Price Increases at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens

Put on your planning hats and get out your calculators, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are raising their prices.

Officials made the announcement just in time for the summer season. It comes just after Universal and Walt Disney World announces increases in their one-day admission prices.

Now, all four parks have closed in on $90 for a single day visit. 

SeaWorld Orlando will now charge $92 for adults and $84 for children, an increase of $3. (It costs a lot to feed all those penguins!)

Busch Gardens now costs $89 for adults and $81 for kids age 3 to 9, which is an increase of $4.

The increase comes on the heels of the huge Antarctica opening at SeaWorld and the new live Madagascar stage show at Busch Gardens along with rumors of a new drop tower ride like the Mach Towers at Williamsburg.

Meanwhile, single-day admission to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World increased to $95 for ages 10 and up and to $89 for children age 3 to 9. It’s $90/$84 for the other Disney parks. And, $35 additional for an annual pass. There are also increase in parking fees and admission to its water parks.

At Universal, first in line to announce the increases, prices are now $92 for one-day, one-park admission, up by $3. Admission to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure increased from $160 to $167.

So what can visitors do besides cut back on Butterbeer and Mouse ears? Two guide books Universal Orlando 2013 by Kelly Monaghan and Seth Kubersky and SeaWorld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica by Kelly Monaghan lay out all the options for making the most of your visits. Prioritize the attractions you want to visit and calculate the plans that best suit the time-frame of your visit. The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom by Aaron Wallace gives you an up-close look at the attractions that results in a greater appreciation.

In other words, do your homework.



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