Florida's Major Theme Parks: Discounts, Deals and Debuts

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Byline: Ed Gefen

If you're planning to visit any of the Sunshine State's major theme parks - and Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Ga., too - this summer, here's a quick rundown, including admission discounts and deals for Florida residents (prices do not include sales tax):

DISNEY WORLD

Location: Lake Buena Vista, off Interstate 4 just west of Orlando.

Parks on site: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Phone: (407) 934-7639, [(407) W-DISNEY].

Web site: disneyworld.disney.go.com.

Hours: They vary by the park and day. Most parks open about 9 a.m. Call or check the Web site.

Parking: $9.

Single-day admission: $63 for ages 10 and over, $52 for ages 3 to 9, free for ages 2 and under.

Multi-day admission: Admission for two or more days is available, and per-day cost goes down based on number of days.

Florida resident discounts available: Single-day admission is $56.70 for ages 10 and over, $47 for ages 3 to 9; 3-Day Play Pass, good for one-park admission on any three days up to six months after purchase, is $120 for ages 10 and over, $99.00 for ages 3 to 9. Other single-day, multi-day, seasonal and annual pass discounts are available. Room-only offer of $79 per night at some Value resorts is good for stays through Saturday.

What's new this summer: Expedition Everest, a new roller-coaster, at Animal Kingdom; a second Mission:Space option, milder than the original, at Epcot; 13th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival continues through Sunday, June 11; Star Wars Weekends continue through Sunday, June 11, at Disney-MGM Studios.

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

Location: Orlando, off Interstate 4.

Parks on site: Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure.

Phone: (877) 801-9720, (407) 363-8000.

Web site: www.universalorlando.com.

Hours: The parks open at 9 a.m.; closing times vary. Call or check the Web site.

Parking: $10 for cars, $11 for RVs and trailers; $14 for preferred parking; $16 for valet parking.

Single-day admission: $63 for ages 10 and over, $52 for ages 3 to 9, free for ages 2 and under.

Multi-day admission: Two-day, two-park admission is $107.95 for ages 10 and older, $97.95 for ages 3 to 9; packages that include SeaWorld and Busch Gardens also are available.

Online discounts: Two-day, two-park admission is $99.95 for all ages, along with one of three options:

-- receive one child's ticket (ages 3-9) for each ticket purchased; and three additional days (total of five consecutive days of admission).

-- receive three additional days (total of five consecutive days of admission).

-- second unused day will never expire.

Florida resident discounts available (online only): Two-day, two-park admission for single-day price ($63, $52); annual pass discounts also are available.

What's new this summer: The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, at Islands of Adventure, is scheduled to open in June; Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a high-tech nightly outdoor show at the lagoon at Universal Studios Florida, is scheduled to open in July.

SEAWORLD

Location: Orlando, off Interstate 4 and Florida 528 (Bee Line Expressway).

Phone: (800)-423-8368 [(800)-4-ADVENTURE], (407) 351-3600.

Web site: seaworld.com.

Hours: Open at 9 a.m.; closing time varies. Call or check the Web site.

Parking: $10 for cars and motorcycles, $12 for RVs and campers, $15 for preferred parking near front entrance.

Single-day admission: $61.95 for ages 10 and older, $49.95 ages 3 to 9 (save $6 by purchasing online at least 7 days in advance).

Multi-day admission: Packages that include Busch Gardens and the Universal Orlando parks are available. …