Monday, April 15, 2024

Here’s a new special event at Busch Gardens — it involves beer and coasters

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

Coasters and Craft Brews: That’s the new special event in August at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Park officials said while the general park remains closed, the ticketed outdoor event “will highlight an array of hand-picked park experiences including three iconic roller coasters, high flying Screamin’ Swing, ice cold local and craft brews, and tasty barbeque.

The event will be on Aug. 6 -16, Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.   The park will host a members only sneak peek on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 5 – 9 p.m., according to a news release from the park.

Reservations for the Coasters and Craft Brews special event are required for all those who attend and will be available starting Thursday (July 30).

The park will operate with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements and temperature screenings. Special event capacity will be extremely limited to create ample space for guests, according to the news release.

SeaWorld, Busch Gardens’ parent company, announced Wednesday the Williamsburg park is expected to start a phased reopening in early August, but did not give out details.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has launched a new safety website with detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when they arrive at the park.

At Coasters and Craft Brews, guests will have plenty of open space to explore select villages including Ireland, Scotland, France and New France, before they take in the thrills of their favorite iconic coasters including InvadR, Griffon, Loch Ness Monster and the park’s most recent high thrill attraction, Finnegan’s Flyer.  In addition to visiting Busch Gardens’ Clydesdales, wolves and eagles, “guests can relax with delicious barbeque fare at Trapper’s Smokehouse along with a selection of over 20 local and craft cold brews at Grogan’s Pub,” according to the news release.

Special event tickets are available for $44.99 or guests have the option to buy a membership for as low as $10.99 per month, with no down payment. Members receive 12 months of unlimited visitation and park benefits and rewards including free parking, in-park discounts and much more. Admission is free for active members, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders.

Visit Busch Gardens’ website for more information.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

Related Articles