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Tickets to Walt Disney World are the least flexible part of planning your trip. With flights, hotels, and dining, you have a variety of really good options and ways to save. When it comes to tickets, your options are much more limited.
There are ways to find discount Disney World tickets, though. In this post, we review different ways to find discount Disney World tickets, comparing them according to savings and difficulty of obtaining the discount.
OUR CHOICE For Discount Disney World tickets: Online Ticket Brokers
Discount: About 10% - Difficulty: None
There are a few ticket agencies that sell 100% legitimate discount Disney World tickets. Usually these prices are about 8-10% lower than Disney's prices for exactly the same product. We recommend Undercover Tourist for discount Disney World tickets. We've used them multiple times and never had any problems.
Disney World Website
"Discount": $20 - Difficulty: None
For 3-day tickets and longer, buying on the Disney website or via phone "saves" you $20 per ticket. The reason we use quotes is that most people will be buying online. You'll pay the $20 penalty if you buy at the gate instead of online.
Florida Resident Discount
Discount: About 30% - Difficulty: High
Florida residents receive decent discounts on Disney World tickets, but their ticket options are somewhat limited (no 2-day ticket, for example).
Moreover, Florida residents who are serious about Disney should probably consider an annual pass (for which they also receive a discount).
Disney Vacation Club Discount
Discount: About 10% - Difficulty: High
Disney Vacation Club members occasionally get ticket discount offers. For most DVC members, it will make sense just to have an annual pass, so it's rare that these ticket offers are going to be worth much. They also aren't very high when they do happen. If you're a DVC member, look into an annual pass, and pay attention to deals as they pop up. But definitely don't wait for them or plan too heavily around them.
Discount: Up to 50% - Difficulty: Heroic
Okay, so you can access military discounts even through a friend who is in the military, but nonetheless someone in your circle must be heroic to access these discounts. Military discounts at Disney come and go.
The best source for information on these discounts, including prices and how to buy, is Military Disney Tips.
Discount: Very Low - Difficulty: Medium
At one point, AAA discounts were a decent way to save on Disney World tickets. No more. First of all, the discounts come from individual branches, so you'll have to call local AAA offices to get quotes. Second, their discounts tend to be pretty small, often beaten by the prices you'll find on ticket broker sites. Worth a phone call, if you're already a member, but no worth effort beyond that.
Discount: 10-30% - Difficulty: Varies
Disclaimer: I don't advocate buying tickets on eBay. The reason is pretty simple - prices for many, if not all, things on eBay are determined in part by the risk associated with buying over eBay. Can you find legitimate tickets on eBay? Of course! Will the legitimate tickets have big discounts? No! There are going to be a few people who put up an eBay account just to sell tickets they lucked into, but you can't distinguish those from scammers. If someone has 1000+ positive reviews for selling park tickets, they aren't going to have to offer much of a discount. In short, finding a true, legitimate discount on a ticket via eBay is incredibly difficult.