Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando celebrate National Roller Coaster Day

Mako and Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando

Mako and Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando

National Roller Coaster Day is coming up on August 16 and both SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa have special events lined up to celebrate.

SeaWorld Thrill Fest Night will be held on August 17 and will allow guests visiting the park that day to stay until midnight and experience all of SeaWorld Orlando’s incredible roller coasters, including Mako, Kraken, Manta and Journey to Atlantis.

Here is everything else that SeaWorld announced as part of Thrill Fest Ride Night:

  • Ride Night Coaster Tech Talk—August 17

    Go Behind-the-Scenes and experience an exclusive “Tech Talk” with our operations and maintenance leadership teams to see the Manta “coaster house.” This free program will be limited to 50 guests per tour and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 1 pm and 2 pm on August 17. Guests must sign up at the Information and Reservation Counter in order to participate.

  •  Extended Happy Hour

    Happy Hour at Sharks Underwater Grill and Flamecraft Bar will be extended until 11 pm on August 17 for “Thrill Fest Ride Night”.

  • Ride Photo Special Offer

    Valid August 13th through 19th including “Thrill Fest Ride Night”, guests can purchase four ride photos for $25, redeemable at Adventure Photo in the park.

And don’t forget about FREE BEER!  The free brews will be available all summer long through Sept. 2, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 years of age and older. Guests can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio and receive up to two complimentary 7-ounce beers per visit.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa has started offering a behind-the-scenes roller coaster tour which they have offered in the past. This unique tour gives attendees the rare opportunity to climb to the top of the massive Sheikra lift hill!

Here is the description via the official Busch Gardens Tampa website:

This tour offers insider views of select roller coasters throughout the park as well as an adventure to the top of Sheikra. This tour is suited for all coaster fanatics as well as any thrill seeker!

The tour takes approximately two hours and gives exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of  SheiKra, Cheetah Hunt & Cobra’s Curse.

If you’re interested, you must be 14 & up to participate. More details can be found on the official site here. (We just noticed it is currently sold out so hopefully Busch Gardens will add more dates.)

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed