If you're one of those theme park fans who keeps checking attraction wait times on parks' apps, even when you're miles away at home or work, you probably have noticed something amazing this week. The off-season — recently thought to be an endangered or even extinct phenomenon — is back.
Yes, the threat of Hurricane Dorian kept crowds away in Florida. And 90-plus degree daytime highs have not helped lure anyone to the parks in Southern California. But this also was the week that SoCal Select annual pass blocks lifted after the summer at the Disneyland Resort — which in past years has unleashed a flood of visitors to the parks, and a holiday week typically is good for at least a modest boost in crowd sizes, too.
Yet wait times at Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood have held below an hour even for the most popular attractions this week. Many top rides have been walk-ons frequently, too. If you've got the means to get there, this has been an amazing week to visit the parks in Southern California and Central Florida. There's not much need for Fastpass, Universal Express, or any other front-of-line passes right now. There just aren't very many big lines to be found.
If short lines were not enough to entice you into planning an extra trip to the parks, I just clicked around our ticket links and found some nice discounts to several parks, as well. Perhaps the best are at Knott's Berry Farm, which is offering one-day tickets for more than 40 percent off right now, as well as Knott's Scary Farm tickets starting at $37.75.
Down the road at Disneyland and California Adventure, you can get up to $32 off multi-day tickets at the parks, where Halloween Time kicks off this Friday.
Universal Studios Hollywood is getting ready for its Halloween Horror Nights, and the park is offering two-night passes to the event for just $87. These passes are good for Thursday and Sunday nights, but that includes Hollywood's new 1980s-themed Throwback Thursdays, featuring live bands playing '80s hits.
SeaWorld San Diego is participating in the Kids Free San Diego promotion that gets a child in free with a discounted adult admission. If you're not interested in that deal, you can choose a Free All Day Dining or a seven-days-for-the-price-of-one deal, instead.
Legoland California also is doing the Kids Free San Diego deal, in addition to a second-day-free option.
And if your heart is set on visiting Orlando, remember we have that "Volcano Bay Free" deal at the Universal Orlando Resort.
As always, we encourage you to shop around for deals, but we also encourage you to follow us here to see the deals available from our authorized ticket partner. See you in the parks!
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