There is one rule for Walt Disney World tickets - BUY IN ADVANCE! In most cases it is going to be better value to buy the UK exclusive tickets, than the US ones, and even where it is not, you need your tickets to book Fastpass+ which will help you beat the queues. Here we discuss which tickets you may wish to get.
Disney's Ultimate Tickets
These UK-exclusive tickets come in 3 options - 7 days, 14 days and 21 days. Disney almost always have an offer on where the 7 and 14 day ticket are the same price. It is rare you can find these discounted anywhere, so we advise you buy them from Disney directly - it makes linking them up in your My Disney Experience account (which you need for booking Fastpass+) a doddle. However, if you'd like a price comparison, we'd suggest using Attraction Tickets Direct, who occasionally offer slight discounts and offer a 'lowest price promise'.
The reason the UK Ultimate tickets are great is that they include lots of options that are paid-for extras if you buy the alternative 'Magic Your Way' tickets, either in advance or at the park:
- Memory Maker - unlimited digital photos taken by photographers around the parks
- Park hopper - you can visit more than one park on one day (great for making the most of dining and night time entertainment)
- Includes the 4 Disney parks AND the two water parks
These are the American tickets and are available from US-based sites, or at the parks themselves. A generic price comparison is difficult because a)they are priced differently for high and low seasons, b) you will buy in US$ so exchange rate is relevant, plus any bank charges and c) there are lots of different optional extras. However, as a very rough guide, if you're just looking for the cheapest possible ticket, it would be worth buying a US Base ticket if you plan on visiting Walt Disney World's main 4 parks on less than 7-8 days. Remember this will not include park-hopping, water parks or memory maker. You will also have to use up your tickets within a specific time period of the start date - for example if you buy a three day ticket, you'll have five days from your chosen start date to utilise those three days.
If you want to include park-hopping (visiting more than one park in a single day), or water parks, typically only the 3-day ticket in high season is cheaper than the 14-day Ultimate ticket.
You wont be able to buy these tickets online from Disney or UK-based sellers, but Undercover Tourist is a reputable US site we're happy to recommend.
You can buy these tickets at the theme park gates too. but we strongly recommend you purchase in advance - it is usually cheaper and you absolutely should be booking Fastpass+ to reduce your wait times (it is free!)