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Apparently some site called Club Zone is advertising a New Year's Eve event at BGW from 8pm-2am. Prices TBA. I have no clue what this site is all about. It looks like an aggregator for events at nightclubs all over the country. So I don't have any idea about any details or how legit it is (although I'm sure the trusty sleuths on this site will get to the bottom of it quickly:p). Just passing this on. (It's in the Rumors section for a reason.)

Here's a link to the info: http://bit.ly/9vLWLo (this is safe) Warning - the pics on site are NSFW if you click around on it.

(BTW, this info came via Jordan Ford who posted this on FB. Thanks Jordan!)
 
The photos of previous events are from various 18+ clubs. Hence the not so KIDsiderate photos. lol. I'm sure their events vary from place to place. Considering Busch is a family friendly park, this event, if it does happen will be more family appropiate. ;)
 

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ChristmasTownFan said:
The photos of previous events are from various 18+ clubs. Hence the not so KIDsiderate photos. lol. I'm sure their events vary from place to place. Considering Busch is a family friendly park, this event, if it does happen will be more family appropiate. ;)

This probably won't be a KIDsiderate event, considering the event times and just the people who are running it. I'd imagine it'd be a 21+ event with alcohol.
 
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There will be an event ~ that is not rumor, but the details and extent of this New Years Bash has yet to be revealed.

Having an outside company organizing the party more than likely means that there would be an additional cost to attend this event. One thing for sure, I am buying tickets as soon as they go on sale.

Now for speculation on my part: the event will be ticketed- probably have giveaways - folks are checked in a certain area until the park closes - and most likely have fireworks at midnight. I like the fact the park will stay open two hours after midnight... you know, to allow the alcohol to be absorbed somewhat by your body. "Drink Responsibly"is the key phrase here.

I have ALWAYS wanted to ring in the New Year at BGW; it looks like it may just happen this year! :D For all those here who know me at the Forum and know about my letters to the park in regards to New Years at BGW know I am so doing the happy jig right now. I am atwitter with anticipation for further details!!
 
I think this might part of the reason for Busch avoiding a New Years bash:

JCC Ordinance #51 said:
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen years to be and remain in and upon any street, avenue, road, alley, park, vacant lot, playground, wharf, dock, place of amusement, or in and upon any other public place, whether of like kind or not, in the County of James City between the hours of 12:00am midnight and 5:00am of the following day, unless such minor is accompanied by his parent, guardian, or other adult person having the care and custody of such minor...

Keeping an event family friendly, and yet keeping unaccompanied minors from entering would be extremely difficult, plus it would upset a lot of people. And honestly I can't see Busch limiting their entire park to 18+. Plus that Clubzone website does not look legit to me at all. I would love to spend New Years at Busch, but I'm only 17.

I'm gonna wait for the Busch to say something about a New Years bash before I get my hopes up.
 
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I think this might part of the reason for Busch avoiding a New Years bash:

JCC Ordinance #51 said:
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen years to be and remain in and upon any street, avenue, road, alley, park, vacant lot, playground, wharf, dock, place of amusement, or in and upon any other public place, whether of like kind or not, in the County of James City between the hours of 12:00am midnight and 5:00am of the following day, unless such minor is accompanied by his parent, guardian, or other adult person having the care and custody of such minor...

Keeping an event family friendly, and yet keeping unaccompanied minors from entering would be extremely difficult, plus it would upset a lot of people. And honestly I can't see Busch limiting their entire park to 18+. Plus that Clubzone website does not look legit to me at all. I would love to spend New Years at Busch, but I'm only 17.

I'm gonna wait for the Busch to say something about a New Years bash before I get my hopes up.

and JCC makes exceptions for BGW all the time. what BGW wants BGW gets
 
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I would love to see Busch Gardens have a New Year's Eve bash, but it should definitely be adults (21+) only. I would like to see a club atmosphere, perhaps different types of music in different areas. I feel strongly that New Year's Eve should be adults only and to have strollers everywhere and children running around, undoubtedly whining because they're tired, is just not appropriate for a New Year's Eve party.

BTW, I am not apposed to children, raised three of my own, but never took them to a New Year's Eve party. Always hired a sitter. ;)
 
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Hey Luvbg,

I am so happy about your post. I think most folks get so upset when you say any event should be adults only. There are always those who say "how dare you exclude my kids!"

However, what you said is absolutely on point; that it is "not appropriate". New Years Parties by nature are designed for adults. I recall when I was very young I never could stay up that late anyway. Besides, what kid wants to be around boisterous, loud adults who are drinking and ignoring them? Not many.

For the record, my annual Halloween Party is always 21 and up. I do this to make it simpler. Everyone is 21, no need to guard the punch bowl and beer, the entertainment is kept at a mature level because let's face it; what entertains kids is not what entertains adults so there is less stress over keeping both the adults AND the children happy. Lastly, adults who hire a sitter have more freedom to relax and enjoy the event without worrying if their child is "up to something."

