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Pay For A Ticket? No Way!
As you probably already know, I like Theme Parks just as much as the next guy, but I’m not overly thrilled with the admissions pricing. My philosophy is that there is so much to see around our great state that I shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg just to ride a few attraction rides. I have finally found something that could potentially change my way of thinking!
Sea World Orlando has an annual event called Bands, Brew & BBQ! This beer, music, and BBQ festival is 6 weekends long spanning from Feb 9th to March 17th, and hosts a wide variety of musical acts and entertainment. When this event started a few years ago, it was pretty much a bunch of C list country musicians, but has since grown to include quite a few top acts. the line up changes every year, but this year looks pretty good!
- Saturday, February 9 Chris Young with Jerrod Niemann
- Sunday, February 10 Merle Haggard
- Saturday, February 16 The Beach Boys
- Sunday, February 17 Styx
- Saturday, February 23 Big & Rich
- Sunday, February 24 Third Eye Blind
- Saturday, March 2 Daryl Hall & John Oates
- Sunday, March 3 Darius Rucker
- Saturday, March 9 Michael McDonald
- Sunday, March 10 Josh Turner
- Saturday, March 16 Rodney Atkins with Uncle Kracker
- Sunday, March 17 Sheryl Crow
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Yes Way! Pay For A Ticket!
I have seen a few of these acts in concert before and have paid quite a bit just to see one act! There are a few different ways you can go about getting in to see all of these bands, and it can be quite pricey, especially with a family of 4. This is one instance where an annual can really pay off. Although oddly enough it’s not called an annual pass.
Sea World is offering a ticket called “The Fun Pass” which is pretty much the same thing as an annual pass but without the perks. This pass does not include free parking and is available for both Sea World Orlando as well as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This theme park pass starts out at $89 for an adult and $81 for the kiddos (ages 3-9). That’s not too bad considering you get unlimited admission to the park through December 31st! That’s probably why they don’t consider it an annual pass!
You may want to consider purchasing an actual annual pass though. At least one, for the added perks. An Annual pass is currently $149. I know this is a steep increase from the fun pass but if you go just a few times, you’ll easily make up the difference. In addition the annual passes are available on EZ pay, where they bill your credit card a monthly fee, which is not available for the fun pass. You also get a 10% discount on food and merchandise throughout the park. It will add up quickly!
Check out this chart to find out what pass is right for you!
But Wait There’s More!
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OK Billy Mayes! So far I have only told you about the Bands. There is also BBQ and Brew! Multiple BBQ joints from around town actually have booths in the park so you can dine on delicious mouth watering grub! If you want a bit of a unique experience, check out the Smokehouse restaurant that is run by Sea World. I have eaten there quite a few times and was definitely not disappointed. You can even purchase what I refer to as a “Grazing” pass. Sea World offers an all day dining meal ticket that will literally get you an “All You Can Eat” dining experience that’s decent value.
Oh and the BEER! That’s right, remember when the Busch family actually owned Sea World? Well with this event they stay true to their roots and offer a wide assortment of micro brew selections throughout the park. There is even a sampler pass that will get you a little bit of everything. In years past they have had all you can drink beer passes, but I’m not sure if they still offer them.
Because this site is all about being frugal, I wanted to give you a quick heads up about my dining advice. I always recommend packing a cooler and dining at a park or picnic location, but it’s more difficult at this location. Because they sell food in the park, no coolers are allowed, and only those with special dietary needs are allowed to bring in food. I would hate to see you turned away at the gate. And yes they do check purses and baby bags for sandwiches, don’t even try to go there.. You can however exit the park and eat in the parking lot. It will save you money and can also get you away from the crowds for a bit. The parking is usually pretty close to the gate, so you won’t need to walk far, but be prepared since the parking lot is very hot around high noon. Remember if you do get the grazing pass as previously discussed, it covers you for drinks as well. The only down side is that you have to wait through the line each time. One meal pass could technically hydrate an entire family all day in theory.
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