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SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa have become the latest major theme parks in Florida to raise prices for the summer 2013 season.

Following in the footsteps of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, the two SeaWorld Parks properties have both raised the cost of admission. Single-day tickets for SeaWorld Orlando will now cost $92 plus tax for adults and $84 for children, a rise of $3. Meanwhile, Busch Gardens Tampa will charge $89 plus tax for adults and $81 for children, a $4 increase.

SeaWorld Orlando has undertaken the biggest expansion in its history for 2013, opening the ambitious Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin dark ride and exhibit. Busch Gardens Tampa's only significant addition is the Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation show, with the park expected to announce a new drop tower ride for 2014 next week.

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 resorts now charge more than $90 plus tax for single-day, single-park admission.

Tickets for all of the major Florida theme parks are also sold by independent resellers. Check our tickets advice page for details, and our special offers database for the latest limited-time deals.

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