Busch Gardens Williamsburg Kid’s Ride Reviews

Thank you Busch Gardens Williamsburg for letting us come visit the park.


My husband always says he loves the theming and how clean Busch Gardens’ parks are, and after visiting several theme parks this summer, I have to agree. Busch Gardens Williamsburg a great park for the whole family, whether you’re a child or an adult.

Since our girls are age 6 and under, this review focuses mostly on sections of the park that are kid-friendly rides and activities that we enjoyed during our visit.

For a theme park review, and roller coaster ratings by DaddyB check out his posts on Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Sesame Street Forest of Fun MommyB Knows Best


If you have little ones you’ll want to head to the Sesame Street Forest of Fun area right away. This area is Sesame Street themed and you’ll not only see Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and the gang on signs and in ride theming, but they also have regular performances that feature family-friendly songs that will really make you want to dance.


Sesame Street Forest of Fun Rides MommyB Knows Best


Sesame Street Forest of Fun touts some pretty cool rides including:

  • Bert and Ernie’s Loch Adventure – a fun canoe-type ride through a watery maze. The end of this ride has a criss-cross water stream effect, and my youngest wouldn’t go on for fear of being splashed, but my oldest loved it. I think this is a great ride. Height Requirements: 36″-56″ may ride alone; Walking to 36″ must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Grover’s Alpine Express – is a great first roller coaster when your little one is ready. This ride is short, and fun, has no loops and does not go upside down or in any tunnels. **If it is your first time you may want to sit in the middle for less “air time” and a less thrilling ride. Height Requirements: 41″ to ride alone; 38″-41″ must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Oscar’s Whirly Worms – is definitely a dizzying ride. If you are not one for spinning rides you may want to skip this one, but if that doesn’t bother you or your child this is a really fun ride. Height Requirements: 42″ to ride alone; walking to 42″ must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Prince Elmo’s Spire – is one of the more “calm” rides in this section of the park. Riders are lifted into the air and slowly bounced up and down until they reach the bottom. Height Requirements: 42″ to ride alone; will require an adult for younger kids.

I really like this section of the park, they offer healthier versions of snacks for the kiddos, and also have a fun play area for the little ones or to let the kiddos run off some energy before or after rides. We loved meeting Elmo and Grover and had to head to the souvenir station to buy some adorable Abby Cadabby hats.

As a mom, the only things I would do differently would be to try to keep this section of the park as cool as possible. I noticed the walkways and lines for the rides aren’t covered and there’s little to no shade, which when you’re waiting in line for a while gets pretty hot. If Busch Gardens were to add some awnings or even misting stations close by that would be awesome.

MommyB Tip – If it’s hot out, remember your kiddo’s swimsuit because there’s a great spray ground area they can splash in and cool off.

Another fun kids area that has a lot of rides and activities that the younger ones can enjoy at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the Land of the Dragons. This kids area is located in the Germany section of the park.

The rides in Land of the Dragons are great for toddlers through ages 6-7 (depending more on height and thrill level of your child.)


Land of Dragons Rides Busch Gardens MommyB Knows Best

The rides featured in this dragon-themed section are:

  • Eggery Deggery – is a ferris-wheel like ride that seats riders in a cracked dragon egg. This is a great ride for little ones, and usually has a decent ride time, although when we visited it was a very short ride. {I think that was just poor planning on the ride operator’s part with loading and unloading sequences though, but something that Busch Gardens may want to address.} Height Requirements: 36″-56″ may ride alone; Walking to 36″ must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Flutter Sputter – is a fun flying dragon ride. Riders can choose to fly their dragons up higher in the air or leave them flying low to the ground. {My girls like the option of being able to control that portion of the ride.} Height Requirements: 36″-56″ may ride alone; Walking to 36″ must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Chug-A-Tug – is your typical boat ride. I like the mesh protective walls, and that it is covered. I know so many parks that have rides with extremely hot seats in the summer because of the lack of rides being covered. Height Requirements: Children must be under 56″ to ride. Hand-held infants are not permitted.
  • Bug-A-Dug – is a ride that my girls seriously could have gone on 10 times in a row. This ride takes children on a circular “journey” over some very small hills. I love watching the children who are so excited  to “steer” their bug and wave to mom and dad. Height Requirements: Children must be under 56″ to ride. Hand-held infants are not permitted.

This section of the park is nicely wooded, so there is more shade than other sections of the park. There are also some really cool climbing nets and a tree house that older children may be interested in exploring while the younger ones are riding.

**On days when the park closes at 9, 10 & 11 p.m., Land of Dragons closes at 8 p.m. During shorter days, Land of Dragons stays open until the park closes.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has a few more children’s rides sprinkled throughout the park but the above sections are the main areas where children’s rides are heavily concentrated.

Also make sure you check out the cool steam train, sky lift {for those not afraid of heights}, the carousel, and the animals they have at the park as well.

For families with children, really this is a great park to visit. Plan to stay all day if possible, and enjoy the entire park, food, attractions, shows and the general beauty of the park.

Sesame Street MommyB Knows Best

DaddyB and I highly recommend taking your family to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and have been fans of the park since we were dating, many, many, many, many years ago.


Have you ever been to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? What are your favorite rides? Any tips for parents??


To see a complete list of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s KIDsiderate Attractions head HERE.

Find Busch Gardens Williamsburg and more details about their season, and how to purchase tickets by heading to their Website, Facebook page, and Twitter.


My family was provided media tickets for admission to the park in order to give you a comprehensive review including photos and opinions. The thoughts expressed in this post are our own honest opinions , however yours may vary.


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  • We love Busch Gardens!!!! This is the park we usually go to, and we love it. I totally agree about everything you said, and yes, I wish they would make the Sesame area cooler and shadier. We went one day this summer when it was over 100 outside and I was sweating so badly that it was dripping into my eyes and I had to buy a towel to keep wiping it away. We went over to the Pompeii area to get splashed by the ride just to cool off! But we love it. My girls are 4 1/2 and 20 mos. and both love coming here. My youngest can ride most of the kiddie rides already. Some can be ridden with parents and some without. She rides with her sister or a friend and has been doing great. There are two good kid rides in Italy, near Da Vinci’s cradle, which are the balloons and the planes/flying things (I can’t remember the name of it). My daughter loves those. Busch Gardens is a beautiful park and I love that we are close enough to be able to visit several times during the summer.

    • Thanks for stopping by Danny. Maybe Busch Gardens can make a few, inexpensive changes for the summer heat. Great tip on Pompeii though!!! Hope you and your girls had a great summer.

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