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A cheaper way to get into the Happiest Place on Earth is — as Disney diehards would say — “Fantasmic!”
Disney World has introduced a new Mid-Day Magic Ticket, which allows guests to pay a lower fee to enter the parks after 12 p.m. These special discounted tickets are only available for Disney visits starting on or before Dec. 15, 2019.
Here’s what you should know about the new tickets:
Which parks are included?
Mid-Day Magic tickets are only available for the four major parks at Disney World Resort in Orlando:
Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The Mid-Day Magic ticket with Park Hopper Plus is an exception: It offers admission to the Disney water parks, miniature golf courses and the ESPN Wide World of Sports as well.
Though Mid-Day Magic tickets are available in both single-park and park-hopper options, the park-hopper option will come at an extra expense.
Like regular tickets, the price of a Mid-Day Magic ticket varies depending on which date you decide to visit the park, how many parks you want to visit in one day and how many days of admission you are buying.
Overall, here’s how the savings might look for a one-park-per-day Mid-Day Magic ticket (we checked the lowest prices available on the date of publication):
Number of days
Mid-Day Magic price per day
Regular price per day
Starting from $88 per day ($176 total)
Starting from $107 per day ($214 total)
Starting from $84 per day ($252 total)
Starting from $104 per day ($312 total)
Starting from $79 per day ($316 total)
Starting from $101 per day ($404 total)
When we compared the price of Mid-Day Magic tickets with regular tickets for a certain date, we found savings between 24% and 25%.
Note that buying Park Hopper tickets will add at least $70 to each ticket, and Park Hopper Plus will add $90 or more to the base price.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when opting for the Mid-Day Magic deal:
There are no child ticket prices for Mid-Day Magic tickets. Anyone ages 10 and up is considered an adult in Disney’s pricing structure.
These tickets are only available in two-day, three-day or four-day options.
Two-day tickets will expire four days after the selected start date of your park visit
Three-day tickets expire five days after the start date
Four-day tickets expire seven days after the start date
Mid-Day Magic ticketholders are not eligible for Morning Extra Magic Hours.
You can secure FastPass+ reservations with your Mid-Day Magic tickets, as long as you schedule the activities for after 12 p.m.
The bottom line
Disney ticket prices have become a major splurge for most families. New ticket options like Mid-Day Magic and Summer One World give park visitors a more affordable way to gain access to parks. These Mid-Day Magic tickets are great for the late-rising vacationers who aren’t interested in making it to the theme park gates at opening — though they may miss out on shorter morning lines and getting the most popular FastPasses for the rest of the day.
Still, the timing of this deal might help some guests be able to visit the brand new Star Wars-themed land during nonpeak days when many kids are back in school.
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