Dockside Chat - Going to Disney - Now need to buy tickets - Where?

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Fish'nFool
03-30-2012, 05:53 PM
So the wifey and I decided last minute to take the kids 5 and 8 to Disney next week since they are on spring break. I spent part of my childhood living in Seminole and did the Disney thing every summer with the family, now it's time to introduce the kids (5 and 8).

We are flying into Tampa on a Tues and that day we plan to spend a few hours at Clearwater Beach then off to Orlando for 2 days (it's all I can take). Planning on 1 day at Disney and to spend day 2 at another park (undecided at the moment). Then back to tampa on day 4 and before we fly out on Friday we are going to take the kids to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa since I know a guy that volunteers there, so we are going to get some special treatment.

Now we booked our airfare, hotel (Gaylord), and rental car. Now we need to purchase tickets for Disney. Where is the best place with the best price to buy tickets in advance?


alligatorgar
03-30-2012, 06:04 PM
Disney mobile majic smart phone app

Cmann
03-30-2012, 06:07 PM
FL Residence discounts are about it.
Unless you get a time share type


spraynet 1
03-30-2012, 06:40 PM
AAA national has good rates on tickets but their building is 35 miles past the mouse, so you would burn up the savings in gas. I believe though that AAA has an app that you get tickets through, the wife who is a supervisor there, is asleep or I would ask her.

Just be very careful about purchasing tickets off site because many of them are fake and will leave you outside the gates when you get there.

Have fun, and if I may..... Get to each park early, spend 5-6 hrs there, go back to Hotel for a 2hr nap, then go back. Small kids have a very hard time in 85 degree temps for more then 7 hrs without melting down.

flyau98
03-30-2012, 11:14 PM
I hear a lot of the hotels can hook you up with tickets. But since you are staying in a nicer place, you may not get the perks of the mid tier hotels...

AAA Is usually good...Credit Unions often offer them too.

I got the Disneyland Mouse Addict and Mouse wait apps when I went to disneyland a few months back. They were free that day (in honor of Walt's birthday). I probably wouldn't have paid for them, but found them to be a big help. Wait times were accurate and the GPS enable park map was pretty cool, particularly for finding bathrooms and specific food. Disneyland is much smaller, I imagine it would be even more useful in the big parks.

Fish'nFool
03-31-2012, 05:54 AM
Thanks for the replies and suggestions. Seems like Disney has prices pretty locked down.

I checked AAA, no single or 2 day passes, checked USAA, nothing, checked Pentagon Fed Credit Uninon, nothing.

Seacat FL
03-31-2012, 10:19 AM
So the wifey and I decided last minute to take the kids 5 and 8 to Disney next week since they are on spring break. I spent part of my childhood living in Seminole and did the Disney thing every summer with the family, now it's time to introduce the kids (5 and 8).

We are flying into Tampa on a Tues and that day we plan to spend a few hours at Clearwater Beach then off to Orlando for 2 days (it's all I can take). Planning on 1 day at Disney and to spend day 2 at another park (undecided at the moment). Then back to tampa on day 4 and before we fly out on Friday we are going to take the kids to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa since I know a guy that volunteers there, so we are going to get some special treatment.

Now we booked our airfare, hotel (Gaylord), and rental car. Now we need to purchase tickets for Disney. Where is the best place with the best price to buy tickets in advance?

Why not just go up to the Disney ticket office at the entrance to the park?

People get ripped off all the time at these offsite ticket sales places. Many of them are totally bogus.

Fish'nFool
03-31-2012, 10:51 AM
Why not just go up to the Disney ticket office at the entrance to the park?

People get ripped off all the time at these offsite ticket sales places. Many of them are totally bogus.

It's spring break and we don't want to wait in line. I think we can buy in advance online from Disney and that way we can just go through the gate.

ndb8fxe
03-31-2012, 10:56 AM
You could buy them from Disney online and avoid the lines. Not sure about discounts though. I haven't been to the Gaylord there, but I hear that there's enough to do there that you don't need to go to the parks, but of course you need to go to the parks.

OldPete
03-31-2012, 10:59 AM
Pretty much do it online. Florida resident discounts is about all there is... it's going to be very busy - but you should have fun. We were there in early March and the my kids (younger 1-1/2 & 3-1/2) had a ball. Mommy and Daddy needed a vacation afterwards. LOL.

alligatorgar
03-31-2012, 11:13 AM
Why not just go up to the Disney ticket office at the entrance to the park?

People get ripped off all the time at these offsite ticket sales places. Many of them are totally bogus.

I did it this way after recieving coupons from my on site hotel at check in. Worked ok for me.

offshorebri
03-31-2012, 02:51 PM
The catch is a 5 day pass is almost the same price as a 2 day!!!!

aiian
04-01-2012, 07:06 AM
I've heard of a few folks getting burned by third party sites as well.

Bite the bullet & call em up, (407) 939-1289. Even at Disney prices are not set in stone.

flyau98
04-01-2012, 08:49 AM
If you have access to USAA, do you have a friend nearby that can get tickets at the military ticket office? Those are discounted and legit.

joestina
04-01-2012, 03:36 PM
You can't get fla resident discount unless you have a fla driver license, AAA has discounts, also I think you can buy the tickets at Gaylord palms. I was just at Gaylord palms a couple weeks ago, had a great time there. The villa de flora buffet is very good at the hotel. Don't waste your money eating at the magic kingdom, food there sucks and is way over priced.

Cmann
04-04-2012, 12:59 PM
Florida resident discounts is about all there is....

Helpful info....I wish I had thought of it........

Oh wait I did...........

Fish'nFool
04-04-2012, 08:09 PM
I am in Orlando now, still don't have my Disney tickets. Going to check with the concierge tomorrow sine we are planning to hit the magic kingdom tomorrow.

We did Sea Worl today, which was our first day here. I will tell you this frick'n Gaylord hotel is real mice. They have gators, tarpon, snook, permit, gar all in the hotel. The kids love it, it's a mini theme park in itself.

Will see what the hotel can do for us tomorrow. Thanks for all the feedback guys.

mgarrett
04-05-2012, 11:58 AM
Check out undercovertourist.com

I haven't used them because when I bought my Universal tickets I went ahead and got yearly passes and nobody discounts them, but all the websites I was reading pointed to undercovertourist.



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