As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room and relaxing about a mile from the “main gate” at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
The kids got out of school yesterday and, once we got the car packed, we headed out of town for five days at the Happiest Place on Earth.
If you’ve ever driven to Disney World, then you’ve likely seen the billboards advertising “discount” Disney tickets. And if you’re anything like me, you assumed that these sorts of offers were a scam.
Well, I’m here to tell you that it is possible to get discount tickets to Disney World — though, in this case, we didn’t follow a billboard to the promised land.
Instead, we went online to a website called Undercover Tourist (no affiliation) and bought our tickets. As it turns out, these guys are authorized Disney resellers who (apparently) buy bulk tickets at a discount and resell them at a slight markup.
We didn’t actually discover them until the last minute, but they have a local pickup spot in Orlando so you can buy your tickets and pick ’em up the next day. We did this just before we left, and I retrieved our tickets without a hitch.
Protip: If you’d like to save even more, the monthly newsletter from the Mousesavers website (again, no affiliation) contains an Undercover Tourist link for an additional discount.
All told, we saved ca. 11% on our ticket purchase. While this might not sound like a whole lot, we’re talking about buying five day “Park Hopper” tickets for six people. Thus, even a modest percent discount works out to a pretty nice chunk of change.
Bottom line: If you’re planning a trip to Orlando, I highly recommend looking around for discount Disney tickets. But if you do so, be sure to do your homework and only deal with official resellers. If you don’t, you might get scammed.