General Information

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida (20 miles southwest of Orlando)

Phone #: 407-824-4321
Number of Parks: 4
Number of Hotels: 28
Other Activities:

Ticket Information

Overview

 

Buying tickets for Walt Disney World can be surprisingly complex, and most vacation planners buy their tickets at the same time they book hotel reservations.

Park tickets are available in many different combinations, from One-Day, One-Park tickets all the way up to 10-Day Park Hopper Plus tickets and Annual Passports. One-Day, One-Park tickets for guests 10 and older start at $109 plus tax (and vary by date in 2020, all the way up to $159 plus tax for Christmas Day through New Year's Eve, for example).  All tickets expire; the number of days you have to use all of the admission privileges of the ticket varies by the number of days purchased and other promotional ticket offers.

As the name implies, the Park Hopper option allows you to visit multiple parks in the same day. In 2020, this feature starts at $65 plus tax. You can save a bit of cash if you're willing to stick to one park per day, but if you plan to spend part of a day in one park and then enjoy Extra Magic Hours in another, you need a Park Hopper. (On the other hand, if you plan to spend part of a day in one park, like Epcot, and have purchased a special event ticket to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the evening at Magic Kingdom, you do not need a Park Hopper that day since you are using two different tickets.)

Another option Ticket with Water Park and Sports Option which is valid for one of the four theme parks each day and a certain number of visits to other Disney locations based on the length of the ticket. These locations include Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, NBA Experience, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (green fees or FootGolf), Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf, or Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf. This ticket starts at $70 above the base price.

The Park Hopper Plus Option combines the benefits of the Hopper Option with the Water Parks and Sports Option.This Option starts at $85 per ticket.

The Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus option are also offered at discounted rates when Disney offers ticket promotions. For example, Florida Residents can often save on these features as well as on the base ticket price by purchasing a "Discover Disney" ticket when offered. We publish the discounts we are aware of in our weekly MousePlanet Walt Disney World Resort Updates.

Where to Buy

Tickets and annual passports are available from a variety of sources, and we strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance of your visit. You'll definitely need to purchase tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account before you can begin to make FastPass+ selections in advance of your trip.

Advance-purchase tickets are available from the Walt Disney World website, the My Disney Experience app, and also from MousePlanet travel partner Get Away Today. Many seprate-ticketed Disney events in the parks offer advance-purchase discounts and charge higher rates for same-day ticket purchases.

If you wait until you arrive, ticket booths are located at the main entrances of each Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. There is also a Ticket Center at Disney Springs (located in the Town Center neighborhood near Blaze Pizza and D-Luxe Burger). The main ticket booths for Magic Kingdom are located at the Transportation & Ticket Center, though tickets can also be purchased at the Guest Relations window to the right of the main entrance gates of the park.

You can also purchase park tickets at any of the resort hotels on property, and certain ticket types can be purchased at Disney Stores.

Be cautious of "Ticket Discount Centers," which are usually fronts for timeshare organizations. You might get a small discount, but not before you ward off a hard sell pitch.

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Ticket purchasing increased in complexity in 2019. For the full range of ticket options, which now vary based upon the date a guest first visits a theme park as well as how many days a guest wants to visit (plus options for Park Hopping, Water Parks and more), visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/admission/. Discounts are available for Florida Residents, Disney Vacation Club Members, and U.S. Military (active, retired and families). We also note the latest special ticket offers announced by Disney in our weekly MousePlanet Walt Disney World Resorts Updates.

All tickets now sold have an expiration date. The majority of ticket types have a specific start date selected at purchase as well. Until midnight Eastern Time the day before the ticket's start date, you can use the My Disney Experience app (or guest relations or ticket booths when open) to change its start date with no change fee but subject to any higher cost that may apply for the new date. No refunds are provided for changing to a start date with a lower price. After the first valid ticket use date and before its expiration, you can also add and pay for additional days for eligible ticket types or add ticket options. Note, however, if you change ticket dates and have made FastPass+ reservations, you will need to make new reservations for the new dates selected.

