TAMPA - Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando are following recent price increases at the Disney Magic Kingdom and Universal parks in Orlando by raising their admission prices effective today.
Florida theme parks customarily raise prices in concert with one another. Busch Gardens Tampa parent company SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. did not give the reason for its ticket price increase, but it said last month in its first quarterly earnings report that various theme park price increases contributed to a 12 percent first quarter revenue increase to $238.6 million.
Busch Gardens Tampa single-day admission will increase 4.7 percent from $85 to $89 for adults, while children ages 3 to 9 will pay $81, tax not included. SeaWorld Orlando single-day admission will increase 3.4 percent from $89 to $92 for adults, while children ages 3 to 9 will pay $84.
The changes affect only single-day sales and the Fun Cards available to Florida and Georgia residents for year-round admission based on a single day's purchase.
Busch Gardens and SeaWorld advance purchase discounts and unlimited admission packages will remain unchanged, a spokesman said, and multipark package deals are available.
The cost of Disney Magic Kingdom tickets on Sunday will increase to $95 for adults and children 10 years old and up. For children ages 3 to 9, tickets cost $89. Single-day adult tickets at the other Disney Orlando parks are $90.
Universal raised the price of a one-day, one-park Universal ticket to $92 in late May.