A vacation to Disney World is an expensive undertaking. Traveling, staying at a hotel, and paying for food and souvenirs are all big ticket items.

Of course, another big-ticket item is Disney World tickets. You certainly want to get the best deal, but unfortunately, some folks in search of a deal end up with a scam.

It is possible to save a few dollars on your Disney tickets. You can purchase them from your local American Automobile Association or Canadian Automobile Association. You can sometimes get decent packages from Disney or a travel agent that bundles tickets, hotel, and even meals.

Generally speaking, however, if a deal on Disney tickets seems too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are five ways to avoid getting scammed when you purchase your Disney tickets:

1 – Pay With A Credit Card

If you pay with a credit card and then run into an issue, you can dispute the charge with your credit card provider. Your provider offers this service as a protection to you. Take advantage of it. If you pay with a check, you have no recourse. Your money is gone.

How to avoid Disney ticket scams.

How to avoid Disney ticket scams.

If you plan to use a travel agent, which is often a good idea, be sure to check them out with the Better Business Bureau. Look for a travel agent used by your friends or recommended by trusted sources.

3 – Don’t Buy Used Tickets

Disney associates each ticket with biometric information (fingerprint data) of the person who uses it first. In this way, the ticket is locked to a single person. This is how Disney enforces its policy of not allowing transfers of tickets. Even if your best friend offers you a great deal on a few leftover days he or she didn’t use on his ticket, don’t buy it. You simply won’t be able to use that ticket since it is already associated with your friend’s fingerprint data.

4 – Avoid Craig’s List And eBay

Only Disney’s computer systems can tell you if a ticket is really valid, and you don’t have a way to check those systems yourself. The only way you know whether a ticket is good or not is to present it at the Disney gate. Since many tickets on Craig’s List or on Ebay are either used or invalid, save yourself some hassles and don’t buy from these sources.

5 – If A Deal Seems Too Good To Be True…

The old saying really is true: If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Remember that ultimately only Disney can grant admission to its parks; only Disney really controls valid tickets. Yes, you can save a few dollars through AAA or an authorized reseller, but by and large you will pay roughly the same price for a Disney ticket from any given source – since ultimately Disney is one and only source of valid admission tickets.

Have you heard of any stories of Disney ticket scams?