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2023 Disney World Florida Resident Tickets

You already know that Disney World theme park tickets are super expensive, and the price is always going up! But did you know that if you live in Florida you can pay way less than other guests? That’s why we made this guide to Florida Resident tickets!

Florida Resident Disney World Tickets

In this post, we will explain everything you need to know about Disney World Florida Resident tickets including all the various options, who is eligible to buy them, and how much they cost when compared to regular Disney tickets.

You’d be surprised to know how many people live in Florida and still don’t take advantage of the huge discounts that Disney offers simply because they don’t know about them.

When visiting Walt Disney World, our goal is to help save you as much money as possible and we’ll share with you the kind of savings you can expect to see with these tickets. We’ll show you how to choose between all the Florida Resident discounts to find the exact one right for you.

Disney World Florida Resident Tickets

Also, just because you live in Florida doesn’t mean you are automatically eligible for this special discount. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how to prove you are a Florida resident and what Disney looks for before letting you buy the tickets.

If you haven’t already, we highly recommend reading some of our other Disney World ticket guides which are very helpful in understanding the various ticket types and everything involved when you buy them.

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Overview of Disney World Florida Resident Tickets

Florida Resident Tickets Disney World and Magic Kingdom

If you’re not a frequent Disney World guest, but live in Florida, there is good news! You can get a fairly good discount by being a Florida resident, as long as you can prove it.

Disney regularly runs promotions through a dedicated site on their page showing you up-to-date discounts on their tickets by being a Florida resident. These deals are usually multi-day park passes that can save you sometimes upwards of 60% off. 

And since most annual passes are not currently for sale, this could present an outstanding deal for Floridians that want to save money on their visits to the parks. 

In this article, we will touch on all the particulars of ‘how’ to get these tickets, whether you are eligible, and the different promotions available to YOU right now.

(NEWS) Disney Weekday Magic Florida Resident Tickets Offer

Balloons over Main Street U.S.A. Magic Kingdom

Sometimes throughout the year, Disney will offer special Florida Resident deals that can save you even more money than the standard ones they run, and they just released a new one for 2023.

Starting on January 10, 2023, Disney is offering a 2, 3, and 4-Day Weekday Magic Florida Resident tickets for locals for dates of visit between January 10 and April 27, 2023.

The 2-day ticket cost $175 (Around $87.50 per day), the 3-day version cost $195 (Around $65 per day), and the 4-day option cost $215. (Around $53.75 per day). Tax must be added to all prices.

You can use these tickets at any one of the four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom). These tickets are only valid from Monday to Friday and are subject to some blackout dates as well.

Here is the list of blackout dates for the 2023 Florida Resident Disney Weekday Magic Tickets:

  • March 13 to March 17, 2023
  • April 3 to April 7, 2023
  • April 10 to April 14, 2023

Similar to the current Florida Resident tickets, these tickets also allow add-on upgrades at discounted rates for the park hopper option, water parks, and sports option, and the park hopper plus option.

  • Water Park and Sports Option: $35 more per ticket (plus tax)
  • Park Hopper Option: $40 more per ticket (plus tax)
  • Park Hopper Plus Option: $55 more per ticket (plus tax)

Naturally, these are great sellers, and many Florida residents will take advantage of this amazing offer, especially with Annual Pass choices limited. All adults will need to show proof of Florida residency to purchase this Weekday Magic ticket offer.

Last year, Disney ran a similar Weekday Magic Florida Resident ticket offer and you can see the price increase for this year’s offer. Prices have increased between $15-$25 each, depending on the ticket type. We’ll let you know if more dates are added or if prices change.

Types of Disney World Tickets for Florida Residents in 2023

Disney World Florida Resident Tickets

1-Day Tickets – Florida residents, unfortunately, do not get any discounts on 1-day tickets. However, they get significant discounts on add-ons for their 1-day park pass. They can add on either the park hopper, the park hopper plus, or the water parks and sports option at significant discounts from non-residents. 

2-Day Tickets (Not currently offered) – Earlier in the year Disney ran a 2, 3, and 4-day Weekday Magic Florida Resident Ticket. Park entry was limited to Mondays – Fridays. We will touch more on that later. 

3-Day Tickets – Simply put, this is a 3-day base ticket that is discounted. Typically, it is around 30% off the regular ticket prices, depending on the ticket prices for those days. Just like with all tickets now, they are all date-based and you have to input your dates before purchasing your tickets. 

You can add the park hopper, water park, and sports option, or the park hopper plus for a sizable discount as well. These tickets expire, just like regular tickets, after the final date of the range you selected at purchase.

