By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
Warm days will be here soon, and it’s time to start thinking of outdoor fun. And just in time, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has announced the return of its annual Busch Gardens Fun Card and Preschool Pass offers! The park’s Preschool Pass gives FREE admission all season long to kids ages 3-5. Yup, all summer long, through September 5, 2016, your toddlers can enjoy unlimited admission to one of the region’s best theme parks! Also back is the awesome duo Fun Card for that gets patrons ages 3 and up admission to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg AND its sister water park, Water Country USA, for the price of one! See all the details below!
Now, about those special offers…
The Fun Card is basically a season pass that give you unlimited admission during regular operating hours and days:
- Busch Gardens: March 20, 2016, through September 5, 2016; Fun Pass $77
- Water Country USA: May 21, 2016, through September 5, 2016; Fun Pass $52
- Combination Fun Card for BOTH parks: valid during each park’s operating dates as listed above, $77
This last option is the one you want to get, because you really ARE getting unlimited admission to Water Country USA, which is Virginia’s largest outdoor water park, for free, since it’s the same price as a regular Busch Gardens pass alone! Please note: while you can buy the single-park Fun Card at any time, the offer for the combo card is good only online and only through March 15, 2016. Please note the deadline this year is two weeks earlier than last year. Also, prices for any of these options do not include taxes, shipping, and service fees, or parking, and cards are good only for the specific person named. See offer details and buy the passes on the Busch Gardens site.
If you have little kids, sign then up for the Preschool Pass for children ages 3-5. Below are the details for that:
And what will young tots find? At Busch Gardens, they can enjoy more than 50 “KIDsiderate” attractions, including the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, bumper cars, water play area, animal tours, live shows, and more. At Water Country USA, KIDsiderate attractions include spraygrounds, a wave pool, pool with obstacle courses, and a diving acrobatics show.
Combine these two offers for great savings! Take, for example, a family of five including:
Two adults, so two combination Fun Cards = $154
One 7-year-old child, one combination Fun Card = $77
One 5-year-old child, one 2-park Preschool Pass = $0
One 2-year-old child, one free admission = $0
Total price for all five to enjoy two parks all summer long: only $231!
Register for the free preschool pass on the Busch Gardens site. You will need to redeem the pass before May 31, 2016 and provide proof of the child’s age at that time. See details on the FAQs below, copied from the Busch Gardens website.
1. What is the Free Preschool Pass?
Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are offering kids ages 3 – 5 a free 2-Park Preschool Pass for the sixth consecutive year. The pass grants kids complimentary admission to Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® through September 5, 2016.
2. Who is eligible?
The free 2-Park Preschool Pass is available for kids who are between the ages of 3-5.
3. When do I need to redeem the pass?
To take advantage of this special limited-time offer the pass must be redeemed at Busch Gardens or Water Country USA by May 31, 2016.
4. My child is 5 this year, turning 6. Am I still eligible?
As long as your child is 5 years of age on the date you register for the pass, you are eligible.
5. Do I have to be a Virginia Resident?
No, there is no residency restriction for the Preschool Pass.
6. How long is the Free 2 Park Preschool Pass valid for?
The pass is valid through September 5, 2016, and is only valid at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.
7. Is it available at other SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment parks, such as SeaWorld?
Some of our sister parks offer preschool passes, but they only allow free admission at those specific parks.
8. How do I register?
Visit http://www.buschgardens.com/bgwpreschoolpass. Fill out the form and submit. Print the e-ticket and bring it to the front gate along with a valid form of identification that proves the child’s date of birth. Examples of valid identification are an original certified birth certificate or travel passport.
9. Where do I receive the Preschool Pass?
The offer is NOT available at the Busch Gardens front gate. You must register online before you get to the park. You will receive the Preschool Pass at the front gate once proper identification is shown proving your child’s date of birth. Examples of valid identification are an original certified birth certificate or travel passport.
10. What kind of identification do I need to provide?
Valid identification includes an original certified birth certificate or a travel passport. Please note that school IDs or children security IDs will not be accepted.
11. Does the Preschool Pass include free parking?
No. The Preschool Pass does not include free parking.
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