Cinderella Castle 50th Day
  • On Jan 13, 2022
    Frank from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am hoping to understand a little more how much I can budget the Disney World part for! If we have 4 of us attending, what passes need to be purchased and what is included with the passes?

    Hey howdy hey Frank and welcome to planDisney!

    One of my favorite things about talking Walt Disney World Resort is how much is included and some tips on navigating the parks. I love that you are thinking about things now to plan out your ideal day and selecting your "Must-Do" attractions. 

    Let's start at the general Theme Park tickets. You have the option for one day ticket or Park Hopper option. The one-day ticket lets you in one park per day, you can leave and come back to the park without issues. With the Park Hopper Option, after 2:00 p.m. you have the ability to leave the park and visit any other Theme Park without issues as long as there is availability. When you book your Theme Park tickets, you have access to the full park. There are some experiences like in Hollywood Studios with the Droid Depot that you can build your own droid that does cost extra but not something that you have to do. My advice to all first-time park goers, save your money and spend the entire day in one park. There is so much to see in each park it is hard to do in one day let alone a few hours. Keep in mind that when you purchase your park tickets, you also have to make Theme Park Reservations. This is just telling Disney which park you want to visit on which day to help them with capacity. It would be a good idea to get your tickets sooner rather than later to ensure you have your reservations. 

    An extra add-on while in the parks involves Disney Genie. Basic Genie service is free and you can use it on your My Disney Experience app to select your "Must-Do's" to help navigate the parks. Genie+ is an extra fee that you can purchase. This gives you the ability to book Lightning Lane passes, which decrease your time waiting in line for the more popular attractions in each park. You essentially book one Lightning Lane selection at a time and you can select the time frame you want to use this selection. Once the time has passed or you redeem your Lightning Lane selection, you can book another one. The other option is Individual Lightning Lane purchases. These are available either in combination with Genie+ or by themselves. These are specific Lightning Lane purchases for a select few of the most highly sought attractions in the parks.

    The last few things to budget for are food and souvenirs. Food is available in all four Theme Parks either from food carts, quick service or table service. I am a firm believer that food in Walt Disney World is an attraction and you should at least try one table service meal while in the parks. You do also have the option to bring your own food in the parks if you so choose.

    I like to remind anyone traveling to Disney that once you are in the parks, your most valuable asset is time. Doing things like Genie+ and mobile ordering food allow you to spend more of your time doing things you want rather than waiting in lines. 

    Happy planning, 

thumbnail image for Nick

Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

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

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.