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New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens….and You Can Choose Your Celebration Time!

Recently we were invited to visit Christmas Town at Busch Gardens and we had the most amazing time. Unfortunately, the stream Gods were not on our side due to technical issues, but we were able to share it out on social media and through a previous blog. We had so much fun that we went back the next day and I have to say we can’t wait to go back again. That being said, Busch Gardens is now rolling out their plans for the next big celebration, yes, the one that most of us around the world cannot wait for, saying goodbye to 2020 and welcoming 2021!

To manage capacity and maintain safe physical distancing, New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will offer two reservation sessions this year, one for a daytime visit and one for a nighttime visit with two nighttime fireworks celebrations. The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer a modified event with required reservations and limited capacity that celebrates the spirit of the season safely. This seasonal event features open-air entertainment and experiences as well as enhanced health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face covering requirements and physical distancing. Whether using a single visit ticket, Fun Card or Annual Pass, guests can reserve the session that works best for them to ring in the New Year with thrilling rides, Christmas Town festivities, amazing animals and more! Also, did you know that if you have the highest annual pass, that you can bring a guest along with you for free!! How amazing is that!

Play By Day: Reserve from 9:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M.

Guests can celebrate the excitement of the coming New Year by taking on Florida’s biggest and best thrill rides, enjoying delicious seasonal treats in the Christmas Town village and experiencing awe-inspiring animal encounters – now including NEW Animal Insider Tours.

·         For the hard-to-buy for family member, an exclusive upgrade experience with a giraffe, penguin, tortoise or elephant makes an unforgettable gift! NEW this year, holiday shoppers can gift behind-the-scenes opportunities with the park’s hippos and rhinos. For the safety of guests, Ambassadors, and the park’s animals, Busch Gardens has taken extra steps to provide safe encounters with specific adaptations within each tour to accommodate physical distancing between parties and enhanced health and safety measures.

Play By Night: Reserve from 6:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M.

New Year’s Eve at Busch Gardens combines the holiday fun of Christmas Town while starting 2021 with a bang with two fireworks presentations for guests to choose from.


 In order to manage capacity on the Festival Field during fireworks, reserved access for the Festival Field must be purchased in advance. Guests can also reserve premium field viewing for a small upcharge to one of two fireworks presentations during the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Guests can choose the 8:30 P.M. or 11:30 P.M. seating, available online now for purchase

For everyone’s comfort and safety, New Year’s Eve Celebration fireworks can also be enjoyed from a number of locations around the park, included with admission. Ideal viewing locations are suggested on the park’s website.

Limited-Time Holiday Sale: Get up to 50% off tickets, Fun Cards, and more!

Give the gift of adventure with the limited-time Busch Gardens Holiday Sale! Save up to 50% on tickets, or keep the fun going all year with a Fun Card or Annual Pass to use now and thru all of 2021! Get 25% off the purchase of a 2021 Fun Card, offering access to visit again and again through 2021 with the rest of 2020 FREE to enjoy Christmas Town and New Year’s Eve! For bigger value and benefits, upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass and save 10–25%. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, Pass Member-exclusive ride events for the NEW Iron Gwazi opening in spring, an exclusive 2020 Pass Member Ornament, and up to 50% savings on merchandise, photo prints, Quick Queue, and more!

Visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information and reservations—and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes. The Holiday Sale ends Dec. 27, so don’t wait!

Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety