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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:40 pm

I never got around to seeing this while I was living in Orlando (and working for SeaWorld) but always heard fairly decent things about it. Can't wait to see what they replace it with, if anything.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:47 pm

There's never been a better time than now for Florida residents to experience an exciting fall getaway. With Discovery Cove exclusive savings available through December 31, 2012, Florida residents can enjoy a “Dolphin Swim Day Resort” admission for $199 plus tax or “Day Resort” admission (full day, without dolphin swim experience) for $129 plus tax. This great offer includes an unlimited admission pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica through January 31, 2013, valid after the date of Discovery Cove visit.

Discovery Cove features a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays in The Grand Reef and hand-feed exotic birds in a free-flight aviary. All new is Freshwater Oasis, where guests can relax and explore. They’ll wade and wander in the water-filled trails and discover two new species of animals -- marmoset monkeys and playful Asian otters.

Not only are Florida residents able to experience an unforgettable day at Discovery Cove, but with unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica through January 2013 included, they can also experience incredible family-friendly events such as SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and January’s Just for Kids. Featuring an ocean of Halloween fun, Halloween Spooktacular allows children to trick-or-treat, dance with whimsical sea creatures, catch silly and spooky shows and create sea-themed arts and crafts. And this winter, guests will feel a wave of holiday spirit splash over them at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. With everything from elves to Elmo, and from Santa to Shamu, holiday traditions are made at SeaWorld Orlando. Then Saturdays in January, little ones can sing, dance and play the day away at Just for Kids, featuring live shows from kid-favorite popular artists, our kid-sized rides, and amazing animals.

Just across the street at Aquatica, guests can enjoy high-speed water slides, exhilarating wave pools, tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld. Aquatica’s exclusive attractions promise unlimited fun for every age, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures and through breathtaking animal exhibits.

“Dolphin Swim Day Resort” admission for Florida residents at Discovery Cove includes:
  • Reserved dolphin experience
  • Unlimited access to signature experiences including: Freshwater Oasis, The Grand Reef, free-flight Explorer’s Aviary, Serenity Bay, and Wind-Away River
  • Freshly prepared breakfast and lunch plus snacks throughout the day
  • Beverages all day long, including sodas, water and alcoholic drinks (for those 21 years and older)
  • All swim gear (mask, snorkel and swim vest or wetsuit), towels, fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, sunscreen and other first-class amenities
  • All day self-parking at Discovery Cove
  • A complimentary photo portrait of guest and their party upon entry to park
  • Unlimited admission pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica valid after date of Discovery Cove visit through January 31, 2013
Proof of valid Florida residency for each adult is required upon check-in at guest reception. Book online at DiscoveryCove.com or call 1-877-434-7268 for more information.
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Postby cymonster-rex » Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:09 pm

^that picture no way would i ever get in a pool with those things on top of me if you get what i mean :)

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Postby SharkTums » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:11 pm

This is a fabulous deal for anyone who doesn't have a pass to Sea World and/or Aquatica!

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Jakizle » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:14 pm

After going to SeaWorld today and watching the Dolphins play, I really want to go to Discovery Cove!

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:18 pm

Had the chance to stop by SeaWorld Orlando today to check up on the latest construction progress on Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, as well as the recently reopened Shamu Underwater Viewing space near the Dine with Shamu offering at Shamu Stadium.
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What better way to start an update than by fulfilling TPR's Turtle Fancy?
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In the weeks since I last visited, the main attraction structure for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin has grown to be visible from many new angles.
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A portion of the old Penguin Encounter building was retained for the creation of the new attraction, but it is clear that this new ride will be far more complex. At least two floors are clearly defined, one more likely for the ride and the other for exhibit or queue space.
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A smaller section of the building juts out away from the main structure, likely serving as the entrance and exit for the ride.
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The concrete section at the back of the building is from the old Penguin Encounter building, but the rest is all brand new.
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The old Friends of the Wild and Antarctica Market buildings have been kept to be reutilized in the completed expansion. How they will be integrated into the new complex has yet to be revealed.
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The unique shapes of the building's layout indicate likely placement of the rock work (penguin mountain as Elissa called it) seen in the expansion's concept art.
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A taller section of the building might indicate a larger show scene... Or possibly even the location for the live penguins in the ride.
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Defined access ways lend credence to the idea that this could be the entrance and exit for the attraction.
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When you look at it at an overview, it is easy to see just how big this expansion really is!
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It will be interesting to see just how different this building looks when it is completed...
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With the reopening of Dine with Shamu came the reopening of the old Shamu Underwater Viewing location.
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During the tank's downtime since the tragic incident over two years ago the tank has undergone modifications to install a quick-rise floor as a preventative measure for all future trainer interactions performed in the water. It is expected that this system will eventually be rolled out to all SeaWorld tanks used for killer whales.
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It is hard to believe it has been over two years since guests could access this viewing area.
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But there really aren't many other experiences that allow you to get this close to a killer whale!
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Let's take a closer look at the quick-rise flooring.
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You really do get some unrivaled views here!
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Just another awesome day at SeaWorld Orlando!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:57 pm

