Membership Plans Offered at Busch Gardens & Water Country USAJanuary 29, 2020
So you’re here because you have questions about Membership. Or maybe you’re not quite sure which plan will best suit you and your family. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help!
Our new and enhanced plans offer more value, more flexibility and 1-park options. Take a look below for the breakdown of plans and answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our updated Membership Program.
Basic Membership Plans
A Basic Membership Plan is perfect for those who have flexible schedules or who are looking for maximum savings.
This may be a good option for you if:
• You are more likely to visit during the week than the weekend
• You don’t visit very often, but you would still like access to Member benefits
• You want to visit the park more but you want to stay within your budget
To keep this plan at a low cost, there are some restrictions like blockout dates. This may limit your weekend visits, but there is still plenty of fun to be had during the rest of the week. But don’t fret – you can visit on a blockout date for discounted admission rate.
As a Basic Plan Member, you will receive 50% off of General Parking; however, this discount is applied at the park when you show your Membership card to the toll booth attendant. You can also plan ahead and get discounted rates on Single-Day Preferred and Single-Day VIP Reserved Parking online when you log into your account.
You will still get access to all of our events (including Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town), Member Events and Monthly Member Rewards. Plus you’ll get 5% off on most dining and shopping locations and Discounted Guest Tickets for your friends and family.
If free parking and Free Guest Tickets interest you, then take a look at our Unlimited Membership Plans.
Unlimited Membership Plans
This plan is great for those who are looking for savings but want more than what a Basic Membership offers.
It may be a good option for you if:
• You want the ability to visit anytime the park is open (no blockout dates)
• You visit enough that FREE General Parking will save you a lot of money
• You and your best friend always come to Howl-O-Scream in the fall
Unlike the Basic Membership Plan, you will get free General Parking, access to two (2) Free Guest Tickets and plenty of discounts in the park and online. This plan is great for finding deals without breaking the bank.
Premier Membership Plans
The Premier Membership Plan is great for local theme park enthusiasts or those visiting with their friends and family.
This may be a good option for you if:
• You can’t wait for Busch Gardens to open every year
• You find yourself always visiting with a group of people
• You try to park as close as you can to the entrance so you can spend more time having fun
Do you consider Busch Gardens your second home? If someone asked you what your favorite place was, would you reply with the world’s most beautiful theme park? If so, then unlimited admission for 12 months will let you spend as much time as you want here while we’re open.
If Free General Parking is nice but you still consider it too far away to walk, then you’re in luck. Premier Plan Members get Free Preferred Parking, which is guaranteed before 12 pm (subject to availability after that time).
You get not one, not two, but THREE (3) Free Guest Tickets that can be used during select windows throughout the year. Plus get Bonus Tickets as a part of your Monthly Member Rewards. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to grab your best friend for a thrilling adventure.
And before you leave the park, don't forget to grab that funnel cake you've been eyeballing all day, or stop by one of our shops for a souvenir of your favorite roller coaster. With your 15% off discount on dining and shopping, you won't have to feel guilty when you indulge yourself.
If you want even more – more parks, more benefits, more fun – then consider the Platinum Membership Plan.
Platinum Membership Plans
The Platinum Membership Plan is the newest addition to our Membership Program. It gives you the biggest and best benefits.
This may be a good option for you if:
• You love theme parks and water parks
• You are a roller coaster enthusiast
• You are a parent with young children
With 11 parks to explore, there’s never a dull moment! Not only do you get unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, you can also visit our sister parks in Florida, Texas, California and Pennsylvania.
If roller coasters are your jam, then you’ll love the Ride Again Access benefit that lets you ride Alpengeist, Apollo’s Chariot, Griffon and Loch Ness Monster a second time without having to exit the attraction. So buckle up for more thrills in half the time.
Families will love the free PhotoKey subscription, allowing you to collect your in-park photos from select rides and photo opportunities in one digital location. The best part is that it includes Christmas Town, so get ready to meet Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer this winter.
This Membership plan also pairs really well with our 2-Park Preschool Pass, which lets your little ones (ages 3 - 5) play for free all spring, summer, and fall.
Of course we can’t forget the other perks like Free Preferred Parking, 20% off at most restaurants and shops, 3 Free Guest Tickets and more.
