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Fall brings lots of theme park deals for Florida residents

Families play at Legoland’s water ride the Quest for Chi at the park’s newest attraction the World of Chima.

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Families play at Legoland’s water ride the Quest for Chi at the park’s newest attraction the World of Chima.

Fall in Florida brings more than sweet relief from humidity — many of the theme parks and attractions offer Florida resident deals to help fill the parks during these slower months.

Just be warned that multiple-day discount tickets may have black-out dates and you cannot purchase discount tickets for relatives or friends who live out of state. You will often be required to present proof of residency for each ticket.

All the major theme parks offer Florida resident discounts. At Universal, you can save more than $30 off the gate prices on multi-day tickets if you are a Sunshine State denizen. The savings are similar at Disney, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.

Among the limited time deals you can find:

Medieval Times: Like a little jousting with your dinner? Longtime Orlando dinner attraction Medieval Times is running a Florida-resident discount good through Nov. 1. You can get dinner and a show of jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry for $33.95 for adults ($29.95 for age 12 and younger) and age 3 and under are free. The regular prices are $59.95 and $35.95. The hearty dinner is served medieval style — that means no utensils. The attraction also is planning its second Oktoberfest Masquerade and Costume Party with two shows on Oct. 26 and one on Nov. 1. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in traditional garb and participate in contests, games and raffles. The Florida-resident deal applies to these events. For tickets or more information, go to MedievalTimes.com.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: NASA knocks off $60 on admission to the space center with the return of its popular Florida Four-Pack deal, good through Dec. 20. You can get four tickets for $139 (admission is normally $50 a person) to the NASA complex in Cocoa Beach where you can walk under the largest rocket ever made, touch an actual moon rock, experience the International Space Station and stand face-to-face with the space shuttle Atlantis. The Four-Pack is available only via a coupon at kennedyspacecenter.com. Guests must present the coupon and proof of Florida residency at the plaza. So far, the space center is open despite the government shutdown, but the KSC General Bus Tour and Up-Close Tour have been suspended.

Discovery Cove: This Orlando theme park lets you swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays and encounter playful marmoset monkeys and Asian otters. And if you live here, you can save $70 per ticket plus unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, through Jan. 31. The ticket still costs a hefty $219, but it's an all-inclusive Dolphin Swim Day Resort, which includes two meals, snacks, drinks and swim gear. For a Day Resort package for $149, you get a full day stay of benefits without the dolphin swim experience. The special offer goes through Dec. 31. Book at DiscoveryCove.com or (877) 434-7268.

Legoland: The Winter Park theme park perfect for ages 2 to 12 has a Florida Resident Annual Pass that costs $99 for 12 months of admission to the theme park and the Legoland Florida Waterpark as well as free parking and retail and food discounts. This offer applies to new pass purchases only and is not available as an upgrade.

Gatorland: If you like dropping turkey dogs into a writhing pit of alligators, this is your place, found at 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. Florida resident and seniors can get in for $9.99 with a second day free (regular admission is $24.99). The offer is good through Oct. 31 at gatorland.com.

Fall brings lots of theme park deals for Florida residents 10/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 11, 2013 9:26pm]
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