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:01 am

http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/SeaWorld-to-appeal-judge-s-ruling-again/-/11788162/16688976/-/y75e7d/-/index.html?absolute=true

SeaWorld is again appealing a federal judge's ruling that prohibits trainers from having contact with killer whales.

The order came down in July as a response to the 2010 death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

The judge at the time said trainers need to have some sort of physical barrier separating them from the whales during performances.

SeaWorld is now taking its appeal to the United States Circuit Courts.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:50 pm

http://www.miamidolphins.com/news/article-1/SeaWorld-Orlando-Announces-Multi-Year-Marketing-Agreement-With-Miami-Dolphins-/f8726745-2d4a-4334-8440-74f25a90e748

SeaWorld Orlando and the Miami Dolphins have announced a multi-year marketing agreement. “SeaWorld, Where the Dolphins Play!” is the tagline for the integrated campaign involving a season-long sweepstakes and special deals for Florida residents.

The face of the campaign is former linebacker Jason Taylor, who will be inducted into the Miami Dolphin Honor Roll on October 14. Vignettes will feature him and his family enjoying SeaWorld as part of the following elements:

SeaWorld Football Family of the Year is a sweepstakes that kicked off on September 21 and will continue through December 31. Fans can register at Dolphins.com/SeaWorld to win a grand prize three-day, two-night SeaWorld and Aquatica weekend getaway plus four tickets to all 2013 regular season Miami Dolphins home games.

The Game Day Advantage offers Florida resident deals at SeaWorld for Miami Dolphins fans and will be featured in radio, digital and TV throughout key Florida markets as well as in-stadium.

“Aligning with the Miami Dolphins is a natural fit. We both share the same commitment to family and tradition and are great places to make lifetime memories,” said Vice President of Marketing Toni Caracciolo. “We’re thrilled to have Jason Taylor involved because he’s devoted to family, a world-class athlete and loved by so many fans”.

"SeaWorld and their associated parks are premiere destinations for all ages from South Florida, across the country and internationally. We have the same vision to provide exciting moments for our visitors in a unique environment, while always giving back to the community," said Jim Rushton, Chief Revenue Officer, Miami Dolphins / Sun Life Stadium. "We are honored to call them a partner as we both continue to grow our respective businesses."

"From the exciting rides to swimming with the Dolphins, and everything in between, SeaWorld is simply an amazing destination for family entertainment," said Jason Taylor. "My wife, kids and I had a great time on our most recent visit and we can't wait to go back!"

SeaWorld Orlando immerses guests in the sea’s mysteries through up-close animal discoveries, amazing attractions, thrilling rides and unforgettable performances. Whether riding Manta, getting drenched by Shamu, or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld. All new is TurtleTrek, a unique blend of up-close animal encounters with manatees and turtles and state-of-the art entertainment with the world’s first 3D/360 dome theater film.

Coming to SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2013 is Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin, the biggest and most expansive attraction in SeaWorld’s history. This epic exploration of a mysterious world blends animal encounters with an exhilarating ride for a one-of-a-kind experience the whole family will enjoy. Be transported to an icy world you’ve never seen before. Experience the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating first-of-its kind family ride. Then, step out and explore their colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes: bringing you above and below their icy world.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Sep 26, 2012 5:53 pm

Interesting, kind of a strange partnership but I could see it working.

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