SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Drop Prices with New Ticket Plan
The SeaWorld theme parks have announced a new ticket pricing plan, aimed at encouraging more visits to the chain's Central Florida theme and water parks.
The "Choose Your Adventure" plan offers a one-day ticket to either SeaWorld Orlando or Busch Gardens Tampa for $79 per person when bought online — a $20 discount from the gate price. The plan then offers much deeper discounts for adding additional days at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and their water parks, Aquatica and Adventure Island — $99 for two days, and $109 for three days at any of the four parks (one park per day).
These tickets must be used within 12 months of purchase and the additional days must be used within six months of first use.
SeaWorld also is offering a 14-consecutive-day unlimited visit to the four parks for $139 per person, which includes parking. Again, that ticket must be used within one year of purchase, and the ticket expires 14 days after its first use.
The tickets can be purchased online now at SeaWorld's website.
For Florida residents, SeaWorld Orlando is offering free admission through the end of 2016 to children ages five and under whose parents register online for a Preschool Card. That card must be activated by May 27.
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I am sure Disney and Universal will follow suite and also have a price drop... (Ok Ok maybe not)....
My time to go! I hope BGW does this too.
Hope Disney does. The same also reduce parking as its getting ridiculous
The only way Disney would ever drop prices is if they got rid of annual passes. It's something Disney should consider, but it won't happen unless Disnwy freezes new passes and has a multi-year transition period. As for Sea World, I hope this will help lead to a turn around.
Disney and Universal will never drop prices as long as they have big crowds slamming the park. This is a competitive move by Sea World and Busch Gardens. Unfortunately, it looks like I won't be going to Orlando or Florida at all this year. Maybe in 2017.
I wasn't planning to do a Florida trip for a few years, but $99 for two days is a really good deal. Perhaps I should look into doing a short trip in Fall 2016 and a longer trip at a later date. SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and two days at Universal Orlando...that would make a pretty nice long weekend trip that probably wouldn't break the bank.
Until SeaWorld does something to really improve their image, a price drop is really what they need. While I don't agree with the arguement that those who aren't part of the 1% can no longer afford Disney, I would be lying if I said that you don't have to save up quite a lot of money for it. Same goes to Universal. This will probably be a good alternative for local families who are facing financial hardships right now.
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