Disney tickets are easily the most expensive part of planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Unfortunately, unless you are a Florida resident, there are not too many options out there for getting better deals on tickets, and I would be very careful about purchasing them from outside vendors, as counterfeit tickets are problems that easily occur when you get tickets from less than reputable sellers. Thankfully, there are a couple of ways for you to get some kind of discount, while still having the peace of mind that the tickets will indeed be valid when you go to enter a park.
Of course, the best place to purchase any kind of Disney ticket regardless of the price, would be from Disney itself. By purchasing a ticket from Disney, you are guaranteeing that the ticket will be valid and ready to use when you arrive at the parks. If you purchase tickets from say, eBay, or the random tourist info booths around the Orlando area, you’re really taking a chance on whether or not the ticket will work when you reach the gate to the park. Check the special offers section of the official Disney website, and you’ll sometimes find deals on tickets listed there. These deals typically include things like reduced prices for military guests and extra days free when you book packages during certain times of the year.
5. Shades of Green
If your military status makes you eligible to stay at Disney’s Shades of Green Resort, you’ll be able to purchase tickets to the theme parks at a discounted rate from the office there. The military ID holder will need to be present to purchase the tickets, and a family member cannot purchase them on their behalf.
4. Undercover Tourist
As far as online ticket sellers go, Undercover Tourist is the only site I’ve used and would recommend using. I know for a fact that this website is completely legitimate, and they can sometimes save you up to 10% off the cost of Disney tickets. Aside from Undercover Tourists, or private travel agencies that have agents who are authorized Disney vacation planners, I would avoid purchasing tickets from different websites as I would not want to take the chance that the tickets might not work once you get to the park.
Check with your local AAA branch to see what deals are available on Disney tickets. AAA is partnered with Disney, and they are often able to promote better ticket deals. If you do plan on purchasing tickets from AAA, be sure to double check with your local office’s hours. They are usually not open on Sundays, and they sometimes have limited hours on Saturdays, so depending on when you leave for your vacation you may need to go there to purchase your tickets a little bit ahead of time.
2. Consider annual passes
While the average non-Florida resident Disney guest most likely does not go to Walt Disney World enough to justify purchasing an annual pass, I do think it is worth looking into if you’re planning more than one trip within a year. Compare the cost of the different annual pass options with the tickets you would purchase to see what the difference in price is. Even if you only break even, the annual pass comes with dining and merchandise discounts, as well as Memory Maker, which allows you to download all of your photos taken including ride photos, character meet and greets, park PhotoPass photos, and select character dining experiences.
1. Finance tickets yourself
While this method does not necessarily save you any money, it can help you budget and prepare to purchase your tickets, which are probably the most expensive part of your trip. I always recommend putting money aside on Disney gift cards either weekly or monthly, to help pay for expenses during your trip. Some retailers even have deals on Disney gift cards– Target sometimes has discounts when you purchase a certain amount of gift cards, and some grocery stores and gas stations offer gas credits when you purchase them. Even if you do not save money, this method can be helpful to use while planning a budget for your vacation.