Still, it doesn't really bother me if BGW decides to have a separate event for adults in addition to regular admission or if it is for everyone of all ages. Just celebrating New Years in my favorite place to be is a gift in itself.
 
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I'm definitely down with a 21+ event. I'm curious as to the details on this though (would really like to see something somewhere official from the park about it.) Would only part of the park be open (probably), rides, entertainment, etc? No kids, there after midnight, would certainly give you a unique experience at the park though.
 
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If I would take a guess- saying if this Club Zone organized the event; it would be contained in a section of the park and tickets would be limited for reasons below. Another guess if this prediction comes to pass is that it would logically be in Ocktoberfest- mainly the Festhaus. Keeping one section open with the most condensed game-ride area and largest indoor seating area (in the cold December air) would make sense. If you then left the check-points you had to leave the park early; there would only be one path open (my guess- through France to England). Security of course could easily patrol the paths to ensure all guest exit safely.

I wish I could recall the seating limit in the Festaus and there is a set limit of people for fire safety in the Oktoberfest section as well as other areas of the park. I do know there is a "capacity sign" in the Festhaus somewhere as I recall seeing it. But alas dear Sherlock; it appears that I "have seen but not observed."

Technically another concept is to utilize both Oktoberfest and the Italy now that the dining area is temporarily enclosed; all cozy and heated for Christmas Town. That would allow more people and more events to take place.. but who knows. I doubt having every area of the park open is too much to ask for.

I wish that BGW would come out and announce the facts as well. Until then it is simply a waiting game.
 
I'm quite sure this Clubzone website has nothing to do with organizing events. They're just a promoter/ticket seller. Much like you could look up tickets for certain events online and get about a million results trying to get you to buy tickets.

If you do want support for a New Years event. BGT is putting on a New Years Eve event, but no details except a picture of the band Guess Who have been released. BUT, Tampa doesn't doesn't have a curfew, and BGT is a year-round park. So it wouldn't be profitable for them to not have a New Years event.
 
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Thanks for the reply, Nora. Just for the record, I am definitely not against kids. I teach first grade. But, I do think there should be some events that are kid-free. I was a teenager before I stayed up late enough to see the "ball drop" and only because I was babysitting.

I am anxious for some firm news on this event. We are always looking for a good party to celebrate the new year and celebrating at Busch Gardens would be great. :D
 
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Well Luvbg, if there is a New Years Event; which I think the chances are good; I hope to see you there!!

Again, I'm with you 100%. I am not against kids at all. In fact, the reason I love the park so much is because I basically grew up there. Thus, to see children have that same magical experience as I is priceless. Still, a New Years Party until 2am sounds like an event that is best without young ones in the mix. But, until we see "firm news" as you said, we can all but speculate. :)
 
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Since when is new years eve for children anyway? I made it a point as a kid to avoid it at all cost cause all it was after 12 was people making out, drinks I couldnt drink, and other things I probably shouldnt say on this forum... :s

Only think that interested me in the slightest about it was fireworks.
 
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Nora said:
If I would take a guess- saying if this Club Zone organized the event; it would be contained in a section of the park and tickets would be limited for reasons below. Another guess if this prediction comes to pass is that it would logically be in Ocktoberfest- mainly the Festhaus. Keeping one section open with the most condensed game-ride area and largest indoor seating area (in the cold December air) would make sense. If you then left the check-points you had to leave the park early; there would only be one path open (my guess- through France to England). Security of course could easily patrol the paths to ensure all guest exit safely.

I wish I could recall the seating limit in the Festaus and there is a set limit of people for fire safety in the Oktoberfest section as well as other areas of the park. I do know there is a "capacity sign" in the Festhaus somewhere as I recall seeing it. But alas dear Sherlock; it appears that I "have seen but not observed."

Technically another concept is to utilize both Oktoberfest and the Italy now that the dining area is temporarily enclosed; all cozy and heated for Christmas Town. That would allow more people and more events to take place.. but who knows. I doubt having every area of the park open is too much to ask for.

I wish that BGW would come out and announce the facts as well. Until then it is simply a waiting game.


I think i know what ur talking about, its in the back attached to one of the posts that hold up that balcony thing. i think it said like 2800 people.

Youhow2 said:
Since when is new years eve for children anyway? I made it a point as a kid to avoid it at all cost cause all it was after 12 was people making out, drinks I couldnt drink, and other things I probably shouldnt say on this forum... :s

Only think that interested me in the slightest about it was fireworks.

yeah i agree with you, but where i live my neighbors always seem to get drunk go in the middle of the street and shoot off some mortars, it is always fun to watch them almost blow them selfs up from a safe distance away.
 
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Just saw an article that said fireworks on New Year's Eve at 10 pm and the park closes at 10 on New Year's Eve. Guess that means no extended party to ring in the new year at our favorite place. Bummed!!
 
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