Woohoo! You’re headed to Disney World! You’ve picked out your dates and now you’re ready to buy those all-important tickets.
So, should you buy them direct from Disney? Maybe. Maybe not. Let's look at the pros and cons.
If you’re planning on taking advantage of a Disney discount, such as the Free Dining Plan (going on now!), then you may need to buy your tickets as part of a package deal. For example, I’m planning a trip for my family in November and taking advantage of the free dining, but am required to buy at least 2 days worth of park tickets for each person staying in the room. Since I’m already buying 2 days worth of base tickets and ticket prices get significantly cheaper by the day, I may as well buy the other 3 days of tickets as part of my package.
However, if you’re not staying onsite or if you’re only buying a hotel stay through Disney, you can find Disney tickets cheaper elsewhere.
Here are some great resources:
AAA: For our first Disney trip, my family stayed off-site and I purchased my tickets through AAA. The ticket prices were cheaper than Disney (contact them for a quote) and I scored a free Diamond Lot parking pass. The Diamond lots are as close (if not closer) than the handicap lots at each park.
Undercover Tourist: Undercover Tourist is an authorized ticket broker that is well-known on the Disney circuit for having great deals as well as a great reputation. Keep in mind while shopping that Undercover Tourist includes sales tax into their prices while Disney does not. They also ship your tickets to you for free. Click here for more information.
Other: I highly recommend calling Disney to see if other offers are available. For example, sometimes they offer a discount if you’re purchasing 6 or more tickets. Also, they offer military, Florida resident and field trip/youth group discounts among others. It’s always worth making that phone call!
Keep in mind that as long as you buy your tickets through Disney OR an authorized broker, you can make your FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance.
You can also save by not doing a bunch of add-on’s to your ticket. When we visit, I buy base tickets which are less expensive than park hoppers. That’s another post for another day though!