Busch Gardens & Water Country USA offer NEW Membership Program
Busch Gardens Membership Program – Christmas Town™ Now Included in New Plans
Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA are offering new Membership Plans that provide an unprecedented level of access to the parks.
Beginning today, consumers can choose from three plans, each offering admission to both parks, including Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town™ event, plus benefits for parking, guest tickets and in-park discounts.
“More than a pass, Membership means more access and more benefits,” said Dan Dipiazzo, vice president of marketing at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. “We’re listening to our guests who say they want more value and simpler choices. Membership allows our guests to take full advantage of the parks’ amenities including all of our seasonal events. It’s what consumers are asking for.”
To kick off the new program, special introductory rates are offered through March 31 for each of the three Membership Plans (below are details on how to transition from an Annual Pass to a Membership Plan or keeping your Annual Pass). Here are the 3 Membership Plans :
- Flexibility equals savings with the Basic Membership plan. Benefits feature park admission with select blockout dates throughout the year, half-price general parking, special offers, exclusive events, in-park discounts and guest ticket discounts. Introductory price is just $10 a month.
- Members will enjoy limitless fun and perks in the Unlimited Membership, which features unlimited visits to both parks with no blockout dates, free general parking and two free guest tickets per year plus discounts on additional tickets, along with all other Membership events and benefits. Price: $15 a month.
- The Premier Membership plan is for ultimate theme park enthusiasts. It features unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and nine other world-class theme and water parks in the SeaWorld family. Other enhanced benefits include free preferred parking and three free guest tickets per year plus discounts on additional tickets.Price: $20 per month.
Starting April 1, monthly rates will increase to $12, $17 and $22, respectively for the three plans.
As a special benefit for those who join the Membership program by March 17, Busch Gardens will offer its first Member Sneak Peek with a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration, exclusive time to enjoy park attractions, two special concerts, Irish-themed food and drinks, plus other surprises during the event.
Guests who have active Annual Passes have the option of keeping their passes with their current entitlements or converting to one of the new Membership Plans with the expanded benefits.
Have more questions? Here is the FAQ section on moving from Annual Pass Holder to Membership Plans:
I currently have an active Pass. Do I have to convert to the new Membership Program?
As we transition to this new Membership Program, current Pass holders have two options. You can do nothing and keep your Pass with your current benefits or move to the new Membership program and start enjoying more benefits and park access, plus Christmas Town.
I’ve been a Pass holder for years and pay a low monthly rate, will that low rate roll over if I join the Membership program?
No. The Annual Pass program and new Membership plans are separate programs. However, you can take advantage of special introductory rates as low as $10 a month when you switch to Membership by March 31, 2018. For some Pass holders, these rates will be the same or lower than what they are now paying and will include access to Christmas Town and other perks.
Can I get into the park with my current Pass if I don’t convert to the new Membership program?
Yes. As long as it’s active, your Pass is still good for admission to the park or parks designated.
How can I find out which membership option best fits my needs?
Please visit www.buschgardens.com to review the best plan for you and your family. You can take advantage of special introductory rates as low as $10 a month when you switch to Membership by March 31. For some Pass holders, these rates will be the same or lower than what they are now paying and will include access to Christmas Town and other perks.
If I remain as a Pass holder, will I get admission to Christmas Town?
No. The 1-Park, 2-Park and Platinum Passes do not include Christmas Town admission. To visit Christmas Town, you can join the Membership program or purchase separate admission to the event when available.
NEW MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
Why is Busch Gardens Williamsburg changing the Pass program?
Our consumers have told us they want more value and simpler choices. That’s what prompted us to create our new Membership Program, with more admission perks and refined benefits to allow guests to take full advantage of the parks’ amenities, including all of our seasonal events.
What is the difference between an Annual Pass holder and a Member?
Pass holders are guests with a 1-Park, 2-Park or Platinum pass. These passes are no longer available for purchase. Members are guests who have joined our new Membership program at either the Basic, Unlimited or Premier level.
What if I want a Membership to only Busch Gardens or Water Country USA, not both?
We do not offer single-park Memberships. All Membership plans include Busch Gardens and all of its seasonal events, plus Water Country USA. You are free to attend whichever parks or events you wish.
If I choose to keep my Annual Pass, what benefits will I receive?
You will continue to receive the benefits that are currently associated with your Pass including admission to the designated park or parks, free parking, in-park discounts and discounted tickets. Free guest tickets, Sneak Peek days and member-only events are available only through the new Membership program.
Why should I switch to the Basic Membership with blockout dates and discounted parking when my current Pass allows me access every day and free parking?
The choice is yours, based on what is most valuable to you. If unlimited admission and free parking are important to you, the Unlimited Membership plan is your best bet.
If I decide to convert to the Membership program, what benefits will I receive?
