With the cost of admission at some U.S. theme parks hovering around the $150 mark for a one-day one-park ticket, any discount is a welcome discount. A quick search for tickets over Memorial Day weekend shows prices at Walt Disney World from $149 per adult (age 10+) and $144 per child (ages 3–9), while Universal Studios Orlando tickets start at $152 per adult and $127 per child—on the West Coast, Disneyland tickets are available from $149 per adult and $141 per child and Universal Studios Hollywood tickets from $134 per adult and $128 per child.
Thankfully, other theme parks around the country—namely, Sesame Place, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and Discovery Cove—are offering special ticket deals to help families save on a summertime trip when you purchase them online now through Memorial Day weekend. Here’s a look what’s available.
Sesame Place: San Diego and Philadelphia
You can save up to 30% on tickets to the newly opened Sesame Place San Diego by purchasing them online now through May 30, 2022. One-day one-park tickets start at $64.99 (prices vary by date) while separate two-park tickets including nearby SeaWorld San Diego are available from $119.99 per person over age 2 (there is no charge for children ages 23 months and under). The theme park, which opened in March 2022, made news when it was listed as a Certified Autism Center (its sister park in Philadelphia holds similar recognition), offering quiet rooms, noise-cancelling headphones and low sensory areas for guest use and ensuring staff received special training to accommodate the needs of all special needs families.
Now through Memorial Day, you can save 20% to 50% on tickets to Sesame Place Philadelphia. Any Day tickets, which include admission on any open day through 2022, start at $79.99 for ages 2 and up, while one-day tickets start at $49.99 and two-day tickets start at $69.99 when you choose a specific date to visit the park. Note that these are online-only deals and children under the age of 23 months get in free.
Busch Gardens: Tampa Bay and Williamsburg
As part of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Memorial Sale, you can save up to 20% on Fun Cards, which provide unlimited access through December 31, 2022 (from $99.99 for Busch Gardens only or $179.99 if you want to add unlimited entry to the Adventure Island water park). Two-park tickets are also on sale, with rates from $89.99 when you book over Memorial Day weekend and visit both parks by June 19, 2022. One-day tickets can also be purchased for up to 45% off depending on when you go, with rates from $64.99. Check the website for additional deals on annual passes.
Families visiting Virginia can save on trips to Busch Gardens Williamsburg with discounts of up to 40%, 50% and 45%, respectively, on one-day tickets (from $54.99), two-day tickets (from $64.99) and three-day tickets (from $71.99). Fun Cards are also on sale, offering unlimited access through September 5, 2022, from $99.99 or from $119.99 if you add unlimited entry to nearby Water Country USA through September 18, 2022. The website also offers 10% discounts on annual passes purchased by May 30, 2022.
SeaWorld: Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio
With SeaWorld’s Memorial Sale, you’ll be able to save up to 50% on one-day tickets to SeaWorld Orlando (from $64.99) and two-park tickets to both SeaWorld and Aquatica from $89.99 when you visit by June 19, 2022.
One-day tickets to SeaWorld San Diego are also available for up to 30% off (from $69.99), while two-day tickets start at $119.99.
In Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio is offering 35% discounts on one-day tickets (from $49.99) and complimentary unlimited access to its Aquatica water park when you purchase season or annual passes by May 30, 2022.
Check each website for additional multi-park ticket deals.
In Orlando, Discovery Cove is offering complimentary premium drink packages on trips through December 31, 2022, when you book by May 30, 2022. Florida residents can also save 20% on regular rates, which start at $224 per person for all guests ages 3 and up and include parking, food and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as the use of lockers, showers, towels, wet suits, snorkel gear, swim vests and floatation devices, among other all-inclusive amenities.