TAMPA, Fla. (July 9, 2014)  Busch Gardens Tampas newest live stage show Opening Night Critters takes the stage this summer in Pantopia Theater. Featuring rescued domestic and exotic animals, including dogs, cats, birds, a horse and a kangaroo, among others, this theatrical tale follows a couple of stage hands as they haphazardly find themselves in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production. 


The stage hands quickly discover that working with these animals isnt as easy as they had originally thought. Try as they might, they cant get their costars to cooperate and when nearly all hope is lost, their kindness and compassion is rewarded when everything falls into place for a fun-filled, furry and feathered finale.


See a preview of Opening Night Critters, now playing in Pantopia Theater, on the Busch Gardens YouTube channel.


In addition to Opening Night Critters, guests can guests can take advantage of extended park hours until 9 p.m., special entertainment, high-energy DJs and the thrill of riding world-class coasters in the dark during Summer Nights. Now through Aug. 17Busch Gardens amps up the excitement with fan favorites like the energizing acrobatics show Kinetix and fireworks every night.


New in 2014, Gwazi Park heats up with Saturday-night concerts during Summer Nights. In addition to pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists, guests can indulge in summer-favorite grilled food items and a selection of craft beers.


The Summer Nights excitement, including concerts, is included with daily admission or any annual pass. The full concert area is open to guests and located just behind the Gwazi rollercoaster. Concerts will take place at 8:30 p.m., immediately followed by a grand fireworks finale. Note: concerts will take the place of Kinetix on Saturday nights only.


Celebrate at Busch Gardens all week long with the all-new Select Your Day, Select Your Savings ticket offer. This new pricing lets guests choose between a weekday visit or an any day visit, both offering great savings, including saving up to $30 on a single-day ticket. Guests have the flexibility to use their tickets up to one year from purchase, but what they might enjoy most is the convenience buy online, print tickets at home and go straight through the gate.


Annual passes, which include unlimited admission throughout the year, free parking and no blackout dates, continue to be the best value for Florida residents and start at just $13 per month with EZpay.


Event dates, times and details are subject to change. For more information, visit buschgardenstampa.com, or call 1-888-800-5447.  Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the parks blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or like the Busch Gardens Facebook page, and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.