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Christmas Town Opens This Friday at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Nov. 19, 2013—All throughout Busch Gardens®, hundreds of “elves” are scurrying to prepare the park for Christmas Town™, which opens Friday, Nov. 22.  They may not have pointy ears and jingle bells on their feet like the elves recently featured in the #sELFies hashtag on the park’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels, but their work is equally as important.

 

In late October, Busch Gardens wrapped up its annual Howl-O-Scream event and now the park has taken on a stunning new look for the holidays. Teams of fast-paced “elves” began illuminating the park’s 300 acres of holiday fun. Down came the spider webs and pumpkins and in their place, park employees  began assembling  more than six million lights, hundreds of wreathes, garlands and lighted trees, including O Tannenbaum, a fifty-foot tree whose  many twinkling lights dance in time to music.  From big changes to tiny details, it takes help from all park teams to get Busch Gardens into the holiday spirit.

clip_image004[4]Shops full of toys for good girls and boys start to sparkle with a little “magic” from the Merchandising team, including Assistant Visual Merchandiser Allison Duncan. Duncan, who recently moved to Virginia from North Carolina, is directing a team who is in charge of store decorations in the England, Italy, Scotland and New France areas of the park.

 

“It’s my first time at Christmas Town so I don’t know what to expect,” said Duncan, “but I think our team’s done a good job executing the designs we’ve developed .”

 

Some stores, like the Emporium shop will be getting yuletide makeovers. “This year it’s going to be very Victorian and just gorgeous,” said Duncan, hinting that the store is likely to be her favorite and a hit with guests as well.

 

In the bakery, the culinary teams are preparing to bake cookies for Santa as well as park guests who will visit Christmas Town.

 

“We’re doing a whole lot of cake and baked goods testing,” said Durell Council, a supervisor at the bakery. “We have newclip_image006[4] menus in our restaurants and Christmas Town breads and cakes to prepare.”

 

Along with gingerbread cookies, snowman cupcakes and red velvet cake, guests visiting Christmas Town will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth with a new Black Forest cake dripping with chocolate ganache and topped with a chocolate-covered cherry.

 

For Maria Rubino, an entertainment technician from New York working on the installation of Christmas Town, a day’s work may require hanging wreaths and stringing garland or checking light bulbs on Big Ben.

 

“During Christmas Town I also maintain the lights by walking through the park troubleshooting and repairing decorations,” said Rubino, “so I get to see Christmas Town from a guest perspective too.”

 

clip_image008[4]Rubino said she is most looking forward to guest’s reactions to the holiday celebration, “because as fun as it is putting up all these decorations, I love the reactions from people when they see everything, especially the kids.”

 

“I’m so happy to be here now working with this team,” said Rubino, “because we really do feel like little elves.”

 

Allison Duncan, Durell Council and Maria Rubino represent the hundreds of the team members involved in transforming the scares of Howl-O-Scream into the winter wonderland of Christmas Town.  The lights of Christmas Town turn on Nov. 22 and twinkle select days through Dec 31. 

 

Pay for a day and enjoy unlimited access to the holiday celebration with a Christmas Town Fun Card.  For more information, including a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

 

The haunting begin Sept. 14 2012

Busch Gardens'  Williamsburg annual horror fest, Howl-O-Scream, has been expanded to seven chilling weeks. Busch Gardens' celebration of the macabre features bone-chilling scare zones, frightening shows and gruesome creatures that lurk around the park.  Busch Gardens Updates –August 2012

Busch Gardens’  Williamsburg annual horror fest, Howl-O-Scream, has been expanded to seven chilling weeks. Busch Gardens’ celebration of the macabre features bone-chilling scare zones, frightening shows and gruesome creatures that lurk around the park. 
The park’s younger guests will be treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun. The haunts begin Sept. 14 and continue to terrify through Oct. 28, 2012
Will you brave Howl-O-Scream?

