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First responders get special deals at local attractions in September

by Banks Lee

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In honor of First Responders Appreciation Day in September, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can take advantage of special admission deals at various Central Florida attractions.

From Sept. 1-30 at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando, first responders will receive free admission to both parks and can receive up to four discounted tickets per park for friends and family for just $50 per ticket. 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.

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Merlin Entertainments announced that for the entire month of September, first responders can receive a complimentary single day admission ticket to Legoland Florida theme park. They can also receive a 50 percent discount on admission to the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, located at the I-Drive 360 entertainment and dining complex on International Drive. The 50 percent discount applies to a single attraction ticket or combination tickets for two or three attractions.

The discount program is only valid for police officers, fire fighters, and EMS employees working in the United States. Active and retired personnel with identification are also eligible. Eligible personnel should present their employee ID or professional organization membership card to Legoland Florida Resort’s ticket window to redeem their complimentary single day admission ticket, or the admissions desk at the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando or Sea Life Orlando Aquarium, on the day they plan to visit to redeem the discount on their admission ticket.

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Also at I-Drive 360, Skeletons: Animals Unveiled is offering first responders and military personnel 50 percent off admission, with up to six family members and friends able to purchase a ticket for $12.99. This offer is valid until Sept. 30, 215.

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