Orange Bird 50th Anniversary Golden Statue

4- Day Tickets – A 4-day base ticket that is discounted. Similar to the 3-day tickets, the discount on the 4-day right now is about 40% off regular ticket prices, depending on the dates you select. 

You will also have the option to add the park hopper, water park, and sports option, or the park hopper plus for a discount. These tickets expire, just like regular tickets, after the final date of the range you selected at purchase. 

Florida Resident Annual Passes – Disney typically has 3 annual passes that are ONLY available for Florida residents, upon proof of Florida residency. These 3 annual passes, the Sorcerer Pass, the Pirate Pass, and the Pixie Dust Pass all have different rules and blackout dates. They all greatly differ in price as well. We will get into the specifics of these below.

Unfortunately at this point, only 1 (Pixie Dust Pass) is still available for new passholders and right now we have no idea when they are returning as Disney is keeping quiet on the subject.

Add-on Options

buying Disney World park tickets

When purchasing tickets, you’ll want to really think about whether it is worth it to purchase the add-on experiences. In many cases, as is the case this year, Disney greatly discounts these add-on experiences for Florida Residents often making it worth it! What exactly are the add-ons for Florida Residents? 

Park Hopper – This option allows you to visit any or as many of the (4) theme parks as you want in the course of the day. Just keep in mind, park hopping or visiting your 2nd park for the day can’t be done until after 2:00 pm. 

Park Hopper Plus – This option combines both of the other above options. You can park hop AND you can enjoy access to the water parks, and golf course, and play miniature golf on each day of your ticket.

Water Park & Sports – This option allows you to visit one of the two Disney water parks (Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach), play 9 holes of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, or play miniature golf on each day of your ticket. 

For instance, if you purchase a 3-day Florida Resident Disney Park pass with this option, you can visit one of the Disney water parks or play golf for 3 additional days. Just be sure to check when your ticket expires. Your expiration date depends on how many park admission days you purchase.

Prices for Florida Resident Tickets

Prices for Florida Resident Tickets and basket of Gems in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

If you’re a resident of Florida, you have several different existing options for visiting the theme parks at a discount. Keep in mind that all adults will need to show proof of Florida residency either at the gate upon first visiting or on the My Disney Experience site when purchasing your tickets. 

Here are the current prices for Disney World Florida Resident tickets *(Not Including Taxes):

1-Day Florida Resident Tickets

  • Base Ticket Price Range: $109 – $189 (Depending on the park and dates selected)
  • Park Hopper Price Range: $142 – $192
  • Park Hopper Plus Price Range: $162 – $212
  • Water Park and Sports Range: $144 – $194

3-Day Florida Resident Tickets

  • Base Ticket Price Range (PER DAY): $80 – $116 
  • Park Hopper Price Range (PER DAY):  $97 – $136
  • Park Hopper Plus Price Range (PER DAY): $101 – $140
  • Water Park and Sports Range (PER DAY): $96 – $132

4-Day Florida Resident Tickets

  • Base Ticket Price Range (PER DAY): $68 – $95 
  • Park Hopper Price Range (PER DAY):  $81 – $109
  • Park Hopper Plus Price Range (PER DAY): $84 – $112
  • Water Park and Sports Range (PER DAY): $79 – $105
choosing start date for Disney World tickets

In reality, buying a 1-Day Florida Resident Base ticket won’t save you any money, the only savings is when you purchase one of the add-ons like the park hopper option which right now is about $30 per ticket.

There is an even bigger discount with 3 and 4-Day tickets and you will save 30% on Base tickets plus an extra $45-$55 per ticket per day if you go for one of the Park Hopper add-ons.  

Keep in mind, even if you have tickets, you still need to make a theme park reservation on the Disney Park Pass system for the park you plan on visiting on that day.

Getting Discounted FL Discount Tickets through Ticket Resellers

Discount Disney World Tickets from Orlando Vacation

Besides purchasing discounted FL Resident tickets directly through Disney, you can also purchase them through select authorized ticket resellers such as Undercover Tourist for more savings. 

Just remember that all adults will still need to show proof of Florida residency at the park entrance.

Florida residents can also purchase discounted tickets for children 17 years and under, even if they don’t live in Florida. The adult/s just need to make sure they are present at the parks the first time the tickets are used to prove that they have residency in FL even if the child doesn’t.

1-Day Florida Resident Tickets

Disney World 1-Day Ticket Prices

Rarely does Disney ever offer substantial savings off of Base 1-Day tickets, even for Florida residents, but they do offer other incentives for Floridians which is the case in 2023 as well. 

Basics

The 1-Day Florida Resident ticket gives you entry into one of the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks for one day (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom).

Despite 1-Day base tickets still costing the same, whether you are a resident or not, they do offer savings on the add-on experiences. 

What that means is, purchasing the add-ons such as the: Park Hopper, Park Hopper Plus, or the Water Parks and Sports option will be significantly discounted for you. You will save around $30 per ticket.

Who Should Get this Pass

crowds walking through Animal Kingdom Africa

If you know for sure you will not be visiting the parks again and only need a 1-day ticket, purchasing a 1-day Florida Resident ticket could be worth it, although they are expensive. A 3 or 4-Day ticket is going to get you more value for your money per day.

For added value, purchasing one of the add-on experiences could be the best value considering you’ll be saving money on these experiences. This allows you to visit multiple parks on the same day. 

Or if you want to stretch out your trip, by purchasing the Water Park and Sports option you can visit the water parks or play golf on another day.

2-Day Florida Resident Tickets

*At this moment there are no current discounts for 2-Day tickets for Florida Residents.

3-Day Florida Resident Tickets

ceiling in China pavilion EPCOT

Right now, Disney is offering 3-day base tickets for Floridians that are typically around 30% of the regular cost of base price tickets. This of course is dependent on the time chosen, considering that Disney utilizes a date-based scheduling system to determine the price per day. 

Basics

The 3-Day Florida Resident ticket gives you entry into the Walt Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom) for 3 days.

This ticket comes as a base ticket but can easily be upgraded to add the park hopper option, park hopper plus, or the water park and sports option at an additional cost. When upgrading these tickets, they come at a greatly reduced discount to the normal amount for non-residents. 

These tickets expire at the end of the range selected for the days chosen upon checkout, so make sure to check our Disney World Tickets Expiration Guide to see how those are calculated.

Who Should Get this Pass

Walt Disney World Sign on highway

This ticket is for Floridians that only prefer to do a few days a year at the parks and don’t feel the need to get an annual pass. 3 days could be enough to fill your park void for the year. It is a nice discounted rate and if choosing to upgrade to the hopper option, you can easily get all the parks in. 

Just keep in mind these tickets expire and you can’t spread them out over the calendar year. Again, make sure you check the expiration date on the tickets when utilizing them.

4-Day Florida Resident Tickets

crowds of people entering Hollywood Studios

Just like the 3-day Florida Resident tickets, these park tickets are available at greatly reduced rates (40% less than the regular rates). The nice thing about the 4-day pass is you don’t necessarily need to add the park hopper option to see all four of the main Disney theme parks. 

Basics

The 4-Day Florida Resident ticket gives you entry into the Walt Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom) for 4 days.

For an added fee, these tickets can be upgraded to add the park hopper, park hopper plus, or the water park and sports option. If you decide to do so, you’ll save greatly over non-residents.

Who Should Get this Pass

dad in Carousel of Progress Magic Kingdom

Similarly to the 3-day pass, this could be a great option for Floridians that don’t feel they need an annual pass because they only want to visit the parks for a few days a year. Again, this is fine as long as you realize the days will all be close together and not spread out over months.

It could also be beneficial for those that enjoy doing weekend trips to the Orlando area or convention travelers that live in-state and have extra days around that time to spend in the parks.

It also might not be a bad idea for grandparents that live in Florida to purchase these tickets for young ones 17 and under that are traveling from out of state. As long as you enter the park with them and show your Florida residency, it’ll save your grandkids significant amounts of money.

Is the Park Hopper Option Worth it for Florida Residents?

Disney Vacation Planning Guide buses

A Florida Resident ticket for Disney World may or may not be worth it depending on your situation and how many days you plan on visiting the parks. 

If I’m getting a 1-day or a 3-day park pass, I’m most likely adding the park hopper option. For the reduced rate to add-on for Florida residents, it makes more sense than normal. 

If you are getting a 4-day pass, there isn’t as much of a need to get the park hopper option if planned properly. Because with a 4-day pass you could, even without the hopper option, still enjoy all 4 parks spread out over the 4 days if you so choose.

Read our Disney World Park Hopper Guide for more info on how it works as well as our best tips and tricks.

Florida Resident Annual Passes

Disney World Annual Pass

If you are a Florida resident and looking for something longer than just a 4-day ticket, Disney World offers Florida Resident Annual Passes which give you many more days to enjoy the parks, at a much lower price than normal.

Florida Residents have access to 4 different annual passes although only 3 are exclusively for Florida Residents. At this point, only one of them (Pixie Dust Pass) is currently available for new passholders and the other ones haven’t come back online up to this point. 

We’d imagine they will resume new sales shortly, hopefully very soon! Check out our Disney World Annual Pass Guide for more info on when that could happen.

The other 3 passes, the Sorcerer Pass, the Pirate Pass, and the Incredi-Pass are only eligible for existing passholders to renew each year if they already have one. 

