SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 25, 2023) – On September 12, 2023, an Emperor penguin chick was hatched for the first time since 2010 at SeaWorld San Diego. SeaWorld San Diego is the only place on the Western Hemisphere where Emperor penguins can be found, making the hatching a rare and celebratory event. Emperor penguins are currently listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act due to the loss of Antarctic sea ice and rising sea levels caused by climate change.
“Bringing this chick into the world and ensuring her well-being and survival around the clock has been a very rewarding process for me and the entire SeaWorld Aviculture team,” said Justin Brackett, Curator of Birds at SeaWorld San Diego. “Every decision regarding her well-being was made with the upmost care and consideration by our expert team and veterinary staff. We are looking forward to learning more about her and watching her unique personality develop as she continues to grow.”
A recent scientific study found a record low for Antarctic sea ice coverage that is adversely impacting Emperor penguin populations. Four of the five Emperor penguin colonies studied experienced total breeding failure due to the lack of sea ice. Emperor penguins are dependent on sea ice as their habitat for breeding, raising chicks, and molting. Newly hatched chicks lack waterproof feathers required to swim or survive in the ocean.
Katie Propp, Chief Operations Officer at Penguins International said, “Disappearing sea ice is becoming more frequent as our planet continues to warm and is having a devastating effect on penguin populations. The good news is that there is a future for this species if we take action to fight climate change and support organizations like SeaWorld that provide human care and maintain genetic biodiversity for Emperor penguins in their facilities. Seeing these majestic animals up close and educating the public about the threats they face in the wild is paramount to encourage the public to do something to save their wild counterparts.
SeaWorld San Diego is the only place in the western hemisphere outside of Antarctica where people can see Emperor penguins. Penguin Encounter is home to a colony of 17 Emperor penguins, as well as 300 other penguins including King, Gentoo, Macaroni, Chinstrap and Adélie penguins. The exhibit is a 25-degree, snow-filled habitat where the resident penguins can swim and interact within the colony. A colony of warm-weather Magellanic penguins, native to South America, live in a habitat outside the Encounter. Penguin Encounter is also home to nearly 90 puffins and murres.
For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldSanDiego.com. Follow SeaWorld San Diego on Facebook and Instagram for the latest park updates and information.
SeaWorld is a leading marine life theme park and accredited zoo and aquarium that provides experiences that matter while educating and inspiring guests of all ages to care about marine life. Welcoming millions of guests every year, the parks offer fun and enriching experiences from up-close animal encounters and year-round educational programs to award-winning marine-life themed rides and attractions, special events and exciting entertainment. For more than 60 years SeaWorld has advanced the conservation of marine life in and outside its parks through science, education, and exceptional animal care that is Humane Certified by American Humane and accredited by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world, helping more than 40,000 animals to date. The SeaWorld Conservation Fund, a non-profit foundation established in 2003, has provided more than $20 million to nearly 1,400 organizations to advance critical research on every continent. A portion of park proceeds goes toward supporting these longstanding conservation commitments. SeaWorld parks are in Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). SeaWorld is part of the SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS) portfolio of theme park brands. For more information, visit us at SeaWorld.com.
Across Florida resort, makers of magic – AKA Disney cast members – prepare for the most wonderful time of the year
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2023) – Preparation for the holidays is already in high gear at Walt Disney
World Resort as The Most Magical Place On Earth gets ready to celebrate “the most wonderful time of year.”
While planning and preliminaries culminate in fall, many Cast Members spend months – sometimes a full year – getting ready to spread seasonal cheer.
Here is a first look at what guests can expect as they celebrate the 2023 holiday season that begins Nov. 11,
2023, at Walt Disney World – from details about a new nighttime event, Disney Jollywood Nights, to the latest news about Disney holiday traditions.
Holiday Happenings: Disney Jollywood Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The long anticipated, glam holiday party Disney Jollywood Nights is almost here. This new separately ticketed event is a swanky Hollywood bash filled with merriment, music and spirited good times. It will take place on select nights Nov. 11 to Dec. 20.
