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OT - Disney Tickets

DH has been at a conference all week and won the grand door prize of 3 days 2 nights at a Disney resort right across from Disney World. Neither DH or I have ever been. A quick Google search shows tickets to be around $85 each. Is that the cheapest price, or is there a cheaper way to do it? How hot is it in the summer? Or is over Christmas a better time to go? What all is included in the $85 ticket. Is that just to get in or does it include rides?

Thanks for any tips you have.

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The more days you get the cheaper it is per day, get park hopper tickets so you can visit more than one park in the same day. It includes all shows and rides. Sometimes you can find discounts. They have all kinds of bulletin boards and forums dedicated to Disney World that give tips you should check some of them out.

http://www.mousesavers.com/sources-for-discounts-on-walt-disney-world-tickets/

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It's been some time since I've been (congrats btw!) and I agree with Gloria, try for park hopper passes. Your pass includes rides but not food or souvenirs.

I would say Christmas break would be a great time. We went in May and it was 100 degrees each day plus it is super humid. February/March is a nice time to go as well.

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Your girls are home-schooled right, so I'd go in January or the very end of September. It is too hot in the summer and I bet holidays are blocked out on your passes and its busy which means food will be higher. though you can bring food into the parks. And I'd skip the park hopper if it's your first time. We didn't use it once; we couldn't do everything in any of the parks. Alaynnasmommy is a freak about disney she should be able to help.

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I would check out these youth education series packages. If you sign your kids up for one of these classes it reduces the price of their ticket. They just have to go to a class that you sign up for, usually about 3 hours. We did this when we went, and my sister goes all the time and she has done it many times with her kids. The only problem is you have to reserve the classes well in advance because they fill up. They usually post the classes for the new season in about Feb. I think.

Individual Enrollment: Disney Youth Education Series | Education | Disney Youth Programs

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Also, try checking with the hotel to see if they sell discounted tickets. Not sure if Disney does that, but in a lot of places you can buy discounted tickets for local attractions at local hotels.

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Thanks for the great ideas. DH only get a few personal days a year, do it would need to either be over Christmas break or the summer. I was thinking the summer would be too hot.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Thanks for the great ideas. DH only get a few personal days a year, do it would need to either be over Christmas break or the summer. I was thinking the summer would be too hot.

We went in early June and it was hot but it wasn't that bad. The only thing about going at Christmas is that it might not be warm enough for the kids to enjoy the pools or waterparks. If it is a Disney resort all transportation between the hotel and the parks is provided which is really nice because you can go to the park in the morning, come back for a nap in the heat of the day and then go back in the evening.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

DH has been at a conference all week and won the grand door prize of 3 days 2 nights at a Disney resort right across from Disney World. Neither DH or I have ever been. A quick Google search shows tickets to be around $85 each. Is that the cheapest price, or is there a cheaper way to do it? How hot is it in the summer? Or is over Christmas a better time to go? What all is included in the $85 ticket. Is that just to get in or does it include rides?

Thanks for any tips you have.

Honestly you will be miserable during the summer. It is extremely humid and hot. Verrrrrry hard to handle. But during holidays the wait times are crazy. The best months to go imo are sept, oct, nov, sme of march, april, and beginning of may. Excuse lack of caps.

P.s i lived there my whole life

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DH could take his few personal days combined with a weekend. I will have to ask him about it. The girls could go anytime and just go longer into the summer to make up the time.

If you leave and come back do you have to pay again, or do you get an all day stamp?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

DH could take his few personal days combined with a weekend. I will have to ask him about it. The girls could go anytime and just go longer into the summer to make up the time.

If you leave and come back do you have to pay again, or do you get an all day stamp?

You can go in and out, if you are staying at a Disney resort you can even get extra hours where you can go in earlier or stay later on certain days than everyone else.

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DH and I were just talking. Maybe we will wait until next Fall. DH gets a Fall break so we could go at a non peak time and we would have a year to save up spending money. The resort tickets do not expire for a year so we could wait until he has more time off. Summer would work out schedule wise, but not with the heat and being super busy.

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If DW is anything like DL go during Christmas time. It is so amazing! The Haunted Mansion is decorated as The Nightmare Before Christmas. It's just so much fun!

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I do love Disney but not sure I'm a "freak" about it, lol.

The summer is super hot and humid here. Couple that with insane Disney crowds and you just might be miserable. Late September/early October is a nice time to go. We go every year for the Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party. The tickets to the Magic Kingdom are significantly cheaper, there isn't much of a crowd, you get to see tons of characters and do "special" things like attend dance parties and trick-or-treat. It truly is awesome and the best way to see the Magic Kingdom in my opinion. The weather during that time is pleasant - cool in the morning and evenings but warm (and not too humid) during the day. The kids could still enjoy the pool and a beach trip would be great too. There's tons to do in central FL besides Disney.

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Are the tickets to Magic Kingdom different?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Are the tickets to Magic Kingdom different?

There are several different Disney parks but the parties take place at the Magic Kingdom. The parties are officially from 7-midnight, but you can get in at 4 PM with a party ticket (they don't really publicize that). The rates are significantly less. I think we paid around $55 for an adult ticket. I know 4-midnight doesn't seem like much time, but when you don't have to wait in long lines for the attractions you can get to nearly everything that you want to do. It is the only way we do the Magic Kingdom anymore.

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Disney is the most crowded at Christmas time, so you really would need a good plan and hit the park as soon as it opens if you want to ride the popular rides. We went at the end of August, and it was really hot. We managed by going to the parks as soon as they opened, and rode all the cool rides first thing in the morning. We'd leave the park around noonish and go back to the hotel to swim. We'd head back out to the parks again around 4ish. A lot of the attractions are indoors, too. We had a great time despite the heat.

This site helped us out a lot:

Free Disney World Crowd Calendars, Ride Reviews, Resort Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, and More

The guy who writes this site is hilarious, try reading some of his reviews of restaurants and such. His park info and crowd level calendar was spot on for us. He's got month by month calendars that tell you the best park to visit for each day.

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Thank you for the advice. DH will either take some personal days in like February or we will wait for his next Fall break.

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