A Quick Guide to the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket

by Mommy Frog on October 30, 2018 42 Orlando

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Congratulations — you're going to Disney World!!! Or at least it's highly likely you're going to Disney World since you're reading this post. Once you've made the decision to visit Disney World, and you've decided when to visit Disney World, it's time to get down to business and buy tickets. With recent changes to ticket names and ticket pricing, deciding which Disney ticket you need has gotten a little more complicated. Fortunately, we're here to help. (Oh, and we can help take away the ouch that comes when you open your credit card statement with our discount Disney tickets.)  Today, we're looking at the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket, formerly known as the Disney Magic Your Way Ticket.

As of Oct. 16, 2018, Disney moved to date-based ticket pricing, which means you need to know when you'll be visiting before you buy tickets. (You do have the option to purchase a Flexible-Date Ticket for an additional charge.) The date-based pricing applies to all ticket types, including the Park Hopper Option and the Park Hopper Plus Option.

Disney Theme Park Base Ticket - Cinderella Castle - Disney Magic Your Way Ticket

What Does the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket Get You?

With the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket, you are allowed to enter one Walt Disney World theme park per day. So for each day of your ticket, you can enter Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Animal Kingdom or Disney's Hollywood Studios. There is no hopping among the parks on the same day (you'll need to add the Park Hopper option for that), but you can leave the theme park on the day you enter and return to that same theme park later in the day.

Take a break from the park in the afternoon. Families with young tadpoles might need an afternoon nap and older kids will enjoy a refreshing swim in the hotel pond. Besides, the smart frogs who know that this is when the parks' crowds peak.

How Many Days Can You Get with a Disney Theme Park Base Ticket?

Disney Magic Your Way Ticket - Epcot - World Showcase Waterfront

You have the option of purchasing 1-Day Disney Theme Park Base Tickets all the way up to 10-Day Disney Theme Park Base Tickets for your trip. You do not have to use the tickets on consecutive days. So, for example, if you're planning a 10-day vacation to Disney World, you might decide to buy the 7-Day Disney Theme Park Base Ticket. That way, you can build in a couple of days of "downtime" away  from the parks and hop to Disney Springs for shopping and dining, tour the resort hotels or just relax at the pool. Keep in mind that the amount of time you have to use the ticket varies by the number of days, unless you select a Flexible-Date Ticket, which can be used within 14 days of your first date of admission into the park.

Date-BASED Tickets Days of Admission Valid Use Period, Beginning on Start Date
2-Day 2 Within 4 days for Base and Park Hopper (5 days for Park Hopper Plus)
3-Day 3 Within 5 days for Base and Park Hopper (6 days for Park Hopper Plus)
4-Day 4 Within 7 days for Base and Park Hopper (8 days for Park Hopper Plus)
5-Day 5 Within 8 days for Base and Park Hopper (9 days for Park Hopper Plus)
6-Day 6 Within 9 days for Base and Park Hopper (10 days for Park Hopper Plus)
7-Day 7 Within 10 days for Base and Park Hopper (11 days for Park Hopper Plus)
8-Day 8 Within 12 days for Base and Park Hopper (13 days for Park Hopper Plus)
9-Day 9 Within 13 days for Base and Park Hopper (14 days for Park Hopper Plus)
10-Day 10 Within 14 days for Base and Park Hopper (15 days for Park Hopper Plus)

The More Days You Play, the More Days You Save with Disney Theme Park Tickets

Disney Theme Park Base Ticket - Disney Magic Your Way Ticket - Frozen Ever After Ride at Epcot

Regardless if you do the base Disney Theme Park Base Ticket or add-on options, the more days you visit, the more you will save per day. For example, at the time of this writing, we're selling an adult 10-Day Disney Theme Park Base Ticket for $437.86* ($49 off gate price). That breaks down to a little more than $43 a day. By comparison, an adult 1-Day Disney Theme Park Base Ticket is $118.41*. You don't need to be a math whiz to figure out there is a sweet spot for savings!

