Free Theme Park Admission for 2012

For many years, Anheuser-Busch has generously offered free admission to its theme parks to military members and their immediate family members, and they have extended the offer through 2012.  My family has enjoyed a free trip to Water Country USA several times and my children talk about it all the time.  It certainly is a nice family memory!

The offer includes SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando, Sesame Place, SeaWorld San Antonio and Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld Orlando are open all year round.  Sesame Place, SeaWorld San Antonio and Busch Gardens Williamsburg are seasonal operations with opening schedules that vary throughout the year.  The offer is not available for Discovery Cove, Aquatica, or any of the special Christmas programs.

Each active duty, National Guardsman, or actively serving Reservist is entitled to free admission for themselves and up to three dependents.  Dependents may take advantage of the offer without their sponsor but will require appropriate identification.  In my family’s experience, the cashiers somehow wangled free admission for all six of us with just my husband as the sponsor.

More information on the program can be found at the Anheuser-Busch Here’s to the Heros information website.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.

19 Comments on "Free Theme Park Admission for 2012"

  1. We love it. Living in San Antonio, we've used the "Here's to the Heroes" promotion for the past 3 years to get into Sea World Texas. It's an awesome program.

  2. Is there any free admissions for Veterans or DAV Veterans?

  3. DC. Caponpon | March 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm |

    PLease do not forget the retired military personnel, please~ We are not getting much like the Active duty personnel. We have served harder. They got it made.

  4. why can't they just say ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL… we were active before retirement.

  5. I have been on BOTH side of the fence of this ISSUE ! It is VERY KIND of them, to make this OFFER !!!

    YET, while I was "ACTIVE DUTY " I never once had " A SINGLE CHANCE" to use…….. these " FREE OFFERS" !!! After YEARS of OVEREAS Services then, Deployments , 100 hours Work Weeks, ETC & ETC ( Not ONE, Free COKE) :o) !!!

    Now, I am 100% Disable and go YEARS without a raise ( LIKE MANY OTHERS!) .

    NOW…..I have the TIME but , there are FEW …." FREE OFFERS" for the who have ….." PAID the PRICE " ?

  6. Totally agree with Daniel. My husband is about to retire and we never really had the time to go anywhere. Because he was deployed, we were pcs'ing, he had to go on remote tours, etc, etc. Now we are about to have the TIME to be able to do stuff and will have to pay.

  7. What a shame that you sound so bitter about this great offer for our active duty soldiers. Yes you "deserve" everything, but this company is a business that has been very generous to our active duty men and women. Thank you all for your service and I am happy for those who can enjoy these great parks.

  8. just my thoughts | July 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm |

    its true…vets should be free, actives should get a discount.

    we are active but just seems right

    maybe vet administration should speak up

  9. I am having the same issue. My father was in the military for many years and received medals. He is now retired and unable to take his two grandiose to Busch gardens because they don’t offer the same free admission to veterans. This system is really backwards. Can somewhere help the

  10. Medic Nam 66-67 | July 9, 2012 at 8:58 pm |

    Cry,cry,cry. I'm just happy for what I get…Get the s.o.b's in DC to pay DAV's right, then pay your way in. Be happy for the kids getting something we didn't get.

  11. Can you go visit multiple parks like seaworld and magic mountain on a different date? Can anyone say something about this?
    Or you can only visit one theme park per year?

  12. Please remember, not all disabled veterans are at retirement age. My husband is disabled from the Iraq war at the age of 28. We have 2 small children, and it would be wonderful for them to be able to get into SeaWorld.

  13. So is there a Veterans discount? Yes or no?

  14. Cos Martinez | July 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm |

    I registered on the Here's to the Hero's link. I am a retiree, printed the vouchers sent to me electronically via e-mail, and used them at Seaworld. I told them I was retired Marine and they said, "No problem Sir, Enjoy"! My wife and two kids had a blast.

  15. Vets and Actives,

    Please, print the voucher, bring your ID, and come to the park with your kids.

    Go to Shamu Stadium. They start every show with a video tribute, then call you and your family to stand up so we can all thank you properly. It’s all very classy and non-partisan, and wonderfully done.

    Feel the love :)

    I wish more parks would do the same.

  16. Vets and Actives,

    Please, print the voucher, bring your ID, and come to the park with your kids.

    Go to Shamu Stadium. They start every show with a video tribute, then call you and your family to stand up so we can all thank you properly. It’s all very classy and non-partisan, and wonderfully done.

    Feel the love!

    I wish more parks would do the same.

  17. Pfftttt, I seriously doubt that you "retired" people have not had one single day available during your career to take part in something like this so stop crying that you never took advantage. Before you gripe, I'm an 18 year Gunny that has been on recruiting twice along with 6 deployments and have never been stationed anywhere near any of these parks. Yet, I've still taken my family. Everyone has priorities, what are yours?

  18. Right on Medic Nam 66-67 !!

    Just be glad the Belgium-Brazilian owned AB Inbev has continued this program to honor our Heroes & their Families. My family & I used the discounted/free admission a several times in the late '90s when it was a US owned company. Bravo Zulu to the original Anheuser-Busch for starting this tradition and AB Inbev for its continuance.

    Now that I'm retired from the military and the kids have moved out, our priorities of fun have changed; theme parks are out and since been replaced by motorcycling. We get more bang for the buck and the shared experiences & memories cannot match that of a theme park.

    Some words of advice to both camps:
    Retirees: Quit your complaining, no one cares about the claims that "we" served harder and deserve "the same"; besides, complaining in an open forum makes us look bad. Let our replacements have the honor now.
    AD folk: Enjoy the free admission !!

  19. Well I am a DAV from the Navy. I wish all of you the very best in life and would like to think all Active, Retired, and Veterans all do the same for each other.

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