What is Taste of Busch Gardens special event?
While the general park remains closed, park guests can sip, sample and soar during this new, limited capacity, flavorful experience. Park guests will have plenty of outdoor space as they stroll through six villages and taste a delicious culinary fusion of Food & Wine Festival fan favorites, new twists on traditional park entrées, plus wine tastings and specialty beverages not normally served in the park. This special event will also feature four iconic roller coasters, a log flume ride and a high flying Screamin’ Swing and additional rides with physically distanced seating that will add to the fun for friends and families. In addition, shopping and animal experiences will also be available.
Select villages including Oktoberfest, Rhinefeld, Scotland, Ireland, France, and New France will be open and ready to give guests thrilling rides on iconic coasters and rides, with physically distant seating, including Verbolten®, Alpengeist®, Finnegan’s Flyer®, Griffon®, InvadR®, Le Scoot Log Flume, Der Wirblewind and more. In addition to visiting Busch Gardens’ famous Clydesdales, wolves and eagles, guests can indulge in delicious barbeque fare with outdoor seating at Trapper’s Smokehouse.
Is this a separate ticketed event?
If you do not have an active Membership, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Fun Card, Preschool pass or Friends & Family Pass, admission for a single-day ticket starts at only $44.99. Reservations are required for all admissions. Please click here to make your reservation.
Are Taste of Busch Gardens food and wine offerings included with special event admission?
All food and beverage options are offered for a minimal charge. Guests will be able to purchase food and beverages from the different culinary locations a la carte. For even more savings, guests will have the option to purchase a five or 10 sample Tasting Card.
Is a Tasting Card required to attend Taste of Busch Gardens special event?
A Tasting Card is not required, however it provides more savings and options to enjoy the event’s special entrées and beverages.
Where can I purchase a Taste of Busch Gardens Tasting Card?
Guests can purchase a Tasting Card online prior to visiting or at the park’s Welcome Center, Guest Services, or in the Ireland village directly across from Finnegan’s Flyer.
What are the available Taste of Busch Gardens Tasting Card options?
- Single-day ticket w/ Tasting Card (bundle)
• 5 sample Tasting Card + single-day admission ticket bundle - $68.99 (8% savings)
• 10 sample Tasting Card + single-day admission ticket bundle - $92.99 (11% savings)
- Members/Annual Pass Holders
• 5 sample Tasting Card - $24.00 (20% savings)
• 10 sample Tasting Card - $48.00 (20% savings)
- Single-day ticket (non-bundle option)/Fun Card
• 5 sample Tasting Card - $30.00
• 10 sample Tasting Card - $60.00
What are the hours of the event?
- Wednesday & Thursday: 5 – 9 p.m.
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus Labor Day: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m.
Will there be Taste of Busch Gardens food options available for those with dietary restrictions?
Yes, please see each participating location for dietary selections.
If I don’t use all of my samples on my Taste of Busch Gardens Tasting Card, can I use them another day?
Yes, you can use any remaining samples on your tasting card during Taste of Busch Gardens operating hours through September 27 however a reservation is still required for admission to the park.
Will there be other food options available in addition to the Taste of Busch Gardens Tasting Card menu items?
Yes, there will be select culinary locations open in addition to the Taste of Busch Gardens offerings.
What and where are the ten Taste of Busch Gardens locations?
- Best of Food & Wine – Grogan’s Grill
- The Brew Bar – Grogan’s Pub
- “Old Country” Fries – Les Frites
- Decadent Delights – Café Lulu
- Three Rivers Treats – Three Rivers Snacks
- Chef’s Choice – Trapper’s Smokehouse Show Grill
- Sangria Garden – Crêpes & Coffee
- La Belle Wine Tasting – La Belle Shop
- Acadia Traders Wine Tasting – Acadia Traders
- German Gifts wine tasting
Regular menu items will still be served at Grogan's Grill, Grogan’s Pub, Brady’s Drink, Trapper’s Smokehouse and Three Rivers Snacks along with the Taste of Busch Gardens options.
How much is parking?
Unless already included with your active Membership or Annual 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/Annual Pass/Fun Card/Membership/ Friends and Family Pass/Preschool Pass/Military Pass, their reservation confirmation and their photo ID for entry. Please note, Member Friend for Free tickets are not valid for this special event.
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 England parking lot for special event entry.
Will the entire park be open?
While the general park remains closed, park guests can sip, sample and soar during the Taste of Busch Gardens limited capacity special event.
What villages will be open for the Taste of Busch Gardens special event?
The following villages will be open for guests to enjoy: Scotland, Ireland, France, New France, Rhinefeld and Oktoberfest.
What rides are operating during the event?
Roller coasters: Alpengeist, Verbolten, Griffon, and InvadR
Rides: Finnegan’s Flyer, Le Scoot, Le Catapult, Der Wirblewind, and Kinder Karussel
The attractions listed above will be the only rides operational during the Taste of Busch Gardens special event.
Will all dining establishments be open?
In addition to the Taste of Busch Gardens event locations, the following will also be open for your dining enjoyment: Brady’s Drink & Snacks; France Coke Market; Trapper’s Smokehouse, Three Rivers Snacks and the Snack Hutte.
What merchandise locations will be open?
The following shops will be open for Taste of Busch Gardens: The Emporium; Emerald Isle Gifts; Toy’s O’ The Leprechaun; Pot O’ Gold Magic Shop; La Belle Shop; Trapper Dave’s General Store; Caribou Pottery; Acadia Traders; Alpengeist Gifts, German Gifts, Der Marketplaz and Lorikeet Gifts (open from 12 – 3 p.m.)
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, Fun Card, Preschool Pass & Friends and Family Pass to attend this event?
Yes, all Memberships, Annual Pass, Military Pass or Fun Cards, Preschool Pass & 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?
Members and Annual Pass Holders receive their normal benefits such as free parking and in-park discounts. Members who received the tier upgrade should be active with those new tiered benefits.
Does attending the event take away from the extra Membership, Annual Pass and Fun Card days I am to receive due to the closure related to COVID-19?
No. Your products will still be extended to match the days the park has been closed until the full park reopens.
Is my Member Free Friend Ticket valid for the Taste of Busch Gardens special event?
No, Friends for Free tickets are not valid for Taste of Busch Gardens.
Can I use my previously purchased Single-Day, Multi-Day or Vacation Package ticket for this special event?
Yes, but 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, All-Day Dine, Quick Queue, Stein Club & Pint Club products valid at Taste of Busch Gardens?
No, these products are not available for use during Taste of Busch Gardens.
28. Will the Pet Kennels be available during the event?
No, the Pet Kennels will not be open during Taste of Busch Gardens.
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 them 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 the Taste of Busch Gardens event.