An iconic six-story tall central ring structure to be the centerpiece of “Harmonious,” the new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT, moves into position to begin testing on the theme park’s World Showcase Lagoon, Feb. 27, 2021, at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This centerpiece will support a high-density water curtain, moving lights, fountains and more. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
2/26/2021 0 Comments
With enhanced health and safety measures and limited capacity, the Food & Wine Festival will feature national headlining artists on select dates in March and April
Tampa, Fla. (February 26, 2021) – In addition to offering more than 110 amazing dishes and drinks available to guests during the park’s Food & Wine Festival this spring, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will also serve up outdoor concerts included free with park admission! The weekend festival runs each Friday through Sunday, now through April 25. The Festival Field Stage will host headlining national acts every Saturday in March and April, plus Friday, April 2, giving two limited-capacity performances each day. While over at the Coke Canopy, local talent will take the stage daily throughout the festival. Enhanced health and safety measures will be in place for performers and guests alike. In addition to increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, and face covering requirements, capacity will also be significantly limited in order to create more open space, allowing guests to maintain physical distancing in a safe environment.
“Since our reopening in June, our park teams have safely and successfully hosted multiple productions at our spacious outdoor venues,” said Neal Thurman, Park President for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. “Through creativity, adaptability and dedication to guest safety, our staff made it possible for park-goers to once again enjoy live music from some of their favorite artists.”
Music for All Tastes - Full Concert Line Up
Included free in park admission, guests may enjoy the following acts during Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival. For the first time in the festival’s history, two limited-capacity shows will be offered for each headlining act at 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M., creating more physically distant options for guests to enjoy their favorite artists.
Saturday, March 6: Phillip Phillips
Saturday, March 13: Parmalee
Saturday, March 20: Dylan Scott
Saturday, March 27: 38 Special
Friday, April 2: Sugar Ray
Saturday, April 3: Sister Hazel
Saturday, April 10: LOCASH
Saturday, April 17: Tito Nieves
Saturday, April 24: Starship Feat. Mickey Thomas
VIP Seating Packages Available Now!
To reserve a space in advance, guests can purchase VIP Seating Packages, including physically distanced premium concert seating and a 5-item Sampler Lanyard. Before the show, guests may use their lanyards to choose their favorite samples from the park’s extensive menu, featuring 22 NEW food items and more than 80 wines, beers and cocktails. Premium seating packages and the full event menu are available now at buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/.
Enjoy the Best of the Food & Wine Festival with a Sampler Lanyard
The best way for guests to savor—and save—on their favorite dishes and drinks at this year’s Food & Wine Festival is with a sampler lanyard. Guests can purchase a 5-, 10- or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each festival cabin to explore sample-sized dishes and drink offerings with ease. 5-punch lanyards start at just $34.99. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 15-item sampler for the same price as a 12-item sampler to enjoy three FREE samples! Visit buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/ to view the full festival menu.
Best Way to Play – Busch Gardens Fun Card and Annual Passes
With a Busch Gardens Fun Card, you pay for a day and play all year!* For a limited time, guests who purchase the Busch Gardens Fun Card for $113.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE! For the price of a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens, the Fun Card allows access throughout the year, so you can visit again and again, and access great events like the Food & Wine Festival, Summer Nights, Christmas Town and more! Buy now before prices go up!
For more park benefits, guests can upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most throughout 2021. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, and up to 50-percent savings on merchandise, Quick Queue, and more!
Guests can visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information and reservations—and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes. Fans can stay up to date with park events, attractions and more by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Expanded Health and Safety Measures:
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.
For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety
About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.
*Some restrictions apply
2/25/2021 0 Comments
Feb. 27 Final Virtual Job Fair Prior to Opening
JACKSON, N.J. — February 25, 2021 — Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari, and Hurricane Harbor today announced that it will raise the wages of many positions for the 2021 season. The parks also released the highly-anticipated launch dates of guest reservations. All three parks will offer safety-focused fun and thrills, plus exciting, new additions.
“Many positions will now pay $15 per hour, which is a $4 per hour increase, and leadership positions will pay even more. We want to recruit team members who will maintain our high standards of safety and guest service, and it’s crucial that we offer competitive wages to attract and retain these top employees,” said Park President John Winkler. “This wage increase is a demonstration of our commitment to being the employer of choice for central New Jersey,” he said.
Some positions will start at $15 per hour, while others will offer additional earning potential during certain shifts. The most significant wage increases will impact food and beverage operations, custodial services, security, shuttle drivers, and lifeguards.
“It’s a common misconception that we employ mostly teens. We offer incredible growth opportunities for all ages in careers from A to Z, aquatics to zoology,” said Human Resources Director Brad McClain. The parks employ team members as young as 14, and adults of all ages. “Teachers and second-wage earners enjoy our flexibility. Our ‘young at heart’ program for those aged 65 and up has been a staple for decades,” he added.