Membership benefits vary depending on which plan you choose. All three membership plans will allow you to experience Busch Gardens Williamsburg, including Christmas Town, and Water Country USA, as well as access to Member-only events and Sneak Peek days. Parking benefits and guest tickets vary based on the plan. All plans also include a 10 percent discount on shopping and dining purchases at the parks. Please visit www.buschgardens.com to compare plans and pick the one best for you.
The Pass holder program included free parking with each level. Is free parking included with all of the new Membership Plans?
A Parking benefit is included with every new plan. Basic Membership includes 50% off parking. Unlimited Membership includes free general parking and Premier Membership includes free preferred parking (guaranteed before noon at the Virginia parks; based on availability after 12 p.m.).
If I decide to keep my Pass, will I still receive free guest tickets?
No. Free guest tickets are only available with certain plans under the Membership program. You may continue to purchase deeply discounted tickets for family and friends.
If I upgrade to the new Membership will I forfeit benefits?
Membership gives you more access to park benefits like free guest tickets, Member-only events and access to both parks and Christmas Town. By upgrading to the new program, you will receive benefits associated with that plan.
Do I get a discount on Preferred parking with the new Membership plan?
Members with a Premier Membership get free Preferred parking when available at the Virginia parks. Members on the Basic and Unlimited plans may purchase Preferred parking at a discount, as long as it’s available.
If I decide to keep my Pass, will I still receive free parking?
You will continue to get free parking with your 1-park or 2-park Pass. Platinum Pass holders will get free preferred parking (guaranteed before noon at the Virginia parks; based on availability after 12 p.m.).
Why does the Basic Membership have blockout dates?
Each Membership plan offers varying benefits. The Basic Membership plan was designed for guests who are flexible and looking for maximum savings.
If I purchase a Basic Membership and want to visit the park on a blockout date, do I have to purchase a full-priced admission ticket?
We have a special discounted rate for Basic Members to visit on blockout dates. You can purchase a $25 ticket on the day of your visit.
Do I get free guest tickets with the Membership program?
Members on the Unlimited Plan receive two free guest tickets per year and those with a Premier Membership receive three each year. The Member must be with the guest to receive the tickets and they can be used at either Busch Gardens or Water Country USA. Free guest tickets will be distributed during select months and may not be available at the time of purchase.
If I remain as a Pass holder, will I get admission to Christmas Town?
No. The 1-Park, 2-Park and Platinum Passes do not include Christmas Town admission. We are eliminating the Christmas Town Pass that was previously available to Pass holders. To visit Christmas Town, you can join the Membership program or purchase separate admission to the event when available.
HOW DO I JOIN?
How do I convert to the new Membership program?
You can visit the park before it opens for the season on March 1–4 or 8–11 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. to take advantage of early redemption days. You can also call (757) 229-4386 to enroll by phone or visit the parks’ ticket windows on any regular operating day to make the change. This transaction is not available online and must be handled in person or by telephone.
If I currently have an active Pass on the EZpay monthly payment plan, can I cancel without penalty and become a Member?
Yes. On your next visit, simply stop by any park ticket window or call our customer service line at (757) 229-4386 to enroll by phone. For your convenience, we are providing early redemption days on March 1–4 or 8–11 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
How long can I keep my current pass?
You can choose to upgrade to a new Membership plan now or wait and join once your Annual Pass expires. If you are on EZpay, and you have completed your initial 12-month commitment, you can choose to keep your Pass active through Jan. 1, 2019 or upgrade to a new Membership plan. EZpay Annual Passes are no longer available for new sales.
Where can I switch my Pass to Membership while I’m at the park?
You can visit any guest ticket window at the front entrance or at Guest Relations.
I have a 2018 Fun Card and would like to join the Membership Program. Do I have to buy a new Membership at full price? Can the Fun Card price be applied to the Membership?
No, you will simply pay the difference between the prorated Fun Card and the Membership Plan of choice. We will prorate the difference based on how long you have had your Fun Card.
What is EZpay?
EZpay is an interest-free monthly payment program designed to make it easier for anyone to become a Member at our parks.
Do I have to get on the EZpay monthly payment plan?
You are not required to purchase your Membership on EZpay, however EZpay provides convenience for as long as your Membership is active. If you prefer, you may pay for your Membership in annual installments, renewable at that current year’s rate.
Once I join the Membership program will the monthly rate stay the same, or will it go up at some point?
Your monthly rate will not increase during your initial 12-month commitment. After that, the fee may go up, depending on the current rates for your selected plan. You have the right to cancel at any time after your initial 12-month commitment period.
I paid full price for my pass in 2017. Can I apply the balance of my remaining months if I join the Membership program?
Yes. On your next visit, simply stop by any park ticket window to enroll. For your convenience, we are providing early redemption days on March 1 – 4 or 8 – 11 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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