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Going to Disney World just got cheaper — but there’s a catch

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This is a blockbuster year for theme parks. Almost every Florida park is getting a new ride or show. Check this out to know what's coming to the Florida theme parks in 2019.

Big things are opening at Walt Disney World very soon and the park is making it a little cheaper for visitors. But there is a catch. Or two.

With the Aug. 29 debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the 24th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival leading the way, Disney on Thursday announced Mid-Day Magic Tickets are on sale now.

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios is right around the corner. Take a peek at what you will be seeing on the Aug. 29 grand opening in Disney World's first aerial walk-through of the new land.

Mid-Day Magic Tickets are valid at noon each day and can be used at any of the four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

The tickets come in 2-, 3- and 4-Day options and are available for use on or before Dec. 15. The prices:

  • Two-day ticket from $88 a day, plus tax (from $176 total, plus tax)
  • Three-day ticket from $84 a day, plus tax (from $252 total, plus tax)
  • Four-day ticket from $79 a day, plus tax (from $316 total, plus tax)

There’s a deadline after you’ve used that first ticket. The two-day ticket expires four days after the selected start date. The three-day ticket expires five days after the selected start date. The four-day ticket expires seven days after the selected start date.

While the prices may seem like bargains, they are actually a tad-bit more expensive than what Disney was offering for summertime 3- and 4-Day Florida resident tickets.

Living in the state meant that you could buy a four-day pass for $219, about $55 a day, or a three-day pass for $199, about $67 a day. If you are looking to save a few more dollars, the summer deal is still available until Aug. 25 and tickets can be used until Aug. 28.

For the new mid-day tickets, depending on the day, the amount of time visitors have before the park closes varies. Magic Kingdom can close at 10 p.m. or 6 p.m.; Animal Kingdom can close at 9:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.; Epcot can close at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.; Hollywood Studios can close at 8:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.

So, a mid-day ticket means you can get anywhere between 6 to 10 hours of park time, which can be more than enough if you plan right.

Miami Herald Real Time Reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, Florida theme parks and general assignment. He attends the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks are on his mind in and out of the office.
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