The rise in cost of Disney Parks tickets seems to be outpacing what many of us can afford. Pretty much everyone is looking for Disney ticket deals these days. Whether you’re planning a trip to Disneyland or Disney World, we’ve got some strategies that will save you money.
Discount Ticket Brokers
Are they worth it? We’ve used reputable companies like Undercover Tourist in the past and have been pleased with the service. The discount is usually somewhere around 3%. If you use a good cash back credit card, you could save another 2%. At a total of a 5% discount, this is pretty good but not amazing.
Bonus: Last December Undercover Tourist offered a rebate through Amex Offers. If you spent $150 (using your Amex card), you got a $30 rebate. If you have an American Express card, watch your Amex Offers this Christmas. It could come around again.
Discounted Disney Gift Cards
A better way to get Disney ticket deals is buying discounted Disney gift cards. We’ve written an entire series of posts on ways to save between 7% and 14% on Disney gift cards. You can use these cards to purchase Disney park tickets with relative ease using a Disney Vacation Account.
Among the examples include the always popular use of the Target REDcard in combination with a Disney Vacation Account. This will get you a 7% savings on as many Disney gift cards as you want to buy. Other strategies include using the Discover it Cash card to purchase Disney gift cards at Lowes to get 10% cash back.
Update: Some of the discounts on Disney gift cards listed below have expired. You can find our page with all the latest discounts HERE.
Posts on Strategies for Discounted Disney Gift Cards:
- Disney Gift Cards at Target (Save 7%)
- OfficeMax for Disney Gift Cards (Save 9%)
- BJs and the Chase Freedom (Save 11%)
- Get Disney Cards at Lowes (Save 12%)
- BJs and the Freedom/Sapphire Combo (Save 14%)
Active and retired US Military personnel can purchase up to six 4-Day Disney World park hopper tickets for $196 each. The full cost of that same ticket for everyone else is a whopping $394, so this is a tremendous savings. For more information on this deal, visit here.
Disneyland offers a similar program. Military personnel can get 3-day park hopper tickets for $143. Regular price for this same ticket is $295. Again, this is a really fantastic discount for a deserving group of people. That offer is here.
Other Ways to Save on Tickets
Annual Passes, Local Residents and More
We’ve included three of the most common ways to get Disney ticket deals in the previous section. But, we haven’t covered every option. You might be interested in ticket discounts for local residents, discounts on annual passes or something else. For these, we appreciate the thorough research at Mousesavers.com. Here are links to the MouseSavers Walt Disney World Ticket Discounts and Disneyland Ticket Discounts pages.
Cash Back Credit Cards
The best way to get Disney ticket discounts is to get “free” tickets. Using great cash back credit cards is our favorite way to cover the cost of tickets. Our recommendation, get the Citi Double Cash for it’s flat 2% cash back on all purchases. Combine that with the Discover it Cash card for its 5% cash back category bonuses. Discover even doubles ALL cash back at the end of your first year. Both cards have no annual fee and will help you earn loads of cash to pay for your tickets.
Looking for other ways to save on a Disney vacation. Take a look at our Top 10 for our favorite ways to use credit card sign up bonuses to get free nights in hotels and free flights. There are strategies there that will save you over $1,000. Our favorite is getting Five Free Nights at the Walt Disney World Dolphin.