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How to Buy Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego

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SeaWorld San Diego draws many families of young children to San Diego. It is actually the San Diego theme park that I am asked about most.

There are a variety of ways to buy discount SeaWorld San Diego tickets. Which method you choose depends on how long you intend to spend in the park, your itinerary once inside and which other San Diego theme parks are on your to-do list.

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Important SeaWorld Tips

Normal retail price at the gate for single entrance SeaWorld San Diego tickets is $91.99/adult and $76.99/kids ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are free. You will save money by purchasing tickets and experiences online, in advance.

Note that the general parking fee at SeaWorld San Diego is currently $22. Up-close and VIP parking is also available. You may purchase parking in advance.

A half-day at SeaWorld San Diego is completely doable though a full day is most common.

Read all terms and conditions before purchasing a SeaWorld ticket. Be sure that they do not expire before your visit and check refund or transfer policies.

NEW: SeaWorld San Diego now has a variety of Quick Queue passes that provide guests with express entry to rides and priority seating at shows. We would recommend this for older kids who will primarily be interested in the thrill rides.

1. aRes Travel

aRes Travel is a San Diego-based, authorized ticket seller to major California attractions. aRes Travel’s SeaWorld tickets are print-at-home or in a mobile format so that you can head straight to the gate without the need to redeem a ticket voucher. aRes Travel charges a $2 convenience fee per ticket but you will still likely come out ahead.

7 Days for the Price of 1 

Visit SeaWorld San Diego over the course of seven days for less than the cost of one day of admission. This is a good option for visiting families staying in the Mission Bay area with young kids who tire out after a half-day at a theme park. And, of course, it’s a top pick for marine life enthusiasts.

This way, you can visit more than once without paying admission each time. (Price: $69.99/adult and $69.99/child)

Single Day with FREE All Day Dining (Top Pick)

 A single day ticket with all day dining for ages 3-up is $89.99 (regular price $127.98).

San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and SeaWorld San Diego Combo Deal

This combo deal includes 1 day at the San Diego Zoo, and 1 day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego. (Price: $161.99/adults and $141.99/kids)

SeaWorld San Diego + San Diego Zoo

Get 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego plus 1-Day admission to the San Diego Zoo with this pass. (Price: $114.99/adults and $104.99/kids)

San Diego’s Fab 4 Combo Deal

This is for those planning to hit all four major theme parks. This Combo Pass includes 1-Day San Diego Zoo ticket, 1-Day San Diego Zoo Safari Park ticket, 1-Day Legoland California and up to 7 consecutive days at SeaWorld San Diego.

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2. Direct From SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego offers numerous different admission ticket options via its website.

Weekday Tickets 

Save more than $36 with a SeaWorld San Diego Weekday Ticket valid Monday–Friday through April 30, 2019. (Price: $55/ages 3+)

Any Day Ticket

Visit SeaWorld San Diego any day of the year through December 31, 2019. Tip: Pay about $15 more and get all-day dining with the above aRes Travel ticket. (Price: 77.99/ages 3+)

Single-Day Ticket + Eat FREE All Day (aRes Travel Price Above Is Less)

Get admission and free dining at participating restaurants in the park all day. When bought online and in advance, this is a discount of $25 off of the retail price. (Price: $102.99/ages 3+, a $25 savings) Note that the aRes Travel price above is less.

Single-Day Ticket + All Inclusive Experience

Want even more than admission and free all-day dining? This ticket option includes free all-day dining (at participating restaurants in the park), front-of-the-line ride access, premier show seating, and a souvenir photo. “Quick Queue Premier” gives ticket holders front-of-the-line ride entry and reserved seating at select show locations. (Price: $114.99/person, a $75 savings)

Upgrade to Special Experiences

Through SeaWorld San Diego, it’s possible to upgrade your day to include not only the Quick Queue pass but also a variety of animal experiences ranging from penguins up-close to a behind-the-scenes visit with otters.

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Note: For multi-day SeaWorld San Diego, you’ll want to consider a Fun Card, Annual Pass, or 7-Day ticket from aRes Travel.


3. SeaWorld San Diego Fun Card

Pay for a day and play for the rest of 2019 with a Fun Card. This SeaWorld San Diego ticket does have some limited blockout dates that include May 26, July 4-5, July 27, August 3, August 10, Sept. 1, and Dec. 29, 2019.

It also doesn’t provide parking and dining discounts but it’s a great deal seeing that it’s nearly the same price as a 1-Day ticket. (Price: $91.99/adult and $86.99/kids)


4. SeaWorld San Diego Annual Passes

For a bit more than the Fun Card, a SeaWorld San Diego Annual Pass can add more value.

