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Theme park deals, discounts and promo codes for June 2009

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Published: May 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM

On the final Thursday of each month I post the best current discounts that I've found on tickets to top theme parks. Feel free to post any additional discounts or promo codes that you know of, in the comments. (I'll update this listing as you post better deals.)

Park PR people, please post your deals in the comments, or e-mail me.

Check Walt Disney World's website at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/special-offers/ for current deals. Now featuring free Disney Dining Plan on 5-night, 6-day packages, valid for stays most nights Aug. 16 to Oct. 3.

At Disneyland, the park's Special Offers page lists:

  • A 5-day park-hopper ticket for the price of a 3-day park-hopper
  • Book three nights' hotel and park admission, and get two additional day/nights free, at selected area hotels.

    A 3-day park-hopper ticket for $99, available to local residents, will go on sale June 1, both on the website and at area grocery stores.

    Both Disney World and Disneyland continue to offer free admission on your birthday, too.

    This month on Universal Orlando's website, http://www.universalorlando.com/tickets/hot-deals.html:

  • $99 7-day, 2-park ticket
  • Buy 4 nights hotel, get two 2-park unlimited admission tickets.
  • Get 1 free 2-park kids' ticket with each paid adult ticket and hotel purchase.
  • Layoff protection plan; deposits refunded if you lose your job before your trip.

    At Universal Studios Hollywood, these deals are available:

  • Two days for the price of one, for out-of-town visitors
  • 10% off all-you-can-eat pass
  • Buy one day, get the rest of the year free, for local residents.

    AAA offers a one-day Universal Hollywood ticket for $54.99. (The AAA deals for Universal Orlando are no better than the $99 7-day pass available on the Universal website.)

    Last week, Universal Hollywood announced that it would offer a six-month pass to local residents for $60 (presumably replacing the buy-a-day, get-the-year deal), but it has not made that available for purchase on the website yet.

    SeaWorld Orlando offers these deals on its website:

  • Adult tickets at the kids' price, $64.95, with a second day free.
  • Book three nights' hotel and park admission, and get two additional day/nights free, at selected area hotels.

    For SeaWorld San Diego, use the promo code SWCAAASmr09 at SeaWorldSanDiego.com for the following deals:

  • Two Fun Cards (admission for the rest of 2009) for $119
  • Adults at kids' price and kids at half price

    Additional AAA discounts are available at AAA.com/seaworld.

    Busch Gardens
    The Busch Gardens Williamsburg special offers page promotes its Fun Card for $59.95.

    At Busch Gardens Tampa, the special offers page adults at kids price, $59.95, with a second day free.

    If you are in AAA, you can get Busch Gardens Williamsburg tickets for $51.95 (adult) and $41.95 (kids) using the Busch AAA link. The Busch Gardens Tampa AAA offer is no better than that available on the BGT website.

    Six Flags
    Six Flags' tickets website is at http://www.sixflags.com/national/tickets/Tickets.aspx. Top deals are

  • Buy one $59.99 ticket online, get one free to Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Everyone pays kids' price of $34.99 to Six Flags Great America
  • $10 off ($39.99) to Six Flags Great Adventure

    Legoland California
    You can get one-day tickets via the Legoland website for $53 (adults) and $48 (kids).

    In addition, promo codes good for $10-$17 off each ticket are available from RetailMeNot.

  • Readers' Opinions

    From Robert Niles on May 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    For basic trip-planning and budgeting advice, visit http://www.themeparkinsider.com/vacation-budget-plan/, or click the "Planning" link in the gold navigation bar at the top of the page.
    From Joshua Counsil on May 28, 2009 at 9:01 PM
    Definitely taking advantage of the Busch, SeaWorld, and Universal ticket deals.

    Also, I want the Disney Free Dining Plan, but I am wondering ...

    For our next Orlando venture, we are staying both inside and outside of Disney because we cannot afford to stay inside the World for the entire trip duration. We are renting a DVC from someone on the DIS Discussion Forums (http://www.disboards.com/) for 4 nights, but we are buying 8-day Park Hoppers and staying outside of the park for the remainder of the trip ...

    Do we still qualify for Free Dining on those 4 nights when we're at the DVC?

    From Robert Niles on May 29, 2009 at 1:11 PM
    The folks at Holiday World send word that in June, each ticket holder who donates at least two cans of food (high protein, ready-to-eat meals preferred) will receive $5 in Holibucks (in-park money) to use in the park that day toward meals, games or souvenirs.

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