Reliable tips for saving money on Aquatica Orlando tickets so that you don’t waste time on deals and coupons that don’t work.

If you’re headed to Florida to visit SeaWorld Orlando, you might also want to visit their themed water park, Aquatica. Aquatica is a family-friendly destination filled with thrilling water rides, high-speed water slides, wave pools, and attractions inspired by marine life, like the dolphin plunge. 

A family trip to Aquatica can be costly, so budgeting ahead of time is a great idea. While gate prices are available, you can save more by looking for discount Aquatica tickets online. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to save.

Gate Prices for Admission to Aquatica Orlando

You can view the gate price for Aquatica Orlando tickets on the official site, which frequently features exclusive offers and seasonal specials. If you walk up on the day you want to enter the theme park, then tickets will cost around $50 per person for guests aged 3 and older. 

Children 2 and under can enter the park for free with a paying adult.

If you want to upgrade your ticket to include an all-day dining option, you’ll pay around $80 per person. Remember, ticket prices for Orlando theme parks can vary throughout the year, especially during peak season when greater demand drives rates up.

Another option for gate prices includes a package that includes single-day tickets to both Aquatica and SeaWorld Orlando. There are also multi-park passes that allow you to access the water park, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Adventure Island within a 14-day period.

The gate prices for Aquatica Orlando tickets are:

  • Children 3+ and Adults: $117.44 each
  • All-day dining + Single-day Admission Tickets: $116.05 each
  • Choose Your Adventure – Two Visits: $128.99 each
  • Choose Your Adventure – Two Visits With All-Day Dining: $331.67

Aquatica Orlando Discount Ticket Options

There are plenty of ways to save money on your Aquatica Orlando tickets, including on-site deals, seasonal offers, and booking your tickets through aRes Travel. Your final price will be affected by the dates you plan to travel and how many days you want to visit.

If you plan on visiting SeaWorld Orlando as well, you can look for bundles that give you access to both theme parks.

1. Discounted Single-Day Admission Tickets

From wave pools to water slides, marine life exhibits, and more, you can access Aquatica for less than gate prices if you book through aRes Travel. aRes Travel is an authorized ticket vendor based out of San Diego, and they offer great discounts on tourist attractions, theme parks, and venues throughout the United States. 

These cheaper tickets include tax, and you’ll pay a $2 per ticket administration fee. If you were to buy tickets online through Aquatica Orlando, the prices do not include taxes and fees (which are significant). Therefore, for most tickets, aRes Travel has the best final price.

To score some extra savings, visit the theme park on a weekday. Prices are generally lower during the week, and you can enjoy slightly thinner crowds and shorter lines to see attractions.

2. Multiple Park Tickets

You can be two-, three-, and four-park tickets that allow entry into SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, or Adventure Island Tampa Bay within 14 days of your first visit.

3. Orlando CityPASS

Orlando CityPASS is a sightseeing pass that allows you to purchase the tickets you like to the following Orlando theme parks:

  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Universal Orlando Resort
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The SeaWorld Orlando option gives you the opportunity to buy a 2-Park or 3-Park ticket that includes other SeaWorld Entertainment Parks, including Aquatica Orlando.

Aquatica Orlando Walkabout Waters play area for younger kids.
Walkabout Waters

4. Annual Membership Ticket Savings

By using aRes Travel, you can score more savings on Aquatica annual memberships. Buying through the official park already comes with great perks, like admission to popular events like Howl O Scream, preferred parking, and free guest tickets.

Benefits for annual memberships vary by tier. You can also choose whether you want to buy a membership for Aquatica alone, Aquatica, and SeaWorld Orlando, or all four Orlando parks, which include Aquatica, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Adventure Island.

Bronze Annual Membership

  • 12 months of unlimited park visits with blackout dates
  • Free admission to popular events
  • Price: $138

Silver Annual Membership

  • 12 months of unlimited park visits with no blackout dates
  • Free admission to popular events
  • Free general parking
  • 2 free guest tickets
  • Up to 20% off in-park discounts
  • Price: $180

Gold Annual Membership

  • 12 months of unlimited park visits with no blackout dates
  • Free admission to popular events
  • 4 free guest tickets
  • Up to 30% off in-park discounts
  • Price: $210

Platinum Annual Membership

  • 12 months of unlimited park visits no blackout dates
  • Free admission to popular events
  • Up to 50% off in-park discounts
  • Free preferred parking
  • 6 free guest tickets
  • 1 free single ride Quick Queue ticket per day
  • Price: $336

Each annual membership also comes with an automatic renewal, but you can cancel beforehand if you don’t want to be charged. 

aRes Travel offers a discount on the silver membership, including a two-pack deal and a combination package featuring unlimited access to Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens, and Adventure Island. 

I suggest you check out aRes Travel and Aquatica to compare annual membership deals.

Breakaway Falls water slides and tower.
Breakaway Falls at sunset

5. Fun Card

The Aquatica Fun Card is an easy way to access the water park and SeaWorld Orlando year-round. It’s basically a scaled-back version of the annual membership that gives you unlimited visits year-round with blackout dates.

