ORLANDO, Florida -- After recent hikes in ticket prices by both Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay followed suit with price increases of their own for single-day admission tickets to the popular theme parks.
Beginning Friday, June 7, 2013, a single-day ticket to SeaWorld increased to $92 for adults and $84 for children ages 3 to 9, which is similar to Universal Studios $92 adult and $86 child single-day ticket price structure. The Magic Kingdom is the most expensive Central Florida theme park at $95 - but the other three Disney World Resort parks charge slightly less at $90. Busch Gardens Tampa single-day admission price increased to $89 for adults, $81 for children.
"SeaWorld and Busch Gardens will keep finding amazing ways to take guests on adventures they can’t get any place else, and deliver an unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows and thrilling rides. And those guests share with us that both parks provide incredible entertainment value," a SeaWorld spokesperson said in an email.
"SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are committed to delivering great savings to our guests through multi-park tickets, advance purchase discounts or unlimited admission packages like our annual passes, which will remain unchanged."
Although the price for a single-day ticket rose, non-Florida residents can find special rates such as a $10 discount on tickets purchased in advance, including a SeaWorld and Busch Gardens two-park ticket, or obtain deals by purchasing vacation packages that include all-day dining, kids free and others vacation savings and benefits.
Florida residents can get a $25 discount on two-park Fun Card, good for unlimited admission to both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens throughout 2013 or purchase annual passes with free parking to each park starting as low as $12.41/month, or $16.58/month for unlimited admission to both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
SeaWorld Aquatica just recently began an After-2 p.m. Pass for $50 for children ages 3-9, and $55 for adults.
Since the global financial collapse in 2007, Central Florida theme park ticket prices have increased at more than twice the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics official Consumer Price Index inflation rate of 12% for the past six years.