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Fun for Less at Fun Spot’s Birthday

Fun Spot’s Birthday Blast will be on June 11th. It will be their 18th one! Finally “legal.” On this day you can purchase tickets for only $18. Nothing like someone else having the birthday, but you get the gift!

Fun Spot’s Birthday Tickets

Fun Spot’s Birthday single-day passes will be available online starting at midnight through 2:00 p.m. EST. If you are at the park, they will be sold from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. These passes will not expire for an entire year, so you can have fun for less whenever you want!

Fun Spot’s Birthday Blast

For $18 you will receive a single day pass that includes all of the rides and Gator Spot (only at the Orlando’s location). The SkyCoaster ride and arcade will require additional expenses, but hey, you’re already saving money. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you have another $18 to spend, check out the photo deal while you’re at the Orlando attraction. The Fun Spot’s Birthday photo deal includes a 4” x 6” photo and 4 wallet-sized photos. Key chains with your photo can be made for an additional $1.99 each. These make excellent souvenirs and help preserve your Orlando vacation.

If you will be attending Fun Spot’s Birthday Blast on June 11th, enjoy the party. There will be entertainment, music, giveaways and more. This Orlando attraction can easily fill the better part of an entire day. Children really love it.

Fun Spot Orlando is located at 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819; phone: 407-363-3867. The Kissimmee Fun Spot is located at 2850 Florida Plaza Blvd., Kissimmee FL 34746; phone: 407-397-2509. Both locations offer a lot of fun, however, the Orlando location is still our recommendation (if you have the option of either attraction).

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If lodging near or on International Drive, be sure to check out the I-drive trolley as a way to get to Fun Spot. The trolley is one of the best ways to get around this busy tourist area. For just a few dollars, it is a great way to have fun for less – money and hassle!

Holy Land Experience Free Day

This year’s Holy Land Experience free day is scheduled for February 24, 2016. For one day out of the year, this Orlando theme park offers free admission into the park. They do this in order to qualify for property-tax exemption status as a religious entity under state law.

This attraction is usually less crowded than other Orlando attractions, however, on this date it will be bustling with guests. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Plan to arrive when the park opens at 10:00 a.m. due to possible park closures once capacity of about 2,000 has been reached (and it usually does reach capacity on Holy Land Experience free day).

Attending this park is such a unique way to experience the Bible. Not only the sights will take you over 7,000 miles away and over 2,000 years back in time, but the sounds and tastes will as well. There are shows, shopping and dining all within the theme park.

Holy Land Experience Free Day

The Holy Land Experience is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., but is closed on Sunday and Monday. Holy Land Experience is also closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. If you’d like to attend a Sunday church service, a non-denominational Christian service is offered (Trinity Christian Center) at the Theater of Life (inside the Temple building) in the center of the park. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: All ages are welcome, however, they do not offer a nursery or teen/youth group.

Holy Land Experience Free Day – Save Money

If you will not be attending Holy Land Experience free day, ticket prices are $50 per adult, $35 per child (6-12) and $20 per pre-k child (3-5). If you want to see all of the shows and go through each experience thoroughly, you may want to consider a 2-day ticket ($75/$50/$35). This will allow you to see more of the theatrical presentations. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: While all of the live entertainment is inspiring, be sure to catch “Passion of the Christ Live Drama.” It is a little lengthly, but very inspirational.

While adults may enjoy this Orlando attraction the most, there are plenty of fun things to do for kids. An entire section of the park is dedicated to youngsters called the Smile of a Child Adventure Land. In the future, a nine-hole miniature golf course will also be featured (completion date T.B.D.). Teenagers have their fun too at the JUCE Explodes Youth Center where at certain times throughout the day they can sing karaoke, participate in a praise dance-off and more.

Enjoy the Holy Land Experience free day, located just off Interstate-4 at 4655 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811. For more information call 407-872-2272, or go to Since the day is free, why not consider a small donation while you are there? I’m sure you will feel blessed!

Theme Parks Start Year with Resident Ticket Specials

As we enter a new year, there are already a couple of exciting Orlando theme park ticket deals to share. There are also some announcements concerning Central Florida attraction closings. Out with the old, in with the new!

Seaworld Orlando

Preschool Passes

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens are offering children between ages 5 – 3 free passes in the way of a Preschool Pass. Children 2 and under are already free. The passes will be good through December 31, 2015! The children must be Florida residents and register online. For a younger family, this is a fantastic deal. There are no blackout dates.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Parents can purchase an annual pass so that the entire family can attend the theme park over and over again. With the kids being free, an all-day outing is very affordable. It also makes it easy to go to the theme park for a couple of hours at a time, keeping those little ones busy!

Florida Resident – Discover Disney

Disney has brought back a Florida resident special called Discover Disney. Every year this discounted ticket package is a little different. While the cost changes, the value is still pretty good. Guests 3 and older are allowed to visit 3 Disney theme parks for the price of $139 (up $10 from last year). Spend one day at 3 different parks, or opt in for the more expensive cost of $159 and spend four days at 4 different parks. The visits do not need to be on consecutive days.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you like the idea of hopping from park to park, add on a park-hopper option for $24.50 which will allow a lot of freedom when visiting these Orlando theme parks. There are also specials that will allow water park access (burr!) and golfing.

