Should you or shouldn’t you try to “rent” tickets on your next trip to Disneyland to save some money??? It depends on who you ask. Up to nine ticket agencies exist in the Disneyland area. The way they work is that brokers will buy multimedia Disneyland passes from an authorized seller or Disney themselves. The ticket agency will then rent out the five-day pass and pocket the profit. For example, a five-day park hopper pass costs $290 (or $58 per day). A ticket agent will “rent” the multiday pass to customers for anywhere between $80-$99 per day.
The crux of the issue is this. CA Police say there is nothing illegal about ticket agencies renting out multiday passes by the day. However Disney forbids ticket transfers – and clearly state on their tickets that they are “nontransferable” and must be used by the same person on all of the days. If caught using a multiday ticket that you did not purchase your ticket will be confiscated. Disney has tried to discourage these agencies – last year they stopped selling six and seven-day passes. Disney cast members are also trained to spot reused tickets and ask questions or request identification and check to see if tickets have been altered.
Disneyland is planning to put a new technology into place that could resolve this issue for them – but have declined to elaborate on any more details.
This is not an issue in Florida at Walt Disney World. In 1988 Florida outlawed the resale of multiday tickets after Disney officials claimed they lost $3 million dollars in ticket revenue the previous year. No lobbying efforts are underway for a similar law in California yet. Walt Disney World also uses biometrics (a fingerprint scanning system) to check multiday pass users.
What do you think? Is renting tickets ok because it is not legal? Is Disney being too strict? Let us know!
- Learning to love Disneyland again (orlandosentinel.com)
- Disney Confidential – Are Wristbands Going to Replace Tickets at Disney? (chipandco.com)