«

»

The New Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation Show a Must See at Busch Gardens

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Busch Gardens to attend the first presentation of their newest show: Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation this past weekend and it was an awesome experience. 

 

Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

 

During this past weekend Busch Gardens Tampa was abuzz celebrating the premier of it’s new and highly anticipated show: Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation.  Members of the park staff where wearing rainbow colored wigs in honor of the big event and as we walked through the park there where many things going on as part of the celebration: dancers and DJs in Stanleyville, Gwazi and Cheetah Hunt plazas where giving park attendees an opportunity to “Move It, Move It” every hour and “Jungle Jack” Hanna was also at the park doing wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet and greets at Gwazi Park.

There was a real festive environment and you could see that people where excited about the new Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation show and so where my kids, who just love the Madagascar movies and couldn’t wait to see the characters in person!  This was also a very special day for our family as it was my daughter’s 8th Birthday that day.

 

Enjoying lunch and doing some coloring at King Julian's Royal Treatment lunch at the Zambia Smokehouse.  Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Enjoying lunch and doing some coloring at King Julian’s Royal Treatment lunch at the Zambia Smokehouse. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

 

We started our Madagascar experience by attending King Julian’s Royal Treatment lunch event.  This is a exclusive experience that includes buffet lunch at the Zambia Smokehouse in a separate room.  There we received a visit from King Julian himself who after showing us some of his awesome dance moves went to each and every table greeting all the kids and taking pictures with them.

 

King Julian's Royal Treatment experience at Busch Gardens. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

King Julian’s Royal Treatment experience at Busch Gardens. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

 

My daughter loves the Madagascar characters and was thrilled to have the chance to meet King Julian who grabbed her by the hands and danced with her around our table.  We where then escorted from the Zambia Smokehouse to the Stanleyville theater where we were shown to the best seats in the house which had been reserved specially for us!

 

The dancers and singers getting the audience to sing along. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

The dancers and singers getting the audience to sing along during the show. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Stanleyville Theater was filled to capacity and soon a live band appeared on the colorful stage to the cheers and happy screams of everyone in the crowd.  Gloria the Hippo was having a hard time enjoying her vacation as she was missing New York so the Alex, King Julian, Mort and the Penguins along with the lively pop band and the dancers convinced her to have fun and enjoy her vacation time to the fullest.

Check out the video of the Move it! Move it! performed at the Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation show below:

 

My kids loved the upbeat music and where singing, dancing and clapping along to the classic Madagascar songs and the original productions.  The show lasted for about 20 minutes of non-stop musical fun in true Madagascar style and I was amazed by the character’s great dance moves on stage.

Below you can see the performance of one of the original production songs: Operation Vacation.

 

After the show you have the opportunity to get up on stage with all the characters and some of the dancers, meet them and take pictures right there on the stage!  My kids felt so special and loved getting to shake hands with Gloria, Alex and Mort.

 

Madagascar characters meet and greet after the show. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Madagascar characters meet and greet after the show. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation show was a lot of fun and my kids have not stopped talking about it.  My daughter could not wait to tell all her friends at school.  I have to say that it’s one of the best shows in Busch Gardens and has instantly become my family’s favorite live show.  I really liked that it was a show that was lots of fun for audiences of all ages and it really got the kids participating, singing along and dancing.

 

Alex showing all his dance moves at the Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation show. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Alex showing all his dance moves at the Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation show. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

 

You can learn more about the Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation show at Busch Gardens HERE and you can find out more details about the King Julian’s Royal Treatment HERE.  Like Busch Gardens on Facebook and follow them Busch Gardens on Twitter  ‏@BuschGardens to stay up to date with all the fun stuff they have going on this summer. And if you are going to Busch Gardens Tampa don’t miss Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation, it’s awesome!

madagascar-live-operation-vacation-seaworld-san-diego-and-busch-gardens-tampa

Disclosure: I received complimentary entrance to Busch Gardens and King Julian’s Royal Treatment dining experience. However all opinions are sincere and are my own.

This is part of a series of articles: Tampa with Kids read more articles HERE. #TampaWithKids

Follow 365 Things to Do In Southwest Florida on Facebook for more recommendations, events and activities for the whole family.

