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Did the Dolphin tour for free with our new Plat passes today. Schedule first thing, they fill up fast. Got to touch and give them some commands in a back area setting.  Enjoyed it. We bought the

Since that is a holiday weekend with an event going on, I would just buy it ahead of time, especially since it's only $25.

Just an fyi -  customer service did respond to my email and were more than happy to allow me to use my quick queues on the new date, which would have been great. Unfortunately we had to cancel the tri

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G'day mates,

Yesterday 16 March I came to SeaWorld and had another outstanding day!

I rode Rio Loco 5 times in a row and the Great White 21 times in a row for a total of 105 inversions.

Altogether I rode 30 rides wthout a Quick Queue (flash pass).

On my six visits this year (4 visits in February and 2 visits in March) I have averaged over 30 rides a visit without needing the Quick Queue pass.

I'm coming back to SeaWorld on Saturday 22 March. The staff told me I would probably need an Unlimited Quick Queue pass on Saturday in order to ride as much as I have been riding these last six visits.

So far in 2014 I've been on the Steel Eel 106 times and the Great White 45 times.

Cheers!

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Trip Report For 22 March

G'day mates,

Yesterday (Saturday) was another fabulous day in the park!

Of my 7 visits to SeaWorld during February and March it was the busiest day and a large crowd.

They had a special on Quick Queue Unlimited Passes (flash passes) for Season Pass holders so I got a Quick Queue for $21.65.

It was well worth it. I rode the Great White 31 times in a row and rode the Steel Eel 13 times. Altogether I rode 44 rides which would have not been possible without the Quick Queue.

I've averaged over 32 rides per visit this year for a total of 226 rides and the previous 6 visits I did not get a flash pass..

The food is excellent and very reasonable, actually cheaper than a fast food restaurant but much better. My favorites are the Chef Salad, Taco Salad, and the Turkey and Spinach 9-Grain Wheat Sandwich. The only thing lacking is that there is not a very big selection of drinks like at Six Flags.

I'll come back to SW on Friday unless I go to six Flags Over Texas instead.

Cheers!

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SEAWORLD ANNOUNCES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND KILLER WHALE ENVIRONMENT AND MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS

 

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 15, 2014) – SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

 

“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”

 

Transformational New Environments

The first of the new environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego where the killer whale environment is planned to have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres and spanning more than 350 feet in length, the new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of killer whales.

 

Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enriching experiences and other interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment and inspire them to celebrate and conserve the natural world.

 

“Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”

 

Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of leading-edge animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities. It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge the whales both physically and mentally. Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.

 

The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio.

 

Killer Whale Research

As part of the Blue World Project, SeaWorld has committed $10 million in matching funds focused on threats to killer whales in the wild, especially those identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. That includes new projects already funded this year: one that will help to understand the hearing ranges of killer whales and the other that will provide insight into nutritional status and reproduction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale. The matching funds will be in addition to killer whale research conducted by SeaWorld’s scientists, which includes nearly 50 studies to date.

 

Recognizing that ocean health is a leading concern for killer whales and all marine mammals in the wild, the company also announced it will be embarking on a major multi-million dollar partnership focused on protecting the ocean. More details of the partnership will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Advisory Panel

SeaWorld will also engage an Independent Advisory Panel to bring new perspectives and ideas to the project. The panel will focus on the creation of an environment that maximizes the health and wellbeing of the animals. Given the particular expertise of current panelists and those expected to join, the panel will further advise on integrated research projects that can be conducted within the new environment and foster partnerships within the science and academic communities working in the wild.

 

Current Advisory Panel members include:

 

• Dr. Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Association of Zoos & Aquariums

• Dr. Heidi Harley, Professor of Psychology, New College of Florida

• Dr. Dorian Houser, Director of Conservation and Biological Research, National Marine Mammal Foundation

• Dr. Linda Lowenstein, Professor Emeritus Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

• Dr. Shawn Noren, Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz

• Mr. Tom Otten, Chief Executive Officer, Reef Experience

• Dr. James F. Peddie, DVM, Distinguished Faculty Chair, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, Moorpark College

• Dr. Paul Ponganis, Research Physiologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

• Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director, Film and Television Unit, American Humane Association

• Dr. Pam Yochem, Senior Research Scientist and Executive Vice President, Research, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute

 

 

"SeaWorld's capital investment will create a significant number of new jobs in our community and help drive the economy when construction begins at the Orlando park. Beyond that, it will enhance tourism by providing a state-of-the-art experience for visitors while providing valuable new research and educational opportunities in animal health and behavior," said Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10).

