A 383-acre family-friendly attraction, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg, VA, features nine villages centered around six European countries for guests to adventure through. The iconic theme park features exhilarating roller coasters, exciting live entertainment, up-close animal encounters, children’s rides and stunning architecture, as well as fun European-style dining and shopping venues.
Cape May, New Jersey
We bought our tickets online the day before our intended visit. We had been planning our trip for weeks and had every intention of making our Busch Gardens day Thursday. We looked at the weather Wednesday night and saw that there were chances of rain throughout the day. We clearly should've check that before we got our tickets-oops! Since Thursday was our last day in Williamsburg and we had the tickets, we decided to just do the best we could and go to the park for as long as we could without the rain. We packed ourselves rain jackets and headed to the park. The impending doom of rain was a blessing. We didn't have to wait in any lines for the roller coasters or for most rides. Every employee we came in contact with was incredibly kind and helpful! The park was super clean and beautiful. Great amusement park experience for sure!
We've seen a lot of live shows at many theme parks over the years, and... The Celtic Fyre show is the best live entertainment at any theme park we've seen. We saw it 4 times in the two days we were there. It's great! The Roll Out the Barrel show's cast exerts a lot of effort but seems missing just the "right touch" for being a better show. London Rocks has some enjoyable music and other elements, but was mostly too loud to really enjoy it. Mix It Up show was just noise, very loud noise. The More Pet Shenanagins show is worth watching and the Parrot doing math is amazing! We enjoyed the Lorikeet Glen and Eagle Ridge areas of the park.
Spent day at Bush Garden. Everyone was friendly and polite. Lay out of park is okay. Rides, shows, and food stands in all areas. Some shady spots. Variety of rides for all different ages and levels of adventure. Thrill rides were pretty fun. Marco Polo market has good food . Elmo area looked cute, but just passed through there since my kids were too old to be interested in that area. Lockers available at each of the big rides to store stuff in For $5 you can change lockers as you move through park, just pick that option at kiosk. Went on a Friday and did not have very long waits, maybe 30 minutes for 1 or 2 of the rides. Used Bush Gardens app. It was decent. Gave show times and descriptions Also gave ride description. "Mix it Up" music show was good, and can be watched while you eat. Lots of tables near stage with Good views. Over all a fun park. A little expensive for the number of rides. Glad admission was part of the Bounce pass I purchased for my visit to Williamsburg. It was a great deal. It lets you into Bush Gardens, Water Country, and Colonial Williamsburg for 7 consecutive days and includes parking. A great deal for one price.
I have been going to Busch Gardens since I was a child and now as an adult I feel the same sense of wonder and joy that I felt as child. The park is exquisite. The landscaping is second to none, the attention to detail, each themed area has wonderful detail from historic advertisements to names of the shops, rides and buildings. The bridges, the panoramas, and the walk through the park takes you away. The rides are terrific. It is the best food you will ever find in an amusement park, very authentic to the areas of Europe represented. The park has not declined as I expected with the SeaWorld ownership. One thing that has changes is the selection of authentic souvenirs has become much smaller. It is a bit disappointing, especially in the Christmas section of the German shop. German tradition in Christmas is well documented and German ornaments are easily available so to see overpriced cheap Made in China ornaments was a bit disappointing. A nice touch is that as the park has grown and families have been making return visits, there is merchandise for the nostalgic rides that have been removed. A nice nod to the history. Tips: 1. Arrive before the park opens - They will allow you to park an hour before opening and you can get in to the first section before the park opens. 2. If you are trying to avoid lines than arrive before it opens and wait at the gate to Ireland. Once opened you can make a quick circle of the park and hit every major ride before the park gets crowded. 3. the park starts getting crowded around 12 and starts to disperse in the evening (5 or 6pm) in the early season. 4. July and August are extremely humid and weather can turn in a second, be prepared. Crowds are also much larger so be prepared to wait in line longer(Remember to arrive before Open. 5. if you arrive to close to park opening than the line at the gate to pay for parking can be very long and see interminable when you just want to get in the park. 6. The later you arrive the worse your parking gets and you will be forced to take a tram to your car(unless you want to walk about a mile after walking all day in the park) 7. the line for the tram at park close can be long and you will have to wait a bit of time to catch one to get to your vehicle. 8. Depending on the time if you purchase merchandise you can have it shipped to the Union Jax shop and pick it up on exit so you don't have to carry it all day. 9. rides run until park close, so if the park closes at 9pm, you can ride right to 9pm.(this is a great time to catch no lines for a ride you may have missed in the last 30 minutes) 10. Shops close throughout the park at park close, but some food stalls and all merchandise shops will be open in England for an hour after close as people file out. (so you don't have to run to package pick up to make sure you get there before park close) 11 Showtimes are on the map and are printed daily. Use it to plan your day accordingly. Park layout forces you to think strategically. (learn the park layout quickly or you may miss areas) Follow the signage. 12. Use the train and aeronaut rides(if the line is brief) to quickly move to opposite ends of the park.
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Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?
Yes, they expire within the season. See view details under ticket type for exact date.
How much is parking?
$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks or campers
$24 - Preferred parking, subject to availability.
Is smoking allowed at Busch Gardens?
Busch Gardens is committed to a safe and friendly environment. Therefore we have provided designated smoking stations throughout the park. All indoor areas will remain smoke-free environments. Outdoor smoking stations are designated in guest areas by smoking urns, benches and "Designated Smoking Area" signs, which are situated near most restrooms. These signs are marked on the park maps.
What options are available if I want to bring my pet to the park?
Pet care is provided in the England Parking Lot. Pets are not allowed inside the park. $10 /pet for regular guests / all day, $7 for pass members. The facility is ventilated but not temperature-controlled. Pets will be offered fresh water, but it is the owner's responsibility to bring food and feed their pet. Trained service animals are welcome at Busch Gardens.
Are coolers or picnic baskets allowed inside Busch Gardens?
Picnic baskets and coolers are not allowed inside the park. (Exception: Baby food and medicine are permitted, but not in glass containers.)
Can I rent a stroller or wheelchair at Busch Gardens?
Strollers, Wheelchairs & Electric Carts are available for a nominal fee. You must be 18 years of age to rent electric carts and wheelchairs.
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