Though last week was a little light for news for central Florida’s theme parks, this week features some interesting updates, including new information on events at both Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando, the commencement of work on a mysterious unannounced project at Universal Orlando, and even a new type of free pass that will get younger visitors into two of central Florida's parks during 2015 for free!
1. Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando to offer free preschool pass
Though children age 2 and younger have always enjoyed free admission at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa, the parks this week announced the 2015 Preschool Pass, which will extend free admission to all children that are under the age of 5 (even those that will turn 6 this year).
The only requirements for this pass is that parents must be Florida residents, and will need to register their children online to recieve the pass. The 2015 preschool pass has no blockout dates, but also does not include parking fees. The pass can be activated anytime, but will expire on December 31st, 2015.
2. Construction on unknown project begins at Universal Studios’ Gardens of Allah
Earlier this week, construction walls appeared around the Gardens of Allah area at Universal Studios Florida, with many speculating that this area may soon house a special museum commemorating the 25th anniversary of the park. Though we don’t know for sure what’s going on behind these walls (a simple refurb of this area is also possible), if there is something to the rumors (which you can read more about here), we would expect an announcement sometime soon, as it seems unlikely Universal would sit on something big related to their anniversary celebrations for too long.
3. Busch Gardens confirms final day of operation for Gwazi
It has been a few weeks since we learned of plans for Gwazi’s demise, but now we have a firm closure date for the wooden roller coaster: February 1st. As we have mentioned before, once this attraction closes, it will be left standing, but not operating. If you want to get one last ride in, you only have a few days left!