You can read more about the over 15 theme parks in the Orlando area in my last post. It outlines each park and what you can expect to find and will help you decide what parks you want to visit during your stay.
Now it is time to start thinking about tickets.
Buying Orlando theme park tickets is never going to be a cheap expense. However, there are ways to bring the cost of Orlando theme park tickets down. This post will help you not only save money but save time trawling through the many pages of information on this topic around the web.
How Much are Orlando Theme Park Tickets
Prices for tickets will vary depending on where, when and how you buy them. Later in the post I will explain some of the best ways you can get cheaper tickets.
But for now here are the prices, for the six main parks mentioned in my earlier posts, if you were to buy them direct from each park online. These prices are for single day access to each park with no added extras. Prices are in US dollars. Child classed as 9 years old and under.
Magic Kingdom – Adults $105.00, Child $99.00
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Adults $97.00, Child $91.00
Epcot – Adults $97.00, Child $91.00
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Adults $97.00, Child $91.00
Universal Studios – Adults $102.00, Child $97.00
Universals Islands of Adventure – Adults $102.00, Child $97.00
How to Get Cheaper Orlando Theme Park Tickets
Discount tickets can be scarce and difficult to find, especially during peak times, which is more than likely when you plan you travel. Here are my top tips for finding the best deals on Orlando theme park tickets.
Travel Out of Peak Season
So you’ve made the decision to travel to Orlando and spend a fun filled few days/weeks park hopping. Now you need to decide when to go.
If you can manage to schedule your trip outside of USA school holiday time then you are much more likely to be able to find cheap ticket deals.
The parks themselves and other reputable ticketing agents in the area will likely have more deals on offer when the park numbers are low in an attempt to try an encourage more people to visit off peak.
You’ll also have the added bonus of there being less people in the parks, giving you the chance to see and experience more in each park. This gives you better value for money and might also mean that you won’t need multi day single park passes to see and do everything.
Choose the Right Park for You
This brings us back to my first post, a Guide to the Orlando Theme Parks. It will give you all the information you need to decide if each park is right for you.
For example if you are travelling with small children, there is no point travelling to a park that is full of big thrill rides that have minimum riding heights. If your children don’t meet those heights they won’t get to ride therefore making a visit to this type of park pointless and a waste of money.
Choose parks that are suitable to you and your travelling companions and you’ll be sure to get much more value for money.
Buy in Advance
Buying Orlando theme park tickets before you arrive in Orlando will give you the best chance of getting a good deal.
It gives you the time to research and shop around before buying and eliminates to chance of paying the highest price.
You might also find that some of the parks and ticketing agencies might offer a cheaper ticket price if you purchase a certain time in advance. Although this option isn’t as common these days.
And don’t forget the time you will save not queuing on the day at the park with the thousands of other people who failed to do any prior research. Having pre-purchased tickets give you more time to spend in the park giving you better value for money.
Connect on Social Media
Social media is a powerhouse in marketing these days and most of the parks use their social media accounts, like Twitter and Facebook, to advertise for special ticket sales they have coming up. So it is a good idea to follow them to keep up to date with the latest deals and be able to snag a bargain.
Here are some links to the top parks in the Orlando area:
- Disney World – Facebook – Twitter
- Universal Orlando – Facebook – Twitter
- SeaWorld Orlando – Facebook – Twitter
Buy Ticket Packages
Ticket packages are by far the best way for you to save money when buying Orlando theme park tickets.
By purchasing tickets to multiple parks over multiple days you get a big discount on the single park single day tickets.
These types of tickets are offered direct by the parks themselves and through various local ticketing agents.
For the six parks mentioned in my earlier post, we purchased two different packages. Here I will outline these packages and the savings we made. These prices are taken direct from the parks themselves. Additional savings can be possible through local ticketing agents mentioned above. Prices are in US dollars.
Disney 4 Day Ticket
Price: Adult $305.00, Child $285.00
Includes: Access to the four main Disney parks on four separate days (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios).
Savings: If you were to buy four single day tickets separately for each of these parks the total cost would be $396.00 for adults and $372.00 for children. That’s a saving of $91.00 for adults and $87.00 for children.
Extra Savings: You can also get tickets for less or more days depending on how many Disney parks you intend to visit or add a Disney waterpark. The more days the higher the saving. Also available are add ons like a park hopper ticket, allowing you to hop between the parks on one day.
Universal 2 day Single Park Ticket
Price: Adult $150.00, Child $140.00
Includes: Access to one Universal park each day allowing you to visit say Universal Studios on day one and Islands of Adventure on day 2.
Savings: If you were to buy two single day tickets separately for each of these parks the total cost would be $204.00 for adults and $194.00 for children. That’s a saving of $54.00 for adults and children.
Extra Savings: You can also purchase more days at these two parks saving you more or get Park-to-Park tickets which allow you access to both parks on one day and are available in multi-day tickets too. Universal also offers a FlexTicket which allows you to visit up to six parks in a 14 day period including waterparks and Busch Gardens.
Here is a list of all the websites I recommend to do research and book tickets. By checking out each of these when it comes time to purchase your tickets, you’ll be ensuring you get the best possible price.
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Over to you!
Have you visited any of the Orlando Theme Parks? Or any theme parks around the world? What’s your top tip for finding cheap tickets?
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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.