Free tick­ets, beer and ho­tel deals

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Money - Doreen Chris­tensen

Win­ter is a great time to visit Flor­ida theme parks when the weather is cool and crisp.

There are some sweet free ticket deals and ho­tel of­fers to be had at Busch Gar­dens, Dis­ney World, Uni­ver­sal, SeaWorld and other pop­u­lar re­sorts. Most also are of­fer­ing sav­ings just for Flor­ida res­i­dents. We usu­ally have to wait un­til steamy Oc­to­ber to save.

Year of Beer in Tampa

Busch Gar­dens Tampa Bay is cel­e­brat­ing its 60th an­niver­sary by giv­ing away free beer this year. Stop in for two free

7-ounce sips at the Gar­den Gate Cafe or the Serengeti Over­look Pub. The promo honors the park’s roots when then-owner Anheuser-Busch started serv­ing its prod­ucts at the Hospi­tal­ity House in 1959.

You may need some­thing to steady your nerves after rid­ing Ti­gris, soon to be the state’s tallest launch roller coaster. The thrilling new ride, set to open in the spring, makes a

150-foot sky­ward surge, rolling and twirling along 1,800 feet of track at brisk 60 miles an hour. Sounds fun.

Flor­ida res­i­dents can get a free Ad­ven­ture Is­land Fun Card with pur­chase of a Busch Gar­dens Tampa Bay Fun Card for $105. Cards are good through Dec. 31, but there are a host of blackout dates. Plus, for a lim­ited time, chil­dren 5 and younger get in free, too.

Go to Buschgar­ tampa/tick­ets/fun-card for the deal.

Hop around Dis­ney

Visit Dis­ney’s Magic King­dom, Ep­cot, Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios and An­i­mal King­dom in Or­lando with a new 4-park ticket deal kick­ing off Jan. 18 and is good through Sept. 30.

Prices start at $85 per day for adults and $80 per day for kids.

There also is a Flor­ida res­i­dent of­fer for 3-day Dis­cover Dis­ney Ticket for $175 when gets you into one park a day. Add a 4th day for $20. That of­fer runs through June 27.

Also, res­i­dents can save on rooms at Dis­ney’s All- StarRe­sort, Coron­ado Springs Re­sort and An­i­mal King­dom Lodge through April. Prices range from $79 to $284 per night.

There will be a rea­son to visit in the fall when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios.

Dis­ney once again is salut­ing our mil­i­tary he­roes this year with spe­cial ticket prices and room rates.

Of­fers are for ac­tive and re­tired mil­i­tary per­son­nel of all ser­vice branches through Dec. 19 with some blackout dates.

Prices: 4-day ticket with the Park Hop­per is $241 (with Park Hop­per Plus is $291); 5-day ticket with the Park Hop­per is $257 (with park

Hop­per Plus $307).

Tick­ets can be pur­chase by the mil­i­tary mem­ber or spouse for up to five fam­ily mem­bers and friends with a limit of six tick­ets to­tal at mil­i­tary sales out­lets. Tick­ets must be used by the same per­son on any and all days.

There also are spe­cial ticket prices at at Dis­ney­land Re­sort in Cal­i­for­nia and deals on ac­com­mo­da­tions at Walt Dis­ney Re­sorts. Call 407-939-7830 or par­tic­i­pat­ing U.S. mil­i­tary base ticket of­fices for more in­for­ma­tion.

Go to Dis­ney­world.dis­­cial-of­fers to see all the deals.

Free days at Uni­ver­sal

Uni­ver­sal Or­lando is of­fer­ing two free days with pur­chase of two days through May 31. Prices start at $215.

There also is a Flor­ida res­i­dent deal to visit for any three days through June 30 for $160 with a promo code on spe­cial­ly­marked pack­ages of Co­caCola or Coke Zero Sugar.

Go to Univer­salOr­ for the deal.

SeaWorld free­bies

Veter­ans, mil­i­tary mem­bers

and up to three de­pen­dents also can get free en­try at SeaWorld, Dis­cov­ery Cove in Or­lando and Busch Gar­dens in Tampa with the the Waves of Honor pro­gram.

You must log in with the Troop ID to get the of­fer, which is also good at theme parks in San Diego, San An­to­nio and Wil­liams­burg, Va.

Go to for the deal.

Kids get in free at SeaWorld Or­lando, too. Buy a sin­gle day ticket for $99 or a two-park ticket for $149 and get a free ticket for kids ages 3-9. Vis­its must be made by March 14.

Also, Flor­ida res­i­dents can get a free Preschool Card. Chil­dren 5 and younger can en­joy free en­try at SeaWorld and Aquat­ica Or­lando through De­cem­ber 31. Regis­ter on­line by Jan. 27 and re­deem in-park by Feb. 28.

Se­same Street Land is

sched­uled to open in the spring with rides, wet and dry play ar­eas and daily pa­rades with the show’s char­ac­ters.

Go to or­lando/spe­cial-of­fers for the deals.

Le­goland free­bie

Le­goland Flor­ida in Win­ter Haven also is of­fer­ing free­bies for preschool­ers. Get free an­nual passes val­ued at $119 for 3and 4-year-olds through Feb. 18. Passes also are good at the wa­ter park. Chil­dren 2 and younger get free ad­mis­sion.

Get passes at the ticket win­dow and bring proof of age such as a birth cer­tifi­cate or pass­port.

Go to Le­goland­ for the deal.


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is sched­uled to open at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios in the fall.


Among the sights at SeaWorld’s Se­same Street will be Mr. Hooper’s store.

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