New 4-Park No Reservations Discount Disney World Ticket for Summer & Fall 2023
Walt Disney World has introduced a new special offer on 4-Day, 4-Park tickets which will not require theme park reservations and will be discounted. This shares details about the deal and whether it’s too good to be true, plus our commentary about why it’s being offered and whether it makes sense to buy. (Updated May 23, 2023.)
Starting today, you can purchase the 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket for $99 per day plus tax. In total, that comes to $396 before tax ($421.74 after tax). This special ticket offers one day of admission to each of the four theme parks for a total of 4 admissions, on 4 separate days. No Disney Park Pass theme park reservations are needed for the 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket.
The 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket is valid for admission June 1, 2023 through September 29, 2023 and is subject to blockout dates from July 1 to July 4 and September 1 to September 4, 2023. This ticket must be used within 7 days of first use or by September 29, 2023, whichever comes first. You can buy via DisneyWorld.com or at an even deeper discount via Get Away Today, which offers an exclusive discount to readers of this site–enter promo code DTB23 at checkout for an extra $5 off this 4-Park Magic Ticket! The ticket is also offered by travel agents, other authorized third parties, etc.
4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket Important Details:
- The 4-Park Magic Ticket includes one admission to each of the Walt Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park) for a total of 4 admissions, on 4 separate days.
- Limit one admission per theme park, and one theme park per day. Ticket may not be used to enter the same theme park more than once. (Note: this is Disney’s official verbiage, but we assume you’ll be able to exit and reenter the same park on the same day–so midday breaks should still be fine with this.)
- All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable, and exclude activities/events separately priced.
- Admission is subject to capacity closures and other restrictions.
- The 4-Park Magic Ticket is subject to blockout dates from July 1 to July 4, and September 1 to September 4, 2023. Ticket is not valid for admission on blockout dates.
- Ticket expires within 7 days of first use or on September 29, 2023, whichever occurs first.
- Parks, attractions and other offerings are subject to availability, closures and change or cancellation without notice or liability. Admission to a theme park is not guaranteed.
If the this 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket sounds vaguely familiar, you have a great memory, because it isn’t exactly brand new. The last time Walt Disney World released this special offer was on February 26, 2020 with the ticket itself valid through June 30, 2020.
Back then, it was called the 4-Day, 4-Park Discover Ticket. Given the limited time it was actually on sale and how few days during that window that the Walt Disney World theme parks were even open, it’s probably fair to say that not many fans took advantage of that deal.
It also was significantly different. Back in 2020, the Discover Disney tickets could be used on both consecutive and non-consecutive days, anytime between the start date and June 30. Most significantly, they were only available for Florida residents, and the 4-day Discover Disney Ticket cost $49 per day plus tax or $195 total, or $175 for the 3-day Discover Disney tickets.
At that time, the Discover Disney ticket was marketed as being the perfect option for a “4-day long, fun-filled weekend itinerary” for guests visiting from out of town areas like Miami and Jacksonville. Alternatively, there was a multi-month itinerary aimed at locals in Orlando and Tampa, with an emphasis on seasonal events in EPCOT and Animal Kingdom, and new additions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Walt Disney World even included sample itineraries in its marketing of these tickets.)
In terms of commentary, this is a savvy move by Walt Disney World. It should be apparent from the deal description, but in case not, this 4-Day & 4-Park ticket prevents its purchasers from spending multiple days in Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s one day at each and every Walt Disney World theme park with no option to purchase Park Hopping or any other add-ons that are normally available even with special tickets (such as Florida resident tickets).
In the past, the company has used theme park reservations to limit access to Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, redistributing attendance and push people towards Animal Kingdom and EPCOT to increase the utilization of those parks and normalize numbers across all four parks. That was an instance of the infamous “yield management” approach discussed by executives on earnings calls and in interviews.
It’s a somewhat similar idea here. If left to their own devices, tourists would not visit Animal Kingdom and EPCOT in the same numbers or with the same frequency as Magic Kingdom (also known simply as “Disneyworld” to many casual guests) or Disney’s Hollywood Studios (aka “The Star Wars Park” or “The One With All the ‘Big’ Rides and New Stuff”). The 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket essentially accomplishes that, with its purchasers spending 25% of their vacation days at each park.
