Disney World is without any doubt one of the most popular theme parks in the world. It is the dream of every child to visit Disney World at least for once, and spend a vacation in its fairy tale surroundings. However, it should be remembered at the very outset that a vacation at Disney World can be a costly affair. The tickets required to get in the theme parks constitute a reasonable part of what you have to spend in total. For example, the Disney World tickets can cost you about $250 for 4 people (aged over 10) for one day or just over $100 for two kids between 3 and 9. However, in case you carefully plan your Disney World vacation, you can save a lot of money on tickets as opposed to going there without any sort of preparation.
Consider the following example. If you plan to stay there five days, you should not want to buy Disney World theme park tickets each and every day. If you do so, it will cost you nearly $315 per person for ages 10+ or $260 for ages 3-9. But if you purchase a 5-day ticket instead, you will only pay about $200 per person for ages 10+ ($115 of savings) or $162 per person for ages 3-9 (around $100 in savings). You can also save money if you buy tickets in advance rather than waiting to get them at the gate.
It would be a wise move if you spend some time developing an itinerary before you purchase your Disney World tickets. It all depends on how you intend to spend your days. There are many legitimate ways to get discounted Disney World tickets. But there are also the same numbers of ways to fleece you. So, be very careful and never buy Disney World theme park tickets from a booth on the side of the road and outside of Disney. You would never know if the tickets are valid or not. The best way is to buy the tickets directly from Disney World or from an authorized reseller on the Internet. Some of the legitimate online sellers other than Disney World itself are floridaorlandotickets.com, mapleleaftickets.com and ticketmania.com.
Ticket options are many. The "Magic Your Way" tickets to the various theme parks, attractions and other entertainment offerings are tailored to the length of your vacation and the interests of your group. A Base Ticket will allow a visit to one theme park each day and the park choices are Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Animal Kingdom. Other Disney World ticket options include Park Hopper Option, Magic Plus Pack Option, No Expiration Option, "Magic Your Way" Premium Pass or Advance Purchase Savings. A Park Hopper can be used at all theme parks on the same day and also includes use of the Disney transportation system. Advance Purchase Ticket reflects savings available if ticket option is bought before arrival at Walt Disney World Resort.
You need not worry if you lose your ticket, but have the receipt; the ticket can be easily replaced. Or, if more than one ticket was bought in the same transaction and someone else in that group still has their ticket, the ticket can be looked up and replaced.
DISNEY WORLD DISCOUNT TICKETS
Tickets to Disney World theme parks do not come cheap, but vacationers can get a discount if they take care to purchase selected tickets in advance. In this way, they can save a good amount of money. In fact, by not purchasing their tickets at the gates, they can also avoid wasting their valuable time standing in line. In order to purchase advance tickets, you can visit Disney’s online reservation page, call Disney’s reservation center, visit a Disney store, or contact an authorized travel agent. For Park Hopper Plus or Ultimate Park Hoppers (for on-property resort guests) ticket options, it is possible to save more than $25 per person by purchasing tickets ahead of time. However, Disney World offers such discount only on its multi-day media. You must pay the full amount for a one-day, one-park ticket irrespective of when or where you buy it.
If bought in advance, discounts are available for Ultimate Park Hopper tickets (applicable for only on-property hotel guests, includes admission to the four theme parks, two water parks, Pleasure Island, Disney's Wide World of Sports, and DisneyQuest), Park Hopper Plus tickets (available to all guests, same as Ultimate minus DisneyQuest), and Park Hopper Tickets (available to all guests, only includes the four theme parks).
Just to have an idea of the amount of discounts one can manage, we can have a look at some 2004 figures. In 2004, 5-Day Park Hopper Plus ticket advance purchase cost $259 for ages 10 and up, a $23 savings over the $282 day-of price. In the same year, 7-Day Park Hopper ticket advance purchase cost $316 for ages 10 and up, a $26 savings over the $342 day-of price. Although Disney World does give some respite with its advance purchase program, it takes back some of the discounts by charging shipping fees of $3 per order for standard delivery (7 to 14 business days required) and $10 for express delivery (up to 7 business days). It offers a free will-call option allowing guests to pick up their advance-purchase tickets at the park, but that again means standing in another line. This shipping charge dampener is there if you make your advance purchase from legitimate online resellers such as floridaorlandotickets.com, mapleleaftickets.com, and ticketmania.com.
Some companies, such as Travelocity and Expedia that have longstanding relationship with popular vacation destinations like Disney World offer to give you Disney World theme park tickets at a discount if you book your vacation through them. In fact, these discounted are a part of the whole vacation package. They may lose money on the tickets by selling them to you at a cheaper price while they buy them at the regular price, but they will more than make up the difference from the vacation package that you will be booking through them. Therefore, the discounted Disney World theme park tickets could be just a lure to make you book your Disney vacation with them. If the deal they offer fits your budget and your vacation plan, you receive the benefit of having tickets at a discount. Some websites will offer you heavy discount on Disney World tickets. But there will be a rider. You will have to attend a "no obligation, interesting and entertaining" 90-minute or-so presentation. And if you are not clever enough, you will end up buying something and they will cover the deficit.
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