Free tickets, beer and hotel deals
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 Buschgardens.com/ 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.disney.go.com/special-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 UniversalOrlando.com for the deal.
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 WavesofHonor.com 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 Seaworld.com/ orlando/special-offers for the deals.
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 Legolandflorida.com 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.