There are no additional perks, like in-park discounts or preferred parking. However, because it grants you unlimited visits for the cost of two tickets at gate prices, it’s a good deal for those who want to become frequent guests. 

6. Discounted Group Ticket Rates

Single-day Aquatica Orlando tickets for groups of 15 or more start at $44.99. For a meal plan included, the cost is $62.98 for adults and children 3 and older.

Lastly, for access to the park for the day plus all-day dining, the cost per ticket is $84.98 for adults and children 10 and older.

7. AAA Discount Tickets

AAA members, their spouses, and dependents can save as much as 20% off their tickets when they book through AAA. 

8. Active Military Discount

Active duty, drilling reservists, and National Guardsmen members receive one complimentary admission per year, which includes free admission for up to three dependents. They may redeem their ticket at Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld Orlando, or Sesame Place. Active Military can also enjoy unlimited access to SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando through the SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando 2024 Military Pass, with general parking included, until December 31, 2024, for only $169.99 per pass (normally $209.99). Active-Duty Military members can buy up to six (6) Military Passes at this special rate.

A military ID is required upon purchase, and you must verify your active duty status on the park’s website using GovX ID. 

9. Veteran Military Discount

Veteran service members and up to five guests can receive 50% off single-day Aquatica Orlando tickets. GovX verification and a military ID presented at the gate are required.

A kid about to drop down Breakaway Falls water slide.
Breakaway Falls drop!

10. Vacation Packages

Several vacation packages on Aquatica’s site include hotel accommodations and park admission. The Aquatica Free Vacation Package starts at $55 per person, per night, and includes: 

  • Free admission to Aquatica water park and SeaWorld for the length of your stay
  • Free parking at each theme park 
  • Choice of hotel accommodations plus one free night 
  • Reserved seating for shows at SeaWorld

There is also a Discovery Cove Package that starts at $89 per person, per night, and includes:

  • Free admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica for the length of your stay
  • One single-day admission ticket to Discovery Cove
  • The choice between a Day Resort or All-Inclusive Dolphin Swim
  • Choice of hotel accommodations plus one free night
  • Reserved seating for shows at SeaWorld

Important Tips for Visiting Aquatica Orlando 

Aquatica offers family fun for guests of all ages. Although the park is known for its thrilling water rides, there is so much more to discover. Little kids can visit splash pads and kid-friendly rides, and there are also many animal exhibits to explore, like underwater observation halls to see the dolphins. 

Make sure that you pack all your water park essentials, like swimwear, a fresh change of clothes in case they get wet, goggles, water shoes, and beach towels. You can also bring bottled water or a refillable water bottle into the park. 

All guests under 48 inches (4 feet) tall must wear a life vest on most of the attractions. The park will provide United States Post Guard (USPG)-approved life vests; personal ones are permitted as long as they’re USPG-standard. Guests can wear Type II, III, and V at Aquatica, but flotation devices, pool noodles, boogie boards, and swimmies are not permitted. 

As for what types of shoes to wear to Aquatica, the park allows water shoes, sandals, and water socks on certain rides, but they are not allowed on others. It may be a good idea to bring along an extra pair of sneakers in your bag just in case you need to change. 

Babies and children who wear diapers must have waterproof protectors or swim diapers before they can enter water attractions. 

I suggest looking into the all-day locker rentals available throughout the park so you can easily store your stuff and enjoy the attractions without lugging around heavy bags all day.

Aquatica offers various events throughout the year, depending on the season, like summer beach night movies, festivals, and special events. It’s a good idea to look at their event calendar and see what’s going on during your visit so you can make the most out of your experience. 

Aquatica Orlando Frequently Asked Questions

Can you bring water into Aquatica Orlando? 

Yes, bottled water and refillable water bottles are permitted in the park. 

Is Aquatica better than SeaWorld Orlando? 

Aquatica is a water park, while SeaWorld is a theme park centered around marine life. While both are great experiences, those who want to get up close with animals like dolphins, whales, and stingrays will prefer SeaWorld. 

On the other hand, Aquatica is a great family-friendly attraction with tons of activities, whether you want to relax poolside or take on an adventurous water slide.

Which is better: Volcano Bay or Aquatica Orlando?

Universal’s Volcano Bay is better suited to families with older children (13+) and adults who want to enjoy some thrilling rides. Aquatica is a better choice for those with smaller kids who want a more family-friendly water park.

Can you bring food to Aquatica Orlando?

No. Outside food is not permitted, but baby formula is allowed. Guests who have dietary restrictions may also bring their own food. 

How much is parking at Aquatica Orlando?

General parking costs starts at $32 for one car or motorcycle.

What time does Aquatica close in Orlando? 

Aquatica closes at 6 or 7 p.m. on most days. 

What time does Aquatica Orlando open? 

The park usually opens at 9 or 10:30 a.m. You can check park hours on the official site.

Photos courtesy of Aquatica Orlando

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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