Elite Adventure Tour at Busch Gardens Tampa

Elite VIP Tour

Set out on the ultimate Busch Gardens adventure!

Whether you’re an animal enthusiast or a coaster fanatic, an experienced Busch Gardens guide will map out a personalized and unforgettable day.

You’re our guest of honor in this private, guided tour. From front-of-the-line access on Florida’s favorite thrill rides, to up-close animal encounters and feeding opportunities, and lunch at your favorite restaurant, this tour will provide the elite experience.

Advance reservations are preferred and can be booked online or by phone at 813-884-4FUN(4386). The Busch Gardens tours team will follow up with check-in information closer to the date of your tour.  

For a limited time, enjoy all the perks and experiences of the Elite VIP Tour under the millions of twinkling lights at Busch Garden’s Christmas Town. With the Christmas Town Elite Tour, you begin your private, up to 7-hour adventure at 3:00 pm, giving you the opportunity to explore the park with added festivities and decorations into the night!

  • Elite VIP Tours include:

    • A seven-hour private tour of Busch Gardens with customized itinerary
    • Preferred Parking
    • Front-of-the-line access on all major roller coasters
    • Serengeti Safari tour and hand-feeding giraffes*
    • Animal encounter and photo op with giant Aldabra tortoises *
    • Up close encounters and feeding opportunities with lorikeets
    • Reserved seating at popular shows
    • Complimentary beverages
    • Lunch at your restaurant of choice

    *Age requirements vary between animal experiences

A couple feeding a giraffe during a Busch Gardens Safari
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A couple feeding a giraffe during a Busch Gardens Safari
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Elite VIP Tour FAQs

What is included with Busch Gardens’ Elite VIP Tour?

The Elite VIP Tour includes your dedicated private VIP tour guide, who will accompany you throughout your day while providing exclusive access, insider tips and information about the park and our incredible animals. You and your party will also enjoy:

  • Front-of-the-line access to all rides and attractions throughout the elite tour
  • Behind-the-scenes experiences, including exclusive animal encounters
  • Reserved seating at available shows
  • Lunch at your preferred park restaurant
  • Preferred parking

Do I get to meet/touch any animals on the Elite VIP Tour?

On the Elite VIP Tour, you’ll enjoy opportunities to hand-feed giraffes on the Serengeti Safari, have an up-close interaction with giant Aldabra tortoises, and feed both the kangaroos and lorikeets. Your VIP tour guide will let you know what animals are available to touch and provide information about each animals' personality.

What types of animal encounters are included on the Elite VIP Tour?

On the Elite VIP Tour, you will enjoy up-close animal experiences like hand-feeding giraffes on the Serengeti Safari, pet giant Aldabra tortoises, and get food for both the kangaroos and lorikeets. Your VIP tour guide will also provide insider information about the rest of the animals.

Do animal encounters have age requirements on the Elite VIP Tour?

Yes, the Elite VIP Tour has age requirements. Children must be at least five years old to participate in the Serengeti Safari and kangaroo feeding and at least three years old to participate in the Aldabra tortoise interaction.

Does the Elite VIP Tour include my theme park ticket?

No, theme park admission is not included with the Elite VIP Tour and is required.

Do Busch Gardens Pass Members get a discount on VIP Tours?

Yes! Busch Gardens Pass Members can save up to 20% on select VIP tours and in-park experiences. Login to the Pass Member Portal to view discounted prices.

Are meals included in the Elite VIP Tour?

Lunch will be provided during your tour at your preference of one of our park restaurants.

Can I bring my baby with me on the Elite VIP Tour?

Children under three years old can join the Elite VIP Tour for free. A paying adult must accompany all guests under the age of 18, and additional age restrictions apply for select animal encounters.

What is the Elite VIP Tour cancellation policy?

Cancellations of Elite VIP Tour reservations with less than 48 hours’ notice are non-refundable.