A Disney family vacation can be a magical experience, however it can also be a very expensive trip if you purchase tickets on a whim. But it doesn’t have to be that way! If you’re looking to save the most on park tickets, be sure to check out these tips and tricks so can get the best deal for your vacation.
1. Plan your trip around deals.
If you’re able to plan your trip based on discounts and special offers, you can save big on ticket prices! For instance, Florida residents can save up to 40% off tickets, and military members can get specially priced theme park tickets. Take advantage of the various discounts that may be available to you at the park you’re wanting to visit:
Also, beginning January 18th, 2019, head on over to Walt Disney World where they will be offering some great deals on tickets so that you can enjoy all four Disney parks – including Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Here are a few deals you’ll be able to score:
4-Park Magic Value Ticket
Adult: $85 per day ($340 total plus tax)
Child: $80 per day ($320 total plus tax)
Valid for admission January 18 through March 1, 2019. Note that your tickets must be used within 7 days of first park visit or by March 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
4-Park Magic Select Ticket
Adult: $89 per day ($356 total plus tax)
Child: $84 per day ($336 total plus tax)
Valid for admission January 18 through March 14, March 27 through April 9, April 27 through May 27, and August 19 through September 30, 2019. Note that your tickets must be used within 7 days of first park visit or by September 30, 2019, whichever comes first.
4-Park Magic Summer Ticket
Adult: $95 per day ($380 total plus tax)
Child: $90 per day ($360 total plus tax)
Valid for admission January 18 through March 14, March 27 through April 9, and April 27 through September 30, 2019. Note that your tickets must be used within 7 days of first park visit or by September 30, 2019, whichever comes first.
2. Buy through Undercover Tourist.
Authorized discount Disney ticket brokers are a great way to save money on park tickets over gate prices, but not every third-party ticket broker is reliable and trustworthy. One site that we like to use is Undercover Tourist as they offer some of the best deals for discounted Disney tickets, Disney hotels, Universal Orlando and more. Plus, they provide authentic attraction tickets at discounted prices, as well as insider planning tips and excellent customer service.
In fact, they are authorized by Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood Resort, SeaWorld Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld San Diego, along with other top attractions and major dinner shows to sell discounted attraction tickets that are new & genuine.
As just one idea, four 4-Day Disney World Base Tickets with 2 EXTRA Days for adults 10+ to book a trip in January would cost around $1,593 shipped (all taxes and fees included – no hopping) on Undercover Tourist. However, four 6-Day Tickets for adults 10+ from Disney.com would cost a total of $1,697 after tax. Every little bit helps!
When comparing prices with Disney’s published prices, note that Disney’s prices do not include the 6.5% tax; however, Undercover Tourist’s prices do include the tax.
3. Sign up for MouseSavers.com newsletter.
MouseSavers.com is a popular site devoted to helping you save money on Disney and other theme park vacations – whether you need a Disney ticket discount, Disney World hotel discount, a Disneyland vacation package discount, OR any other Disney discount, deal or offer!
Plus, if you sign up for their free newsletter before the 15th of the month, you’ll get a special discount code in your inbox that you can use for buying discounted tickets through Undercover Tourist.
4. Don’t book during peak season.
This may seem obvious, but busier seasons have higher prices, so you’ll want to avoid booking your trip during those times if possible. Also, Disney recently changed tickets to date-based pricing (instead of by park), but you can still save by knowing which “seasons” generally offer the lowest prices and to book during their off-season.
According to Undercover Tourist, the best days to visit Disney World in 2019 are:
- January 7 through 11, January 23 through Feb. 14
- February 25 through March 8
- The second half of August
- Most days in September
- Most weekdays in October
- Weekdays in November (minus the week of Thanksgiving)
- Weekdays in December (minus the week of Christmas and New Year’s Eve)
5. Book longer stays.
If you’re able to plan a longer vacation, you’ll save more money per ticket. According to Disney.com, you’ll save $20 per ticket when you purchase 3-day or longer tickets online as compared to the price at the ticket window! Plus, if you book through Undercover Tourist, you’ll save even more!
However, you’ll want to make note of the ticket expiration dates (if purchased after October 15, 2018):
- 1-day – The ticket expires on the selected start date.
- 2-day – The ticket expires 4 days after the selected start date.
- 3-day – The ticket expires 5 days after the selected start date.
- 4-day – The ticket expires 7 days after the selected start date.
- 5-day – The ticket expires 8 days after the selected start date.
- 6-day – The ticket expires 9 days after the selected start date.
- 7-day – The ticket expires 10 days after the selected start date.
- 8-day – The ticket expires 12 days after the selected start date.
- 9-day – The ticket expires 13 days after the selected start date.
- 10-day – The ticket expires 14 days after the selected start date.
How do YOU save on Disney tickets?