• On Nov 4, 2016
    Katherine from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am trying to evaluate which ticket plan makes the most sense for our family trip in 2017. If we buy our tickets now and then decide half way through our trip to add water parks or hopper, is it any less expensive than just buying those options now?

    Hi Katherine,

    I see you're busy planning ahead for a magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort next June. How exciting! Let me help you with some suggestions to make the best of it then.

    Did you know how many Disney Resort Hotel Guest Benefits there are? So many indeed! Some Guests don't even consider the options, so before you purchase Theme Park Tickets ahead of time, you surely want to check out the available Magic Your Way Vacation Packages, which not only include tickets, but also a stay at select Disney Resort Hotels. This way you can select the Theme Park Tickets now, and later you can add the options you wish. Remember all you need is to put down a $200 deposit, and the balance will be due 30 days before arrival. In any case, be on the lookout for Special Offers.

    My family's favorite benefit? Extra Magic Hours. Every day, one Theme Park will open up to one hour earlier, or close up to two hours later, exclusively for Disney Resort Hotel Guests. You get to ride your favorite attractions over and over again! And of course, you can book FastPass+ up to 60 days in advance, instead of 30.

    One last tip: regardless of staying on or off property, make sure you book your advanced dining reservations early, which you can easily do up to 180 days in advance with the My Disney Experience mobile app. Happy planning!

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