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 Post subject: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 4:16 pm 
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Any tips on eating here? My son will be there on a field trip with school, they will have the All Day Dining Deal pass thingy.

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 Post subject: Re: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 8:37 am 
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I was there last November with my family. We went to a place for lunch with a veggie burger on the menu. I asked whether it was vegan or not and the lady brought me the box so I could check the ingredients. It was the vegan Boca burger. I chose not to ask about the bun since I was so happy to be able to get something substantial. I tried to look on the Busch Gardens website for you to see if I could remember the name of the place but nothing is ringing any bells. It wasn't one of the sit down restaurants, it was more of a cafeteria style with seating outside.


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 Post subject: Re: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 8:58 am 
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If its anything like the Williamsburg park, bring food. Some places are randomly closed, especially the smaller booths and stand alone places, and most have absolutely nothing. Anything they do have will be expensive, crappy, limited and not very filling.

ETA: if he is on a field trip, he probably won't have the option of going where he can eat, so he will be at the mercy of where the group goes. Definitely pack him some good snacks.

But, at least he will have so much fun on the rollercoasters etc, he probably won't care overly much about missing any food treats.

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 Post subject: Re: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 10:36 am 
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He went last week and had a great time. His teachers wouldn't let them bring food into the park (ugh!) and they had to use specific restaurants with the dining deal thing, so he ate fries and fruit all day. I wasn't concerned with treats, I was just hoping he wouldn't starve! They did this whirlwind trip where they left school at midnight, slept on the bus, eat breakfast at a chick-fil-a (he brought breakfast with him), spent all day in the park, then got back to his school at 1 a.m., that's a lot of time without any real food! He ate a ton of fruit he said, and stashed a Builder Bar on the bus for the ride home so it worked out fine.

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Why on earth would they not allow a kid to bring food? That's nuts.

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 Post subject: Re: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 11:28 am 
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The park's website states no outside food, so they wanted the kids to follow that rule. Shae tried to explain his situation and the teacher in charge was firm.

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I don't really understand how these places can have such a rule and then refuse to accommodate many special diets. The Williamsburg park basically has one place that has baked potatoes (giant mutant baked potatoes), but sometimes that place is closed and then the only other option is iceberg lettuce or plain pasta without sauce and possibly some fruit and fries.

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 1:52 pm 
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I've always snuck food into theme parks with the same rule, so I'm sure he could have too and gotten away with it, but he cares more about rules than I do! Haha.

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Same here. Its not like anybody polices that rule. And, worst case, they would make you throw out the food, which would provide an excellent chance to complain up the management chain about the abysmal offerings.

I also bring bottles of water into the movie theater. I'm a bad person (unless Brian has that trademarked and is going to sue me, in which case I'm an awful person).

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 Post subject: Re: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 8:05 pm 
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If someone goes as a family, there are plenty of places with vegan food in that area.

For the record, they allow people with food allergies to bring food into the park:
http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgarden ... nformation

I have gone there many times but I hardly ever eat in the park.

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 Post subject: Re: Busch Gardens Tampa?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:38 am 
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Busch Gardens DOES allow food inside, though. Virtually all theme parks do. So that's really strange.

I was at Busch Gardens last year and we ate fries. Unfortunately that's how most theme parks are.

However, I'd never pay entrance into a place like Busch Gardens anyways because of the way they keep their animals.


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