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Last week of IllumiNights
If you haven’t seen the nightly summer extravaganza yet, you have until Aug. 19 to experience live performances, music and special effects that culminate in a park-wide firework spectacular. Enjoy special shows in each country including the new Wunderbarn and fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg to open for 2009 Christmas Season

 

busch gardens williamsburg va Santa Claus and his elf entourage toured the European-themed park Monday morning, gathering ideas and finalizing plans for Christmas Town: A Busch Gardens Celebration debuting November 2009. Santa and his elves concluded their tour by highlighting details of the holiday event for hundreds of park guests at a special presentation in the theme park’s German village.
For the first time in the park’s 34-year history, visitors will experience all-new attractions, shows and shopping that will fill them with the holiday spirit. From more than a million twinkling lights, the smell of fresh baked Christmas cookies and one-of-a-kind gift ideas to a spectacular 45-foot, light-animated Christmas tree.
“The ‘World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park’ will transform into a Christmas wonderland this November,” said John Reilly, executive vice president and general manager for Busch Gardens. “We’re hoping to create a holiday tradition for families to enjoy in a spectacular setting.”
Event details are available on the new Christmas Town Web site at www.christmastown.com .
A limited number of $5 tickets are available only online for active pass members valid for opening day, Nov. 27. This special ticket price is available on a first come, first served basis. Visit www.bgwpass.com  for complete details on this special offer.

Christmas Town opens at Busch Gardens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3 – 10 p.m. beginning Nov. 27. The park will open each evening Dec. 18 – 27, excluding Christmas Day. Some sections of the park will remain closed for the season, and some rides and attractions are weather dependent.

Budweiser Military Tribute Extended by Anheuser-Busch InBev

 1/6/2009  Here’s to the Heroes” Provides Free Admission to Worlds of Discovery Theme Parks For Military Members and Direct Dependents

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (Jan. 6, 2009) – Well you can ‘t get a free beer anymore at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. What you can get is free admission if you are an active duty  service person !

BGVA A tribute program that has provided free admission to Worlds of Discovery for more than 3.2 million members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through 2009. Budweiser’s “Here’s to the Heroes” was launched in February 2005 to acknowledge the service of military men and women and the sacrifies made by their families.

“It is gratifying to all of us at Anheuser-Busch InBev that so many members of our armed forces have taken advantage of this program and honored us with a visit,” said Jim Atchison, President of Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC). “This is a difficult time for our men and women in uniform- and their families- and we are honored to give them something back.”

About 700,000 guests either service members or their dependents, have received free admission to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg and Water Country USA through the Here’s to the Heroes program since it started in 2005.

Here’s to the Heroes provides a single day’s free admission to any one Busch Gardens or SeaWorld park, Water Country USA, Sesame Place or Adventure Island for the service member and as many as three of his or her direct dependents. The program is sponsored by Budweiser, the flagship beer of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Any active duty, active reserve, ready reserve service member or National Guardsman is entitled to free admission under the program. he or she only need register, either online at www.herosalute.com or in the entrance plaza of a participating park, and show a Department of Defense photo ID. Also included in the offer are members of foreign military forces serving in the coalitions in Iraq or Afghanistan or attached to American units in the U.S. for training.

“This is one small way we can acknowledge and thank the soliders, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen whose service helps to preserve the freedom and safety of every American,” Atchison said. “It’s important to all of us at Anheuser-Busch InBev that we show our gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf.”

Here’s to the Heroes is the fourth tribute to military personnel offered by the company since Yellow Ribbon Summer welcomed service members home from the Gulf War in 1991.

Three Worlds of Discovery – SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Diego – operate year round. The company’s remaining parks are seasonal, with varying opening dates this spring. Each park’s operating schedule is available online.

Inactive, standby and retired reserve members, military retirees, U.S. Merchant Marine and civilian Department of Defence workers are ineligible for the program. The program does not include Discovery Cove or SeaWorld’s new waterpark, Aquatica.

Orlando-based Busch Entertainment operates nine Worlds of Discovery across the U.S.: SeaWorld Florida in Orlando, SeaWorld California in San Diego, SeaWorld Texas in San Antonio; Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, Fl., Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., Discovery Cove in Orlando; Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. near Philadelphia; and waterparks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, opened in spring 2008.

The Worlds of Discovery play host to more than 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. On the Web at www.WorldsofDiscovery.com

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