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Busch Gardens Annual Pass Guide: Everything You Need to Know

An Annual Pass is an extremely popular pass at Busch Gardens.

In this guide, we'll explain what a Busch Gardens Annual Pass is, the differences between the types of Annual Passes, what perks they offer, and how you can pay for it.

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What is Busch Garden's Annual Pass?

A Busch Gardens Annual Pass allows a pass holder to visit the park an unlimited number of times for an entire year, on all days that are open to the public.

Some of the benefits that Annual Pass holders can expect include:

  • Unlimited Visits to Busch Gardens
  • Free Parking
  • Free Guest Tickets
  • Discounts on Food, Beverages, and Shopping

Your Annual Pass will be activated on the day of purchase and will be valid for an entire year from that date.

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There are 4 types of Annual Passes at Busch Gardens including:

  1. Bronze Pass (Has Blockout Dates)
  2. Silver Pass (Free General Parking)
  3. Gold Pass (Free Preferred Parking)
  4. Platinum Pass (Every Perk Available)

A Bronze Pass is the only pass that has blockout dates, which means that there are select dates throughout the year when your pass will not work.

A Silver Pass offers Free General Parking every time that you visit, and 2 free Guest tickets that are given out at a certain time of year.

A Gold Pass offers Free Preferred Parking (closer parking to the entrance) every time that you visit, along with 4 free Guest tickets.

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A Platinum Pass offers everything that all of the other passes do plus additional benefits.

1. Bronze Pass

busch gardens bronze pass

A Bronze Pass is the cheapest Annual Pass, perfect for visitors who are only interested in visiting Busch Gardens throughout the year and aren't planning on visiting during the holiday season, as this pass also contains blockout dates.

Some of the notable blockout dates include:

  • July: 1st, 8th
  • November: 25th, 28th
  • December: 28th, 30th, 31st

Parking and certain discounts are not included with this pass.

2. Silver Pass Member

busch gardens silver pass

The Silver Pass however includes free parking and discounts on other park-related items.

Silver Pass benefits include:

  • No Blockout Dates
  • Free General Parking
  • 2 Free Guest Tickets
  • Food & Beverage Discounts
  • 20% Quick Queue Discount
  • Guest Ticket Discounts
  • 1 Free Digital Download
  • 10% Discounts on Strollers
  • 10% Off Exclusive Merchandise
  • Exclusive Access to Pass Member Lounge
busch gardens annual pass member lounge

3. Gold Pass Member

busch gardens gold pass

Gold Pass benefits include:

  • No Blockout Dates
  • Free Preferred Parking
  • Priority Park Entrance
  • 4 Free Guest Tickets
  • Food & Beverage Discounts
  • 30% Quick Queue Discount
  • Guest Ticket Discounts
  • Exclusive Access to Pass Member Lounge
  • 1 Free 1-Day Photo Key
  • 15% Discounts on Strollers
  • 20% Off Exclusive Merchandise

4. Platinum Pass Member

busch gardens platinum pass
  • Unlimited Admission to Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Sesame Place & Water Parks (11 parks in total)
  • No Blockout Dates
  • Free Preferred Parking
  • Priority Park Entrance
  • 4 Free Guest Tickets
  • Food & Beverage Discounts
  • 30% Quick Queue Discount
  • Guest Ticket Discounts
  • Exclusive Access to Pass Member Lounge
  • 1 Free 1-Day Photo Key
  • 20% Discounts on Strollers
  • 30% Off Exclusive Merchandise

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 free parking ($30 per visit) & free guest tickets.

    How to Purchase My Annual Pass

    You can purchase your Annual Pass directly from the Busch Gardens site.

    Annual Pass Payment Options

    If you don't want to pay for the Annual Pass in full, the EZPay Plan is a payment plan that you can follow to pay for your Annual Passes in multiple payments.

    This allows you to have the flexibility to split up your payment over several months, rather than paying it all at once.

    You'll have an initial payment, and for the next 11 consecutive months, you'll pay a fixed amount every month. 

    Visitors can also choose to pay all at once.

    Annual Pass Upgrades

    For every Bronze, Silver, and Gold Annual Passes, there are upgrade options available to have access to more than one park annually.

    busch gardens annual pass multiple park upgrades

    Know That Annual Passes Have Automatic Renewals

    It's important to know that these Annual Passes have automatic renewal already set up, so plan accordingly.

    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 are a pass holder planning to renew your pass, you won't have to do anything as it is an automatic process.

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    Annual Pass vs Season Pass

    It's important to know that an Annual Pass is a little different than a Season Pass, as it will last you exactly 12 months from the day you purchased it, 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.

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