Disney World announces its 2019 Florida resident ticket deal

January 3, 2019, 11:36 AM · Walt Disney World's annual Florida resident ticket deal is back. The prices for these discounted tickets are up about 10 percent from last year's deal, but they still will save visitors up to 40 percent over buying Disney's regularly priced tickets for the same number of days.

The 2019 3-Day Discovery Ticket costs $175 plus tax, with an $32.50 upcharge to $207.50 plus tax to add the Park Hopper option. (It's another $25 on top of that, to $232.50 plus tax, for Park Hopper Plus to get the water parks, too... though I would question whether that would be the best use of this ticket.) The 4-Day ticket is $195 plus tax, with a $37.50 upcharge for Park Hopper, to $232.50 plus tax.

Walt Disney World last year switched to a new pricing system for its multi-day tickets, where the prices for those tickets vary by their first day of use. That does not apply to these Florida resident tickets, which are offered at a fixed price and without blockout dates.

The tickets may be bought now on Disney World's website, and you will have to show proof of Florida residency at the park's entrance to use the tickets. The tickets are valid through June 30 this year, and you can apply the entire price of the ticket to an annual pass if you do so before the ticket expires. Do that either through the My Disney Experience app or at any Disney ticket window or Guest Relations office.

Disneyland announced its annual ticket deal in November, and that one is no longer limited to residents of Southern California and northern Baja California in Mexico as it was in the past. (By the way, can we add "northern Baja" to the 'Jumbo Shrimp' Name Hall of Fame?) That deal expires in late May. (Update: And voila, here comes Disneyland's local residents only" ticket deal.)

Yesterday, Walt Disney World announced that it was moving its annual Free Dining deal up a couple of months, from fall into summer, as it looks to boost attendance in the months leading up to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge sometime next fall. Disneyland's new Star Wars land opens in the summer, so it is focusing its discounts and special events on the spring season, as it looks to balance attendance throughout the year.

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