I have purchased Florida resident tickets online for Universal before for myself (a FL resident) and several friends (non FL residents) and have never been asked to show ID at the gate. However Disney and Busch Gardens might be completely different and I would bet that if they are giving away a free Safari then they will verify your residency somehow.
^ Thank you I rode it for my first time when I was maybe 9 and it was terrifying. Now that I'm used to coasters it's a ton of fun! Everyone should get the chance to ride the original mega-dive coaster since it's so awesome
Holidays at Busch Gardens 2011 Line-Up & Pass Member Preview Dates:
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press update of the latest celebrity sighting in the park, this time with a star from the Vampire Diaries at Howl-O-Scream.
Actor Michael Roark, who was featured in the recurring role of Frank on TV’s The Vampire Diaries, faces a sin-city clan of bloodsuckers in the new Ultimate Gamble: Vampire Casino haunted house at Howl-O-Scream.
The actor, who also a graduated law school at the University of Florida, visited Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream on Thursday night with friends.
He is also known for his recent role as Donovan Peck in Dolphin Tale and his upcoming role as Ryan in Magic Mike that was partially filmed in Tampa.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has sent us a press release about this coming year's special event lineup including the popular Bands, Brew & BBQ, Viva La Musica and Summer Nights offerings.
Some of the biggest names in country, Latin and classic rock are coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in 2012. It’s our biggest lineup yet, including music’s most memorable acts at Real Music, rock legends at Bands, Brew & BBQ, and Viva La Música’s award-winning salsa and meringue. PLUS you won’t want to miss the debut of Busch Gardens’ all-new ice show and your chance to go behind-the-scenes with our animal care experts.
Can’t decide which event to attend? With a 2012 Fun Card, you can “pay for a day, play all year” and never miss a thing! It’s the best value for again-and-again access to all of the amazing animal encounters, world-class thrill rides, exciting entertainment and family adventure Busch Gardens has to offer. AND, if you buy your 2012 Fun Card now, you can celebrate the holidays at Busch Gardens, New Year’s Eve and the remainder of 2011 for no additional cost.
NEW THIS WINTER: In February, Busch Gardens will debut its biggest ice show ever. Iceploration combines world-class skaters, larger-than-life puppets, amazing costumes, original music and even animal stars to tell the story of tech-savvy pre-teen Austin and his grandfather – and old-world adventurer – who encourages him to put down the smartphone and “explore the world.”
ALSO NEW IN 2012: Busch Gardens will welcome guests to observe and even take part in the animal care experience when the Animal Care Center opens this winter. From nutrition to treatments and check-ups to surgeries, much of Busch Gardens’ veterinary care will be conducted in guest view in this new state-of-the-art facility.
SPECIAL EVENT LINEUP
Jack Hanna: January 13 Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for a day of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet and greets when he visits Busch Gardens on Jan. 13. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows in the Stanleyville Theater. He will also join families for a memorable Serengeti Night Safari and make special appearances at a family sleepover that evening.
Real Music Concert Series: January 18 – March 24 The Real Music Concert Series presents notable names from music’s most memorable eras every Wednesday through Saturday at the Stanleyville Theater. From swingin’ big bands to sock-hop era idols, the lineup features something for everyone:
January 18-21 The Terry Myers Orchestra with The Swing Sisters January 25-28 The Glenn Miller Orchestra with The Diamonds February 1-4 Tony Orlando February 8-11 Frankie Avalon February 15-18 The Osmond Brothers February 22-25 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone February 29 – March 3 The Ventures March 7-10 Rita Coolidge March 14-17 The Grass Roots March 21-24 Marylin McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Bands, Brew & BBQ: Saturdays and Sundays, February 11 – March 4 Bands, Brew & BBQ offers four weekends of smokin’ hot fun – now on Saturdays AND Sundays! New this year, you have two days to sample dozens of craft and international beers and fire up your taste buds with food from your favorite local restaurants as well our own famous, blazing barbecue. And every Sunday, enjoy sizzling live performances from award-winning country and classic rock artists.
February 12 Lynyrd Skynyrd February 19 Brett Michaels February 26 38 Special March 4 REO Speedwagon
Viva La Música: Sundays, April 15 – May 6 Join the fiesta every weekend as award-winning acts from perform salsa, meringue and more on the Gwazi Park stage. And don’t forget the popular, regional Latin cuisine and authentic arts and crafts throughout the festival area. Stay tuned as Busch Gardens reveals the artist and more details this spring!
Summer Nights: June 9 – August 12 The award-winning Kinetix will return to Summer Nights with energizing shows full of 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 in Gwazi Park. Adding to the amazing coasters-after-dark lineup, guests will launch into the night on Busch Gardens’ newest roller coaster, Cheetah Hunt, and enjoy more fireworks than ever before, including a special July 4th celebration in Gwazi Park!
The 2012 Busch Gardens Fun Card is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2012 and is available at the Busch Gardens’ front gate, online at BuschGardens.com or by calling (888) 800-5447. Prices are $79.99 for adults and $71.99 for children ages 3 to 9. Event dates, times and artists are subject to change. Performances are included with any daily admission or annual pass. Visit BuschGardens.com for more information.
Found a really cool video today about the Marketing Campaign for Cheetah Hunt!
Look out for the TPR forums which make an appearance too!
Here is the description
We just completed our awareness campaign for Busch Gardens Tampa (BGT), in which we worked hand in hand with BGT’s Marketing and PR teams to raise expectation about their newest mega-attraction to be launched in the year 2011. Mindclay Creative conceptualized, produced and deployed many different assets through a period of five months, ending right at the park’s official Global Announcement.
Roll out information about 2011 attraction in a strategic and controlled manner. Sub-divide information and distribute through several web channels. Culminate by letting the audience participate in bringing the pieces together. Prepare audience for official attraction announcement. Total campaign time bracket: five months.
Mindclay devised this campaign within a response-based framework, taking fans from awareness, garnering interest, offering engagement opportunities, and ending on an expectation high-note.
The campaign included many different types of deliverables, all conceived and produced by Mindclay Creative. Among them: Motion graphics intensive teasers, video webisodes with park officials, construction fence artwork with QR-codes (along with metrics-enabled QR technology as a distribution channel), several micro-sites, and two full 3d animations of the still-under-construction coaster.
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