Article by Derek Burgan
The only sure things in this world are death, taxes … and theme park annual ticket price hikes. SeaWorld finally followed in the steps of Disney World and Universal when they recently hiked some ticket prices for SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens. But SeaWorld is offering many specials and incentives in order to entice people into the park.
These include the SeaWorld Fun Card, which allows unlimited admission for the entire year for Florida and Georgia residents. The price for the Fun Card went up $10, to $79.99 for adults, $69.99 for children, but it is good throughout 2011, echoing the tagline “Pay for a day. come back all year.”
The Busch Gardens Tampa Fun Card went up to $77.99 for adults and $67.99 for children. The one day ticket for non Florida/Georgia residents is the same, ($77.99 adult/$67.88 children). However, for those visiting Florida, buying your tickets online for both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens will save you $5 dollars off the one day price.
A combo park Fun Card, which allows unlimited admission to both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens from now through the end of 2011 is available for $157.99 for adults and $137.99 for children under the age of 10.
There are no black out dates for any 2011 Fun Card, and those purchased now can also be used for the remaining of 2010. Owners of 2010 Fun Cards can renew at a special price ($69.95 for both adult and child) until Dec. 31.
A brand new SeaWorld/Aquatica combo ticket is available online to Florida residents. This ticket provides a single day admission to both SeaWorld and Aquatic that is good within one year of purchase. This ticket will cost $99.99 for adults and $89.99 for children.
Also new for 2011 is a Platinum Pass, which will give unlimited admission, plus perks, to nine SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment theme parks (Discovery Cove is not included). The cost for this exclusive pass is $289.99 for adults and $279.99 for children. Benefits include no black-out day admission to the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country U.S.A. (VA), SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Sesame Place (PA), and Aquatica. Complimentary parking and food/beverage discounts also come with the Platinum Pass.
SeaWorld is offering an incentive to buy or renew a regular annual pass before Jan. 2, 2011. For $109.99/adults and $99.99/children, the annual passes will be good for a full year plus three months. These tickets also come with complimentary parking as well as discounts on food and beverage. Two year annual passes are priced at $169.99/$159.99. SeaWorld also offers the EZPay system in which annual passes can be paid for throughout the year, starting as low as $9.16 a month.