Disney Parks Planning 101

How To Be Careful About Where You Purchase Disney Tickets

September 26, 2022

There is a lot of hoopla surrounding Disney Ticket and merchandise lately. And the reason is because Disney is cracking down on resellers.

Resellers scoop up the latest hot commodities with the intention of selling it online for more than they paid. While they do give those of us who live far from the Parks a way to get the latest merchandise, it also causes the average Park Guest to miss out on something they planned to purchase for themselves. In other words, it’s not fair.

Once Disney started cracking down on merchandise, it appears these resellers started to move towards Disney Special Event Tickets.

Why is this a problem? Because not only are resellers making a profit over simply being lucky enough to purchase Tickets faster than someone else, it’s against Disney’s rules.

All Disney Tickets clearly use words like “non-transferrable”, “revocable”, and “not for resale”. Tickets are linked to one person’s account for the date indicated on the ticket. If someone sells their ticket to someone else, Disney has the right to cancel that Ticket.

How does Disney find out? Well, they have their ways. But, if I had my guess, it’s because Guests link these tickets to their accounts.

Say Dr Facilier sells tickets to many different people. If they all live in different states and haven’t connected to each other on My Disney Experience, it looks suspicious. Of course, this may just be a case of family and friends coming together to meet each other for this one event. But, if they’re buying up a lot of tickets for multiple dates and events, chances are they’re a reseller.

At the end of the day, all of this has resulted in Disney cracking down on resellers of all kinds. Punishment has included anything from the cancellation of Tickets to revoking Annual Passes.

So, how can you be sure the Disney Tickets you’ve purchased are legit?

Train Station outside of Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Purchase Tickets Directly Through The Walt Disney Travel Company

Of course, getting your Tickets directly from Disney is the easiest and safest way to get them.

Whether you purchase a Ticket or a Disney Package, they’re already linked to your account. So, half the work is done already. And if there’s an issue on My Disney Experience, Cast Members can look at the back end to see where things went wrong.

Cast Members work with you to make sure the issue gets solved, and may even grant some pixie dust, if something was especially troublesome. But, either way, you can never go wrong by going right to Disney for your Tickets.

Mom, Dad, and baby at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Purchase Them Through A Travel Agent

You can all feel a sign of relief. All tickets purchased through a Travel Agent come directly from Disney. You get the same guarantee that you do when you purchase them through Disney’s website. The only difference is that if there is an issue, your Travel Agent will be the one to speak with Disney to fix the problem.

Despite what some think, we don’t get a special batch of tickets nor do we buy up tickets and sell them to Clients later (unfortunately, I’ve been asked both). Since we have access to the same pool of tickets as someone purchasing them on Disney’s website, if an event is sold out, there’s nothing more I can do.

The LIberty Square Riverboat, the Liberty Belle, docked in Disney's Magic Kingdom

Authorized Disney Ticket Seller

Disney Tickets are expensive. So, no one can blame you for wanting to save a few dollar to get into the Parks. However, as we’ve seen, doing so may result in getting your Tickets revoked, and ultimately you losing money.

You should be wary of sites who claim you can save BIG MONEY on tickets. If it seems too good to be true, chances are, it is. However, there are still ways to save a few dollars on your Theme Park Tickets. And that’s by purchasing them through an Authorized Disney Ticket Seller.

What does this mean?

It means that Disney has given these companies the right to sell their tickets. As a result, these tickets are valid for purchase and can be used to get into the Theme Parks.

AAA and Costco are reputable companies, so if you’ve purchased tickets through them, you’re good to go. However, since I currently don’t have memberships to either company, my favorite place to buy my Tickets is through Undercover Tourist.

I’ve purchased from them multiple times, without issues. And I absolutely love that you save 50% on Rental Cars, when you buy your Tickets and Rental Car at the same time. It was an absolute money saver for my family this past summer.

Have questions? Feeling anxious? Don’t know where to start? That’s where we step in.

We know what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do. We’ve done the training, we’ve made the mistakes, and have learned from them, And that’s what makes us the perfect people to help you.

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