Two mesmerizing new shows will immerse guests in the joy of the holidays. Disney Holidays in Hollywood
is a star-studded variety show in the grand tradition of Tinseltown’s most beloved holiday specials – all with a twist of today’s Hollywood magic. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Tiana, Belle, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are among the special guest stars, and there are plenty of surprises in store – including a brand-new original song by Tiana.
Partygoers won’t want to miss What’s This? TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Sing-Along. Jack Skellington leads an ethereal exploration of “TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE
CHRISTMAS,” Guests can sing along to beloved songs from the iconic film as they discover peculiar magic in
In addition, Disney Jollywood Nights guests can enjoy favorite attractions with lower wait times during this
limited-capacity event. A virtual queue will also be in place for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.*
Even More to Adore
More holiday treats await with special appearances by classic Disney Channel favorites, including Powerline
Max, Rescue Rangers Chip ‘n Dale, and Phineas and Ferb. Guests can grab that perfect holiday selfie with
these icons from decades past. PhotoPass photographers will be there to capture the moment, and
complimentary digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the event are included with the price of the ticket.**
At Welcome to Disney Jollywood Nights, revelers can strike a pose with a stunning new neon sign before
joining the dance party where a DJ plays the merriest of mash ups featuring a mix of smooth classics layered
with modern beats.
New ‘Fits for the Fete
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and friends are donning new outfits exclusively for this glitzy celebration. They invite guests to do the same and join them for photos in a colorful setting from the golden age of Hollywood. Disney art directors, show producers and designers worked together to land on just the right combination of colors and fabric, inspired by palettes of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also once again present Sunset Seasons Greetings nightly throughout the
season. Each evening The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is magically transformed into an array of holiday
scenes as snow falls along Sunset Boulevard.
Fractal Frenzy: NEW Frozen Holiday Surprise at Magic Kingdom Park
At Magic Kingdom Park, “Frozen” friends from Arendelle are conjuring up something remarkable for the
holidays. The new Frozen Holiday Surprise brings together Olaf and more than 100 of his Snowgie siblings
who attempt to add festive decor to Cinderella Castle. With Anna and Kristoff at her side, Queen Elsa adds
sparkling finishing touches, transforming the castle into a shimmering crystallized palace – a look that will
remain throughout each evening.
Bringing this new spectacle to life is no small feat, as lighting designers, video technicians, composers and a
full orchestra worked together to create this enchanting new entertainment experience.
Debuting Nov. 7, “Frozen Holiday Surprise” will occur nightly during the holiday season.
Families and kids of all ages can also enjoy Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Now in its 40th year,
this specially ticketed event has become a holiday tradition for many. Featuring a dazzling parade, fireworks,
complimentary sweet treats and so much more, it’s warm-hearted, family-friendly fun at Magic Kingdom on 25 select nights Nov. 9-Dec. 22.
Delicious Doings: EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays
For an international holiday flavor, EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth is the place to be. The stage is set with spectacular decor around every corner, and entertainment fills the air from celebrity narrators reciting the Christmas story each night to time-honored traditions from countries around the world.
And no holiday celebration would be complete without tasty treats.
The festival culinary team has been hard at work for nearly a year, dreaming up the menu and testing new
recipes. More than 15 Holiday Kitchens will celebrate the diversity of holiday traditions with comfort foods
that inspire warm memories.
Because ensuring a delicious encounter with every bite is top of mind for the team, thorough testing is
imperative before massive production begins. How massive? The culinary team has historically baked more
than 250,000 cookies in just five weeks for the event’s signature Holiday Cookie Stroll.
This year will bring several “firsts” to the festival. Luminous the Sympony of Us is an all-new fireworks-and laser spectacular that will debut December 5, 2023. And, with EPCOT being home to The Walt Disney
Company’s 100th anniversary celebration, guests will find beautiful holiday decor at the park entrance
commemorating the Disney100 celebration.
EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays begins Nov. 24.
Comfort & Joy: Gingerbread Galore at Disney Resort Hotels
Guests often gaze in fascination at the larger-than-life gingerbread displays that appear each holiday season
at Disney Resort Hotels. Culinary teams spend up to seven months planning and building the displays. For
example, the culinary team at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa starts mixing fragrant dough in May,
letting it cure a full two months before it is baked. Individual shapes, from shingles to Mickey cookies, are
baked and decorated throughout the summer and then stored for “construction” in November. The house
itself takes three days to build.
This year, guests will once again be able to enjoy the stunning works of culinary art – including a new display – in six resort locations:
More Merriment: Holidays Around the “World”
Disney Springs is THE place to shop, dine and play amidst a wonderland of beautiful decor and culinary
delights. The 120-acre entertainment, retail and dining district will be in full holiday swing beginning Nov. 10. Those seeking festive fun should save time to visit Santa Claus at Once Upon a Toy and take in the Disney
Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth. Nineteen Disney-themed trees will be on display
throughout the four “neighborhoods” that make up Disney Springs. Plan at least one nighttime visit to
experience snowfall in Town Center.
Cheerful decor and festive flotillas are holiday highlights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. In
addition to meeting with favorite Disney characters and Santa himself, guests can interact with a Merry
Menagerie of life-size, artisan-sculpted animal puppets daily on Discovery Island. The park’s iconic Tree of Life also awakens each evening with a colorful tableau of wintry tales accompanied by a familiar musical score.
Making Magic: Walt Disney World Holiday Services
It takes more than Santa’s elves to transform the four theme parks, resort hotels, Disney Springs and other
locations across the Walt Disney World Resort with dazzling decor. That incredible feat is the work of Holiday Services.
This team of designers, decorators and other professionals ready more than 600 trees and 1,700 wreaths and
hang nearly nine miles of garland each year. In fact, as soon as one holiday season wraps up, the Holiday
Services team begins preparing for the next.
Whether creating new items or making sure that existing decor remains merry and bright, these talented
specialists ensure that the entire resort sparkles.
Cheery Mementos to Remember the Magic
There’s no better way to remember a visit to Walt Disney World than with the perfect souvenir, and holiday
merchandise is a great way to show some holiday spirit or to keep the cheerful vibes alive after guests return home. Special holiday-themed attire, accessories, home decor and more can be purchased throughout the resort, with special collections available for both Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.
Create Special Memories to Last a Lifetime
Guests looking to capture their special moments can take advantage of Disney PhotoPass Service**, which will create festive photo fun this holiday season with new limited-time Magic Shots and props throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
To learn more about planning a holiday experience at Walt Disney World Resort, visit DisneyWorld.com or call your travel agent.
*Guests attending the event can request to join the queue beginning at 6:00 p.m. Each Guest can request to
enter this virtual queue no more than once per event. This is only available for Guests on the day of the event they are attending, and their specific event tickets must be linked to their My Disney Experience account in order to join the virtual queue. Guests attending this special ticketed event do not need to be in Disney’s Hollywood Studios to request to join at the time the queue becomes available.
** Disney PhotoPass service is subject to Disney PhotoPass terms and expiration policy at
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions. Online registration required. Subject to
restrictions and change without notice.
