UPDATE: Busch Gardens Williamsburg will close on 3/14/20 due to COVID-19, an opening date and not been determined. Click Here for additional details.
Big changes are afoot for Busch Gardens Williamsburg! In recent years the park has added new attractions like the roller coasters Tempesto and INVADR, a new VR Action Ride Battle for Eire that will take you to a Virtual Reality World where a fairy and a dragon try to save the heart of Ireland and a GIANT swing that will kick you over a 180 degree angle into the sky called Finnegan’s Flyers. This year, watch out, because they are introducing another roller coaster and this one is epic:
“Pantheon, voted a Top 10 Most Anticipated Roller Coaster in 2020 by USA Today, will be the World’s Fastest Multi-Launch coaster. Opening this spring in Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Festa Italia village, Pantheon features a staggering 2 inversions, 4 launches, 5 air-time hills, a 95° drop, a height of 180 feet, and a record-breaking top speed of 73 mph”
And for all the Foodies out there – get ready because the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival – May 15th – June 28th is back! Here you can unleash your inner foodie with over 60 specialty food items from around the world, 30 different wines, 25 craft beers and 20 unique cocktails not normally served at Busch Gardens. But check back as they have not yet disclosed all the food Kiosks they will have this year.
Busch Gardens lights up at night, literally during Summer Nights 2020 – June 29 – August 13, 2020 . There will be live music, light shows, nightly fireworks and more. Check back for the details on this summer’s night time extras at Busch Gardens but we hear that acts from the hit show America’s Got Talent will take the stage every week during Summer Nights 2020. Busch Gardens becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights literally and figuratively!
Love beer? Make sure to attend the Bier Fest – August 14 – Sept 7, 2020 – it is free with Park Admission. You will enjoy local craft beers, brewery talks, German food and more. This annual event is always a fun one. Sample traditional German food, listen to live music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer. From hoppy to bold, we have a craft beer for you. Don’t forget to try Virginia’s local brews – some from Williamsburg!
Big fan of Halloween? Try your luck at HOWL-O-SCREAM the annual event runs select dates from Sept 13 – Nov 1, 2020. You will try to survive a night of elaborate haunted houses, freaky “scare zones”, not easy escape rooms and dark and entertaining live shows.
The Count’s Spooktacular is for young guests who can celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun on Saturdays and Sundays. Children (under 9) are invited to come dressed up and join in our costume parade during this daytime event. There are other family-friendly activities, too, like a fun-filled hay maze, trick-or-treating locations and an interactive show. If you have kids bring them to the Spooktacular Weekends – Sept 26 – Nov 1 on Sat. and Sun.
Howl-O-Scream is a super fun time to come to Busch Gardens and enjoy the costumes (don’t wear one though – only the staff is in costume and children under 9 years old). But do come ready to scream!
Hands down our favorite time at Busch Gardens (and that is saying something since we love Halloween). CHRISTMAS TOWN runs select dates from November 14, 2020 – January 3, 2021. You and your family will be mesmerized by over 10+ million Christmas lights, plus see Santa and serious family-friendly fun. Yes, many of the rides are open and the shows are amazing!
But don’t worry – this park isn’t just for seasonal events, Thrill Seekers and Foodies…they have a whole section ready for “littles” every day. Sesame Street Forest is the place for young ones – with splash area they can cool off even on the hottest of Virginia days. And there is also Land of the Dragons which recently had a refresh and also has a splash pad. This year check out the Kids’ Weekends April 3 – May 10 on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.
Kids can enjoy exclusive activities including dance parties, scavenger hunts and story time throughout this family-friendly celebration. The event will take place in Sesame Street Forest of Fun™ with a featured Sesame Street character.
Come see our Sesame Street friends for a story in our new neighborhood. You’ll learn all about what it’s like to be different, the importance of being yourself, and how kindness makes the world go round.
Bust a move with Elmo and friends at a party just for kids at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Search high and low for the missing cookies in the Sesame Street Forest of Fun!
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY
Color your favorite characters or a design of your own creation and we’ll display your artwork on the Sesame Street Sunny Days Mural for all to see. And come back each weekend for new crafts!
OSCAR THE GROUCH
What would Sesame Street be without everyone’s favorite grouchy friend? Oscar the Grouch will be making special appearances during Kids’ Weekends. If you see him and his Scram Trash Can, don’t be shy—say hi!
Let’s Play Together: Gather with your kids and their favorite Sesame Street® friends for unforgettable sing-a-long, dance-a-long fun with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Cookie Monster and Zoe. Daily performances are outdoor in London.
Bring the kids (and don’t forget to sign up for the Busch Gardens FREE 2 Park Preschool Pass for kids 5 and under) and visit Sesame Street Forest of Fun and enjoy weekend parties.
REDEMPTION DAYS MARCH 12-13
Get to Busch Garden’s Main Gate from 12 – 6 pm to redeem, purchase, and upgrade Memberships, Fun Cards, and other reservations. Credit card payments only. That way you will avoid the lines on opening weekend!
If you don’t already have an Annual Membership…now is the time! The Unlimited Membership level comes with parking and since parking can add up you want to have at least one family member with Unlimited. To see the different options (all include both Water Country USA, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Christmas Town) visit our Busch Gardens Discounts page. They are also running discounts on Busch Gardens single day tickets including a GROUPON! If you are a Veteran or Active Military they have Waves of Honor and discounts for you! We have a list of Busch Gardens Military Discounts here. Click here to visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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