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  • On Jan 20, 2024
    Amy from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best way to reserve tickets for multiple parks with different family members attending on different days, including a water park and an after hours event? Should I do this a la carte or call someone?

    Hey Howdy Hey Amy and welcome to planDisney!

    I am so excited to hear the planning of your family trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth is heating up! It sounds like you have a tricky situation to navigate with your theme park ticket purchases. Let's walk through a few details so we can get you set up for your time in the parks. 

    Before we get too far into it, this is just a friendly reminder that Disney has updated their policy with regard to Theme Park Reservations not being needed for date-based ticket purchases at this time. Theme park ticket prices vary throughout the year and depending on the day of the week. Depending on which day you want to begin usage of them, this will also change the price slightly. All that being said, let's get to your specific question

    When you go to purchase your theme park tickets online, you will be asked the date you wanted these tickets to be applicable. You are free to choose which theme park you want to attend and on which day without needing a reservation or telling Disney in advance, pending theme park capacity. So you are more than able to purchase say six 5-day theme park tickets all at once and start off your day at two separate theme parks. Disney Water Parks and After Hours Events are different from standard theme park entries. 

    When you purchase tickets for the water parks, these tickets are a lot more flexible. Once you purchase them, you can use them on any day between the date of purchase and the listed expiration date. Currently, no theme park reservation is required at the water parks either! 

    After Hours Events are separately ticketed events that will allow you access to the parks in the evening hours. With reduced crowds, these events will allow you to experience the parks in a unique way. You will be able to experience so many attractions with lower wait times and navigate the parks with less of a crowd. They are so much fun but do come with a separate ticket purchase and are only available on select days in select parks. 

    When you are purchasing your tickets, you are more than able to load up your cart and keep shopping. As you are making your purchases, there may be a screen or two to confirm your purchase and to ask if you want to add Memory Maker to your purchase in order to continue or to add your selections to your cart. Before you get to the screen to pay for your tickets, you should see an option at the bottom to "Keep Shopping for (and then several tiles of options)". You should be able to put all of your ticket purchases in one cart and then pay for them all together.

    I hope that was easy enough to follow as the Disney site usually is fairly user-friendly once you get the hang of it! Best of luck as you continue to plan for your upcoming trip and please feel free to stop back with any other questions you may have, we are always happy to help!

    Happy planning, 

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Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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