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Prices rise at Busch's Florida parks

2006-12-04

By Robert Niles: Busch has raised one-day ticket prices at Busch Gardens Africa, by $4 to $61.95, and SeaWorld Orlando, by $3 to $64.95. Annual pass prices remain the same, and the company is continuing its "Fun Card" promotion in 2007, where a one-day admission gets you a pass for the rest of the year.

U.S. military personnel also can get free admission to all Busch parks, under the company's continuing promotion. I hadn't noticed before, but the deal also is available to foreign military personnel serving with U.S. forces in Iraq or Afghanistan.

To inspire a little debate about the value of a theme park ticket these days, for comparison purposes, the ticket price for a one-day lift ticket to the Vail resorts in Colorado is $77.

Readers' Opinions

From Ted Heumann on December 4, 2006 at 12:40 PM
I TOTALLY agree with your last comment. Theme parks in general are not that expensive when compared to other leisure attivities.
I don't hear anyone complaining that a golf game at a nice private course is going to cost AT LEAST $100, for what 3 hours. Or movies for between 1 1/2 to 2+ hours cost $10.
Let's see, Sea World $65 divided by 10 hours equals $6.50 an hour (less than the minimum wage in CA).
From keith rayment on December 5, 2006 at 8:22 AM
As a British serviceman serving in the Royal Air Force - and with Iraq experience alongside your guys - I confirm the 'free admission for allied nations personnel' advice above. Furthermore, the park admission booths issue a posey wrist-band to boot. Great..!
Big thanks ...our society appears not
to care one hoot.
From Robert OGrosky on December 5, 2006 at 12:07 PM
I find that while the price isnt cheap, I don get my monmey's worth when I visit a major theme park ala Disney/Universal/Busch etc. Now if I went on a siper busy day when lines are very long like what happens in Summer I may feel differently. I find that the higher price keeps out of riff-raff so you dont have crowds of kids going nuts with unruly behavior which is typical of SF parks. Im willing to pay as long as the value is there which I believe it is.
From Anthony Murphy on December 6, 2006 at 12:26 AM
Its all supply and demand! They will keep pushing the prices because people will come. Disney is the biggest culprit in this. At least Six Flags gives you a ridiculous amount of money off for a theme park. But yeah......everybody is getting so expensive! I have a group of friends who want to go to Disney World with Airfare from Chicago and only wants to spend 500 the entire trip!

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