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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 real saving.

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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