Are you planning a vacation to the Orlando theme park mecca? Deals abound, but you need to plan in advance. Learn about the latest Florida theme park promotions, discounts, and deals. UPDATED FEBRUARY 17, 2014.
Trip-Planning and Money-Saving Tips
Discover general ways to make the most of your Florida theme park vacation, such as the best time of year to visit.
Disney World Ticket DealsOh oh! Disney raised its prices in June 2013 to a sticker-shock amount of $95 for a one-day, one park ticket to the Magic Kingdom. It's all the more important to do some advance planning and explore the best deals for your visit.
- Are you ready to buy tickets? You can purchase Magic Your Way tickets directly from Disney through the vendor Kijubi. Buy direct from Walt Disney World.
- Are you looking for info about tickets? Learn all about Disney's Magic Your Way 2014 pricing program, and discover how to save money and find the best discounts for your next vacation in my Disney World Tickets overview.
Disney World Hotel Deals
Walt Disney World Hotels Guide
Before you get to Disney World, you'll need to make plans, including hotel reservations. The Guide includes an overview of Disney's Hotels, as well as the benefits of staying on property, such as free ground transportation and extra theme park hours.
Deals for Non-WDW Hotels
- Compare rates for Orlando-area hotels at Best of Orlando.
- Compare rates for Disney World-area hotels in and near Orlando at TripAdvisor.
Other Limited-Time Walt Disney World Deals
Save up to 30% at Disney World hotels (spring 2014)
The resort is discounting its on-property room rates at select hotels. Good for stays on select days from March 14 to June 15, 2014. Book by March 31, 2014.
Universal Orlando DealsThe Universal parks and resort are quite expensive as well. Check out the deals below to help make your visit as affordable and value-packed as possible.
- Universal Orlando Tickets Deals- Includes a limited-time offer: Buy a 2-day, park-to-park ticket and get a 3rd additional day for free. Buy direct from Best of Orlando.
Save money and time. Get discounted Universal tickets in advance of your visit.
- Will you be visiting other parks? Consider the Orlando FlexTicket, which bundles unlimited admission passes for 14 days to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure as well as SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, and Wet 'n Wild Orlando. The bundled price ($287 and $271 for kids) is less than the combined single-park ticket prices. A 6-park deal adds Busch Gardens Tampa and includes free bus transportation to the Tampa park. Buy direct at a special price from Best of Orlando.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package
Package includes onsite or offsite hotel, park tickets, and early admission to Islands of Adventure, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Other Universal Orlando resort deals available.
4th Night & 3rd Day Free Vacation Package
Pay for 3 nights accommodations at a participating offsite hotel and 2-day park tickets, and get a fourth hotel night and a third day at the parks as a bonus. Good for stays January 1 to May 22, 2014, and must be purchased by March 31, 2014.
Universal Express Plus Pass
Pay an extra fee (which varies, depending on the season) beyond the regular price of admission to either Universal Studios Florida and/or Islands of Adventure, and guests can bypass nearly all lines (note that Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is not included) with a Universal Express Plus Pass. There are no pre-determined ride times. Universal limits one use per attraction. With wait times sometimes swelling beyond an hour, this can be well worth the extra expense. Available for purchase at the parks and online.
Restaurant DealYou're going to have to eat when you head to the Orlando area, right? So you may as well save some money. Here are two deals that can help you do just that.
Kids Eat Free Card
Got kids 11 and under? Great. Here's the deal: Purchase the card at the discounted price of $15, then show it at over 100 Central Florida restaurants to receive a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Includes a variety of restaurants, including some at Universal's CityWalk. Get more info and purchase directly from Best of Orlando.
- Will you be visiting a bunch of parks? You might want to check out the Orlando FlexTicket, which bundles unlimited admission passes for 14 days to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica as well as Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Wet 'n Wild Orlando. The package price ($287 and $271 for kids) is less than the combined single-park ticket prices. A 6-park deal tosses in Busch Gardens Tampa with free bus transportation between Tampa and Orlando. Buy direct from Best of Orlando.
Go Orlando Card
Recently added attractions include a 2-day SeaWorld Orlando pass and Legoland Florida. If you are planning to visit a lot of attractions in Orlando, and you enjoy packing a lot of activities into a day, the Go Orlando Card could save you some vacation dollars. It includes admission to more than 50 attractions such as Wet 'n Wild, Fun Spot, Gatorland, and the Kennedy Space Center. It also offers admission to attractions in the Miami area. Make sure that you'll be able to take advantage of enough offers to make the purchase worthwhile. The Go Orlando Card Web page includes suggested itineraries that include potential savings.
Get more info and buy direct from Go Orlando Card.
- The Go Card Select Orlando Pass lets you choose the attractions you'd like to visit on your vacation and offers discounted rates. You put together a custom package and pay only for the attractions you choose. Options include SeaWorld, Legoland Florida, Busch Gardens, Gatorland and more. Pre-packaged passes are also available. Must be used within 30 days after first admission. Buy Go Card Select Orlando direct from Go Card.
SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens Deals
Discounted SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens Tickets
Online tickets available direct from SeaWorld at a discount including SeaWorld and Busch Gardens combo tickets at reduced prices. Other deals available.
- Best of Orlando offers limited discount tickets for Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando's swim-with-dolphins experience. Check availability and buy direct from Best of Orlando.
Eat Free All Day
Buy a hotel and tickets package from SeaWorld, and the park will throw in a free all-day dining pass. Another hotel offer includes free park tickets for children.
Buy 2 Nights, Get 1 Free at Busch Gardens
Buy a 2-night hotel and Busch Gardens combo tickets package and get 1 hotel night free.
Orlando Vacation Deals
The Orlando Visitors Bureau offers packages that include hotel and theme park tickets, as well as other offers and features.
Magicard Orlando Deals
Family vacation packages, discount offers, and more from the the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Print the card at home using the site's online link.
A list of deals from About.com's Florida for Visitors Guide, Dawn Henthorn.