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10 Scams to Avoid When Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation

 

3) Fake Walt Disney World Facebook pages

There are many illegitimate Disney World Facebook pages online—even calling themselves “official,” and administrators of these fake pages make posts about entering a contest to win a trip to the parks by “liking” their posts and “sharing” the posts on your own Facebook page. Since these pages are fake and in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, liking and sharing will most likely only lead to your demise—your Facebook account and friends list may be hacked. The only truly official Walt Disney World page has the title “Walt Disney World” and a blue circle next to it with a checkmark in it. It also has close to 20 million likes and 15 million users following the page.

 

2) $59 Magic Kingdom tickets

The cost for a one-day ticket to Magic Kingdom during peak season is over $130. During non-peak seasons, a one-day Magic Kingdom ticket is around $120. Disney does not offer a 50% savings on park tickets. This is true even for annual passholders and Guests who are members of AAA and AARP. So it doesn’t make sense that there are tickets available for half of the regular price. And if you purchase these tickets, you run the risk of being turned away at the park gates because you have invalid or fake tickets. Don’t run that risk—as stated before, only purchase tickets from Disney World or from authorized third-party sellers.

1) Phone scams informing you that you’ve won a trip to the parks

Think back. Do you remembering entering a legitimate contest in the hopes of winning a Disney trip? No? If not, there’s about a 99% chance that you won’t be winning that contest—the one you never entered. Consider any such communication dishonest. Further, if you are informed that you’ve won a “contest” for a Disney trip, but you are also informed you must pay for part of the trip, know that the contest and the trip are illegitimate.

Be sure to plan for your Disney trip responsibly, and when searching for ways to save money, be careful about indulging in sketchy or shady promotions that may only lead to trouble for you and your family.

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.