Florida for Kids – Disney’s Summer Magic Ticket
I have lived in Florida for 31 years. Orlando is about an hour away from me. You’ll find the DIsney Empire (really, they have their own little town called Celebration) and its many parks. How many times have I been? Honestly, I couldn’t even count. I had one of those autograph books signed by every character imaginable. Most memorable had to be the Ninja Turtles and April…I was so stoked. That book is still lying around somewhere.
Since becoming an actual adult with bills and stuff, I’ve been to Disney one time that I can recall. I took my daughter once. It was hot. It was crowded. Most of all, it was expensive. Tickets run right around $100 per person for one park. They have little deals for add on days and sometimes Florida residents. Still though, the price is pretty hefty.
I can remember when Legoland came to town. This was 2011 and people in this area were stoked. I live between Tampa and Orlando, cool stuff is an hour away. Having an actual new theme park built in this area was a huge deal. Winter Haven, FL is on the map now. Sort of.
Anyway, as opening day drew closer, the residents were discussing tickets. The prices were announced somewhere in the ballpark of $65-$80. People. Were. Livid. That was either more or similar to the big parks around here – Universal, Disney, Busch Gardens… Our county was suffering horribly during the recession and people were very disappointed this park came with a huge price tag.
Disney’s Magic Ticket
Fast forward to 2017. A ticket to Disney is as follows: $118 per child, $124 per adult. That’s a single day ticket to one park A family of four would be spending over $400 for a single day’s admission. Gotttttt dang! I know a lot of people, especially with kids, who just can’t go. I don’t blame them at all. It’s a serious investment for a day of fun.
Alas, Disney has heard our cries for fun and money savings! For the 2017 summer, Disney has decided to offer tickets to 4 of their parks — Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, calling it the Magic Ticket. It’s not a park hopper ticket. The pass allows a visit to one park per day. Still, it’s a great deal, the only catch being you have to use them within 14 after the first visit (the same applies to all multi-day tickets).
Four Exciting Parks
The special ticket is priced at $296 per child, $316 per adult. You’re looking at a savings of $34 and $36, respectively. It may not sound like a lot but your average family of four will end up saving $140. That can pay for a lot of souvenirs. The Magic Tickets are available through Disney’s website. The special runs until July 30 with tickets valid until September 30, 2017 and applies to both Disney World in Orlando and Magic Kingdom in Anaheim.
I gotta say, growing up I loved the parks. I only recall visiting the Magic Kingdom and Epcot while stepping into MGM, now Hollywood Studios. This summer, I think I can brave the heat and crowds to take me and my kiddo to the parks. Most of all, I finally get to see Animal Kingdom (which I have been dying to go to) and actually check out whats inside Hollywood Studios.
When you finish these four parks, you’re gonna want to check out the other parks in nearby Tampa Bay. Make summer great again.