Orlando Theme Park Ticket Offers

Exploring all the theme parks isn’t cheap even with some great deals specifically for the UK market. You can still save a little more money by following my tips below

Disney Tickets

Visiting Disney is never going to be cheap. The current UK exclusive ticket offering is Disney’s ‘Ultimate’ Ticket. Disney simplify their pricing with Ultimate tickets which include almost everything you need.

Universal & Seaworld

Visiting Universal and other parks in the Orlando area is cheaper the more parks you add but only if you are going to be making the most of your time in each of your chosen parks. Don’t add a park on “just in case”.

Legoland

Legoland’s tickets are more simplified but quite expensive compared to the rest. You can add a ticket to others to create a bespoke package but without much discount. Tickets for Legoland are for one or two days maximum.

  • Walt Disney World Ultimate Ticket 29% 29%
  • Universal / Seaworld / Busch Gardens Combo 27% 27%
  • Legoland 44% 44%

Relative Cost Of Visiting Orlando’s Theme parks

Finding the best value you need to figure out the daily cost of each theme park visit.  When you break down the cost of each ticket package the most expensive park might surprise you.

Disney is the most expensive in terms of monetary cost, but depending on your time of visit can work out as low as £30 per day. If you want to visit every theme park a combo ticket package that includes Universal, Seaworld and Busch Gardens comes in a shade under Disney on a per-day cost making them the best value.

The most expensive park is currently Legoland because they only offer a 2-day park ticket where all other parks are based on 14 days unlimited entry. You are looking, on average, £45 per day to visit Legoland Florida.

Disney’s Ultimate Tickets

Disney’s Ultimate Tickets are expensive but no other theme park ticket gives you as much as these do

Multi Park Entry

Disney tickets are very expensive but they include a set amount of days  admission to 4 world-class theme parks; Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Two water parks, a round of golf and entry to Wide World Of Sports is also included as standard.

Fastpass+ & Magic Your Way Built In

UK tickets have Fastpass+ and Memory Maker service included.  Reserve your spot on favourite attractions up to 60 days in advance.  Ride photos, Disney Photopass and dining photos are stored in a digital vault for you to download when you arrive home. The separate cost for Fastpass+ and Memory Maker is $199 for US tickets.

Park Hopping

All UK tickets allow park hopping as standard. This allows you to start off your day in one park before heading to another. Very handy if you want to spend a chilled day in a waterpark before catching the nightly fireworks in another park.

Free Disney Resort Transport

UK tickets allow unlimited use of the Disney World transportation system for as long as the ticket is valid. This includes monorail, buses, ferries and Disney’s very own cable car system. US-based tickets need to have the park hopper extension to be able to use these. Disney transport is a very handy way of getting around if you don’t want to drive.

Demand Based Pricing

What is demand based pricing and should you be worried about it?

What Is Demand-Based Pricing?

Traditionally ticket prices have been determined by the length of your stay ranging from 1 to 21 days.  Disney has simplified its ticket offerings over recent years now offering durations of 7, 14 or 21 nights. Demand-based pricing brings in another factor to the ticket cost, the time of year you visit based upon demand. Prices can fluctuate by up to $10 per person per day.

Demand Based pricing And Ultimate Tickets

Demand-based pricing only affects US tickets for now. If you want to wait until after you leave the UK to get your tickets you need to check Disney’s pricing calendar to get an idea of what you will pay.  Pre-purchased tickets in the UK currently are only based on the year of your travel. You must activate your ticket on or by 31st December of the year for which they were purchased.

Warning Signs

If a ticket broker specifically asks for your travel dates they could be US-based operators selling US ticket packages to a UK audience. 

Be extra vigilant what is included in the ticket package before you purchase. If your ticket package includes a day at Discovery Cove near Seaworld, you will have to specify the day of your visit due to the daily cap of 1300 people at this all inclusive day retreat.

Other Park Tickets

Many ticket brokers bundle other theme parks together into one price. The name will vary but Flexiticket is popular because of a historical product that did exactly this but is sadly no longer available. The more parks you add the cheaper the cost of daily entry becomes.

