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Busch Gardens Williamsburg: Does anyone know where I can find discount tickets or coupons for Busch Gardens Europe?

From Amanda Wilson
Posted May 14, 2007 at 10:10 PM
Hi! Three friends and I are coming to Busch Gardens Europe next Wednesday, May 23, and I was wondering if anyone knew where we could find coupons or discount tickets. We live in NC, right across the state line from Danville, VA.


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From David Kirby
Posted May 15, 2007 at 12:58 PM
I can't say for certain, but you could possibly check for soda cans in the Richmond/ Southern VA area.

From Tyler W.
Posted May 15, 2007 at 1:57 PM
dunno but I know someone that lives in Danville

From Christy Shuman
Posted May 15, 2007 at 2:18 PM
I heard on the radio that food lion has coupons.

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted May 17, 2007 at 1:33 AM
Most park websites offer discounted prices on the website. You may want to check other sites like a hotel's website, travel website or go eat at a Wendy's (they usually have coupons if they're located near a park. I know there's a Wendy's just down from BGE that we ate at. We already had tix so didn't inquire about coupons.) & also, some grocery stores offer tix or season pass coupons. Look online under 'discount theme park tickets', I hope these suggestions help. Good luck w/your trip.

From Kathryn Long
Posted May 18, 2007 at 7:48 AM
A little off topic, but has anyone purchased the Souvenir Drink Cup? Did that work out well? Is it worth having to carry it around with you?

From Der Vohusften Das Kahuaus
Posted May 18, 2007 at 8:24 AM
you are so effing poor

From Der Vohusften Das Kahuaus
Posted May 18, 2007 at 8:24 AM
you are so effing poor

From Dustin Kern
Posted May 18, 2007 at 8:27 AM
If you're an AAA member, you should be able to get discount tickets through them.

From Bob Mackay
Posted May 18, 2007 at 10:22 AM
Regarding AAA: When I booked my room at Kingsmill Resort, which offers a AAA discount, I asked about getting one for park tickets, as well. I was told by the Kingsmill concierge that there was no AAA discount for BGE tickets. I'm just the messenger here.

From Tim Tierney
Posted May 18, 2007 at 12:28 PM
I THINK they still have the deal where you bring a pepsi can and pay kid's price.

From robert olson
Posted May 20, 2007 at 4:29 PM
AAA still offers discounts on Busch tickets. From their website:

Busch Gardens, VA - Adult (10+) Single Day $49.95

Busch Gardens, VA - Child (3-9) Single Day $42.95

Busch Gardens/Water Country Adlt/Child 7 Consec. Days (Vacation Package) $70.00

Busch Gardens, VA and Water Country - Adult/Child 2 day/3rd free $64.95
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If you have 4 or more people going, and think you might go back again, check out the 4-pack deals on the Busch Gardens website.

Also, Busch beer distributors have-in the past-run a little known discount program for the general public which offered discounts off admission at the Busch parks...for people who knew about the program ;) It used to be called something like the 'Executive Explorers Club' or something like that. Just call your local Busch beer distributor and ask to talk to someone about theme park discounts. If you're lucky, they'll connect you to someone who knows what you're talking about (this is assuming they've continued the program, of course).

You could also do a timeshare presentation in Williamsburg for free tickets...if you have the time...and courage ;)

robert olson

From Jake Countiss
Posted May 20, 2007 at 5:26 PM
Check Subway's

They have coupons for regular admission and a two day pack to BGE and Water Country USA.

From Jason Jackson
Posted May 21, 2007 at 9:59 AM
Check Wendy's and Hardee's as well.

From Christy Shuman
Posted May 21, 2007 at 10:21 AM
Food lion has them for 8$ off admission price, no luck at all with any of the subways, ar least here in NC.

From Jason Jackson
Posted May 22, 2007 at 7:48 PM
I was in McDonald's today and they had discount coupons $7 off and half price kids. Expires 06/10/07

From Aeron Delaney
Posted June 6, 2007 at 12:25 PM
I just phoned Busch Gardens Williamsburg to plan my own trip next week. Here's best deal the operator told me "if you bring a valid library card and mention the summer reading program, you can purchase up to six (6) adult single-day passes to the park for only $37.95/ea (about 33% off the regular tix price)"! It was too good to keep to myself.

From Christy Shuman
Posted June 6, 2007 at 1:16 PM
^What days are you going? I will be there Monday and Tuesday.

From Jim Curis
Posted June 8, 2007 at 7:21 PM
Aeron - Are you serious about the 'Summer Reading' Discount program?