Related posts:

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

21 comments

Skip to comment form

  1. Motherhood on the Rocks

    That looks like so much fun!
    Motherhood on the Rocks recently posted…I’m a Delta Brand Ambassador (And Cleaner than I’ve Ever Been!)My Profile

  2. Pam

    Wow, what an experience for your family. So many great activities and things to do in Florida.

    This looks like it would be so much fun.
    Pam recently posted…All Coach, Only Coach Giveaway. 3 Winners!My Profile

  3. Nicole @ One Punky Mama

    Oh my goodness – that looks like SO much fun! I’m so jealous of all the great stuff you have down in Florida. I’m going to have to come camp on your couch pretty soon. :)
    Nicole @ One Punky Mama recently posted…Creative and Earth-Friendly Craft ProjectsMy Profile

  4. Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka)

    What a memorable day!! I think I’ll have to take the grandbabies to see this one, I know they’ll love it as much as your daughter did. Abrazos to all of you. BB2U
    Bohemian Babushka (@BBabushka) recently posted…Almost Full Circle-My Profile

  5. Monica Platz

    This looks like an amazing show — I’m sure most kids would positively LOVE it!
    Monica Platz recently posted…OOFOS Sandal Giveaway! ~ Ends 5/27My Profile

  6. Natalia

    A mi sobrina le encantaría disfrutar de este show! Se ve que la pasaron fabuloso.

  7. Sabrina Dix

    This looks like so much fun! I will add to my list of things to see when we travel to Tampa. Thanks for sharing.
    Sabrina Dix recently posted…Coupon: $1.00 off any TWO (2) DOLE All Natural Fruit JarsMy Profile

  8. Adriana Martin (@AsBestRecipes)

    Pero que hermosura lindos tu hijos y que experiencia tan bonita me encantan las fotos y los videos excelente trabajo amiga!
    Adriana Martin (@AsBestRecipes) recently posted…Queso Fundido on the Grill #VivaCADairy #AdMy Profile

    1. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

      Gracias amiguita! :)

  9. Kelly R

    I would love to bring my kids there.. Looks like you all had a great time..
    Kelly R recently posted…Planning Family Vacations With Autistic ChildrenMy Profile

  10. Coolchillmom

    Looks like it was a fun and amazing show
    Thanks for sharing it
    Coolchillmom recently posted…A Giveaway to Celebrate Dad!My Profile

  11. Alejandra Ramirez

    So nice that you guys had a great time there! I love Madagascar! Your daughter looks so happy!

  12. Becky Schollian

    I can’t wait to take my 5 yr old G’son to one of these spectacular events!! Madagascar is one of his favorites. We use the “I like to move it, move it” verse from the song to do daily activities. An Absolute favorite!!

  13. nina

    my goodness, that looks like a great time! i love the madagascar series!! ^.^ super cute!!!
    nina recently posted…Guisados in Los AngelesMy Profile

  14. Cristina

    Mi hija estaría dichosa viendo este espectáculo. Me encanta que al final los niños pueden acercarse a los personajes y tomarse fotos con ellos. Genial!
    Cristina recently posted…Disfrutando al máximo en Knott’s Soak CityMy Profile

  15. Reina

    Que maravillosa experiencia, que felices tus nenes, en mi familia nos gusta mucho Madagascar y seguramente este será un buen sitio para programar las vacaciones con mis hijas, muchas gracias !
    Reina recently posted…Feliz Lunes: Cielo y MariposasMy Profile

  16. S. Yissele

    Que lindo show y experiencia! y como siempre tus pequeños disfrutaron de lo lindo! como todos los niños! Me encantaron las fotos!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ
    http://mamaholistica.com
    S. Yissele recently posted…Importancia de los Carbohidratos en la Alimentación Diaria.My Profile

  17. Danielle Papsis

    Looks like a fun show for the whole family.

  18. Jacqui Odell

    My kids love this movie! they are always singing the i like to move it song.

  19. jennifer

    my grand daughter is just starting to be old enough to go to these shows and this one looks amazing i only hope it comes to our area at some point she would love this so fun

  20. amy

    What an amazing birthday for your eight year old. I think my six – soon to be seven year old would love the royal treatment as he too loves Madascar at its characters lol…Busch Gardens – just the idea makes me tired – but i think that my adhd son – which is like also known as an excess of exuberance – would just love it – it would be the one thing that tires him out lol.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge