Buying Theme Park Tickets
By James | Last updated August 23, 2023
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Visiting the major theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld is not cheap so you need to think carefully before you buy your tickets and don’t forget about the price of parking when budgeting for your vacation.
We have a summary of one day admission prices for adults and children plus car parking charges for all the major attractions in Florida. Alternatively, follow the links below for individual attraction pricing.
Where to purchase theme park tickets
Most theme parks sell tickets over the Internet as well as selling them at the gate so you can often buy them before you arrive.
The advantage of buying them in advance is that you do not need to queue at the ticket booth at the theme park and you may get a discount for paying in advance but you may have to pay shipping charges.
You can also get them from various discount ticket agents both in the USA and in your own country.
When comparing prices check on exchange rates as sometimes the rates offered may not be as good as the normal bank rates.
Most quoted US prices will not include Florida state taxes which will add 6 to 7% on the price
Types of theme park tickets
All the parks these days offer various different types of multi-day packages and deals such as the new Disney Magic Your Way tickets or the multi-park Orlando Flex tickets which include admissions to Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Wet ‘n Wild (now closed) and Busch Gardens Africa. Note that the Orlando Flex ticket is no longer available but some online ticket agents are selling combination tickets that are very similar.
Keep an eye out for special promotions at Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as they often offer free day deals where if you buy a one or two day ticket you get an extra day free.
See the pages on specific theme parks for details of all the current offers.
If you are planning on trying to watch a rocket launch from the NASA Kennedy Space Center then you must buy your tickets in advance; if you just turn up on the day you will almost certainly not be able to get in.
Adult and child tickets
Most Florida theme parks count children over the age of 9 as adults so children aged 10 and upwards will typically have to buy an adult ticket. Children under the age of 3 are usually admitted free.
If you are aged 55+ then you may be eligible for a senior ticket, often the same price as a child.
Things to watch out for
Do not be tempted to buy tickets from roadside booths near the attractions. People will buy up part used tickets and then sell them on. Though they will be a lot cheaper than “new” tickets, there is always a risk.
Many visitors have been caught out by buying fake or expired tickets. It is very difficult to tell if a “part-used” ticket is still valid and many of the parks including Disney are incorporating electronic “finger printing” at the gates to cut down on fraud.
These typically last between 90 minutes and 2 hours and can be a cheap way of getting tickets if you can endure the hard sell.