Virtual Hiring Fair February 27
As one of the largest seasonal employers in the state, Six Flags is currently hiring thousands of team members for the 2021 season. The safety of park guests and employees is always the company’s top priority, and applicants may now apply for jobs in a completely virtual and contact-free environment. Applications may be completed online and interviews and training will all be done virtually; onboarding is contact-free. Candidates should apply online at www.sixflagsjobs.com
Named one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by The National Association for Business Resources for five years in a row, Six Flags offers a wide variety of positions in a fun, fast-paced environment, along with paid internships for students. The company offers a myriad of benefits for team members including advancement opportunities, educational scholarships, reward and recognition programs, free park admission, and much more.
Opening Dates, Reservations Announced
“Our guests and team members are ready for the return of fun and signature Six Flags thrills in 2021,” said Senior Vice President of Park Operations Bonnie Weber. “Last year, we set the standard for operating our parks safely, and entertained millions of guests in adherence to government, and CDC health guidelines at 21 of our 26 parks. We offered a local and outdoor entertainment venue spanning dozens to hundreds of acres where families and friends could safely spend time together. We kept our guests and team members safe by requiring masks to be worn in the parks, providing contactless temperature and security screenings, enhancing our cleaning and sanitization measures, and closely monitoring attendance throughout operating hours in order to maintain proper social distancing. Now we are hiring and preparing to reopen every Six Flags park in our system as we continue to work with state and government officials to set firm reopening dates for our parks in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mexico City, and Canada.”
Park reopening dates are subject to change based on local, state, and federal guidelines related to COVID-19.
Extensive Safety Measures
Six Flags’ comprehensive reopening plan, which the company developed in consultation with epidemiologists, meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing protocols. The plan sets standards for executing at the highest levels of hygiene and social distancing protocols. Daily attendance is limited, and all guests, including Members and Season Pass holders, must have a reservation to visit the parks.
One-Day Tickets and Season Passes
Six Flags will celebrate the reopening of its parks by welcoming guests back with the best Daily Ticket and Season Pass prices in years. A Season Pass pays for itself in just two visits and a Six Flags Membership includes all of the benefits of a Season Pass plus special Membership perks for an affordable monthly price. Members receive a wide range of valuable benefits such as parking on every visit, admission to all Six Flags parks, savings off almost all food and merchandise, Membership Appreciation Days, and other exclusive bonuses. Members who sign up for Six Flags Membership Rewards, the company’s loyalty program, earn points for almost everything they do at the park. Points can be redeemed for free food, merchandise, and special experiences.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 59 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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2/25/2021 0 Comments
Tampa’s Island Paradise celebrates a safe waterpark reopening this spring
with enhanced health and safety measures and limited capacity
AMPA, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2021) – Enjoy the Florida sunshine and kick off spring break with safe family fun as Adventure Island® reopens for the season on March 6! In addition to the park’s already strict health and safety measures, which include increased cleaning and sanitation and temperature checks, reservations are required, and capacity will be significantly limited to create more open space for guests to maintain physical distancing. Face coverings will be required for guests 2 and older in certain designated areas of the park, including the park entrance and exit, retail areas, food and beverage areas and other designated areas. Face coverings will not be required in the water, such as the lazy river, the wave pool, all water slides, and all other water attractions in the water park. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit: https://adventureisland.com/.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens® Tampa, Adventure Island® is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within Tampa's island paradise, adventure awaits with a variety of slides, corkscrews, waterfalls and more, including the park’s newest attraction, Solar Vortex. As North America’s first dual tailspin waterslide, Solar Vortex combines high-banking rotations and rapid descents, sending sliders on a swirling journey through two open tailspin features. For a more relaxing escape, guests can float through a winding lazy river, chase waves in the Endless Surf wave pool, and enjoy family splash areas or upgrade their day with a private cabana.
“We are thrilled to offer a limited-capacity environment where Florida families can enjoy an outdoor, open air experience together, especially for the spring break season,” said Neal Thurman, President and General Manager for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. “In addition to our waterpark reopening, our Food & Wine Festival underway across the street at Busch Gardens combined with world class coasters and fascinating animal habitats offer Florida families a spring break staycation with something exciting for everyone.”
Best Ways to Play
Adventure Island tickets start as low as $42.99, more than 30-percent savings with advanced online purchase. To splash again and again all season long*, guests can get the Adventure Island Fun Card for the price of a regular ticket, starting at $63.99! For a limited time, guests who purchase the Busch Gardens Fun Card for $113.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE! For the price of a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens, the Fun Card allows access to both parks throughout the year.
For more park benefits, guests can upgrade to an Adventure Island Annual Pass, starting at just $8.75 per month. Annual Pass Members* now receive the best benefits ever, including discounted or FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, and up to 50-percent savings on merchandise, Quick Queue, and more! To learn more and purchase tickets and Fun Cards, visit: https://adventureisland.com/
About Adventure Island:
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, Adventure Island® is Tampa's island paradise, featuring a combination of exhilarating water rides and tropical, tranquil surroundings. A tropical island vibe atmosphere awaits, with adventurous water slides including Solar Vortex, Vanish Point™, Caribbean Corkscrew® and Colossal Curl™, cascading waterfalls, a 17,000-square-foot wave pool, children’s water playground called Fabian’s Funport® and other family attractions. Guests can dig their toes into the sand or relax in lounge chairs or a private cabana. For more information, visit AdventureIsland.com for more information.
