SeaWorld and Busch Gardens encourage Pokemon Go play, while Legoland cautions guests

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It’s no secret that literally the entire world has Pokemon fever once again, only this time it’s not a Gameboy or 3DS version tearing up the masses, it’s the smartphone app Pokemon Go, where guests can catch creatures all over the planet in “real life” using their phone’s location data.

Even more fun though, is interacting with the app (as well as other guests) at theme parks. I traversed Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom the other day hunting those little critters and had the time of my life. Even cooler, it seems some of the theme parks are even hosting their own events so that guests can band together and catch ’em all! SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are two of these parks.


You’re invited to come catch‘em all at SeaWorld Orlando this Saturday, July 16

It’s time to SEA ’em all! Come put your skills to the test at SeaWorld Orlando this weekend for the ultimate Pokémon Go event! We’ll have 50 lure modules activated from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM throughout the park, but we have a special preview opportunity just for you!

What: SeaWorld Orlando Pokemon Go Lure Launch- Blogger Party

Media and Bloggers can come out early and take advantage of EXCLUSIVE access to PokéStops with activated lure modules from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM during Pass Member early entry and exclusive ride time.

When: Saturday, July 16 at 8 AM

Spread the Word: Invite your followers to join the fun! We will be launching lures from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Pass Members are welcome to take advantage of the exclusive PokéStop access with you from 8 to 9 AM. Share using hashtags #GottaSEAemAll and #PokemonGo 

Trainer Tips:

Facebook Event RSVP:

RSVP: Email to RSVP. Please specify if admission is needed to the park.



Gamers Can Conquer 50+ Lure Modules and Rare Pokémon Throughout Park

Are you ready to prove you’re the very best? Come put your skills to the test at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay this weekend for the ultimate Pokémon Go event!

Pokémon trainers are encouraged to wear their team colors and try to level up as many Pokémon as they can! Be sure to check out and follow Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, for insider tips like gym locations, wi-fi hotspots and more! We want to see what you’ve caught! Share with us using #BuschGardens and #PokemonGo.

What: Pokémon Go Lure-a-Thon

More than 50 lure modules activated throughout the park including: Pantopia, Egypt, Jungala, Edge of Africa and Stanleyville.

When: Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PARK ADMISSION IS REQUIRED. Parking is not included.

Where: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL

Pass Members will get EXCLUSIVE access to seven PokéStops with activated lure modules in the Egypt area of the park from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM during the Pass Member Cobra’s Curse exclusive ride time. 

Other parks, like Legoland Florida for example, are erring on the side of caution. They still encourage guests to play Pokemon Go, but they’ve released an official (and very specific) set of rules to encourage guests to stay safe when going on their Pocket Monster safari:

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Releases Safety Guidelines for Guests Playing Pokémon GO

At LEGOLAND® Florida Resort we believe #AwesomeAwaits for kids seeking to “catch ‘em all” as they play Pokémon GO, the tremendously popular new app.  Pokémon haven been spotted throughout the resort and guests are welcome to play during their visit, but the resort has issued a few ground rules to ensure a safe search.

Rules for a safe Pokémon GO quest at LEGOLAND Florida Resort:

  • Even a Pokémon Master must stay within guest areas.  Please don’t climb any fences or follow any Pokémon into employee only areas.
  • No catch is worth sacrificing your safety.  All play must pause throughout the duration of your ride until you exit the ride.
  • Be sure not to bump into one of our more than 60 million LEGO® models – that could hurt!
  • With more than one hundred Pokémon to catch, be sure to stay hydrated.
  • If you find a Pokémon at the Fun Town Pizza Pasta Buffet, let the nearest Model Citizen know, we prefer pepperoni over Poké Balls.
  • If hours of play have unleashed the power of your phone, recharge in the Imagination Zone.
  • If your wild encounter leads you to Wyldstyle, keep in mind she may need to stop for a selfie with another guest before you can make your catch.


No matter what, it’s pretty darn great — and kind of surreal — to see Pokemon having such a universal and very public presence in society. It’s impacted small businesses, encouraged gamers to get off their butts and explore, and is now a part of the way we vacation.

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