I have to admit, I was skeptical that Busch Garden discount ticket savings for season pass-holders even existed. Fact is, they are rare and few between.
Still, after numerous feverish searches, I found this coupon code deal last year:
$20 off a 1-year Season Pass
To get $20 off a 1-year season pass, type in "BGWUPFC" in the promo code box when you buy your season pass online at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Go to www.buschgardens.com/va.
Now, this deal is no longer available-- and unfortunately, they haven't yet posted 2013 season pass deals-- but that gives you an idea of what may be coming up this year.
March 5 Update
Last year, Costco offered $80 season passes, but they are no offering that deal for 2013.
Looking for more season pass deals?
My first season pass discount search started when I decided to get season tickets for me, the kids, and their Aunt Cindy (my husband was totally uninterested-- he hates roller coasters!).
Being Virginia residents, we knew we could get Fun Cards (now they're available to non-residents too). You just pay the regular adult single-day ticket price, and you can return to the park for free all season long. It really is a great deal.
But in my never-ending quest for bargains, I thought...What the hey? Why not try to improve on perfection?
So I scoured the net (for hours!) for more Busch Garden discount ticket secrets.
Wow. I really had to dig on the internet for these Busch Garden discount ticket deals.
I've come up with one place (so far) where you get Busch Garden discount ticket savings on Fun Cards:
1) Prince George County Parks and Recreation - Last year, they let you buy the Fun Card at a discounted rate that saved you almost $3 per card. If you live or will be in Prince George County this is probably your best deal.
One problem: tickets must be purchased at the Parks and Recreation office. Prince George County Parks and Recreation location is 6380 Courthouse Road in Prince George. Here's a google map of Prince George Parks and Recreation.
The Prince George County Parks and Recreation phone number is (804) 733-2646. Check out their discount ticket details for Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion here (if you're checking in March, they may have not yet updated their info for 2013 yet.)
2) Spread out your payments - It doesn't actually save you money, but it makes the payment more manageable if you spread your payments out over a year. Instead of paying $120 up front for a 1-year pass, you'll pay just $10 per month, or $13 per month instead of $156 up front when you buy a 2-year pass.
3) Virginia Recreation and Parks Society - Here's a supposed deal I just came across.AVOID IT! The group claims to be a non-profit group dedicated to promoting Virginia parks. Maybe it is, but I find their offer misleading. They claim to offer Fun Cards for a huge discount...good so far. But guess what? They then tack on a whopping $8.50 for shipping and handling! Skip 'em!
The bottom line: Can you get Fun Card discounts? Realistically? Only if you live near Prince George County.
So here's what I did: since I'm not near Prince George, and since (as a Virginia resident) it made more sense to buy a Fun Card than get one of the many single-day ticket discounts, so I bought my Busch Garden discount ticket Fun Cards on the Busch Gardens website link.
You used to be able to save a few bucks by buying your parking pass online at the official website. No more. Now it's $14 bucks whether you buy your parking pass online or in person. Bummer.
Want to contact Busch Gardens directly? Here's the info:
Busch Gardens Williamsburg address: One Busch Gardens Blvd. Williamsburg, VA 23187-8785. Busch Gardens Williamsburg Phone number: (800) 343-7946.
So that's it for now...I wish there were more season pass discounts, but as you can see, they're really far and few between.
I'll keep you posted if I find more!
TIP! Get a free season pass holder! One of the perks of season passes (except for the Fun Cards) is that you can use them to get discounts throughout the park. For example, you can get 10% discounts at Busch Gardens Williamsburg restaurants and shops.
But you don't want to have to keep pulling your card in and out of your wallet (that's a great way to lose it!). So when you first get to the park, stop at the Guest Relations building (it's on your right, just after you go through the turnstiles at the entrance. Go in and ask them for a pass holder and they'll give you as many as you need.
The pass holders are plastic sleeves (yes, they'll keep your pass dry on Griffon and Escape from Pompeii) which are clipped to a lanyard you hand around your neck. So whenever you buy something, just flash your card!
If you're like me, you're looking for bargains all the time. Check out my extensive Busch Gardens Williamsburg section and you'll learn everything from how to get Busch Garden discount ticket deals on single-day tickets to the park's hours and operating schedule.
If you're a member of the military, take advantage of the "Here's to the Heroes" program. Here's how to get your special military discounts, plus military discounts for other attractions, hotels, etc.
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