Busch Gardens® Tampa’s newest live stage show “Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation” premiered on May 18 in Stanleyville Theater. Guests will party along the characters from DreamWorks Animation’s hit Madagascar franchise, including Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo and King Julien on a vacation adventure at Busch Gardens Tampa.
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 rollicking Madagascar characters as they amp up the party to full throttle. And as part of each show, guests can meet the characters following the performance in Stanleyville Theater, which has been renovated and is now an enclosed and air-conditioned theater.
Everyone sang along, danced in the stands, clapped along and had a really good time. It was also really funny. What I didn’t like is the dancing. Maybe it’s showing my age or the fact that I have young daughters but I didn’t appreciate all the booty shaking and popping that happened through-out every single dance number. I know times have changed as to what is “normal” but to me it’s not normal for kids to see that type of dancing thrown in their face.
Of course there are tons of other fun and exciting things to do at Busch Gardens like feed nectar to free flight birds in the aviary. If you have toddlers or young children they will love the Sesame Street area where they can climb, splash in water, ride on age appropriate rides, and of course meet characters!
Disclosure: All opinions are my own and may differ from yours. We were invited to attend the event as media, no other compensation was received.