New Sesame Street Friend at Safari of Fun this Weekend

Image Courtesy Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens welcomes a new character this weekend.  Julia will be joining Elmo, Cookie, Oscar and friends in the Safari of Fun area.  Julia is an autistic character and it sounds like she will be a regular in both the shows and as a walk-around character.  According to the press release:

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Thank You John T. Reilly!

Sunday March 31, 2019 is the last day for COO and former interim CEO John T. Reilly. Mr. Reilly’s departure was announced in a March 19, 2019 SeaWorld press release:

We thank John for his contributions during his 34-year tenure at SeaWorld and wish him the best going forward

Mr. Reilly is a Busch Gardens lifer, stating with the company as a teenager selling concessions at the park in Williamsburg to pay for college. Continue reading

Busch Gardens Tampa is a Toddler Paradise!

In my research before our first visit I read over the Busch Gardens website to see what our 2 year old son could ride.  It appeared there were a couple of rides he could do like the train, but the list seemed far from extensive.  However, the tickets were cheap enough and there were animals, so we figured there’d be enough to fill a day.  Then we got there and realized Busch Gardens Tampa is a toddler paradise.  Continue reading

Disney Ticket Price Increase Makes Busch Gardens an Even Bigger Bargain!

So Disney is raising prices again, specifically increasing prices around peak days near Christmas and other holidays. Single day single park tickets will now be up to $159/day and $219/day for “hopper” tickets allowing for admission to multiple parks in one day. Articles point to new investments in the parks (Galaxy’s Edge) and Disney’s desire to manage attendance during peak seasons as reasons.

Let’s compare and contrast a bit here. The $184 for a peak Disney single park day ($159 ticket + $25 parking) could instead get you a $180 Busch Gardens Silver Season pass (no blackouts) with free parking and a ticket to give to a friend. The $244 for a peak Disney park “hopper” day ($219 ticket + $25 parking) puts you just $44 short of a $288 Platinum pass for 1 year at 10 additional nationwide parks (SeaWorld, Sesame Place, Adventure Island, etc.) with free parking, 2 friend tickets, an annual PhotoKey and an animal encounter! All this and we haven’t even talked about 2 free beers per day for the rest of 2019!

Compared to the competition an hour down the road, Busch Gardens just became an even bigger bargain! Basically for the price of a day you can get a year of fun!

Where will ticket price inflation stop?