Park tickets…..what is the difference?

Are Disney Park ticket choices confusing to you?  To those who have visted multiple times you may have this down but to those who are first time visitors it can be confusing.  So, let me take a moment to explain the difference in park tickets.

Base tickets – this is a ticket that will get you into ONE park per day.  You CANNOT go to one park (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom) and then decide during the day to switch to another one.  You also CANNOT use 2 days worth of tickets in one day either.  You have 14 days to use your ticket from the first day of use. Tickets are valid indefinitely until you use them (then the 14 day rule applies).  You can upgrade/add options as long as you have ONE day left on your ticket.

Park Hopper tickets – this type of ticket allows you to go to any combination of parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios) in one day.  If you want to visit all of the parks in one day you can do this with this type of ticket.  Same thing with the base ticket you have 14 days to use your ticket from the first day of use and they are valid indefinitely until you use them (then the 14 day rule applies).  You can also upgrade this ticket too.

No Expiration tickets – this is exactly what it says.  These tickets never expire so you can use part of them now and the remainder 5-10 years from now.  If you have the money and know you are going to Disney more than once this might be a good option to do.  It will cost more money upfront but in the long run it will save you money.  Let’s say you buy a 10 day park ticket (the more days you buy the better the deal is per day).  You use 5 days of your tickets for your trip now.  Then when you decide to go later in another year, the same year or even 3 years from now, you have your tickets and since the prices of tickets go up every year you have just saved that money because you had already bought your tickets.  Use your tickets and get a room only reservation and you are set.  Only thing with this is you can’t add the dining plan because you have to do a package deal by buying the tickets.  But you can save money by seeing if Disney is offering a room discount and save there.

Water Parks Fun and more tickets – this ticket includes visits to your choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.

Well this is my explanation of park tickets.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.  Share your comments below – what type of ticket do you get?