What an absolute rip off! Took my grandchildren after about a five year absence. Park was always wonderful but not anymore. Don't know who manages now but if I was member of Busch family I would be ashamed and embarrassed. Rides closed, restaurants closed, and grossly understaffed. Park is filthy and in need of major maintenance. I understand the difficulty in getting staff but if that is the case than management (if they have any) needs to limit attendance to what can provide a level of service that meets at least a reasonable minimum standard. They ran out of food at places we visited after waiting in long lines for over 30 minutes. Ride lines are hours long or closed. Paid for preferred parking which was full when we arrived at 10:15. AM. Waited until we were leaving to seek refund. Figured I'll approach guest services at end of day in attempt to get on rides. They refunded difference with Busch bucks! What do you do with them when you are leaving? This is a MANAGEMENT PROBLEM as the kids working there are trying but obviously not well trained and grossly understaffed. I visited this park in the 80's,90's, and 2000's and it was a wonderful experience. Do Not waste your money. If you like animals go to Lowry Park Zoo and save a bunch of money and have a place to eat that actually has food.