Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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Take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Williamsburg, Virginia, home to Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA. Challenge one of Busch Gardens’ seven world-class coasters or discover family fun playing at Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ and Land of the Dragons®. Water Country USA®, Virginia’s largest water park, is just three miles west of Busch Gardens and features state-of-the-art water rides and resort-style amenities. Guests are in for an epic journey on the park’s wildest family thrill slide, Colossal Curl™. True to its name, this mega water slide will deliver a high-adrenaline, family-friendly, action-packed adventure.
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Dwight F
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We usually have a good time at Busch gardens. As of the date of this review the park is well kept and a lot more attractions are up and running. Ibwant to address membership pricing. Bottom line, if you don't plan on multiple visits throughout the year it might not be worth the investment. But if you do plan to go several times I'd recommend that you get the Unlimited or Premier membership for yourself or at least one family member. Parking is 3 times what you'll pay at any airport in the United States. In fact it's on par with Manhattan parking, but there's plenty of spaces on the property. A good pair of walking shoes (running or sandals) is key at this park. The $49 for the all day dining option is pricy, but if you're spending the entire day it's not so bad. The portion every 90 minutes isn't huge, but you don't want it to be because you'd just be full and and it would most likely slow you down. Ideally you'd want to have at least 5 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day, and with this plan you could jam down 8 meals in 12 hours and then pass out. No rules against you packing a lunch/cooler and going out to your car and enjoying it in your A/C. You just can't legally consume alcoholic beverages in the parking lot. Lastly the staff, most are kids or younger adults and are typically very polite and make the effort to be helpful. On hot summer days it can be relentlessly humid for you and the people working there, so please try to be patient and understanding to them when they're not at their best. Remember, some of these kids are still in high school and/or foreign exchange students and my need a few extra seconds or assistance to sort things out.
Written July 3, 2022
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rhodytraveler10
Coventry, RI244 contributions
We had lots of fun here. Pantheon was our favorite rollercoaster! Parking was simple (but expensive) and lines moved quickly, for the most part. There is limited dining available but prices were fairly reasonable (for an amusement park). Worth the price of the ticket.
Written June 29, 2022
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jessicafb_16
King George, VA163 contributions
Our first time at Christmas Town was a good one despite rain and crowds. We saw 1 of the shows, rode 2 rides and 2 coasters, did lots of shopping, and enjoyed looking at the lights and animals. The food was okay, and I was annoyed at having to pay so much for parking. It should be noted that the train doesn't start running till 5pm, only loads at the station in New France; And the outdoor shows will cancel due to rain. Our favorite ride was Invadr but we also enjoyed Peppermint Twist and the Skyride.
Written December 23, 2021
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CT71
Pittsburgh, PA14 contributions
Family
The way the Park implements their Covid restrictions makes it hardly worthwhile to visit, at least with young kids. The Park says that they’re limiting admission, but the lines were up to 1.5 hrs when we visited over the weekend, due to the way the Park is severely limiting the number of riders. Of course I understand the need to not pack people in the traditional amusement park style, but they weren’t only limiting every other seat, but every other row, or not running two of the same thing on a ride. And we were all standing in the usual queue next to one another anyway. If not, you would be in the walkways. Or you finally get to the front of the line, and they have to spray every seat with disinfectant. However, you can still touch all the things that don’t get sprayed throughout the day. I’m more worried about all the railings my kids are sliding their hands around than the plastic seat they’re sitting on for 20 seconds outside. On a positive note, there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations to take care of keeping your hands clean yourself. Also bathrooms are in great condition for a theme park. Be prepared for mechanical issues. A ride broke while we were on it and we had to walk away after standing in the 45 min line for nothing. The PSA recording that blares through the Park every 30 minutes maintains the Park’s commitment to our health...but then the Park doesn’t offer the basics, like healthy food options while we’re out dousing ourselves in hand sanitizer all day. There is not a single piece of fruit to be sold anywhere. The one and only vegetable is the iceberg lettuce salad with two cherry tomatoes and two slices of cucumber for $12 at Das Festhaus. Be aware though that the salad sells out before dinner, so get ready for more fried food to keep you ready to fight covid. No water refills allowed so we paid $17 for 4 bottles of water every time we stopped for a drink, which is a lot when it’s 72 degrees. Lines were also long at the very limited number of food or drink stations, because hardly anything is open, whether it’s rides or restaurants. The Park boasts that you can walk through all seven lands, but in some, that’s really all you can do. However the gift shops are all open, so there’s that. Overall I’m very thankful that we had found the free preschool pass and Groupon coupons online, because there is no way Busch Gardens is worth anything near the cost of full price tickets right now.
