Thrill Chasers™

Busch Gardens® and Water Country USA® launched the Thrill Chasers™  blogger ambassador program for the 2014 season. The parks offered interested bloggers the opportunity to apply to be an official Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Thrill Chaser. The program allows the parks to partner with bloggers of all topics who share our vision of growing natural fun, enjoy visiting our parks and want to share their experiences via online and social media channels. These bloggers have the opportunity to participate in incredible adventures to learn more about the parks' thrilling attractions, exclusive park experiences and educational programs.   

The Thrill Chasers™ Benefits Include:

  • A one year membership to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA
  • Insider updates – ambassador bloggers will be among the first to know about new events, attractions and tours
  • Access to behind-the-scenes events and tours
  • The opportunity to spend quality family time at the parks
  • Features on Busch Gardens and Water Country USA's online and social media channels
  • And much more

The application process for the 2014 season has closed. Stay tuned for more information about the 2015 Busch Gardens and Water Country USA Thrill Chaser application process. 

Krystel S., Army Wife 101
Krystel is a mom of two and a military wife. She has been blogging for four years as a military lifestyle blogger and is also VP of Brand Outreach at MSBNewMedia.com a company owned by military spouses. She has a total obsession with 90's tv, cupcakes and french fries!

Maria L., Close to Home
Maria is a mother of three, dedicated wife, golden retriever lover, blogger, cook, tutor and fitness buff, not in that order. She lives in Richmond and her family loves exploring all that this fine state has to offer and sharing family-friendly recipes, crafts, entertaining and travel tips to her readers. She hopes you will join her adventures too.

Melissa V., Adventures of Frugal Mom
Melissa is the face behind Adventures of Frugal Mom. She is a mom to three beautiful daughters ages 18.15 and 11, two fur babies and a chicken. She has been married to her husband, a native of Mexico for 19 years. She teaches when she is not blogging and feels lucky to have two jobs that she loves.  Melissa blogs as well as teaches at a local elementary school. Follow Melissa and her family on their crazy journey. When she is blogging or teaching, Melissa is most likely looking for fun things to do with the family.

Laura O., A Frugal Chick
Laura lives in Chesapeake, VA and she is SO excited to be a Busch Gardens Ambassador for 2014.  After completing her Masters degree, she started her website to teach people all the ways she was saving money in hopes of making their lives better.  If you can't find her at the park you can find her on 92.9 The Wave, WVEC Channel 13 News or on her website www.afrugalchick.com!

Mickey C., A Helicopter Mom
Mickey is a hovering mom to three young kids and wife to a kind and loving man. When not traveling to her heart's content, Mickey spends her free time toiling over perfectly iced cookies and origami-like crafts while balancing the life of a busy work-from-home mom.

Emily C., Inside the Magic
As an avid theme park fan, Emily is excited to share the events and fun of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA this year!  She will use skills learned and earned in her degree in English and journalism as well as her DSLR camera to bring all the excitement of the parks to Inside the Magic.

Chrissy D., What does not kill us makes us crazy, Examiner.com
Christina is a non-fiction writer who has published several hundred articles about health, autism, and the television program LOST, amongst many other topics. As a fellow human being she is also a theme park enthusiast, survivor, mom, nutritionist, therapist, animal trainer, cook, and singer. She enjoys life and analyzing all of its concepts. The culmination of these things is why she is a writer.  Her debut memoir about her son and their journey through autism is titled Little Squares with Colors: A Different Way to Look at Autism. They have enjoyed numerous successful trips to Busch Gardens and Water Country over the years which, yielded needed family time.

Micaela W., Kid Trips Northern Virginia
Micaela is a travel reading junkie and loves discovering books, brochures, and travel guides from all over the world.  She is a co-author of the guide book "Kid Trips Northern Virginia," runs a local family blog, and works in public relations.  Additionally, Micaela is a frequent contributor to many Washington DC metro area publications and loves scoping out new kid-friendly venues with her family. Micaela resides with her husband and two young sons in Fairfax County, VA.

Oni H., OnezumiVerse
Oni  is an artist who has a powerful love of theme parks - especially dark rides and haunted attractions. She is the founder of InterventionCon (InterventionCon.com) in Rockville, MD, a grassroots family-friendly educational art festival that empowers people to embrace art and technology together.

Oni has been featured on CNN, Wired, The Washington Post, Haunt World, and many other places for her art, charitable work, and her honest and odd sense of humor.  She is best known for her powerful work ethic and her ability to inspire people to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband and Partner in Awesome Harknell who is the Riker to her Picard. There are a lot of miles on her car.

