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Cheap Disney Tickets

30 tricks to cut the cost of Florida's theme parks
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Don't go Goofy over Florida's theme park prices. Whether Disney, Universal, SeaWorld or Busch Gardens, visits can cost £100s. We've 30 tips to help lasso cheap Disney tickets and more, including discount sites and how to dodge hidden extras.

Don't go Goofy over Florida's theme park prices. Whether Disney, Universal, SeaWorld or Busch Gardens, visits can cost £100s. We've 30 tips to help lasso cheap Disney tickets and more.

WARNING! Before buying ANY tickets, read the Safety Tips below

Plan your theme parks

kid with balloonsWith flights, theme park tickets, accommodation and extras, let's face it — a big trip to Disney World Florida isn't MoneySaving. But if you are going to go, there's plenty you can do to make it more affordable.

Avoid the 'perfect trip' trap

Don't forget, as well as being a wonderful place to celebrate, theme parks are also a celebration of commerciality. They're environments honed to make you spend more and more, using emotive language like 'precious moments' and 'magical memories'.

Disney tickets: the need-to-knows

Magic Kingdom The big daddy of Florida's theme parks, Walt Disney World Resort features four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and two water parks (Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon).

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Universal Studios tickets: the need-to-knows

Florida's Universal Orlando Resort has two main parks — Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure — as well as the Wet 'n' Wild water park.

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SeaWorld tickets: the need-to-knows

SeaWorldThis marine-life themed attraction in Orlando features dolphin, orca and sea-lion shows, as well as water rides. There are four main parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica water park, Discovery Cove Orlando, and Busch Gardens.

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Busch Gardens tickets: the need-to-knows

This African safari-themed attraction in Tampa Bay has rollercoasters and thrill rides, and is home to an array of exotic and endangered animals. Part of the SeaWorld group, it's a single park, and is suitable for all ages.

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Check specialist ticket agents

A number of specialist ticket agencies bulk-buy from the parks and then re-sell, sometimes at a discount to customers (not always, check first). By contrast, many travel agents add their own costs.

WARNING! Safety tips before you buy

When buying tickets you're unlikely to be protected, so spending less on tickets means you've less to lose if the worst happens. Only buy from a company you're happy with.

Be careful when booking

Looking for tickets in another country in advance is always going to have its complications, so here are some crucial points to consider.

Compare prices on the same day

picture of calendarParks can change prices frequently and discounters follow to undercut, creating an ever-changing landscape of competing rates.

Check the latest ticket deals

There are occasional special deals out there, so check for these too in case they can beat specialist ticket agents. Often these only suit particular circumstances, but it's always worth a look in case that's you. Here are the latest deals - if you've seen any more, please suggest them.

Book early to grab free delivery

Many discount sites offer free postage within 14 days or so. If you're booking tickets, order in good time if you can, or you'll waste time queuing when you're there, or end up forking out for express delivery.

Beware buying tickets on eBay

There are often cut-price Florida theme park tickets on eBay*. But be aware that buying them may mean you're breaching the official terms and conditions.

Haggle down already-cheap package deals

Finding cheap theme park tickets can really help to make a Florida trip more affordable, but don't waste the saving by paying over the odds for the rest of your getaway.

Use screenscrapers to bag cheap Florida flights

If you've decided on the DIY route, it's worth remembering that generally the earlier you book flights, the better.

Pay less for the same hotel room

Never assume one price fits all for a hotel or room. The same hotels and B&Bs are often available at different prices from different places, meaning it's possible to save £100s if you know where to look.

Free Disney tickets with timeshare pitches

picture of ticketsBrits are huge buyers of holidays and property in Florida, so a lucrative market's sprung up there to try to flog us timeshare properties.

ALWAYS book car hire early

If you've got kids in tow, or you're staying far from the parks, it's likely you'll want to hire a car during your trip. Yet never leave this until you get to Florida, as the earlier you book, the more you'll usually save.

Ditch sneaky hidden costs when you're there

There's an army of sneaky little extras that'll quickly eat up your holiday cash if you aren't careful. Use these tricks to help keep costs down when you're out there. Thanks to all MoneySavers who suggested them in the Orlando/Florida Q&A and Disney Hunt discussions:

Make a note of your ticket's serial number

Forumers recommend making a note of ticket serial numbers somewhere safe as soon as you get your mitts on them, to help with re-issuing if you lose them.

Loophole gets up to 70% off posh US hotels

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Giant US site Priceline* flogs posh hotel rooms at colossal discounts, and it's especially strong for US hotels.

FREE entry for under-threes

Florida's big four theme parks — Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando Resort and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay — all offer free entry for tots under three. Just turn up at the gate to get it, though you'll need to bring proof of age.

Plan, plan, plan

picture of fairy godmotherWork out where you’re going before you get there and you'll make far better use of your entry fee than if you have to spend the first hour squinting at a map.

Grab local coupons for extra discounts

Watch out for these when you get to Florida, as they often have discounts for local restaurants, shops and attractions. Websites International Drive Orlando and Flamingo World both have discount coupons to look through and print before you go.

Instantly find the best travel cash rate for dollars

NEVER leave buying travel cash till the airport. They know you're a captive customer, so give hideous deals (even pre-ordering and picking up at the airport boosts it).

Swipe five-star villas for two-star hotel prices

If you don’t fancy battling for a sun-lounger each morning, villas offer space for for large groups of friends, or families with kids who need to let off steam. The bonus with these is that, as a rule of thumb, the larger the group, the bigger the per-person saving, so they're great if there's a party of you visiting Florida.

Free or cheap entry to Florida's state parks

If you're off to Orlando, don't forget it doesn’t all need to be about big, expensive theme parks. Many of Florida's state parks are free or just a few dollars to get into, and let you see more of Florida’s natural geography.

Warning! Don't forget your ESTA

Everyone from the UK going to the USA by air or sea, even those just passing through, must fill out the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) in advance or they'll be turned back.

Nab sub-£50 worldwide family travel cover

When you're caught up in planning a big trip to Disney it's easy to forget about travel insurance, yet it can be invaluable if something unexpected happens while you're out there. One forumite reports:

Going more than once a year? Check annual prices

If you'll make more than one trip in a year, check annual pass prices. Whether it's worth it for you will depend on the length of your ticket and which theme park you're off to. This can save a wad, but only if you're sure you'll return and can afford the outlay.

Get inspiration from other Disney-goers

The Overseas Holidays and Travel Planning forum board is a great resource for finding tried and tested travel tips, and sharing excitement with others in the run-up to the big trip.