Tickets prices just recently went up for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and it’s something that happens every year. A one-day ticket to Disneyland is now topping out at $99 before tax, but some families were hoping to get them cheaper. Unfortunately for them, they ended up being scammed by a man selling fake Disneyland tickets.
According to Hawaii News Now, police have arrested 38-year-old Terance Hutchinson on suspicion of selling fake Disneyland tickets to as many as 20 different victims.
Hutchinson was arrested on March 10 at his mother’s home. Upon arresting him, they found a number of counterfeit tickets in his room, and he even admitted to selling them because he needed the money.
This wasn’t the first time that Hutchinson has ventured into the world of selling fake Disneyland tickets. He was arrested last year for the same thing and released in the fall from prison. When November hit, he began selling them once again.
Police state that a woman responded to an ad she found online in January that was for cheap Disneyland tickets. She met up with Hutchinson and ended up giving him $175 for four Disneyland park tickets that ended up being fake, as she figured out later on.
Another family recently had a mother purchase six of the Disneyland tickets from Hutchinson for $250. Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes said that she also had found his ad for the tickets on the Internet, so she reached out to him.
A mere three days later, that family arrived at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and learned that the tickets were indeed fake, per Fox 8 Live.
The fake Disneyland tickets actually look like real ticket vouchers that Cast Members or families of Disney employees may receive. Upon getting to the entrance of the park, guests would normally take the E-ticket piece of paper to the turnstile and use it to gain entry.
With these tickets, guests are getting to the Disneyland turnstiles, having the tickets scanned and finding out they’ve either already been used or were never valid in the first place.
Hutchinson has admitted in a police interview that he sold the fake tickets over the Internet, but an investigation is still ongoing.
Many counterfeit tickets are sold every single year to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The company always recommends purchasing tickets directly from them as they can not guarantee or ensure the legitimacy of tickets bought elsewhere.
[Image via Phoenix Police Department/Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]