 

“Like so many others in science and industry, we are constantly learning more about how we can evolve our knowledge and continue to learn more about these amazing animals and stewardship of those in the wild,” Atchison said. “We look forward to working with these experts to build on these learnings and achieve our vision of increased knowledge of killer whales and global efforts to protect those in the wild.”

 

For more information on the Blue World Project, please visit http://www.seaworld.com/blueworld

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Site plan for Sea World San Diego's new habitat. Others should be similar.

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Just confirmed San Antonio will finally be getting the much needed love on the SeaWorld side of the park.

 

- A new Sea Lion show

- New Sea Lion habitat (MUCH NEEDED)

- New coastal themed dolphin habitat (probably like Dolphin cove at SWO and SWSD)

They also claim there will be new ways to interact with the dolphins.

- New Restaurants

 

Waiting on the new concept arts!

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Totally forgot to post about my visit to Howl O Scream this last Saturday. Yep, the step child Seaworld has a HOS event. They added a new house this year and now have 5 houses, 4 scare zones and 3 bars (one with hot nurses). They definitely made major improvements to the event this year over last year. I think they might be a house or two away from being on par with the other HOS events. They also really need to add a show besides Shamu. Overall, it's a great event and recommend paying for front of the line pass if you go (just $20). Here a few photos I took.

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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I love how they convert the family park for scare zones

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Laura has a new bf

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Hot!!

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Checking out one of the new bars

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Haunted houses + coasters + alcohol = Fun night

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More alcohol

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I see that nothing has been posted lately about the new Point Reserve or sea lion habitat. I'm thinking about making a trip here in March. I just wanted to know will the new habitat be done and finished. I heard this is a great park. It may lack thrill rides, but I was told Steel Eel and Great White make up for it.

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^ Crowds will probably not be that bad. Even if it is busy, the two coasters never have a line. Steel Eel is definitely worth riding a few times. I doubt the new area or show will be open by March.

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Just announced for 2016. Looks like Discovery Cove.

@SeaWorldTexas: Here it is...in 2016 we open Discovery Point, the new hub for dolphin, beluga and sea lion swim programs. #MoreToSea

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I think this park has the most growth potential of all the parks under the SEAS umbrella. There's tremendous growth in Texas and outside of Six Flags and smaller attractions There's nothing major.

Heck, they should look at a new Busch Gardens in the area.

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I agree SWT easily has the most potential for growth out of all the parks due to it's size. Their wording on this "Discovery Point" is very confusing though, is this a completely new complex for Belugas, dolphins and Sea Lions or is this just a rebranding of an existing program. Yes, I know they're building a new dolphin lagoon but is that included for belugas as well?

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I agree SWT easily has the most potential for growth out of all the parks due to it's size. Their wording on this "Discovery Point" is very confusing though, is this a completely new complex for Belugas, dolphins and Sea Lions or is this just a rebranding of an existing program. Yes, I know they're building a new dolphin lagoon but is that included for belugas as well?

 

Maybe I can try to clear this up. Dolphin Cove is going to be closing down towards the end of the month to make way for a new dolphin exhibit. The current exhibit is going to double in size and have an under water viewing area, just like Orlando. They will (most likely) continue doing the current dolphin touch programs where you get that guaranteed touch with a dolphin.

 

They are going to be building a brand new complex that will house the 3 interaction programs. SeaWorld currently offers the Beluga and Sea Lion interaction in their back pools. This new complex will be specifically designed for these programs and will (most likely) be open for everyone to watch. There will be 3 separate area for Beluga Bay, Sea Lion Shallows, and Dolphin Lagoon. You can expect this to feel a lot like Discovery Cove in orlando.

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http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/SeaWorld-San-Antonio-to-close-portion-of-park-for-6119038.php

 

SeaWorld San Antonio, as part of a multimillion-dollar expansion project, will close the northern portion of the park to guests starting later this month to make room for a new dolphin exhibit and attraction.