If it has been awhile since you’ve gone to Disney, this is a good time (and price) to discover it again. This special theme park ticket must be used by June 4, 2015 – visiting all of the parks/days. There are blackout dates during Spring Break (March 30 to April 9) at the Magic Kingdom park. If your relatives from out of state want to join, expect to pay about $274 each for the same deal. Just goes to show what a cheap ticket this is!

Attractions Closing

Many attractions and Orlando shows closed during the year of 2014. They include:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios –
• American Idol Experience
• Studio Backlot Tour
• Legend of Jack Sparrow

Epcot Shows –
• Off Kilter
• Mo’Rockin
• Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps
• World Showcase Players

Universal CityWalk –
• NASCAR Grill

Wet ‘n Wild
• Bubba Tub

• “Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island”

Fantasy of Flight
• closed its doors to the public

Old Town
• Windstorm Coaster

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: In the early part of 2015, Busch Gardens will close the Gwazi roller coaster. This is the wooden coaster which opened in 1999 with two tracks – Tiger and Lion. The Tiger side is the only side now being used as the Lion side was closed in 2012. If you miss Gwazi and still want to experience a wooden roller coaster, go to Fun Spot on I-Drive. They opened White Lightning last year. You may also find another wooden roller coaster in Florida at Legoland. Coastersaurus opened in 2004. You may know it by the name of Triple Hurricane.

Early Fall Theme Park Specials


A few early Fall theme park specials are being offered. Some special discounts are new and a few are repeats from last year. Typically September is one of the slower months, so it is not uncommon to find many Florida resident specials and the like.

Free Day at Central Florida Theme Park

Legoland FloridaA repeat from last year at Legoland Florida is a free day’s admission during September for all police officers, EMS and firefighters working in the U.S. Even retired personnel are eligible as long as they can show proper identification. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you qualify for this free theme park ticket, you may purchase up to 4 additional tickets for your family or friends for only $40 per ticket. If you want to include the water park, be sure it will be open on the day of your visit, and add it for only $15 per guest. This deal is only good through September 30. For more information, visit

Ripley's Museum offers special dealFree Admission for Teachers

A fun attraction located on International Drive is offering teachers, administrators, counselors and support staff (K-high school) free admission. Through October 19, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum is offering this great deal. You must show a current pay stub or photo ID. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Bring family and friends along and receive 50% off their admission. You’ll enjoy the educational, and strange displays within this air conditioned venue. Perfect for a rainy day! Go to for more information, or call 407-345-0501.

Florida Resident Deal at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove LogoThis is an extended special offer for one of Orlando’s favorite theme parks. In fact, Discovery Cove is the number 1 amusement park in the world (according to the 2014 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Awards™. If you are a Florida resident and have never been to this park, now is the time to go.

Through December, Floridians can swim with dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and rays while also encountering marmosets and exotic birds. The discounted package will cost $219, and includes admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica! New this year is the ability to add a Busch Gardens pass for an extra $25. The additional park admission is good through January 31, 2015. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: For an extra $49, you can add an underwater walking tour called SeaVenture. It is a lot of fun and will get you up close with the fish and even sharks. If you only want to visit the park and not swim with the dolphins, a cheaper theme park ticket is available for only $149. Proof of Florida residency is required for any of these special discounted tickets. For information or reservations, go to or call 1-877-434-7268.


Great Ticket Deals to Animal Attractions

If you love animal attractions, you’re in luck this month. Two Central Florida zoos are offering admission deals this month. You can even score free admission tickets for your children!

Central Florida ZooThe Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, located at 3755 NW Hwy. 17-92 in Sanford, FL is offering free admission for two children (12 and younger) on Saturday, August 23 when accompanied by a paying adult. You must present the coupon found on the Orlando Family Magazine’s web site. There will be special activities offered by the magazine from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Even if you cannot attend the zoo on this date, the cost of admission is reasonable and is a great experience for everyone in your family or group.

If you’ve not been to this zoo lately, you’ll love all of the improvements and additional features that have been incorporated. The zoo includes more than 500 animals representing nearly 200 species. The new giraffe exhibit even allows your family to feed the giraffes (additional charge). ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Since it is hot this August, bring a swimsuit and cool off in the new Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground! This is great for the young ones and is included in regular zoo admission.

Lowry Park ZooIf you are in the Tampa area, check out the Lowry Park Zoo. During the month of August, they are offering U.S. military and Florida first responders free weekday admission. To get this deal, you must register on their site at, print the voucher and present it with your qualifying identification at the ticket window. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Each qualifying military member or first responder gets to have a free guest, as well as purchase up to four additional one-day admission tickets at half price! If you are a first responder, military dependent or service member, you should not pass up this deal.

mother and baby gorillaAnother excellent place to see animal attractions is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Free or cheap tickets to this Orlando theme park are rarely found. If you know of any great ticket deals, be sure to let us know. If you love gorillas, you’ll want to check out the baby gorilla born a few days ago (August 7). It’s a boy! So far everything is going well for the little guy who will be named soon. His mother is Azizi and the father’s name is Gino. This is the fourth gorilla born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

There are many other animal attractions located in Central Florida. Be sure to check out our list and their individual web sites. Now that the children are returning to school, why not treat them to a trip to the zoo or animal park? It will be a fun and inexpensive learning experience.