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Selling Universal tickets

Universal Orlando: How can I sell my partially used Universal Tickets?

From Pam Dors
Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM
I bought 3 day park hopper passes to Universal. They don't expire until 12/2013. I only needed them for 2 days,but it was cheaper to buy the 3 day at Costco than the 2 day anywhere else. My question is how or can I sell them. Our thumb prints are associated with them, but there has to be a way. We have 5 of them. And we are not planning on going back any time soon.


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From Amy Smith
Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM
If you resell your ticket (which is illegal btw) you will be stealing from whoever you sell to. Why? Because your finger and only your finger will get that ticket into the park so the person would be stopped at the front gate and questioned when their finger didn't work and then directed to go buy tickets from the ticket booths.
Plus, if when questioned the person gives your name or any information that could identify you, you might end up being prosecuted over it - you will have committed a crime after all.
If you're never going back or never going back anytime soon for whatever reason the best thing to do is just call the last day a wash and throw the tickets out.

From N B
Posted January 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Wow....

From Pam Dors
Posted January 5, 2012 at 4:04 PM
Amy,
I am aware of the fact that only my finger gets the ticket in, hence the question. If I was interested in stealing from John Q. Public I would have already sold the tickets and not cared or worried about it.

I am not understanding why it is illegal, I do own the ticket, it is mine to do with what I please, technically.

All that aside, I am sure someone has done this before and I was hoping for a lead in the general direction of how I could give someone admission to the parks for an extremely discounted rate, someone who might not otherwise been able to get into both parks, and recoup some money spent. You make it sound like I committing murder, I am just trying to help out a fellow park goer.

From Bob Liebe
Posted January 5, 2012 at 4:31 PM
I see where you're coming from Pam, but unfortunately I don't think your going to be able to use that last day unless you use it yourself. When my family and I were there last May, We tried to find a way to allow my youngest sister to use the last day of my Mom's ticket because she was going to stay back and watch the grand kids. We went to the ticket desk to see if we could pay a change over fee, but our only option was to buy my sister a brand new one day ticket. I think your only options are to throw them away or place them in a scrap book. Hope this helps!

From Pam Dors
Posted January 5, 2012 at 5:17 PM
Do they really keep the finger prints, actually its a logarithm not the actual print, but do they keep it forever? You would think they would purge their system quite frequently. Maybe they just purge the used up tickets and keep the ones that aren't used up or expired.

Its kinda dumb, really. Once again I bought it, it is mine, I should be able to do with it as I please.

From Amy Smith
Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:13 PM
I know that's why you were asking, that's why I was trying to explain it as clearly as possible how it wasn't really possible to resell the ticket. Sorry if it came across snarky.

I said it's illegal because it really is illegal to resell theme park tickets in the state of Florida if you don't have the express permission of the theme park itself (hence why AAA discount tickets exist). That's actually why the Florida parks all have finger scanners of some kind and the California parks don't - it's not against the law in California.

From Amy Smith
Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM
Just wanted to add - it's like how you can buy a DVD at the store but it's illegal to show the movie and charge admission to watch it. you own it, but you can't actually do as you please with it. (Not that everyone doesn't do this anyway regarding the movies but technically that's what that FBI warning says before the movie starts...)

From Potter Team Member
Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Tickets HAVE been sold before, but investigations takes those tickets to a supercomputer to find out who bought them originally. The family who bought them from you will be out whatever money they gave you. You may think you are helping this family, but in reality you just ruined thier vacation. Anyone caught selling tickets on Universal property, International Drive, or Route 192 (yes investigations is out there) is either tresspassed for life or arrested.

From Joe Atchison III
Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Look at it this way, you got the three-day tickets for less than the two day tickets.

Call that a win and forget it.

Or, plan another trip in the next two years and add days onto those tickets when you arrive.

Enjoy!

From N B
Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Lets get this straight and end this nonsense.

1) Only the people's names and prints associated with these tickets can use them.

