What is Busch Gardens Mardi Gras special event?
Guests will have guests indulging in the New Orleans spirit as Busch Gardens lets the good times roll with this ALL-NEW limited capacity special event. Visitors will be transported to where the “Big Easy” meets big thrills as they explore eight decorated villages filled with mouthwatering Cajun food, cocktails, and immersive live entertainment and music. Experience iconic roller coasters and attractions, including Sesame Street® Forest of Fun™ will also be available for guests to enjoy. Mardi Gras will be offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 29 – Feb. 28 and Presidents' Day (Monday, February 15). Reservations are required and will be available soon, and admission is included for Membership, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders.
Mardi Gras Highlights:
NEW! Entertainment – Mardi Gras entertainment is always colorful and dazzling, and the park will capture that carnival atmosphere with street entertainment including a New Orleans Jazz Band, interactive drum band, stilt walkers, comedic jugglers and more.
NEW! Culinary and Beverages - a traditional carnival celebration is not complete without good eats and libations. Guests can start the party with classic NOLA fare, like Cajun sausage and grits and Gumbo, then unwind with a Hurricane cocktail or specialty beer from one of the park’s winter kegs. And no Mardi Gras party would be complete without a taste of popular sweet treats like hot and fresh beignets or the park’s unique take on the traditional king cake.
NEW! Kid Activities – a park-wide masquerade scavenger hunt, activities where kids can decorate their own mask to take home and more surprises just for the little ones.
Is this a separate ticketed event?
Admission to Busch Gardens Mardi Gras is included for active Memberships, Annual Passes, Fun Cards, Military Passes, (purchased prior to August 6, 2020) Preschool Passes, Friends and Family Passes, Waves of Honor Tickets. Member FREE Guest Tickets or previously purchased 2020 Spring or Summer Single-Day Tickets. This limited capacity event admission starts at only $29.99. Consumers can bundle admission and a tasting card starting at only $54.99. Reservations are required for all admissions. Create a Reservation here »
What is the best way to visit Busch Gardens Mardi Gras and other park events?
For the best admission option, guests can lock in an entire year of fun with a new 2021 Membership for as low as $11.25 per month with no down payment. Members receive 12 months of unlimited visitation and amazing park benefits and rewards such as FREE parking, up to 50 percent discount on in-park merchandise, up to 20 percent discount on dining, FREE guest tickets and so much more. Admission to Mardi Gras and other park events is included for active Members, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders. Click here to become a Member »
What are the available Busch Gardens Mardi Gras tasting card options??
Single-day ticket w/ tasting card (bundle)
- 5 sample Tasting Card + single-day admission ticket bundle - $59.99 ($5 discount)
- 10 sample Tasting Card + single-day admission ticket bundle - $79.99 (Best Value $10 discount)
Members/Annual Pass Holders
- 5 sample Tasting Card - $24.00
- 10 sample Tasting Card - $44.00
Single-day ticket (non-bundle option)/Fun Card
- 5 sample Tasting Card - $30.00
- 10 sample Tasting Card - $55.00 (Best value)
Where can I purchase a Busch Gardens Mardi Gras tasting card?
Guests can purchase a tasting card online prior to visiting the park or at the following tasting card locations: Grogan’s Grill; Grogan’s Irish Pub; Trapper’s Smokehouse Show Grill; Les Frites; and Das Edelweiss
Click here to purchase a tasting card online »
Will the experiences differ between the day and night reservation sessions?
No, the experience will be the same for the day and night sessions.
Is Busch Gardens Mardi Gras kid-friendly?
Absolutely! Our youngest guests are encouraged to participate in the park-wide masquerade hunt, enjoy several kid attractions and more.
Face Covering Policy: Please note that all guests 2 years of age and older must wear an approved face covering while in the park. Any forms of a costumed face mask or covering are not permitted. Review approved face coverings and important safety guidelines here.
What are the hours of the event?
Fridays: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Will there be Busch Gardens Mardi Gras food options available for those with dietary restrictions?
Yes, please see each participating locations for dietary selections.
How much is parking?
Unless already included with your active Membership, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Friends & Family Pass, parking for this special event is $25.
What do I need to bring with me to access the park?
A reservation is required for all visitors. Guests will need to bring their original ticket/Membership/Annual Pass/ Fun Card/Preschool Pass/Friends and Family Pass/Military Pass, their reservation confirmation and their photo ID for entry.
