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More free admission deals in September for first responders: Crayola, Legoland, Busch Gardens

[Edmund D. Fountain, Times (2011)]

Just in time for Sept. 11 memorials, there's more love for first responders: Add the Crayola Experience in Orlando to the list of attractions offering free admission in the month of September to firefighters, police and EMS employees.

Busch Gardens in Tampa, SeaWorld in Orlando and Legoland have already announced they are giving free admission during the month of September, as well as special offers for additional tickets.

The new 70,000-square-foot Crayola Experience opened in July in Orlando's Florida Mall more than two dozen art activities and play experiences from melting crayons to digital art to climbing play areas. Adult and child admission over age 2 is $19.99, but during the month of September it's free for firefighters, police and EMS employees, both active and retired. Those responders must present employee ID professional membership card with valid ID at the Crayola Experience admission counter.

Those eligible can save on additional admissions for their families by purchasing tickets online at Crayola Experience is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Other perks for first responders previously announced include:

• Merlin Entertainments is offering special discounts for police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel at all four of its Central Florida attractions, including free one-day admission to Legoland in Winter Haven and 50 percent off admission to the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium all located on International Drive in Orlando. The discount program is only valid for police officers, firefighters and EMS employees working in the United States. Active and retired personnel with identification are also eligible. See or

• Florida's first responders get free admission to both Busch Gardens in Tampa and SeaWorld in Orlando now through Sept. 30, and can also get discounted $50 tickets (more than $40 off the ticket price at each park) for friends and family. See or to register, using the verification system. Tickets must be used by Sept. 30.

• SeaWorld also has a program called Waves of Honor that provides free admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents.