes sense that Disney World also offers different options when it comes to the tickets Guests can buy. But understanding the different types of tickets can be tricky, so we’re breaking it down for you here.

Theme Park Tickets

Magic Your Way Base ticket*: Also called a base ticket, the Magic Your Way Base ticket entitles the holder to visit one theme park per day. It does not include the option to visit more than one park in a day, and the ticket expires 14 days from the date of the first use of the ticket. For example, if you have a 5-day Magic Your Way Base ticket and your first day in the parks is October 10, you will have until October 24 to use up the remaining days on your ticket. If you haven’t used all of your days within the 14-day period, those days do not roll over and they are forfeited. Magic Your Way Base tickets can be purchased for one day or up to 10 days.

Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper Option*: This ticket allows the holder to visit all four theme parks in the same day, if he so chooses. The Magic Your Way with Park Hopper ticket still expires 14 days from the date of the first use of the ticket, but the bearer has the freedom to visit more than one park each day. Remaining days on this ticket do not roll over and are thus forfeited.

Magic Your Way ticket with Park Hopper Plus Option*: This ticket also expires 14 days after the date of the first use and allows the bearer the freedom to visit all four theme parks in one day. It also allows the bearer a certain number of visits to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, as well as entitlements to enjoy Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

*Single-day tickets are priced according to a schedule of value days, regular days and peak days.

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Annual Passes

Walt Disney World Annual Passes afford the bearer the freedom to visit the parks every day for one full year. They are priced differently from Magic Your Way theme park tickets and offer more entitlements.

Disney’s Platinum Pass: The Platinum Annual Pass allows the bearer to visit each of the four theme parks with the Park Hopper Option, meaning that the passholder can visit all four parks in one day. It also includes free standard parking at each of the four theme parks and Disney’s Memory Maker digital photo package. The Platinum Pass also grants the holder discounts of up to 20% on select restaurants and dining experiences, as well as discounts of up to 20% on select merchandise in stores at Disney World and on the Shop Disney Parks app.

Disney’s Platinum Plus Pass: Disney’s Platinum Plus Annual Pass entitles the bearer to all the perks of a Platinum Pass in addition to other perks, such as unlimited visits to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. The passholder can also enjoy unlimited visits to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course.

Water Park Tickets and Passes

If you’re looking for even more fun in the sun, you can purchase water park tickets separate from any other ticket option. One-day water park tickets are available in two forms—a one-day water park ticket with no blockout dates or a one-day water park ticket with blockout dates, which means that there are certain days on which the tickets will not be valid—usually during the peak summer months.

If you plan to enjoy the water parks more than once over the next year, it may make sense for you to purchase Disney’s Water Park Annual Pass. This annual pass is only valid at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. The cost for the pass is equivalent to the cost for two one-day tickets to the water parks, so once you’ve spent two days at Disney’s water parks, your ticket has essentially paid for itself. The Water Park Annual Pass also allows the bearer to visit both water parks in the same day—or to hop from one to the other and then back again, if he chooses to do so.

Special Event Tickets

Disney’s Special Event tickets include tickets for events such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Night of Joy and Disney After Hours. Admission to each of these events requires a ticket in addition to regular park admission. Special event tickets are sold in limited quantities and for specified dates. For more information about Disney World Special Events, call (407) W-DISNEY or visit

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.