This isn't the Disneyland of your youth. Single-day tickets are $99. Annual “passports” come with optional payment plans. You could fly to New York for less.
But still they come — your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe really expensive Anaheim air.
And, with such demand, of course there's a black market for Disneyland tickets. The Los Angeles Police Department is warning folks, however, that it's a sucker's game.
One women recently bought $1,600 worth of fake tickets downtown after meeting a man who had advertised the goods on Craigslist, police said. She found out they were no good only after going to the park with her family, they said.
The guy's ruse is allowing victims to photograph his driver's license as a way of calming their nerves about the legitimacy of the tickets, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
In an least one case, the tickets might have been genuine but had yet to be “activated,” according to authorities.
So far the driver's license info hasn't done investigators any good. Cops believe the same scam artist has been at it since 2013.
Here's a recent LAPD account of ripoffs attributed to this particular Disneyland deviant:
On 3/11/15, the victim met the suspect at 7th St & Figueroa to purchase Disneyland tickets he had posted for sale on Craigslist. The victim paid him $1,600 in cash for 10 tickets at $60 each as well as 20 additional tickets at $50 each. The victim also took a photo of his driver’s license at the time of the transaction. On 3/8/15, the victim took her family to Disneyland and discovered the tickets were not valid and had no value. The victim has been unable to make contact with the suspect.
On 3/23/15, the victim answered the suspect’s Craigslist ad listing Disneyland tickets for sale. The victim met him at Figueroa & Chick Hearn, in front of the Staples Center. The victim purchased 6 tickets for $500, which they paid in cash. The suspect offered to have the victim take a photo of his driver’s license, which they did. When the victim took the family to Disneyland, they discovered the tickets they had purchased were not valid.
On 3/17/15, the victim saw the suspect’s Craigslist ad listing Disneyland tickets for sale. The victim contacted the suspect and they agreed to meet at the Starbucks near the Staples Center. On 5/9/15, the victim tried to use the Disneyland tickets and was advised by security that the tickets were not valid; they had not been activated. The victim then contacted the suspect who agreed to meet him in front of the police station and refund his money, but the man never showed up. In Nov 2013, there were three victims who reported purchasing Disneyland tickets from the same suspect, and in all cases, the suspect sold invalid Disneyland tickets to the unsuspecting buyers.
And if anyone has info on this douche, call police at 877-527-3247.