Is a Busch Gardens Annual Pass Worth It?

In this page we will be explaining if a Busch Gardens annual pass is worth it, what an Annual Pass is, what benefits they offer, what type of passes there are, and how you can pay for them.

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Is An Annual Pass Worth It?

If you're planning on visiting Busch Gardens at least twice in a calendar year, an annual pass is absolutely worth it.

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In 2 visits, an annual pass will pay for itself, and that's not even including the value of other perks such as discounted tickets to Howl O Scream, free parking ($25 per visit) & free guest tickets.

There are different types of annual passes that you can choose from, each offering different perks, which we will cover below.

What is an Annual Pass

An annual pass is a little different than a season pass, as it will last you exactly 12 months from the day you purchased, regardless of the season. So this means if you purchased an annual pass on July 7th, it will last you through July 7th of the next year, not just until the end of the current year.

They include the same benefits as a season pass, plus additional benefits.

Types of Passes & Passholder Benefits

Bronze Pass Silver Annual Pass Gold Annual Pass Platinum Annual Pass
$280 of value $885 of value $1,265 of value $2,540 of value
Enjoy 12 Months of Admission
Enjoy Visits All Year Includes Blockout Dates
Discounted Howl-O-Scream Tickets
Free Admission on Opening Weekend of Howl-O-Scream®
Share the Experience - FREE Guest Tickets* 2 4 6
Exclusive Guest Ticket Discounts
Park for FREE (regularly $25/visit)
FREE Preferred Parking Upgrade 50%
Priority Park Entrance**
Exclusive Food & Beverage Savings*** 10% 15% 20%
Exclusive Merchandise Savings**** 10% 20% 30% 40%
FREE Up-Close Reserved Parade Viewing** 1
FREE Reserved Show Viewing**
FREE Photo Benefits (Digital Photo Downloads) 1 Free Digital Download 1 Free Photokey 1 Free Annual Photokey
Discounts on Quick Queue (Front-of-the-Line Access) 20% 30% 50%
FREE Single Ride Quick Queue Per Visit
Discounts on Photo Prints & Frames 10% 20% 30% 50%
Discounts on AMAZING Zoological Experiences 10% 15% 20%
FREE Animal Encounter 1
Discounts on Dines with Your Kids' Favorite Characters 10% 15% 20%
Rental Discounts on Strollers 10% 15% 20%
Admission to Our Popular Event Line-Up, Including Food Festivals, Halloween with Kids’ Weekends, Christmas and More
Exclusive Savings to Discovery Cove
Exclusive Pin Trading Events & Product Access
Unlimited Admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place and Our Award Winning Water Parks
Exclusive Savings on Youth Summer Camps 10% 15% 20%

Summary of Benefits

In this section, we'll cover the notable aspects of each pass.

Bronze Pass Member

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  • There are Blockout Dates
  • No Free Parking
  • No Food & Beverage Savings

Silver Pass Member

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  • No Blockout Dates
  • Free Parking
  • 2 Free Guest Tickets

Gold Pass Member

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  • No Blockout Dates
  • Free Preferred Parking
  • Priority Park Entrance
  • 30% Off Exclusive Merchandise

Platinum Pass Member

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  • Unlimited Admission to Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Sesame Place & Water Parks
  • No Blockout Dates
  • Free Preferred Parking
  • Free Admission on Opening Weekend of Howl O Scream
  • 40% Off Exclusive Merchandise

How to Get My Annual Pass

Purchase your annual pass directly from the Busch Gardens site.

Payment Options

You can either pay in full or through a 12 month payment plan.

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If you choose to purchase with a payment plan, you'll make your first monthly payment that day, and then have 11 consecutive payments of that same amount.

Automatic Renewal

It's important to know that these passes have automatic renewal already set up. Many people don't realize this, and then have to deal with it later on when their card gets charged.

On the other hand, if you were planning to renew it it's a seamless automatic process.