*Prices are as of October 2018 and subject to change

For those of you who are curious, our top-selling Disney World base ticket is the 6-Day Disney Theme Park Base Ticket.

Is the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket Right for Me?

As we mentioned, the base Disney Theme Park Base Tickets are the least expensive option. Perhaps surprisingly, though, we think they are the best ticket option for most families making a first-time visit to Disney World. This is because there is a ton to see in each of the parks. At Magic Kingdom alone, you could easily spend two entire days and not experience all it has to offer. Most first-time families want to see and do as much as they possibly can in each park before moving onto the next. They're less concerned about experiencing the water parks or even the excellent on-site hotel amenities, because they want to spend as much time as they can in the parks.

A Disney Theme Park Base Ticket is a good choice if ...

  • You have young children: One park per day is usually plenty for small children. If you leave and come back to the same park, they usually enjoy the familiarity of it more than starting over at a different park.
  • It’s your first time: If it’s your first visit, you’ll have enough to do staying in one park the entire day without the added stress of visiting a second park.
  • You are incorporating other activities into your vacation: If you have activities planned such as shopping at Disney Springs or dinner reservations at a Disney hotel, one park per day might be enough. (May we recommend Victoria & Albert's for a fancy dinner date without tadpoles?)
  • You want to save the most money possible: If it's strictly a financial decision, go with the base Disney Theme Park Tickets.
  • You are visiting during the busy holiday season: Navigating between parks during the very busiest days of the year eats up a lot of valuable time. It may only happen a day or two a year, but if a park reaches capacity and you leave that park, you will not be able to re-enter.

So there you have it! We hope this overview of the Disney Theme Park Base Ticket (formerly known as Disney Magic Your Way) has been hopful as you plan your trip. We've got a ton of other resources in our Orlando planning guide. Short on time? Download our Disney World Quick-Start Guide.

Related: A Quick Guide to the Disney Theme Park with Park Hopper Option

Related: A Quick Guide to the Disney Theme Park with Park Hopper Plus Option

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 19, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. Scott Says...

We purchased a 5 day PH (e)ticket... but would like to add a 6th day. I believe that this has to be done at Disney? If so, would you be able to tell me, roughly, the cost to upgrade the ticket at Disney?

Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Aug 20, 2019 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

Was this through Undercover Tourist? If so, please give us a call at 1 (800) 846-1302 to see if we can't help you upgrade! If this was through Disney, then you can either try calling Customer Service to upgrade via phone, or doing it in person at Guest Services at any of the parks or Disney Springs when you arrive. Ticket pricing at Disney World is currently dictated by time of year, but a one-day ticket starts at $109.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 14, 2019 at 7:04 a.m. Catherine Says...

Hello! Me and my husband are planning on buying the 4 day base ticket. We plan on going to one park per day. Do we have to know the dates we are going to each park or do we just have to know the date of the first park we are going to and then go to any park within the 7 day validity?

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Aug 14, 2019 at 7:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

You'll just need to know which day you first plan on heading to the parks; from there, the fine print will list a "use by" date, as you noted, wherein you can use the remainder of your days. Like you mentioned, it's usually a 7 day window :) Have fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 7, 2019 at 5:28 a.m. Tracy Lee Says...

I purchased a 4 day base ticket plus 2 extra days. For the 4-day base ticket, do I have to go to each of the 4 parks? Am I allowed to skip Hollywood Studios and just go MK twice and once to Epcot and Animal Kingdom during the 4 day base ticket? Thanks.

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May 7, 2019 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tracy!

You can go to any of the parks, in any order you'd like! The only fine print is that you can't go to more than one park per day (also known as park hopping) with the base ticket. You do not have to visit each park; your plan is toadally fine! Have a frogtastic time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 13, 2019 at 5:03 p.m. Anne Laurie Joseph Says...

Is it okay to buy a one day ticket now and use it like a month later? If I buy my ticket now, for example, and plan to use it May 31st is it still going to be valid?

