As so many of you who know me, already know, I am a huge supporter of conservation and of course I support SeaWorld too.

SeaWorld Extends Award-Winning Electric Ocean Remix – to Include Sundays with Limited Capacity

SeaWorld Orlando’s Electric Ocean Remix, modified to promote the park’s enhanced health and safety measures including limited capacity, is now being offered on more days with Sunday added to the calendar! Guests will now have more opportunities to experience this summer classic with plenty of open space to enjoy the music and entertainment with friends and family while maintaining social distancing in a safe outdoor environment.

Sundays through September 6th 2020

Included with park admission, Electric Ocean, SeaWorld’s nighttime weekend event is adding additional event days through Labor Day Weekend. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and limited to manage capacity. Reservations can be made at https://seaworld.com/orlando/tickets/reservations/

Electrifying Entertainment:

  • Light Up the Sky – The evening will come to an amazing end when “Light Up the Sky” erupts across the park’s lake. This new show pays tribute to shows of summers past with a high-energy musical score, towering flames, and dazzling pyrotechnics. The best part of all is that the fireworks can be enjoyed from anywhere around SeaWorld Lake, which will help guests stay safe by giving them plenty of space to maintain physical distancing.
  • Atmosphere EntertainmentAs the sun goes down, the party amps up along our spacious Waterfront where a DJ will mix dance music for those waiting for the fireworks to begin. Guests will have designated areas to know where to stand for safe physical distancing from other guests, while still being able to enjoy the entertainment. Dancers and high energy atmosphere acts will get the party started!

SAFETY:              

SeaWorld is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit Seaworld.com/orlando/safety.

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So I would like to shout out to Stand With SeaWorld as they too support all the efforts that SeaWorld does for conservation.  They were kind enough to allow me to post their latest photos and the information they have on SeaWorld Orlando.  Click the blue ink for a redirect to their Face Book page and join for free. Click photo for more info

Local food trucks will be available starting at 7:45 p.m.      Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. followed by the movie.     The lineup for the movies are: Friday: ‘Shark Tale’        Saturday: ‘A Dog’s Purpose’        Sunday: ‘The Karate Kid’ 

Here are some photos that Stand With SeaWorld shared of the Flicks and Fireworks event from July 11th – 2020. 

Here are some facts about SeaWorld. The original SeaWorld in San Diego opened in 1964.  In 1973 SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) opened.  The last of their current parks, SeaWorld San Antonio opened in 1988. SWO is about 200 acres.  It is currently the 10th most visited amusement park in the US.  I highly recommend the download of their mobile app.  The park has 3 major roller coasters, Manta, Kraken, and Mako.  Journey to Atlantis is a unique water coaster.  The kids area has a Shamu coaster they will surely love.

Roller coasters

In 2016 SWO opened up Mako, a hyper coaster that was named after the Mako shark.  It is currently the longest, fastest, and tallest roller coaster in the Orlando area.  It reaches a top speed of 73 miles an hour.  At 4760 ft long, it surely gives you a nice ride time.  Manta was built in 2009.  This is a unique coaster as the rides are laying in a forward position.  The track length is 3359 feet long.  It can attain 56 miles per hour.  The height of this coaster is only 140 feet.  Kraken was built back in 2000.  It features a floorless rollercoaster and named after the mythological creature from the sea.  Some time this year SWO will be updating the coaster with a 3d experience type glasses that will tie in the attraction next door, Journey to Atlantis.  This coaster attains 65 mph.  The length is 4177 ft long.  It is only 153 feet tall.  These are the main coasters at the park.  Journey to Atlantis is a water coaster design.  Built in 1998, It features some animatronics inside the ride.  This was the first thrill ride coaster built in the park.  The ride is more of a log type flume ride than a coaster and you can get wet on this ride.  The drop is only 60 feet and is featured in the front on the queue area where the guests can get a glimpse of the ride.

