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SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa have become the latest theme parks in Florida to raise ticket prices for the summer 2012 season.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that single-day tickets for SeaWorld Orlando now cost $84.99, an increase of $3. The price of combination tickets that enable entry to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa have been increased by $10 to $134.99, with a combination ticket that also includes entrance to the Aquatica water park now costing $144.99. The new prices were effective from July 3.

Tickets for the parks, owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, continue to be priced slightly lower than tickets for Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando parks. Both parks now charge $89 plus tax for single-day, single-park admission.

After dropping it in July 2011, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa brought back the Fun Card promotion for Florida residents this year. The deal allows local theme park fans to pay for one day and then return for the remainder of 2012 for free.

Small discounts on ticket prices for Florida theme parks can be found through independent resellers such as Maple Leaf Tickets, Undercover Tourist and the Official Ticket Center.


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