Four Disney Ticket Add-Ons You’ll Regret Buying

Are you a sufferer of Walt Disney World FOMO? You know, that constant nagging worry that your family’s Disney vacation will be ruined unless you shell out major money for extra magical upgrades?

Blue Castle Evening
Cinderella Castle at dusk at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Before you reach for your wallet, we want to let you in on a little secret — sometimes ticket add-ons don’t add much to your Disney vacation!

Here are a few Walt Disney World ticket add-ons we think might not be worth the extra cost.

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party

This Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party add-on really adds on the bucks to an already expensive evening at Magic Kingdom! The Most Merriest party costs $99 in addition to your MVMCP ticket! You may want to hold off on splurging for this soirée with Tony, especially if it’s your first (or second, or third) Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Mickey’s Christmas parties are cram-jammed full of rare Disney characters to meet, exclusive holiday parades, stage shows, treats, dance parties… The list goes on and on! You’ll find no shortage of goodies to sample (some of which are free!) and entertainment at the Christmas Party, meaning you might not get your money’s worth at Tony’s separately-ticketed bash, where All-You-Care-to-Enjoy Italian-inspired eats are included with the price.

Tony’s Most Merriest Cookies

Disney After Hours at Magic Kingdom

Love the rides but hate waiting in lines? You may be tempted to purchase a separate After Hours ticket to get your Space Mountain reps in… But if you want to keep some money in your pocket, you could go for Extra Magic Hours or rope drop the Magic Kingdom instead — for free? You may want to reconsider spending that $125.00 on an After Hours ticket — especially if you’re a morning person!

Space Mountain at night

Park Hopper

To park hop or not to park hop? That is the question! Some families insist on getting Park Hopper and can’t imagine a Disney trip without the flexibility and convenience of having it. Meanwhile other families have different plans for their time at the Parks and would never consider spending $85.00 on something they get by just fine without having.

If you and your family aren’t into the whole spontaneity thing or don’t want to visit more than one Park in a day, then skipping the Park Hopper add-on is a good idea. You could save a whole lot of extra cash and spend it on cute merch and Mickey-shaped pretzels instead!

The savings really stack up when you forgo Park Hopper! We’ll take more Mickey pretzels, please!

Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour

Many folks dream of someday taking this 5-hour, in-depth walking tour of the Magic Kingdom. But you may want to reconsider this $99.00 splurge if you’re not a fan of exercise in the tropical heat of central Florida!  You’ll be hoofing it… a lot!

Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella’s Castle

The guided tour takes place mostly outdoors, so if the weather’s bad, you’ll be out of luck! If you’re the type of person who’s always glued to his or her phone, there’s no photography or recording of any kind permitted, and you’ll have to pocket that cellphone until the tour’s over.

Sorry! No selfies allowed until the tour’s over! (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

So unless it’s a top priority of yours to finally catch a glimpse of the utlidoors (a.k.a. the underground service tunnels used by Cast Members at Disney World), you may want to skip this add-on in favor of something more your style.

Which ticket add-ons do you think are worth the extra cost? Which ones have you purchased and regretted? Let us know in the comments below!

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7 Replies to “Four Disney Ticket Add-Ons You’ll Regret Buying”

  1. We have been to WDW many times but last year for my birthday my husband and I did the Keys to the Kingdom tour and LOVED it. I’ve longed to see the utilidors for years and you do get to go on a couple of rides via the ‘back door’. There was so much to take in I would happily do it again.

  2. I would agree that most of the “add on’s” are are not worth it, but I think Park Hopper is more situational. We did a multi-generational trip last year, and I definitely got value from the Hopper. We’d do a Park early as a group and when the Grand kids need a break they went back to the hotel to swim / nap and I spent a few hours at EPCOT. Having that flexibility was worth the $ to me. Traveling as a couple? Probably not.

  3. I have to have the park hopper! If one park is too crowded, you go to another…or you can start at one, end at another. We love the atmosphere of Main Street in the morning, so we usually start every day at MK and go on from there.

  4. For a first visit, a parkhopper definitely isn’t necessary. There is so much to see and do for a first-time visitor. However, after getting a parkhopper for the first time, I will never go back to not having one! Being able to hit all my favorite attractions in one park in the morning and then in another park in the evening is well worth the extra cash on a three-day or longer ticket.

  5. We used to get the park hopper tickets but haven’t on our last 3 or 4 trips. The one trip where we really used it was a weeklong stay during the millennium celebration. Illuminations was new & world Showcase also had an amazing parade that ran a couple times each day. Since we were there in the winter, MK closed 2hrs before Epcot so we’d spend the day at MK then hop to Epcot for the last parade & Illuminations. The trip after that was shorter & we didn’t really use the hopper and we haven’t bought it since.