For many ticket types, the first time a ticket is used starts an unstoppable "fuse" that will result in the ticket's expiration whether or not ticket holder has visited the parks the number of days purchased. No refunds are provided for those unused days (absent special waivers like when the parks are closed due to Tropical Storms and Hurricanes). An entirely unused ticket, however, may be applied to the purchase of a new ticket with an equal or higher price (different terms may apply to promotional tickets; ask at Guest Relations). All tickets must be used by the same person on each day - each park validates that with biometric finger-readers at the park gates and, in the case of repeated errors, park entry cast members will take a photograph that is electronically linked to the ticket as well.

For understanding how 2019-and-beyond ticket pricing, we present our chart from back in February 2018 comparing pricing options compared to 2017. As you can see, the park's calendar year was last broken into pricing seasons based on demand. The newest pricing model refines that further where there are lower prices for visits starting on some days and higher prices for visits starting on others.

Note: Prices below do not reflect sales tax.

Ticket

Adult admission, ages 10+
($ increase)

Child admission, ages 3–9
($ increase)

One Day – Value

  • One-park: $102 (+$3)
  • Magic Kingdom park: $109 (+$2)
  • Park Hopper: $164 (+$2)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $189 (+$12)
  • One-park: $96 (+$3)
  • Magic Kingdom 1-day: $103 (+$2)
  • Park Hopper: $158 (+$2)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $176 (+12)

One Day – Regular

  • One-park: $114 (+$7)
  • Magic Kingdom 1-day: $119 (+$4)
  • Park Hopper: $174 (+$4)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $194 (+$17)
  • One-park: $108 (+$7)
  • Magic Kingdom 1-day: $113 (+$4)
  • Park Hopper: $168 (+$4)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $188 (+$17)

One Day – Peak

  • One-park: $122 (+$3)
  • Magic Kingdom 1-day: $129 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper $184 (+$10)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $202 (+$18)
  • One-park: $116 (+$3)
  • Magic Kingdom 1-day: $123 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper $178 (+$10)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $196 (+$18)

Two Day

  • One-park: $209 (+$10)
  • Park Hopper: $274 (+$15)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $299 (+$25)
  • One-park: $197 (+$10)
  • Park Hopper: $262 (+$15)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $287 (+$25)

Three Day

  • One-park: $325 (+$16)
  • Park Hopper: $390 (+$21)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $415 (+$31)
  • One-park: $307 (+$16)
  • Park Hopper: $372 (+$21)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $397 (+$31)

Four Day

  • One-park: $400 (+$30)
  • Park Hopper: $475 (+$30)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $500 (+$40)
  • One-park: $380 (+$30)
  • Park Hopper: $455 (+$30)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $480 (+$40)

Five Day

  • One-park: $415 (+$25)
  • Park Hopper: $490 (+$25)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $515 (+$35)
  • One-park: $395 (+$25)
  • Park Hopper: $470 (+$25)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $495 (+$35)

Six Day

  • One-park: $425 (+$15)
  • Park Hopper: $500 (+$15)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $525 (+$25)
  • One-park: $405 (+$15)
  • Park Hopper: $480 (+$15)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $505 (+$25)

Seven Day

  • One-park: $435 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $510 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $535 (+$15)
  • One-park: $415 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $490 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $515 (+$15)

Eight Day

  • One-park: $445 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $520 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $545 (+$15)
  • One-park: $425 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $500 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $525 (+$15)

Nine Day

  • One-park: $455 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $525 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $550 (+$15)
  • One-park: $435 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $510 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $535 (+$15)

Ten Day

  • One-park: $465 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $540 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $565 (+$15)
  • One-park: $445 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper: $520 (+$5)
  • Park Hopper Plus: $545 (+$15)

The above tickets and any options purchased had to be used within 14 days of first use, and that first day of use had to be before December 31, 2019.

Walt Disney World Annual Passports–Prices Verified and Updated February 11, 2020

The following list lays out the different Annual Pass types available for guests that plan to make multiple visits to the parks in a year (or, occasionally, a longer time when Disney offers additional months for the price of a year). Florida Residents have the most options and can pay monthly following a large initial payment. Renewal discounts are offered as well, but not reflected in the chart. Prices shown are for all guests ages 3 and up and do not include tax. Kids under age 3 do not require a ticket.

No ticket guarantees admission every day, particularly if a park closes for capacity control, weather or other emergency. None of these passes, on their own, provide access to separately ticketed events, extra magic hours, or other special events like Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic or V.I.Passholder Extras.

