Florida toddlers get free admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in 2012

January 4, 2012, 1:26 PM · SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment today announced a special discount offer for families with toddlers. Florida residents age five and under can sign up online for a free "Preschool Pass," good for unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa for all of 2012.

Feeding the dolphins at SeaWorld

Children under age three already get into Busch Gardens and SeaWorld (and all other major theme parks) for no charge, so this deal really applies to kids ages 3-5. Parents will need to sign up for the Preschool Pass online. You can pick up the pass at any Busch Gardens or SeaWorld ticket window - just bring the confirmation notice from the website along with a certified copy of your child's birth certificate.

Will this deal help swing some local families toward Busch and SeaWorld, instead of going to (or back to) the new Legoland in Winter Haven? Does it help SeaWorld compete with the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, debuting in stages this year? Will you sign up for the Preschool Pass? We'd love to hear your reaction, in the comments.

Replies (3)

January 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM · I think this is a great idea, and very savvy on the parks' part. The kids ain't the ones spending the money, but they certainly ain't going alone. Not like Mom and Dad are dropping them off and picking them up after work.
January 4, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Oh no, San Diego is not included.
January 7, 2012 at 6:24 PM · I usually try to sneak my 4 year old in as under 3, but I am definitely using this for Busch Gardens, since it has a cool Sesame Street play area and once your kids turn 5 they can do a safari and feed giraffes.

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