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    New ticket scam?

    Last night as we were leaving the park after closing (8:15), a couple of kids came up to us to ask us (and others around us) for our ticket stubs. We waved them off and said we didn't have any to give, which we didn't. They moved on the the next group behind us and we heard them claim to be collecting them for their principal at school. As we walked back to the car we then tried to figure out what the possible benefit could be to collecting the tickets.

    What we came up with was that it was a scam to try and get people to accidentally give up multi-day tickets that still had visits left on them.

    Anyone else have an idea?

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    well if you felt it was scam.Why didn't you report the kids to security?

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by elsa View Post
    Last night as we were leaving the park after closing (8:15), a couple of kids came up to us to ask us (and others around us) for our ticket stubs. We waved them off and said we didn't have any to give, which we didn't. They moved on the the next group behind us and we heard them claim to be collecting them for their principal at school. As we walked back to the car we then tried to figure out what the possible benefit could be to collecting the tickets.

    What we came up with was that it was a scam to try and get people to accidentally give up multi-day tickets that still had visits left on them.

    Anyone else have an idea?

    Shoot, anything from it being true to the kids being pickpockets & trying to get close enough to pick a wallet from a pocket or grab a purse (something along those lines almost happened to me in Vegas, luckily I was wearing my purse across my body). Can't think of a reason why a school principal would want ticket stubs but I supposed weirder things have happened. Are there even really ticket 'stubs' per se, or just used tickets? The last time we were there our tickets were plastic.

    Probably just some doofus kids thinking they could get a valid ticket from someone by accident, like you said.

    Don't know what security could have done other than tell them to leave (if they were on Disney property). It's not illegal just to ask for ticket stubs. Annoying, yes. Illegal, probably not.
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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Trying to use them for extra fastpasses?

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by bummerkit View Post
    Trying to use them for extra fastpasses?
    This is the real reason.

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    u said after closing? well, DL is closed so you can't really use those tickets anymore.

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stormy View Post
    Probably just some doofus kids thinking they could get a valid ticket from someone by accident, like you said.
    I agree with Stormy. Growing up I have seen a few people I know try a method like this at both Knott's and Disneyland just simply as a way of getting in for free when people are leaving. It's silly, plain and simple. Sure, there could be some deeper thing to it but I feel like it was probably just dumb kids being dumb and I wouldn't go as far as saying it's a new ticket scam.

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by DannyLand View Post
    u said after closing? well, DL is closed so you can't really use those tickets anymore.
    Good point!
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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Being that it was after closing, if they were handed single day or fully used hoppers the tickets would be nothing but souvenires.

    If the parks were still open they could get tickets and try to use them for entry or to get extra FPs.


    I just want to add that I have had older kids / younger teens asking me if I would give them my left over tickets and also offering money for my tickets if days were left. Why would a 14 year old be offering me $20 for unused days on my park hopper? It felt very third worldly where adults send kids to beg, reminding me of kids selling candy in Mexico.
    Last edited by swampymarsh; 11-08-2012 at 02:44 PM.

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    If it feels like a scam, your spider sense is probably tingling for a reason.

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    You could upgrade those for an AP.


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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Druggas View Post
    You could upgrade those for an AP.
    Maybe, and also only if a ticket booth is still open, which would not happen shortly after this.

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Druggas View Post
    You could upgrade those for an AP.
    Bingo! But with all the questions about when you entered, where you entered, etc, it would be hard.
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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Quote Originally Posted by Malcon10t View Post
    Bingo! But with all the questions about when you entered, where you entered, etc, it would be hard.
    Why would the ticket booths be open 15 mins after the park has closed? Disney tries to clear their areas after closing so I wouldn't find that possible.
    And you cant really upgrade your ticket if it already expired. and they check the hand stamps. etc.
    so who knows?

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    Re: New ticket scam?

    Interestingly enough, I checked around the interwebz & found any number of sites 'advising' people to stand outside Disney and ask for 'ticket stubs'. Apparently the idea is to take a multiple day hopper 'stub' to the ticket booths and attempt to add days. The thought being that it didn't matter if all days had been used as long as you took it to the booth 'the same day'.

    Being as this is something I know nothing about (as I've never tried to add days to a hopper 'legally'), I would assume that you would have to add days before the last day was used. Or at the very least, if it was the last day, do it inside the park, like at City Hall. I wouldn't think you would be able to take a used up ticket to the booths and just say 'add X days'. Right?

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