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Do Walt Disney World® Resort Tickets Cost the Same as Disneyland Tickets?

Disneyland parks are some of the premier vacation destinations in the country, and with Disney resorts available on both coasts there is plenty of Disney magic for everyone. However, one of the biggest factors to consider when planning your Disney vacation is the cost of Disneyland® tickets.

The two parks are vastly different, offering different rides, attractions and facilities which is reflected in the cost of the tickets. Walt Disney World® Resort tickets cost slightly more than Disneyland® tickets simply because of the vast size of the park and the sheer number of visitors that it receives annually.

Cost of Tickets

Disney recently introduced date-based ticket pricing which means that tickets costs different amounts at certain times of the year, for example, tickets are typically less during off-peak travel seasons. This was implemented due to the huge increase in visitor numbers over the last few years and the need to more evenly distribute visitors throughout the year.

A great way to save money on the cost of your tickets to either Walt Disney World® Resort or Disneyland® Resort is to take advantage of the new ticketing system and book your Disney vacation during the off peak season, with an added bonus of shorter queues and smaller crowds.

However, in general, Walt Disney World® Resort tickets are always going to cost a little more than tickets to Disneyland. Walt Disney World® Resort has seen a huge investment of time and money in the last few years and features a mindboggling amount of attractions and facilities compared with Disneyland® Resort. On average, tickets to Walt Disney World® Resort cost around $30 – $40 more per person than tickets to Disneyland® Resort but the cost difference does depend on the type of ticket you buy.

Types of Tickets

As an authorized Disney ticket distributor, aRes Travel can sell tickets to both Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort at a discounted rate with different types of tickets and packages to suit you travel needs.

Single Park Admission

Both Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort offer single day admission to a single park of your choice. This option is generally the most expensive way to buy tickets, but it can be a good option for guests who only want to visit a specific theme park and only have a limited time to visit.

At Walt Disney World® Resort, ticket prices vary according to the theme park you choose with tickets to the Magic Kingdom costing the most and tickets to the other three parks costs approximately $5 less. Tickets for children between 3 and 10 years old have discounted rates and children under the age of 3 are admitting free of charge.

Multi Day Passes

Multi day passes offer guests discounted rates for a longer stay. Rather than paying for single entry tickets to individual parks for a single day, you can visit one park per day for the duration of your stay. For example, for a 3-day 1 park per day ticket to Walt Disney World® Resort you could visit the Magic Kingdom on day one, Epcot on day two and Animal Kingdom on day 3 and save up to $19.00 per person when compared with buying individual park tickets.

Park Hopper Tickets

For Disney fans who want to visit different parks within a single day, park hopper tickets are the best option. A park hopper ticket gives guests access to all parks within the resort in a single day, ideal if you have a very specific idea about which attractions you want to see most.

For park hopping to be successful, it is a good idea to plan your visit carefully and determine which rides and attractions you wan to see before skipping off to another park. However, if you opt for multi day park hopper tickets, you can always revisit any rides you miss.

But visitors to Walt Disney World® Resort should be aware that the four theme parks in Walt Disney World® Resort are spaced fairly far apart and it can take approximately 10 -30 minutes to travel between parks using the complimentary public transport system. This can make park hopping difficult for some guests. However, during the summer season, a ride in an air-conditioned shuttle or monorail may provide a refreshing break from the heat and allow you to plan you next park visit.

Unlike Walt Disney World® Resort, the two parks at Disneyland® Resort are located only 400-feet from one another and are much smaller in size which makes it fast and easy for guests to move between parks by foot, although there is a monorail from Tomorrowland in Disneyland® park to the Downtown Disney district. So, for guests who only have limited time, park hopper tickets to Disneyland® Resort are a worthwhile investment so you can experience the most Disney magic in a short time.

Park Hopper Plus

For visitors the Walt Disney World® Resort in the summer there is an additional ticket type: Park Hopper Plus. These tickets give access not only to the four theme parks within a single day, but also to both of the water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

These two parks offer some of the most thrilling rides at Walt Disney World® Resort so if you are a thrill-seeker then park hopper plus may be the right option for you.

Upgrade Your Ticket

There are many ways to get more out of your Disneyland tickets including different kinds of upgrades. One of the most popular upgrades is offered with the park hopper tickets to Disneyland® Resort. Disney MAXPASS is a worthwhile upgrade to enhance your park hopping experience.

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Disney MAXPASS gives guests access to digital FASTPASS bookings via the Disney mobile app which means that you can book your rides without using the old paper system and go straight to the fun. Disney MAXPASS also gives guests unlimited access the PHOTOPASS photo downloads from your visit, so you can keep the memories with all those amazing shots with your favorite Disney characters.

Another way to enhance your Disney experience is by purchasing multi day tickets. Any ticket purchased for 3 or more days to Disneyland® Resort automatically comes with access to Magic Morning. Magic Morning allows guests entry into the park an hour earlier than other guests on certain days which means you can be one of the first in line to your favorite attractions.

Final Thoughts

Budgeting for a vacation to any of the Disney resorts can be a challenge. In general, tickets to Walt Disney World® Resort cost more than Disneyland® Resort tickets. However, there are many ways to save money and upgrade you Disney experience, so you don’t have to miss out on any of the Disney magic.

If you want to have a great experience, call 1 (800) 434-7894 (international callers use +1 (619) 546-5622) to speak with an aRes Travel planning expert seven days a week, or book online now.

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