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March:

BUSCH GARDENS® KICKS OFF ANOTHER FUN SEASON MARCH 16
Anniversary Celebrations, A New Show And Puppies Are Part Of 2014 Season
WILLIAMSBURG (March 10, 2014) – Busch Gardens® is springing into another season of fun March 16 with a sham-rocking celebration just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  Guests can enjoy holiday-themed refreshments as they join the party in the park’s Irish village and get 20 percent off a purchase of $40 or more at Emerald Isle® Gifts.
Guests might even catch the newest stars of Busch Gardens’ Celtic Fyre® show as they greet guests in the Irish-themed village.Two Irish Setter puppies named Conner and Finn will make their public debut on opening day.
Jay Tacey, Busch Gardens’ manager of zoological operations, said the puppies will make unscheduled appearances throughout the day as part of their training. Celtic Fyre opens at Busch Gardens on March 21, and the puppies will eventually play a role on stage alongside the show’s Irish singers, dancers and musicians. More information about the puppies and their role in the show is available at the park’s blog.
As guests walk through the park’s freshly landscaped pathways, they will no doubt spot the extensive rejuvenation efforts taking place at some of its iconic locations.   Inside the front gate, England’s Globe Theatre is entering the final stages of a high-tech transformation to prepare  for the debut of Busch Gardens’ newest show, London Rocks™. This innovative show explores the role music plays in people’s lives, and will bring live theater back to the illustrious Globe Theatre later this spring. The show’s theme will eventually extend to the surrounding England village to create an immersive London experience for guests as they enter the park.
Land of the Dragons® is also undergoing a makeover. The park’s original KIDsiderate® attraction celebrates its 20th anniversary this season. A recent post on the park’s blog detailed the efforts the being undertaken to refresh the area in time for a special anniversary celebration on March 22.  In honor of Land of the Dragons’ two decades of creating memories for park guests, Busch Gardens social media team is inviting fans to recreate their childhood Land of the Dragons photos and share the results on the park’s Facebook page.
Another KIDsiderate favorite, Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™, is turning 5 years old in 2014.  Elmo and friends are celebrating with a birthday party on April 4 - 6. In addition to the excitement being planned for the birthday party, guests can enjoy special limited engagement performances of Elmo Rocks! all weekend-long at Il Teatro di San Marco in the park’s Italian village.
Other milestones events, including the 15th anniversary of Apollo’s Chariot and the return of the park’s popular Food & Wine Festival will take place later this spring. Busch Gardens’ Facebook fans helped choose a new theme this year. A Caribbean-themed menu is being developed by Executive Chef Justin Watson that will be incorporated into the park-wide culinary adventure later this spring. More details about the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will be announced soon.
Busch Gardens will open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of March.
The park will open daily for spring break operating schedule from Friday, April 4 through April 21.
The best way to enjoy the season at Busch Gardens is with the purchase of a Busch Gardens Fun Card.  This deal gives guests unlimited admission to the Virginia park all spring and summer long for the price of a single-day admission.  For a limited time, when guests purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card they can get unlimited summer admission to Water Country USA® added for free.  This online-only offer expires March 31.
For more information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call  (800) 343-7946.


WILLIAMSBURG (March 5, 2014) – The fairy tale dragons at Busch Gardens’ Land of the Dragons® have delighted kids and families for 20 years. This spring, Busch Gardens® is commemorating this special milestone by turning back the hands of time to make its original KIDsiderate® attraction shine like new.
“Families have grown up with Land of the Dragons. Now parents who played in the land’s giant tree as children are returning with their own kids and making memories all over again,” said Park President Carl Lum.
Improvements to the area are already underway. This spring, guests can play in a rejuvenated water-play area and interact with some of the parks less cuddly animal ambassadors. A reptile-inspired show is being developed for the area’s newly remodeled stage.
“This is the land of dragons, so lizards will fit right in as stars of our new show,” said Jay Tacey, Busch Gardens’ zoological manager.
The dragons that call Land of the Dragons home are getting a fresh coat of paint, too. And guests who listen closely may even hear a roar of approval from one of the scaly inhabitants.
“We’re bringing back the dragon roar,” said Park Operations Manager Renee Carino, referring to the recorded roar was part of the original land when it opened in 1994.
Shade structures are being replaced near the stage and fans are being added in select locations for the comfort of parents who may be spending extra time in the newly remodeled land.
“Our KIDsiderate philosophy includes creating comfortable environments for parents so they can keep cool while they watch their kids play,” Carino said.
Families are invited to visit Busch Gardens on March 22 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Land of the Dragons with games, face painting and appearances by some modern-day “dragons.” Children under five can get free admission all summer with the Free 2-Park Preschool Pass, while adults who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card online can get Water Country USA added for free in a limited-time offer. For ticketing information, visit www.buschgardens.com/va or call (800) 343-7946.
 
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