SeaWorld Orlando as well as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay raised their ticket prices just before Memorial Day.

The prices of a one-day general admission ticket to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens increased by 3.3 percent on Monday. Tickets rose from $92 to $95 without taxes. Both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Orlando Sentinel reports.

This comes just three months after nearby Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando raised their prices as well. The price for SeaWorld or Busch Gardens is now just $1 less than a one-day ticket for Universal Orlando's two theme parks. Disney World still takes the crown for the highest prices at $99 for one-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom and $94 for its other three theme parks.
In addition to single-day, single-park tickets, multi-park tickets to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Aquatica also increased.

While the prices may be higher, SeaWorld also introduced a way for customers to save on tickets by getting them to buy them in advance. An advanced "any day" ticket is just $80, which is $15 lower than admission at the entrance. Guests can save even more by buying an advanced weekday ticket which can only be used Monday through Friday. Those tickets are only $65, which is a savings of $30. The advance tickets can be used up to s year after they are bought.

By introducing savings to buying tickets in advance, SeaWorld hopes that this will guarantee that it will have customers. SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are parks that rely heavily on local visitors as opposed to travelers and the parks are also impacted by weather, unlike Disney World or Universal.

SeaWorld blames weather on bad attendance this year. Visitors across the country fell by 454,000 for the first quarter of the year to 13 million, which was a 13 percent decrease from the same time in the previous year. They say 200,000 of those lost visitors was due to poor weather, especially in Orlando.

"It was unusually cold weather in Texas. And then we also had a washout on the last week in Florida. There were tornado watches, and we effectively had a park closure," SeaWorld Chief Financial Officer Jim Heaney said according to Orlando Sentinel.

According to SeaWorld officials, SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld San Antonio will also see changes in prices and ticket purchase methods.