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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

We found ticket deals for theme parks, attractions

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, we took a look at the deals you can get, particularly the ones offered only to Florida residents. You'll notice Disney is absent from this list but that's because time has run our on their "Wild for 3" of three days in its theme parks for $99. The tickets must be purchased by today (May 21) and used by May 24.

Still, there's lots of other theme parks offering deals this year. And being a Florida resident gets you a price break at most attractions if you jump on the Internet early and use your tickets before the height of vacation season. Here's some of the best:

Tots rule: SeaWorld and Busch Gardens this year raised the age on the free Preschool Pass for Florida residents ages 5 and younger, but the deadline is coming up. Register online by May 31. Bring your confirmation, along with your child’s original birth certificate to any window at Busch Gardens’ or SeaWorld’s front gate. The pass is valid for unlimited admission, with no blackout dates, through Dec. 31.

 Third Day Free: Universal Orlando Resort earlier this month announced a new Third Day Free offer that gives Florida residents a two-day, two-park ticket plus a third day free for $99. Tickets must be purchased online by May 31 and used by June 30. This is good for Universal and Islands of Adventure only, not Wet 'n Wild.

Summer Concert Ticket:
Universal is offering this ticket that allows one-time admission to the park after 7 p.m. on concert nights for its Summer Concert Series June 9-July 14. It costs $59.99.

Pay now, bonus later: Dinosaur World in Plant City in August is having Double Dino Days. When you pay full admission price in August, you get a ticket to come back any day in December except Christmas Day,
Gatorland is reinstating its discount for Florida residents. Floridians of all ages will get a day’s admission for $9.99 between May 5 and June 30. The price is normally $21.99 ($13.99 ages 3-12). The park features thousands of alligators and crocodiles and shows where you can see them literally leaping to chomp on food. There’s also an aviary, a petting zoo, train ride, splash park and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line over a gator breeding ground. See or call 1-800-393-5297.

Come back all year:  Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando are offering a saving of $25 when booking a joint ticket to visit both parks online. To qualify for this offer you must visit both parks by May 31. Both Busch Gardens and SeaWorld have a “Pay for a day and come back all year” unlimited park admission through Dec. 31.

Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon: The Disney water parks are offering a Florida Resident “After 2” Water Park Annual Pass. This pass gives admission to the Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks only in the afternoon after 2 p.m. it costs $63.90 for adults and $51.12 for kids. Purchase this ticket at the gate; you must have proof of Florida residency

Adventure Island: The Tampa water park has a Weekday Pass available with unlimited weekday access with no blackout dates. Mondays through Fridays, now  through Sept. 3 for $49.99 for adults and $45.99 for children. For the best deal on a single-day ticket, buy online at and save $5.

WeT 'n Wild: The Orlando water park is offering a weekday annual pass for $52 for unlimited admission for one full year weekdays only. Florida residents can buy a day, get the rest of the year free for $48.99.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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[Last modified: Monday, May 21, 2012 3:05pm]


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