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THE HOLIDAYS AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT RETURN FOR A WHIMSICAL DESTINATION-WIDE CELEBRATION INSPIRED BY POP CULTURE’S MOST BELOVED STORIES INCLUDING CHRISTMAS IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER, GRINCHMAS, UNIVERSAL’S HOLIDAY PARADE FEATURING MACY’S AND MORE NOVEMBER 17 THROUGH DECEMBER 31
Plan a Holly Jolly Getaway with Special Ticket Offer Giving U.S. and Canada Residents
2 Days Free with the Purchase of a 2-Park 3-Day Ticket
Holiday Cheer Comes to Life with Universal’s Holiday Tour, The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at
Universal Islands of Adventure and Special Experiences Across All Universal Hotels
ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2023) – Universal Orlando Resort invites guests to set their festive side free with its destination-wide Holidays celebration kicking off next month. Guests can experience a mix of merry and mischief brought to life from holiday classics to experiences inspired by pop culture icons, creating a memorable holiday atmosphere unlike any other beginning Friday, November 17 and running daily through Sunday, December 31.
From the wondrous spectacle of “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, and coming face-to-face with everyone’s favorite green grouch, the Grinch, during Grinchmas, to gazing at the floats and larger-than-life balloons during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, there are boundless opportunities for guests to enjoy at Universal Orlando this holiday season.
Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure
Holiday magic fills The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as the streets of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade transform into a wizarding holiday wonderland overflowing with festively themed décor, lights, garland and more. The nighttime spectacle, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle,” returns to Hogsmeade at Universal Islands of Adventure bringing to life a stunning projection show highlighting Christmas moments and holiday spirit inspired by the beloved characters and stories of the “Harry Potter” films.
The Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs also returns to Hogsmeade with a special holiday-themed performance, plus guests can groove to the music of the wizarding world’s most popular singing sensation, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, in Diagon Alley.
Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida
Guests will gaze in awe as beloved pop culture-inspired stories from Illumination’s Despicable Me and DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek and Madagascar fill the streets of Universal Studios Florida during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. These beloved stories come to life as larger-than-life balloons, colorful holiday floats and hundreds of jolly performers embark on a picturesque journey that culminates in a stunning finale including a special appearance by Santa Claus and the lighting of the magnificent 80-foot Christmas tree.
Grinchmas at Universal Islands of Adventure
Revel in the spirit of Grinchmas at Universal Islands of Adventure where the Grinch stars in the live retelling of the Dr. Seuss holiday classic, the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.”
Seuss Landing will transport guests into a whimsical atmosphere decked out with oversized candy canes, twisty Christmas trees, stunning tinsel ornaments and more. There will even be appearances from the Whos from Who-ville and a special photo opportunity that brings guests face-to-face with the mean, green one himself, the Grinch.
Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida
The top-selling holiday artist of all time, Mannheim Steamroller, will return to Universal Studios Florida to get guests into the holiday spirit with live performances on December 2, 3, 9 and 10.
If that wasn’t enough, there’s even more Holiday cheer to be found around every corner at Universal Orlando Resort with a wide variety of additional, unique add-on experiences.
Universal’s Holiday Tour
Guests can enjoy a guided tour that gives them special access to all the beloved holiday entertainment experiences taking place across the destination, including:
Annual and Seasonal Passholders can get a $10 off discount per ticket per passholder with a valid Annual or Seasonal Pass. Tickets for passholders can be purchased by calling 1-866-346-9350 or by visiting the UOAP Lounge in Universal Islands of Adventure. Regular Seasonal and Power Pass blockout dates apply.
The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Islands of Adventure
The popular dining experience, “The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast,” allows guests to start their day with a delicious breakfast and fun appearances by the Grinch and other favorite Dr. Seuss characters.
The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast takes place in Confisco Grille in Universal Islands of Adventure on select dates November 17 through December 27 for $58.99 + tax per adult and $32.99 + tax per child (ages 3-9) and can be booked by visiting www.UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.
Premier and Preferred Annual Passholders can receive a 20% discount on purchases of The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast for select dates by calling 407-224-7554.