Other parks may not have a lot of the perks of Disney’s Ultimate Ticket package without paying extra but they makes up for a lack of perks with all out adrenaline. Pound for pound you won’t find more adrenaline that you can get with this ticket package.

The Flexiticket can encompass up to 6 parks spread between 2 giants of the themed entertainment business, Universal Parks And Resorts & Seaworld Parks And Entertainment.  You can opt to take some parks out to make the tickets cheaper.

The 6 parks that can be included are:

  • Universal Studios Florida
  • Universal’s Islands Of Adventure
  • Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • Seaworld Adventure Park Orlando
  • Aquatica By Seaworld
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

 

Flexiticket Perks

Flexiticket may be light on perks compared to Disney but it stands out as one of the best value theme park tickets anywhere

Unbeatable Value

14 days consecutive admission for the price of little more than 3 days on a standard ticket.  Throw in free parking at 2 of the 4 main parks and free transport to Busch Gardens, this ticket is hard to beat.

Free Parking At Seaworld & Busch Gardens

Free parking with UK Seaworld & Busch Gardens tickets saves $20/day with this new perk which can add up to a nice saving for repeated visits.

14 Consecutive Days

Don’t  worry about how many days you have used and how many you have left. You are issued separate tickets for that have 14 consecutive days unlimited admission.

Busch Gardens Express - CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

Book your space on the phone or online, quote your ticket number and relax for the short one hour trip west to Tampa Bay.

Cutting The Cost Of Tickets

With tight margins and everyone selling the same product, to cut the cost of tickets you sometimes have to be ruthless

Be Ruthless

Stop shopping around for cheaper prices because they aren’t going to happen. The biggest impact you can have on the cost is to cut out a park or 2.  If you only want to see one or 2 attractions in a certain park, is a ticket really justified? If you are lucky enough to be planning a return trip don’t try and do too much on your first visit.

Disney Savings

You may find the odd sale on dotted throughout the year such as adults at kids prices which saves a nominal £20ish per adult but the biggest savings for Disney are up to a year in advance. Free Dining is a popular promotion but, for the past couple of years at least, it has finished early November at the latest for the following years tickets.

Ticket Bundle Offers

Ticket brokers like to dress up their offerings with different names and headline savings.  In short, they are all selling the same product at roughly the same price.  Be wary of value added offers such as shopping/restaurant vouchers or free entry to midway attractions. If they don’t add value for your trip keep looking for the cheapest alternative package.

Recommended Ticket Brokers

All the brokers below have official arrangements with the parks to sell UK ticket packages

Attraction Tickets

Formerly known as Attraction Tickets Direct, these guys are one of the largest UK based ticket brokers providing consistently some of the best value packages you can find

Florida Tix

A sister site to Attraction Tix specialising in all things Florida based. These guys aren’t always the cheapest but they do receive good feedback.

American Attractions

These guys claim to be the cheapest but always double check.  Standard delivery is a disappointing 14 days but you can pay for faster delivery.

Orlando Attractions

These guys are US based but authorised to sell official UK ticket bundles. If you’re short on time they offer local pickup from their office near Disney World.

Orlando Attraction Tickets

Hampshire based agents, now part of usrentacar.co.uk. They have a long list of awards and give away a lot of extras if you will make use of them.

The Fine Print

Always make sure you know the booking conditions of the agent you choose. The rules below are fairly standard practice

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Cancellations

Circumstances change, ticket brokers recognise that and they try to be accommodating.  Tickets can be cancelled but a charge will be applied, usually a percentage of the total value that increases closer to your departure date .  Make sure you are aware of these costs before you book so there are no nasty surprises.

 

My Disney Experience

All pre-departure Fastpass+ and dining reservations are done through the My Disney Experience App or Disney World website. In order to use the app you have to be in possession of real tickets, not vouchers.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once your Disney tickets are linked to your Disney account they are not able to be cancelled or refunded.

Changing Your Visit Date

If your plans change and the dates of your trip change accordingly remember that any UK ticket package you purchase are valid for the year you indicate you wish to use them. Make sure you pick the right year before purchasing!  As long as your dates move within that year you shouldn’t have to notify anyone.  Example: Tickets purchased for 2021 have to have had their first use on or by 31st December 2021. 

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