Disney Park Tickets and Reservations

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You’re going on a Disney vacation! Hooray! This is exciting stuff. You probably have a ton of questions. Well, you’re in the right place. I’ve got lots of answers. Before we can start planning your epic Disney adventure, we need to make sure you have your Disney park tickets and reservations. Please don’t pay full price! Keep reading to find out how you can get a discount on your Disney park tickets.

Park tickets and reservations are 2 separate things. You do need both to enter any of the United States Disney parks. It sounds a bit complicated, but it’s really not and I’m going to walk you through everything you need to know about Disney park tickets and reservations. You got this!

Disney Park Tickets Options

Let’s talk Disney park tickets! There are lots of different options to choose from and it can be a bit overwhelming, so let’s start there. Keep reading until the end to find out where I buy my discounted Disney park tickets. I never pay full price, and you shouldn’t either!

Park Hopper:

A park hopper ticket means your ticket enables you to “hop” from one park to another. Essentially it means you can visit more than one park per day. Currently, you can only hop after 1pm. If you are visiting Disneyland, park hopping is a very easy process. You simply walk across the esplanade and you’re at the other park. It’s very simple and quick. At DisneyWorld, park hopping involves a bus, monorail or boat ride and can take a significant amount of time.

One Park Per Day:

The one park per day ticket options requires you to stay in the same park for the entire day. No hopping allowed. Many people shy away from this ticket option, but it’s my favorite one. Mostly because it’s significantly cheaper and unless you visit the Disney parks frequently, there is really no need to hop. There’s so much to see and do in each park, you can easily spend your entire day in the same place.

How Many Days?

“How many days should I visit?” I get this question often when people are making their Disney park tickets and reservations plans. This really depends on you and your group. If you don’t visit very often, a longer visit might be perfect. If you go all the time, you can probably get away with a shorter visit. Disneyland offers 1- 5 day ticket options. DisneyWorld has 1-10 day ticket options. The price per day decreases the more days you purchase. I always recommend going for as many days as you can. If this is your first visit, try a 3 day option to Disneyland or a 5 day package to DisneyWorld.

Park Reservations

Disney uses park reservations to control crowds and to make sure they have enough cast members on hand to run the parks on any given day. The reservation system has been part of Disney’s reopening plan, after they parks were closed for the pandemic. I’ve found the reservation system to be incredibly helpful with limiting crowds and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s here to stay.

You can make your park reservations 120 days in advance. You will need your park ticket to make your reservation. If you buy your tickets through Disney you can do this 120 before your trip. You can make your park reservation at the same time as you purchase your ticket. You will get an email confirmation for each park reservation. Make sure you receive that so you know your reservation went through.

If you buy your tickets through a 3rd party(my recommendation for saving moneys, but make sure you use an authorized Disney ticket seller) you can purchase your tickets well in advance(layaway options available) and then you can make your park ticket reservation at the 120 day mark or as soon as you’re able. You can make your reservations using the Disney app or the Disney website. You’ll just need your ticket number. An email confirmation for each park reservation will be sent to you immediately, so make sure you receive that so you know your reservation went through. I love this option because it gives me flexibility to buy my park tickets well in advance! I can make payments as I go and I have much more flexibility this way if we change our plans or something comes up.

Discount Park Tickets

I love saving money! I hate paying full price for anything! Disney park tickets are no exception. I recommend using my partners at Get Away Today for all your Disney park tickets.

Getawaytoday has been open since 1990. They are the top travel provider to the Disneyland Resort, but they sell DisneyWorld tickets too. I’ve personally been using them for over 15 years and I’m always impressed with their prices and their service. They are one of the few legitimate place to buy discount Disney tickets.

Want exclusive deals like Adults at Kids prices or buy 4 days get the 5th day free? They’ve got them! They are ALWAYS cheaper than purchasing through Disney and will beat any cheaper price you find. Getawaytoday has great hotel deals too. You can often find a stay 3 nights get the 4th night free or other similar offers.

They have a Peace of Mind plan. This allows you to change your plans if you need to. Let’s face it, unexpected things come up. Life happens. The Peace of mind plan is there just for those times.

They offer Layaway plans. Yup! That’s right! You can put down $200 on your dream Disney vacation and make payments. Your trip must be paid in full 5 days before you leave.

You receive electronic tickets so you can bypass the ticket booth and go straight to the gates.

Tickets at these prices seem too good to be true, but I guarantee they are authentic, legit tickets. I know you will love Getawaytoday! If you book a package(tickets with a 2 night or longer hotel stay) you can use my promo code MIX10 to save an extra $10! That’s just more churro money, friends!

Now that you’ve got your discounted Disney park tickets and reservations we can get started planning! I’ve got lots of ideas for you from hotels, to Disneyland tips. Need extra help? Take the stress out of your Disneyland day with my custom planning packages. I’ve got tons of info on planning a Disneyland vacation here and tips for rope drop here.