Busch Gardens Tampa Bay to Close Early on August 29, Park to Remain Closed on August 30

Due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Idalia, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has enacted its Named Storm Policy and will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday August 29 and remain closed Wednesday, August 30. The park plans to reopen on Thursday, August 31. Precautions are in place following the parks’ comprehensive weather preparedness plan to ensure the safety of its animals and ambassadors during this time.

If this affects your trip, be sure to review the Weather-or-Not Assurance:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay usually remains open even when the weather isn’t cooperating, and we have lots of awesome ways for you and your family to have fun while it passes. Still, you never know when thunder and lightning, hail, or even a hurricane might unexpectedly land and ruin your good time. But don’t worry. That’s when our Weather-or-Not Assurance steps in to provide you with a return visit on us!

Busch Gardens Weather or Not Assurance.

Your visit is covered through our Weather-or-Not Assurance program. This program guarantees the value of your park experience and applies year-round, covering weather events such as rain, lightning, extreme heat, wind, snow, hail and more.

For example, if during your park visit:
  • Inclement weather causes early closure or negatively impacts the park’s operating hours.
  • Rides are closed for over 60 minutes due to lightning, strong winds, heat, rain or snow.
  • If park temperatures reach a heat index of 110 degrees or above.

Stop by Guest Relations at the park or submit your information below to request your return visit! You’ll need your original admission ticket or order number.

  • The following are not eligible for Weather-or-Not Assurance tickets: Pass Member admission; complimentary tickets (including Weather-or-Not Assurance tickets);
  • 14-Day Length of Stay tickets and packages;
  • Discovery Cove ticket packages.

The following may not be eligible and should be verified at Guest Relations: 
  • Promotional/discount tickets (group sales tickets);
  • Promotional multi-day tickets.

Complete this form found on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's official website to request a Weather-or-Not Assurance ticket due to inclement weather during your visit. Requests must be submitted within one week of your visit. Parking, lockers, Quick Queue, and additional upgrade purchases from initial visit are not included in 2nd visit.
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