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How To Get the Cheapest Disney World Tickets in 2022!

Learn where to buy cheap Disney World tickets and my recommended source for discount Disney tickets!

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If you are planning a trip to Disney World then you likely want to know how to get the cheapest Disney tickets!

In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to get cheap Disney World tickets and where to buy them online to save money.

Plus I’ll share everything you need to know about when to visit, how far in advance to buy, and how to link tickets to your Disney account. 

What Is The Cheapest Month To Go To Disney World?

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A few years ago Disney World moved to date-based pricing for all of their tickets.

They did this in an attempt to distribute crowds more evenly throughout the year. 

This means that when you visit will greatly affect how much you pay for your tickets. 

During the cheapest time of year in 2022, a two-day adult ticket from Disney costs $212. During the most expensive time of year, that same two-day ticket costs $310!

So that means you can save almost $100 per ticket just by choosing wisely when you will visit. 

Here are the months that offer the cheapest Disney World tickets: 

  • January
  • February
  • August 
  • September

Not surprisingly, the most expensive times to visit Disney World are during Christmas, Easter, and other major holidays. 

So if you are able to visit during a less crowded time of year (such as when the kids are in school) you’ll be rewarded with cheaper ticket prices. 

How Many Days On My Park Ticket?

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Now, on to the cheapest way to buy Disney World tickets online.

The source for the cheapest Disney tickets will depend on how many days you are visiting the theme parks. 

Here is an overview of the cheapest way to get Disney tickets broken down by the number of days you want to visit:

Keep in mind that ticket prices are always fluctuating and you might get a slightly better deal at one place over another.

But in my experience, these general guidelines apply to how to save on Disney tickets. 

Now I’ll explain these options in more detail and send you on your way to buying Disney tickets at the best price!

Cheapest Disney Tickets: One & Two-Day Tickets

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It is a surprise to many people that the cheapest way to get one-day or two-day tickets to Disney World is to buy them directly from Disney.

There are no discounts on one or two-day tickets available for the general public.

Since you’ll have to buy your tickets directly from Disney for the best price, the only way to save is to buy your tickets with discount Disney gift cards – learn how to get them in this post. 

How To Buy Tickets Directly From Disney

I suggest buying your tickets when you are logged into your My Disney Experience account.

Then you will be able to assign them to the right person (make sure you have set everyone up with a profile in the Friends and Family section first) and you’ll be good to go. 

Be sure to select the first day you will use your ticket to get the best price!

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If you are staying off-property and won’t have MagicBands for your trip, then you should opt to have a physical ticket sent to you via mail.

You will scan the card to enter the parks and every time you use a Lightning Lane (get my guide to the Disney Lightning Lanes in this post). 

If you are staying at a Disney World resort or have purchased Magic Bands for your trip, then you should opt for email delivery.

Your tickets will be linked to your Magic Band automatically but I suggest saving the email confirmation just in case there is an issue with using your tickets at the parks. 

Cheap Disney World Tickets: 3 to 10 Day Tickets

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The best way to buy discount Disney World tickets for trips longer than two days is through Undercover Tourist

I have bought my tickets from them for many years and they offer excellent customer service.

They are widely known to offer the best discounts on tickets for longer trips. 

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You can save over $60 per ticket on these longer tickets which can save a family of four upwards of $250!

Keep in mind that you will be spending MUCH more on your tickets compared to a shorter trip, but your saving per ticket will be greater. 

These tickets can be delivered via email and linked to your My Disney Experience account right away.

If you won’t have a Magic Band for your trip I recommend opting to have them delivered by mail so you’ll have a physical ticket card to scan. 

So if you are lucky enough to be able to visit the Disney theme parks for 6 or more days on your trip, then head over to Undercover Tourist to get these steep discounts. 

Understand The Four Different Ticket Types

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Now you might be wondering which type of Disney World ticket is the best for your trip.

There are four main types of Disney World tickets:

  • 1 Park Per Day Ticket – just like it sounds: you can get into one theme park each day
  • Water Park & Sports Option – allows you one visit to a water park or ESPN Center per day
  • Park Hopper Ticket – allows you to visit multiple theme parks each day
  • Park Hopper Plus Ticket – visit multiple parks each day and visit the Disney Water Parks, etc.

