Busch Gardens: Preschoolers welcome for free


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Family Adventure Park Celebrates Sesame Street’s Arrival By Inviting Kids 5 and Younger
To Explore Safari of Fun All Year Long — For FREE

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2010) — It is a remarkable year for Busch Gardens as Elmo, Big Bird and all their friends arrive at Sesame Street Safari of Fun. To commemorate this new signature attraction’s premiere, Busch Gardens is offering a FREE Commemorative Busch Gardens Preschool Pass to kids ages 5 and younger during 2010, so kids can take advantage of all the fun and adventures Sesame Street Safari of Fun has to offer.

The signature attraction will be filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun, shows and memorable adventures that celebrate the spirit of Africa. Only at Busch Gardens will you have the opportunity to encounter unique African-themed versions of the characters and go on safari with the beloved friends.

In addition to the rides and play areas, families can share breakfast or lunch with Elmo and friends in a brand-new dining facility adjacent to the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and view “Sesame Street Presents: Lights, Camera, Imagination!” in the park’s 4-D theater, located in Timbuktu.

The FREE Commemorative Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an exclusive online offer, available at It is exclusively for Florida residents with kids ages 5 and younger and is valid for unlimited admission – with no blackout dates – through Dec. 31, 2010 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Premium Passport discounts and benefits.

After registering at the website, registrants may pick up the Preschool Pass for their child by bringing a printed confirmation and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate to any ticket window at Busch Gardens’ front gate.

Rolling Out the Red Carpet for Families
“We’re extending this offer because Busch Gardens wants to share how truly special the park is for families with young kids,” said Donnie Mills, Busch Gardens’ executive vice president and general manager. “We’ve always been family friendly, but with Sesame Street Safari of Fun, we are excited to showcase that we have something for all ages.

“And we’re going beyond just a new attraction. We’re also making sure that families that visit Busch Gardens feel special and have the amenities they need that will make their trip easy as well as entertaining,” Mills said. “From having the perfect kid-sized attraction to making parking easier for moms with strollers, we’re really embracing Sesame Street and a kid-friendly attitude throughout our operation.”

Forty-four spots in the preferred parking area will be available for guests with strollers, so they can bypass the tram. No additional fee is required, and spaces are available on a limited basis. Guests can request the parking spots at the parking tollbooths.

Kids can pick up a version of the park map made especially for them, highlighting age-appropriate attractions such as Jambo Junction, where guests can have up-close interactions with animals such as flamingos, lemurs and sloths; Timbuktu, where pint-sized rides such as a carousel and small planes will delight those not ready for the major coasters; or Jungala, where families can connect with the jungle through a three-story play land, soar above the treetops on a zip line adventure and come face to face with exotic and endangered animals.

For more information on Sesame Street Safari of Fun or to register for the FREE Commemorative Busch Gardens Preschool Pass, visit