Family booted from Busch Gardens Tampa for costumed kid

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2009 10:31 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A woman says her family was kicked out of Busch Gardens Tampa because her 6-year-old was wearing a costume, and they have a policy against it.

Read more from WESH/Orlando.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:13 AM
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RatherGoodBear said:
I suppose they wouldn't be embarrassed to be the only 4 people out of 30,000 walking around the park dressed inappropriately.

RGB, From this statement, I would have guessed that you haven't been to a park in a while :)

Out of 30,000 at least 3000 of these guests are dressed inappropriately. I just assume they didn't have mirrors or were ACE members.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009 11:29 AM
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I dress inappropriately every day. lol

Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:14 PM

Let me clarify my previous statement to say they were dressed inappropriately when it came to the no costume rule. Better?

Sunday, October 25, 2009 12:40 PM
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DaveStroem said:

Out of 30,000 at least 3000 of these guests are dressed inappropriately. I just assume they didn't have mirrors or were ACE members.


Seriously though. Im not sure what the families expectation was, whether they read the rules or not. You wouldnt go to the park on June 15th in a costume, so why would you even remotely think you could on October != 31st. Doesnt matter what the park function happens to be. I could possibly give them an inch if it was the 31st. Either way, for something that really is out of the normal in general park operations, why wouldnt you call, write, research to make sure before you hop in the car for your hour ride. Seems the other 30K people in a day got it right.

Not accepting the parks offer for a refund and then going to the media is the formula of intent approaching douchebaggery.

Monday, October 26, 2009 7:04 AM

Parents like this are why so many kids are such bratty A-holes these days.

I'd be reluctant to blame the admissions employees for this. I used to work admissions at a park during a Halloween event, and often times people would deliberately not put their costumes on until after they entered the park, then try to claim they were allowed in with it on if they were confronted about it.

And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
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Monday, October 26, 2009 9:39 AM
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I don't really understand all the need for blame. I think that's part of the problem, too. Something unfavorable happened (people showed up to the park in attire they weren't allowed to wear) and immediately there's this need to blame someone for that.

It is what it is. And has been said, there were many choices that could have been made to make the situation better. Refunds were offered, the family could have grabbed some t-shirts from the park or a store nearby, etc.

It seems that instead of declaring oneself a victim and looking to blame someone, it would have been better to focus on what they came to do...spend the day at the park.

"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, October 26, 2009 3:49 PM
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I agree with you Carrie. Though I cant say this is a completely blameless situation. Errors were clearly made on both sides of the fence. If there were no errors there wouldnt have been a "situation".

Honestly my biggest issue was how the afterwords was handled. In that I didnt see the family looking for any level of accommodation. I think they just wanted to attempt to make a useless point and senslessly raise it up the flagpole.

This whole event isnt/shouldnt have been media worthy. Course one benefit came out of it. Since it hit the press, it makes it that much harder for the next group to claim "they didnt know" :)

Monday, October 26, 2009 4:49 PM
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As we said in the podcast that I haven't posted yet, no one would care and we wouldn't even be having this discussion if the attention whoring mother didn't go running off to a TV station. Embarrassed my ass.

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Monday, October 26, 2009 7:53 PM
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If its not posted, it doesnt count Jeff :)


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