Attractions Coming to Orlando 2016 & Beyond
- Rivers of Light Nighttime Spectacular (Disney’s Animal Kingdom, 2016)
- Frozen Attraction and Meet and Greet (Epcot, 2016)
- The Skyscraper (the World’s Tallest Roller Coaster) Skyfall (a 450 feet drop tower), and the Skyplex Complex (2017)
- King Kong Expansion (Universal Florida, Islands of Adventure, 2016)
- Disney Springs Expansion (Downtown Disney, ongoing through 2016)
- AVATARland (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, 2017)
Other Attractions in the Orlando Area
(In Addition to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort)
- Sea World: A theme park that specializes in aquatic life. Here you’ll find roller coasters, shows, sea creatures, and special programs.
- Discovery Cove: Part of Sea World’s family, it’s a place where you and your family can swim with dolphins, wade with rays, snorkel among exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds and relax on pristine beaches.
- Busch Gardens Tampa: A theme park filled with roller coasters, animal exhibits, special safaris, and more.
- Legoland: A large, interactive theme park, featuring attractions and exhibits based on those colorful Lego blocks! Legoland is located approximately 45 minutes away from the Orlando area in Winter Haven.
- I-Drive Indoor Kart Racing: an upscale indoor racing facility.
- iFly Indoor Skydiving: Looking to feel the wind in your hair without jumping out of an airplane – this experience is powered by a state-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel. Come in and experience the thrill of freefall!
- Fun Spot America: A fun and exciting theme park featuring roller coasters, arcade games, go carts, and more.
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not: Filled with unusual artifacts in the Odditorium.
- Wonderworks: This attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination.
- WonderworksTitanic-The Artifact Exposition: One of the few places where you’ll see actual artifacts from the Titanic.
- Gatorland: Gatorland provides family fun while showcasing thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and other animals.
- Bok Tower Gardens: A historic landmark featuring beautiful and lush gardens and more.
- NASA Kennedy Space Center: Learn about the thrill of space in this fantastic complex located in Cape Canaveral, FL.
- Aquatica: Aquatica is SeaWorld’s waterpark. It’s a whimsical, one-of-a-kind area unlike any you’ve ever experienced.
- Wet n’ Wild: Brought to life by Universal Orlando Resort. It’s a fun-filled water area for the whole family.
Word of Warning
The first thing you should know is that in Florida, it’s illegal to sell partly-used multi-day attraction tickets. Never buy partially used tickets from any source. You just don’t know what you are getting. It’s also a good practice to avoid tickets sold on eBay, Craigslist or from any of the various used-ticket brokers operating in the Orlando and Kissimmee area. Use ticket vendors recommended on long-standing Disney information sites and communities when purchasing any attraction tickets and avoid all others. Most Disney communities have a long history with the reliable vendors and you will see those vendors mentioned often on forums, boards, and email lists.
At Walt Disney World, most multi-day tickets are tied to a My Disney Experience account which will make the reselling of partially used tickets very difficult.
For each type of discount described below, see individual attraction links at the bottom of this page for specific discounts.
Ticket Brokers and Vendors
Orlando area attraction tickets are offered by a number of ticket brokers and vendors. Ticket brokers buy their passes in bulk and then pass the savings on. In many cases online ticket broker prices are better than advance ticket prices bought directly through attraction web sites. Online, use ticket vendors recommended on long-standing Orlando attraction information sites and communities when purchasing any tickets. Most Disney communities have a long history with reputable vendors and you will see those vendors mentioned often on forums, boards, and email lists. When shopping for prices, just be sure to compare prices equivocally across the board. Check whether tax and/or shipping are included in the price before assuming one price is better than another. Most Orlando area vendors carry tickets for all of the most popular area attractions.
