Online Tickets

Advice needed from the TPI's!

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM
I am preparing for my trip to Orlando (13 days to go!) and stupidly in the past I have never bought tickets online. I stay near Seaworld so I go over there at about 3pm when there are no lines and buy the tickets then, Disney - we stop Downtown and grab them from guest services, Uni we usually just get there early and line up.
This year I want to be time and penny smart.
So...advice please fellow TPI-ers!
Are the online tickets generally much cheaper than buying 'at the door'?

The time saving is a no brainer...why line up when I can use my time at work to buy them. But the prices look pretty good at the moment and so really - would you? Do you buy online?
There is a great 2 week ticket for Seaworld and Busch Gardens online... I would hate to get there and not able to get it and spend a small fortune on admission.

From Tony Duda
Posted August 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Universal also has a 14 day ticket for $179 that includes unlimited entry to Islands of America, Universal Studios and Wet & Wild water park and admission to the City Walk night spots. I don't know if it is just web site offer or gate also but it sounds like a great deal.

From Andrew Mooney
Posted August 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM
For our recent trip we bought all tickets including Discovery Cove and Kennedy Space Center online. The website we used was and we found them to be fairly competent. At first we were a bit nervous as online can always involve scams etc but our family saved quite a bit.

I think we paid £84 each for two weeks use at Universal. By comparison I think it's around £60 for a single day use.

Disney offers Brits a two week package as well for a reduced fee.

Enjoy you're holiday ;)

From Mark Fairleigh
Posted August 15, 2011 at 7:42 PM
Give a shot. I just bought my 4 day Universal park to park tix from them. Saved roughly 40 bucks.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM
They are usually the same

From Carrie Hood
Posted August 15, 2011 at 9:35 PM
Personally I just buy straight from the websites. It's quick, easy and pick-up is simple. You print off your conformation and keep it with you.

At Disney, we'll normally get in around 9am. We stay off-site on 192 in Kissimmee so after we wake up from the drive we'll head to Downtown Disney for dinner (Earl of Sandwich) and then pick up our tickets there. Quick and Easy.

Universal, we just stop in at guest services and they print them for us. Off you go, easy and barely a 10 minute wait involved.

Seaworld was the same. Pay and print, pick them up in the AM and your off and running just as quickly.

Although does have a good reputation, I tend to just buy them straight from the parks.

From Tony Duda
Posted August 15, 2011 at 10:44 PM
If you are in AAA, they have some discounts for park tickets. I have bought my annual passes there and saved about 5%.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted August 16, 2011 at 3:39 AM
Thanks everyone! Much appreciated!

Carrie - your plan sounds very similar to mine. Seaworld is just so convenient (a walk across their car park) but this seems a good deal - on their own website. Downtown is so easy for Disney I always recommend that myself too. (I think Downtown is what we'll do again this year...via Ghirardelli!)
Tony - that does sound a good deal, I have $135.99 online for 2 day 2 park.
Not in AAA sadly.....

Just would be nice to get a good deal for a change really!

From Anthony O'Neal
Posted August 16, 2011 at 5:19 PM
Never done it for Disney, but I have done it for other parks, and they often have deals on tickets. Sometimes, they come with a stipulation. . . for example, the discounted ticket I bought for Kings Dominion made me wait at least 3 days from the date of purchase before I could use it. I'm always checking the sites for deals.

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