Busch Gardens Tampa debuts a new critter show


After a four-year run, Busch Gardens Tampa’s Opening Night Critters saw the final curtain call last year. At the time, Busch Gardens promised a whole new show in time for this year's 60th Anniversary and this past weekend, with little warning, the new show debuted.

Critters Inn Charge remains in the Pantopia Theater and keeps the stage set nearly identical to Opening Night Critters, but now it's a lobby for an animal-friendly hotel as the animals prepare for an upcoming Conservation Celebration.

Many of the same tricks, routines, and hijinks that made Opening Night Critters a fan favorite have returned, as has the focus on adopting shelter animals. But this new show also includes some of the more exotic animal ambassadors.

Sloths, flamingos, and aardvarks are some of the more popular animal ambassadors that the park typically features. Towards the end of the 25-minute-long show, a trainer comes out with one of the exotic animals that the park uses in their educational programming. The trainer shares some quick facts about the animal and conservation efforts around it.

This, along with the other conservation-focused parts of the program, help align the new show with the overall shift in more educational-focused programming across SeaWorld Parks.

Critters Inn Charge still has plenty of cats and dogs in the show though. The cast has 20 cats, 20 dogs, and more than 30 birds, plus the surprise animal ambassador and, of course, a few humans.

After each performance, guests can meet the actors, trainers and some of the animals featured in the show.

Regular performances of the show take place most days and are included with park admission. More details on the 60th Anniversary, including new details on upcoming attractions, will be announced March 1.

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