Orlando Park Questions

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 2:55 PM
Hi, I am planning to go to Orlando in Jan. and I was wondering if there is any way to get discount tickets to the following parks:

Busch Gardens Tampa
Universal IOA and Studios
Wet and Wild

Do they do the Coke or Pepsi can deals, or there are coupons at a fast food restaurant.


Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:09 PM
When I was in Florida in October, I actually found the best deal for Universal Studios was the Universal website (actually cheaper than AAA.) For Busch Gardens, try the website as well, though when I went 2 years ago AAA had decently priced tickets. Can't say anything for wet and wild, as I haven't been there.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:32 PM
Wet N Wild closes fairly frequently in the middle of the Wonter, not sure if it's "general overall weather", anticipated attendance, or temperature-specific, but I'd definitely CALL before planning on going in January...

IoA/Universal *was* running a buy-one-park-get the-other-free deal, not sure if that's still going on....

If I notice which of the fast-food chains has discounts to Busch and/or Universal, I'll post back.... :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:35 PM
I dont know if they still do this, but they used to offer a heavily discounted 14-day combo pass that included Busch Gardens, Seaworld Orlando, Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, and Wet & Wild.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:40 PM
My main reason for going is mostly to go to the TNA Wrestling shows at Universal. I planned on going to Busch and Universal(Obviously) I just read about wet and wild thats why I asked about that. I was considering the hopper pass as well but the total of all the parks I want to go to is $75 less than that pass and I have no intention of going to see Shamu.

Thanks for everyones help.

Krippler *** Edited 12/6/2005 8:40:39 PM UTC by krippler*** *** Edited 12/6/2005 8:40:59 PM UTC by krippler***

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:52 PM
It's a bummer that Universal finally dropped their $100 for five days ticket offer from the online option, but now that same price point has the option to "double your days" on the two-day and make it four. Close enough!
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3:55 PM
If you have an extra day, Cypress Gardens isn't that far away and is a nice change from the hustle and bustle of Universal, Disney, etc.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 4:38 PM
You really going to see Jeff Jarret's bargain basement wrestling? While you're there tell him I said to quit buying his pyro at the dollar store.

Although I still watch WWE and sometimes TNA, wrestling hasn't been much for years since ECW and WCW died. No competition makes Vince a dull boy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 5:24 PM
TNA has 6 things that WWE does not:
Christian Cage
Samoa Joe
AJ Styles
Christopher Daniels
Chris Sabin
Petey f'n Williams

You need to be open to change. Vince's Kool-Aid has been really watered down lately with HHH's juice.


Tuesday, December 6, 2005 10:20 PM
When I go to Florida I usually try to hit up a few of those "Listen to my high pressure time share speech for free tickets" venues.

Hey, I saved something like $250 for my (now ex) wife and I when we visited Orlando in November 04.

Just say NO!

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 10:23 PM
This is Coasterbuzz, not MenInTightsPretendingToFight Buzz. John, if krippler says he's going to Universal primarily to see a taping of TNA Wrestling, does that really necessitate a rant against TNA wrestling? Given your post and your signature I was under the impression that you are a 14-year old troll, not a 37-year old with nearly 750 posts under his belt.

krippler, be prepared to spend the entirety of your day waiting to see the show. I have a friend whose son wanted to go see TNA, and they ended up waiting outside for quite a few hours to get in.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 10:50 PM
I haven't seen TNA at Universal, but my wifes brother-in-law wanted to see it, but people had been waiting nearly 6 hours for a regular tv taping. Some regulars said people gather as early as the parks opening time on pay-per-view weekends! I love TNA...but I'll take the coasters/rides anyday over those type of waits.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005 11:52 PM
I'm also planning a trip in January, and the best deal I found was what Kick the Sky referred to above. It's called the Orlando Flex Ticket, and comes as a 4-park (Universal, IOA, Seaworld, Wet 'n Wild) and a 5 park (add Busch Gardens).

I saw them for sale on Seaworlds website http://www.buschgardens.com/seaworld/fla/out_of_state_visitors.aspx, but found a better deal up here on a Canadian Website http://www.attraction-tickets-direct.ca/attraction-ticket-prices/4-5-park-orlando-ticket.htm I would assume of course that this site wouldn't do Americans much good.

It's 14 days unlimited admission to all parks, and includes Universal Express, City Walk and a shuttle to Busch Gardens from Seaworld.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 12:12 AM
Here's a word of advice... I tried to go watch a TNA PPV back in july and waited 3 hours in line to be turned away with 200-300 people still in line in front of me! Don't plan your trip around that... take it as a bonus if you can get in and not ruin and waste what could have been a nice day at the park.

TNA wrestling is not really my thing (If I want to see indy style wrestling with a normal ring, Montreal got one of the hottest scene for that!), but I guess there's some attraction to it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 1:37 AM
Orlando Flex Ticket. Good for 2 weeks. Buy it online at any participating park site. All non-Disney parks participate. See if AAA sells it also.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 9:41 AM
You get 20% off at Sea World and Busch Gardens with a Southwest Rapid Rewards (frequent flyer) card:

http://www.southwest.com/hotfares/rr_promotions.html *** Edited 12/7/2005 2:42:44 PM UTC by kip099***

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 9:41 AM
Not sure what the deal is with Busch Gardens but when we purchased our Sea World tickets online, we saved a few bucks. The Flex Ticket probably makes even more sense, though.
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 10:41 AM
I did a lot of price-shopping before my week-long Florida vacation in January 2005.

The Orlando Flex ticket is good, but if you're including BGT, you need to spend ~8 days in parks before you get your moneys worth.

For one-day Busch Gardens tickets, I found AAA (CAA) cheapest. (About $10 below gate prices.) For more than one day, you can get a pretty good deal buying online from BG, especially if you also plan to visit SeaWorld or BGW within the next year. BGT may also be continuing their pay-full-price-and-get-the-next-day-free promotion.

Buying online from Universal, I could get 5 days for the same price as the 3-day pass sold by AAA (CAA), which was about the same as a two-day pass at the gate. (This deal was likely replaced by the double-your-days deal that Jeff mentioned previously -- roughly the same price for four days.)

Have fun!

*** Edited 12/7/2005 3:42:58 PM UTC by greatwhitenorth***

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 11:30 AM
Three day passes, five day passes to Universal... huh? Unless you've never been to the parks and are going on days when they're unbelievably crowded, I can't see needing three, four or five days to see all of IOA and USF. The only two parks in Orlando that could require two days are Magic Kingdom and Epcot (if you decided to spend a decent amount of time in the World Showcase).

And yes, the Busch parks still offer a second day free if you return within 7 days.


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