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted June 8, 2007 at 9:30 PM
As far as the souviner cup, I bought one, the lid wouldn't stay 'screwed' on so it kept leaking drink everywhere. I won't do it again, I had to put up w/it on every ride I went on. I had to, just like regular stuff, go across to the other side & set it down if I couldn't fit it on me anywhere & it was more of a nucense to me. Now there probably are some out there who's bought one & wasn't bothered w/it but I was. As far as AAA is concerned, I'm a member, yes they do offer discount tix but guess what, you have to have them mailed to you & although it states a specific time in which you should receive them, would you really wanna take the chance they'd arrive before you leave? I'm sure if you ordered them way in advance, it'd be fine but for me, I'd just as soon print 'n go off the website. The discount was the same either way last I checked.

From Aeron Delaney
Posted June 11, 2007 at 1:40 PM
Yes, the "summer reading program" deal is TRUE. Just bring a library card and get up to 6 adult one-day passes for almost 33% off. Call the park (1-800-343-7946) and talk to an operator.

From Kim Faulconer
Posted June 15, 2007 at 10:20 AM
Do you have to be a VA resident for the reading program?

From Aeron Delaney
Posted June 17, 2007 at 11:34 AM
No, you don't have to be a VA resident for the "summer reading program" discount. (I'm from NC.) As far as I know, it only applies to adult single-day admission tix, however.

From lynch baby
Posted June 27, 2007 at 7:26 AM
I contacted the Busch Gardens customer service and confirmed that information about "summer reading program" savings is correct.Here are the details.
1) A child below 18 yrs has to bring his library card to the ticket window and ask for the discount.The parent can then pay after him.
2) The discount is 30% off upto 6 tickets.
3) Discount applies to adult and child tickets.
4) You can be a resident of any state,not necessarily VA to get the discount.

Other discounts are
1)AAA discount upto 10%.
2) Discount coupon available at a Virginia based KFC or Wava gas station for 10$off on weekday and 5$ off on weekend.

From Jane Anderson
Posted July 4, 2007 at 6:35 AM
Does that summer reading discount go on all summer then? Anyone know? We are going week of July 29th

From Frank Zottarelli
Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:42 AM
Yes, the summer reading program is good untill closing day, which I believe is Sept 3d. I just got off the phone with a BG associate. Only one child has to show his library card, at the ticket gate, and mention the summer reading program (my son is 14), and we will receive a 30% discount on up to 6 adult tickets. This by far is the best deal I have found for discounted tickets to BG. Thanks for the info

From Kathy Rosser
Posted July 14, 2007 at 4:56 PM
By showing your library card and mentioning the summer reading program, can you use the library card at Water Country USA also and get the tickets for $37.95/ea. for adult tickets up to 6 admissions? We want to do the Busch Gardens Europe and Water Country and since admissions are so high, I'm trying to save where I can because we will still have to eat 3 meals a day. Do you have to pay to go to Jamestown? I understand this year is the 400th anniversary and was told to try to go there. Money is limited so 2 parks is probably all we can do but we have a third day to do something else. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

From Neil Harris
Posted July 14, 2007 at 7:24 PM
Do you have to bring a child under 18 to get this "Summer Reading" discount? If so, anyone want to "rent-a-child"? LOL

From Viv Thompson
Posted July 16, 2007 at 7:42 AM
Kathy-If you have any children under six, get the 3-for-1 Williamsburg Wild Card it costs 115.90 and here is what it includes;

The 3-For-1 Wild Card ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days of admission to Busch Gardens Europe, Water Country USA and Colonial Williamsburg. Ticket includes parking at Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

The kicker is that children under 6 are free with an adult who has this ticket! Also, parking is free. You do have to have this mailed to you, though. No e-prints. Plus you have to pay for "shipping" (totally bogus), but you get them in 3 days!

From Scott Verble
Posted July 17, 2007 at 9:15 AM
Coke cans often have discounts on them for BG you but if you are going to BGE then you can't get the can with the discount in california it would have to be in or near virgina.

From Michael Morimoto
Posted August 6, 2007 at 8:01 AM
Another option for a minority of us is the option of the handicapped discount. We just visited Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Europe last week and both places had 1/2 price tickets for the disabled person and one other person.

On a related note, if you are handicapped you might want to consider spending the $35 to rent the Electric Convenience Vehicles (aka. Electric Scooters) at Busch Gardens Europe. The park was quite hilly and my normal light duty scooter probably couldn't handle the steepness or the amperage.

From Pamela Horton
Posted July 14, 2009 at 2:25 PM
A better deal than the library card if you choose to visit both the waterpark and theme park. The Busch Gardens Website has the Discovery Ticket on sale for $10 off which is $69.95/person. This is good for 7 days to either park. Thats about a $15 savings on kids and $32 for adults, plus you print your tickets at home.

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