A nice benefit of being a Florida resident is they allow for monthly install payments as opposed to lump sum payments for non-residents.

Each of the four Disney World Annual Passes has different perks and comes in at completely different price points. With the cheaper prices come more blackout dates.

With the more expensive pass comes more availability, in fact, it has zero blackout dates which means you can visit Walt Disney World any day of the year you like (as long as you get a Park Pass reservation). 

Keep in mind you must show proof of Florida residency to activate the 3 exclusive Florida Resident passes upon park entry for the first time. 

If you have an annual pass already and are looking to renew it, you can do so on the My Disney Experience app or website or at the theme park ticket booths at any one of the parks. 

Let’s look at an overview of each of the 4 different annual passes.

Sorcerer Pass

Sorcerer Pass Disney World Annual Passes

*(Not currently available for purchase)

The Sorcerer Pass is the most expensive and inclusive of the Florida Resident-Only annual passes. It is only available for Florida residents and DVC members.

It provides unlimited admission to all 4 of the theme parks while providing very few blackout dates (only 18 days) and it also includes free parking for the parks. 

With the Sorcerer Pass, the only real blackout dates would include the main holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. But make sure you check first park availability first, they occasionally will blockout other days. 

With the Sorcerer Pass, you can make up to 5 park reservations at any one time. Keep in mind, if you have Disney Hotel Reservations, you can have additional park reservations. (Based on how many nights you are staying at a Disney Hotel.)

Sorcerer Mickey Topiary 2022 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival

There are two different prices for each of the passes. A new passholder price and a renewal price, which means that you already are a passholder of this pass. Here are the prices including all taxes: 

  • New Passholder Sorcerer Pass price is $1,031.98 for all ages (3+) ($969 + tax)
  • Renewal Sorcerer Pass price is $813.66 for all ages (3+) 

Florida residents can choose to make install payments each month of $68 per month with $205 down. 

Renewals are slightly cheaper at about a 15% discount, making it more affordable to keep each year. If choosing to use the Florida Monthly Resident Monthly Program, Renewals would only cost $63 per month with 0% APR for the Sorcerer Pass. 

  • If choosing to add unlimited PhotoPass downloads, this can be added for an additional $105.44. 
  • Also, the Water Park and Sports Option, allowing for water park visits can also be added for an additional $105.44.

Pirate Pass

Pirate Pass Disney World Annual Passes

*(Not currently available for purchase)

The Pirate Pass is the middle-of-the-road annual pass that provides a nice balance between saving money and some blackout days and it is ONLY for Florida Residents. 

This pass also includes unlimited theme park admissions for the 4 main theme parks and you also get unlimited free parking here for free.

There are more blackout dates with the Pirate Pass (75), and these mostly consist of the main holidays and holiday weekends, and some additional Saturday’s throughout the year. As always, check Disney’s reservation site to see if there are additional blackout dates. Occasionally there are some other random ones as well. 

With the Pirate Pass, you can make 4 park reservations at one time. Similarly, if you have hotel reservations for one of the Disney parks, you get the ability to make additional reservations. (Based on how many nights you are staying in your resort.)

Skeleton Pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean

Here are the prices including all taxes.

  • New Passholder Pirate Pass price is $797.68 for all ages (3+) ($749 + tax)
  • Renewal Pirate Pass price is $632.61 for all ages (3+) 

Florida residents using the Florida Monthly Resident Program can pay in monthly payments of $45 per month with $205 down.

Renewals are slightly cheaper at about a 15% discount, making it more affordable to keep each year. Renewals would only cost $53 per month with 0% APR for the Pirate Pass. 

  • If choosing to add unlimited PhotoPass downloads, this can be added for an additional $105.44. Renewals would cost $90.52. 
  • The Water Park and Sports Option, allowing for water park visits can also be added for an additional $105.44.

Pixie Dust Pass

Pixie Dust Pass Disney World Annual Passes

The Pixie Dust Pass is the cheapest of the annual passes and it is specifically for Florida Residents ONLY. 

This pass includes unlimited theme park admissions for the 4 main theme parks. You also get unlimited parking here for free.

With the Pixie Dust Pass, the blackout dates are fairly extensive. In fact, there are 161 blackout dates which is almost half the year. They would include all the main holidays and holiday weekends AND all Saturdays and most Sundays as well. As always, check Disney’s reservation site to see if there are additional blackout dates. 

With the Pixie Dust Pass, you can only make 3 park reservations at one time. However, if you have hotel reservations for one of the Disney parks, you get the ability to make additional reservations. (Based on how many nights you are staying in your resort.)

Tinker Bell in Festival of Fantasy Parade

Here are the prices including all taxes. 

