If you have traveled to Florida before, more specifically to Orlando by car, you have undoubtedly seen all the signs that offer free tickets to one of the major theme parks in the area. These offers are very tempting, but as you can imagine, there’s a catch. But, the question is, are these deals worth it?
How They Work
9 times out of 10 the “free tickets” deal works by having you sit through some sort of time share, vacation rental, property management type seminar. Often the sales person will tell you that the presentation will take no longer than 45 minutes to an hour. Some of the timeshare presentation stick to a pretty tight schedule, but many do not.
The time they quote you is only for the presentation and does not actually include the time you have to wait before the presentation starts or how long it takes for them to put together your free tickets. I haven to some of these that took half a day from start to finish.
What to Expect
Many of these timeshare presentations will involve your own personal sales person. The sales person will sit down and smooth talk you about the benefits of owning a time share, and blah blah blah. They then take you around the property and show you some of the rooms and condos that you could choose from.
After all this they sit down and offer you limited time deals and try to get you to sign. If you say no, they come back with an even better offer. You generally have to say no two or three times before they give up. After this, they process your paperwork and give you your tickets.
Are They Worth It?
The question of whether spending a half day listening to sales person is worth getting free tickets depends on the traveler. If you are a family with limited amount of vacation time,then no, these deals probably aren’t worth it. You are better off staying in a hotel in Orlando.
However, if you are just traveling to Florida with a few friends and have no real schedule, then these an be a great way to save some money on your road trip. The only catch is that someone in your group has to be over 23, have a drivers license, and a major credit card.
Who says you have to visit the theme parks anyways? Check out these things to do that aren’t Disney.
Don’t forget that you can get into Disney for free on your birthday.