2) End of story.

From Pam Dors
Posted January 6, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I get it, it is illegal to sell the tickets in the state of Florida. All of you have said that. But I am not in Florida. I wouldn't be selling them in or anywhere near Florida.

All in all, I get it, my biometric scan is associated with my ticket and no one else can use it. I must stay it is the most ridiculous legal issue I have ever heard of.

From Justin M
Posted January 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM
I know for a fact, at least at Disney, that they only store the biometrics finger scan for 24 hrs. My girlfriend and I have annual passes and one day I went to the park alone, I used her pass just to test it and got in no problem. I know plenty of people who use other peoples passes/tickets.

From Pam Dors
Posted January 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM
A voice of reason amidst a lynch mob.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted January 6, 2012 at 5:51 PM
You presented a dilemma/situation.

People told you what might happen and what you could do.

Lynch mob? Hardly.

From Pam Dors
Posted January 6, 2012 at 6:27 PM
Ok maybe not a lynch mob, but several were not so pleasant sounding in their replies.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Pam, I am sorry that you do not like the answer that everybody is giving you, but it is illegal to resell any theme park tickets anywhere. If you were to sell the ticket to someone else and they were stopped and questioned, then the tickets would be taken away from them.

I would just hold on to them until you come again! Either that or trade them with a friend or family. You can always trade cash.

But I am sorry Pam, it is illegal. If you were only going to go for two days, you should have purchased those. Parks give a break on price after three days because they think you will be staying around for three days. If it was an emergency, that might be different

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted January 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Why would you do that there might be new rides in 2013 and plus who wouldn't want to go that year dmr is coming out this year and we might get new rides 2013 just keep them

From Mike Gallagher
Posted January 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I should know this, but what's DMR, Manny?

From Albino Pygmy
Posted January 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Actually Justin, the scanners at Disney come up with a number based off an algorithm of the distance between your fingers. Doesn't matter if they keep them or not, that number should match whatever is on your ticket, which should be yours. This system has had a lot of snags, and usually turned off, but not advertised for obvious reasons. You'll still go through the process as if they were turned on, but instead of going through and rescanning multiple times, you continue on as if they worked perfect the first time, probably what happened on your trip. However, don't count on them to be turned off all the time, or that they won't be checking and verifying your ID, because they will do that as a secondary measure.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM
Despicable Me ride

From N B
Posted January 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM
Still with the debate....???

From Tony Duda
Posted January 8, 2012 at 9:46 PM
I wonder if any charities like Make A Wish or Give Kids The World can somehow use them. Parks may waive the ID requirement if there is some kind of pre-existing arrangement. But I don't know if any do.

From Amy Smith
Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:03 PM
Give Kids the World and Make a Wish get fresh, unused tickets already from every Orlando area park. I know at Give Kids the World they get WDW multiday (I think 4?) park hoppers, 2 day park to park Universal tickets, and a Sea World/Busch Gardens ticket given to every member of the party staying at the Village or with GKTW (which is a really cool place by the way - anyone who has the time should try to volunteer!)

From Mike Gallagher
Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:38 PM
I just looked at Amy's profile.

Hermione Potter is dead. Long live Hermione Potter!

I had a great experience last year participating in Give Kids The World's Coasting For Kuds event. Can't wait to do it again in '12!

From Pam Dors
Posted January 10, 2012 at 7:42 PM
Anthony,you mentioned trading them with a friend or family as it is always fun to trade cash. What the heck does that mean? If no one can use them why would my family give me cash for them?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 14, 2012 at 9:05 AM
Pam, I mean you can trade them with friends or family so that if it doesn't work, they can get a refund from you.

There is no way that Disney or Universal can stop you from selling them, but they do state that it is illegal and will not grant entry to a person with a resold ticket if they get caught.

I used to work for Disney and know many people who work for Disney. They are very very paticular about tickets, even free ones.

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