Tickets to Get Into the Park
The first item of business, naturally, will be to take into account how much the tickets to the park will cost. You will need to decide on a few things: Will you want to also go to Animal Kingdom, Epcot Studios, Hollywood Studios, and the Magical Kingdom? If so, you will want a park-hopper ticket. Will you want to enjoy the water parks, the indoor theme park, ESPN's Wide World of Sport, or golf? Then, you will want to add on The Water Park Fun & More Option. If you are traveling from a distance, it is unlikely that you will want the "no expiration" option, though it could be a nice addition if there's a chance you may have to reschedule your trip.
For each adult, and child over ten years old, a seven-day ticket with no extras costs $247. For each child between the ages of three and nine, a seven-day no frills ticket costs $224. Adding either the park hopper or the water park option brings the cost up to $301 for an adult and $278 for a child. Adding both these options brings the price up to $355 for an adult and $322 for a child. If you want the added benefit of being able to reschedule your trip, things really start to add up. For the basic ticket, your price jumps $142.
For a family of four, assuming two adults and two children between three and nine years of age, the total cost for tickets for a seven-day stay would be:
- Magical Kingdom Only: $942 / $1510 (no expiration)
- Magical Kingdom + One Hopper Option $1158 / $1726 (no expiration)
- Magical Kingdom + Both Hopper Options $1374 / $1942 (no expiration)
It is up to you whether you want to add on the added protection, however, keep in mind that should your trip be cancelled or rescheduled for any reason, you will not be able to use tickets purchased for a specific date.
Money saving tip 1: You can purchase your tickets close to the dates you will travel. For example, if you were planning on going on your trip on July 7th, then you could purchase your park tickets just before then. That way, you can hedge the danger of purchasing tickets for a specific date, having the trip cancelled for stormy weather or illness and save $600.
There is, of course, one caveat to this. If you're planning on going at a time where the park might sell out - for a special event, for spring break, from mid June through mid August, Thanksgiving weekend, or between Christmas and New Year's Day, you will want to buy your tickets ahead of time. If you're not time-bound, consider going during the off-season. Not only will you save money on transportation and hotel costs, but you will enjoy a less crowded park experience.
Money saving tip 2: Keep in mind it is unlikely, especially with younger children, that you will be able to see the whole park plus all the other parks in seven days. If you're looking to budget, or if you have young children who will tire easily or get over stimulated easily, consider purchasing tickets either for the magical kingdom only or with only one of the hopper options. This can save $200 - $350.
Please continue reading onto the next page to learn how to budget your transportation expenses.