 

The West Side theme park on Friday announced the temporary closure as it unveiled details for the habitat, which will feature underwater viewing windows and a dolphin swim experience.

 

Starting March 23, access to Dolphin Cove and the park’s sharks and coral reef attractions will remain closed until construction crews complete the project in May 2016, according to a news release.

 

SeaWorld will nearly double the water volume of its dolphin pools to more than 600,000 gallons and install large viewing panes below the water’s surface so guests can watch the mammals swim and play, the release reads.

 

Guests also can visit Discovery Point, a new animal interaction program, to swim with bottlenose dolphins and learn about dolphin behavior and communication.

 

Paid reservations must be made for the program, according to the release, and participants must be at least 6 years old.

 

“Up until now, we’ve only offered this experience in Orlando so this will make it much more accessible to guests in our region,” Dan Decker, president of the park, said in a statement.

 

Last August, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. announced it would undertake massive expansion and renovation projects at all three of its theme parks.

 

It will build tanks for orcas that hold 10 million gallons of water -- almost twice the size of the current tanks.

 

Set to open this spring at the San Antonio park, a new California sea lion exhibit dubbed Pacific Point Preserve will resemble a Pacific Coast town and offer a new sea lion show and food-court-style restaurant serving four types of cuisine.

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Starting March 23, access to Dolphin Cove and the park’s sharks and coral reef attractions will remain closed until construction crews complete the project in May 2016, according to a news release.

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SeaWorld San Antonio is to see construction of a new dolphin habitat. The changes will feature a coastal theme.

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SeaWorld San Antonio plans to add room, starting next February, for new orca and dolphin habitats, part of a $30 million project.

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SeaWorld San Antonio next spring will unveil a renovated sea lion exhibit, called Pacific Point Preserve, that will include a new show. The park's current sea lion show, "The Cannery Row Caper," will end its nine-year run on Sept. 1. Courtesy SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.

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SeaWorld San Antonio's new sea lion exhibit will include a restaurant with food-court-style service with up to four styles of cuisine. It will debut next to the Pacific Point Preserve habitat in spring 2015. Courtesy SeaWorld Entertainment Inc.

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Hoping some locals can help me out.

 

Heading to the park on Saturday. Have not purchased tickets yet. Clicking around, trying to figure out the best deal.

 

There is the chance that I make it out there again in the next 12 months, so I've pondered whether or not to do the 12mo monthly membership. That said, if I can find a decent one day deal (not incl waterpark, don't think there will be time) I'm good with having to relook at this later in the year (ie: not getting the pass now and just buying tickets for one day at the park).

 

Again, any help is appreciated..............and, if you're being so generous with info, would love a "best plan of attack" for the park.

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If you are going a second time prior to Sept 7 I'd get the fun card, otherwise if you are for sure going again, consider that with two trips worth of parking and admission, you would end up saving you money if you were to purchase the yearly pass. On easy pay it wouldn't be a huge sting out of the monthly budget.

 

As far as plan of attack, I would focus on the shows, the shark and dolphin area is closed off as they build Discovery Point. The newly refurbished Pacific Point Preserve and accompanying show will likely be a hot ticket item as is of course Shamu. I would plan to arrive about 10-15 minutes before showtime to get a decent seat as on the weekends the early shows at Azul Stadium, Shamu Stadium, and PPP will fill up, (people do tend to bail after 2pm). The big rides open 1 hour after the park opens. Most will rush to the rides when they open, ride a few times, and bounce so don't worry about long waits on Steel Eel or Great White. Your longest lines will be for Journey to Atlantis and the river rapids. The line for the rapids is generally steady, but if you want JTA you might want to hit it close to opening time to avoid waiting for 30-60 minutes.

 

Other than that, the Smokehouse and Harbor Market both offer great food.

 

Have a great time, and honk at the protestors!

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I hope next year we get a new coaster were due for one already !

Next year they're opening up the new Dolphin Habitat, however I think that in 2017 the area behind to the shark encounter would make a great area for a Mack launch coaster similar to Manta. They could call it Mako. I don't really see them adding in a huge thrill coaster since the lines for the current two, I've heard don't reach very long waits, plus this could be a good family/thrill coaster if done right. The only thing about calling the coaster Mako would be that they'd probably want to retheme Great White(which frankly it could use since it's pretty lame atm). Just my idea.

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