Florida’s First Responders Receive Free Admission to Busch Gardens and SeaWorld

Busch Gardens® Tampa and SeaWorld® Orlando are honoring Florida first responders through September. From Sept. 1-30, first responders will receive free admission to both Florida parks, and a special offer for additional tickets.


In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets per park for friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of 48 percent off general admission.

“This special offer is our way to show our support and appreciation for the commitment and dedication of Florida’s first responders,” said Jim Dean, Busch Gardens Tampa park president.

“Our hope is that these courageous people and their families will visit our parks, share time with one another and create memories that last a lifetime,” said Donnie Mills, SeaWorld Orlando park president.

Qualifying first responders include:

·         All Florida fire rescue first responders

·         Florida emergency medical services employees (EMT/EMS/not hospital employees)

·         All Florida police and sheriff offices

·         Florida Highway Patrol

·         Florida Department of Corrections

·         Florida Department of Law Enforcement

·         Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission field officers

·         Florida Forest Service Forest Rangers

·         Florida Park Service law enforcement

·         Department of Homeland Security law enforcement agents

·         Florida Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement

Qualifying first responders should visit buschgardenstampa.com or seaworldorlando.com for more information and to register, using the ID.me verification system. Tickets must be used by Sept. 30, 2015. Restrictions apply.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ also has a tribute program called Waves of Honor™.  Created in 2001, the Waves of Honor® military solute program provides free admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® parks, and Sesame Place® for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents per service member.


SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Salutes Veterans with “Waves of Honor” Special Online Offer

As Veterans Day approaches, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ for the second year in a row is launching a special offer to honor all the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. armed services. The “Waves of Honor” salute to veterans offers 50 percent off single-day admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for veterans and service members, and as many as five guests. Qualified service members and veterans include active duty, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. Tickets must be purchased by November 11 (Veterans Day), 2014 and redeemed by December 21, 2014.
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“We’re proud to extend this special offer to the 22 million U.S. veterans and their friends and families in celebration of their service,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “It has always been our honor to host members of the military and their families at our parks each year, and this extends that appreciation even further.”
Qualified U.S. service members and veterans must purchase discounted tickets in advance at www.wavesofhonor.com or at participating military bases. Proof of service required.*
Active duty military who have visited the parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary admission can also take advantage of this special offer. The SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment military salute program, previously known as Here’s to the Heroes, was created in 2001. The parks have played host to more than 6 million service members and their families since the program’s debut.
SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld San Diego operate year-round. The remaining parks are seasonal. Each park’s operating schedule is available online. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM. Rules of eligibility can be found at www.wavesofhonor.com and are subject to change. Tickets have full paid value towards any upgrade. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program.
* Proof of service must be verified on wavesofhonor.com before visiting the park. We are working with ID.me to provide an online verification of active and former military personnel.  Troop ID (ID.me) works using a single sign on that enables brands to authenticate military affiliation in real time. SeaWorld is proud to participate in ID.me’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) pilot as part of its efforts to offer this benefit to the military in a secure and privacy-enhancing manner.