Last Minute Ticket Discounts
If you are in the Orlando vicinity and haven’t purchased attraction tickets yet, discount tickets for major Florida theme parks and attractions are available at select Wal-Mart stores. Phone orders are not accepted. Tickets must be purchased in person at the store. The following discounted tickets are available:
Theme Parks: Universal Orlando, Sea World, Busch Gardens
Local Attractions: Kennedy Space Center, Wet-n-Wild, Gatorland
Dinner Shows: Arabian Nights, Sleuths Mystery, Pirates Dinner
The following Wal-Mart stores (among others) participate in the sale of discounted attraction tickets:
Walmart Supercenter 0817
4444 West Vine Street
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: (407) 397-7000
Walmart Supercenter 0908
8101 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 354-5665
Walmart Supercenter 4332
8990 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 351-2229
Walmart Supercenter 5420
3250 Vineland Road
Kissimmee, FL 32746
Phone: (407) 397-1125
Group Purchasing Web Sites
Web sites like Groupon offer new deal each day in the Orlando area. In the past, Groupon has offered “two for the price of one” discounts on parasailing at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World, as well as discounts for restaurants and attractions throughout the Orlando area. Most discounts are 50% off or more. Groupon discounts are activated when a minimum number of people agree to buy; for the most part, deals are so good this is never an issue and deals are most always available. It’s worth checking each day to see what’s available. Click the Events & Activities link at the top of the page to narrow your search of Orlando deals.
A method for getting Free attraction tickets is to tour Orlando timeshares. This is not a method we are fond of, but some people do find this a worthwhile method of getting one-day attraction tickets. If time is flexible and one does not mind the high-pressure sales pitch, those interested can receive free attraction tickets to Universal Studios, Seaworld and more. Take a drive along Rte. 192 in Kissimmee. There are lots of signs for “free” or “discounted” tickets. Take only the tours offering Free admission (including tax). There should be no hidden fees. Ticket shoppers may be asked to pay a deposit (about $25), which will be refunded after the tour. Other vendors that work with Timeshare Resorts are 7-Elevens, and some Howard Johnson motels (check the lobby). Do not pay anyone cash for tickets or deposits, and leave your charge card and checkbook in your room when you go.
Credit Card Offers
Discounted theme park and attraction admissions are sometimes a perk for using a brand name credit card to purchase them. The best way to discover discounts offered by a credit card company is to visit the brand web page for the card and the web sites of issuing banks. American Express sometimes offers special discounts for Universal Studios, Seaword and Busch Gardens.
Rewards and Discount Clubs, Programs and Cards, Oh My!
Check the web sites of any Travel or Discount Clubs to which you belong for attraction discounts and offers. Costco has been known to carry special deals on attractions tickets in it’s stores and online (you don’t have to be a Costco member to buy through their site, although non-members do pay a 5% surcharge). And don’t overlook Rewards programs. These can include hotel, airlines, banking, merchant and grocery store rewards programs. Hilton HHonors program allows members to trade in points for Universal passes. Even Coke Rewards sometimes offers Universal gift cards in exchanged for points, which can be used to purchase Universal Tickets.
Active and retired military as well DOD employees can obtain discounted attraction tickets through their military base MWR offices and Shades of Green, located on Walt Disney World property. Shades of Green offers a variety of discounted tickets to area attractions. A military identification card or Department of Defense identification card is required at the time of Purchase. The Shades of Green Attraction Ticket Sales Office is located on the lobby level of the resort and is open daily.
Universal Orlando offers a Military Ticket Program through participating bases. Discount tickets are available to all Active Duty and Retired military personnel and Department of Defense personnel. Discounts are substantial and vary by base.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Offers “Waves of Honor”. Members of active military duty, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman, and as many as three (3) direct dependents can receive Free complimentary admission to Seaworld or Busch Gardens or other parks for a single day. Valid for one complimentary single-day admission per person, per year, to one of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment owned parks.
Nurses, teachers, students, fireman, police and others are occasionally offered attraction discounts. The best way to find them is to visit attraction web sites, employee and student benefit offices and intranets, and union and organization web sites.
Corporate Discount Clubs offer a variety of travel discounts to companies or large private groups. These clubs are often able to offer good discounts on attraction tickets. Check with your employee benefit office to see if you are eligible for any Corporate offers.
AARP offers a variety of attraction discounts to card carrying members. Check the AARP web site see what is available.
AAA Members can show their cards at the gates of many Orlando attractions and get discounts through AAA’s Show Your Card & Save Program. Slightly better ticket discounts may be available at local offices and to purchase in advance online. See discounts listed under specific attractions.