  • New Passholder Pixie Dust Pass price is $424.94 for all ages (3+)
  • Renewal Pixie Dust Pass price is $361.04 for all ages (3+) 

Florida residents choosing to use the Florida Monthly Resident Program can pay in monthly payments of $19 per month with $205 down. 

Renewals are slightly cheaper at about a 15% discount, making it more affordable to keep it each year. Renewals would only cost $31 per month with 0% APR for the Pixie Dust Pass. 

  • If choosing to add unlimited PhotoPass downloads, this can be added for an additional $105.44. Renewals would cost $90.52. 
  • The Water Park and Sports Option, allowing for water park visits can also be added for an additional $105.44.

Incredi-Pass

Incredi Pass Disney World Annual Passes

*(Not currently available for purchase)

The Incredi-Pass is the most expensive of the annual passes. It is not limited to Florida residents but is still available to them, in fact, this is also the only annual pass that out-of-state guests can purchase when it’s available. 

This pass also includes unlimited theme park reservations for the 4 main theme parks. You also get free unlimited parking with this pass at all the theme parks.

With the Incredi-Pass, the blackout dates are non-existent! You can visit the parks on any day of your choosing as long as you make a park reservation.

With the Incredi-Pass, you can make 5 park reservations at one time. Similarly, if you have hotel reservations for one of the Disney parks, you get the ability to make additional reservations. (Based on how many nights you are staying in your resort.)

Edna Mode 50th Anniversary Golden Statue Hollywood Studios

Here are the prices including all taxes. 

  • New Passholder Incredi-Pass price is $1489.93 for all ages (3+) ($1,399 + tax)
  • Renewal Incredi-Pass price is $1175.76 for all ages (3+) 

ONLY Florida residents can pay in monthly payments which cost $99 per month with $205 down. Out-of-state visitors that want to purchase the Incredi-Pass must pay the full amount upfront, the monthly payment plan is ONLY for Florida residents.

Renewals are slightly cheaper at about a 15% discount, making it more affordable to keep each year. For Florida residents choosing to use the Florida Monthly Resident Monthly Program, Renewals would cost $98 per month with 0% APR for the Incredi-Pass. 

  • If choosing to add unlimited PhotoPass downloads, this can be added for an additional $105.44. Renewals would cost $90.52. 
  • The Water Park and Sports Option, allowing for water park visits can also be added for an additional $105.44. Renewals would cost $90.52.

Perks for Passholders

Disney World Annual Passholder Entrance

In addition to receiving unlimited parking at all the theme parks for free, passholders also receive several other perks that make becoming a passholder even more advantageous for frequent visitors. 

This is the full list of annual passholder perks:

  • Room Discounts – Passholders will sometimes receive promotional offers on discounted rooms
  • Dining Discounts – A variety of restaurants and quick service snack locations will offer discounts of anywhere between 10-20% off 
  • Merchandise Discounts – Many Disney shopping locations will offer 20% off merchandise upon showing your annual pass
  • Free Parking – All Annual pass types entitle holders to free parking at all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks.
  • Sports and Recreation – Discounts on golf, renting bikes, boat rentals, and even massages can be given upon showing your annual pass 
  • Events and Entertainment – Park tours, additional ticketed events, and even Holiday shows are often discounted for passholders

For a full list of updated extras for passholders, check out the always-changing offers from Disney directly here.

Annual Pass Add-Ons

For each of the annual passes, there are additional add-ons that allow you to enjoy added perks for an extra cost. Add:

  • PhotoPass to any of the (4) types of annual passes for an additional $105.44. Renewals would cost $90.52 The PhotoPass allows you to collect photos and digital downloads of both pictures and videos for your trips. You will also receive discounts on prints and physical products.
  • The Water Park and Sports option which allows you to visit the water parks, the Oak Trail Golf Course, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the (2) Disney Miniature Golf courses for an additional $105.44. Renewals also would cost $90.52.

Florida Resident Annual Pass Payment Options

Starting back in 2010, Disney World began offering Florida residents a new opportunity to begin using a monthly payment program, making it more affordable for families that want to purchase annual passes. 

It can be done online with new annual passes or can be done for new annual passes and renewals at any Disney World ticket booth or Guest Relations location. To do it online, simply go to: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passes/renew/   

To take part in the program, you will need to set up an automatic payment program for the 12 months following an initial down payment (if you don’t want any interest or finance charges). You will need to use either a credit or a debit card. You can pay the minimum each month or you can pay off the balance as soon as you want.

How Does Disney Know You Are a Florida Resident?

Disney World Tickets booth Ticket and Transportation Center

So if Florida residents get such good deals on Disney World tickets, why doesn’t everyone just say they are a Florida resident? Because it’s not as easy as that, you have to prove you are a Florida resident.  