As for the “why?” of this 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket being released right as summer tourist season should be starting, we’re not going to belabor the point made in today’s previous post about V.I.Passholder Days, but suffice to say, pent-up demand is finally exhausting itself and there are signs of softness on the horizon for Walt Disney World. We’ve mentioned repeatedly that Walt Disney World already has released 14 different discounts for 2023, which is more than were available for the entirety of last year.
Just last week on the company’s earnings call, CFO Christine McCarthy warned of a slowdown at Walt Disney World in the coming quarters to soften the blow to investors. This wasn’t news to us–it’s already happening! We’ve been discussing the higher than normal post-spring break attendance drops in Sharp Shoulder Season Slowdown at Walt Disney World and Low Pre-Summer Crowds at Walt Disney World.
As for whether we’d recommend the 4-Park Magic ticket deal for Walt Disney World visitors, that depends. First, are you currently planning on visiting all four theme parks? Do you intend upon spending an entire day at each of them? Would you skip the Park Hopper option?
If the answer to all 4 of those questions is yes, then buying this ticket is absolutely the right decision for you. If you’re on a tight budget and a vacation to Walt Disney World is already stretching your vacation dollars, then this ticket offer also probably makes sense if it fits pretty with your vacation parameters or is “close enough.”
In pricing out Walt Disney World tickets, it should be fairly obvious that the 4-Park Magic ticket is a good deal–and that’s even as compared to discounts offered by authorized third party ticket sellers. As compared to front gate prices, this is a tremendous savings on admission–over $100 per person.
Accordingly, if you’re a bottom dollar kind of visitor and this works within your Walt Disney World vacation plans, it’s a pretty open and closed case. You should buy the 4-Park Magic Walt Disney World ticket–it’s a good to great promo for your circumstances. It’s rare to see this deep of discounts offered to the general public on tickets, and it’s a really attractive offer even considering the “catch.”
Another great use case that’s discussed in the comments below is for those who are planning to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in August or September 2023. Keep in mind that MNSSHP attendees are allowed to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm with purchase of admission to that separately-ticketed special event.
With this 4-Park Magic ticket plus Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets, you could do morning and early afternoon at Animal Kingdom, and then bounce over to Magic Kingdom at 4 pm for MNSSHP. Or, you could do Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on a different day completely, enjoying pool time or Disney Springs on your MNSSHP morning. Either way, you’d be able to spend 1.5 days at Magic Kingdom! (From that perspective, the savings offered by this 4-Day, 4-Park Disney Magic ticket also makes it easier to justify the high cost of MNSSHP.)
In short, there are many use cases for the 4-Day, 4-Park Disney Magic Ticket. However, it’s not for everyone, and we would encourage those who are on the fence to give it more thought and consider whether the savings are enough to overcome this ticket’s shortcomings. As with everything, there’s no one-size-fits-all advice when it comes to Walt Disney World, but this is not a ticket that we would personally purchase or recommend to most first-timers or infrequent visitors.
As explained in our Money-Saving Guide to Walt Disney World Tickets, we are huge Park Hopper fans and advocates. That’s one of the first and highest-priority splurges we’d recommend making, even if it comes at the expense of table service meals, Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, or just about anything else. That’s especially true for those with fewer days at Walt Disney World. (Not so much for parents with small children or anyone else who realistically won’t spend all day in the parks.)
Although all of them can be full-day parks, we struggle with recommending that first-timers spend 25% of their vacation time at Animal Kingdom. This might upset its staunchest advocates–and we have come around to view DAK as a full-day park–but it’s very difficult to argue that the average first-time visitor is going to want to spend the same amount of time at Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom.
Realistically, that’s just not a good allocation of time for most people. This isn’t just our bias or personal preferences–there are stats to support it. For one thing, Animal Kingdom sees millions fewer annual guests than Magic Kingdom. For another thing, wait times show that Animal Kingdom crowds arrive late and leave early. (There’s a reason Animal Kingdom is the next park that’s earmarked for expansion.)
