• On Mar 3, 2018
    Melissa from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How far in advance is advisable to buy theme park tickets? Could you also explain the tier system and if it applies to both tickets and fast passes? We plan on visiting Walt Disney World parks in September of 2019 and I want to be able to use what I pay fo

    Hi Melissa,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. So I suggest that you just make sure you buy your theme park tickets at least 61 days in advance. Once you purchase them, be sure to link them to your My Disney Experience Account. Make sure that you have everyone in your party listed in your "My Family & Friends List" so that you can connect each ticket to a person.

    With base tickets, you can add one of two options to your tickets - park hopper or park hopper plus. With base tickets, you can visit one theme park per day. If you add the park hopper option, you can visit multiple theme parks per day. And with the park hopper plus option, in addition to a few other extras, you can visit the water parks.

    Melissa, when you make your Fast Pass+ selections, remember that you can make three initial selections at one park per day provided you have valid theme park admission. If you have five-day base tickets, for example, you can make three initial Fast Pass+ selections for each of the five days. There are Fast Pass+ Tiers at some of the parks. This means that you can only choose one attraction in Tier one, then you choose your remaining attractions from Tier two. For a listing of the current tiers, check out this great answer from one of my fellow Moms Panelists.  Before your Fast Pass+ selection window opens, be sure that you have decided which attractions you want to prioritize. Popular rides like Avatar Flight of Passage and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train have limited availability so make those selections first. Also, keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for updates on Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - new rides may change the Fast Pass+ tier options!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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