If you do not actually live in Florida full-time, you are not eligible for these tickets. So how do you prove it then?

To prove your Florida Residency, you’ll need to confirm that you have a Florida Residential Address. For each ticket or pass purchased for an adult over the age of 18, you’ll need to provide any of the following:

  • Valid Florida driver’s license with a valid Florida address
  • Florida state-issued ID with a valid Florida address
  • Florida-based military ID

Disney has made this easier and has allowed you to prove your residency online through Disneyworld.com or on the My Disney Experience app, rather than having to go to Guest Relations when you arrive at the parks. 

But what if you don’t have these things? 

Then you must provide one of the following (dated within the last two months):

  • Proof of Current Mortgage within the past 2 months 
  • Bills, Policies, or Registrations such as:
    • Homeowner’s insurance, automobile insurance bill, utility bill, etc
  • Mail from financial institutions or federal, state, county, or city agencies

Additional members of the same family only need to show proof that you have the same residential address. 

*P.O. Boxes are not accepted as proof of residency. You must show an actual Florida Residential address.

Blackout Dates for Florida Residents

Disney World Annual Pass Blockout Dates

For both Florida Annual Passes and the Florida Discounted 1, 3, and 4-day tickets, Disney has blackout dates. Make sure you are aware in advance of what the blackout dates are so that you don’t purchase a ticket that you won’t be able to use on the days you want to use it. 

Keep in mind that you will need to select the week during which you will use the tickets if you are purchasing the 1, 3, or 4-day ticketing plans for Florida residents. They will expire if you don’t use them before their expiration date, which will be shortly after the range of dates you selected.

As a rule, the cheaper resident passes or annual passes are subject to blackout dates which are usually the more popular days to visit the parks (ex. Weekends & Holidays). If you are interested in visiting any of these days make sure your ticket allows you to during those times.

How to Buy Your Florida Resident Disney Tickets

How to decide to buy Disney World park tickets

To get Florida Resident tickets, follow these steps:

STEP 1: Create a Disney account or sign into your My Disney Experience app.

  • Listing your Florida address will automatically inform you that you can get Florida resident discounts on ticket purchases

STEP 2: Figure out exactly what park ticket you want. Do you want the 1-day, 3-day, or 4-day ticket? Do you want to add a park hopper? Do you want the water parks and sports option?

STEP 3: Next, purchase your tickets either through Disney directly, or another authorized seller of Disney tickets such as Undercover Tourist

  • Look at the Reservation Calendar first to make sure your dates have availability
  • Keep in mind not all authorized Disney ticket sellers can get you the Florida Resident discounts. You’ll be prompted to select the dates on which you plan on attending the parks. 

STEP 4: Before checkout, you’ll be asked to prove your Florida residency. Make sure you have your documentation ready to upload to be able to receive your discount! 

STEP 5: After you purchase your tickets, now it is time to make your Disney Park Pass reservations. To do this, simply:

  • Log in to your Disney or My Disney Experience account. Create your party with the “Friends and Family” list. You’ll be able to connect with everyone easily in your group. 
  • Choose the dates on which you want to visit each park. Review the reservation and then confirm it. Once it’s confirmed, you’ll be able to see all your reservations in ‘My Plans.’ Don’t worry, you can change and adjust the park reservations later if you need to, assuming there is still availability. 

To get the Florida Resident discounts, you can purchase them directly through Disney here or if you need more help, with an Authorized Disney Travel Agent like Show You the World Travel.

How to Decide Which Florida Resident Ticket is Right for You?

Tap point at Disney World Tickets

When deciding which Florida Resident you should purchase, the most important thing to figure out is how many days you reasonably want to visit the parks. This will decide if you need one of the smaller Florida resident tickets like a 3 or 4-Day ticket or an annual pass.

In our opinion: 

Get the 1-day Florida Resident ticket IF:

  • You know for a fact you’ll only be visiting the parks one day and on a specific day AND you want to take advantage of the park hopping option to purchase this option at a discounted rate. 

Get the 3-day Florida Resident ticket IF:

  • You want to go to the parks multiple times in a short period. If you have family visiting or you are taking a weekend trip to the Orlando area. 

Get the 4-day Florida Resident ticket IF:

  • You want to visit all 4 Disney Parks in a short period. This is ideal if you are in the Orlando area and have several days to visit the parks. 

Keep in mind that these tickets will expire after the range you selected at checkout! They all have expiration dates. 

Annual Pass – Typically, we don’t recommend people consider annual passes unless they do the math and know they plan on spending enough days in the parks in a given 365 days. 

