Busch Gardens

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Busch Gardens
4.5
Amusement & Theme Parks
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and more than 12,000 animals. Challenge a 335-foot drop tower, Falcon's Fury, or race like a cheetah on Cheetah Hunt. Busch Gardens' newest attraction, Cobra's Curse puts a spin on family thrills with this one-of-a-kind spin coaster.
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Ky Matthews
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The rides are fun but mainly catered to teens and adults. There aren’t many children rides. The restrooms were filthy throughout the park.
Written 14 August 2022
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Aimee
Manchester, UK66 contributions
The rollercoasters are brilliant! And it’s nice to see all the animals as we walk around the park. The first time we visited on our holiday at the start of August the park was so busy, assuming this is because the Florida schools hadn’t gone back yet? We got to go on 5 rides in 8 hours!!! They sell so many fast track passes so that the regular line basically gets put on hold. The wait time stated outside the ride ends up being nearly double due to the amount of fast track guests they let through. There were ride closers throughout the day, not necessarily from the weather but from rides breaking. We queued for StanleyFalls Log Flume for just under 2 hours, we got right to the front of the queue for them to close the ride, not telling us what was going on or why? The locker expired after 2 hours, which ultimately made us leave the queue as we were worried about our belongings. However, the second day we returned, reluctantly after our first visit, the park was very quiet and we got on every single ride, much better. Only one lane/cart going on rides at a time, leading to again wait times out-waying the time stated outside the ride. Understaffed still from covid? They could do with some more refill machines around the park. The free coach that dropped off and picked from Icon Park Orlando was great, the driver was very friendly and informative. There was also free wifi throughout the park.
Written 14 August 2022
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Z1515
1 contribution
Couples
We bought our tickets buy one get one free on the Buschgardens website. After purchasing the tickets they were delivered via email quickly which was nice. We got to the park paid for parking and went to entrance. We pulled our tickets over email and it said on the ticket specifically to go directly to the front gate. So we did they scanned our tickets and said they were inactive and told us we had to go back to ticketing to get them activated. We waited at ticketing for about 25-30 minutes and got help from someone there that seemed like they had no idea what they were doing. Nothing against her probably just a lack of training. The overall experience inside the park was ok not many snack vendors open and food was mostly via mobile order only. Was pretty disappointed In the overall experience.
Written 13 August 2022
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Priscilla l
Warsaw, VA3 contributions
Family
More help is needed here for the prices that people pay, if they want to see more than one show without it being closed and not have to wait 40 minutes with and elderly person and no seats to sit while you wait inside the station area
Written 11 August 2022
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Thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent visit to Busch Gardens Tampa. We are disappointed that you did not find value in your visit. We regret to read about your experience with trying to see some of our shows. We recommend checking our park hours and showtimes on our website or our mobile app. We offer show guides at our Adventure Outpost at the front of the park. -MK
Written 14 August 2022
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johnathonc7
Canvey Island, UK13 contributions
Family
We visited today, a family of two adults and two teenage children. Having visited on two occasions previously pre-pandemic and the park being the highlight of our orlando holiday hopes were high, which is why i am so disappointed writing this review!

The positives, it goes without saying that the coasters themselves are truly first class! Iron Gwazi is one of the best coasters in the USA at the moment and the rest of the line up offers something for every coaster enthusiast young and old. For this reason it's wrong to give the park less than two stars.

Unfortunately there were so many negatives beyond the coasters and all areas have gone down hill since the pandemic struck.

Firstly, the cost! To visit with a day ticket requires a small mortgage with tickets costing more than disney or universal. Once in the park the nickel and diming is awful. Quick queues, a must if you are to get on a reasonable number of rides due to the shoddy operations, $50 per person. All day dining, that'll be another $50 please, parking, standard is $30. All in thats almost $700 for a day out for a family of 4! The all day dining changes are also sneeky and worth noticing - previously good value at $35 per person where you could eat once an hour its now $50 to eat once every 90 minutes and also excludes drinks in between which were included before. Did I mention a bottle of disani is $4.50? Never did I think I'd be calling water in disney good value.

Secondly, park operations. These were truly awful from having coasters operating at the lowest capacity (one train operation on kumba and montu) to over 3 minutes to dispatch trains on iron gwazi. Queues are awfully managed with no staff controlling the merge of quick queue and regular lines or batching riders on most coasters making boarding a virtual free for all and forcing trains to leave with seats empty on each row. What other theme park would do this? It makes for a stressful and frustrating guest experience that is unnecessary if the park just put an extra person in place to give operations a bit of order. As a result queues moved far slower than needed requiring the purchase of the quick queues, perhaps that's the ploy!

Thirdly, the park is looking run down in places (literally there are piles of rubbish that can be seen whilst riding scorpion), with theming broken or worn out. Staff morale and engagement also severely lacks, guests felt like an inconvenience and there was no positive energy. I appreciate its 100 degree summer temps in florida but if your two competitors up the road can do it then why can't busch?

Finally, and not something the park can directly control but worth considering if thinking if paying out and visiting, if there is lightning in the area then all operations stop. We lost 2.5 hours of park time due to storm activity. I accept that the park isn't responsible for weather but the offer of a free return ticket (with no recognition of the loss of value of quick queue as a result of ride down time) doesn't really cut it if visiting from out of state.

