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Disney brings back ticket deal for Florida residents

The cost is higher than in past years, but it's still almost half the price out of staters would pay at the world's busiest theme park.
Visitors stroll along Main Street at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista.
(John Raoux/Associated Press 2012
Visitors stroll along Main Street at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. (John Raoux/Associated Press 2012
Published Jan. 3, 2019

The slower tourist season in January once again brings deals for Florida residents at the world's busiest theme park. Walt Disney World on Thursday announced its Discover Disney discount tickets are back.

Florida residents can purchase a three-day Discover Disney ticket for $175, valid for admission to one theme park per day. You can also add a fourth day for $20.

With a single-day tickets now running $102 to $129 at Disney's four Florida theme parks, depending on the time of year, it's a big price break, but it's still $15 more than last year's Discover Disney ticket.

The tickets are valid through June 30 with no blockout dates. Tickets may be used on nonconsecutive days. Buyers can also add a park-hopper option that allows visits to multiple parks per day for $32.50 ($37.50 for the four-day option).

Sorry, snowbirds, out-of-state tourists have to pay close to $300 for a three-day ticket.

Florida residents have gotten used to the annual January offer from Disney, once as low as $99 for to visit all four parks. But the annual January deal disappeared in 2016 amid record attendance numbers. The Discover Disney ticket returned in 2017 with some blackout dates to visit all four parks though June.

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Some of the events coming to Walt Disney World before the end of June:

• Starting Jan. 18, the Magic Kingdom will have a new "Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party" that will travel down Main Street U.S.A. several times daily.

• Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrates its 30th anniversary beginning Jan. 18 with Pixar characters on hand in Pixar Place, including Edna Mode from The Incredibles and Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc.

• Disney's Animal Kingdom will mark the 25th anniversary of The Lion King beginning Jan. 18 with the debut of the "Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party" on Discovery Island. Selfie-ready backdrops will put guest into scenes from the film, in addition to the Festival of the Lion King musical extravaganza.

• The Epcot International Festival of the Arts returns Jan. 18-Feb. 25 with Broadway stars brought in for a concert series and live performances seven nights a week this year.

• The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will return to the park from March 6 through June 3, with the Garden Rocks Concert Series which also expands to seven nights a week.