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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

• “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 legoland.com.

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 ripleys.com/orlando 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 DiscoveryCove.com or call 1-877-434-7268.


Florida Residents Discounts

Capone’s Dinner & Show Florida Resident Special
Visit any day of the week from Labor Day to September 30th (excludes Saturdays) show your Florida identification and get adult tickets for only $22.99+tax – a savings of $29.00 off regular price. Reservations are required and space is limited.

Magic Your Way Tickets for Florida Residents
Magic Your Way Base Tickets give each member of your travel party entry to one Theme Park a day each day of your ticket.
• Adults save nearly $14.00 on a one day ticket at any park
• 10 years and older only $73.80 per park a savings of almost $14.00 per ticket
• Ages 3-9 $66.60 a savings of over $12.00 per ticket

Sea World
Now, Florida residents can Pay for LESS than a day, and come back all year (restrictions apply) to enjoy all the sights and splashes of SeaWorld Orlando with a 2010 SeaWorld Fun Card. Enjoy unlimited general admission through December 31, 2010 for only $69.95. How much fun can you have for LESS than the price of one day? Find out! Add Busch Gardens to your SeaWorld Fun Card and double your fun.

Nickelodeon Hotel Special Offer for Florida Residents
10% Off Food & Entertainment Credit

Florida resident Discounts at Staybridge Suites
One bedroom from $79.00-$119.00
Two bedroom two bath Suites from $99.00 to $119.00

Universal Orlando Florida Residents save up to $50.00
Visit Universal Orlando for a wide variety of Florida resident Deals

This is only a small selection of Florida Resident Deals. Orlando Tourist Tip: Go to your favorite search engine and type in “Orlando Florida resident specials” and you will find discounts for restaurants, theme parks, golf, lodging and dinner shows.

Take advantage of these deals because they will not last long, so do your research and plan a bargain Orlando vacation!

Busch Gardens Tradition

My favorite theme park when my children were young was Busch Gardens. We’d get up early and make the drive to Tampa (about an hour), unload the car just as the park was opening. The first few years, we could get in an educational type experience walking through the Myombe Reserve viewing the apes and gorillas, then onto the rhinos and elephants and tropical birds. Then when us parents needed a break, we could hit the children area and let the little ones wear themselves out a little more. A few more tours and another break was in order, so we’d take the skyride or train around the park and view even more beautiful creatures of the Serengeti Plain.

As the kids grew older, we’d pile out of the car (mini-van) and quickly, THEY’D plan their route of rides to experience and off we’d go to Sheikra, Kumba, Scorpion, Gwazi and more. Even when my kids were teens, I loved Busch Gardens. I could find a nice quiet area of the park and read a book while they and their friends took to the roller coasters and water-soaking rides; and I’d sneak off for a free sample of suds!

Busch Gardens is doing a lot of good things. Last week 100 U.S. Navy recruits were sworn in at the park as part  of Navy Week. In February, a mother and daughter pair of western lowland gorillas, native to Africa and critically endangered were brought to the park for breeding. The new arrivals can be viewed at the Myombe Reserve habitat a 3-acre rain forest environment that opened in 1991. The theme park is also involved in sending a gift of about 1,000 tilapia to a nonprofit organization in Dade City dedicated to alleviating world hunger through sustainable fish farming. The fish will help the organization by replacing many they lost during the January freeze. It also helps Busch Gardens as they must clean up a lake used by their koi and have more tilapia than needed to eat the algae off the pond walls.

Reading about all of these “warm fuzzy” happenings at the attraction brought back such great memories. Going to Busch Gardens at least once a year was a tradition for my kids. If you have small children, NOW is a great time to begin this tradition for yourselves. Busch Gardens is offering a free pass for Florida preschoolers for the remainder of 2010! You must register online to get an e-ticket and at the gate prove the child’s date of birth (download the FAQs/rules). While they usually charge children starting at age 3, this special is available to kids who are 5 years old and younger. This promotion is in conjunction with the park’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun area, set to open March 27.

Busch Gardens is worth the drive. It’s a great theme park with activities for all ages. Educational and entertaining, you’ll be happy to open your family up to a possible new tradition. Um, wish my kids were little again…

Spotlight: Gatorland

An up close view of alligators at Gatorland.

Driving by Gatorland earlier this week, I was happy to see the parking lot FULL! And why not? It is a great time of the year to visit this Central Florida attraction.

You’d never know there was a fire in November 2006 that destroyed the gift shop and Godwin family home where Gatorland was born. A simple roadside attraction in 1965 now features over 19,000 square feet of retail, meeting and office space, pavilions and of course, the historic gator mouth entrance. This 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve has lots of alligators to watch and observe, but they also give visitors a chance to see white alligators, crocodiles, snakes, flamingos, parrots and a barnyard full of critters. Besides, where else can you watch a man wrestle an alligator?

What I adore about this attraction is that it is not a high-tech flashy experience. It is educational, entertaining and “real.” The self-guided tour through Gatorland’s Swamp Walk gives visitors a glimpse of what much of Central Florida looked like many years ago – an unspoiled native Cypress swamp. It is nothing short of beautiful.

The “Alligator Capital of the World” is running a Florida Resident Special March 13 – May 2, 2010. Any resident ticket is only $9.99 (adult or child). If you are not a Florida resident, you still don’t have to pay full price. Seniors (55 & up) who visit before May 2 also get in for $9.99. You may also download their coupon and save $2.50 off any ticket. The best deal is for Central Florida teachers; they (and a guest) get in for FREE! If the discounted price isn’t enough, for the next few weeks, random prizes are being given away to guests that include a chance to feed the gators, drive the train and more!

Plan a trip to Gatorland. Walk through the mouth of the alligator and be pleasantly entertained by some of the fiercest creatures that live in the wild here in Central Florida. You’ll most likely learn something you didn’t know AND have a fond vacation memory for a lifetime.