When it comes to Animal Kingdom, the ‘average’ guest is rolling up at around 10 am and leaving before 3 pm. The average first-timer can certainly spend more time at DAK, but you could easily arrive at opening (or better yet, for Early Entry) and leave fully satisfied at 1 pm, get to Magic Kingdom right at 2 pm, and still have a chance at the afternoon TRON Lightcycle virtual queue.
This is an illustrative example, and admittedly the most extreme one. With that said, we also favor splitting up both EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios into two half-days, but it’s much easier to fill an entire single day at them.
The salient point is that if you’re a first-timer with 4 days at Walt Disney World, you should spend at least 1.5 of those days at Magic Kingdom. Allocating the same number of days to both ‘kingdom’ parks is an inefficient use of time, and money is equally valuable (if not more so) to time for many people on vacation.
However you split up the rest of the time between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes down to personal preference, and there are arguments for and against excessive Park Hopping. (It does “waste” time, but much of that time is spent on novel transportation systems like the Skyliner or FriendShip boats, which are some of the best non-attraction attractions in all of Walt Disney World!)
Finally, you should not ascribe any value to not having to make Disney Park Pass reservations. Many Walt Disney World fans have become vehemently anti-theme park reservations, and for good reason. It’s another unnecessary layer of friction, source of stress, and so forth. Walt Disney World has already announced reservations are being retired for most ticket types in 2024, and this is essentially a “sneak peek” at that.
However, you should not be willing to pay more for the “peace of mind” of bypassing park reservations in Summer 2023. It’s a red herring or illusory perk. As of right now, every single day for the remainder of 2023 is green on the reservation calendar. If the rumors of a significant summer slowdown are accurate–reinforced with each new special offer like this one–reservations are going to be ample throughout Summer 2023.
It’s great that Walt Disney World is (finally) getting rid of reservations, but we would pay exactly $0 extra to have “early access” to this perk. At least, for Summer 2023. The calculus would be different if this were offered for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and NYE, but that’s not the case. The point is that making and modifying reservations might be a slight chore this summer, but it shouldn’t be an actual problem like the past couple of years.
If Walt Disney World offered a ticket or Annual Pass type that had unrestricted Park Hopping…now THAT is a perk for which we might be willing to pay extra! (Not to give them any ideas or anything…hopefully the 2 pm restriction ends sooner rather than later without an upharge, or is at least moved forward to noon.)
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Will you be purchasing the 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket? Do you think this is a good deal, or is it too restrictive in ‘forcing’ you to spend 25% of your time at each of the 4 parks? How do you feel about Walt Disney World ending reservations early for this special offer? If you’re a tourist, does the 4-Day, 4-Park Magic Ticket appeal to you? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!
we have a September trip booked with a hard ticket ro MNSSHP. We did two MNSSHP nights last year, both days we entered MK on our regular park admission pass at 12 noon. We ate then proceeded to walk onto every ride without Genie+ as most guest were at that point ” hopping” to thier next park. Both days were incredible. We rode everything twice, once without the overlays and then grabbed our party tickets inside the park and looped back around to see the overlays. with this deal that will once again be our plan. We use the following day to stroll over to AK post mid- day heat and ride everything at a slower pace. while not everyone will agree with the economics of this idea, we budget by staying over at the campsites in a rented RV. The saving on one end helps the frivolous factor on the other.
So if you’re not making a park reservation then how can you join a virtual queue at 7am? Are numbers really going to be so low throughout summer that there will be no issues with boarding pass availability?
I have this exact same question!
Follow up: just chatted with a live Disney agent. We can still make all these reservations at 7am. There will be an option to choose park for Genie+, LL, and virtual queue signups. If you have already been to one of the parks on your ticket, it will no longer appear in the park options (such as, if you already went to Epcot, Cosmic Rewind won’t appear in your options).
It states ‘ Admission to a theme park is not guaranteed’, does that mean if you buy this offer you may not get into the parks?