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Apr 15, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne,

If you wish the flexibility of not selecting a date, we recommend that option.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Apr 11, 2019 at 1:07 p.m. CHRISTINA Says...

The price of a 4 day park hopper is more than the price of a 4 day base with two bonus days included (6 days total). We only need 4 days, but is it possible to use those two extra day tickets to "hop" to a second park on two of the days we're there? We rarely use park hopper for more than one additional park, so I'm wondering if this is worth it to save a few bucks to put towards the Christmas party. Thanks!

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Apr 11, 2019 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina!

Unfortunately, you'll get dinged at the second park entrance if you try to hop without the official "hop" allocation on your ticket. You may, however, be able to stop by Guest Services to see what options they have for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2019 at 3:07 a.m. Paige Says...

Hi I’m a little confused on how to obtain and set up the tickets. I know I want 2 day base tickets. We plan one full day in one park and the second day at another park. Is there still fast passes? How do we buy that and what are these bands for the wrist to store the tickets I believe? Do we need that? How would we get those. We are not staying at the resort

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Apr 8, 2019 at 9:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paige!

We toadally understand - it can all be a bit confusing! Yes, even if you are getting base tickets for two days, you'll still have accesses to FastPasses. You'll need to link your ticket to My Disney Express once you purchase them, and that is where you'll book your FastPass reservations (30 days before your trip if you aren't staying at a Disney Resort hotel, and 60 days if you are). MagicBands will automatically be shipped to you free of charge if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel; if you aren't, you can purchase them in the parks or online at the Disney store.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 20, 2019 at 3:33 p.m. Brian Says...

I am looking at purchasing 5 base tickets vs 4 tickets with PH option because its significantly cheaper that way and if I am understanding correctly if I chose to bounce between 2 parks during my 4 night trip it will just take that '5th' day I basically purchased right? Am I missing something here?

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Mar 20, 2019 at 11:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brian!

Unfortunately, with the way that the ticketing system works, if you've only got base tickets, you'll only be permitted to enter one park each day (even if you have more days left on your ticket). Upon scanning your ticket at the second park on the 4th day, you'll get an error at the gate. We'd recommend visiting Guest Relations instead and inquiring about upgrading to a Park Hopper for day 4 in place of your 5th day to see what your options are.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 29, 2019 at 9:28 p.m. Elizabeth Says...

I want to see whats best for me to buy we have 3 adults 2 kids and want to go to magic kingdom one day animal kingdom one day and water park one day. NOT hopping around just one thing per day 3 days. 4/8, 4/9, 4/10

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Jan 30, 2019 at 12:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

Base tickets (with no park hopping) only include the four main parks, so you'll want a Park Hopper Plus ticket to be able to hop on into the water parks as well. You can find those here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 7, 2018 at 7:09 p.m. Leslie Says...

I’m looking at buying 5 day base tickets for my family, but I want to make sure we can still get them on magic bands. Since the bands are not included here, will we get bands with out Disney resort reservation or will we have to purchase a band somehow separately? I would like to have the tickets preloaded onto our bands before we go like they would if we bought the whole package straight from Disney. We are totally new to this and appreciate he help!

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Dec 7, 2018 at 5:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leslie!

Yes, you will get your Magic Bands with your Disney resort reservation. They'll be mailed to you about a month prior to your trip. You can link both the tickets (from us!) and your hotel reservation on your Magic Band in MyDisneyExperience, in the app or online. Check out all of your ticket options ... linking is easy :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2018 at 6:32 p.m. Jess Says...

We purchased the 4-day base tickets, valid Dec 26-Jan 1. Does this mean we can go to a park ON January 1?

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Nov 29, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess!

Yes ... you just need to use the tickets on or before the expiration date. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 22, 2018 at 8:45 p.m. Courtney Saul Says...

I am planning our trip for my parents, 2 nieces (aged 3 and 5), my husband and myself. Can we purchase the base tickets and once we get down to Disney, upgrade to the Park Hopper if we find ourselves wanting it? We aren't sure how this is going to go with the littles, but would like to have the option to upgrade should we need to.

