Busch Gardens offers food with admission if purchased online

Posted Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:16 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Busch Gardens Tampa is adding unlimited food and drink concessions to it's full-price daily admission ticket. Park goers must purchase the pass online before heading to the park.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:36 PM

Jeezaloo!!! That's quite a deal considering a meal can run you up to $30/person (Well for me, since I eat like bison) . A drive over to Tampa is looking a little more attractive.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 4:10 PM

Just out of curiosity, what price can a person actually get a ticket for. This is obviously a deal if your paying gate prices or even the discounted ticket offered on line. But, if you can get discount tickets for $50, then the deal gets closer to a break even for the guest.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 7:32 PM

My initial reaction was that this was a great deal. Upon further inspection I'm not sure who the target audience is.

Out of state guests traveling to Tampa will likely be visiting other places, i.e. Orlando. I can't see forking over the money for an airline ticket or driving several hours to visit Busch Gardens for only one day to save a few bucks on food.

Florida and Georgia residents can also score a season pass for $69.95.

If they offered included food on their other ticketing options I could see this being very popular. Am I missing something?

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Thursday, July 8, 2010 10:57 PM

If I'm not mistaken, every single day admission purchaced online or at the gate is good for 2 consecutive days. I'm not sure that you would get the food both days though.

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Friday, July 9, 2010 4:21 AM

A couple of you are making this out like they are suckering people into this package. I haven't seen any deep discounts on admission tickets to bring it down to 50 bucks. Even if you could find something that cheap, if a person goes to the park from open to close, eats 3 meals at the park, drinks a bunch of beverages, and snacks throughout the day, it is still a deal.

You have to remember that this park isn't near the mass Orlando parks so alot of people will only utilize this park for one day.

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Friday, July 9, 2010 8:14 AM

I'm not suggesting anything. I'm just asking questions.

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Friday, July 9, 2010 9:44 AM

The people this is 'targeted' at is anyone who goes to BGT. Just because Tampa is 2 hours or so with traffic from Orlando doesn't mean BGT isn't drawing in a lot of folks who would purchase this.

I don't see tons of people who are visiting Tampa driving the drive to Orlando a lot during their stay, and would imagine that most people don't do that, because who wants to drive from Tampa to Orlando for a day and spend $75 to go to one Disney park, or Universal, or SeaWorld, when you can pay that online and get food too.

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Friday, July 9, 2010 10:38 AM

It's typically pretty hard for non-residents to get any sort of deeply-discounted day-tickets to ANY Florida parks....small discounts on day-tickets are generally available thru AAA, and you can usually score about $10-15 discounts thru Wendy's or BK coupons. Residents get deals on season passes (thank goodness!)....but not usually day-tickets.

Quite honestly, I think this is just the first salvo....BGT isn't doing all that it could in terms of turnstile clicks, and I'd be very surprised if they're not doing more of this kind of thing in the near future to try and draw some of those Orlando-area visitors out West...certainly has been made more difficult since DAK opened (and presumably ate up a large portion of the zoo-type visitors).

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Saturday, July 10, 2010 2:58 PM

This definitely would have made us a little more likely to go. Plan was to finally hit Busch Gardens, but price for a family to get in (even with discounts we could find) scared us away.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010 8:35 PM

The point I was trying to make was that offering free food on one type of ticket limits their audience. I think this would be a much better deal if they offered free food on other ticketing options. My theme park habits may be different than others but I typically eat one meal or less in a park on any given day.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010 11:19 PM

You can add unlimited food to any ticket for (I think) $30. This is just the only one that they refer to as "included."

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Monday, July 12, 2010 10:14 AM

My theme park habits may be different than others but I typically eat one meal or less in a park on any given day.

And most families eat at least one meal or more in a park per day. When I was a kid, we ate at least 2, grabbing breakfast on the way in, then lunch, then dinner (we always stated till closing).

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Monday, July 12, 2010 10:05 PM

My family usually ate lunch or dinner in the park but not both. We often had sandwiches sitting in the cooler in the car. I won't even touch Cedar Point's food anymore.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:52 AM

Cedar Point's food was tasty for the Coasterbuzz event last year. Really enjoyed the cookies, wow they were big!

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