It’s boilerplate based on the fact that they sometimes have to close the gates on Christmas or New Years Day because they hit actual capacity; all tickets are covered by similar language so that in that case, no one else can get in with any ticket until someone comes out. That is not going to happen this time of the year with these tickets as Independence Day, the only holiday that drives attendance during this time, is blacked out anyway. (Even then, I don’t know that the MK has ever hit actual capacity on the Fourth of July.)
Hi Aaron, ok great, thanks so much for the information.
Hi, does this deal require me to buy a minimum of 4 passes or can I buy 3? We have 3 people going in this time frame. Thanks.
I don’t think anyone has answered, but I believe the deal is for a 4-day pass for a single person. They are incentivizing multiple-day tickets, not single-day tickets, which will remain at their original prices.
So if you don’t need a park reservation, can you still book a dining reservation at the park that you’ll be going to that day?
You’ve always been able to book a dining reservation at any park even without a park reservation, so you should be fine.
Ok great, thank you
this ticket deal aligns perfectly with how I am planning my next trip to WDW. With midday pool breaks, Early Park Entry and extended evening hours – this is *great*.
I would love this deal! Our family took our first WDW vacation in February of 2022. To save money we only had 3 days of park tickets without park hopper so Animal Kingdom was the one park we didn’t visit. We’re planning a trip for next year and we all agree that we have to check out Animal Kingdom this time. Even if we go there and feel like we don’t need to stay the whole day, we still want to experience it and would welcome a little downtime on a park day.
This would work perfectly for my family. It’s so important to stop and enjoy the parks for all their benefits, not just rides. There is plenty to fill a day at all four once you account for shows, casual entertainment, character meet and greets, dining, shopping, and soaking up the atmosphere. Add in the benefits of strategic ride planning at the start and/or end of the day to minimize lines, and the time flies by without the need to park hop.
It’s ideal for my family. 6 nights. Relaxed arrival and departure days. 4 park days. A chill day mid-week. Maybe I need to prepare the PowerPoint pitch to my wife for this. Hehe.
Yikes, unless my math is off this would have saved us about $700.00 for our family of 5 4-day one park a day tickets if we hadn’t already bought 5 4-day park hoppers for this upcoming trip in August.
Where did you buy your tickets? I had a very similar scenario for an upcoming June trip and my original tickets were bought from Undercover Tourist. Anyway, they processed a refund for the original tickets very quickly and I bought discounted these from them in place (also they were less). Overall it saved me $600 on three tickets. Their customer service was amazing!
We are going on a short trip for 4 days at the end of June and were only planning to go to 3 parks and spend 1 day relaxing at our hotel. The price of the 3 day ticket is $403 plus tax, so do you think we should rather buy the 4 day ticket for $396+ and lose out on that 1 day of relaxation in exchange for getting to do another park for the same price as doing 3? Unfortunately we can’t extend our trip, otherwise I would totally do that to take advantage of this 4 day ticket which works very well for us a we were planning to do 1 Park per day anyway.
Personally, I’d buy this ticket and plan on a combined DAK/hotel relaxation day. You can hit the highlights of Animal Kingdom in the first 3 or last 3 hours of the operating day.
How does MNSSHP play into this? Would you be able to go to say Animal Kingdom in the morning, but still get into Magic kingdom for the party?
MNSSHP is separately ticketed, so buying this and pairing that with MNSSHP would be a great way of doing 1.5 days at MK!
That sounds like a great use of this ticket for people who also want to do a Halloween party. That way you get two “days” at MK, and it’s esp good for people who are more focused on lower lines for rides at the party rather than the parade or eons-long lines for special Meet & Greets.
The party tickets are separate from everything else. If you went to MK that morning, you would still need a separate party ticket to stay that night. So, this park ticket should be fine anywhere before you use your party ticket the same day.
This works out great for us! We are going to Disneyworld from Aug 2-10 and was possibly planning on doing each park, – park per day , so this would save us a ton of money!!