Attraction Web Sites
Some of the best advance deals available can be found right on the attraction’s web site. This is a great first place to start. While on the web site, also check to see if the attraction offers any discounts for entry after 4 p.m.. Some attractions offer a family rate, senior citizen discounts, student discounts, military discounts, etc. This is all information you should be able to find on the web site. If you will be visiting a particular attraction at least twice in one year, you may want to check the rate for an annual pass. This can often provide a savings and it usually always includes free parking and often discounts on food and merchandise.
Local Grocery Chains and Fast Food Locations
This may seem like an unlikely way to get discounts on attraction tickets, but you can often find great deals on local attractions this way. In the Orlando area, Publix Grocery stores have been known to offer gift cards for major local attractions at a discount. The gift cards can be used towards the purchase of your tickets at the gate. Products sold in these stores, such as Pepsi, also sometimes have a special promo code you can use online to purchase tickets. Fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King, also often have special promo codes on products, especially kids meals and drink cups, that can be used online to purchase tickets at a deal. The tickets can often be printed as an eticket or be picked up at will call at the attraction after purchase. It can’t hurt to check if you are dining or shopping in the area.
Convention & Visitors Bureaus Web Sites and Welcome Centers
Convention & Visitors Bureaus web sites are not only a great source of information but often offer discounts to area attractions, restaurants and more. Also check the brochure racks at tourist welcome centers. Brochures often include discount coupons to area attractions.
Orlandotouristinformationbureau.com offers to ship a 4 pound packet of Orlando brochures and coupons. Guide Booklets have coupons for restaurants, 2 for 1 offers and much more. See Magazine has over $3,500 in money saving coupons. Restaurant coupons have shelf life of 3 months. Shipping cost is $15.95 within the continental US. You can also pick up many of these restaurant coupons for free in restaurants, hotels, shops and info booths on all major streets in tourist corridors in Orlando.
Coupon Web Sites
These web sites can be another good source for instant discount coupons. We’ve listed a few coupon sites below.
- iRideTrolley.com offers attraction and dining coupons.
- iOrlandocouponsfree.com offers attraction and dining coupons, most with no expiration date.
- iiloveorlando.com offers attraction and dining coupons.
Discount codes can sometimes be found for making online purchases directly online at attraction web sites or at Ticketmasters.com and other sites. You can search Google using the name of the attraction + “discount code,” or visit a few of the discount code sites. Many times discount codes reported to work don’t, but occasionally there are a few good ones out there. On Retail.com you can click to read comments next to each code that sometimes tell when they work and when they don’t. Here are a few code sites and phrases to try from time to time:
- Seaworld at retailmenot.com
- Busch Gardens at retailmenot.com
- Universal Orlando at retailmenot.com
- Amusement Parks at retailmenot.com
Those planning to visit multiple Orlando Attractions can save money with the Orlando FlexTicket. The ticket comes in two types, the regular Orlando FlexTicket and the Orlando FlexTicket Plus, and both give unlimited access 5 or 6 of the most popular theme parks in Central Florida over a 14 consecutive days. In addition to saving money over buying one-day park tickets at the gate, you will only pay for parking once if you visit more than one park on the same day. While the FlexTicket must be used within 13 days after first use, you do not have to use it each day during the activation period.
The following attractions are included with the regular Orlando FlexTicket:
- Universal Studios
- Islands of Adventure
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Wet ‘n Wild Orlando
- Plus Universal CityWalk
You receive same benefits to Universal CityWalk as the Party Pass does but for 14 (fourteen) consecutive days, not just one! At the Universal CityWalk venue that would require a party pass you hand over your ticket, they scan it and hand it back. From that point onwards, your 14 days (for Universal CityWalk, the nightime area) are counting down.
The Orlando FlexTicket Plus includes all of the attractions above plus admission to Busch Gardens Tampa with free shuttle transportation included to Tampa.
- Orlando FlexTicket Gate Price: $335.95 Adult & Junior; $315,95 Child (ages 3 – 9)
- Orlando FlexTicket Plus Price: $355.95 Adult & Junior; $335.95 Child (ages 3 – 9)
- Prices do not include tax
You can purchase the Orlando FlexTicket at any of the participating theme park web sites or at the gate of each park.
Jump to More Discounts:
- Universal Orlando Discounts
- Seaworld Orlando, Discovery Cove & Aquatica Discounts
- Busch Gardens Tampa & Adventure Island Discounts
- Legoland Florida Discounts
- Kennedy Space Center Discounts
- Orlando Dinner Show Discounts