best ticket deal
We just got back from a weekend trip to Orlando, FL for a gymnastics meet and wanting to do something else while we were there besides the meet and without spending a fortune, we researched out options and figured out the cheapest way to do sea world for 1 day. Without getting suckered into a timeshare for $39 sea world orlando tickets, the next cheapest way to go for a family of 4 or more is to go online and buy a season pass for one person for $168. If you have AAA, the price goes down to $140 ($149 after tax). Buy this pass online before you go and bring the voucher with you for free parking (save $16). Then all you have to do is go up to the self serve kiosks and scan your voucher to get your seaworld annual pass. After the pass comes out, you can then use it to purchase up to 6 tickets for the rest of your family at 50% off. $49 for adults and $47 for children.
If you have a family of 4, it would cost $79/ person if you buy the tickets on the seaworldparks.com website ahead of time or about $99 at the gate the day of.
Cost Breakdown for a Family of 4
AT GATE PRICING (before tax) $396 plus $16 parking
ONLINE TICKETS (before tax) $316 plus $16 parking
ANNUAL PASS purchased online before with 3 tickets purchased 50% off at gate (Before tax) $311 plus FREE PARKING and other discounts on food, merchandise and encounters in park.
ANNUALS PASS purchased through AAA online with 3 tickets purchased at 50% off at gate (before tax) $283 plus FREE PARKING and other discounts on food, merchandise and encounters in park.
This is the no gimmick best deal for going to Sea World for 1 day with a family of 4 or more!
It's still not cheap, but it might be your cheapest way to spend a day at any theme park in Orlando, FL.
Other things to keep in mind:
If you are military, you may be able to get free admission through Sea World's Waves of Honor Program. (although my brother who did this was not happy about the extent of personal information required to get his free ticket was worth it).
Preschool Fun Card for children under 5 who are residents of the state that Seaworld is located can get in free.
and FYI my one beef with the Annual Pass was that they scan your fingerprint at the entrance. Apparently they need to do this to verify that you are the season pass card holder on each visit, however I would think a photo ID should be sufficient. I mean seriously? I need to have my fingerprint scanned for a theme park? I thought that was weird and was glad that the scanner was not working and so they had to let me in without getting my fingerprint on file. I thought that was straight up stupid.
All in all we had a great time and made lots of fun memories! The Journey To Atlantis was the first real ride our kids have been on and it was so fun to experience that thrill with them, and even more so...since we got in park discounts with the annual pass, a couple of us did the dolphin encounter which was around $14 regularly but less after our discount (sorry can't remember the exact numbers there) but it was so amazing! Holding onto a dolphin's flipper, petting it while making eye contact...simply amazing!
Our kids wanted to get splashed at the One Ocean Show with Shamu, we sat further back hoping to not get soaked and got there 25 minutes early and secured seats in the center of Shamu Stadium. It was a great show however the kids kept complaining they weren't getting wet whenever the audience was getting splashed...until the end of this video clip. ur 2.5 year old wasn't as excited about it as his siblings! But he has since forgiven the Orca and enjoys his squeeky Orca Suvenier and talks about when he got splashed.