All in all, the experience made me feel like I'd been ripped off. I don't mind paying out if the experience merits it but at the moment operations are shickingly bad and the guest experience is poor. I'd say keep your money in your pocket and take another day at universal or disney world until things change here.
Written 9 August 2022
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tamyball
United States60 contributions
This visit is always a pleasure. Every visit I discover new things, new attractions, it seems a different park in every visit. A lot of fun every where. Great experience for adults and kids, a great experience for all the family.
Written 9 August 2022
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We are thrilled to read about your visits to our park and look forward to seeing you and your family again soon! -CL
Written 14 August 2022
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PaulHertsUK
Stevenage, UK6 contributions
We were really looking forward to our visit to Busch Gardens with the lure of numerous thrill rides. Pre-paid trip from UK including Quick Queue at great expense. Took an Uber from Universal Studios which cost around $80 each way.

The park has a few good rides but some of the big ones weren’t open including Falcons Fury and Cheetah Hunt which was extremely disappointing. The Skyline was also closed.

Don’t bother with the Quick Queue as park staff not trained in monitoring the lines so the queues merge without any supervision.

Rides closed at around 15:00 due to storms and didn’t reopen. No inside rides so the park cones to a complete stand still.

Food offerings poor - my burger and fries served at the Dragon’s Grill were cold!

Generally this is a poorly run out-dated theme park that feels very neglected and tired.

If you are staying at Universal or Disney I suggest that you don’t bother with this theme park as it doesn’t come close to anything in Orlando.

Underwhelming and not worth the money!
Written 9 August 2022
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We sincerely regret to read about this visit and thank you for taking the time to reach out. We make every effort to let our guests know when our attractions will be down for maintenance by listing this information on our website, front gate, ticket windows and guest relations. Please be advised, our Quick Queue lines do remain separate from our standard queue lines from the beginning of our queue through loading onto the attraction. We apologize for any disappointment in our food selections at Dragon Fire Grill and have forwarded your feedback on to our culinary leadership team. Thank you again for providing this feedback. -CL
Written 14 August 2022
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Matt R
Carshalton, UK41 contributions
Family
It's definitely the poor relation of all the big parks and you get that straight away from the entrance. If you've already been doing Disney/Universal then your biggest shock is to come straight after you've paid and head towards the car park........NOBODY PARKS YOU!!!! I've got to find my own space in Florida in August....? There's also no restrooms in the parking area which, if you've driven from Orlando, makes you up the pace to the entrance (we beat the tram on foot and it was loading as we passed it!). Once in the park the rides look decent and the animals are easy to view and appear well looked after the problem is that, as with SeaWorld who are in the same group, these guys are nervous. I'm guessing there's been an 'incident' and legal action because, as soon as there's a cloud in the sky, the rides close for 'weather'.We queued for over 30 mins for 3 coasters during our visit only to hear the announcement it was closing due to weather. On one occasion I was actually applying factor 50 as I was burning in the heat!! If there's likely to be a cloud in the sky during your visit don't bother.
Written 9 August 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about this visit. Please be advised, our restrooms in the parking lot are located within our Kennel building to the left of the tram stop. We certainly apologize for any impact inclement weather had on this visit. Our weather policies are for the safety and security of all our guests and our attractions resume operation as soon as it is safe to do so. Thank you again for taking the time to comment on this experience. -CL
Written 14 August 2022
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Max It Out
Harrogate, UK1,167 contributions
Never been and was looking forward to it, it has some highlights for sure, Iron Gwazi was fantastic as were some of the other rides, they are more of a real thrill ride over any Disney and even Universal, real roller coasters, special mention has to go to the ice Dancing show which was awesome.

There are some inherent issues when compared to say Universal Studios, everything is outside, so there is very little time spent out of the direct sun, there are no indoor rides, of course you can't build the likes of Iron Gwazi indoors, so this isn't a complaint, I am pointing it out as folks read the review to get the full picture, outdoor rides meant we lost 2 1/2 hours of running due to storms which closed the rides, as there are no indoor alternatives what do you do !! they even stopped running the tram to the car park, WHY !!!

Now onto the rides, 2 of the big 9 were not available all day and and 3rd one only worked for an hour before the storms moved in, this meant for a poor experience and bigger queues I suspect at the open rides, this isn't good enough.
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Lastly, it is a massive rip off, $4.50 for a bottle of water is a rip off, its Florida we need to drink water, we went to chick-fil-a for lunch, they only sell a few items, but what shocked me was the price, I know it is a theme park and expect to pay a little more, but lets compares, I paid $71.48 for a family meal that would cost me $30.57 in a real chick-fil-a store, this markup disgusts me.

I will never go back
Written 8 August 2022
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We regret to read about your experience at Busch Gardens Tampa. We appreciate the feedback regarding our attractions. Whenever there is lightning within 8 miles of the park, all major attractions close for the safety of our guest and ambassadors. If lightning is within 5 miles all outdoor attractions, including children’s rides and the tram, close for the safety of our guest and ambassadors. Additionally, we regret to read about any disappointment about our prices at Chick-Fil-A. We have forwarded your feedback to our management team for further internal review. -MK
Written 13 August 2022
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Andres72423
Bridgeport, CT2,724 contributions
While on vacation we decided to check out Busch Gardens Tampa and the grandkids enjoyed themselves. We went during the week and the lines and wait times were not outrageous. We purchased the express pass for the grandkids so they did not have to wait at all. It was a nice theme park with good family fun. The express pass was a bit expensive but well worth not having to wait forever in a line. Luckily the kids were able to use the express pass on all rides. We enjoyed it.
Written 8 August 2022
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We are thrilled to see your family had an enjoyable visit to Busch Gardens Tampa. The comments of our guests are always welcome and greatly appreciated. We are happy to see your family found great value in their Quick Queue passes. Can't wait you see you back soon! -HA
Written 9 August 2022
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Busch Gardens is open:
  • Mon - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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