June 06, 2011
SeaWorld raises prices on two-day, multi-park tickets
In addition to ending its popular "Fun Card" ticket offers in Orlando and Tampa last week,SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also raised prices on a pair of multi-park ticket options.
The company increased the price of two-day combo tickets that pair a day... Read More »
May 19, 2011
Busch Gardens' Cheetah Hunt is running! Open to everyone May 27th
The newest, biggest thing at Busch Gardens in Tampa is the theme park's new "Cheetah Hunt" ride, scheduled to open May 27th.
Workers are still putting-on some finishing touches, but the coaster itself is clearly ready to roll.
Throughout the day, th... Read More »
May 12, 2011
Southwest and SeaWorld Team Up for Sweepstakes
Just in time for summer, Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld are teaming up to offer customers great savings on family vacations and the chance to win a trip to visit SeaWorld. In celebration ofSouthwest Airlines' 40th Anniversary and SeaWorld's newShamu show... Read More »
May 08, 2011
Virginia's Busch Gardens named most beautiful amusement park
Amusement park enthusiasts are touting Busch Gardens in Virginia as the country's most beautiful amusement park.
Busch Gardens Europe in James City County earned the honor for the 21st consecutive year based on an annual survey by the National Amusemen... Read More »
April 22, 2011
SeaWorld cans plastic bags at theme park
SeaWorld will stop giving out plastic bags at its theme-park gift stores in San Diego on June 18 in hopes of cutting plastic pollution in the ocean.
Company officials said the move could save more than 1 million plastic bags from being used. They will... Read More »
April 21, 2011
SeaWorld's new killer-whale show 'One Ocean' awash with inspiration
SeaWorld Orlando's new killer-whale show includes old favorites, new maneuvers on display and a message designed to inspire landlubbers.
"The title itself, 'One Ocean,' says we're all in one world, the world is one ocean and we as a species can make a... Read More »
April 07, 2011
New Discovery Cove reef to open in early June
A million-gallon saltwater reef in SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment's Discovery Cove theme park is on track for its scheduled opening in early June, company officials said Thursday.
Although an exact opening date still hasn't been set, "Grand Reef" is ex... Read More »
April 06, 2011
Clydesdale born at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens' newest attraction arrived just after midnight Tuesday — the first ever Clydesdale to be born at the Williamsburg amusement park.
The so-far unnamed colt was born to mother, Panola, at the park's Highland Stables, said Kevin Crossett, a B... Read More »
March 30, 2011
Tilikum Performed Today, 13 Months After Dawn Brancheau's Death
Thunderous applause greeted SeaWorld's Tilikum today as the killer whale returned to the theme park's big stage, 13 months after grabbing trainer Dawn Brancheau by her ponytail and killing her.
SeaWorld officials would not specify what safety precautio... Read More »
March 28, 2011
Cheetah cub adopted by Florida theme park
A month-old, two-pound cheetah cub is being raised by hand by animal experts at the Busch Gardens theme park.
The still-unnamed cub took an unusual journey to the Tampa park. He was born at the Jacksonville Zoo, but his mother couldn't care for him bec... Read More »
March 18, 2011
SeaWorld trainers return to water with orcas
SeaWorld’s three theme parks are slowly working to get trainers back in the water with killer whales, one year after a 6-ton orca dragged a trainer off a platform by her hair and drowned her.
There is no timetable for getting trainers back to “water wo... Read More »
February 28, 2011
Cheetah Hunt roller coaster trains arrive at Busch Gardens in Tampa
Busch Gardens in Tampa is making rapid progress on its Cheetah Hunt roller coaster, which is slated to officially open on May 27. Recently they released a video of track pieces being laid into place, and today they offered up a video of the coaster trains... Read More »
February 25, 2011
Killer Whales, Trainers Return to SeaWorld Shows
Killer whales are returning to shows in Sea World—a year after a trainer was killed at a park in Orlando, media reports on Thursday have said.
The theme park is launching a new whale show again but with newer safety measures to prevent another tragedy,... Read More »
February 23, 2011
SeaWorld Prepares to get back in the water with its killer whales
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is preparing to put trainers back in the water with its killer whales for the first time since a trainer was battered and drowned by the company's largest orca one year ago today.
SeaWorld told the Orlando Sentinel on Wed... Read More »
February 18, 2011
Rare Behind the Scenes photos of Cheetah Hunt construction site at Busch Gardens
The eagerly anticipated Cheetah Hunt roller coaster officially opens to the public at 9 a.m. on May 27th, but for now its still in the construction phase. I was lucky enough to don a cheetah-spotted hard hat be part of a special construction site tour at... Read More »
February 17, 2011
A Ray of Flight
Manta, the flying coaster that debuted at SeaWorld Orlando in 2009 has been a big hit. The lushly landscaped and whimsically themed ride is the best flying coaster I've ridden. SeaWorld San Diego just announced that it too will be featuring a Manta coaste... Read More »
February 17, 2011
Cheetah coaster sprints to finish
With the green track of Cheetah Hunt finally emerging above the barricades, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Thursday announced plans to open its next big thrill ride/animal habitat on May 27.
