Buyer Beware: Discount Disney Tickets 411
There are currently some fantastic Disney promotions that can really help you plan an affordable Disney vacation, and if you are able to travel during the promotion availability, you can save some serious money. But what if you can’t? What if you have to visit Disney World during the “popular” times: vacations, holidays etc? Disney does not offer promotions during that time frame, because frankly they don’t need to. The crowds during these times prove the obvious: the last thing Disney needs to do is offer attractive promotions to entice more people to visit.
So, if you are like me…and know that no matter how awesome is, you are not going to be able to take advantage of it…then it’s time to get creative in how you save money on your Disney vacations.
Park tickets are one of the major expenses of a trip to Walt Disney World, so it’s a great place to start trying to save some money. The thing is you need to be cautious as there are some very reputable places you can buy from….and some real scams.
So let’s talk discount Disney tickets 411.
Can you really get discounted Disney tickets?
The short answer here is, yes you can. You just need to be careful where you buy them. One of the most important things you need to keep in mind about discount Disney park tickets is that you should never consider buying used ones. Why?
Well first of all, because you can literally not tell if the tickets have any days left on them, until you get to the park gate and scan the ticket. Which is kind of too late to find out if you got ripped off or not…
Second, even if there are days left on the ticket, you could not use it anyway, because Disney tickets are non-transferable. That is why we all have that biometric finger scan when we go through the gates: each ticket has one person’s (and one person’s only) fingerprint assigned to it. Once it has been used by someone, it can’t be used by anyone else. So if someone is trying to sell you used Disney park passes at a discount, you can be assured that those tickets…no matter how cheap…are worthless to you.
How do you know where you can buy safely?
There are a number of very honest, very legitimate businesses that legally sell discounted Disney theme park tickets and you can buy with confidence from them. You can identify them pretty easily by looking for a designation that they are an “authorized Disney ticket agent”, along with the Disney logo. An indication that the company has ties to the community like the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau is important too. And be sure to see if they have been in business for a while.
I am also a fan of reading the “fine print”. Many companies use cheap or free Disney park tickets as an enticement to sit through a lengthy timeshare presentation. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not against timeshare presentations, I just think you should know ahead of time what you are getting into, in order to get these cheap tickets. It is your vacation after all, so make sure you don’t mind using some of it to sit through the presentation in order to get your park tickets.
Needless to say, buying park passes from sites like eBay or Craigslist is a very risky thing to do, because again, there is no way you can verify that the tickets have not been used…until you get to the park gate. Buy from a reputable business, and you can’t go wrong.
Will you really save any money buying discounted Disney tickets?
Sure you will. It won’t be a huge amount, but if you are buying tickets for an entire family for a week long vacation, the savings will add up. Authorized ticket brokers are able to offer discounts because they purchase bulk tickets under contract, directly from Disney. With these large volumes, they receive discounts from the attractions that they in turn pass on to the consumer. The discounts aren’t large, but again, they can add up. And in my opinion, every little bit helps.
You can save money with discounted Disney park tickets: just be cautious, read the fine print, and make sure that the company you buy from is a reputable one. And always remember what your grandmother told you: “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is”.