Busch Gardens Tampa

What you get to do:
As one of our Costume Characters, you’ll be the center of attention as you provide memorable connections with our guests. Your upbeat attitude and animated personality (not to mention your highly-recognizable costume) will make you the most popular person around. You will:

  • Interact with our guests, examples: shake hands, pose for pictures, give hugs, walk in character marches and dance in guest centered dance parties
  • Perform “Read With Me” sets while on live microphone
  • Act as a character host, where you will assist the characters and guests, and communicate information to the characters from the guests
  • Offer to help with a photo, give directions, engage in interactive play sets with kids and parents
  • Represent Busch Gardens brand with integrity and kindness both on and off set
  • Maintain safety standards
  • Other duties as assigned

What it takes to succeed:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • This is a performance position which requires an audition
  • Must be between 4’11” and 5’9″
  • Ability to wear a full body costume
  • Be personable and animated with a fun, outgoing personality
  • Able to lift and wear 45 pounds
  • Able to execute choreography and blocking for shows in full body costume
  • Able to carry weight of a full costume character for up to 1.5 hours at a time
  • Able to stand for up to 2 hours at a time
  • Will need to withstand the Florida weather while in costume
  • You will be asked to learn a dance combination and participate in improvisational acting and athletic stamina exercises
  • Must be able to effectively interact with guests of all ages, while representing the brand of Busch Gardens

The perks of the position:
As part of the SeaWorld family, you’ll enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment and great teammates, as well as:

  • FREE park admission
  • Discounted park admission tickets and passes for family and friends
  • Park discounts on food, merchandise, etc.

Please note all castings are intended for Barbizon graduates registered with Barbizon Placement ONLY. Full casting and submission guidelines are emailed to the Barbizon Placement Division. Please send any casting inquiries to For more information about Barbizon visit