How to Save a Few Extra Dollars on Disney Tickets
Are you going to Disneyland or Disney World soon? Then you probably already know the tickets aren’t cheap. If you’re looking for a few ways to save money on your Disney theme park tickets, here are some tips.
First, you should never, never buy partially used tickets from anyone. Disney has a finger-scanning system and someone else’s tickets will not work for you. Avoid offers that seem too good to be true; they are. Don’t buy tickets on eBay, Craigslist, or any other person-to-person system. It’s a scam.
You can occasionally find a time-share program that will reward you with tickets if you sit through their long, boring seminar. If that fits your vacation, go right ahead. You’ll indeed get a valid ticket at the end of the seminar, but only after they try to pressure you into buying a time-share and suck up half your day. If you’ve got the time and patience, go for it.
If you’re like me and want to spend every hour of vacation actually being on vacation, there are a few ways to save a buck and not waste time.
If you’re a member of the Armed Forces or have retired from the military, you’re eligible for discounted tickets. Last time I checked, you can get up for six 4-day passes at $156 each. That’s more than 50% off. It’s important to note that this discount isn’t available for all veterans. You either need to be active or retired.
The easier way to grab a discount, although not as steep, is to go through the authorized ticket broker Undercover Tourist. Their prices include shipping and tax and are anywhere from $6 to $60 off the gate price, depending on the ticket you purchase. I’ve used them before and was more than satisfied.
Here’s my favorite secret. I subscribe to the Mousesavers.com newsletter. It’s an incredible website filled with Disney vacation tips, but the newsletter is where the gold is. Twice a month, a newsletter is sent out with exclusive discounts for Mousesavers readers. Usually it’s one or two hotels in the Downtown Disney area for a slightly more discounted price than “Best Available” or a rate that includes breakfast, which is hard to find in hotels near Downtown Disney. But there’s more! The Mousesavers newsletter also includes a private link to purchase Undercover Tourist tickets at an even greater discount. Great, right?! To my knowledge, it’s the only website partnership with Undercover Tourist that does this. For example, 5-day Park Hopper passes are currently $349.95 on UndercoverTourist.com. With the private link from Mousesavers, they’re $341.87. Okay, so that’s only 8 bucks, but if you’re traveling with 5 people, that’s a few snacks for everyone in savings. And when it comes to Disney tickets, you take every discount you can get.
As for those wondering if you can get discounts on Disney park tickets at Disney stores or using the Disney Visa Card, the answer is no. You didn’t think they’d overlook that, did you? Even though you get a discount at the Disney store with your Disney Visa card, the discount does not apply to tickets.
Your best bet is to use Undercover Tourist. It’s safe (most importantly), quick, and cheaper than regular prices. Click here to sign up for the Mousesavers newsletter. You’ll get it on the 15th of the month and once towards the end of each month.