How to Avoid Disney Ticket Scams

How to Avoid Disney Ticket Scams

One of the most expensive parts of any Walt Disney World vacation is the tickets. A one day Magic Kingdom ticket costs nearly $100. It is only natural to want to find a way to buy discount tickets. In Central Florida, you’ll see plenty of places that advertise “Cheap Tickets”. Many of these tickets are used. The idea is that someone will have a few extra days left on the ticket and he or she will then sell the ticket to a middleman, who will in turn sell the ticket to you. There is only one problem with this idea. Walt Disney World tickets are not transferable. A used ticket is not going to get you into the parks.


Walt Disney World uses biometric technology to make sure that the first person to use a ticket is the only person to use that ticket. When you approach the front entrance of any park, you will be asked to place your finger on a scanner. Contrary to popular belief, Disney is not capturing your fingerprint. Instead, it is an image of some of the key points of your fingerprint. Those points should match the next time you use the ticket, which will allow you back into the parks. If you buy a ticket that was used, your image will not match. If you can’t prove that it is your ticket, you will be turned away.

Remember that an unofficial seller also has no way of knowing how many days are left on a ticket. This holds true for tickets that you buy near the parks and also on sites like Craigslist. There is no number to call to find out how many days a ticket has left and no website where you can type in a code to see if a ticket is still good. You need to have the ticket scanned at Disney to find out that information.

Disney and the police are aware that of the places that sell used tickets. Over the past few years, several arrests have been made, but it does not stop the practice. Selling used tickets is a misdemeanor in Orange County.

Some of the places that advertise “cheap tickets” are 100% legal. Many of these will sell you discounted tickets if you sit through a lengthy timeshare presentation. If you decide to try to save a few dollars that way, remember that such presentations are high pressure. It is their goal to not let you leave until you have made some type of a purchase.


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There is a way to save a few dollars on Walt Disney World tickets. Look for an Authorized Walt Disney World Ticket Seller. These are companies that are allowed to sell tickets to you at a slight savings. You may not save a lot through an official seller, but you’ll know that the tickets will get you into the parks. Look for the logo, it’s a black Mickey silhouette on a red background with the words in red and black next to the picture.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.