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 early June, 2012 to a sticker-shock amount of $89 for a one-day, one park ticket. 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? Best of Orlando has the latest Disney World deals and offers passes for slightly less or at the same price as Disney. Buy direct from Best of Orlando.
- Are you looking for info about tickets? Learn all about Disney's Magic Your Way 2013 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.
- Compare rates for Orlando-area hotels at Best of Orlando.
- Compare rates for Disney World-area hotels in and near Orlando at TripAdvisor.
Deals for Non-WDW Hotels
Other Walt Disney World Deals
- Save up to 30% at Select Disney Resort Hotels this Spring
The resort is discounting its on-propewrty room rates. It is also offering park ticket discounts when purchased as part of a hotel/park passes package. Good for stays on select days from April 2 through June 12, 2013. Book by March 31, 2013.
- Other resort deals available.
Universal Orlando DealsUniversal Orlando is 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 2 additional days 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 ($288 and $269 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 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.
- 4th Night & 3rd Day Free
Purchase a hotel/park tickets package and get a fourth hotel night for the price of three as well as a 3-day park ticket for the price of a 2-day ticket. For arrivals before June 16, 2013.
- Universal Express Plus Pass
For an extra $19.99 up to $69.99 (depending on the season) beyond the regular price of admission to either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure, 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 DealsYou'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 $19.95, 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.
- VIP Dine4Less Card
Save up to 50% at area restaurants by showing the card. Includes Downtown Disney dining spots such as Bongo's and House of Blues as well as the Universal CityWalk restaurant, NASCAR Sports Grille. The card sells for $29.95 at the Dine4Less Web site, but you can save $10 and get it for $19.95 with this deal. Get more info and purchase directly from Best of Orlando.
- Will you be visiting a bunch of parks? Consider 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 ($288 and $269 for kids) is less than the combined single-park ticket prices. A 6-park deal tosses in Busch Gardens Tampa and includes free bus transportation between Tampa and Orlando. Buy direct from Best of Orlando.
- Go Orlando Card
Newly 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. Must be used within 30 days after first admission. Buy Buy Go Card Select Orlando direct from Go Card.
SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens Deals
- Discounted SeaWorld and Aquatica Tickets
Buy direct from SeaWorld and save $10 off SeaWorld Orlando tickets. Save $5 off Aquatica tickets.
- Discounted SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens Tickets
Online tickets available direct from SeaWorld at a discount including adult 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.
- Spring break deal at Aquatica- College students and faculty can show their college IDs at Aquatica, the wonderful water park located adjacent to SeaWorld, and get a pass for themselves and up to five friends for $29 per person, a $25 discount. Valid through June 16, 2013.
- Eat Free All Day
Buy a hotel and tickets package from SeaWorld, and the park will throw in a free all-day dining pass.
- 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.
Orlando Family Travel Deals
A list of deals from About.com's Family Vacations Guide, Teresa Plowright.
A list of deals from About.com's Florida for Visitors Guide, Dawn Henthorn.
- Discounted SeaWorld and Aquatica Tickets