Amusement parks are a fun way for families to spend time together while on vacation. But tickets aren’t cheap, especially for larger families.
Many military families take advantage of the military discounts available for the Disney parks, but may not be aware of the discounts available for other popular amusement parks.
The following are amusement parks that offer military discounts. Remember to have your valid military ID handy to redeem them!
Cedar Point offers $15 off a regular all-day admission ticket to active, retired, and honorably discharged members of the military with a valid ID. They also host special Military Appreciation events throughout the year.
Active duty military and immediate family members can receive a Military One Day Plus Pass to Colonial Williamsburg through MWR/ITT offices, or 10% off on multi-day tickets at their ticket windows. Click here for more details.
Colonial Williamsburg has also joined the Blue Star Partnership, which means that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, military families are offered one day of free admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Tickets are available at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center or the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.
Dollywood offers a 30% discount on one-day admission tickets for active or retired military, disabled veterans, reservists, spouses, and dependents with a valid military ID. Tickets cannot be pre-purchased and must be purchased at the front gate of Dollywood and/or Dollywood’s Splash Country.
Hershey Park offers an online printable coupon to present at the front gate with a valid military ID. This knocks $20 off the price of regular (ages 9-54) one-day admission and $4 off Junior (ages 3-8) or Senior (ages 55-69) one-day admission. One coupon can be used on the purchase of up to 8 admission tickets.
Active duty and retired military can buy a single day general admission ticket to King’s Dominion for $38.99 per person. Purchase up to 6 tickets at the gate with a military ID.
King’s Dominion also offers season discounts. During Military Appreciation Days, Memorial Day weekend, and Fourth of July weekend, admission is free for active and retired military.
King’s Island offers discounts off the regular Front Gate admission price to active duty servicemembers. The discount is available only at the park for up to 6 family members. The price of the discount varies throughout the season.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Show your military ID when you visit Knott’s Berry Farm and get regular admission tickets for only $37.99. This discount does not apply to Special Tickets Events like the Halloween Haunt. Also keep an eye out for their seasonal promotions.
Knoebel’s Amusement Resort
Active duty servicemembers receive a free All-Day or Sundown Plan Ride Pass at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort by showing a valid military ID at the hand stamp window. This discount is available from opening day to the end of the season. On days when an All-Day Ride Pass isn’t available, you’ll get $20 in ride tickets.
From Flag Day (June 14) through the Fourth of July, family members can receive a special “buy one-get-one free offer on Mondays through Fridays only with a dependent ID.
LEGOLAND Florida is offering Military Appreciation Days, where all active duty military members are offered one free one-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park. Dependents as well as retired military members can receive a 10% discount on one-day admission tickets at the ticket booths and Guest Services.
At LEGOLAND California Resort, active duty military can receive a 10% discount on one-day admission tickets at the ticket booths and Guest Services.
For both parks, you can get even greater discounts (up to 50% off!) if you plan ahead and purchase the tickets through your MWR/ITT offices on base.
Sea World Parks
Through the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment program “Waves of Honor” (formerly known as the Here’s to the Heroes Salute), military members can receive one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Water Country USA, Sesame Place or weekdays at Aquatica San Diego. This discount includes active duty military, activated or drilling Reservists, and National Guardsmen, as well as three direct dependents.
Register online or buy tickets at the park. You can also purchase tickets at Shades of Green, an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) in Orlando, Florida, which is a 15 to 30 minute drive from SeaWorld. (Shades of Green is also a great place to stay if you’re looking for affordable hotels in the area.)
Most military bases offer discounted admission tickets to Six Flags parks so check with your nearest MWR/ITT office. There are no military discounts available at the park ticket offices.
Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida offers active duty and retired servicemembers, National Guard, and Reservists two-night getaways starting at $195 per adult. This includes two-night hotel accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel, two-day base tickets (one theme park per day), early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the general public, and access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk.
Purchase discounted tickets at your MWR/ITT office or Shades of Green.
Universal Studios Hollywood offers a 10% discount off general admission tickets and 10% off 48 inch and below tickets (guests under 48 inches tall) for active duty and retired military, DoD personnel, National Guard, Reservists and their dependents. You can pre-purchase tickets at your MWR/ITT office or you can order than on the phone. But you can still receive the discounted tickets at the ticket booth with your valid military or US government ID.
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe Water Park
Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe, the Carolinas' Largest Water Park, offers a military discount at the main gate on any operating day. Discounted tickets can also be purchased at most North Carolina military bases.
-- Heather Sweeney can be reached at Heather.Sweeney@monster.com.
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