Bronze Annual Pass 

Receive SeaWorld San Diego admission for 12 months. Some blockout dates apply. You’ll also be given access to giveaways and exclusive events. (Price: $95.98/person)

Silver Annual Pass

These annual passes include unlimited admission throughout the year with no blockout dates, two free passes for friends during promotional event dates, free general parking, a 10% discount on dining and shopping, and more. (Price: $119.88/person)

Gold Annual Pass

The Gold Annual Pass also includes unlimited admission with no blockout dates; free general parking; three free admissions for friends during promotional event dates; up to 50% off of dining, shopping and select animal experiences; 1 free all-day Quick Queue pass, an exclusive animal experience and more. (Price: $143.88/person)

SeaWorld Platinum Pass

Get access to SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio; Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Williamsburg; Aquatica San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio; Adventure Island; Water Country USA; and Sesame Place with no blockout dates in addition to a number of other VIP benefits and discounts for 24 months with a Platinum Pass. (Price: $239.88/person)

SeaWorld + Aquatica San Diego Annual Passes

You can also buy bronze, silver and gold annual passes that will get you into both SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego. NOTE: Aquatica San Diego opens for the 2019 season on May 24, 2019.

Purchase an Annual Pass

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5. Go San Diego Card (Most Popular Bundled Attractions Pass)

The Go San Diego Card saves up to 55% off of admission to 35+ top San Diego attractions, including SeaWorld San Diego, in three simple steps:

  1. Choose the pass option that best suits you (you can buy an All-Inclusive pass or Build Your Own pass) and buy your pass in advance.
  2. Get your pass on a mobile device or print it at home.
  3. Show the pass at any eligible attraction and you’re in for free.

The All-Inclusive passes are available in 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7-day options, each at different prices. You’ll have 30 days of the first activation to use the Build Your Own pass. Make sure the attractions you’d like to visit are listed on the option you buy. This by far the most popular discounted, bundled San Diego attractions pass.  

See also: 10 Benefits of the Go San Diego Card Discounted Attractions Pass

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Click here to apply 10% off All-Inclusive Go San Diego Card passes
Offer expires May 1, 2019.


6. California Explorer Pass (Includes Los Angeles and San Francisco Attractions)

The brand new California Explorer Pass launched in 2019 and offers an excellent solution for those on a California road trip. Explore 3, 4, or 5 major California attractions over 30 days. Participating attractions include:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • LEGOLAND California
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Warner Brothers Studio Tour
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • Knott’s Soak City
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Belmont Park
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California’s Great America
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
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Click here to apply 10% off the California Explorer Pass
Offer expires May 1, 2019.


7. Bundle a Hotel and SeaWorld San Diego Tickets

Hotel + 7 Days at SeaWorld San Diego

Bundle a 7 Days for the Price of 1 ticket with a nearby hotel to enjoy exclusive savings on a SeaWorld San Diego Vacation.[/su_button]

The Best Of San Diego! Choose Your Own Adventure Package

Customize your own San Diego vacation package! Package includes your choice of tickets to 5 popular San Diego theme parks: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE Aquarium and hotel accommodations.[/su_button]


8. AAA Discounts (None Available at This Time)

Members of AAA receive various SeaWorld San Diego discount ticket options throughout the year. None are available at the time of this writing. However, be mindful that it is often less expensive to buy directly through SeaWorld San Diego than to use AAA.


9. Military Discounts

Active duty military members and veterans receive special offers through the Waves of Honor program. Military personnel and three direct dependents will each receive one ticket per year.

Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego

10. Teacher Fun Card

SeaWorld San Diego offers unlimited free park admission (plus two free single day tickets) to certified California and Arizona K-12 teachers via its complimentary Teacher Fun Card. Teachers must register by April 30, 2019 for a 2019 card.

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See also: Top 10 Things to Do in San Diego and Best Things to Do at Mission Bay

 

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6 thoughts on “How to Buy Discounted Tickets to SeaWorld San Diego

  1. Do you feel like the current Seaworld specials are as good as they get, or should we hold out and wait for better?

  2. I was thinking about getting annual passes for my daughter and myself – we live in AZ but come over a few times a year. Would it make sense to buy one regular annual pass for the free parking and other benefits, and one Fun Card for the small savings, or is there something I am not considering? Thanks!

    1. I’ve never purchased that combo but I don’t see why it couldn’t work! I just updated the Fun Card link in this post as I clicked on the link I originally had and didn’t see it with the annual pass options. You’ll see it there now.

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