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BUSCH GARDENS’ HOWL-O-SCREAM® OPENS FRIDAY

WILLIAMSBURG (September 8, 2014) – Frightful creatures have taken up residence at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for Howl-O-Scream®. Buccaneers, vampires, fiery fiends, legendary villains and mythical beasts are waiting for the first guests to arrive Sept. 12. At the stroke of 6 p.m. on Friday, the ghouls and haunts come out to play and the park becomes a seriously scary place. Parents and guardians should consider the park’s elevated scare factor when deciding to visit Busch Gardens with young children during Howl-O-Scream.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Salutes Veterans with “Waves of Honor” Special Online Offer

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 8, 2014) – As Veterans Day approaches, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ for the second year in a row is launching a special offer to honor all the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. armed services. The “Waves of Honor” salute to veterans offers 50 percent off single-day admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for veterans and service members, and as many as five guests. Qualified service members and veterans include active duty, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. Tickets must be purchased by November 11 (Veterans Day), 2014 and redeemed by December 21, 2014.

WATER COUNTRY USA® CLOSES FOR SEASON BUSCH GARDENS® PREPS FOR HOWL-O-SCREAM®

WILLIAMSBURG (August 29, 2014) – There are just a few days left to experience Water Country USA’s newest family-thrill attraction Colossal Curl®, plus the park’s vast array of attractions that includes 42 water slides, refreshing pools, lazy rivers and kid-friendly play areas. Virginia’s largest water park will close for the season after its last full day of operation on Sept. 1. It will reopen in spring 2015 for another season of fun in the sun.

Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® Returns to Howl-O-Scream® Lineup

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (August 28, 2014) – Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row® returns to Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® this season after a three-year absence. This all-new show takes the best of Monster Stomp's previous iterations and overlays state-of-the-art special effects for an unmatched audio-visual experience inspired by Jack the Ripper's Victorian-era rampage in London's East End.

BUSCH GARDENS® OFFERS CHRISTMAS TOWN™ DEALS

WILLIAMSBURG (August 21, 2014) – Families can jump start their holiday vacation planning with a special deal on Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ Fun Cards. Annual pass members get additional savings through an exclusive offer that incorporates their pass benefits. Either way, a Christmas Town Fun Card makes it easy to experience the world’s most beautiful theme park all decked out for the holidays.

A CURSE DESCENDS UPON BUSCH GARDENS' HOWL-O-SCREAM®

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (August 13, 2014) – The cursed will take over Busch Gardens® when Howl-O-Scream® opens Sept. 12. The Virginia theme park will present an all-new Terror-tory™ and will revive a fan favorite show to celebrate the 16th year of this popular fall event.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO PERFORM AT BUSCH GARDENS® WILLIAMSBURG JULY 20

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 16, 2014) – With guitars wailing and fiery melodies blazing, Lynyrd Skynyrd will unleash their signature brand of Southern style rock on guests at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on July 20. The legendary rock group will perform at the Virginia theme park as part of the park’s Busch Gardens® LIVE concert series presented by Coca-Cola®.

SEAWORLD TAPS COCA-COLA’S BREAKTHROUGH PLANTBOTTLE TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE FIRST CONSUMER CUP

Orlando, Fla., July 10, 2014 -- Being green is oh-so refreshing. That was the message today as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment(TM) debuted the first refillable plastic cup made from plant-based materials. Now available in all SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens parks across the U.S., the reusable, 100-percent recyclable plastic cup is manufactured using proprietary PlantBottle(TM) packaging technology from the company's beverage partner, Coca-Cola.

MILLS E. GODWIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN COLOSSAL POOL PARTY AT WATER COUNTRY USA®

WILLIAMSBURG (May 30, 2014) – Mills E. Godwin High School students are headed to Virginia’s largest water park this Saturday for a colossal field trip and pool party. Water Country USA® announced the Henrico County school as the winner of the park’s Colossal Pool Party Giveaway. The school has won admission to Water Country USA for up to 300 students and chaperones, plus an exclusive two-hour party at the park after it closes to guests.

WATER COUNTRY USA® SPLASHES INTO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WITH NEW FAMILY-THRILL ATTRACTION

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 23, 2014) Today, Water Country USA® debuted its most colossal attraction ever with the grand opening of Colossal Curl™, the parks’ first family-thrill attraction. Towering high above Water Country USA’s tree line, and situated near the park’s entrance, Colossal Curl’s striking yellow and blue tubes command attention from guests entering Virginia’s largest water park.

