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Today I had the chance to stop in for a quick visit to see the latest progress on Mako, which if you haven't heard just completed installation of the last track segment! Work continues on installing the ride's brakes, nets and theming the surrounding areas. The ride station is gaining new detail by the day and it looks like the ride could start testing within the next few weeks.

 

Thank you so much for this update! I am loving this coaster, it is looking like a great ride. Can't wait to ride it, it may become one of my favorites! They really thought about how the ride looks through the park! Does anyone know how long it normally takes to install nets and other electrical lines?

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Mako is absolutely stunning and totally photogenic! I love how it seems to be a bit different than your average B&M hyper since it includes some more twisty sections and speed hills, and I can't wait to ride it in July!

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The video of Tilikum was amazing and sad at the same time, I dare any animal lover to watch that and not get a bit teary eyed! I made a small donation to the Sea World fund for him and all the other animals they take care of so well! This summer will be my first visit to SWO and to Universal Florida, mainly for Harry Potter, and at first I was only looking forward to HP being an enthusiast for the books, movies, and roller coasters. It wasn't until I started looking into Sea World after my mom told me that's where she wanted to visit the most, that I realized that they may have the best roller coaster line-up in Orlando, especially with the addition of Mako! This ride looks to be amazing.

 

We will be at Sea World on a Saturday in early June. I hope that Mako will be open, at first I was hesitant, but surely by finishing the track now they'll be open in 2 months! Even though they have amazing rides, I'm betting on not too many people riding roller coasters at Sea World since it's not known as being a "thrill park," compared to its Orlando rivals. I wish we could be there during the week, but our time is limited and we know that Universal will be busier, thus we'll hit it on the weekdays and Sea World on the weekend.

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https://seaworldcares.com/future?utm_source=Silverpop&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SEA.Announcement.Email1.Parks.&utm_content=DIGITAL

 

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Overview

 

Last Generation Educational Encounters

We’re making historic announcements at SeaWorld, including ending orca breeding, introducing new, inspiring and natural orca encounters, and launching new partnerships to protect oceans and marine animals. We’re creating a new vision for SeaWorld that will help us deliver on our mission that every guest who walks through our doors will be inspired to take action to help protect wild animals and wild places.

 

When SeaWorld opened its doors more than 50 years ago, killer whales were feared and even hunted. Now, they are among the most beloved marine mammals on the planet thanks, in part, to the inspirational encounters we’ve provided to more than 400 million guests.

 

The new vision for SeaWorld reflects changes in society and SeaWorld’s evolution with those changes, including ending killer whale breeding, new inspiring natural orca encounters, and new partnerships to protect oceans and marine animals.

 

While these decisions represent a shift in our business, they do not change our core values and purpose: to protect animals in the wild and inspire our guests to join us in this critical mission.

 

SeaWorld President & CEO Joel Manby talks about these historic announcements in a letter to the Los Angeles Times.

 

Last generation of killer whales

 

The killer whales in our care will be the last at SeaWorld. We haven’t taken a whale from the wild in nearly 40 years. Now, we’re going further and will end our orca breeding programs as of today. With the skills and dedication of our entire SeaWorld team, we will protect and care for these whales – here at our parks – for the rest of their lives where guests will continue to view and be inspired by them.

 

New, inspiring, natural orca encounters rather than theatrical shows

 

We will introduce new, inspiring, natural orca encounters rather than theatrical shows, as part of our ongoing commitment to education, marine science research and the rescue of marine animals. Everything will reflect the natural world and will focus on the research, education, care and respect that align with our mission to advance the well-being and conservation of these beautiful creatures. These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise and overall health, and the change will start in our San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019.

 

New partnership to protect oceans and marine mammals

 

We are pleased that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) supports the changes we announced today. These two leading organizations are coming together for an agreement that will further both groups’ missions. SeaWorld and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are joining together in a partnership focused on the health of our oceans and the animals that call them home. HSUS and SeaWorld have common ground, in that both of our organizations love animals and want to protect them. The partnership helps each group extend its own mission and is based on their joint interest in preserving and protecting wild animals and the places they live. The issues around animal conservation and protection are much bigger than any one organization, and we can be much stronger together.

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Ughhh I knew from the begging this would be bad. What is seaworld doing about blue world? It's pretty expensive and knowing it would possibly never have whales is it even worth it? Man I don't like peta...

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I read that this morning. It is sad news, and I'm not sure how it will affect Seaworld. Possibly for the better, possibly for the worst. In my opinion, what makes Seaworld is the orcas. I know that they're given the uppermost care and they have everything they need, plus some. I wonder if it was in light of Tilikum's illness, their main breeder. Do orcas not breed naturally in captivity? If no, this is defiantly sad and Seaward is in for a loss.

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Definitely a sad piece of news. I doubt anything less than the removal of all animals from the park will make the animal rights groups happy.

 

You can be sure that the Blackfish crazies will find a way to slam SeaWorld no matter what they do.

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Ughhh I knew from the begging this would be bad. What is seaworld doing about blue world? It's pretty expensive and knowing it would possibly never have whales is it even worth it? Man I don't like peta... [emoji317]

Even if this is the last generation, they will be around for at least 30-40 more years, so Blue World will still probably be a good investment to continue the project forward.

