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A guide to getting the best buzz for your buck at Orlando’s theme parks

Partying through the theme parks

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I’ve long been a big fan of SeaWorld’s park, but in the wake of Blackfish it’s getting harder and harder for me to swallow their style of entertainment. Setting orca issues aside, SeaWorld scrapped their tradition of free beer a couple years back (it briefly returned at Busch Gardens Tampa this October) – another serious strike against the park. Expedition Cafe, attached to the new Antarctica penguin ride, offers international drafts like Kirin and Peroni for $7, and the swank Sharks Underwater Grille serves creative $11 frozen cocktails over a unique aquarium bar. But the best bang for your buzz is probably a $7 Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea vodka from Voyager’s BBQ.


Unlike the other parks, at Fun Spot you can park for free and walk inside without paying admission, making it ideal for alcohol-oriented attractions fans (not unlike the Budweiser brewery tour in Williamsburg, Va., where I began my theme-park career). The Skydiner at Fun Spot’s northern I-Drive location advertises twice-daily happy hours with $3 drafts and bottles, making it the cheapest beer inside any Orlando park; munchies like fresh-baked waffle cones are similarly cut-rate compared to the corporate competition. Just beware: After a few rounds that 250-foot-tall Skycoaster swing might start to seem like a smart idea.

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