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Theme Park Recommendations

Theme Park Recommendations


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Disclosure: There are some affiliate links below, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.

Money Saving Travel Agency

Destinations in Florida

Destinations in Florida is a Florida based travel agency specializing in Disney World, Universal Orlando, Disney Cruise and Florida vacations.  They are the local travel experts I use to help plan my theme park vacations. They will help you plan your family vacation, all at no cost to you.

Laura is my discount vacation connection at Destinations in Florida and you can let her know that I sent you over. Call her at 877-918-8941 or Request a Price Online.

Cheap Theme Park Tickets

Undercover Tourist

Since 2000, Undercover Tourist has provided authentic attraction tickets at discounted prices, as well as insider planning tips and excellent customer service. With over a million downloads of the top-rated Wait Times App, Undercover Tourist helps families save time and money on their vacation to Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, Universal Studios Hollywood™, SeaWorld® Orlando, SeaWorld® San Diego and more attractions in Orlando, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Discounted rates, free shipping and flexible refund policies make Undercover Tourist the trusted name in attraction tickets.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care.

They also care for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

SeaWorld Orlando (FL), San Diego (CA) and San Antonio (TX); Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (FL) and Williamsburg (VA), Adventure Island® (FL), Aquatica® Orlando (FL), San Diego (CA) and San Antonio (TX), Water Country U.S.A (VA) and Sesame Place® (PA)

Affordable Hotels


Hotels.com® offers more than 300,000 properties in 60 countries – from hotels and B&B’s to condos and all-inclusive resorts. Hotels.com also specializes in providing accommodations during sold-out periods. I know the lodging accommodation experience is an important part of your trip, so Hotels.com offers travelers the information they need to book the perfect trip–all backed by the Hotels.com Price Guarantee.

My absolute favorite thing about Hotels.com is that it offers a FREE night. When you book 10 hotel nights through their website, you’ll receive one night free. You may get one of your nights at a participating Disney area hotel for free. The 10 nights can be booked throughout the year.


Local City Deals


Groupon is one my favorite discount sites where I buy great deals for different restaurants and activities to do in any city I visit. Groupon believes in building the daily habit in local commerce, offering a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy.

By enabling real-time commerce across local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products and live events, shoppers can find the best a city has to offer.


CityPASS is a simple way to vacation in North America’s most popular city destinations. Available in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Tampa Bay, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto. CityPASS ticket booklets contain prepaid admission to the top attractions in each city. With CityPASS, you pay one substantially reduced price and avoid main entrance ticket lines at many attractions.

CityPASS promises you three things: the most famous attractions, an amazing price, and skipping the main ticket line at many attractions.

Tampa Bay CityPASS: Attractions include: Busch Gardens® Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center OR Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI).

CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, starting with the first day of use.


Best Selling Theme Park Traveling Books

The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide: Tips and Tricks for Theme Park Hopping in Florida This book highlights how to enjoy theme park hopping alone in a simple and easy way. This lighthearted handbook will dispel the myths of going to theme parks alone and will inspire you to create your own solo theme park memories.

The Solo Theme Park Traveler’s Guide will also give a quick breakdown on each of the major theme parks in central Florida: Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and SeaWorld.

Birnbaum’s 2018 Walt Disney World Guide This is the official Disney guidebook with lots of great tips compacted into the colorful pages.

It’s the go to Walt Disney World guide and a great starter book for Disney vacationers. It offers detailed descriptions of all attractions, resorts, and eateries; offers money-saving coupons.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups This book goes through practical tips and advice for adults going to Walt Disney World.

Fodor’s Travel Walt Disney World with Universal, SeaWorld & the Best of Central Florida Fodor’s highlights the best of Walt Disney World, including the most thrilling rides, water parks, and shopping and nightlife options.

Fodor’s park experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time.

The Easy Guide to Your First Walt Disney World Visit The book authors give expert advice on how to plan your dream Walt Disney World vacation. The unique advice and touring strategies help you make the most of your first Disney vacation.

It will help you pick the best week, the best hotel, the best food, and how to save the most money.

Halloween Horror Nights: The Unofficial Story & Guide This book details the mixed events that led to the world’s greatest Halloween experience. It covers all the behind-the-scenes stories and secrets such as: The Rat Lady and more.

It also tells you the best way to tour Halloween Horror Nights. This annual haunted event is my favorite at Universal. I love reading the stories and insights of past creators in this book.

The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World The book gives complete secret tips from Disney’s Imagineers that will inspire you to relive the magic year after year.

You’ll learn all the hidden knowledge and stories throughout Walt Disney World resort.

The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando This book is written by a former Universal Orlando employee. He gives specific information on every ride, show, and restaurant in the resort, including insider details on Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

It’s my favorite resource book when I need material on Universal Orlando. The author, Seth Kurbersky, is extremely knowledgeable in all things Universal.

The Walt Disney World Trivia Book: Secrets, History & Fun Facts Behind the Magic

This trivia book contains a unique collection of hundreds of multiple-choice questions. It has lots of secrets and interesting facts regarding all the Walt Disney World history. A great book to have for traveling.


Must Have Theme Park Travel Gear

ThemeParkHipster Shirts

theme park clothing

Be a part of the theme park experience and become an official ThemeParkHipster rocking the newest collection!

Nikon COOLPIX P530 Camera My go to camera for theme park photography and videography.

It has full 1080p HD video functionality. Easy to use and great for beginners

O2Cool Battery-operated Handheld Water-misting Fan

The hot summer theme park days are very tough. Having a water-misting fan on board is a top recommendation of mine to help avoid overheating.

The O2Cool provides up to 1000 refreshing mists in one bottle. Powerful and safe flexible fan blades that requires 2 AA batteries.

Frosty Towel It’s a must have for the scorching days in Florida. It’s 100% Premium Cotton and made in the USA. The Frosty Towel gives instant relief from heat, the humidity, or hot flashes. It also stays cool for hours.

It is made with all natural plant oils and extracts infused into a premium cotton towel for instant cooling relief. No refrigeration required. The towels are individually wrapped, safe, sanitary and convenient.

Hipster Sunglasses The official ThemeParkHipster look.

Bring your hip glasses to all of your theme park trips.

Disney Adult Mickey Mouse Hat No theme park look is complete without a hipster-inspired hat.

It’s also a great item to have to help block the sun.

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Until next time, happy park hopping Hipsters!




Nikida M