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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

SeaWorld
• “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.

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 lowryparkzoo.com/Hero, 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.

Summer Shows at SeaWorld

New Killer Whale Show at SeaWorld

This summer, guests at SeaWorld Orlando will be treated to two new shows. Generation Nature LIVE and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night are not to be missed. The all-new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration, begins this Saturday, June 21, 2014. It is a high energy show featuring new music and killer whale behaviors.

The daytime show, Generation Nature LIVE also starts on the Summer Solstice and provides a way for guests to connect with animals and explore nature. Guests can meet SeaWorld personnel that are directly involved with animal rescue and rehabilitation. They will share their unique stories about the many animals they have rescued and care for. Along the way, this Orlando theme park is hoping guests will discover how they can take part in protecting wildlife within their own habitats.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Guests can save $15 on a ticket valid any day of the week when purchasing a new ticket called “Your Day, Priced Your Way.” Providing your schedule is flexible, you can save even more. These tickets are valid for one day’s admission and must be used within one year from the date of purchase. You must also be a U.S. resident and order tickets directly from SeaWorld.

If it has been awhile since you’ve visited this Orlando theme park, these new summer shows are not the only thing you’ll not want to miss. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is a fairly new attraction and is quite the adventure to experience. Explore a massive penguin colony of more than 250 penguins! A family-friendly ride, Antarctica, is a great way to gain an up-close view of these animals.

Let’s also not forget about Manta. This favorite among roller coaster enthusiasts will have you gliding around the theme park like a manta ray. It is especially fun to ride at night. And speaking about night time fun, make sure to join the Shamu’s Dance Party at the Village Square located in front of the park. It opens one hour before the park closes, and a half hour after – for those who just aren’t ready to call it a day.

Summer Nights ends August 10, 2014. For more information visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Discount Tickets When Donating Food Items

I’m always thankful when I find businesses that help contribute to the local food banks. The closer we get to Thanksgiving, more and more people become aware of the huge need to fill the shelves for the less fortunate. Recently I was made aware of two local attractions that are collecting nonperishable food items in exchange for discounted tickets. As I become aware of more Central Florida attractions helping out, I’ll add them to this article.

Fantasy of Flight, an attraction off I-4 in Polk County is discounting tickets by $5 from October 1st to November 10th. Admission is generally $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 6-12. Every person in your group must bring a food item to qualify for the discount. Upon arrival, bring the food to the attractions’ admissions counter. The rice, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables collected will benefit The Mission of Winter Haven.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium attraction on International Drive will also be collecting nonperishable food items. This does not start, however, until November 6 and only lasts five days; until November 10th. You must bring 5 food items and when you do, your ticket into the “odditorium” will only cost $5. The regular price for adults is $19.99 (online $16.99) and children ages 4 – 12 is $11.99 (online $9.99). The deal is – five days, five items, five dollars. They call it the “Gimme Five” campaign. Suggested food items include pasta, tomato sauce, juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and veggies and baby food. It will all be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

If you know of any other Orlando area attractions helping out the food banks, please leave a comment to this post. I would be most happy to add it into the list. Enjoy the attractions. Rejoice that you have food. All while helping those who struggle to put food on their tables.