The Holiday Celebration Continues at Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando’s Hotels
Guests can keep the celebration going at Universal CityWalk with seasonal food and beverage and special entertainment. Plus, all eight Universal Orlando Resort hotels will be decked out with festive décor that enhances each hotel’s theme – and the whole family can indulge in holiday feasts and activities. Special menus will be available at Universal hotels for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and there will also be menorah lighting ceremonies and more. Select hotels even offer special holiday entertainment like Christmas tree lightings and strolling carolers. Guests can now save 20% on a four-night stay in the 2-bedroom suites at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites & Surfside Inn and Suites and the family suites at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Get 2 Days of Park Admission Free with a Can’t-Miss Ticket Offer
Access to Universal Orlando’s Holidays celebration is included with regular admission to the theme parks. U.S. and Canada residents can now take advantage of an incredible deal giving them five days of access to Universal Orlando Resort’s thrilling theme parks for the price of a three-day ticket to enjoy the ultimate holiday getaway. Guests also have the option to upgrade their ticket to include Universal Volcano Bay. Click here for more information and to purchase.
Special Experiences for Annual Passholders
In addition to discounts on select holiday experiences, Annual Passholders will get special access to enjoy Universal’s Holidays Parade featuring Macy’s from a viewing area just for Passholders, as well as exclusive merchandise and early access to the Holidays Tribute Store.
The Holidays celebration runs daily from November 17 through December 31 at Universal Orlando Resort and from November 24 through January 1, 2024 at Universal Studios Hollywood. For more information about Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Holidays.
About Universal Orlando Resort – Where It’s More Than Magic, It’s Real
Universal Orlando Resort is an award-winning theme park destination that welcomes all to truly be themselves while enjoying world-class attractions that redefine theme park experiences. Here, a multitude of authentically thrilling, exciting and spontaneous adventures await – each inviting guests to embark on whatever vacation they crave while igniting their full range of emotions like never before – from the awe of walking the streets of Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the rush of adrenaline that takes over when coming face-to-face with a Velociraptor in Jurassic Park to the wide-eyed joy of seeing an entire slice of cake atop a delectable milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen.
The 700-acre resort is home to two exhilarating theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure – that boast some of the most innovative and immersive experiences ever created, with a third next-level theme park, Universal Epic Universe, on the way. Guests can also find the perfect balance of thrills and relaxation at the Universal Volcano Bay water park, relish in exciting dining and entertainment at the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex and enjoy incredible accommodations and magnificent theming across eight hotels that offer something for every style and budget – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside and Dockside Inn and Suites.
For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
Universal Studios Hollywood Unwraps Spectacular Holiday Entertainment With the Return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas”
Universal Studios Hollywood Unwraps Spectacular Holiday Entertainment With the Return of “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and “Grinchmas,” Featuring An All-New Who-Bee Doo-Wops Musical Performance, Beginning Friday, November 24, 2023, and Running Daily Through Monday, January 1, 2024
All Holiday Festivities are Included in the Price of Theme Park Admission
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Universal City, California, October 12, 2023 – Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the festive holidays with eagerly awaited seasonal favorites, “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” and “Grinchmas,™” beginning Friday, November 24, 2023, and running daily through Monday, January 1, 2024. All holiday activities are included in the price of theme park admission.
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” brings the spirit of the holiday season to the village of Hogsmeade™ as the land is transformed with merry décor of shimmering lights, decorative garlands and festive wreaths. Guests can take delight in special holiday a cappella performances from the Frog Choir, stroll through the village shops while sipping delicious hot Butterbeer™ or savor festive fare at Three Broomsticks™.
Beginning at dusk each night, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ Castle” will dazzle with stunning imagery as the impressive light projection show illuminates Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, bringing the iconic Hogwarts™ castle to life and infusing the land with the sounds of an arrangement of music from the Harry Potter film series.
Guests can commemorate their Christmas visit to Hogsmeade Village with a variety of exclusive keepsake items available for purchase, including personalized ornaments, sweaters, scarves and stockings.
The spirited “Grinchmas” Who-bilation also returns with an all-new daytime performance featuring the Who-Bee Doo-Wops group, Who-ville’s latest musical sensation rocking out to hip-swinging, bell-ringing holiday classics for the Whos and guests to enjoy.