Correction to previous entry;
“1” park per day
Not “-“ park per day
What if you were going for a week and purchased the 4 day park magic ticket and a 3 day park hopper ticket. Would that save any money as I know that the park hopper gets cheaper as you add days. I’m thinking a 7 day park hopper would still be cheaper.
It depends on the days you go of course, but the 7-day Hopper would definitely be cheaper than 4 days at $396+tax plus a 3-day Hopper at over $400 plus tax. It’s a bit closer (but still more expensive) if you did a 3-day 1 park per day ticket in addition to the 4-day special ticket.
“Limit one admission per theme park, and one theme park per day. Ticket may not be used to enter the same theme park more than once.”
I understand you can’t visit the same theme park on multiple days, but this also mean you can’t take a mid-day hotel break and come back in the evening?
I think that’s just poor wording on Disney’s part and someone not thinking through what phrasing it that way would mean. I can’t imagine they’re effectively prohibiting midday breaks…that would be unprecedented.
I asked the online person this same question. They said I could leave and re- enter the same park the same day I entered as many times as I like. I took a screen shot.
I love this. I like to visit all the parks and have never found parkhopper very appealing.
Darn it, I just purchased tickets for my June trip, and this would have saved a bundle :-(. I was planning on spending a day at each park, so it would have been perfect.
I’ve been going to WDW regularly since the 80s, and have never figured out the utility of the park hopping features. Plus I don’t like shorting Animal Kingdom since I love the park atmosphere and the trails. Sure, one could theoretically go to another park after Animal Kingdom closes, but I don’t feel the need to squeeze every penny out of every park ticket.
@Michael, I’m with you! I won’t quibble with the numbers, but I find it puzzling that there aren’t more people, like me, who rank Epcot and Animal Kingdom as their two favorite parks. Every time I leave Animal Kingdom, I feel like I’ve left out a favorite – I haven’t figured out how to time all the shows and animal sightings while also fitting the headliners into a partial day. Layer in some of the Disney parks’ better dining and lounge experiences, and DAK is a day and a half park for me!
EPCOT and Animal Kingdom are my favorites as well 🙂 We used to completely skip Hollywood Studios most of the time in favor of Universal, but the addition of Toy Story and Black Spire Outpost changed that, which was probably the intention.
We’ve started approaching the parks more like actual parks, enjoying the atmosphere, the landscaping, and even the walkways. Immense detail is put into everything Disney does to further the story. EPCOT and Animal Kingdom are more likely to feel less crowded even during a crowded season than the other two.
Probably should get around to checking out Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure one of these vacations, but 2023 isn’t it.
I don’t necessarily disagree with either of you, but I’ve found that I personally love the idea of Animal Kingdom much more than actually spending time in the park. On paper, it has so much that I love and I appreciate that it’s largely thematically pure. In reality, it’s the park we’re least inclined to visit, and we spend far less time there than anywhere else.
By contrast, EPCOT is the other less-popular park with tourists and it’s where we spend far and away the most time. (Among WDW regulars or locals, I doubt this dynamic is unique. Probably in part due to seasonal events at EPCOT, and in part due to its history and connections with fans.)
We literally just bought tickets two weeks ago – 4 day tickets hitting all 4 parks. This would have saved us a ton (9 people going in total). We love hitting all of the parks and with kids in tow, they want to cover all of their bases at each of the parks.
“Ticket may not be used to enter the same theme park more than once.”
Meaning, the same park on two different days? I would assume that someone still could leave and return to the same park on the same day, as with any other ticket.
I love the theming of Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safari is one of the best rides, and Flight of Passage took my breath away. But it’s still a half-day park for me. Agree that it’s a tough sell as a full-day park. Not impossible, just would rather spend vacation time elsewhere.
The dates are a non starter for us (Florida summers are a no go, and September is the one month we won’t have the kids miss school for vacation), but if not for that this would pique my interest.
I get the drawbacks of no park hopping, and being forced to spend one day at each park…but it would also “force” us to maybe take a half day here or there for pool time or resort time. Having been several times, but an infrequent visitor, I feel like we could hit the highlights and have a good trip at a pretty decent discount. Hopefully a sign of things to come.