How to Tell Which Disneyland and Walt Disney World Ticket Option Meets Your Vacation Needs

Looking for the best Disneyland and Walt Disney World ticket options for your budget and vacation plans? From early access to the parks (page 5) or want to go on as many rides as possible (page 6) we share the best park ticket and upgrade options for your family vacation, ahead.

1. If it doesn’t matter when you go

Ticket line at disneyland

Consider value tickets. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

  • Two Disneyland value tickets are cheaper than a two-day pass.

If it doesn’t matter when you book your Disney vacation, consider going during a value ticket period. Value tickets are the lowest ticket prices Disney offers and — depending on how long you’re planning your stay — can be more affordable than some of the ticket packages.

Next: Going with small children? Don’t buy this ticket.

2. If you’re going with small children

Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary

Don’t hop between parks in the same day. | David Roark/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

If you plan to be at the parks for more than one day and are going with small children, forgo the park hopper tickets. The park hopper is an upgrade that allows you access to both parks in the same day. However, Disneyland and Walt Disney World with small children can be exhausting and there’s no need to complicate things by having the option to move between two or three parks in a day.

Next: For those who want to see it all …

3. If you want to go to all four Walt Disney World Parks

Mickey Mouse rides in a parade through Main Street

The four-day pass allows for more time in each park. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World and want to experience all four parks, consider purchasing a four day pass. The four day pass allows for more time in each park (since you won’t have the option to hop around each park) and saves you money on single tickets.

Next: Where you live can save you money.

4. If you’re planning a staycation

USA entrance of Walt Disney World Resort.

It’s perfect for in-state residents. | Manakin/iStock/Getty Images

Are you a resident of Southern California or Florida? Good news — where you live can save you money. If you’re planning a Disneyland or Walt Disney World staycation, get more bang for your buck by purchasing a discounted ticket, exclusive to Southern California (for Disneyland) and Florida (for Disney World) residents.

In addition to everyday discounted tickets, Disney World is offering a special discounted three or four day ticket package for Florida residents. Book Discover Disney tickets from now until June 20, 2018 and get a three day pass for $159 or a four day pass for $179.

Next: Calling all morning people!

5. If you’re early risers

Family at disneyland

You can experience attractions before the park opens. | Handout/Getty Images

Want early access into the parks? Purchase a ticket package with the Magic Morning option. Available on multiple day passes (starting a three days), Magic Morning allows you access to select attractions, dining experiences, and shops one hour before the park opens.

Next: For those who want to do it all …

6. If you want to go on as many rides as possible

Child having fun on a Disneyland ride

This option allows you to save time on selecting rides. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Determined to go on as many rides as possible? Disney has a special ticket option for that. Purchase a Disney MaxPass upgrade and save time by making FASTPASS selections through the Disneyland app. From there you can manage all of your passes and make cancellations as needed.

Next: Another amazing MaxPass feature

7. If you don’t want to worry about taking photos

Disneyland Hong Kong

The upgrade will provide photos for you. | EnchantedFairy/iStock/Getty Images

In addition to FASTPASS convenience, MaxPass is also a great option for those who don’t want to worry about taking photos, but still want the memories. Through the MaxPass upgrade, guests also receive PhotoPass and download various photos from select attractions, dining experiences, and Magic Shots, to share with family and friends.

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