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Cheap Fun Thing to Do in Orlando Tomorrow

If you are looking for a cheap fun thing to do in Orlando with your family in the evening, be sure to get in on the $5 admission offer Tuesday night at the Orlando Science Center. This great ticket deal is made possible by the Walmart Foundation which offers this special deal at OSC a couple times a year. Tuesday, June 23 is the night!

This is a great evening to take your entire family, especially younger children to the museum. From 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. you can view the 3-D films and all of the exhibits except the new “Mummies of the World” exhibit. It is closed for a special engagement. Additional Hollywood movies in 2D and 3D can be purchased in addition to the entry fee.

Some of the fun things to do are:

  • Science Live – including digital adventure theater stage shows, storytime, animal interactions and more
  • Exhibit Halls – including nature, planets, art, KidsTown and more
  • Science Stations – including weather, space and SimMan
  • Science Around Us – where you can ask a scientist and get experiments to try at home
  • Crosby Observatory – which at this time of the year offers SkyWatch to view planets like Jupiter, Mars and Venus

Mummies of the World

Mummy ExhibitThis exhibit is great for educators, older children, and science enthusiasts. You definitely want to see it while it is at the Orlando Science Center (through late November). Younger children may also enjoy it, however, it can take as long as an hour and a half (even longer) to view it and thoroughly absorb its interesting presentation. I don’t know of too many youngsters that have an attention span for this type of exhibit, but some do. Mummies of the World exhibit provides a guideline for parents viewing the exhibit with children. It can be downloaded here.

The mummies in this exhibit come from all over the world. Places as far away as Ecuador, Scotland, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands and of course Egypt. The specimens help visitors learn how people and animals lived and died. Through advanced science, we are given a window into the lives of these ancient people, with unprecedented insights into their past cultures. Some of the interesting mummies include:

  • The Orlovits family who are part of a group of 18th-century mummies discovered in a long-forgotten church crypt in Vác, Hungary in 1994
  • Animal mummies including a cat and a falcon mummy from ancient Egypt, a lizard naturally mummified in the Sahara desert, a hare from an Alpine glacier, and the head of a sloth, shrunken as training for preparing human heads in the Jivaro culture of Ecuador.
  • Complete and partial Egyptian mummies, illustrating how people were mummified and how the dead were treated in ancient Egypt.
  • Many others

Orlando Science Center

60th Anniversary Tops 500,000 Visitors

This is the 60th anniversary year for the museum. They recently celebrated (and surprised) their 500,000th visitor of the fiscal year (ends June 30). The Zabar family was presented gifts and a free annual membership to the museum by helping meet the half-million mark. It is no surprise that so many people enjoy OSC and find it a fun thing to do in Orlando.

If you’ve never attended this museum, the $5 admission offer is a great way to see what is offered at the Orlando Science Center. You may enjoy it so much you’ll purchase a membership, which is the best way to experience this museum on an ongoing basis. A family membership is $155 and an individual membership is $115. Be sure to budget for the $5 parking charge when you attend this Orlando attraction, or better yet, take the Sun Rail. Admission cost for the mummy exhibit (regular admission) is:

  • Adult (12-54) $27.00
  • Seniors (55 and up) & Students (with valid ID) $24.00
  • Youth (3-11) $18.00
  • Florida Teachers (with valid FL teacher credentials) $12.00
  • Members $10.00
  • Two and Under FREE

Operating Hours are:

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orlando Science Center is open on most major holidays except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. It is located at 777 E Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803. For more information about the Orlando Science Center, the Mummies of the World exhibit, or the special $5 ticket deal, go to osc.org, or call 407-514-2139. This is definitely a fun thing to do in Orlando. Be sure to make a day of it this summer!

Orlando Attractions & Dinner Show BOGO Offers

Anytime you can buy one and get one free (dinner show BOGO), it is a difficult deal to pass up. Who doesn’t like getting something for free?! During the month of April, you have an opportunity to purchase one orlando dinner show ticket and receive another free – or purchase an Orlando attraction ticket at half price!

Knights battle at a dinner show

The Medieval Times Kissimmee dinner theatre, is offering a BOGO deal through April 30, 2015. If you enjoy watching knights compete on horseback, take advantage of this deal. Adult ticket prices are normally $62.95 and includes a four-course meal and the two-hour show. You may call 888-WE-JOUST or log on to MedievalTimes.com to book a reservation using the promo code BOGOFL.

Of course me must mention that Capone’s Dinner & Show offers half off tickets year round!  This isn’t a Florida resident deal either! Anyone can get in on this discount attraction ticket offer. Purchasing a ticket at half price is the same a buying one at full price and getting the second Orlando dinner show ticket for FREE!

How can Capone’s do this? Most dinner show attractions sale their tickets to resellers. The reseller marks up the ticket price to match that of the attraction so that they can profit from the ticket sale. Capone’s tickets are sold directly to the guest – no middle man to mark up the cost! What’s the catch? You simply need to use their online coupon or purchase tickets directly on their site. Easy-peasy.

Gatorland Half Price Ticket Special

Also during April, Gatorland is offering a 50% off (half price) ticket special for Florida residents. This makes a day at this Orlando attraction very affordable for an entire family. You may love it so much, at the end of the day, you will want to purchase an annual pass!