How do I enter the park
All guests will enter through the toll plaza, including Platinum & Premier Memberships and Platinum Annual Passes, and will be directed towards the appropriate parking lot for special event entry.
What villages will be open for the Busch Gardens Mardi Gras special event?
The following villages will be open for guests to enjoy: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, New France, Germany, Oktoberfest and Sesame Street Forest of Fun.
What rides are operating during the event?
Roller coasters: Alpengeist, Verbolten, InvadR
Rides: Finnegan’s Flyer, Busch Gardens Railway, Li’l Clydes, Le Catapult, Kinder Karussel, Der Roto Baron, Der Wirbelwind, Prince Elmo’s Spire, Oscar’s Whirly Worm, Grover’s Alpine Express
*Please note that colder temperatures or inclement weather conditions may impact ride operations during the event. The attractions listed above will be the only operational rides during the Busch Gardens Wild Weekends special event.
Will all dining establishments be open?
The following dining locations will be open for your dining enjoyment: Grogans’s Grill; Grogan’s Irish Pub; Trapper’s Smokehouse Show Grill; Les Frites; Das Edelweiss; M. Sweets Confectionery; Crepes and Coffee; Three Rivers Snacks; Das Festhaus; Der Marketplatz; and German Pretzels & Beer
What merchandise locations will be open?
The following shops will be open for Busch Gardens Mardi Gras: The Emporium; Felt & Feather; Emerald Isle Gifts; Toy’s O’ The Leprechaun; Pot O’ Gold Magic Shop; Tweedside Gifts; Trapper Dave’s General Store; La Bella Maison; Acadia Traders; Caribou Pottery; German Gifts; Der Marketplatz; Das Festhaus Gifts; Arcade Games; and Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Trove.
What is Busch Gardens Williamsburg doing to ensure guest health and safety in light of coronavirus concerns for this event?
The health and safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals is our top priority. For details and information about the measures the guest can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, click here.
Can I use my Membership, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Preschool Pass, Fun Card & Friends and Family Pass to attend this event
Yes, all Memberships, Annual Passes, Military Passes, (purchased prior to August 6, 2020) Preschool Passes, Fun Cards & Friends and Family Pass can be used to attend this event. However, a reservation is still required. Click here to make a reservation »
Do I receive any additional benefits as a Member or an Annual Pass Holder?
As a Member, you are able to use your normal benefits such as free admission, parking and in-park discounts. Reservations are still required.
Is my Member’s Free Friend Ticket valid for the Busch Gardens Mardi Gras special event?
Yes, Friends for Free tickets are valid for Busch Gardens Mardi Gras.
Can I use my previously purchased Single-Day, Multi-Day or Vacation Package ticket for this special event?
Yes, previously purchased 2020 Spring or Summer Single-Day Tickets can be used for admission. Reservations are required and no refunds will be given for the cost difference. Click here to make a reservation »
Are the Waves of Honor tickets valid for this event?
Yes, but reservations are required.
Are previously purchased All-Season Dine, Quick Queue, Stein Club & Pint Club products valid at Busch Gardens Mardi Gras?
All-Season Dine: Yes, All Season Dines will be valid for the 2021 season at participating locations. The park will honor previously purchased 2020 All Season Dine plans throughout 2021, but will NOT sell new 2021 plans.
Quick Queue: All Quick Queue purchased January – July 2020 will be valid for use starting with this limited-capacity event. However, to get the best value of your Quick Queue, we recommend using it during a visit when you have more coasters/attractions to choose from.
*Platinum Memberships that receive the Member Reward of a one-time, one-ride Quick Queue per visit will be able to utilize this reward
Stein & Pint Club: The Stein & Pint Club programs will officially kick off in March 2021 and all previously purchased 2020 Stein & Pint Club memberships will be honored.
Will the Pet Kennels be available during the event
Yes, the Pet Kennels will be open during Busch Gardens Mardi Gras.
Will wheelchair or stroller rentals available to rent?
Yes wheelchair and strollers are available to rent online before your visit or when you arrive at the park. Please visit our Welcome Center in England.
Can I use my previously purchased refillable souvenir cup?
Yes, however due to our health and safety protocols, filling the bottle from the self-serve drink dispenser is not permitted. A disposable cup will be available to dispense refills.
Will the Ride Accessibility Program (RAP) still be honored?
Yes, the Ride Accessibility Program will be available during Busch Gardens Mardi Gras.