Adventure Island, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s water park, is getting a new intense drop slide in 2018 called “Vanish Point.” [Read more…]
Busch Gardens has announced the dates and times for this year’s Summer Nights and Adventure Island’s Island Nights.
The night time annual event at Busch Gardens will run this year from June 24 to Aug. 7. Guests can experience thrill rides in the dark, including the all new Cobra’s Curse, enjoy rock-fueled music and acrobatics at the award-winning Kinetix show and end the night with a fireworks show. Plus, Busch Gardens is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, giving guests even more time to experience Summer Nights. The park will close at 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
This year, Adventure Island will be presenting Island Nights, Thursday through Saturday, from June 16 through Aug. 6. During Island Nights, guests can enjoy island-inspired performers, a live DJ and games on the beach, starting at 5 p.m. each event night. The event will also showcase talented sand sculpture artists and a nightly finale featuring Polynesian Fire Dancers.
New this year, Island Nights extends its hours until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. on Thursday nights.
Visitors and Florida residents can now choose from a variety of new admissions at the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens family of parks in Central Florida. [Read more…]
Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island water park are giving guests extended hours, new thrill rides in the dark and live entertainment this summer with special events. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news on location at Adventure Island in Tampa. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Adventure Island in Tampa is set to debut their newest thrill ride in 2015, Colossal Curl. [Read more…]
Busch Gardens is offering two for one Fun Cards in Tampa. Guests can get an Adventure Island water park Fun Card free with the purchase of a Busch Gardens Fun Card. [Read more…]
Adventure Island, Busch Gardens’ water park is now offering students of all ages up to $15 off a single-day admission ticket. This deal is valid through the end of the Adventure Island 2012 season which continues through Oct. 14, 2012. [Read more…]
Adventure Island, Busch Garden’s water park, kicks off another season of fun on Saturday, March 10, 2012. There will be extended hours all summer long this year too, not just during Island Nights. [Read more…]
Island Nights at Adventure Island water park in Tampa has returned. From 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until Aug. 13, guests will enjoy island music, authentic entertainment, and unique food offerings. [Read more…]
Adventure Island, the 30-acre, Key West-themed water park next door to Busch Gardens, will open for its 2011 season with a preview weekend on March 12 and 13, with daily operation beginning on Saturday, March 19. Summer hours will be extended, with the park open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every night, from June 9 through Aug. 14. [Read more…]
It was nearly two months ago that the sale of Busch Entertainment Corp. and its theme parks to The Blackstone Group was made public. Now a new name for the company has been revealed.
“SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment” replaces “Busch Entertainment Corporation” with the closing of the sale announced jointly today by Anheuser-Busch InBev and The Blackstone Group.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S., including SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica in Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island in Tampa.
“[SeaWorld] is one of the world’s most widely recognized and respected family travel brands,” said Jim Atchison, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President. “SeaWorld has been a brand associated with quality family entertainment since SeaWorld San Diego opened its gates for the first time in March 1964.”
For now, Busch Gardens retains the Busch name.
It’s become an annual tradition around Central Florida’s theme parks to raise ticket prices by a few dollars. However, SeaWorld is now making an enticing offer for Florida residents to keep them coming back all year.
Florida residents can now purchase SeaWorld or Busch Gardens 2010 Fun Cards for $69.95, which is $5 less than their most recent “pay for a day, come back all year” promotion. These cards enable guests to visit SeaWorld or Busch Gardens unlimitedly all year with no blackout dates. The Fun Cards must be purchased at SeaWorldOrlando.com, BuschGardensTampaBay.com, at the theme park front gates, or at participating AAA offices throughout Florida. For non-Florida residents, Fun Cards purchased at the front gate cost the same as an adult single-day admission.
Meanwhile at SeaWorld, the regular, single-day adult admission has gone up $4 to $78.95,which is $9 more expensive than the $69.95 Fun Card price. A regular, single-day child’s admission ticket to SeaWorld is $68.95, so for $1 more children ages 3-9 can visit SeaWorld unlimitedly throughout the year.
At Busch Gardens, the regular, single-day ticket prices are $74.95 for adults and $64.95 for children ages 3-9, so there is still plenty of Fun Card savings to be found there as well.
Other special Florida resident ticket offers include “Buy One, Get One Free.” If you’re a Florida resident, you can buy a SeaWorld single-day admission for $78.95 (adults or child) and receive a free single-day admission to either Busch Gardens or Aquatica. You also can purchase a Busch Gardens single-day admission for $74.95 (adults or child) and receive a free single-day admission to Adventure Island. Visits must be completed within one year of purchase.
Anheuser-Busch InBev and The Blackstone Group announced today that Anheuser-Busch InBev will sell its entertainment business to Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P. for up to $2.7 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, Blackstone will acquire Anheuser-Busch InBev’s wholly owned subsidiary, Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), the second largest entertainment park operator in the United States with approximately 25 million annual visitors
The purchase includes:
- SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida
- Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa Bay, Florida
- Two more SeaWorld parks in San Antonio, Texas and San Diego, California
- Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia
- Other Busch/InBev-owned family entertainment attractions in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the new purchase, Blackstone also currently owns 50 percent of the Universal Orlando theme parks. The firm also owns Merlin Entertainments Group, which owns Legoland theme parks, Madame Tussauds Wax Museums, The London Eye and more.
Worlds of Discovery President Jim Atchison made this statement:
“A short time ago, Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P., an investor fund advised by The Blackstone Group, announced that it had reached agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev to purchase the company’s entertainment park division, Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC). While you may have never heard of BEC, if you are reading these words you know who we are.
“BEC operates 10 Worlds of Discovery – SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld San Antonio, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, Sesame Place, Adventure Island and Water Country USA – some of the best-known and most-loved entertainment parks in the world today. More than 25,000 men and women make up our team. Each is dedicated to providing you the very finest family entertainment experiences and service anywhere.
“For all of us at Worlds of Discovery, this is an exciting development. This new phase in our history is an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the principles that have guided us for the last 50 years. This is also our opportunity to make a promise to you. We pledge to deliver an experience that exceeds your expectations; an experience that brings you closer to those you love; an experience that is as enriching as it is thrilling and fun.
“Visit a Worlds of Discovery park. If it isn’t everything you hoped it would be, contact us. We’ll refund your admission. On behalf of the Worlds of Discovery team, thank you for your interest in our great parks. We hope to see you soon in one of our Worlds of Discovery.”
Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said:
“Busch Entertainment Corporation is a high performing asset with a world-class management team, but not a core business for Anheuser-Busch InBev. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with a buyer who understands the industry and has a strategic vision for the business. The sale of BEC represents another important milestone in our commitment to de-leverage the company and will also allow us to continue to focus on our core brewing business. “The Blackstone Group is a preeminent private equity firm and we are very happy to have reached an agreement with Blackstone. We have great respect for BEC’s management and employees and know they will continue to prosper under Blackstone’s ownership.”
Joseph Baratta, Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group, said:
“We have long admired the Busch Entertainment Corporation parks. They are the premier collection of entertainment parks in the United States and offer a unique family experience. We are pleased to have the opportunity to acquire this business. We have deep sector experience and look forward to working with the excellent BEC management team to continue to invest in and grow the company.”