Water Country USA
Maybe theme park thrills aren’t your cup of tea. If you’re looking for only summer thrills surrounded by water, then our new Water Country USA only option will suit you well. This plan is for all those water park lovers who want to make a big splash on the slides, float along the lazy river and catch the waves in Surfer’s Bay wave pool.
If you like both parks, then great news! You can add Water Country USA to your Basic or Unlimited Membership Plan for only $2 more a month.
All-Season Dining - New for 2020!
EAT ALL SEASON LONG at many of your favorite Busch Gardens locations. New for 2020, All-Season Dining passes allow you to enjoy one entree for lunch and dinner every time you visit. With options for 2-Park All-Season Dining and refillable All-Season Souvenir Bottles, you're sure to find a plan that fits your appetite! Upgrade your membership today to add All-Season Dining and enjoy lunch and dinner during every visit from now until Jan. 3, 2021.
Participating locations: Das Festhaus, Marco Polo's Marketplace, O'Tators, Squire's Grille, Trappers Smokehouse, Les Frites, Snack Hutte, German Pretzels and Beer.
Valid on regularly scheduled operating days thru Jan. 3, 2021. Restaurants may close up to an hour prior to park closing. Participating restaurant operating hours/menus vary throughout the season and are subject to change without notice.
Annual Pass holders
Looking to switch from your Annual Pass to a new Membership Plan? Let’s compare your existing Pass with our plans.
1-Park Pass (Busch Gardens): Our Unlimited Membership Plan will give you similar benefits like unlimited admission, Free General Parking, two (2) Free Guest Tickets, Discounted Guest Tickets and discounts in the park. PLUS Howl-O-Scream, Christmas Town, Member Sneak Peek Events and Monthly Member Rewards.
1-Park Pass (Water Country USA): You can choose between the Basic and Unlimited Membership Plans. If you’re looking for free parking and unlimited admission to the water park, the Unlimited Plan will be your best option.
2-Park Pass: Add Water Country USA to an Unlimited or Premier Plan for only $2/month more. Get free parking, Free Guest Tickets and discounts on dining, shopping and guest tickets. PLUS the benefits of our Membership Plans like Bonus Tickets and Member-only Events with monthly rewards.
Platinum Pass: Our new Platinum Membership Plan gives you unlimited admission to our Virginia parks plus our nine sister parks. The big difference between the Platinum Pass and Platinum Membership are the Monthly Member Rewards and the inclusion of Christmas Town. Of course, don’t forget to bring a friend with Free Friend Tickets.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Monthly Member Rewards?
Every month there are special offers and exclusive discounts available only to Members. Some favorites include Bonus Tickets, Sneak Peek Days and Ride Nights. View our monthly rewards calendar for more information.
Do I get free parking with my Membership?
There is a parking benefit for each plan. Not all Membership plans have a free parking benefit.
• Basic Membership: 50% off General Parking
• Unlimited Membership: Free General Parking
• Premier & Platinum Membership: Free Preferred Parking (based on availability)
Do I get Free Guest Tickets when I join?
Free Guest Tickets are available at the time of purchase but are not issued until their designated window. Unlimited, Premier and Unlimited Plan Members will get one (1) free ticket for each date range based on their plan that can be used at either of our Virginia parks.
Will I be able to visit Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town for free?
With our Membership Program, Members with plans that include Busch Gardens Williamsburg will have access to all of our events throughout the year. This includes Christmas Town, which is a separate ticketed event for non-Members. Similar events at other parks may not include with admission.
How do I become a Member?
The best way to join the Membership Program is to purchase your plan online. You may also visit any cashier window (Zone A) when the park is open or call (757) 229-4386 to enroll by phone.
How do I switch from an Annual Pass to a Membership Plan?
If you are currently an active Annual Pass holder in good standing on EZpay, you can visit the cashier windows (Zone A) on any regular operating day or call (757) 229-4386. This change cannot be made online.
If your Annual Pass was purchased with a one-time, full payment, you will need to visit the park to move to one of our Membership plans.Back to Top
We hope this has helped answer some of your questions and helped you find the right Membership plan for you. If you have more questions, take a look at our FAQ section, benefits page or contact us. We can't wait to see you!