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Sorting out the options for Magic Your Way Tickets

One of the major expenses for a Walt Disney World vacation is the theme park tickets.

A couple of years ago Disney revised their ticket program into a confusing menu of ala carte and mix and match options to determine: What you can and can not do and How much it will cost you?

Walt Disney World Theme Park tickets are rarely discounted, and if they are it is only a small amount, so it is important that you only purchase what you really need.

Help is Here
Let me take this opportunity to help you sort out this mess that is called Magic Your Way ticketing.

Base Ticket
They start out with a base ticket. This allows you to choose one of the 4 major theme parks on the Disney World Property (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) to visit per day.

The ticket is priced for the number of days that you wish to visit. The system is set up to encourage week long stays. It is very expensive for the 1,2,& 3 day versions. At day 4 you start to see a major reduction in per day fees. Days 5 through 7 are practically free. Once activated (by entering a park on the first day), the tickets will expire after 14 days.

The tickets are also linked to the initial user, so days cannot be shared.

Once you have determined your base ticket, then you can add options at a hefty premium:
Park Hopper: An additional fee to “hop” to multiple parks per day. Since this is a flat fee regardless of number of days, it is very expensive for short stays.

No Expiration Option: The ability to use part of the ticket this trip and save the used days for a future vacation. This option only makes sense if you always visit for short 1, 2, or 3 day stays. If you stay longer, then do not get this option.

Water Park Fun & More Option: Additional fee to visit Disney’s Water Parks for a certain number of times during your trip.

Cut to the Chase
For most people, the best option is to plan for a full week and get either the 6 or 7 night Base ticket only. This allows your stay to be long enough to reduce your per day rate and allow you time to visit each of the parks, thereby reducing your need for park hopping.

If you are on a budget I would definitely recommend avoiding any of the add-on options.

As always, do the math! Compare your choices and pick the best one for you.

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