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 JULY 7, 2014.
Disney World Ticket DealsOh oh! Disney raised its prices in February 2014 to a sticker-shock amount of $99 -- $99! -- 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.
- Limited-time special offer. Through August 17, 2014, Disney is offering a free additional day for online purchases of 4-day Magic Your Way Tickets (in other words, the 5th day is on Mickey). You can score this special deal at Best of Orlando. This deal is not available at the theme parks; it is only available for advance purchases made online.
- Are you ready to buy tickets? You can purchase Magic Your Way tickets from the Best of Orlando, a vendor that offers Disney World passes at a slight discount. It also features Disney's current special ticket offers (if any).
- 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 recently fully rolled out its trip planning program in 2014. Learn how to make advance ride reservations and more with these articles and resources:
- MyMagic+- Basics of the trip-planning program.
- What is Disney's MyMagic+, FastPass+, and My Disney Experience? Breaking down and defining the different elements of Disney World's trip planning program.
- FastPass+ vs. FastPass: What is the Difference? How the new ride reservation program compares to Disney's original program.
- See what the Disney parks chairman, Tom Staggs, has to say about MyMagic+
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
A Delicious Deal — It’s Free!- It's back! Disney is tossing in free meals when you book a 6-night hotel and park tickets package for arrivals most nights from August 31 to December 23, 2014. Must book by August 8, 2014. Learn more about Disney World Free Dining.
Save Up to 30% on Rooms- Get discount Disney World hotel rates most nights from August 16 to October 3, 2014. Book by August 8, 2014.
"Save More When You Stay Longer This Summer"
The resort is discounting its on-property room rates at select hotels. Good for stays on select days from June 15 to August 28, 2014. Book by June 6, 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 two additional days for free (a 4-day pass). Buy direct from Best of Orlando.
- 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, Wet 'n Wild Orlando, and Busch Gardens. See below under Multi-Attraction Deals.
- Now open! Diagon Alley, the second Wizarding World of Harry Potter land opened in July, 2014.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Vacation Package
Package includes onsite or offsite hotel, 3-Day park-to-park tickets, early admission to both Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands, and breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron and the Three Broomsticks. Other Universal Orlando resort deals available. Good for stays on select days from through December 31, 2014. Book by July 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, the Hogwarts Express, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts are 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.
- Want to avoid lots of muggles at the Wizarding World? Learn how to beat the crowds, save money, and have a better, more value-filled visit in my guide to the best time of year to visit Universal Orlando.
SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens Deals
Oh oh! SeaWorld and Busch Gardens raised their prices in May 2014. It may cost more now to visit the parks, no matter how you purchases passes, but it's still cheaper to get tickets in advance online rather than buying them at the parks.
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.
- A "Fun Card," which costs the same as a one-day pass purchased at the parks, includes unlimited admission through the end of 2014.
- Special offer: SeaWorld Orlando has $65 passes available online for weekday visits. Good for one year from date of purchase.
- Special offer: Save $30 on a weekday ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa. Good for one year from date of purchase.
- 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.
- If you will be visiting other parks, consider purchasing the Orlando FlexTicket, which bundles unlimited admission passes for 14 days to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens as well as the Universal Orlando parks and Wet 'n Wild Orlando. See below under Multi-Attraction Deals.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Recently added attractions to the Go Orlando Card 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.
You're going to have to eat when you head to the Orlando area, right? So you may as well save some money. Here is a deal 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.
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.
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.