• Adults – $13.50 per person
• Children (3-12) – $9.50 per person
• Seniors (55+) – $10.80 per person
• $29.99 zip line special

Gatorland will let you apply the cost of this half price ticket towards your annual pass! This is a great offer, especially if you live in the Central Florida area and think you’ll return to this attraction again within the year. An annual pass also provides discounts on extra costs you can explore when you attend this attraction. Check out their Adventure Hour or Off Rookie Wrestlin’ Experience. The pass also discounts your gift shop purchases as well as many food and beverage purchases.

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If you are a professional photographer or bird enthusiast, look into the special deal just for you. Free admission is available if entering the park by 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays – Sundays. Stay until dusk on Saturdays through June 14. Call (800) 393-JAWS for restrictions and more information or visit their site online at gatorland.com.

Get out and enjoy an Orlando attraction or Kissimmee dinner show during the month of April. Soon the Summer crowds will show up. Enjoy these deals while they are here; the BOGOs will be ByGones soon enough.

Orlando Dinner Shows – Coupons and Discount Tickets are Out There

Saving money by using coupons to see an Orlando dinner show is easy to do. Nearly every dinner theater offers some sort of discount. Pick out your favorite Orlando or Kissimmee dinner show and look on their web site. Deals are out there. Finding that coupon or discounted ticket is another matter.

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Capone’s Dinner Show makes it easy to find and use their coupon. It is perhaps the best dinner theatre coupon saving 50% off! They advertise in many printed coupon magazines so that tourists staying in the area can easily find information for discounted tickets. This Kissimmee dinner show offers the best deal by far and quite often has no expiration date! The dinner buffet is included along with all of your drinks (including several alcohol choices). Appropriate for all ages, this is one dinner show you do not want to miss!

Dinner Show Coupons with Limited Dates

Some coupons are only good for a very short time. Take for instance Groupon’s $54 ticket deal to see the Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando CityWalk. It is only available until January 24 and good for Tier 1 seating on select dates from January 17 to February 20. Although it is limited, it is still a great coupon, so grab it while you can. Keep in mind, you may still need to pay for parking if arriving prior to 6:00 p.m. – regular parking is $17.

Mystery Comedy Show Coupon

A coupon to see a mystery dinner show at Sleuths will discount your ticket by $7 for up to 6 guests. This dinner show is located on International Drive and offers three theatres. A lot of improvosational comedy takes place while guests solve the crime. You may even want to stay late and take in an additional comedy show offered on select weekends!

Special Offers for Pirate and Musketeer-lovers

Instead of using a coupon for Pirates Dinner Adventure, you are given a promotional code which discounts tickets.  Their current offer is for January, so you’ll need to make your reservations soon. Other deals will replace this one, so continue to check their web site. There are also discounts offered for the 3 Musketeers Show online. These dinner shows are located at the same location, just off International Drive in Orlando.

Disney Dinner Show Coupons

The larger theme parks are often the most difficult to find coupons for. Ticket resellers will often discount the general admission tickets, but what about the Disney dinner shows? Your best bet could very well be the Disney Dining Plan if you are not an annual passholder. For ways to save money while visiting Disney, check out The Mouse for Less. Good recommendations can be found on their site, not only about Disney, but other area theme parks as well.

Worldwide Online Digital Coupon Web Sites

Other coupon sites offer a variety of Orlando dinner show ticket discounts. Retail Me Not is usually a good place to look.  You’ll find anywhere from 30% off up to 65% off many local attractions, dinner shows, dinner reservations and lesser known Orlando theme parks. Their site shows statistics on how many people have used the offers on that day – interesting, but… Since it reads that 1 person used a coupon to Arabian Nights Dinner Show today, and it has been closed for a year, I don’t believe their stats are always accurate. RetailMeNot, Inc. is one of the world’s largest marketplaces for digital offers of all types, not just Orlando dinner shows.

Another multi-location site that offers Orlando dinner show coupons is DestinationCoupons.com. They have a limited offering of dinner shows, but do have a few other lesser-known theme parks and attractions. Currently they offer coupons for Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show and Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

Then there is Groupon. This site will search coupons in the area you live or the destination of your choice.  My daughter is addicted to Groupon offers, and she gets some great deals. She is not alone. There are many groupon groupies. Groupon has grown into a multi-national business in a very short time. I’m not crazy about having to open an online account in order to participate; nor do I use my smart phones to look for deals. If you do, then check out their Orlando dinner show coupons and leave a comment below as to what you find.

Local Online Coupons & Ticket Resellers

Many Orlando dinner show discounts can be found on smaller web sites operated locally. These are by far preferred by many. For one, the people operating these sites know the area, and two, if there is a problem with the ticket or coupon, you’ll be in Orlando anyway, so getting an issue resolved will be quicker and easier. Beware! There are scams sites, and tickets offered through less reputable companies (even Craig’s List). If something doesn’t seem right, exit out and try another site. The sites which come to mind that are valid (although not endorsed) include:

Finding coupons for shows from Orlando to the Four Corners dinner shows is easy with a little work. Search and compare. Good deals are out there. When you find them, be sure to let Big Al know here on the Wise Guys & Clever Gals blog. Save & share!