Busch Gardens, SeaWorld prices increase, 2016 passes now on sale

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando have announced that effective Monday, November 2nd, general admission prices for tickets purchased at the front gate are increasing by $2. Adults are now $99, children ages 3 to 9 are now $94.

Visitors can still get a discount on advanced purchases through their websites. The Busch Gardens 2016 Fun Card is also on sale starting Monday. The Fun Card is $99 and allows visitors to get into the park for free for the remainder of 2015 and all of 2016. The Fun Card may be purchased here.

From now until January 5, 2016, SeaWorld Orlando is offering guests a $30 saving on annual passes. These passes provide the greatest value with unlimited admission, free parking and discounts throughout the park.

Busch Gardens says the construction on Cobra’s Curse is progressing well. This new spin coaster will feature a 70-foot vertical lift and take riders on a whirlwind adventure. The ride will open in 2016. See the line-up of special events scheduled at Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando in 2016 below.


Christmas Town: Select dates Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2015
Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town™, where Busch Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, treats and more than a million twinkling lights. This family event occurs on 20 select dates from Nov. 27 to Dec. 31.

Real Music: Jan. 4-March 5, 2016
Busch Gardens’ longest-running concert series returns Mondays through Fridays from Jan. 4 to March 5 with live music that spans six decades, from the 1950s to today. Musical fare includes swing, blues, pop, jazz and rock ‘n roll.

January 4-9 – Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
January 11-16 – Jay and The Americans
January 18-23 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
January 25-30 – The Drifters
February 1-6 – Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals
February 8-13 – The Diamonds
February 15-20 – Strawberry Fields
February 22-27 – The Glenn Miller Orchestra
February 29 – March 5 – Chubby Checker

Food & Wine Festival: Saturdays and Sundays March 5-April 24, 2016
Next spring, Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival returns with wild flavors and concerts for every taste. The park will be tempting guests with a variety of cuisine, wine, craft beer and live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays from March 5 through April 24. Food and beverage will not be included, but is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Summer Nights: Select dates June – Aug., 2016
Summer Nights at Busch Gardens is returning with more heat, featuring an end-of-night show packed with live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world. Their thrilling performance – along with modern music and fire effects – will pump up the crowd every night. Plus, summer nights are a great time to cool off with the rush of Busch Gardens’ world-class thrill rides, including Falcon’s Fury™, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower.

Jack Hanna Weekend: Sept. 10 & 11, 2016 (dates subject to change)
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows at the Stanleyville Theater.


Wild Days – Saturdays and Sundays, January 16-31
Wild Days connects guests to the wild and wonderful world we all share, with educational and interactive shows that give guests the opportunity to meet leaders in the world of animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation.

Bands, Brew & BBQ – Saturdays and Sundays, February 13 – March 6
Bands, Brew and BBQ is back for 2016 and sizzling with live concerts and delicious favorites from SeaWorld’s restaurants. In partnership with the USO of Central Florida, the celebration also salutes America’s military.

Praise Wave – Saturdays, March 12-26
With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in faith-based music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater.

Viva la Música – Saturdays, April 16 & 23 and May 7 & 14
Viva la Música is a hot Latin music and food festival for the entire family. Guests enjoy hot concerts by famous Hispanic artists and bands, and authentic Latin flavors specially prepared by SeaWorld’s very own executive chef, Hector Colon.

Summer Nights – Every night, June 11 – August 14
As the summer sun goes down, the fun heats up at SeaWorld Orlando. Summer Nights gives families and friends the chance to stay in the park for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities feature a high-energy Shamu show, grand celebrations and late-night thrills on everyone’s favorite coasters.

Halloween Spooktacular – Saturdays and Sundays, October 1-30
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular immerses families in an underwater “fantasea” filled with trick-or-treating, whimsical characters, sea-themed activities and up-close animal encounters that could only come from SeaWorld.

Christmas Celebration – Select Dates in November and December
Waves of holiday spirit splash over SeaWorld Orlando during its Christmas Celebration, where guests can make holiday memories by enjoying live shows, festive shopping, and delicious food.

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