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Busch Gardens’ new flexible memberships now include Christmas Town

Attractions at the European-themed park range from world-class coasters to scenic river cruises. (Courtesy Busch Gardens Williamsburg)
Attractions at the European-themed park range from world-class coasters to scenic river cruises. (Courtesy Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

For those who can’t get enough roller coasters or Festhaus, Busch Gardens and Water Country are now offering membership plans with more perks than ever before — including “unprecedented” access to Christmas Town.

Starting Thursday, there will be three different levels of membership that park visitors can choose from, according to a Busch Gardens news release. Each plan grants admission to both parks and benefits such as parking, guest tickets and in-park discounts.

All three passes include access to Christmas Town, a wintertime event which was not included in membership passes in previous years.

As the new program starts, there will be special membership rates available through March 31.

“More than a pass, [m]embership means more access and more benefits,” said Dan Dipiazzo, vice president of marketing at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

With the basic membership plan, park guests have flexibility and greater savings. The pass includes park admission through certain dates, half-price parking, in-park discounts and more. The price for the basic plan starts at $10 a month.

For even more perks, the park now offers an unlimited membership, which includes unlimited access throughout the year. These members also will have free parking and two free guest tickets each year. The unlimited membership is available for $15 a month.

Finally, for the most enthusiastic Busch Gardens fans, there is a premier membership available. This plan allows unlimited visits to both Williamsburg parks — Busch Gardens and Water Country — as well as any SeaWorld park across the country. Parking is free for these members and three free guest passes are permitted each year. Premier membership is $20 a month.

Beginning on April 1, these plans will increase in price to $12 a month for a basic membership, $17 a month for unlimited, and $22 a month for premier.

For those who join any of these membership programs before March 17, Busch Gardens is offering a member sneak peek and St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which gives members access to park attractions, two concerts, Irish-themed food and other perks during the event.

To join the new membership program, guests can register on the Busch Gardens website, visit during preseason from March 1-4 and March 8-11, or call the park’s guest service line at 757-229-4386.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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