It’s no secret that a trip to Disney World is expensive, and one of the most expensive components of a trip to ‘The Most Magical Place On Earth’ is the park tickets.
It’s not a trip to Disney World without them so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of us look for ways to save money on these tickets where we can.
While there’s never much money to be saved on Disney World tickets (boo!) there are a couple of things you can do to hopefully save yourself anything from $5 to $25 per ticket. One of those things is buying Disney World tickets at ‘the correct time’.
The best time to buy Walt Disney World tickets is likely to vary depending on whether you’re coming from outside or inside the US. However, in this post we’ll be discussing the different factors you should consider to determine the best time for you to buy.
The Correct Time Is Always Before You Get To The Parks
Whether you’re coming from outside of the US or inside of the US you can always save money on Walt Disney World by purchasing tickets in advance rather than at the gate upon arrival.
For example, MouseSavers reports that if you buy a 7-day adult ticket on the gate at Walt Disney World it’ll cost between $513.36 and $682.86 (the price depends on the time you choose to go to the parks).
Meanwhile, if you book online using the Walt Disney World website then one adult 7-day ticket starts from $494.22 inc taxes.
There’s Never A Sale When Booking Online With Disney
Whether it be Black Friday or Cyber Monday you’ll never see a sale on park tickets when purchasing online with Disney.
However, you may find that some third-party sellers offer discounts during these periods.
Third party sellers we’ve used include;
- Florida Tix
- Undercover Tourist
This is especially true if you’re looking to buy a combo ticket which many of these third party retailers provide.
If you’ve been unable to track and follow prices personally then I’d suggest going onto a dedicated Facebook group (some of my favourites include Orlando Info Zone and Disney World Junkies) and asking in there whether someone could give you an idea of the savings on these sites during previous holidays.
Alternatively, you can use the search feature to find previous threads and discussions about the topic.
Just be sure when taking advice from people online you always purchase from a reliable online third party seller. Check for reviews, SSL certificates and if unsure book elsewhere. It’s certainly not worth saving $10 to book with an unreliable or unsafe company.
Consider The Best Time To Spend Big With Your Credit / Debit Card
If you’re with a bank that provides reward points then you may look to wait for special times in the year in which you can generate additional points or cashback with large purchases.
For example, if you spend $1,000 in your first 3 months with an American Express Preferred card you’ll be rewarded with $250 in statement credit.
The cost of the card is $95 for the year, so assuming you purchase your Walt Disney World tickets on this card (and they came to more than $1,000) you’d save $155.
Look For Promotions With Cashback Websites
Again, while you wont find a sale on the Disney World website when purchasing tickets online you may find a cashback website that’s offering a higher cashback amount during a promotional purchase at selected times of the year.
Again, these are unlikely to be advertised online in advance so I’d advise using Facebook etc. to discuss with other Disney World fans as to the different cashback commissions they’ve received in the past and when.
As a result, you may be able to find the best time to buy through a cashback website.
I know first hand that these cashback websites can save you a significant amount of money when purchasing Disney World tickets or indeed in our case a Disney World holiday.
The Date In Which You Visit Walt Disney World Could Also Save You Money
There’s also a couple of different ways you can save money based on the time in which you visit the park specifically.
Implementing these saving techniques could actually save you more money than purchasing the Walt Disney World tickets at a specific time.
Peak / Off-Peak Times
If you’re based in the USA then booking Walt Disney World tickets using the official Disney website means that you’ll be able to save up to $24.22 a day (based on a seven-day ticket) by visiting the parks during the off-peak season rather than the peak season.
These savings combined over seven-days, for example, can save you up to $170 per ticket and this is just based on the adults base park tickets. You can save even more if you’re looking to visit in the off-peak season when purchasing park to park tickets.
Visit Before Your Child Turns 3
The price difference between a child and an adults ticket when visiting Walt Disney World is often incredibly small (anything from $6 to $20 depending on the number of days and type of park ticket you purchase).
However, children under the age of 3 can enter the park for free with a paying adult. As a result, if travelling with a young child you’ll want to try and visit before the child turns 3.
We did this when travelling for our wedding and as a result, saved over $400 with 2 and a half-year-old Matilda. Which is probably a good job as she was ill for around 7 of the 10 days during our trip and spent most of it back at the hotel, the poor thing.
Visit Before Your Child Turns 10
While you won’t save as much money booking before your child turns 10 as you might when your child turns 3, there’s still a small saving to be made. At the age of 10, a child moves from the child ticket bracket to the adult ticket bracket.
As I mentioned previously the price difference between a child and an adults ticket when visiting Walt Disney World is often incredibly small (anything from $6 to $20 depending on the number of days and type of park ticket you purchase), however, it’s still a saving.