Busch Gardens Opens for 2016 Season on Sunday

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Busch Gardens opens for the 2016 season on Saturday. (Courtesy of Busch Gardens)
Busch Gardens opens for the 2016 season on Saturday. (Courtesy of Busch Gardens)

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is opening its doors for the 2016 season this weekend and kicking off a spring that promises the return of fan-favorite attractions as well as a handful of exciting firsts for the park.

After a pass-member-only preview day Saturday, the park opens to the general public at 10 a.m. Sunday and will remain open daily through April 10 to coincide with school spring breaks.

The popular children’s show “Elmo Rocks!” will take the stage at the park’s Globe Theatre on opening day, and Elmo and his friends will continue to delight through May 1.

A focus on KIDsiderate attractions will continue throughout the spring with the debut of a new kid-oriented concert series featuring well-known acts like Imagination Movers, Choo Choo Soul and Kidz Bop Live.

Also new this spring is Marco Polo’s Marketplace, an all-new dining option taking the place of Ristorante della Piazza in the park’s Italy hamlet. The food court-style eatery will offer guests “an eclectic menu inspired by the lands explored by Marco Polo” and will include the Italian favorites guests has seen at the park before as well as new Asian-inspired options.

Other events slated for the early part of the 2016 season include the three day Glory at the Gardens concert festival featuring contemporary Christian musicians and the return of Jack Hanna, the world-renowned animal expert, and his menagerie of critters.

Cornerstone park-wide events like the Food and Wine Festival, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town will also return once again this year.

Guests now have more ways than ever to enjoy the park with the introduction of a Spring All-Inclusive Ticket, which includes single-day admission, parking, priority ride access, lunch and dinner for $99. This new bundle is aimed at allowing guests with limited time in the park to make the most of their visit.

Click here to view ticket options. Click here for the park’s 2016 operations calendar.