Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & SeaWorld Orlando offer extra entertainment opportunities during their Summer Nights promotions
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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & SeaWorld Orlando offer extra entertainment opportunities during their Summer Nights promotions

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & SeaWorld Orlando offer extra entertainment opportunities during their Summer Nights promotions

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So what's your favorite aspect of summer?

Me personally, I enjoy those extra hours of daylight that you usually get in June, July and August. Which then makes it that much easier to cram an extra hour or two of fun into a summer night.

And speaking of fun summer nights, both SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have recently rolled out special Summer Nights promotions. Which - through extended operating hours, brand-new shows & extra entertainment opportunities - now allow Guests to max out the amount of the fun that they typically can have while visiting these two theme parks.


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Mind you, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has already made a memorable addition to its extraordinary assortment of rides, shows and attractions what with its May 27th opening of Cheetah Hunt.

With three launches that reach up to 60 mph (not to mention more than 4,000 feet of track), Cheetah Hunt truly is a mega-attraction. But what makes this nearly-silent coaster unique is that it actually attempts to duplicate the movements of this fast-moving predator. As Cheetah Hunt darts across rushing rapids, plunges down & around a rocky gorge and then races out across the African plain like a cheetah in pursuit of prey.

Of course, if you'd like to see how real-life cheetahs compare to this coaster, you could always head on over to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's newest habitat, Cheetah Run. Where - thanks to the huge windows that overlook this enclosure's 250-foot-long track - you may then get the chance to see these big cats in action.


Rev. Run and his daughter, Miley, check out  Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s newest
animal habitat, Cheetah Run. Photo by Matt Marriott. Copyright 2011 SeaWorld
Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved

But as the sun goes down and it's time for Bush Gardens Tampa Bay's 14 real-life cheetahs to take an extended cat nap, the party's just getting started in other parts of this theme park. Thanks to the DJs who - starting each night at 5 p.m. - start spinning records in Jungala, Stanleyville and Gwazi Plaza.

And speaking of Gwazi Plaza ... Every night at 9 p.m., this corner of the theme park is where you'll be able to catch a performance of Kinetix, that award-winning live stage show which features musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the globe.

Now please be aware that this particular Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offering (which features modern music and fire effects) is very popular with the locals. Which is why - if you want to snag a good spot to watch Kinetix from - you should probably plan on getting to Gwazi Plaza no later than 8 p.m.


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And if you happen to visit this theme park Tuesday through Sundays this summer, you're sure to have an even more magical time. Thanks to the "Cool Allusions with Christopher Cool" show, which is presented at the top of the hour 5 - 8 p.m. at the Marrakesh Theater.

If you're interested in checking Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, please keep in mind that this extra entertainment offering only runs through August 14th. With this theme parks' operating hours being extended 'til 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

As for SeaWorld Orlando, this theme park's Summer Nights promotion features some spectacular after-dark variations on old SeaWorld favorites. Take - for example -- Sea Lions Tonite, that uproarious arena show featuring Clyde and Seamore. Or - better yet -- the Shamu Rocks show, that larger-than-life killer whale show where Shamu & associates now splash about to a rock-and-roll beat.


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Even if you've seen this nighttime whale show on a previous visit to this theme park, you really owe it to yourself to check out Shamu Rocks again. If only because this nighttime stadium show now takes full advantage of those fountains which were installed for SeaWorld Orlando's brand-new killer whale show, One Ocean.

If you'd like to dance the night away, be sure and visit Summer Nights Central. Which transforms the center of this theme park into a family-friendly party zone. Or if you've built up a mighty thirst during your day of exploring SeaWorld Orlando, then why not purchase a Brew Sampler? Which - for only $25 -- allows you unlimited samples of over 20 beers.

And after you've danced & drank and been soaked by sea lions & killer whales ... Well, what better way is there to finish up your Summer Nights visit at SeaWorld Orlando than by watching Reflections? That fireworks-and-fountains-show that starts inside of Bayside Stadium and then spills over into the sky.


Copyright 2011 SeaWorld Parks &
Entertainment. All rights reserved

Taking advantage of all the extra entertainment opportunities offered during Busch Gardens Tampa Bay & SeaWorld Orlando's Summer Nights promotion is a great way to stretch your theme park dollar. And if you're looking to score some tickets to this seasonal event (which only runs through August 14th at both of these parks) ... Well, I think I know some folks who can help you out.

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