Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Will I Be Happy with Base Tickets?

By: Jenna

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It’s time to book your Disney tickets and you’re faced with two main options: Base Tickets or Park Hoppers. What should you choose?

This is one of those topics that everyone has a different opinion. You’ve heard from Lindsey about the Park Hopper option and today I’m giving you all the deets on the Base Ticket.

At this time in our life, we are base ticket kind of people. Not only are they more affordable, but we find that with toddlers, it’s the option that is best suited for us.

What’s the difference? With a base ticket you can enter one park per day, as many times as you’d like. So, let’s say you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom but you want to head back to the hotel for a nap. No problem. After your rest you are able to re-enter the park using the same base ticket. However, if you wanted to switch things up and head to Epcot that afternoon, you would need the park hopper.

My kids were three and four when we visited in December 2013. We knew that, for us, we wouldn’t be able to do more than one park in a day - it would overwhelm them, and probably us! We were so glad that we went with base tickets for that trip.

We’re headed back in November 2014 and they will be almost four (his birthday is the following week) and almost six (in January). I’ve planned out each day of our trip based around one park, which was really easy to do. Since I took the time to plan out our whole schedule, the base tickets will work great for us again.

Does that mean we will always be base ticket people?
Yes and no.

In November of 2015 we will be taking another Disney trip, but this time with my family. For that trip I will likely do Park Hoppers. Pleasing a big group of people is a lot harder than making decisions for my family of four! I doubt I could plan everyone's schedules based around a single park per day and keep everyone happy. I will be planning 99% of the trip for everyone, but I’m sure they’d all appreciate the ability to do something different if they want!

We’re hoping to be there during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival which is a perfect example of why we would need Park Hopper’s for that trip. If we wanted to spend the morning at Magic Kingdom but pop over to eat our way around the festival at night, then that is the ticket we would need!

Both ticket options are great; you just have to weigh the pros and cons for your family and find which one is best for you! In either case, be sure to check out
our post on how to SAVE on Disney tickets!

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