Family attractions

 Now for the family oriented attractions.  Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is one attraction you don’t want to miss.  This attraction was built in 2013.  It is a trackless attraction and features a mild and wild ride option for guests.  The wild ride motion is great for the children who like a lot of motion.  The mild ride experience is for the crowd who prefer a less hectic ride.  Inside the attraction you get to follow the life of a penguin named Puck.  It is colorful and there are a few screens but the best part is at the end.  You disembark the ride inside an awesome exhibit where live penguin live.  They are extremely close and even though you can’t touch them, pictures can be taken with out glass walls to inhibit a great picture.  No flash is allowed, and really isn’t needed.  Fair warning, it is extremely cold inside.  Turtle Trek was built in 2012 and features a story about Nia, a sea turtle and her life out in the sea.  This unique theatre is a dome and is 3D.  The glasses are specially made so that even your peripheral vision can be used in the theater.  You will be standing and hand rails are there for support.  Please no sitting on the rails.  The theater uses 34 projectors to cover the entire dome.  The experience features a few aquariums at the beginning of the attraction and is used to educate the guests in conservation of our natural environments.  The sky tower was built in 1973.  This 400 foot tower is the tallest observation tower in Florida.  Wild Arctic is a motion simulated attraction, built in 1997.  You are embarked on a journey to the arctic base station and are going there by helicopter.  After the attraction, you can see Beluga whales, and some seals inside the attraction.

Theaters

Shamu Stadium is probably the most famous but not the first to be built.  This stadium was built in 1984.  It features a 7 million gallon tank.  The Dolphin Theater built in 1973 and was originally the killer whale exhibit.  Blue Horizons is currently the show and surely one not to be missed.  The newest theater is the Sea Lion and Otter Theater that was built in 1990.  Clyde and Seamore are a pair of sea lions and a great family show.  The Bayside Stadium was built in 1983.  It used to have water skiing shows.  Now it is used for seasonal shows and firework shows.  Finally the Nautilus Theater built in 1995, is used for acrobatic shows.  These are on par with Cirque du Soleil type shows.

Security Procedures are in effect at SWO (this is from their website)

SeaWorld Orlando security procedures may result in slight delays while entering the park. As a part of this process:

  • New metal detectors are installed and in use.
  • All bags, backpacks, and packages are subject to inspection prior to entering the park.
  • As a reminder, the following items are not permitted to be brought into SeaWorld for the safety of our animals and our guests: weapons, glass bottles, cans, any other type of sharp objects, straws, large hard or soft coolers, and any hazardous items or materials.
  • Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.
  • SeaWorld is not responsible for fire, theft, damage or loss of vehicle including articles left within.

Latest news

Click here for the latest news on Ice Breaker. The latest coaster at SWO.

It is that time of year again everyone!

Seaworld ORLANDO’s Seven Seas Food Festival Serves up FlAVOR, ENTERTAINMENT AND excitement

Festival fan favorite returns with more dates to sip and sample over 180 food & beverage options

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 22, 2020) – SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is back for another year to give guests the delicious opportunity to taste their way around the world of international street food traditions. The Seven Seas Food Festival will run from February 7 through May 5 (NEW – now including Fridays), to give park-goers plenty more chances to sample more than 180 mouthwatering options!

Enjoy local craft beers and mouthwatering culinary flavors while exploring our marketplaces throughout the park. NEW food offerings include the cricket crusted bison slider, duck and mushroom ramen bowl and the chicken and waffle. A complete menu of the Seven Seas Food Festival dishes and drinks can be found online here.

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.  Today, SeaWorld announced the first four weeks of live entertainment, with more to be announced soon:

·        February 8 – Maddie & Tae

·        February 9 – Trace Adkins 

·        February 15 – To Be Announced

·        February 16 – Night Ranger

·        February 22 – Walk Off The Earth 

·        February 23 – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx

·        February 29 – Grupo Mania

·        March 1 – Boyz II Men

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6:00 p.m. To ensure you get the best seats in the house, guests can purchase reserved seating for select performances. Reserved seating opportunities are available online here.  

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Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida – a 93 feet tall spike with 100 degree angle. The thrills continue as riders fly over a near vertical top hat maneuver into a series of exciting twists, turns, and airtime hills. The brand-new coaster will be located across from Wild Arctic and opens this coming spring.

#BreakTheIce In 2020 an all new roller coaster is coming to Orlando. All the parks are about to get a coaster and SeaWorld Orlando is included! This new coaster has an intro video below. I will post more when new news becomes available.

I am not sure but an announcement was made by SWO as follows:

Starting today through July 15, U.S. military veterans and their families can enjoy free admission to SeaWorld Parks

Orlando, Fla. (May 20, 2019) – Starting today through July 15, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is offering free admission for U.S. military veterans and their families at its SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, and SeaWorld San Diego parks.