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They'll build the Blue World enclosures and after years, weigh the mood and rescue other orcas held at other parks much like Tillikum. It will be decades before they are Killer Whale less. They are just making them an aquarium attraction.

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They'll build the Blue World enclosures and after years, weigh the mood and rescue other orcas held at other parks much like Tillikum. It will be decades before they are Killer Whale less. They are just making them an aquarium attraction.

This is not true. Seaworld has confirmed via Facebook that Blue World is no longer happening in the comment section

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They'll build the Blue World enclosures and after years, weigh the mood and rescue other orcas held at other parks much like Tillikum. It will be decades before they are Killer Whale less. They are just making them an aquarium attraction.

This is not true. Seaworld has confirmed via Facebook that Blue World is no longer happening in the comment section

 

 

No longer happening in name only, they may be dumping the name due to the issues around the cight for it at San Diego but the tanks sure seemed destined for similar modifications via the press release:

 

 

SeaWorld also will introduce new, inspiring, natural orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health. This change will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019.

 

That sure seems like the timeline given for Blue World projects sans the name.

 

So instead of adding on to the existing structure like this pic shows

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They will likely lose the stadium aspects, modify the existing tanks and reduce the overall size of the new "tank" because the show tank is nonlonger needed, thus freeing up space for more stuff either related to the orcas or not. This move may result in additional cost cutting from the original project announced last year.

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It does seem they will still get larger more naturla tanks. But if they will be removing the theater parts of the enclosure, then I'm sure the whole project could be different then wheat was announced. I mean, it doesn't make sens to just leave the whales in the current enclosures with unused stadiums.

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It does seem they will still get larger more naturla tanks. But if they will be removing the theater parts of the enclosure, then I'm sure the whole project could be different then wheat was announced. I mean, it doesn't make sens to just leave the whales in the current enclosures with unused stadiums.

 

Instead of new water aeas, you may just see a modification of the existing performance part of the tank. I see no way they ditch the current holding tanks and replace them with new ones and they'll still need those. Maybe the do built a new holding area but the stadium area will likely be the new natural habitat area and the additions in footprint will be greatly reduced from the Blue World proposals for the parks.

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So when Joel Manby proclaimed that they "weren't going to be quiet anymore" and that they would be proactive in defending their reputation he basically meant that they would bow down to organizations that won't be satisfied no matter what they do anyway.

 

Next they'll bitch about the Belugas, and the Dolphins, and the Pilot Whales and basically everything except the fish and possibly Sea Turtles since they're non releasable. They'll bitch about the Dolphin show, they'll bitch about the Sea Lion show. The bitching won't end. I'm totally perplexed by this move.

 

Edit: Just looked around social media and everyone is now bitching about Belugas, Dolphins, Sea Lions and the fact that the whales need to be released into sea pens to die. I really want to know what they just accomplished. These people will never stop. You could release all the animals you have and then they would bitch about you selling non vegan hot dogs.

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The thing that really saddens me all about this, is that a majority of the people who I've seen that have complained and bitched to SeaWorld are roughly young adults who just seem to just agree with anything they see online, neglecting to look up anything else on the subject or even SeaWorld's history itself. Some of them aren't even activists, some of them just... are doing it for the sake of wanting to be angry about something.

 

SeaWorld has literally just given in to people who not only can't be pleased at anything, but probably don't even know what they're actually doing or what accomplishment they want out of this...

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I would imagine that this is the beginning of the end of Seaworld having live animals. I think it will be gradual, but over time there will be fewer and fewer live animal shows and attractions and more rides. Ultimately the only thing that will likely survive is the theme, SeaWorld itself is going to be a very different place.

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As stated above, the park already said they are not going to continue with Blue World.

 

Here is some concept art of what we are to see in the future regarding the existing habitat:

 

https://seaworldcares.com/en/Future/Educational-Encounters/

 

They also stated the theatrical show will be phased out, but they will still be doing live educational "encounters" before a guest audience. Because they still plan to have an audience, the stadium's most likely are still going to be there...just redesigned.

 

edit: I am very saddened by this news. It feels as though some type of betrayal to those of us who have stood up and fought for SeaWorld against all the activists since Blackfish and even beyond. It's shocking that they gave in so easily. And this was obviously a recent decision since they announced earlier in the year they were going to take legal action against the California Coastal Commission for the breeding restrictions they placed on Blue World. I guess giving in was easier than fighting. It's sad. Although I want to trust that they know what they're doing and we are to expect really great things from the SeaWorld parks in the future, even without the Orca's. (decades down the line since many of the Orca's are still very young, and one is currently pregnant.)

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The thing that really saddens me all about this, is that a majority of the people who I've seen that have complained and bitched to SeaWorld are roughly young adults who just seem to just agree with anything they see online, neglecting to look up anything else on the subject or even SeaWorld's history itself. Some of them aren't even activists, some of them just... are doing it for the sake of wanting to be angry about something.

 

SeaWorld has literally just given in to people who not only can't be pleased at anything, but probably don't even know what they're actually doing or what accomplishment they want out of this...

I seriously agree with this post. The people that were complaining were NEVER going to visit SeaWorld regardless of if they end the breeding program or not. This was decision is just disappointing to SeaWorld's fans, the ones who are actually going to go to their parks.

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