FLAVORS ABOUND AT BUSCH GARDENS® FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 23, 2014) – Guests brought their appetites to Busch Gardens today for the opening of the second annual Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. The festival runs weekends through June 29 and features 14 tasting kiosks with 55 menu items that can only be sampled during the event. The festival also offers over 71 varieties of wine, beer and specialty cocktails.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Launches Enhanced Mobile App for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place parks

Orlando, Fla., (May 19, 2014) – SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) today announces new enhancements to its popular park mobile apps, available for iPhone and Android devices. The SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place Discovery Guide mobile apps offer new features for a more personalized and interactive experience during a park visit, and can be downloaded free from the Apple or Google Play app stores.

LONDON ROCKS™ AT BUSCH GARDENS®

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 16, 2014) – Busch Gardens’ new London Rocks™ show is a hit with park guests. The park offered guests a sneak peek of the performance Friday morning, one week ahead of its May 23 premiere.

WATER COUNTRY USA® RECEIVES LIFESAVING AWARDS

WILLIAMSBURG (May 9, 2014) – Water Country USA recently received six American Red Cross Lifesaving Awards and the Virginia Lifeguard Association Dr. Frank Pia Lifesaving Award for a water rescue that took place last summer.

BUSCH GARDENS® ANNOUNCES SUMMER CONCERT LINEUP

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 12, 2014) – Busch Gardens® today announced the remaining artists performing in the Busch Gardens® LIVE and Glory at the Gardens concert series presented by Coca-Cola®. With a lineup featuring rock, country and Christian music, there’s something for everyone this summer.

BUSCH GARDENS®, BAD BOY MOWERS® GIVE LANDSCAPE LOVE TO MARYLAND RESIDENT’S FRONT YARD

WILLIAMSBURG, VA (May 08, 2014) – Busch Gardens® Williamsburg’s talented team of landscaping pros braved the rainy, windy weather on April 28 to makeover Salisbury, Md. resident Noami Donohoe’s front yard. Donohoe was the winner of this year’s Busch Gardens Landscape Giveaway Presented by Bad Boy Mowers®. The giveaway package included a custom landscape design consultation, landscaping supplies and professional installation from the team responsible for maintaining Busch Gardens as the world’s most beautiful theme park. Donohoe also received a brand-new Bad Boy Mower, the official mower of Busch Gardens, as an additional surprise during the landscape reveal presentation. In Donohoe’s submission story, she shared that she could not afford to purchase a lawn mower.

TWO PARKS + TWO ATTRACTIONS = BIG SUMMER FUN

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 22, 2014) – Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® are entering the final phases of construction for two of Virginia’s most anticipated can’t miss experiences. The parks opened the construction gates today to offer media outlets a first look at Colossal Curl™, Water Country USA’s newest family thrill attraction, and a sneak peak of the new stage under construction for Busch Gardens’ new London Rocks™ show at the Williamsburg park’s Globe Theatre.

MARYLAND RESIDENT SELECTED AS WINNER FOR THE BUSCH GARDENS® LANDSCAPE GIVEAWAY

WILLIAMSBURG (March 26, 2014) – After busily working to get the park ready for the season, Busch Gardens’ landscaping experts are taking their expertise on the road. Busch Gardens announced Naomi Donohoe of Salisbury, Md. the winner of the Busch Gardens Landscape Giveaway Presented by Bad Boy Mowers®. Donohoe’s prize is a front yard landscaping package that includes design and consultation services from Busch Gardens’ horticultural professionals, landscaping and gardening supplies and landscaping installation. Busch Gardens’ landscaping team will visit the Donohoe home later on this spring to install the landscape prize.

TREE-CYCLING AT BUSCH GARDENS® BRINGS NEW MEANING TO GOING GREEN

WILLIAMSBURG (Feb. 5, 2014)- For many Christmas trees, life ends after the holiday is over. Stripped of their lights, they wait forlornly at the curb to be hauled off to fates unknown. For the 1,500 trees leftover from Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town™, however, life goes on. The Virginia theme park puts the Frasers firs that decorated the pathways of their annual holiday celebration to good use.

FACEBOOK FANS HELP BUSCH GARDENS® CHOOSE NEW FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL MENU

WILLIAMSBURG (January 24, 2014) – Busch Gardens® is bringing new flavors to this year’s
Food & Wine Festival thanks to help from the park’s social media fans. The festival, opening May 23 at the Virginia park, will feature Caribbean-themed selections along with the park’s other European-inspired culinary creations.