Theme Park Tickets, Orlando
Disney is a major attaraction and therefore you are a captive audience once on property. Prices for food and beverages are definitely inflated from what you find outside of the resorts and parks. Stocking up on some basics in your room can help offset some costs such as bottled waters, drinks, snacks, etc.
I tell you before don't buy the Fake Universal Passes! Go to your local front dest in your local hotel. and get the real passes for Universal! You take the fake passes and throw it away! and tell your castmembers or a officer in the Universal!
After you received your ticket or voucher make sure to secure a photocopy of it. In cases that it gets lost or washed (like what happened to us) you can request for another copy. But if accidentaly you washed your tickets or it get lost and you dont have a copy of it chances are your grand summer vacation will be wasted coz they wont give you another copy of your ticket and thats the end of it.
So, its a MUST to have it photocopied!
When I inquired in our lobby about tickets for the Magic Kingdom I was advised that they didn't have any discounted passes for just one day but they did have $20 tickets. The catch? Of course, it was a time share/vacation club presentation, the last thing I wanted to do with such a short visit to Orlando. Time share presentations usually involve breakfast and a multiple hour, frequently high pressure, presentation of which you must sit through in order to get your discounted tickets.
Another way to get discounted tickets is a bit more risky, sometimes people sell remaining days on a multiple day pass but I think Disney has finally figured out the system to combat this as passes are non transferable. As we were entering the Park, we inserted our ticket with the magnetic strip on the back and then had to leave an electronic fingerprint. I don't know how long that information is stored for, is it the rest of the day? Or is it recorded until the balance of the ticket is used up?
If you are at all against being fingerprinted to get into any of the Disney Parks and Resorts then you should think twice about going to any of the parks. In order to keep tickets from being used by more than 1 person Disney has implemented a tracking device which links the ticket only to the person who has initially purchased the ticket. When you get to the entry turnstyle you insert your ticket into the box, you are then instructed by the gate attendant to place your index finger on the laser scanner which takes a scan of your fingerprint thereby linking your ticket to you. I wonder if the scanner is linked to a criminal database....Hmmmmmm, I wonder how many people have been arrested after going to the Magic Kingdom?
You will need to keep yoour ticket handy because when you go to an attraction and get a Fast Pass fior that ride you have to first enter your Disney ticket into the machine to get a ticket to ride.
If you're not a Florida resident, I don't think there is any way to get a discount on a ticket to any of the attractions in Orlando unless you are willing to sit through a time share presentation. I guess it all comes down to how much time you are willing to spend to save money, I wasn't willing to part with any of my time.
If you're going for several days, there are options for multiple day tickets, Hopper tickets, tickets that include Disneyworld and some of the other Orlando attractions.
Avoid buying tickets for the parks at booths on International Drive or at restaurants. They have been known to be expired when they are sold. And they are never too much cheaper than buying tickets at the parks