*restrictions and blockout dates apply
Park’s 36th season begins March 13
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Wednesday, February 24, 2021) — While no one could have predicted how Dollywood’s 35th anniversary season would begin in 2020, a strong finish to the year—coupled with extremely positive guest reviews of the overall park experience—means employees are gearing up for a busy 2021 season. Members of the media today toured Dollywood to see firsthand what guests can expect when the park opens for its exclusive Season Passholder Day on March 12 and for the general public on March 13.
As one would expect from Dolly Parton’s theme park, entertainment plays a crucial role in what guests will enjoy during the park’s 36th season. New during this year’s Flower & Food Festival presented by Covenant Health (April 23-June 7), the Melodies of Spring concert series features contemporary Christian artists, Southern gospel groups and other fresh and inspiring acts all appearing inside DP’s Celebrity Theater. Among the artists currently scheduled are Matthew West, Big Daddy Weave, I AM THEY, Rebecca St. James, Sidewalk Prophets, the Rhett Walker Band, Triumphant Quartet and many more.
Several shows featuring Dollywood’s own performers debut when the park opens in March, including Harmonies of the Heart--featuring Dolly’s family—and A Brighter Day, an inspiring show that delights guests with uplifting favorites at the Back Porch Theater. In The Village, Dollywood’s talented The Tones offer a fresh acapella take on today’s current hits. Performances of all three will continue until the fall.
Known for its quality creations, Dollywood’s culinary team continues to craft tantalizing treats for guests all season long. Among the team’s new offerings for 2021 is the Flower & Food Festival Dining Day Pass, which allows guests to partake in multiple entrees at a number of culinary locations during the springtime event. Among the items available during the festival are lobster rolls, hand-breaded fish and chips, Cuban sandwiches with plantain chips and mango salsa, as well as mini-funnel cakes with Chantilly cream and drizzled lavender honey.
Officials also detailed the rest of the park’s festival calendar for 2021, noting that additional exciting announcements would be made during the course of the year. Guests visiting during the park’s warmer months can enjoy Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 25-July 31), which is—just as the name implies—a celebration of family fun and laughter at a place everyone enjoys. With later nighttime hours, families can ride Dollywood’s world-class roller coasters all day and well into the night.
Later in the season, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 24-Oct. 30)—named by readers of USA Today as the best theme park harvest event in the world—provides bushels of fun thanks to everyone’s favorite Smoky Mountain tradition, Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health. Dollywood stays open late each evening, giving families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. During the day, guests can expect a packed concert schedule, with hundreds of performances across several genres occurring during the festival.
The season ends with the event that has set the standard for theme park holiday events, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 6- Jan. 2, 2022). It’s the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit with more than five million holiday lights, festive and warm holiday performances, a traditional Christmas atmosphere, and the comforting tastes of classic holiday-themed food. It is easy to see why it has become a family favorite for so many.
Crews also are undertaking a number of construction projects designed to enhance the guest experience. After modifications made late last season and during the winter, Dollywood’s Lightning Rod roller coaster opens this season featuring a hybrid track structure that includes both a wood stack “Topper Track” and a steel “Ibox” track installed by the ride’s manufacturer.
Based on guest feedback requesting additional locations to sit and enjoy the park’s award-winning culinary offerings, large structures near two of Dollywood’s most-popular dining locations have been removed, allowing for the addition of two large sitting areas. Guests will find more room to relax and enjoy their meals at Dogs N Taters, as well as the Hickory House. With the addition of more seating near Hickory House, Dollywood’s blacksmith shop will move just across Craftsman’s Valley to its former location adjacent to the Robert F. Thomas Chapel. Work is ongoing at the chapel as well, with a new roof, footings and more occurring to the iconic structure. The chapel was originally built on site and dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert F. Thomas on May 26, 1973.
In addition to the special projects throughout Dollywood, construction crews also are undertaking a number of routine jobs that take place each off-season, including the replacing of roofs, siding and flooring throughout the park. Teams will use around five miles worth of lumber as they work to complete these projects. Crews also will repave several walkways in the park, another project that takes place each off-season. Additionally, 15% of Dollywood’s buildings will receive a full re-paint, while everything across the park below waist-height will be repainted, another task that takes place each season.
With so much excitement planned for 2021, Dollywood season passes are a must-have and currently are offered at special pre-season pricing. Not only can current passholders attend Season Passholder Day on March 12, but they also receive additional benefits like Bring-A-Friend Free Passes. Prices go up on Sunday, March 14 so now is the time to purchase. For 2020 season passholders who have yet to extend their passes beyond the June 15 expiration date, a special extension price currently is available as well, but that price also goes up after March 14.
For more information about Dollywood’s 2021 season, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.
About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 160-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 40 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 27 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and has been named a top-three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open mid-March through early January and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.
Dollywood’s Flower & Food Festival 2021 Entertainment Line-Up