Disney World’s Water Park Fun & More Option: Is It Worth the Extra Money?

Never been to Disney before? Then you are probably not ready for the Water Park Fun & More Option. You should keep reading anyway, because many people who visit Disney plan their next vacation on the ride home from Disney. (Raise your hand should this statement resemble you…) If this is your first trip, you’ll be lucky to see everything and ride every ride at every park, much less enjoy goofy golf, Character meals, and exploring your resort. You can’t do it all. But if you’ve been there, done that, and have the Space Mountain t-shirt, you are a great candidate for the Water Park Fun & More Option. 

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See if you fit in any of these categories.

1. Your kids are older and have done Disney many times before.

2. You have done the four Disney parks many times before.

3. You or your kids like video games, because Disney Quest is a gamer’s paradise, air-conditioned and great for hot summer afternoons.

If these descriptions seem to describe you, then the Water Park Fun & More Option could be a great change for your next vacation. I joking describe the Disney Water Parks as Disney Deluxe Resort pools on Crack. They are really fabulous, the slides are excellent, and they are both wonderfully themed and landscaped.

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The Cost

To enjoy these two water parks, you have two options: add the Water Park Fun & More Option to your Magic Your Way tickets or purchase a single-day ticket.

Adding the Water Parks Fun & More Option to your Magic Your Way Base Ticket provides a certain number of visits based on the length of ticket purchased, for $57.

On a 4-Day Magic Your Way Ticket, the Water Park Fun & More Option for $57 will cost less than $15 per day.  On a 10 day ticket, that’s $5.70 a day, provided you go every day, and most people won’t do that.

You can purchase tickets from an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, and we have several on our writing staff, so check out the Mouze Writing Staff Page. You can also purchase tickets from your Disney resort, or go to the Magic Your Way tickets online.

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The cost for a single day ticket for anyone 10 and older is $55.38 pre tax. Tickets for kids ages 3 to 9 are $46.86. Now compare that to the Water Park Fun and More Option, and it makes sense financially for the “Option” if you plan to go more than one day. Even two days and you’ll save money.

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Plus there is DisneyQuest.

With the Water Park Fun & More Option, you also get admission to DisneyQuest, a huge 5 story interactive gaming facility, included with your “option.” A one day ticket to Quest will cost anyone 10 and older $46.86, and tickets for kids ages 3 to 9 will cost $40.47. You can purchase a Quest one day ticket at the DisneyQuest window in Downtown Disney.

Is the “Option” worth the extra money?

I say yes with no-hesitation, if you are looking for fun beyond the theme parks and your kids are older. I would give a slightly-hesitating yes for parents with small kids as well, if you are mentally ready to take your child to a water park. There are lots of water park activities for small children, and there are many shady places for a break from the waves, but it’s hot in the summer when most people do family vacations and water parks. If your small children love to swim, they will be begging to go back to either of the water parks.

Parents with little kids may find it easier to take younger children back to the resort pool than try to find a chair at the water parks. I have seen babies as small as what looked like two-months-old in the wave pool. They were always held by dads, and I was frantically looking to see where mom was, having taken several knee-scraping tumbles in Typhoon Lagoon myself. My guess is mom was taking a nap in the shade.

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What about Annual Passholders?

If you are lucky enough to fall into the category of people who have annual passes, and I am not talking about Florida residents because they get great discounts on tickets and passes, then you currently pay $611.31 pre tax for the standard pass. If you want to add the two water parks, you will pay $744.44 pre tax. We are trying that option this year, which may be our only year for our family of 5 to have Premium passes, maybe. Living 8 hours away from Orlando has drawbacks in terms of the amount of days we spend on vacation, seeing how both our full-time jobs get in the way of goofing off  at the Disney parks.

We got a discount because we are DVC members, which brought the additional cost of the Premium Passes to about $100 per person. We’ve gone to Quest and water parks 6 times since purchasing the passes, so our per day cost is dropping. Right now at less than $20 per day per person, I feel like it’s been worth it. I guess we’ll see how long the money holds out, and how much year passes go up with the recent announcement of a ticket price increase.

Disney Quest is really cool if you love video games, except on a rainy day when it seems to be packed to the limit. The water parks are amazing if you like sun and swimming in something way more cool than the already amazing Disney resort pools. (Serious tip  – get to the water parks early, because it’s packed out by noon and good chairs are scarce by one hour after opening.)I say give it a try and see how you like it. If you find you like Disney more for the thrill rides in a dry, air-conditioned building, then at least you can say you gave it a shot.

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you in a swim suit searching for a beach chair in the shade!

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Comments

  1. Suzanne says:

    I love the Diey water parks. A nice break from touring a park and waiting in line. I could spend ALL day in the Blizzard Beach lazy river, and the Family Raft Ride is AMAZNG, even my 4 year old LOVES it!

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