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  • On May 12, 2020
    Tyler from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do I have to use my 7-day Disney World tickets in consecutive days if I don't pay the extra $308.84 for the flexible dates option?

    Hi Tyler!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you so much for finding us hEAR and asking this great Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question!

    Walt Disney World Resort switched to a date-based ticket option about a year ago, which really helps in some amazing behind-the-scenes ways. Like there are a few Disney Dining Locations that only open when the parks host more guests, and these metrics help Mickey and his pals know if they need to host two showings of Fantasmic! per night vs. only once. But I'm also a very last minute vacation planner, and I definitely understand where it's hard to nail down some dates if you're unable to decide until just before it's time to leave.

    The good news about these date-based Disney Theme Park Tickets is that they do have a few extra days built-in to them, so you can take a break from the parks to go explore the other amazing offerings in and around Walt Disney World Resort. I played around a bit with the ticket sales page on the Walt Disney World Resort website, and for a seven (7) day theme park ticket, both the one-park-per-day as well as the Park Hopper Option, I see that you can use those seven theme park admissions in any order you wish within 10 days from the first day of use. If you want to see what I'm seeing, click this link to go to the Theme Park Ticket page, select the 7-day ticket, and then scroll down to see the calendar. Once you click any date you'll be given the timeline of dates that your park pass will be valid.

    If you'd like a bit more time to use those seven park days, you can as you mentioned purchase the add-on Flex Option to extend those valid-dates from 10 up to 14. Or for some guests it's worth it to up their number of theme park days as a 10-day park ticket would be valid for 14 days. Or, and this is my favorite, check out the 'Water Park & Sports' and the 'Park Hopper Plus' options. These two tickets come with bonus admissions valid at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, the brand new NBA Experience in Disney Springs, certain events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Mini Golf, Regular Golf and also Foot Golf! In addition to receiving as many bonus admissions valid to the above equal to the same number of theme park ticket days you purchased (a 7-day Theme Park Ticket would be seven bonus admissions, a 10-day Theme Park Ticket would be 10 bonus admissions, etc), your total number of days to enjoy both the Disney Theme Parks + these bonus activities is extended by one, so a 7-day Park Hopper Plus ticket would be valid for 11 days, a 10-day ticket with the Water Parks and Sports option would be valid for 15 total days.

    I hope this helped to clEAR things up a bit, Tyler, and if you have any more Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen 
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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