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 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
Busch Gardens announces summer line-up
usch Gardens has announced its 2011 events line-up.
The amusement park has booked an array of events that will appeal to both the very young and the young at heart.
For the little ones, Hip Hop Harry and DJ Lance from Yo Gabba Gabba will be performi... 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 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 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 »
March 11, 2008
Exciting Event Series at Busch Gardens
Another year of excitement and a season packed full of events begins when Busch Gardens opens March 21. Twenty-one nights of concerts, two gardening weekends and four days with Busch Gardens’ celebrity animal ambassadors are just a few of the can’t-miss s... Read More »
March 05, 2008
So Many Ways to Play During a Williamsburg Getaway
A new season is ready to kick off at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA and the Williamsburg theme parks are making it easier than ever for guests to visit in 2008 with ticket options that offer unlimited fun and value.... Read More »
February 19, 2008
Pay for a Day and Play at Busch Gardens Europe All Spring and Summer
Seventeen nights of concerts, two full gardening weekends and four days with Busch Gardens’ celebrity animal ambassadors are just a few of the can’t-miss special events taking place at Busch Gardens Europe this season. With so much going on, Busch Gardens... 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 »
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 10, 2007
Busch Gardens wins 10th straight landscaping award
The Busch Gardens theme park in James City County has won the industry honor for "best park landscaping" for the 10th straight year. The Golden Ticket Awards are given every year by the trade publication Amusement Today. The Williamsburg-area theme park h... Read More »
August 28, 2007
Busch Gardens changes to fall hours in September
Busch Gardens plans to switch to its fall hours next week. After staying open daily all summer, the amusement park will change to a weekends-only schedule starting Sept. 7 through Oct. 28. The park will open its doors at 10 a.m. during that period on Frid... Read More »
August 17, 2007
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream Premieres All-New Scares in 2007
Busch Gardens Europe is putting the finishing touches on the park’s annual Howl-O-Scream event. Debuting Sept. 14, and continuing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28, Howl-O-Scream haunts the European-themed park with new haunted houses, sc... Read More »
August 17, 2007
Busch Gardens Europe Introduces New Way to Pay
Playing at Busch Gardens Europe just got easier as the European-themed park offers guests a new, easy way to pay. For less than $10 per month, guests can enjoy unlimited admission to the park now through 2008. “Our season passes have always been a great... Read More »
May 16, 2007
Busch Gardens Europe Unveils Griffon
From concept to creation, legend to reality, Griffon, the world’s tallest, floorless dive coaster made its debut today at Busch Gardens Europe. The park’s latest steel marvel drops its riders 205 feet, 90 degrees straight down, at speeds as fast as 75 mp... 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.
August 14, 2006
Teen Injured While On Roller Coaster
According to a James City County Fire official a teen was injured at Busch Gardens today and Nightingale was called in to airlift him out of the Scotland Parking area.
It happened around 5:20pm Friday night.
James City County Fire officials say the 17-year-old fractured his femur in two places. They say he was lucky the fractures didn't cause more damage to his leg. They believe the teen will be okay after treatment.
According to Busch Gardens officials the teen had a pre-existing medical condition involving the bones in his legs. He received multiple fractures while riding the roller coaster Alpengeist.
July 06, 2006
Running its final lap - Daily Press
Gripping the wheel of his small yellow roadster, 11-year-old Jacob Dean grinned as he smashed the car into another one stopped at the end of the track.
"This is one of my favorite rides," he said later. "I always bump people there."
Dean was one of many Busch Gardens visitors disappointed that Wednesday was the last day for the amusement park's "Le Mans Raceway" ride. The boy from Virginia Beach said he hopes Le Mans' replacement will be a similar car ride for children, rather than a roller coaster.
April 14, 2006
Park It What's new at Busch Gardens? - The Free Lance-Star
I pass through the turnstile into England and find my inner child.
True, the Loch Ness Monster seems smaller than before and the Big Bad Wolf isn't as scary as it used to be.
Then again, it's been about 15 years since my last visit to Busch Gardens.
March 08, 2006
Will Busch give Le Scoot the boot? - Virginia Gazette
Next year's new attraction at Busch Gardens is becoming clearer even though the company remains highly secretive.
On Wednesday the Planning Commission will consider a special use permit related to the new thing. The request points to another roller coaster. It appears that Busch may scrap the Le Scoot log flume to make room.