While theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Universal and Sea World may seem pricey, travellers should be cautious when looking for discounted tickets. While some legitimate companies run deals and discounts for Orlando theme parks, some offers may be deceiving and even illegal. Tourists should be aware of which companies are legitimate operations and which may not be.

Disney parks do have deals with AAA (American Automobile Association, for which you pay an annual fee) for discounts but these must be booked through AAA. Many theme parks will occasionally run a Florida Resident Special but these are only offered to Florida Residents and are usually run during low season and they have to show id that they are resident in the state of Florida. Occasionally, theme parks may run a "bundle" deal on a ticket and hotel package (again, usually run during their low season). In addition, legitimate discounts on multi-day tickets are sometimes available. Often the concierge desk at a hotel will have them available, but know many hotel concierge and guest service desks are operated by third party companies like All Guest Service AGS, Expedia, CFI, EBG, Know Before You Go, etc. these locations are interested in two things - getting you to a timeshare presentation and/or selling you parks or shows in which they receive a large kick back or commission from.  There are legitimate websites that offer discounts. Vendors such as TheOfficialTicketCenter.com  Ticketmania, FloridaTicketOrder.com, Undercover TouristMaple Leaf and Kissimmee Guest Service (KGStickets.com have been recommended by some TripAdvisor users as legitimate and trustworthy. Orlando Visitors Bureau is also useful for discounted tickets plus lots of useful information as well as the free Orlando Magicard which gives discounts all over the Orlando area. When purchasing from any U.S. company, it is a good idea to look it up on the Better Business Bureau website, where any registered complaints against a company can be researched. It is also recommended to compare the prices found with any discount company to those listed on theme park websites. Taking into account exchange rates, shipping costs, etc., some deals may not offer a significant discount.

Tourists should be especially careful of companies advertising discount theme park tickets at booths in tourist areas in Florida. Many of these are run by timeshare sales companies offering the discount as part of a sales pitch. Some booths are selling tickets that have been acquired secondhand and illegally from other tourists. Some tourists may be approached about selling their tickets, but travellers are advised to refuse, since the buying and selling of used tickets is illegal in the state of Florida. Some theme parks, such as Walt Disney World, have introduced security measures such as finger scans to eliminate the use of illegal tickets, so it is possible that a ticket bought through an illegitimate company will be of no use. In addition, attempting to use an illegal ticket may have legal repercussions. Many of the booths that sell the tickets open up and disappear very quickly, so it can be difficult to track down those responsible for any crime.

It is possible to find legitimate advance tickets at significant savings, but consumers should be sure of the legitimacy of the companies through which they buy their tickets. Advice from people on forums such as TripAdvisor or disboards.com can provide useful information

You could find great bargains with the official Universal site: buy one adult and get child free with extra days as well.

If you go several times a year it is worth getting an annual pass for Universal as it does not cost much more.

You can also get tickets from Walmart (if they have a travel agency attached to it), and you can also buy them at the gate and choose different options. No added expense, no park hopping - just add the elements that suit you. For foreign travellers, as the exchange rate is good (try to pay with a credit card like Amex) it always appears cheaper than you expected!

The adage applies: if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

don't go see timeshares. 


** Note:  The original information for this thread came from the following forum thread: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...