For Florida residents, deciding to purchase an annual pass allows for far more leniency. It allows you to stretch out your visits, and if planned carefully, it can financially be worth it as opposed to the shorter Florida resident ticketing plans like the 1, 3, or 4-day discounted Florida tickets that are currently for sale.

Buying Florida Resident Tickets for Others

Tree of Life Animal Kingdom

What if you live in Florida but have friends or family that don’t live there? Can you buy them Disney World tickets with a Florida resident discount?

Disney’s policies state that every adult ticket requires proof of Florida residency, but for those under the age of 18 and not under the ‘adult’ tag, it can be a great idea! For instance, if you live in Florida and you want to purchase Florida Resident tickets for your grandchildren that are 17 or under, you can!

Just keep in mind that YOU (as the Florida resident), would need to show proof of Florida Residency upon the first activation of the tickets at the gate. 

If on the other hand, you want to buy tickets for adults who live out of state, you are not allowed to do this under Disney’s rules and they will not be permitted entry to the theme parks.

Optional Add-Ons

When purchasing your tickets, some additional add-on experiences are worth considering to make your trip even more special. But they do cost extra. Let’s touch on these.

MagicBands

MagicBands are watch-looking devices that one wears on either wrist and give you extra features in the parks. They typically cost anywhere between $20 and $50 each and come in a plethora of different Disney-themed designs.

MagicBand+ styles and designs

They are used for a variety of different things to make your life simpler! Things such as:

  • Unlocking hotel doors to access your Disney Resort Room
  • Entering the theme parks
  • Purchasing things throughout the parks or anywhere around the Walt Disney World Resort
  • And much much more!

They simply connect to your credit or debit card to make purchases. They are assigned a PIN that you can create to make purchases. 

Guests are not required to use a MagicBand, and if you don’t have one, Disney will give you a Key to the World Card that stores your information instead.

Read our Guide to MagicBand+ for more info on the latest version, including all the new features guests can use like gesture recognition, colored lights, and interactive games they can use them in the parks.

Genie+

Phoenicians scene Spaceship Earth EPCOT

Genie+ at Disney World is basically the new version of the old FastPass+. It’s a paid service that costs $15 per person per day and allows you to get on rides faster and with minimal wait times. 

You simply purchase Genie+ each morning that you are going to be in the parks and would like to use it, directly through the My Disney Experience app.

Once purchased, you can make and reserve ride reservations simply. You’ll be given a ‘Return Window’ where you can enter the ‘Lightning Lane’ ride queue with little wait. You can ride and then reserve ride after ride over the day. 

We’ve written a lot on Genie+ and our views on whether Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes are worth it. Click here for my thoughts.

Individual Lightning Lanes

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Nova ship EPCOT

Individual Lightning Lanes are a paid a-la-carte experience that allows you to pay additional money for certain attractions on the My Disney Experience app. The rides that are available for purchase with Lightning Lanes are typically the newest and most popular attractions in Walt Disney World. 

Those that purchase Individual Lightning Lane attractions do NOT need to also purchase Genie+ but they can if they choose. The prices of individual attractions can range from $7 to $17 per person. 

Check out our full post on Individual Lightning Lanes at Disney World where we show you how to use it and if it is really worth the extra money.

Florida Resident Tickets vs. Other Discounted Disney Tickets

Discounted Disney World Tickets

The savings on Florida Resident Tickets in almost every instance is going to beat other discounted tickets. While you can save some money purchasing multi-day tickets through some of the authorized Disney ticket sellers, they won’t reach 30-40% off like the Florida Resident Tickets routinely do. 

If you are a Florida Resident and also a member of the military, the military discounts are worth looking into as a comparison tool. They can sometimes be close or in some instances, work better for your family.

Read our Guide to Discounted Disney World Tickets for more detailed info and where to buy them.

Other Current Disney World Deals for Florida Residents

Grand Floridian Resort dock near Seven Seas Lagoon

Florida Residents frequently get access to several other deals, including Disney World hotel discounts.

Current Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Discount

In the current offer, Florida residents are able to save between 10%-20% on hotel rooms at select Disney Resorts on most Sunday through Thursday nights from January 2, 2023, to April 30, 2023,

Proof of Florida residency is required at check-in.

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Savings is based on the non-discounted price a non-Florida resident pays for the same room.
  • Length of stay requirements may apply.
  • Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts, and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: 3-Bedroom Villas and The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
  • Valid admission and a theme park reservation are required to enjoy theme parks and special events and are not included in this offer.

They frequently run other kinds of promotions so check out our list of the Best Disney World Resorts for ideas on where to stay.

Other Discounts

filet at Topolino's Riviera Resort

To save money on food, Disney previously offered something called “Tables in Wonderland” for an additional cost (an extra $150 or so) which gave a 20% discount on Food and Beverage (including alcohol) for the cardholder and 9 other guests. 

