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Disney, Busch Gardens, other parks launch fall ticket deals

Buy your 2020 Busch Gardens or SeaWorld Fun Card and get a few months free, plus more sales for Florida residents.
Visitors ride the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Tampa theme park Busch Gardens, which has put its 2020 Fun Card on sale early. [AP/Busch Gardens]

Fun Cards are on sale early at Tampa’s Busch Gardens, giving visitors almost three extra months of unlimited admission. Disney, Universal and other Florida theme parks have also rolled out fall ticket deals.

Once Labor Day passes, Florida residents should keep an eye out for ticket discounts as parks look for ways to shore up attendance during the slower fall and winter months. Here are some recently revealed sales:

Busch Gardens: The 2020 Fun Card is available for $101.99, and you can use it now. Block-out dates apply next year, but the park announced the remaining 2019 block-out dates have been lifted. Upcoming events that come with admission include Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends Oct. 5 through 27; Christmas Town Nov. 16 through Jan. 6; and the spring Food and Wine Festival Feb. 29 through April 26.

Tampa theme park Busch Gardens offers family-friendly Halloween fun during Sesame Street Kids' Weekends. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]

Walt Disney World: The Seasonal Flex Ticket for Florida residents brings the daily $109 admission to $68 per day for a four-day ticket ($272) or $83 for a three-day ticket ($249). Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 and are good through Feb. 29, 2020. Block-out dates apply during Thanksgiving week and also Dec. 17 through Jan. 3. The tickets can be used on nonconsecutive days at one park per day. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival running through Nov. 23 and the Epcot International Festival of the Arts Jan. 17 through Feb. 24 are included with admission.

The Alps kiosk at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival sells this gooey hunk of raclette Swiss cheese. [Courtesy of Walt Disney World]

Universal: The Orlando attraction has extended its two-park, two-day deal to Sept. 30. No block-out dates apply. Florida residents can buy a two-day ticket and get two days free for $210.99 ($52.75 per day) at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for entry to one park per day. They must be used by Dec. 20 and are valid on nonconsecutive days. Upcoming events that come with admission include the new light projection display “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle,” which takes place select nights through Nov. 15. A happier replacement are the Universal holiday shows running Nov. 16 through Jan. 5 with Christmas decorations in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, as well as the Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s balloons and the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

Universal Studios' Holiday Parade in Orlando features floats and Macy's balloons. [Tampa Bay Times (2017)]

SeaWorld: The Halloween weekend deal offers one free child admission (ages 3 to 9) on weekends only Saturday through Oct. 27. SeaWorld has put its 2020 Fun Card on sale early, too, and you can use it now for $104.99. Those who purchase a Fun Card will receive free samples at the park’s craft beer festival, running on weekends through Oct. 27. Other events included with admission: the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday through Oct. 27; the Praise Wave series of Christian music concerts Nov. 2, 9 and 16; and the Christmas Celebration Nov. 23 through Dec. 31.

Legoland: Ages 2 to 12 who come dressed as pirates for the first weekend of the Brick or Treat Halloween party Oct. 5 and 6 receive a free ticket to visit the park again before the end of the year. Admission starts at $84.99 online. Also, Florida teachers of grades pre-K to 12 can score free admission for 12 months from the first date of use with Legoland’s Teacher Passes. They’re available at Orlando attractions Madame Tussauds and Sea Life, too. Bring a pay stub or teacher ID to the ticket window.