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Welcome to the Busch Gardens ® and Water Country USA ® media room.

This section of our website is designed for working journalists. The park’s communications team is eager to work with members of the media. We hope you find this section of our website useful.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Media Admissions Policy

The media admissions policy for Busch Gardens Williamsburg enables news media to become familiar with the park’s many featured attractions and, at the same time, enjoy a day with family or friends. This courtesy is extended to active, credentialed members of the news media only, which does not include administrative, promotions directors, retired personnel, sales staff or non-news management. Complimentary admission is available to media in the following categories:

Print Media: Publishers, editors, reporters, staff writers, photographers, freelance writers and producers.

Broadcast Media: News directors, public affairs directors, assignment editors/managers, producers, on-air personnel (anchors/hosts/DJs/reporters) photographers/videographers, program directors.

Online Media: Social media influencers or bloggers are considered on a case-by-case basis if the blogger has a significant social media following and meets other criteria. Links to the blog posts must be sent within seven days of the visit to the park.

Two complimentary tickets will be granted per year to qualifying personnel. This courtesy is for park admission only.

Arrangements for tickets are made by clicking the media ticket request link at least 7 days in advance of your visit. Requests for weekend days made after noon on Thursday will not be granted. For holidays observed on Mondays, requests should be made by noon the previous Thursday. Your request should include:

   Name and your company title

   The date of your visit

   Number of tickets

   A contact phone number and an e-mail address

Once your request is received, please allow 48 hours for it to be processed. You should receive an email confirming your visit. Please contact us at (757) 253-3369 if you have not received a confirmation at least 48 hours in advance of your requested visit.

For more information on requesting tickets, call (757) 253-3364. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on weekends and holidays).

Media on Assignment: News media on assignment must request interviews and photo/video sessions in advance. This ensures appropriate park personnel will be available on the day of the visit. All media on assignment must arrive at the security entrance and be escorted during their visit. Without prior approval, family members and friends will not be permitted to accompany media while on assignment.