These Disneyland and Disney World Ticket Options Are a Waste of Money

With so many options to choose from, selecting the best Disneyland and Walt Disney World tickets for your needs can get a little confusing — especially when looking for the best deal.

No need to panic — we’ve got you covered with a guide to Disneyland and Disney World’s ticket options. From the one ticket package that tricks guests into spending more money (page 5) to the most budget-friendly ticket option (page 6), we share to details, ahead.

1. Disneyland 2-day tickets

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They cost more than the value tickets. | Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

Price: $105 per day

Think you’re getting a good deal on a Disneyland two-day park hopper ticket? Think again. While it may save you between $12-$30 a day during regular and peak times, it’s actually more than the value tickets. Before purchasing a two-day park hopper ticket for Disneyland, take a look at the ticket calendar to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

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2. Walt Disney World 2-day tickets

USA entrance of Walt Disney World Resort.
The value tickets also are cheaper. | Manakin/iStock/Getty Images

Price: $104.50 per day

Disney World’s two-day park hopper tickets aren’t the greatest deal either. Value tickets for Walt Disney World start at $102, which — like Disneyland — is cheaper than the two-day park hopper tickets.

On top of that, Disney World has twice the amount of theme parks to visit, so two days might not even be enough. To save money on single day tickets — and see all four parks — consider selecting three or four-day park hopper tickets. These range from $101.67-$95 per day.

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3. Peak tickets

Disney ticket calendar
The summer months have more peak days. | Disneyland

Price: $122-$135 per day

Did you know that Disneyland ups its single day ticket prices, depending on how popular the park will be? It’s true. Better known as “peak days” these tickets are $8-$18 more than regular tickets at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

If you have flexibility in your vacation plans — and are only planning on going for one day — consider going on what Disney considers a “value” or “regular” day.

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4. Disney Southern California Select Passport

The pass is subject to many blackout dates. | Smckenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Price: Starting at $369

For California residents, Disneyland offers a special season pass, starting at $369. While that seems like a good deal, it may actually be the worst ticket option for your needs.

Those who have Disney Southern California Select Passports face a lot of blackout dates, including no access to the park in July (and only one or two weeks in June and August) and many weekends throughout the year. If you’re a California resident and considering this annual pass, take a look at how often you’ll be able to go on the select dates before purchasing.

Next: This ticket option is the cheapest, but you’ll end up spending more on this.

5. Disney World 10-day tickets

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You’ll spend more on food and accommodations. | Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Price: $44.50 per day

In theory, the 10-day park hopper is the best value. But, just because it has the lowest price per day, doesn’t mean you’re saving money. In fact, you may be spending more money than necessary on food, hotel, and other accommodations in order to be at Disney World for 10 days.

Disney prices tickets in hopes that they can get guests to spend as much time in the parks as possible (aka, spend more money). And while lowering the costs definitely makes the 10-day ticket look more appealing, it isn’t exactly the best value.

Next: If you’re going to the parks for 1-2 days, this is the most budget-friendly option.

6. Value tickets

Mickey Mouse rides in a parade through Main Street
You’ll have to plan your trip for weekdays. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Price: $97-$102 per day

For those planning to go to Disneyland or Disney World for 1-2 days max, value tickets are the best way to go. Value tickets are offered on off-peak days when the parks aren’t expecting as high of an attendance.

That said, if you want to purchase a value ticket, you’ll have to plan your Disney day(s) during the week. For the most part, value tickets are only offered Monday-Thursday at select times of the year. The good news? Value tickets are offered throughout the year, with the exception of a few popular vacation months (i.e., June, July, and December).

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7. Important things to consider before purchasing tickets

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There’s a strict refund policy. | Handout/Getty Images

Before purchasing tickets to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, consider this: Disney does not offer a refund on tickets and you can’t resell them, either.

In addition to this strict refund policy, there are a handful of other important ticket rules to consider:

  1. Multi-day tickets can only be used at one theme park per day
  2. Single day tickets have an expiration date
  3. If you have a single day ticket, it is only valid on a date that matches the ticket type
  4. You must use your multi-day tickets within 13-14 days of the first use (depending on the park)

For more information on Disneyland and Disney World tickets, see Disney’s website.

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