Jenny S., Holdin' Holden
Jenny is a 30-year-old professional musician, turned stay-at-home mom, hailing from Southeastern Virginia where she resides with her husband and crazy children. She spends most of her days chugging coffee and trying to keep up with two young sons. In order to keep some semblance of her adult-brain working, she began writing the popular Mommy Blog “Holdin’ Holden” in 2008, which has earned more than one million hits. Whenever she gets a spare moment, Jenny enjoys entertaining her ever-growing Facebook Fan Page with over 49,000 followers who have dubbed her the “Howard Stern of Mommy Blogging” by regaling them with funny anecdotes from her day and hoping to write things to embarrass her children when they are old enough to bring home dates.

Jenny’s strong views on parenthood, and hilarious observations as a mother has earned her a place on the popular parenting website “Circle of Moms” list for “The Top 10 Funniest Moms of 2013” and on Parent Society, another popular parenting website, list for “The Top 10 Funniest Moms on the Internet.” Jenny’s internet popularity has made her a returning guest on the news stations in her local area, as well as wherever she travels for appearances.

Ginny G., Kristy M. & Olivia B., Williamsburg Families
The Williamsburg Family team includes Ginny, Kristy and Olivia. They live, work and play in the Williamsburg area.  They hail from different parts of the country but now all happily call Williamsburg home.   
 The team created www.WilliamsburgFamilies.com to provide our readers with information on events and activities to help them plan their free time and create great memories.  

Visitors, college students and local residents will find information on events, classes, deals, and so much more.  The site's content is updated daily and their site calendar is loaded with things to do in the Williamsburg, Virginia area.  They invite you to take a few minutes and check out our site.

Naoma D., Ask Naoma
Naoma is a single mother to two boys, blogger, vlogger, social media & tech in Virginia Beach! You can water her on WVEC 13 News Now for Social Media Saturday Mornings at 7:45am.

Russell M., Theme Park Insider
Russell  is a professional geologist and project manager for a major engineering consulting firm, but when he is not working to earn a living, he is usually spending time in theme parks.  He has been writing for Theme Park Insider (an online magazine/newspaper providing information, news, and discussion about theme parks world-wide) as a contributor and columnist for over a decade, and has been visiting Busch Gardens since he was a kid.  He has covered a number of important events and attraction openings on behalf of Theme Park Insider including the debuts of Curse of Darkastle, Griffon, Verbolten, and much more.  He typically spends around 30 days or more a year in theme parks, and takes at least one out-of-region trip every year with this year's plans likely taking him to Central Florida and Ontario, Canada.  He has been to virtually every major amusement and theme park in the United States, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg remains one of my favorites.

Sandy A., Somewhere in the Sand,   Examiner.com
Sandy is a writer, blogger, photographer, and travel fanatic. If it’s beachy, spooky, magical, or just plain fun, she will seek it out and tell you all about it. A fan of theme parks since an early age, she has been behind the scenes, on the front lines, and a patron of the parks. She writes on theme parks, sightseeing, and other travel topics for Examiner.com and blogs about all sorts of family fun and sunny subjects at SomewhereInTheSand.com.

Kaitlyn P., iIMAGINEblank

Kaitlyn (known as iIMAGINEblank by her YouTube followers) is a 23-year-old YouTube video blogger (vlogger) and professional video editor and producer.  She has been passionate about story-telling since childhood but began experimenting with film making while in high school and fell in love.  While attending the College of William and Mary, she expanded her film and video skills by working with William & Mary Television, the WM Global Film Festival, and numerous student films.  In 2011, Kaitlyn began her official YouTube career after being chosen by Google as 1 of 10 filmmakers for the 2011 YouTube Creator Institute at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.  During her time at the institute, Kaitlyn discovered her unique knack for vlogging and her joy with sharing her sometimes awkward but hilarious life with the Internet.

Since then Kaitlyn has garnered over a thousand followers and a million video views with several viral videos.  Her greatest aspiration for her channel is to inspire her viewers to be the best versions of themselves and love who they are—something she struggled with as a teenager and hopes to educate other young people on now.  More than anything she loves to make you smile.

Kira R., 757 Lifestyle
Kira is a Hampton Roads native. She is the owner of Love Media, a freelance writer, blogger and brand ambassador. She is also the owner-editor of 757 Lifestyle, an entertainment and lifestyle website for Hampton Roads. She has been a faithful fan of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA for over 20 years. It has been very exciting for her to see the parks evolve and grow over the years. Her children had their first visits to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA at only a few months old and are now tall enough to ride everything in the park! She finds it amazing to look back and have milestones celebrating each stage of their development by remembering their first time on each ride. Her family loves visiting the parks because they enjoy wholesome family fun and entertainment. She looks forward to sharing their experience at the parks this season with all of you!