The start of summer means all eyes turn to Florida theme parks, and there has been a lot of news in recent weeks that affects your wallet:
• Just a few weeks after Universal Orlando upped its ticket price past the $90 threshold, Disney World responded with its own increase to stay the priciest place at the turnstile, charging $95 for a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom for adults, $89 for children ages 3 to 9. A one-day ticket to Disney's other Orlando parks, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, just went up a dollar to $90 for adults and $84 for children. But you should never pay that price anyway; go to disney.com and universalorlando.com for advance and Florida resident deals.
• Better budget news came out of Busch Gardens, which last week announced a three-park "Summer Sizzler" deal for Florida residents that gives you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and weekday admission to both Adventure Island water park and Aquatica, SeaWorld's waterpark in Orlando for $99. The deal is good through Labor Day for Florida residents only (photo ID required) at Buschgardens.com or AdventureIsland.com.
• Speaking of Aquatica, it's offering its own deal that lets you buy a single day's admission, which is $55 for adults, $50 for children ages 3-9, and you can keep going to Aquatica after 2 p.m. throughout the rest of 2013 with no blackout dates.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer