Disney tickets can't be resold

December 22, 1991|By New York Times News Service HHHC DvB

Officially, the only source for tickets to Disney World in Florida is Disney. But in the parking lots of restaurants and convenience stores around Orlando, if you look like a tourist you are likely to be approached by a casually dressed man offering "leftover" tickets that he says he cannot use and would like to sell for cash. They are four- or five-day passes with a day or two not yet used.

"It's not really scalping," said Frederick J. Lauten, assistant state attorney in Orlando, because, as defined by Florida law, scalping means reselling for more than a dollar over the official price. These middlemen sell the leftover part of the tickets for the same price as Disney does, or perhaps less. A one-day ticket costs $33, a four-day ticket is $111 and a five-day pass is $145.

At the urging of Disney, the Florida legislature passed a law in 1988 making resale of multiday tickets a misdemeanor if one of the days had been used. No tourists have been prosecuted, but undercover police officers have arrested some middlemen. No one has gone to jail, but a few people have been fined, he said. The maximum penalty is 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

John Dreyer, a spokesman for Disney World, suggested that people hold on to any unused portion. "Those tickets are good for whenever you come back, next week, next year, next decade," he said.

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