BUSCH GARDENS TEAMS UP WITH INTERNATIONAL PLAZA FOR NEW PLAY AREA

BUSCH GARDENS TEAMS UP WITH INTERNATIONAL PLAZA FOR NEW PLAY AREA

9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM

TAMPA, FL – Busch Gardens® Tampa has teamed up with International Plaza to create a one-of-a-kind children’s play area, offering many of the iconic structures of Florida’s thrill leader. 

“This is a great partnership, and as the Tampa Bay area's No. 1 family theme park, we're excited to bring a little bit of adventure into the community for all families to experience each and every day,” said Busch Gardens Park President Jim Dean. “This will be a fully immersive experience for kids, highlighting the exciting elements you’d find at the park.” 

The new Busch Gardens children’s play area will be free to all guests at International Plaza and Bay Street and include several animal stars such as hippos, a baby elephant, baby lions and an alligator, as well as a train, safari truck and a 14-foot Cheetah Hunt® Tower. The area will also include a 70-inch TV showcasing all of the exciting adventures that await guests at Busch Gardens

“When Busch Gardens stepped forward as our local sponsor, we knew this custom designed, multi-sensory experience for young children would capture the passions of the Tampa Bay community, being its beloved Busch Gardens Theme Park,” says Nina Mahoney, International Plaza marketing and sponsorship director. “I know it’ll be a hit with young families living in the area, as well as those visiting from out-of-town.”

The new play area will be under construction from Sept. 14-19, and end with a grand opening event for the community on Sept. 20. 

Media contacts are Travis Claytor, Busch Gardens public relations, at 813-987-5401 or Travis.Claytor@BuschGardens.com and Nina Mahoney, International Plaza and Bay Street, at 813-342-3780 or nmahoney@taubman.com

Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™, one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations. For more information on Busch Gardens, visit buschgardens.com or call 1-888-800-5447.

International Plaza and Bay Street, an enclosed, two-story regional shopping center with an adjacent outdoor lifestyle center, is located on the southeast edge of the Tampa International Airport. It features 200 specialty stores and 15 restaurants, plus Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Restaurant hours vary. For additional information, visit shopinternationalplaza.com.

IMAGES

View a color rendering of the new play area.
 

# # #