We are going to Disney Florida in early December. What is the best way to buy the tickets to Disney (3 days) for 5 people ? Does the hotel reception offer this type of services?
I have always bought our tickets in advance on the Disney website; that way you can get fast passes, too!
Most hotels have a desk with ticket services to multiple places. However, sorot76 nailed it. Get them ahead of time and you can book fast passes. You should also start booking meals. Disney isnt a place to be spontaneous anymore. You need a plan.
You are certainly waiting till quite late in the day to finalise a DisneyWorld trip, but it can still work for you if you’re travelling during a quiet time.
The crowded periods in Orlando are:
a) February - the week of Presidents’ Day - people add a few days to Presidents’ Day and enjoy the Orlando parks in cool temperatures which makes all the outdoor walking much easier.
b) 2nd week of March to end April - Spring breakers make it instantly busy - The week each side of the Easter weekend are rammed
c) June and July to mid August - Summer in Orlando can be hotter than Dante’s inferno, but lengthy school summer holidays bring hordes of domestic and international tourists
d) November Thanksgiving - What could be more American than spending thanksgiving at the capital of theme parks? If you’re thinking that, so are millions of others! Like Presidents’ Day, adding a few days leave gives time for a quick family theme park fix!
e) 20th (ish) December to 2nd (ish) January. Christmas and new year at the Orlando parks. Hope you enjoy totally insane crowds!
The rest of the year can be counted as pretty average although the lowest demand times are:
a) 2nd week of January to Thursday before Presidents’ Day
b) Friday after Presidents’ Day to Friday before Spring break (roughly 10 March)
c) All of September - peak hurricane season and plenty of rain - I mean lots, loads of rain!
d) First 2 weeks of December - so we get to you, good choice, Christmas decorations cover the parks to get you in a festive mood without the crowds. Low temperatures (but still warm for us northerners) means easy outdoor walking and comfortable outdoor lines.
Whether by serendipity or deliberate choice you’ve picked one if the quietest times to be in Orlando, though you may note I didn’t use the word quiet next to WDW because really there’s no quiet seasons and WDW any more. You’ll still face hour plus lines at the leading rides and much longer at Star Wars in Hollywood Studios and Pandora at Animal Kingdom. These rides are where you’ll really need to load up your fast passes which if you’re staying on-site opened up availability a few days ago at 60 days, off-siters only get access to fast pass 30 days beforehand. Do note however that for this purpose the Bonvoy duo of the Swan & Dolphin hotels are on-site and get the 60 day access to fast-passes and also Disney’s early park entry scheme, Early Morning Hours. Note however the Swan & Dolphin don’t get the MCO magic express so you need to arrange your own airport transfers. As for dining, Disney opens up dining bookings 180 days in advance and even for your low season dates you’ll find the best family dining times at the most themed Disney restaurants booked up. However, unless you’re a large family you should be able to book for the restaurants you want if you use a little flexibility. The important thing to note is if you want to ride the headliners and eat at certain restaurants you need to buy your tickets, download the app and get reserving ASAP.
Which brings us to answering your question. Now I’m a Brit so we tend to book our WDW vacations 6-12 months in advance and WDW offers us early booking Brits excellent long-stay tickets as part of it’s packages. The options for the shorter duration tickets (3-5 days) favored by American vacationers tend to be more limited however I have had cause to buy Orlando theme park tickets and found there’s a lot of Disney authorised ticket sellers out there. Personally I’ve used Orlando based Undercover Tourist whom I’ve found very competitive with speedy delivery and most importantly genuine fastpass enabled tickets at a goodly discount against Disney’s gate prices.
As stated by jburman82 - WDW isn’t a place for spontaneity- get those tickets bought, those fast passes booked and restaurants reserved!
ales, there is a lot of info on here about Disney so look it up. What you don't tell us is where you are from, your demographic, if this is your first time, and where you are staying. Three days is not a lot of time at Disney anymore and also pretty much the highest price multi day ticket. Disney seldom reduces prices and with a measly 7% for third party vendors you will not likely get anything discounted there so just buy them on their site. Special Offers, Deals & Discounts | Walt Disney World Resort gives current special offers so if you are a Canadian, you are in luck. Do not buy your tickets at the park as you will line up sometimes for an hour also do not buy them from an off-site hotel as they often charge a service charge of 10 bucks a ticket.
You are getting good advice on the fast passes on here. However if you are on your first trip and are a young family you can still have lots of fun at Disney by just avoiding the newer higher profile ride long wait lines. Waiting 60 to 90 minutes on a three day ticket is not very productive. BBob is right about there no longer being any low season at Disney and one thing to watch out for is for many days in December Disney double dips by holding a Micky Magical Christmas party which is another fee. The result is on those days The Kingdom is only open until about 6 for the regular ticket holders. They also let the party ticket holders in at 3 pm which crowds the park up.
I no longer stay at Disney properties as I find they have you in captivity and as a result have their hand in your pocket at every turn. However if it is your first time and possibly only time, stay there on site as you get some benefits that you dont get staying off site.
Just want to mention that the Rise of Resistance's grand opening day is scheduled for 12/5/19. Most of the hotels near Disney World are either over $300+ per night or no longer have any availabilities from 12/5 to 12/10. I believe for that new attraction, no fast passes are available around that time. Also want to mention that Disney World has a new 4 days mid-day ticket available, but I don't think any Disney first timers would want to consider it because you're only allowed to enter the parks from 12 noon to closing each day. Many thanks to Pey on his reminders of the Disney's magical Christmas party. The 4 days mid-day tickets are no longer a great value even though it's only priced at $315.00.
Retrieving data ...