Go behind-the-scenes at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg

08/23/2010  | 
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Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. offers guests the opportunity to go above and beyond the traditional theme park experience. Learn what it takes to open Busch Gardens every day, check out the inner workings of the park’s world-class coasters or meet amazing animals up-close. No matter the interest, there is something for everyone with a Busch Gardens behind-the-scenes experience.

A few of Busch Gardens tour offerings:

Ultimate Busch Gardens Insider

Journey deep into the core of Escape From Pompeii. Smell the delicious creations at the Festhaus Bakery. Visit a coaster maintenance area. Learn the history of the Italy Gardens. Explore DarKastle with the lights on.

Plus: Each tour participant receives a free lunch courtesy of Busch Gardens as well as front-of-the-line access to the major ride attractions and reserved seating at the park’s newest show, Celtic Fyre.

The Ultimate Busch Gardens Insider includes:

  • A behind-the-scenes tour of Curse of DarKastle and Escape from Pompeii
  • A tour of Busch Gardens’ in-house bakery
  • A landscape tour of the Italy Gardens
  • An up-close look at the Loch Ness Monster maintenance area
  • Reserved seating at the Abbey Stone Theatre for Celtic Fyre
  • A guided Tour of the park that includes front-of-the-line access to Busch Gardens’ roller coasters, water rides and simulators
  • Complementary lunch at one of park’s restaurants 

Roller Coaster Insider

Busch Gardens’ Roller Coaster Insider is the ultimate tour with a twist, taking guests inside the world of Busch Gardens’ amazing roller coasters. Roller Coaster Insider teaches participants the history of these amazing rides, the mechanics behind them and, of course, front-of-the-line passes so guests can experience these world-class coasters for themselves.

The tour consists of:

  • Behind-the-scenes look at the mechanical areas of Loch Ness Monster and Griffon
  • Ride the Griffon trolley to the top of the lift and admire the panoramic view from 205 feet in the air
  • Exclusive ride time on Griffon and Alpengeist
  • A roller coaster priority boarding pass
  • A CD with photos from the tour

Gardening Insider

From the novice gardener to the expert, Busch Gardens’ Gardening Insider tour pairs guests with one of the park’s master gardeners for a guided tour through Busch Gardens’ certified wildlife habitat garden.

Learn about the 120+ varieties of plants that reside in the gardens and how these plants provide the basic needs for the insects and wildlife. Guests also will receive valuable tips on creating a certified wildlife habitat garden of their own.

Animals Up-Close

Go behind the scenes with Busch Gardens’ zoological team as they introduce guests to some of the park’s animal ambassadors. Mtoro the African serval, Pindari the wallaroo, Ellie the sloth and Titan the alligator are among the animals that guests may meet as they learn about conservation efforts underway to protect animal habitats.

Busch Gardens will donate $2 from every tour admission to the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Please visit www.swbg-conservationfund.org for more information.

To learn more about any of these tours or the many other ones offered at Busch Gardens, visit www.buschgardens.com/va, then click “Explore” and select “Up-Close Tours.” For additional questions, call (800) 343-7946.
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