What is the Busch Gardens Bag Policy? | Easily Explained

Every theme park has its own rules of what you can or can't bring, and it can get a little overwhelming trying to figure it out while also trying to plan your vacation.

In this page, we cover exactly what you can and can't bring into Busch Gardens.

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What is the Busch Gardens Bag Policy?

For both Busch Gardens locations (Tampa & Williamsburg), visitors are allowed to bring backpacks into the park, however, the bags cannot have wheels. 

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You'll also be able to rent a locker and conveniently store your backpack and valuables inside of the locker, while you ride the rides or navigate through the park.

Inspection Entering the Park

Visitors should be aware that all guests, bags, packages, and other items are subject to inspection, including metal detection or other screening measures before entering the park.

Can You Bring Bags on Rides?

Although visitors can bring bags into the park, bags and any loose items are not allowed on rides.

They must be stored inside a locker, or left with a non-rider for the duration of the ride.

Can You Have a Backpack at Howl O Scream?

As of September 24, no bags will be permitted after 4 pm at Howl O Scream.

Wristlets and small packs measuring less than 8”x 5” are permitted and subject to security inspection.

What if I Brought a Bag Earlier in the Day?

Do you have to leave the park to put your bag away, and then re-enter the park?

No, bags brought into the park before 4 pm aren't an issue and may remain in the park with the owner while they're at the park during the entire event.

Why Was This Rule Implemented?

For the safety of both guests and park team members, as Howl O Scream takes place at night, which means the park is naturally much darker.

Howl O Scream is a limited-time event that occurs around the Halloween season featuring 5 haunted houses, 8 scare zones, 2 fan-favorite shows & exhilarating rides.

Bags are not allowed inside Haunted Houses.

Can You Bring Food or Water Into the Park?

Visitors are not able to bring outside food into the park unless they have a special dietary restriction.

Visitors however can bring unopened or empty water bottles and baby food.

Other than that, no food, snacks, or drinks are allowed to be brought into the Busch Gardens Park.

According to Busch Gardens, the below items are acceptable and prohibited at the park:

Acceptable Items

  • Bottled Water
  • Empty Water Bottles
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements
  • Any food required for special dietary needs
  • Baby food/baby formula

Prohibited Items

  • Glassware or glass containers
  • Open containers or drinks containing alcohol
  • Luggage
  • Coolers
  • Bags With Wheels

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