1 Park Per Day Tickets are the cheapest but might not give you as much value as other tickets.

But for most visitors, that’s all you will need for your vacation! Read on to learn when you should upgrade to the other ticket types. 

Should I Get Park Hopper Tickets?

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The Park Hopper option adds $60 to the cost of any ticket. The Park Hopper Plus option adds $80 to the cost of any ticket. 

You’ll definitely want to consider if you really need the option to visit more than one park in a day before you shell out an extra $60 per ticket. 

For first-time visitors, I generally suggest NOT paying extra for the Park Hopper option.

There is so much to see and do in each of the parks that there is rarely a reason you’ll need to visit more than one park in a day. 

However, if you are planning on making a visit to a Disney World water park during your trip, then you should definitely get the Park Hopper Plus option for your tickets. 

Here’s the reason: a ticket to the water parks (there are two: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) will cost you $69 plus tax. For only $11 more, you can upgrade to the Park Hopper Plus option and get as many visits to the water parks as you have days on your park ticket. 

If you get a 4-day Park Hopper Plus ticket you’ll get four visits to the water parks, ESPN complex, or miniature golf visit.

Plus you’ll get the option to switch parks as much as you want during your visit! So if a visit to a water park is in your plans anyway, go for the Park Hopper Plus option for a LOT of added value at little cost.  

How Far In Advance Should I Buy My Disney World Tickets?

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Knowing when to buy your cheap Disney World tickets is critical to your vacation. 

I suggest buying your tickets as far in advance as possible to lock in current ticket prices. 

Even if your travel dates change later, you’ll still lock in the current prices. Disney raises its ticket prices regularly!

Be sure to link your ticket to your My Disney Experience account a few days before your visit so you won’t have any trouble with using Genie+ to make Lightning Lane reservations

Cheap Disney World Tickets: Specialty Tickets & Passes

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These are just the basic options for Disney World tickets. There are also specialty tickets and passes that might work for you. These include:

I hope this post helped you find the cheapest Disney tickets.

Do you have any questions? Please leave a comment below or join the discussion in my free private Facebook group for my Disney-only site The Budget Mouse!

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Frank

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

My family 2 kids and 2 adults are planning 1st week of August. What is the best deal I could get without going to timeshares. I have a military id as well. Please advise and thank you for the guidance. I am thinking a 3 day hopper and we could combine studio and animal kingdom in 1 day or epcot and studio.

Maria

Sunday 6th of March 2022

Hi. Where do I find the one-day-ticket to Animal Kingdom. I can only see the two-days ticket or more at Disneys site. I also wonder if it´s possible to change date if you get sick or can´t visit that day you book? Are there any refunds?

Leah

Sunday 6th of March 2022

One day tickets are good for any theme park now. On the Disney site click the 1 when it asks how many days you want on your ticket. It will say prices start from $109 per day.

Rick M.

Thursday 17th of February 2022

We are going the last week of Jan 2023. When do these tickets expire? Probably need 3-4 day hoppers.

Leah

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi Rick! Unfortunately Undercover Tourist only has discounted tickets available through the end of 2022 at this point.

Caroline

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi! If I purchase tickets now from undercover tourist at the pre- price increase price, then need to change my dates to more expensive ones, will I be charged the new (post-price hike) difference for those dates, or the old (post-price hike) difference? Aka - if I really have no idea what our dates will end up being, is it worth it to take a shot in the dark on tickets now if there's a 100% chance our dates will change? Thanks!

Leah

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Hi Caroline! When you change your dates you will only be charged the difference between the ticket prices on those two dates and you will hold on to your discount! This is called "price bridging". If the current ticket prices for the new dates are $465 and the previous dates are $450, you'll only be charged $15 per ticket - even if you only paid $400 per ticket by buying them at a discount now. Hope that makes sense.

Tyler W

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

If you buy tickets through undercover tourist, how can they get linked to your my Disney experience app? I want to have them there so that we can just scan our passes on our phone like we did our last trip but want to make sure this is possible if I purchase them this time through undercover tourist! Thanks!

Leah

Tuesday 15th of February 2022

Hi Tyler! Yes, you absolutely can link them to your My Disney Experience account! Just tap the hamburger menu in the bottom right hand corner of the app and select Tickets and Passes. You can link your tickets there!

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