The familiar and festive topsy-turvy 65 foot-tall “Grinchmas” tree, adorned with hundreds of ornaments and thousands of LED lights will stand tall within Universal Plaza, entertaining guests with a nightly tree lighting ceremony and snowfall flurry, bringing good tidings and season’s greetings to all.
“Grinchmas” activities will include photo opportunities with the GrinchTM and his faithful dog Max, a chance to spend time with Cindy-Lou Who as she leads daily story time for young guests looking to learn “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and visit to the Who-ville post office to mail a merry postcard sharing three good deeds.
A themed craft area will provide guests the opportunity for jolly holiday decorating by creating paper ornaments to adorn the Grinchmas tree or to take home as a holiday souvenir. Plus, a selection of themed Who-tacular sweet treats, including the Grinch Donut and hot cocoa, will be available for purchase.
Adding to the theme park activities, Universal CityWalk Hollywood will be dressed for the holiday season with spirited décor and a 40-foot-tall Christmas tree featuring more than 200,000 LED lights. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen presents a new seasonal milkshake, available both at the Foundry milkshake bar and in the dining room. The ever-popular Voodoo Doughnut will entice guests with delicious seasonal flavors to celebrate the holiday spirit. Antojitos Cocina Mexicana serves up a variety of festive-themed drinks, including Mistletoe Mule, Chestnut Horchata and Apple Cider Margarita. NBC Sports Grill & Brew spreads holiday cheer with a tasty Peppermint Martini, and Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville® whips up a deliciously creamy and joyful drink with its Co-co-Colada. VIVO Italian Kitchen offers an assortment of flavorful drinks with the Winter Martini, Apple Cheer Martini and Hot Apple Cider, which is available as a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage. Guests must be 21 years or older+ and have a valid photo ID to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and X (formerly Twitter).
Admission to Universal CityWalk is free. More information is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 2, 2023) – Expect a blaze of excitement in Tampa Bay this coming Spring, as Busch Gardens brings to life a legend with its newest roller coaster “Phoenix Rising,” – the park’s tenth coaster, and the largest family-friendly addition to the Pantopia area of the park. This exhilarating new experience will have family members soaring above the Serengeti Plain before going on an exploratory journey over the Pantopia region, with its vibrant colors, thrilling attractions, and more. Riders will feel the rush of the wind and thrill of the flight in this suspended roller coaster that enable ride cars and riders to swing side to side as the train races along the track high above the Serengeti Plain. “Phoenix Rising” will be the first coaster to feature on-board audio, enhancing the ride experience with a one-of-a-kind soundtrack, integrated into an exhilarating array of twists, turns and surprises for families riding together.
The best way to experience Busch Gardens is with a 2024 Annual Pass and pass holders will be the first to ride the family-friendly coaster “Phoenix Rising” before it opens to the public.
Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, “Phoenix Rising” is a family-friendly suspended roller coaster, traveling at speeds up to 44 miles per hour throughout the 1,831-feet journey. With a minimum height requirement of 42 inches, “Phoenix Rising” will be the perfect attraction for thrill-seeking families to embark on and have fun together.
“Phoenix Rising” will be an extraordinary journey for our seasoned coaster enthusiasts and younger thrill-seekers alike,” said Stewart Clark, president of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “Joining a comprehensive coaster collection, this new attraction reinforces our commitment to provide guests with new, immersive and one-of-a-kind experiences.”
Annual Pass members get early ride access on “Phoenix Rising” prior to its public debut in spring 2024. In addition to exclusive perks and monthly rewards, Pass Members can enjoy a vibrant array of seasonal events throughout the year for as low as $14 per month.
Guests can learn more about all the events, future announcements and the unbeatable benefits of being an Annual Pass member by visiting BuschGardensTampa.com. To be the first to know about construction updates, guests can follow Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), Instagram and TikTok.
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, an AZA accredited zoo 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 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.