7 Ways to Save on Walt Disney World Tickets

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Walt Disney World tickets can be expensive—especially if you’re going with the entire family. Generally speaking, it’ll cost around $100 per day for a “1 Theme Park per Day” ticket (assuming that you’re staying for less than three days).

Multiply that by the amount of people that will be going and the number can quickly be overwhelming!

Fortunately for us—who want to visit the parks on a budget—there are several ways to save on Walt Disney World Tickets. Before we get into that, though, there are a couple of things that are worth mentioning.

There are Many Scams on the Internet

If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. As a general rule, you’ll want to stay away from things that offer a discount of more than $20 per ticket. Alas, Disney simply does not offer that kind of savings.

Avoid buying Walt Disney World tickets on Craigslist or eBay as they are mostly scams.

Legitimate Discounts will be Small

Any legitimate discount will be relatively small. To give you a better idea, you’ll probably save a few dollars at most per ticket. Don’t let that discourage you though—the savings can add up.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at how you can save money on Walt Disney World tickets.

1. Purchase Walt Disney World Tickets using gift cards from Target

You can use your Target red card to purchase Disney gift cards.

If you have a Target Redcard, you can purchase Disney gift cards (available in $50 and $100 increments) at a 5% discount.

Seeing as how you can use them to buy Walt Disney World tickets, you can definitely save a bit. More specifically, you would save $5 for every $100—which is roughly the cost of a theme park base ticket.

For convenience’s sake (because who wants to whip out a bunch of gift cards at the gate?), we recommend that you consolidate your cards into one on the Disney website.

2. Skip the Disney Dining Plan

You can skip the Disney Dining Plan for some savings.

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you’ll have the option to get a Disney Dining Plan—a prepaid meal package that allows you to dine at various restaurants—which ranges anywhere from $52 to $116 per person.

Unfortunately, however, it’s not always worth the money. By skipping it, you’ll be able to save some for the actual tickets.

3. Participate in the Disney Youth Education Series Program

You can learn and save money at the same time by participating in the Disney Youth Education Series.

Travelling with your family? If so, you may want to consider participating in the Disney Youth Education Series.

For those who are unfamiliar with the program, it provides students—from those who are in elementary to senior high—with a chance to go on an educational adventure at the park.

To be more specific, they’ll go on guided field studies, during which they’ll get to practice problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and more.

Now obviously, it comes with some perks. In exchange for taking part in the program—which generally lasts around two hours—you’ll be able to get some discounted Walt Disney World tickets (3-day to 10-day tickets).

Note: Unfortunately, Disney has recently cancelled their individual enrollment option. For now, the only way to participate is to join as a group of 10 or more.

4. Purchase through AAA

You can purchase discount Walt Disney World tickets through AAA.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) provides a number of perks to its members—one of which includes being able to buy discounted Walt Disney World tickets.

To do so, simply log into their website and click on “discounts/rewards.” From there, you should be able to search for multi-day tickets.

Comparison of AAA and Disney ticket prices (as of 2018):                  

Prices through AAA Prices through Disney
3-Day TicketFrom $93 per day3-Day TicketFrom $98 per day
4-Day TicketFrom 106.76 per day4-Day TicketFrom $93 per day
5-Day TicketFrom $73.80 per day5-Day TicketFrom $78 per day
6-Day TicketFrom $61.11 per day6-Day TicketFrom $67 per day
7-Day TicketFrom $55.32 per day7-Day TicketFrom $58 per day
8-Day TicketFrom $49.90 per day8-Day TicketFrom $53 per day
9-Day TicketFrom $45.51 per day9-Day TicketFrom $48 per day
10-Day TicketFrom $41.79 per day10-Day TicketFrom $44 per day

Note: Florida residents are eligible for further discounts (3-Day and 4-Day tickets only)

5. Purchase through Maple Leaf Tickets

Maple Leaf Tickets also offers discount tickets.

Maple Leaf Tickets is a discount ticket agent that’s been around for over three decades. A trusted seller, they offer a variety of options (base tickets, park hopper, park hopper plus)—all of which are FastPass+ enabled.

There are two different types of Walt Disney World ticket that you can buy:

Date-Based Tickets
Price depends on the dates chosen.

Flexible Date Tickets
No start date restrictions; set prices for each multi-day ticket.

6. Purchase through Tickets at Work

Some companies offer Tickets At Work as a perk for their employees.

Depending on where you work, you may be eligible for Tickets At Work. A corporate benefits program, they offer multi-day passes that are a few dollars cheaper than what you’d have to pay at Disney.

To get started, simply log in to their website and search for “Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets”. From there, you’ll see a number of options such as the number of days and date of arrival.

After you make your purchase, you will receive a confirmation code, which you can link to My Disney Experience.

Comparison of Tickets at Work and Disney ticket prices (as of 2018):     

Prices through Tickets at Work Prices through Disney
3-Day TicketFrom $91.23 per day3-Day TicketFrom $98 per day
4-Day TicketFrom 105.93 per day4-Day TicketFrom $93 per day
5-Day TicketFrom $71.17 per day5-Day TicketFrom $78 per day
6-Day TicketFrom $62.34 per day6-Day TicketFrom $67 per day
7-Day TicketFrom $54.82 per day7-Day TicketFrom $58 per day
8-Day TicketFrom $49.29 per day8-Day TicketFrom $53 per day
9-Day TicketFrom $44.90 per day9-Day TicketFrom $48 per day
10-Day TicketFrom $41.56 per day10-Day TicketFrom $44 per day

Note: Florida residents are eligible for further discounts (3-Day and 4-Day tickets only)

7. Skip on Park Hopper Option

You can save money by skipping the Park Hopper option.

Park Hopper is an option that allows you to visit multiple parks per day at Walt Disney World Resort. As you can probably expect, though, it doesn’t come cheap; it’s an extra $55 per ticket ($80 if you want to go to the water parks as well).

Unless you’re familiar with the different parks—enough so that you’re able to navigate your way through them quickly and efficiently—we recommend that you stick to one theme park per day.

Given how big each of the parks is, it will be difficult to get through everything in a few hours—especially when there are lineups for most of the attractions.

By skipping the Park Hopper option, you’ll not only save a chunk of money, but you’ll be able to enjoy the parks more thoroughly.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled For Deals on Walt Disney World Tickets

Promos are not uncommon. Every once in a while, there will be a good deal on Walt Disney World tickets—you just have to jump at the chance to grab them!

Do you have any tips for park-goers? Let us know in the comments below!

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