Opening Night Critters

Featuring rescued domestic and exotic animals, this theatrical tale follows a couple of stage hands as they find themselves in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production. 

Busch Gardens® Tampa’s newest live stage show Opening Night Critters takes the stage in Pantopia Theater. Featuring rescued dogs, cats, birds, a horse, a kangaroo and more.

The stage hands quickly discover that working with these animals isn’t as easy as they had originally thought. Try as they might, they can’t get their costars to cooperate and when nearly all hope is lost, their kindness and compassion is rewarded when everything falls into place for a fun-filled, furry and feathered finale.

Find out show times for Opening Night Critters and other great shows at Busch Gardens.

After the curtain comes down at your favorite Busch Gardens® shows, stick around for a meet-and-greet with the cast. Actors and dancers from many of our shows are available to take pictures with guests after the performance.

Special Needs

  • Handicap accessible seating is limited.
  • Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
  • Show Scripts and Assistive Listening Devices are available at Guest Relations