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Discounted Tickets & Timeshare Touts
The main parks do not really discount.
You may see special deals when you are in Orlando such as 2nd Day
free at Sea World. There are also discount vouchers in the information
booklets such as Best Read Orlando and I love Orlando which you can pick
up in information centres, restaurants and shops. These are not usually
discounts on the main parks, with the exception of Disney Pleasure
Island, but on the lesser attractions such as Gatorland, Cypress
Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Wonderworks and the Dinner Shows amongst
others. The discount is valid for up to 6 people so a family can make a
You will see ticket booths along the road, in front of shops and in
the reception area of restaurants. They often advertise big discounts on
the normal price or free or half price tickets to Disney, Sea World or
Universal, Be wary of these. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Heavily discounted tickets are often unused tickets on multi-day passes
bought from departing holiday makers and they may or may not work when
you get to the gate. A guest in my villa got stung on this by a guy with
a booth outside the Ponderosa. When she said the ticket did not work, he
said "prove it". I now have a warning on my information sheet.
Free or half price tickets to the big parks are usually an incentive
to attend a vacation home presentation. In other words timeshare. They
tell you it will only take an hour and you get a free breakfast. In fact
it takes somewhat longer and is a gruelling experience. We attended one
of these on our first visit to Orlando.
The whole experience was slickly professional. We should have known
what to expect when they insisted on seeing that you had a major credit
card before they let you through the door for your free breakfast
buffet. What followed played on every human emotion -from sucking up to
emotional blackmail, persuasion, cajoling and finally to veiled threats
and derision. A number of people succumbed and bought whilst we were
there. Or they may have been plants ( who knows?) We did finally get our
two grudgingly given Universal tickets and escaped intact. With
travelling time, it took up five hours of our precious holiday. It was
not worth it.
Buy your tickets from outlets in the UK before you go, from
recognised ticket outlets in Orlando or at the gates, That way at least
you know what you are getting. Click here for
Theme Park Tickets
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