Tickets are a secondary concern. Your first decision? Decide what you want to see. If you don’t talk about that first, you’ll end up buying more tickets for one attraction and less for another based on price and not personal happiness.
To figure that out, however, you have to do some homework. Check out this website, or other websites, or talk to friends, or ask your kids. In the olden days, circa 1980, you could buy a two-day pass for Disney (no Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom yet), a one-day pass to Universal Studios (no Islands of Adventure yet), a one-day pass to Sea World, and still have free time to visit Gatorland and spend a day on the beach. You went home refreshed with a feeling of accomplishment. You “saw Orlando.”
Every post-vacation story has at least one sentence that begins: “We ran out of time and didn’t get to …”
It’s confusing buying admission to the Disney parks, and more confusing when you want to visit different attractions. It’s cheaper to buy multiple days, but not cheaper if you really didn’t want more days and got sucked into the hype. If you have a family of five, with kids aged 17 to six, expect disagreement. Mom and Dad or grandma and grandpa may cringe at the kids’ top choice: three full days at different water parks.
Argue at home. Compromise at home. Arrive happy and accepting of your loved one’s desires. If you spend $100 more on tickets than you would have by ignoring a single water park day, suck it up. If your vacation focuses primarily on the money, you shouldn’t be coming to Orlando in the first place.
Your second decision – how to get the best deal on the tickets you actually want – should always spring from this first decision.