More people busted for selling partially used Central Florida theme park tickets

Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2011 11:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Five workers face charges of illegally selling multi-day passes to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. Detectives recovered 860 tickets worth more than $111,000.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 4:06 PM

It's a crappy law. People should be able to do what they want with their unused days (and theme parks should price accordingly).

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 4:14 PM

Wouldn't matter, because the ticket is still non-transferable by the parks' rules, and it's enforced with the biometrics at the gate.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 4:19 PM

Well, it's the difference between an activity being illegal or merely against a park's policy - the one with possible civil or criminal repercussions, the other probably having no worse consequences than being banned from a park.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 5:11 PM

I guess what I was getting at is that you're still selling merchandise with no value. When you show up with this used ticket, it's not going to work. The law you're breaking isn't reselling tickets, it's selling something that has no value.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 5:12 PM

That's true.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 7:54 PM

They weren't using biometrics or even signatures in California. That made it very easy for me to give a friend my a ticket that I didn't plan on finishing using.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:35 PM

And this story isn't about California.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:33 PM

I didn't say it was. I was just real suprised that they don't use the same technology at all their parks.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 9:35 AM

Seems like the parks want them resold. The first person who bought them spent their money in the parks.. now there is a fresh poket of money coming in. Seems like a Win/Win to me!

Thursday, March 3, 2011 10:46 AM

Given the Orlando parks pricing structure (the more you play the less you pay per day), a resale market doesn't work. I understand why they price that way, even though I don't like it as a consumer, and I respect their right to enforce their admissions policies. I guess the point of my first post is I think it's crappy that it's illegal to try to sell your unused days even if only a stupid or ignorant person would buy them.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:40 PM

^Why should they be transferable? Disney knows that the law of diminishing returns means that your first day at Disney is worth a whole lot more to you than your seventh day and just about any rational consumer will pay for it that way. Supply and demand.

^^ Except that Disney leaves a ton of money on the table that the second person would have paid to get in. If it's one or two days, were talking a difference of hundreds of dollars per person. (Especially at Disney where your first day costs, $90 and your 5th day costs something like $5).

Or more to the point, if Disney wanted people to get into the park for cheap or free, they'd do it themselves, not rely on a secondary market.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:46 PM

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