where can i get discounted tickets?im going to Orlando for my 23rd time in October but im on a budget is there a good place to get discounted park tickets or should i stick to buying them at home or at the gate as ive always done?
From hannah callerI am trying to plan a trip to Orlando in October on a budget, ive got my flights and weeks accomodation for £500 for a week for me and my boyfriend and now i would like to know if i can get any discounted tickets, i am a veteran when it comes to Orlando and im well aware of timeshares giving away free or discounted tickets but i dont wanna go down that route especially as it can eat up large parts of the day, im also aware of all of the discount ticket booths on I-Drive but ive never been very trusting of these places (especially the ones that buy back unused days on tickets!), is there anywhere you can get discounted tickets without either being at risk of buying tickets that cant be used or spending hours at a timeshare? TPI i need your help!!
Posted June 30, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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From Hermione PotterDo NOT go to any place that buys back tickets. All the Orlando parks use some form of finger/hand print ID to connect the tickets to the people who first use them and you won't get in on used tickets. The safest way is to look on the official website of whichever park you want to go to and see what deals they have going on, and usually just buying online saves some money too. Or try AAA too.
Posted July 2, 2010 at 6:57 PM
From Anthony MurphyYeah, I would get nice fresh tickets from the parks because you know they are legit and safe. Also, the supposed discounts are either non existant or not much of a difference.
Posted July 3, 2010 at 8:19 AM
As for Disney:
The more days you get, the more cheaper it is per day.
From Robert NilesWell, there's Craigslist, assuming that your ticket source doesn't get arrested.
Posted July 6, 2010 at 8:32 PM
From Pyra DongI've WORKED selling theme park tickets... and I know from monitoring all the Florida parks that the cheapest deals REALLY are from the official websites of the parks. Even better if you get more days or pair together parks of course. Even AAA's discounts don't go that low-- most AAA agents actually buy your tickets from the official websites themselves.
Posted July 7, 2010 at 7:43 PM
The next best discounts come from travel websites (and the theme parks' sites) that offer hotel/ticket bundles. But if you don't mind staying at low-budget hotels, then the hotel/ticket bundle is pricier.
The CHEAPEST and TRUSTWORTHY ticket deals (but hard to obtain) is "buying" tickets from theme park employees. Although this practice is frowned on and could get the employees fired... but you can find some of those on Craigslist type places.
From Carrie HoodIt may not be your cup of tea but if you can stomach a Time Share tour then have low prices for tickets and they'll feed you either breakfast of lunch. They can also only take up 90 minutes of your time, so if you watch the clock as soon as it hits your time limit say "No, we're leaving" and collect your park tickets.
Posted July 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM
Westgate Resorts tend to have lower prices then the other ones. We spent about $400 and got a 2 day Disney ticket with a waterpark and 10 day ticket for Universal/IOA.
Other then that, you can try to buy tickets from an employee but often unless you know someone they won't sell them to you since in most cases those tickets can be traced back to the employee.
From Anthony MurphyAs for the last part, Disney employeescan not sell their free or discounted tickets, but only give them away. It has our name on it. So, in other words, you really need to know a Disney Cast Member.
Posted July 9, 2010 at 10:02 PM
Again, I would just buy them from Disney. The discounts out there are either mislleading or really non existant.
From Andy StevensYou're right keeping away from the timeshare booths. Try the ticket counter in Walmart as these can be very reasonable.
Posted July 10, 2010 at 3:04 PM
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