Ticket New Prices: New Purchase

Premier

Admission to Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Disney's Blizzard Beach, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (most event days), and Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (green fees only)

Includes: Disney MaxPass at Disneyland Resort, Park Hopping, Disney PhotoPass downloads, and standard theme park parking, plus various discounts and special offers.

No Blockout Dates

  • $2,199

Note: Only available for purchase at Disneyland Resort ticket windows and at Walt Disney World Guest Relations locations.

Platinum Plus

Admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Disney's Blizzard Beach, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (most event days), and Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course (green fees only)

Includes: Park Hopping, Disney PhotoPass downloads, and standard theme park parking, plus various discounts and special offers.

No Blockout Dates

  • $1,295
  • Florida Resident or DVC: $999

Platinum

Admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

Includes: Park Hopping, Disney PhotoPass downloads, and standard theme park parking, plus various discounts and special offers.

No Blockout Dates

  • $1,195
  • Florida Resident or DVC: $899

Gold
(Florida residents or DVC members only)

Admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

Includes: Park Hopping, Disney PhotoPass downloads, and standard theme park parking, plus various discounts and special offers.

Limited Blockout Dates

  • $719

Silver
(Florida residents only)

Same as Gold with more blockout dates and does not include Disney PhotoPass downloads.

  • $539

Theme Park Select
(Florida residents only)

Admission subject to park-specific blockouts to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

Includes: Park Hopping (subject to park blockouts), and Theme Park parking, plus various discounts and special offers.

At least 325 days of park access to at least one park on those days, subject to park-specific blockouts (which may be lifted by Disney from time-to-time). 

  • $439

Weekday Select
(Florida residents only)

Mondays through Fridays only Admission to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

Includes: Park Hopping,and standard theme park parking, plus various discounts and special offers.

Additional Weekday Blockouts Apply (similar to Silver)

  • $369

Epcot After 4
(Florida residents only)

Admission to Epcot any day after 4 p.m.

Includes standard theme park parking, plus some discounts and special offers.

No Blockout Dates 

  • $319

Water Parks Annual Pass

Admission to Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach any day during normal operating hours.

No blockouts, but water parks close seasonally for refurbishment and may close due to less-severe weather events like cold temperatures.

  • $139

Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass

Same as Water Parks Annual Pass except admission only after 2 p.m.

  • $89

Theme Park Select - Introduced in 2018 exclusively for Florida Residents, this pass provides access to at least one park each day for at least 325 days of the year. Disney may, from time to time, lift published blockouts. Different parks are blocked on different days. Guests with this pass can visit multiple parks on the same day as long as the parks are not blocked.

All passholders with pass types subject to blockouts should always check My Disney Experience ahead of planned visits to see whether the pass (or just specific parks for Theme Park Select) are blocked during the visit's timeframe.

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Parking, Directions, and Transportation

Walt Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, just outside of Kissimmee, and about 20 miles southwest of Orlando and Orlando International Airport.

From the airport you'll want to follow the directions to FL 417 and take that west until you have passed Interstate 4 and see signs for your destination area. Alternatively, you may consider exiting the airport and taking FL 528 west to Interstate 4, and then follow its exit signs for the Disney destination you want to visit. Note that both FL 417 and 528 are toll roads, and between the airport and the Resort there are both toll boths where change is available and cashless options. Be aware that some roads in Central Florida have transponder or bill-by-plate cashless tolls only. If traveling by rental car, be sure to know how your rental agent charges for cashless tolls. Anyone can purchase a Florida Sunpass portable transponder and load it with value to use on Central Florida tollroads. Read about it at SunPass.com and you can also find the transponders sold at some Central Florida drug stores like CVS and supermarkets like Publix.

Parking at Walt Disney World is different depending on what you are doing. Standard Parking at Disney Springs is free. Parking is also free at the two water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and the golf courses. Complimentary standard parking is available to guests staying at Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (each campsite provides a parking space for one motorized vehicle).

Designated parking areas are available throughout Walt Disney World Resort for Guests with disabilities. A valid disability parking permit is required, as are any applicable parking fees.

Starting in 2018, registered hotel guests at Disney hotels are charged a standard overnight parking fee applied to their hotel folio at checkout. The rates are based on Resort Category. As of January 2020, the rates, including tax, are:

  • Disney Value Resorts: $15/night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $20/night
  • Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villas Resorts: $25/night

Disney Vacation Club Members staying at DVC Villas (whether using points or cash), are not charged for standard self-parking. Members staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels on a vacation points reservation likewise are not charged, but those paying cash for those rooms are subject to the standard rates.

Valet Parking is available at some Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas for $33/night (tax but not gratuity included). Valet Parking is also available at Disney Springs for $20/day (tax but not gratuity included). From time-to-time, Disney Springs also offers a paid, preferred parking option (look for posted signs).

"Day Guests" visiting a hotel for select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences receive complimentary standard self-parking.

Each of the four theme parks has its own parking lot. Standard parking is provided at no additional charge for registered guests of the on-property resorts and annual passholders (cast members at toll booths often scan MagicBands, Annual Passes, and/or Key to the World Cards and may ask for matching Photo ID to prove eligibility, so have those ready). As of January 2020, standard parking for cars and motorcycles is $25/day (including tax) and for oversized vehicles (shuttle, limo, camper trailer, RV, bus, or tractor trailer) is $30/day (including tax). Preferred parking for cars and motorcycles is available for $45-50/day (including tax, varies by date); registered resort hotel guests and Passholders may upgrade to Preferred by paying that day's difference between the Standard and Preferred Rate.

ChargePoint electric vehicle charging stations are now available in parking lots at select Disney Resort hotels including Disney's Coronado Springs and Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Arriving Guests may ask a Cast Member for directions to these charge ports, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional charging stations are available at the theme park parking lots and Disney Springs. Guests need a credit card or a pre-ordered ChargePoint card—available at chargepoint.com. The  stations cost $0.35/kwh, with a minimum service amount of $1.50. Charging will stop once the vehicle’s battery is fully charged. ChargePoint will “ping” the users to alert them when their car is ready.

Guests considering parking in disability parking should note that courtesy trams do not serve those sections of theme park parking lots. Courtesy wheel chairs are available in those sections for assisting guests in reaching wheelchair and ECV rental desks inside the parks only. For those with the ability to walk short distances and climb aboard a tram, Disney suggests that they should park in the main theme park parking lots and request a space from the cast member directing traffic in the lot that is at the end of a row closest to the courtesy tram pick-up/drop-off location. However, the distance from tram drop off to the park gates has increased in recent years, as the "entry experience" of each park has undergone modification to accomodate modern security screen (and some of that construction is still on-going as of January 2020, with courtesy trams at Magic Kingdom's parking lot dropping guests off before the underpass at Seven Seas Drive and the entrance to TTC security screening). Courtesy wheel chairs may be the better option for those guests who can only comfortably walk a short distance.

For Magic Kingdom, parking is just the first part of the journey to the park itself. The parking lot is south of the Transportation & Ticket Center which is on the south shore of Seven Seas Lagoon. Since the park is on the north shore of the Lagoon, you'll need to take a monorail or ferry to the park. Occassionally, buses are also run from the TTC to the park entrance, depending on transportation operations and demand. A walkway around Seven Seas Lagoon, connecting the TTC to Disney's Polynesian Village and Disney's Grand Floridian Resorts has existed for many years. There is currently a bridge and walkway under construction that would finally connect that existing walkway with Magic Kingdom that would allow guests to walk all the way from TTC (or from either of those hotels) to the park. A completion date has not been announced.

Guests can also walk between Magic Kingdom and Disney's Contemporary Resort. Epcot has a "backdoor" entrance named International Gateway, and guests may walk between it and Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Disney's BoardWalk Resort, and the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort. That same walkway among those Epcot Resorts also connects to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Once on property, there is a resort-wide system of free transportation options: Monorails, Watercraft, Disney Buses, and the Disney Skyliner gondolas. In 2017, Disney introduced private paid "Minnie Van" point-to-point transportation in SUVs and vans driven by Disney Cast Members and summoned within the Lyft app. Though offered at a higher rate than other ride sharing services, Minnie Vans can take guests to some on-property locations that other vehicles cannot (for example, Minnie Vans may pick up and drop off guests at Magic Kingdom's bus loop; other ride shares must muse the TTC across Seven Seas Lagoon). Minnie Vans also offer private Orlando International Airport pick-up and drop-off service options.

