Welcome to Theme Park Insider! Join the community or log in
Theme Park Insider
Facebook Twitter YouTube Email Newsletter

Orlando visit - Busch Gardens or not?

Busch Gardens Tampa: We were thinking of buying Disney world tickets from Walmart. T Now we are thinking should we also do Busch Gardens, Tampa or not. Any advise will be great. Also if you know where to save money on buying Disney tickets and things to do in Orlando. .

From Richa Bedi
Posted October 20, 2009 at 8:17 AM
Hi everyone
We are visiting Orlando for first time from Oct 24 to 31st. We have resort reservation in Kissimmee. We have two boys 18 months (36 inches) and 4 year (45in). We were thinking of buying Disney world tickets from Walmart. They seemed much cheaper than from Disney itself. We were thinking of buying three day ticket.
Now we are thinking should we also do Busch Gardens Tampa or not. Any advise will be great. Also if you know where to save money on buying Disney tickets and things to do in Orlando.
Appreciate your time and help..


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Bob Miller
Posted October 20, 2009 at 9:14 AM
Be careful of where you buy tickets Richa, they just arrested several people in the Kissimmee area a little while back for selling bad tickets. Like selling 7 day tickets that might have 3 days left. I would think most discount ticket dealers are honest, especially if they have a permanent building.

Busch Gardens is nice, but be prepared to walk up hill if you want to see things. And you'll need a car to get there because it's about a hour away from Kissimmee. Have fun with your family.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted October 20, 2009 at 11:43 AM
They are not cheaper at Walmart. I have checked. Get it at the parks or your local Disney Store. Seriously, it is not worth the hassle and your 18 month old gets in for free anyway.

In regards to Busch Gardens, I would say skip it and go to Animal Kingdom. This is not a slam against Busch Gardens at all because it is a very solid park. However, considering your kids' ages, there is much more to do and see at Animal Kingdom with those kids including Lion King, Nemo, and Mickey.

I would hold off on Busch Gardens until they are around 10 or so.

From Casey S.
Posted October 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM
Busch is a great park for older adventurous kids. Animal kingdom at disney will provide you with all the great animal encounters and attractions your family will need. Busch will have nearly the same animals and you will spend all day "child swapping" as its mostly a coaster park. I would suggest adding sea world instead. your family will really enjoy Busch Gardens (and UNIVERSAL!) in ten years when you can all experience the thrills together.

From Jasmine Grant
Posted October 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM
If you have access to a ITT, military ticketing facility, you can get a great deal on Disney tickets as well as any other park or attraction you can think of. You could get REALLY cheap tickets if you are friends with a service member or the spouse of a service member. But if you don't have any connections like that then i would try Ebay. Always use Paypal, because if you get burned on a purchase you get all of your money back. Be extra careful when buying tickets online or from any place other than a ticket agent and the actual park.

From Melissa Faulkner
Posted October 20, 2009 at 6:51 PM
I agree with Anthony, go for Animal Kingdom. It is very nice for older and younger folks. I, for one, am not a big Busch fan. Was there once and that was enough for me. Of course its not that its a bad park, I just liked IOA better. Anywho, I would choose Animal Kingdom. Just my 2 cents. :)

From Deborah Davis
Posted October 21, 2009 at 6:14 AM
Animal Kingdom has a big advantage over BGT because there is more for the entire family to do together. BGT has some great kids areas, but they get a little boring for adults. With your kids being so young, a lot of the rides will be off-limits to them, and the ones in the kids areas may be off limits to the parents.

Unless you are going that way (like if you are visiting the Pinellas beaches), I don’t know that it’s worth it to you to make a special trip.

This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.

Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Insider's Pick: There's only one place in America to where you can enter the world of Harry Potter: the Universal Orlando Resort. With Universal Orlando 2014: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure, you'll learn everything you need to know to save money and time while enjoying Harry Potter and all the other world-class attractions at Universal Orlando.

Get it! In paperback | For Kindle | For iBooks