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Theme park deals, discounts and promo codes for September 2009

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Published: August 27, 2009 at 11:19 AM

On the final Thursday of each month I post the best current discounts that I've found on tickets to the most popular theme parks in the United States.

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.

Two pieces of general advice:

  • If your employer, school or credit union sells discounted movie and local attraction tickets, they might sell discounted theme park tickets, as well, even to out-of-town parks. Always check with them to see if you can find a better deal than those listed here.
  • Six Flags, Cedar Fair (Cedar Point, Knott's, Canada's Wonderland, etc.) and some Busch/SeaWorld annual passes can be used at other parks in the chain. If you'll be traveling, you might find cheaper deals buying those passes through parks other than the one closest to you.

Halloween Events

Tickets for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights are now on sale. Universal Orlando is offering up to $30 off for Florida residents, with a valid UPC code from a Coke product. (Regular price is $69.99 a night.) Others can buy a Frequent Fear Pass that gets you in on all Sundays-Thursdays, along with the first weekend.

Universal Studios Hollywood is discounting all tickets bought by Sept. 20. Discounts range from $5 to $15 off the regular price of $56.

Walt Disney World is offering $7 off tickets to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, with advance purchase. The regular adult price is $59.

Busch Gardens Tampa is offering up to $40 off the regular price of $69.95 to Howl-O-Scream, with advance online purchase. Some deals require valid UPC codes from Pepsi or Budweiser products.

Disney

Walt Disney World continues to offer its dining plan for free for visitors who book a five-day vacation through the Disney website.

In addition, Disney World is offering to extend annual passholders three extra months free with a 12-month renewal.

  • Disney World's special offers page

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

    Universal

    The following deals continue to be available via Universal Orlando's website:

  • $99.99 7-day, 2-park ticket
  • Buy 3 nights hotel, get an extra night free, along with two 2-park unlimited admission tickets and 2 free Wet 'n Wild water park tickets..
  • Layoff protection plan; deposits refunded if you lose your job before your trip.

    At Universal Studios Hollywood, the best deal for local residents is a $60 unlimited admission pass that is good for six months. For tourists, USH is offering two days for the price of one, when bought online. Both offers are available via Universal's website.

    AAA offers a one-day Universal Hollywood ticket for $52.99. (The AAA deals for Universal Orlando are no better than the $99.99 7-day pass available on the Universal website.)

    SeaWorld

    SeaWorld Orlando offers adult one-day tickets at the kids' price, $64.95, with a second day free.

    SeaWorld San Diego offers the same deal, priced at $55. If you use the promo code SWCAAASmr09 you can get the same price on adult tickets and kids tickets for $27.50.

    Busch Gardens

    At Busch Gardens Williamsburg, adults can buy a one-day ticket for the kids' price of $49.95, or a Fun Card that provides admission for the rest of the year for $59.95. See the BGW website for links and additional offers.

    Busch Gardens Tampa also offers adults at the kids price, which is $59.95 for the Tampa park, but you also get a second day free.

  • Readers' Opinions

    From Jeff M on August 27, 2009 at 6:25 PM
    FYI - to whoever is interested. I spoke with a personnel manager today with Free Style Music Park in Myrtle Beach, SC. For those who have kept up, the park is offering a 2 for 19.99 admission price until August 31st. They plan on extending this discount til the end of the year! No mention on website, or elsewhere as far as I know? I'm not sure if this helps anyone, but I thought for those interested this continued deal can't be beat!
    From Robert Niles on August 27, 2009 at 11:51 PM
    Thanks, Jeff. Sounds like a very good deal for folks in that area.

    Keep 'em coming, folks.

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