After pouring more than $20 million into the park's first launch... Read More »
February 03, 2011
SeaWorld, Busch Gardens to Open New Attractions
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on Thursday announced the opening of 10 new attractions at its parks this year, including a new killer whale show at SeaWorlds in three cities, a cheetah-themed coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and a swim-through artificia... Read More »
January 14, 2011
Roller coaster to aid the hunt for guests
Commuters driving by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay may have noticed a new tower rising above the theme park.
“Windcatcher Tower” offers a hint of a new roller coaster scheduled to open in late spring. Three quarters of a mile long, “Cheetah Hunt” will have 4... Read More »
January 13, 2011
SeaWorld to start up 'Dine with Shamu' again
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is preparing to restart a killer-whale show that has been suspended since the death of a trainer nearly a year ago.
"Dine with Shamu," a limited admission performance in which guests eat a buffet meal while watching train... Read More »
January 11, 2011
SeaWorld Plans Music Fests, Shamu Show
SeaWorld is planning to launch a new killer whale show in its Shamu stadium on the back of an upcoming music festival at the Orlando theme park.
A park representative said the park will bring back signature events and will debut an all-new Shamu show.S... Read More »
January 07, 2011
Motown takes over Marrakesh at Busch Gardens Tampa: New show debuts today
The Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa Bay is debuting a new Motown-themed show today in its Marrakesh Theater. The new entertainment is called "Sweet Music: The Sounds of the Motor City." Spectators will be dazzled by more than a dozen dancers and singers... Read More »
May 19, 2008
Busch Gardens orangutan escapes
Part of a new exhibit at Tampa's Busch Gardens was closed Sunday after a female orangutan escaped its enclosure and had to be coaxed into a back area by officials. The 10-year-old Bornean orangutan escaped from the Jungala exhibit Saturday evening by clim... Read More »
December 15, 2007
Busch Entertainment continues free park admission for military personnel
Military personnel and their families will continue to get free admission to most Busch Entertainment Corp. parks including SeaWorld Orlando through the 2008 calendar year, the company announced Friday.... Read More »
December 14, 2007
Now you can handle Busch beasts
Ever wonder why those Busch Gardens animals cavorting on TV talk shows with Jack Hanna or Julie Scardina are rarely seen in the theme park? Wonder no more. Busch Gardens Africa is installing a public home for them, enabling park guests to get up close and... Read More »
October 24, 2007
Busch Entertainment Corp. moving headquarters to Orlando
The parent company of SeaWorld Orlando and eight other theme and water parks around the country, Busch Entertainment Corp., is moving its headquarters to Orlando from St. Louis. The announcement was made this evening by Busch Entertainment's parent corpor... Read More »
September 06, 2007
JUNGLES OF THE WORLD COME TOGETHER
In spring 2008, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Jungala – its newest and most ambitious park enhancement project to date. Set in the Congo area, the 4-acre attraction will invite guests to discover exotic creatures, explore a village hidden deep in the... Read More »
August 16, 2007
BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY’S BABY RHINO TURNS ONE
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s animal care specialists are planning a special first birthday party for Dakari, a female white rhinoceros born at the adventure park. Dakari will be treated to new enrichment toys as well as treats made out of hay and alfalfa.... Read More »
June 15, 2007
“Floorless” SheiKra Raises the Bar on Thrills as the Bottom Drops Out On America's First Dive Coaster
Two years ago, Busch Gardens Africa introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind experience: 200 feet up, 90 degrees straight down. And that was just the beginning. On June 16, the adventure park reintroduces SheiKra to the world with a new twist: “floorless”... Read More »
June 01, 2007
Howl-O-Scream 2007 is a New Spin on Horror
This fall, Howl-O-Scream is back for an eighth season of blood-curdling scares. For 16 select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2007 will transform Busch Gardens Africa into a nightmare of inescapable fear that will overwhelm the senses with a new spin of horror. The... Read More »
January 11, 2007
Anheuser-Busch offers soldiers free admission to SeaWorld through 2007 - Phoenix Business Journal
Anheuser-Busch executives have decided to extend its free admission program to U.S. theme parks to American soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan through 2007, the company said Wednesday.
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) first created its "Here's to the Heroes" program in February 2005. Through it, the company's Busch Entertainment Corp. subsidiary offers a single day's free admission to any one of SeaWorld or Busch Gardens park, Sesame Place, Adventure Island or Water Country USA theme park.
September 01, 2006
Baby White Rhino Born at Busch Gardens
A female white rhinoceros was born on Wednesday August 16, 2006, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Here the newborn explores her surroundings under the watchful eye of mother Mlelani.
July 26, 2006
Man dies after riding roller coaster at Busch Gardens
A Palm Harbor man has died after riding a roller coaster at Busch Gardens.
Thomas Welch, 52, apparently said he didn't feel well after riding Gwazi Monday morning.
Emergency crews at the park gave him CPR. He died later at University Community Hospital.
He apparently died of a heart attack, according to a statement released by the attraction.
April 13, 2006
Tampa's theme park re-branded - Bizjournals.com
Busch Gardens is getting a new name.
Busch Entertainment Corp., owner of eight U.S. theme parks and attractions, has changed the name to Busch Gardens Africa. It also renamed Busch Gardens Williamsburg to Busch Gardens Europe.
February 20, 2006
Busch Gardens in Tampa celebrates new Pirates 4D show
Busch Gardens in Tampa celebrated the grand opening of the new Pirates 4D show, with pirates handing out beads and fun for the entire family.