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Nov 26, 2018 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Courtney!

Yes! If you purchase base tickets and would like to upgrade, simply stop by guest services and pay the difference in gate price, if applicable.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 14, 2018 at 4:48 p.m. jess Says...

I purchased magic your way tickets in oct before the date requirement. the dates im going are higher priced will this matter?

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Nov 20, 2018 at 1:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jess!

As long as you purchased tickets prior to the change in pricing/structure, you are free to use them as you previously would have. Just check out the ticket details and expiration date ... even if expired, you can exchange for valid tickets at the park (you may just have to pay the difference, if any!)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 9, 2018 at 3:03 a.m. Patty Says...

Do the magic my way tickets have an expiration date to be used by I know they expire 14 days after first use but what if first use is not for another year or two

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Oct 9, 2018 at 8:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Patty!

You can find all expiration dates listed under "Ticket Details" on our discounted tickets page. Be sure to check for each ticket separately, as expiration dates may vary depending on ticket type.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 28, 2018 at 1:09 a.m. Krystal Says...

We are planning a Christmas trip for 2023 how early can we purchase our tickets?

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Jul 9, 2018 at 11:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Krystal!

While this is subject to change in the next few years, we typically recommend purchasing tickets 12 months in advance. Check back in with us closer to your trip. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 13, 2018 at 3:31 p.m. Leigh L Says...

I have purchased a Disney Magic your way 4 day with 5th day free. It also says park hopper. I just wanted to make sure this is a park hopper.

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Jun 14, 2018 at 12:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Leigh,

Hi Maria,

Please contact our Customer Service at 1 (800) 846-1302 (USA) or 1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 7, 2018 at 2:07 a.m. Kim Czechowicz Says...

How do I purchase our 3-day Disney Magic Your Way tickets? Can we go to the same park two different days? I have found the planning process for this trip to be stressful. It is very confusing with all the options.

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May 8, 2018 at 10:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kim,

Hop over here to purchase the 3-Day Magic Your Way tickets! Yes, you can definitely go to the same park on different days. You just will only be able to visit one theme park per day!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 29, 2018 at 3:36 a.m. Amanda Courtney Says...

Please help I have never done this be for I need cheap ideas for the best fun and stays for my family of 7 please and thank you.

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Apr 5, 2018 at 1:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amanda,

Hop over to our discounted Orlando hotels! We also offer a number of discount Disney World tickets, so you'll want to check those out, as well. We aren't sure of when you're visiting, but hop over to this post to see how to save money during the holidays!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 26, 2018 at 2:54 p.m. Annette Says...

Are package deals available only for families? We are planning a six night stay for 2 people in October.

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette!

Absolutely! You can purchase a package for just two people. Have fun :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 19, 2018 at 2:50 a.m. Kelly mackneer Says...

Can you use two days worth of parks in one day if you purchase say a 6 day base ticket and you’ll only have time for 5 days in the parks?

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Feb 22, 2018 at 10:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelly,

If you're wanting to hop between the parks on the same day, you'll have to purchase a Disney Park Hopper Ticket. Park Hoppers allow you to go from one park to the next in the same day!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 27, 2018 at 2:43 p.m. Melissa Says...

If I bought a 10 day Magic your way tickets, can I divide those among 3 people or must the same person use all 10 days? Also, can 2 myw tickets be used in one day? For example, half day spent at HS and the other half at Epcot using 2 tickets total.

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Jan 29, 2018 at 2:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa!

Disney tickets are non-transferrable, so the 10-day Magic Your Way ticket will have to be used by one person individually. You can use two MYW tickets in one day at different parks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 15, 2017 at 3:17 p.m. Ervin Warren Says...

Thank you very much for a great article advice you gave was very helpful taking two grandkids age 7 next August looking forward to this trip.

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Sep 15, 2017 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ervin,

We're hoppy to help!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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