This was a fantastic discount program and the only discount that Disney had on getting discounts on alcohol. Unfortunately, Disney has not resumed this program since the parks closed in 2020. We are still holding on to hope that this program resumes! 

Recently, they also ran a Florida Resident deal on visiting the Disney World Water Parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach) for $69 plus tax in the summer of 2022. 

Keep an eye on these deals, they frequently run promotions scattered throughout the year.

FAQs

Are Disney World Annual Passes Only for Florida Residents?

Typically, no. Disney World Annual Passes are available to guests from anywhere to buy without geographic restrictions. However, the only annual pass currently for sale is the Pixie Dust Pass, which is only for Florida Residents. 

Generally, Disney has 4 different annual passes, and 3 of those passes are specifically for Florida residents with 1 of them being for out-of-state guests AND Florida residents.

BB-8 Rise of the Resistance in Galaxy's Edge

Does a Florida Resident Have to be Present for Disney Tickets?

Yes. To utilize a Florida Resident Discounted Ticket upon first entry, a Florida resident needs to show proof of residency at the gate along with valid ID.

Are there Discounts at the EPCOT Festivals for Florida Residents?

No, there are no discounts at the EPCOT festivals such as the Food and Wine Festival, Flower and Garden, or Festival of the Arts. Previously, Disney would run promotions after certain times of the day for Florida Residents so they can take advantage of the festivals. 

These discounts have not been re-introduced since the start of the date-based ticketing system and we highly doubt that they will for a long, long time.

Can a Florida Resident Bring a Guest to Disney World?

No, at least not for free. All guests need a valid park pass admission and a park reservation to enter any of the 4 Disney World Theme Parks.

riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Magic Kingdom

Can I Combine a Florida Resident Discount with Another One?

No. Florida resident discounts cannot be combined with other discounts, you must choose one or the other. And in almost every instance, Florida Resident Discounts are the best.

Review the different discounts first, just to make sure the one you are choosing saves the most money.

Is Disneyland Cheaper if You Are a Florida Resident?

Unfortunately, Disneyland tickets are not cheaper if you are a Florida resident. In the past, they’ve run special promotions to visit both parks at a discount for Florida residents, but they are not offering them at this time.

Ways to Get Discounts for Non-Florida Residents

Disney World Tickets booth

If you’re NOT a Florida resident, how can you save money? Here are our favorite ways:

  1. Take advantage of the Advanced Purchase Discount Ticket purchases of 3 days or longer will save $21.30 when purchased in advance online or over the phone
  2. Use an authorized Disney ticket reseller Ones such as Orlando Vacation (Use Promo Code Ziggy2022 for even more savings) or Undercover Tourist can give you big savings. They will normally save on average $30-$60 on multi-day tickets per person as opposed to buying directly from Disney. 
  3. Stay longer Per day prices drop significantly the longer you stay. 1-day base tickets can cost upwards of over $150 (on busier days) per day whereas 10-day tickets can work out to less than $60 a day. 
  4. Utilize your days in each park Rather than getting a park hopper, get a base ticket and use your days in each individual park. If you are tired, leave the park in the heat of the day and return to the same park later in the evening. 
  5. Adjust your dates Consider coming when park passes are cheaper such as January, February, August, or September. This could save families hundreds of dollars on tickets alone, let alone on hotels and flights. 
  6. Adjust your starting date Disney Park ticket prices are based on your “Starting Date.” If you’re starting date is set to a Saturday, the cost of your tickets could be more expensive. Adjust the range of when you can use your tickets. Change the starting date to potentially a day or two before your initial date and see if that drops the price. 
  7. Take your kids before they turn 3 Kids under 3 are free so do you really need another reason to go? 

These are some of our favorite ways to save money on Disney World tickets and they should help you no matter what your budget is!

Need More Help?

Imagination Pavilion fountain lit at night in EPCOT

If after all this you have more questions about Florida Resident annual passes and you would like someone to help you book them, we recommend Rene Cittadino and her amazing team of authorized Disney travel planners at Show You the World Travel.

Reach out to them for a free quote on any Disney tickets or Disney Vacation packages and they will do everything possible to make your trip a dream come true. Plus they are FREE to use and do all the heavy lifting for you planning your trip! Tell them Ziggy sent you! 🙂

You can Request a Free Quote Here.

That wraps up our article on Disney World Florida Resident tickets and how to get them. Hopefully, that gives you some good ideas on how you can save money on your next trip.

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Your Thoughts

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  • Which ticket do you think is the best deal?
  • What additions would you like to see made to the Florida Resident tickets?

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Saturday 3rd of December 2022

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Saturday 3rd of December 2022

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