This offer is part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s longstanding Waves of Honor program, which salutes active duty military members, veterans and their families by offering special pricing and promotions throughout the year. Waves of Honor already provides complimentary admission for U.S. active duty military personnel, activated or drilling reservists, and National Guardsmen and up to three dependents.

Since its launch in 2005, more than 10 million guests – active duty military members, veterans and their families – have enjoyed the SeaWorld family of parks for free through the Waves of Honor program.

“I truly appreciate SeaWorld’s long-standing support of our armed forces and I’ve enjoyed visiting the park many times with my family through its complimentary ticket offer for the military,” said Dennis Dubard, a retired Navy captain and the former commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship, USS Peleliu. “I’m delighted they are again honoring our military veterans with a free ticket offer.”

“Honoring the brave men and women who serve and sacrifice for this country and their families is a value embedded in the fabric of our company,” said Gus Antorcha, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “As summer kicks off, we are proud and honored to provide free admission to veterans and their families so they can make memories and enjoy an amazing lineup of attractions and events. Offering free admission through our longstanding Waves of Honor program is just a small gesture of the deep gratitude we owe all those who serve.”

Between now and June 9, U.S. military veterans and retirees can redeem their complimentary single-day ticket(s), which are valid through July 15, for themselves and up to three dependents online at www.WavesofHonor.com.

Does this mean that after that date, no more free entries for military?

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ABOUT DISCOVERY COVE

Discovery Cove® in Orlando is an all-inclusive day resort where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters. Relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches. Freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day and swim gear are included, plus unlimited, 14-day admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, voted USA’s #1 waterpark. Guests will experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. 

www.discoverycove.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 19, 2019) – Today, Discovery Cove, in conjunction with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), announced the completion of a staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training as well as an onsite review of the park property and guest experience. The completion designates Discovery Cove as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as distinguished by IBCCES, making it the first all-inclusive day resort and animal interaction park in the U.S to be certified. 

The certification follows sister parks Sesame Place, the first theme park in the world to reach this accreditation, and Aquatica Orlando, the first water park in the world to be accredited. 

Discovery Cove is SeaWorld Entertainment’s day resort park, where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays and other unique animal interactions, all in a tropical setting of rocky lagoons, lush landscaping and white, sandy beaches.  Working closely with IBCCES, the staff at Discovery Cove will be continually trained to assist guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, to help ensure a positive experience during their visit.  Guests will also be provided with specific information about each of the Discovery Cove experiences, along with in park accommodations to help them plan their day and make informed choices best suited to their individual needs. 

“Discovery Cove has long been recognized for its adventure-filled yet relaxed environment with a variety of open, clear spaces that make attractions and services more accessible. and reduces sensory overload for guests with cognitive disorders,” said Kyle Miller, President of Discovery Cove.   “Autism certification is a natural step for us as we continue to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests.  We have seen how well received this certification has been at our Sesame Place and Aquatica Orlando parks, and we are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”  

For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options, and in response, created training and certification programs specifically for the hospitality and travel industry.  As a Certified Autism Center, Discovery Cove is required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum.  Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor and social skills, program development, and emotional awareness as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam. The autism training must be taken every two years in order to maintain the certification.

According to Myron Pincomb, Board Chairman of IBCCES, “We’re thrilled to see the commitment and enthusiasm of the team at Discovery Cove and its sister parks in serving guests on the spectrum and with sensory sensitivities. Certification and review are so important to ensure all guests feel welcomed and safe in these environments. This should be the industry standard, and we’re working with leaders in the field to make that happen.”

Larry Celzo, a member of the IBCCES community and parent with a son on the autism spectrum said of the Discovery Cove certification, “After so many years of learning how to integrate our 15-year old son with autism into our community, it is refreshing to witness society becoming more aware of how hard we work to provide the same type of recreation and entertainment families without special needs enjoy. I really applaud the organizations who go above and beyond to become trained and certified in autism and other special needs.”                                                                         

Robust pre-visit planning resources will be added to the park’s website including a sensory guide developed by IBCCES. This sensory guide will make it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations by providing insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for each attraction.   Added IBCCES’ Pincomb, pre-planning is vital for families in the autism community.  “Having a comprehensive resource that allows families to plan their day and avoid the element of surprise is vital. Understanding what the park offers, from its experiences to available food selections, helps in making their day a success.”

The park will also have a quiet space inside the park with adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break.

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