Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces reimagined Summer Nights event, new ice show

Get ready for some seriously enhanced summer fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with party zones, more time to ride their popular rides in the dark, a brand new ice show, and much more for the revamped Summer Nights this year!

First off, the new “Turn It Up!” Ice Show debuts Friday, May 26 at the Moroccan Palace pays tribute to the summer weather with a soundtrack “set to today’s hottest hits.”

Another new addition are three new “Party Zones” set up around the park at Cheetah Hunt Plaza, Pantopia, and Stanleyville.

¡Fiesta Festa!

Cheetah Hunt Plaza transforms into the ¡Fiesta Festa! party zone, complete with an immersive and authentic Latin experience including lively entertainment and a flavor-packed menu, including slow roasted mojo pork, jerk chicken empanadas, and chicharróns. The party zone will also feature several drink options including sangria, margaritas and international and domestic beer selections.


Pantopia becomes the Luau party zone with entertainment inspired by the islands, and a Hawaiian-inspired menu, including huli huli chicken, Hawaiian barbecue ribs, and pineapple cheesecake parfait as well as tropical cocktails, craft brews and much more!

Vibin’ Village

The Vibin’ Village party zone takes over Stanleyville and will transport guests to Africa with an immersive experience of tribal entertainment and an authentic cuisine featuring craft beers, artesian wines and cocktails, chicken mafi with peanut sauce, tamarind shrimp watermelon cooler and a smoked chicken pocket with harissa.

Also new, and what’s sure to be a crowd favorite, is the Summer Nights Sampler Lanyard available for $34.99, allowing you to sample from select Party Zone and food locations throughout Busch Gardens. They’re modeled after the popular Food & Wine Festival lanyards and if you’re a Pass Member you can even get a discount on it!

And of course you won’t want to miss the opportunity to ride Busch Garden’s most thrilling rides in the dark including Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra and Cobra’s Curse!

All of this included with general admission at no extra charge and runs from June 16 to August 6 and is open until 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more info on Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Summer Nights, click here!

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