Written April 5, 2021
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BilboInNH
Spofford, NH50 contributions
Family
Most important thing is to buy your tickets and fast passes at least two weeks in advance. And fast passes are an absolute must! If you do not get fast passes you will be waiting in lines as long as 2+ hours per ride. You also have to get your fast passes to weeks or more in advance because if you don’t the price skyrockets close to $200 per person per day.
Now for the park now: it is a beautiful park and there are some great roller coasters and other rides. The all day food pass is worth it if you plan to eat in the park at least three meals per day.
You can rent lockers for your bag for when you go on rides. They offered a small locker for eight dollars and you can transfer the rental to different locations throughout the park. However the problem with this is all the other locations were always full. Your best bet for renting a locker is finding a set of lockers closest to the center of the park and just keeping your stuff there all day. This is the same for the waterpark, water country.
Written August 17, 2021
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RD
Charlottesville, VA1 contribution
I am a loyal customer of Busch Garden and get a membership every year. However, in August 2021, when I was updating my membership on the site, it did not inform me that I already have an active EZpay pass. So, for a year, I had 2 memberships at the same time one of which I did not use. Luckily, I was not charged for EZpay pass due to covid expansion until February 2022. Once my second pass was updated, I went to my account and noticed that I was getting charged 15 dollars a month since February 2022. I contacted the park and they informed me that I, apparently, have 2 memberships. Their site DID NOT reflect that at all. Moreover, after asking for a refund, they only were able to refund me 1 month of ezPASS membership. So, at the end of the day, I had 2 memberships for an entire year but was only compensated $15. They refused to keep my ezPASS and refund a $279 membership instead because it was paid in full. They refused to refund the other 6 months of EZpass I was getting charged for. They refused to provide me with any other sort of compensation. So, if you are looking for a reliable service for loyal customers - look somewhere else.
Written August 16, 2022
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Ashley P
Kansas City, MO7 contributions
Family
Worst theme park experience ever. Park was closed half the day due to "severe weather" (there wasn't one drop of rain, lightning or wind) so we all crowded into the one indoor show. When the rides were back up we stood in line for a half hour for it to break down. Went to another ride and stood there for nearly hour sweating to death and ended up giving up and got out. Went to guest relations to see about a line jumper and they wanted 2x the amount they ask for online and remind you there is only 3 hours left in the day. So we just decided to leave.

On top of it we spent 30.00 for refillable cups which didn't even include your first drink free. Hard to find refill stations or someplace to eat. Their app is useless as their map is not interactive and is just a pocture. The wait time for the lines was not working in the app.
Written July 28, 2021
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dlelonek
East Meadow, NY250 contributions
Their website gives you the impression that so many rides will be open, weather permitting. Well although it was chilly, only the kiddy rides were really open. Thankfully the Verbolten coaster was open, but they were running it at way less than capacity. despite the large crowds and it being the only adult coaster available. To add to that, they continually announced the threat of closing due to the dropping temperatures (thankfully we got on the ride as the sun was going down, but I am sure that some people were going to be very upset after us). The only positive thing I can say about the visit, was that this was a very good ride. We wanted to go on other available rides, but the lines were very long or they were closed (despite them being listed as available on their website). The place was nicely done for the holidays, but we felt that they tried to just sell us food or to have us buy stuff. We felt totally ripped-off. They even charged full prices for parking despite the limitations. I would only go if you have small kids, otherwise don't waste your time and money.
Written December 23, 2021
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Sou eu
St. Augustine, FL33 contributions
Hardly any rides were open even though it was 65 degrees outside and the app said they were open so we walked across the park several times to different rides only to find they were closed. The restaurant menus on the app were wrong so we went to Trappers Smokehouse for the half chicken dinner and they didn't have it, only a sampler or ribs. The German restaurant was supposed to have chicken as well and they did not either. Shows were not socially distanced nor were masked being worn. Not happy. We planned our day based upon the rides and restaurant offerings on the app and website and they were both incorrect. $30 for parking was over the top as well. Total waste of money
Written December 6, 2021
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anne A
Durham, NC273 contributions
I really wanted this to be fun. It was not. It was so so so crowed (on a Monday night) and during Covid, that was anxiety producing. In addition, is was SO dark, it was hard to see our way around. The food was DISMAL - we waited in line for 45 min to get lousy pizza. The shows would have been good, but we spent the whole time walking from place to place or waiting in line so we didn't see any of them. The lights were very pretty, but not worth the time spent waiting for things. If you go, I would recommend going at an off time - like January or eat the first thing you do when you get into the park and then walk around and see shows.
Written January 16, 2022
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