Tip of the week: Buy convention participant tickets for discounted admission to major theme parks

October 16, 2012, 6:35 PM · The Disney theme parks in the United States typically don't offer discounted evening-only passes to the public, but if you're attending a convention in the Orlando or Anaheim areas, you can get discounted afternoon and evening tickets to Disney, Universal, or SeaWorld theme parks.

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Often, your convention will offer you a link to the theme parks' special websites to purchase convention tickets, either through the meeting's website or an email blast. But if the convention's organizers haven't let you in on the opportunity, here are the links:

The park can require you to show your convention badge to use these tickets, so visitors not going to a convention who buy these tickets are gambling that they'll get an apathetic turnstile attendant who'll look the other way. And some parks (particularly Disney World), might make you tell what convention you are attending - and where you're staying in town - in order to buy the tickets in advance.

My son and I bought the $45 Disneyland tickets to visit California Adventure when we went to VidCon last summer. The park was open until 10pm that day, so we had plenty of time to see everything in the just-opened Cars Land, have dinner and ride a couple other rides in the park before calling it a night. In that case, the convention ticket allowed us to see everything we wanted to see in a single park visit for much less than the cost of a one-day ticket (now $81).

So if you're going to a big meeting in town with a major theme park, consider special convention tickets to see if they offer a better deal for you than paying the regular advance purchase price.

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October 16, 2012 at 6:55 PM · This is true. I attended a conference that was hosted at the Swan and Dolphin hotel and got what I consider a big discount. I think I got a four-day ticket for about $140. Park hopper included. Wishing I had brought my family with me on that one. Purchased them right in the hotel and didn't have to show my conference credentials.
October 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM · I travel quite a bit for work and attended two conventions this year in the Disney area. While there i took advantage of this offering for WDW tix. The purchase process does ask that you enter the right dates, event name, and hotel info. It will validate the combo. I accidentally entered the wrong dates once and it rejected it. So use with care.

Keep in mind if this sytem is abused it will definitely change. Matter of fact the more publicity it gets the more likely steps to valide its use will be either added or more strictly enforced.

October 17, 2012 at 7:50 AM · Hello everyone!

I work for Expedia Local Expert Concierge Services in Orlando, and I specifically handle groups and convention attendees with these types of tickets, there are several other types of tickets to choose from that Robert did not list, such as the 1 Day SeaWorld after 12pm ticket among others. You can purchase those tickets through me, and not have to worry about dealing with Disney's difficult ticket system for the convention tickets, as our tickets are printed hard stock and do not require dates and such. If you are bring a youth group of family reunion, I can also assist with special tickets for those groups as well!

Feel free to shoot me an email at cfrizzell@expedia.com or give me a ring at 407-770-1953.

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