Back to the subject of free transportation: In addition to an Express Monorail that runs between Magic Kingdom and the TTC, and another Monorail that connects the TTC with Epcot, there is a Resort Monorail that connects Magic Kingdom with Disney's Contemporary Resort, the TTC, Disney's Polynesian Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, in that order before returning to Magic Kingdom.

In addition to the Ferryboat between Magic Kingdom and TTC, weather-permitting, smaller watercraft service often is provided between Magic Kingdom and Disney's Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village Resorts on Seven Seas Lagoon, and Magic Kingdom and to Bay Lake docks for Disney's Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, and Wilderness Lodge (sometimes guests must transfer boats at one of those docks).

Separate watercraft service travels a looping route from Epcot's International Gateway to Disney's BoardWalk and Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Other watercraft travel on seprate routes from Disney Springs to Disney's Saratoga Springs, Port Orleans (French Quarter and Riverside), and Old Key West Resorts.

Disney Skyliner gondola service "flies" from Epcot's International Gateway to Disney's Riviera Resort (where guests do not need to disembark) and on to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort where there is a hub station with an additional line to Hourglass Lake station between Disney's Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts, and a third line to Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Each Disney hotel has one or more Disney Bus stops. Disney hotels run buses to Disney Springs, the theme parks, and water parks (though sometimes a change of buses is required to go to a water parks along the route). Theme parks also run buses to Disney Springs during posted hours (usually in the afternoon and evening), but there is no bus service from Disney Springs to the theme parks (likely to discourage the use of its free parking lots for playing in the parks). Unless using paid Minnie Vans or other rideshare services, guests traveling between Disney hotels that are not connected need to find their way to the Disney Springs bus loop and then take the bus to their desired location. The same can also be done with the theme parks themselves, but, however, be aware that there is no safe and legal way for a guest to walk from Epcot's International Gateway to Epcot's bus loop without a park ticket permitting the guest to enter and walk through Epcot.

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort are directly served by Disney transportation, though they are not Disney owned and operated hotels. While any guest can use Disney Transportation (though some modes may be limited to Resort Guests only during times of high demand), other on-property and/or good neighbor hotels that are not owned and operated by Disney run their own park and Disney Springs buses (though not all get to use the same bus loops as Disney Buses), including Shades of Green (its guests may also walk to Disney's Polynesian Resort), Disney Springs Hotel Plaza Blvd. hotels (those guests may walk to Disney Springs by connected pedestrian bridges), Four Seasons, Bonnet Creek, and so forth.

For additional information on getting around the parks with wheelchairs and ECVs see our Walt Disney World Mobility page. For further information about other available services for Guests with disabilities, you may call the Resort's Disability Services cast members at (407)560-2547 or email disability.services@disneyparks.com.

 

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Parks

Each of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World has a different focus and provides unique experiences.
  • Magic Kingdom Magic Kingdom

    Modeled on the original Disneyland, Magic Kingdom is still its own unique destination.

  • Epcot Epcot

    One half explores science and the future while the other half presents the cultures of the world.

  • image-description Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Celebrate the history and wizardry of Hollywood.

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Disney's Animal Kingdom

    As the ads used to say, this is not a zoo, but it does mix a zoo with a theme park.

Hotels

The hotel resorts on property at Walt Disney World are very much a part of the experience. While some are just basic hotels with Disney themes, others are destinations in themselves and no visit would be complete without taking a walk through the grounds.

    Deluxe

    DVC

    Moderate

    Value

    Special Events

    Regularly scheduled special events across the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Resort Wide Events

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Events

    Disney's Hollywood Studios Events

    Epcot Events

    Magic Kingdom Events

    Other Activities

    Beyond the theme parks, Walt Disney World has an expansive array of other activities available to keep you entertained.

    Disney Springs — Shop, dine, or see a movie.

    Water Parks
    Typhoon Lagoon
    Blizzard Beach

    Miniature Golf
    Fantasia Gardens
    Winter Summerland

    Golf
    Lake Buena Vista
    Magnolia
    Oak Trail
    Palm

    Sports Activites
    ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
    Open Water Activities