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WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Jan. 28, 2019) – A new year always brings new reasons to visit Busch Gardens® Williamsburg and Water Country USA®, and consumers can get it all with a Membership.  New attractions, events and expanded favorites will give the parks’ guests something special to experience nearly every week at the Williamsburg theme parks.


For a limited time only, consumers can purchase a Busch Gardens Membership and get a Water Country USA Membership for FREE.  Membership Plans start at just $9.99/mo., with multiple plan choices to suit everyone.  Consumers may choose from three Membership plans - Basic, Unlimited and Premier, and each Membership includes unlimited visits, valuable benefits, monthly rewards and admission to the park’s popular Howl-O-Scream™ and Christmas Town™ events.  In addition, Members receive admission to Sneak Peek Days for access to special events before opening to the general public.  Member Sneak Peeks are scheduled on March 16, Sept. 13 and Nov. 15 this year. 


Consumers can visit to learn more about the limited time offer or call (757) 229-4386 to purchase new Memberships or learn more about the plans’ benefits and monthly rewards. 


“This special offer couldn’t come at a better time.  Our parks are debuting two new rides this May, and we’re expanding our Busch Gardens event series” said Kevin Lembke, park president for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.  “Membership allows our guests to take full advantage of the parks’ amenities, events and attractions, and 2019 is going to deliver for every member of the family,” added Lembke.


This year’s lineup includes new rides, new entertainment, and tasty and exciting events*, all included with Membership:


  1. NEW RIDE - FINNEGAN’S FLYER™: Opening May 3

    Finnegan’s Flyer™, a new Screamin’ Swing ride at Busch Gardens®, features two pendulum-like arms, seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing.  Finnegan’s Flyer will reach a staggering height of more than 80 feet with a speed of 45 mph.  Only the bravest will prevail.


  2. NEW RIDE - Cutback Water Coaster™: Opening in May

    Cutback Water Coaster™, the only RocketBLAST® coaster on the East Coast and Virginia’s first hybrid water coaster, is coming to Water Country USA®.  Thrill-seekers will board a four-person raft, speed along an 856 ft. slide, jet through tunnels and slide onto the wide-open space of massive saucer-shaped features. 


  3. Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends: Apr. 5 – 28

    Everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends are hosting a party just for kids on April weekends. Guests can join Elmo, Super Grover, Cookie Monster, Rosita and more for all the fun.


  4. Food & Wine Festival: select days May 17 – June 30

    Park guests can unleash their inner foodie with over 60 specialty food items from around the world, 30 different wines, 25 craft beers and 20 unique cocktails not normally served at the park. 


  5. Summer Nights: June 28 –Aug 11

    Busch Gardens becomes a cooler place after dark during Summer Nights.  Special entertainment, culinary experiences and a fun nighttime atmosphere will give guests a new reason to visit during summer evenings.  The Royal Palace Theatre lights up with Spark presented by Coca-Cola®, a high-energy spectacle featuring party-starters, laser lights, pyrotechnics and a custom soundtrack created by award winning musicians. 


    And to add to the fun of Summer Nights, acts from the hit show America’s and Britain’s Got Talent will take the stage every week during the summertime event.  Specifics will be announced in March.


  6. Bier Fest: select days Aug. 16 – Sep. 2

    More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life this fall.  Sample traditional German food, listen to live local music, and experience all this unique Bavarian celebration has to offer.  From hoppy to bold, we have a craft beer to satisfy everyone.  Prost!


  7. Howl-O-Scream™: select days Sep. 14 – Oct. 27

    Fill fall nights with fright at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.  Fear awaits in the Virginia theme park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows.


  8. The Count’s Spooktacular: select days Oct. 5 – 27

    Young guests can celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Children (under 9) are invited to come dressed up and join in our costume parade during this daytime event. There are other family-friendly activities, too, like a fun-filled hay maze, trick-or-treating locations and an interactive show.


  9. Christmas Town™: select days Nov. 16 – Jan. 5

The world’s most beautiful theme park is one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America. Festive food and drink, holiday shopping and heart-warming shows make the spirit of the season come alive.


*Event specifics will be shared closer to event’s opening.         


“With the addition of Finnegan’s Flyer and Cutback Water Coaster, the Williamsburg theme parks continue to demonstrate our commitment of investing in new, innovative experiences for our guests year after year,” added Lembke. 


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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of the world. SeaWorld is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal husbandry, behavioral management, veterinary care and animal welfare. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® rescue teams have helped more than 33,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.


SeaWorld owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over the company's more than 50-year history, it has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States. Many of the parks showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection and all of the parks feature a diverse array of thrill and family rides, shows, educational demonstrations and/or other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for guests.


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