Busch Gardens Tampa’s newest live stage show “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation” is set to premiere on May 18, 2013 inside the park’s newly-enclosed and air-conditioned Stanleyville Theater. Guests will party along with characters from DreamWorks Animation’s “Madagascar” franchise, including Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo and King Julien.
The lively stage show encourages families to sing, clap and dance along to original songs and party favorites on a 20-minute musical adventure. Singers, dancers and a live band join the “Madagascar” characters and as part of each show, guests can meet the characters following the performance.
Video: Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation stage show highlights at Busch Gardens Tampa
“We are thrilled to partner with DreamWorks Animation to bring the hugely popular Madagascar characters to Busch Gardens,” said park President Jim Dean. “Both Busch Gardens and DreamWorks share a core the mission to provide quality entertainment to audiences. This show is certain to have families engaged and amused and will round out the triple play of amazing shows, thrilling rides and unique animal encounters that our park delivers.”
Celebrating the arrival of the high-energy family show, Busch Gardens is hosting a premiere party weekend, May 18 and 19, with on-the-hour dance parties, meet and greets, and the show’s official debut.
During opening weekend, guests can join dancers and DJs throughout the park, in Stanleyville, Gwazi and Cheetah Hunt plazas. There also will be animal encounters all weekend long. On Saturday night only, Gwazi field will remain open thirty minutes after park closing for more character meet and greets from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. followed by a special fireworks presentation at 8:30 p.m.
Animal expert Jack Hanna will also be on hand to share animal facts and his travel tales during shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day of the weekend in Gwazi Park. Hanna will follow each show with autograph signings and audience meet and greets.