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Tickets to Walt Disney World are the least flexible part of planning your trip. With flights, hotels, and dining, you have a variety of really good options and ways to save. But your options for deals on Disney World tickets are more limited.
There are tried and true ways to find discount Disney World tickets, though. In this post, we review different ways to find deals on Disney World tickets, comparing them according to savings, difficulty of obtaining the discount (this includes costs you have to front to get the discount), and risk that you'll run into problems with your ticket.
Quick Things To Know About Disney World Tickets
Before we get to your options for discount Disney World tickets, we want to remind you of a few details about Disney World tickets generally.
Ticket prices vary by start date. This is the most important point. If you want to compare prices between different sellers you need to make sure you check the same start date.
Ticket prices vary by length and ticket type. Relatedly, there are different types of theme park tickets, primarily standard (one park per day) tickets and “park hopper” (multiple parks per day) tickets. And those tickets can cover anywhere between one and ten days. Moreover, once you’ve selected a start date and length, you’ll have a range of dates during which you can use those tickets.
For example, a 5-day ticket with park hopper and a start date of February 13, 2019 can be used on any five dates from February 13 through February 20, 2019. Always be sure to compare the exact same tickets when comparing prices!
What Parks Are Included
Ir’s important to remember that these tickets are good only for access to Walt Disney World theme parks. Universal Studios is not a Disney theme park, and so is not included in these tickets. (If you didn’t know this, you may want to read our Basic Things to Know About Disney World.)
Additionally, it’s worth pointing out that Disney Springs is not a theme park, and no ticket is needed to access it. It is an outdoor shopping and dining district.
Finally, let’s talk water parks. Disney used to have a “water park fun and more” option where you could add water park access to your ticket. Now, you’ll need to consider whether to upgrade all the way up to Park Hopper Plus tickets or to buy separate water park tickets. We discuss the water parks and ticket options in our Blizzard Beach Guide and Typhoon Lagoon Guide.
Mid-Day Magic Ticket
For Fall 2019 (through December 15) Disney has a special ticket offer that allows you entry to the parks at 12PM or later. Here’s the link to Disney’s Mid-Day Magic ticket.
As we think the morning is the most important part of the day in a park, we don’t have much to say about this ticket. Obviously if you’re more into arriving late, this could be a very appealing option.
OUR CHOICES For Discount Disney World tickets
There are a few ticket agencies that sell 100% legitimate discount Disney World tickets, and their discounts may vary based on exactly what you’re looking for.
Usually these deals are about 8-10% lower than Disney's prices for exactly the same product. You’ll even find tickets to special events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Discount: About 10% - Difficulty: None - Risk: None
We recommend Undercover Tourist for discount Disney World tickets. We've used them multiple times and never had any problems. If you're at all concerned about buying tickets from a third-party seller, we've got you covered with a post dedicated entirely to why we recommend Undercover Tourist for Disney discounts.
As an example, five days of park hopping for a family of four would cost $1960 is tickets were purchased through Disney World's website, but only $1808 through Undercover tourist, that's easy savings of over $150!
Discount: Under 10% - Difficulty: None - Risk: None
Orlando Fun Tickets is an option worth looking into. Their prices are competitive, but don’t be fooled (as we were) by the fact that they don’t include tax until check-out. This makes it easier to compare prices to Disney’s prices (they also leave tax out until checkout), but more difficult to compare them to Undercover Tourist (which includes taxes when you search).
Discount: Low - Difficulty: None - Risk: None
So far, we haven’t seen any shocking prices on Disney World tickets here, but we want to highlight them as an option to check before making your purchase.
The Standard Discounts
The next set of discounts are standard deals that are either easy to get for everyone or easy to get once you've worked your way into an exclusive group for the discount.
Disney World Website
“Discount”: about $20 - Difficulty: None - Risk: None
For 3-day tickets and longer, buying on the Disney website or via phone “saves” you about $20 per ticket. The reason we use quotes is that most people will be buying online. You'll pay the $20 penalty if you buy at the gate instead of online.
Florida Resident Discount
Discount: About 30% - Difficulty: High - Risk: None
Florida residents receive decent discounts on Disney World tickets:
There are also sometimes special ticket offers only available to Florida residents, like this one from early 2019:
Moreover, Florida residents who are serious about Disney should probably consider a Disney World annual pass (for which they also receive a discount).
Disney Vacation Club Discount
Discount: About 10% - Difficulty: High - Risk: None
Disney Vacation Club members occasionally get ticket discount offers. For most DVC members, it will make sense just to have an annual pass, so it's rare that these ticket offers are going to be worth much. They also aren't very high when they do happen. If you're a DVC member, look into an annual pass, and pay attention to deals as they pop up. But definitely don't wait for them or plan too heavily around them.
Discount: Up to 50% - Difficulty: Heroic - Risk: Heroic
Okay, so you can access military discounts even through a friend who is in the military, but nonetheless someone in your circle must be heroic to access these discounts. Military discounts at Disney come and go.
The best source for information on these discounts, including prices and how to buy, is Military Disney Tips.
Discount: Very Low - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: None
At one point, AAA discounts were a decent way to save on Disney World tickets. No more. First of all, the discounts come from individual branches, so you'll have to call local AAA offices to get quotes. Second, their discounts tend to be pretty small, often beaten by the prices you'll find on ticket broker sites. Worth a phone call, if you're already a member, but no worth effort beyond that.
Discount: Low - Difficulty: Low - Risk: None
Sam’s Club is now offering Disney World tickets.As we’re not members, we can’t speak to the process or how good these discounts will be, but they’ll likely be around what the online brokers are offering, with the added task of making your way to the store.
Deal Hunting for Disney World Tickets
Not so much "discounts," these are out of the box ways to carefully consider before trying.
Using Discount Disney Gift Cards
Discount: Varies (about 8%) - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: None
This will rarely be the best deal you can get, but we want to mention it for the sake of completeness. You can typically get discount Disney gift cards, saving about 8 to 10% on Disney purchases, including park tickets.
The Annual Pass
Discount: Varies - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: None
You came looking for discounts, and we're telling you to maybe just buy a yearlong ticket? Hear us out.
A single Walt Disney World annual pass for an adult with no special discounts costs about $1192 after taxes. A five-day park hopper ticket in October from Undercover Tourist costs $509. That means two five-day trips will cost you about $1018. That's close enough that if you're planning two trips of at least five days each, you'll want to look at whether the annual pass makes sense on ticket prices alone.
Also consider these two perks of the annual pass:
The Annual Pass comes with PhotoPass photos, while Memory Maker costs $169 before taxes.
The Annual Pass comes with 10-20% discounts on some dining and merchandise.
It might make sense for one family member to get an annual pass for those two perks! Finally, let's be real...
Are you a Walt Disney World addict? Because on ticket price alone, once you take two five-day trips, that third one comes at a ticket “cost” of just $174. So maybe instead of doing your standard two trips, you do a third and use our tips to save on hotels, book cheap flights, book Disney hotels with points, or book flights with points. Tickets are the hardest place to save big, and an annual pass makes it easy, at least on your third trip each year.
Discount: 10-30% - Difficulty: Medium - Risk: EXTREME!!
We don't advocate buying tickets on eBay. The reason is pretty simple - prices for many, if not all, things on eBay are determined in part by the risk associated with buying over eBay. Can you find legitimate tickets on eBay? Of course! Will the legitimate tickets have big discounts? No! There are going to be a few people who put up an eBay account just to sell tickets they lucked into, but you can't distinguish those from scammers. If someone has 1000+ positive reviews for selling park tickets, they aren't going to have to offer much of a discount. In short, finding a true, legitimate discount on a ticket via eBay is incredibly difficult, and never worth the risk of getting to the park and being denied entry!
All Your Other Disney World Planning Questions Answered
Don't be overwhelmed by Disney World planning! Take a second to check out our most important content and you'll not only be an expert, but you'll save big $$$ along the way.
Just starting out? Check out our Walt Disney World planning guide! If you're still picking dates, we've got everything you need to know about Disney crowd calendars. For picking your hotel, check out our Walt Disney World hotels guide.
When it comes time to book we’ll help you find discount Disney World tickets. Decide whether you need a dining plan in our Complete Guide to Disney World Dining Plans! And at 180 days out it's time to book those Disney World Advance Dining Reservations!
Don't forget to master your Disney World FastPass+ strategy a few months in advance. We'll keep you out of long lines so you can maximize the magical time in the parks! We've got park-specific guides as well: Magic Kingdom FastPass, Epcot FastPass, Animal Kingdom FastPass, and Hollywood Studios FastPass.
Know what to ride with our guides to: Magic Kingdom rides, Hollywood Studios rides, Epcot rides, and Animal Kingdom rides! Plus learn about the water parks with our guide to Blizzard Beach and our guide to Typhoon Lagoon! And for some some fun prep, check out our Ranking of Every Ride at Walt Disney World.
Finally, before you head out, be sure to check out our to-the-point packing list, 10 essentials you forget to pack for every Disney trip. And if you're interested in saving, there's no better list than our 53 Ways to Save on your Disney trip from start to finish.