Busch Gardens and SeaWorld raised daily ticket prices $3 to $95 effective Monday, but are offering a discount for ordering and printing tickets online.
The park's ticket program, “Select Your Day, Select Your Savings,” offers online weekday tickets for $65 and “anytime” tickets for $80. That is a discount of up to $30 off of the walk-up price.
“You walk up to the ticket office, you're going to pay $95 a ticket,” said media telations manager Travis Claytor. “You always save by ordering tickets online at Busch Gardens Tampa. That's where the discounts come in.”
Tickets purchased online are valid for one year from the purchase date. “The idea is to give people more ways to save and to plan their vacations,” Claytor said. “That's why we call it Select Your Day, Select Your Savings.”
A 2014 Fun Card for Florida residents is $95, but includes unlimited visits through Dec. 31 for guests 10 and up. Children's Fun Cards are $90 for ages 9 and under. A Fun Card for guests 3 years old and up, plus an Adventure Island Weekday Pass is $142.
Just when Busch Gardens visitors will get to experience the park's newest ride, Falcon's Fury, in the “all-new re imagined land Pantopia,” is still up in the air. The ride, which will be North America's tallest freestanding drop tower, is still undergoing ride testing, Claytor said.
The one-of-a-kind Falcon's Fury stands 335-feet tall and drops riders, face down, at 60 miles per hour.
The Pantopia venue has an “elaborately jeweled theme” and features a renovated indoor theater, new foods, entertainment, shopping and more.
At SeaWorld Orlando, guests ride into an icy world where they explore the South Pole through the eyes of a penguin.