Disney Park Pass Reservations are full for December 31. If you plan to be in the Orlando area on New Year’s Eve but can’t hit the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, what should you do?
If you’re willing to travel a bit outside of Orlando, you might want to consider Busch Gardens Tampa. It’s located about an hour and 15 minutes away, depending on the traffic.
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Right now, Busch Gardens is holding Christmas Town, and it runs through January 2. The special event features millions of lights, special holiday shows, and a meet and greet with Rudolph.
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On December 31, Busch Gardens Tampa will be open from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 A.M. At midnight, Busch Gardens New Year’s Eve Fireworks will take place. The show will feature fireworks set to music. We’ve attended in the past, and it is a great way to ring in a New Year.
Busch Gardens Tampa is always a good place to spend a day outside of the Disney Bubble, especially if you are a thrill ride fan. Some of the most popular roller coasters in Florida are found at the Park. They include Tigris, Sheikra, and Montu.
That doesn’t mean that Busch Gardens Tampa isn’t a great destination for families. Sesame Street Safari of Fun has attractions and activities for even the youngest members of your party.
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No matter what time of year you visit Busch Gardens, you might want to buy your tickets online. They are usually cheaper than at the gate. Theme Park reservations are not required.
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