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I didn't find the change confusing at all, in fact, I actually get more value for the same price under the new tiers. I used to only get the two Florida dry parks for my $240 but now I get the water parks too.

 

I had the two water parks as part of my plan under the old platinum plan and under the premium plan for Williamsburg so that aspect never changed for me.

 

My issue is that since my pass says premium, which was the highest tier at that time but I'm grandfathered into a lot of current platinum perks, that it confuses some of the employees since premium is no longer the highest tier. I have trouble at reserved seating / re-ride privileges sometimes because of it.

 

It's not a deal breaker or anything crazy to me. They just should have left premium as the highest tier and named the other new tiers whatever else.

 

Or you could just go to guest services, explain the situation, and have them print you a new card?

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I didn't find the change confusing at all, in fact, I actually get more value for the same price under the new tiers. I used to only get the two Florida dry parks for my $240 but now I get the water parks too.

 

I think what he was referring to was the Platinum pass from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. When the new pass launched they called it premier and then they changed it again and considered the old Premier as Platinum. Only BGW did this. The other parks did not do this so it creates a lot of confusion at the other SeaWorld Parks.

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I didn't find the change confusing at all, in fact, I actually get more value for the same price under the new tiers. I used to only get the two Florida dry parks for my $240 but now I get the water parks too.

 

I think what he was referring to was the Platinum pass from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. When the new pass launched they called it premier and then they changed it again and considered the old Premier as Platinum. Only BGW did this. The other parks did not do this so it creates a lot of confusion at the other SeaWorld Parks.

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I wasn't sure if I should post this here or Williamsburg but I really feel like SeaWorld/Busch made the season passes way too confusing when they switched everything from Platinum to Premier back to Platinum for the highest tiers.

 

We had the Platinum passes for Williamsburg that got us access and benefits at all of the parks and upgraded when they changed everything over a few years ago to Premier being the highest tier since it was only $1 more a month for us at the time, $19 to $20. The year after they switched back to Platinum being the highest and have Premier is now a lower tier though technically our passes are still platinum.

 

Our benefits still work at the other parks, including SeaWorld so there's no problems there but when it comes to reserved seating at shows and the stay on a ride for an extra lap pass I've run into issues with employees thinking we have a lower tier pass.

 

 

Overall it was an amazing time, I just wish they would make an app that's actually useful and not have made the tiers more confusing for employees and pass holders than they ever needed to be.

 

When the passes changed October 4, 2018, certain benefits became home state specific, including preferred parking, preferred seating, and re-ride privileges, specifically. Also other benefits like free and discount tickets and park specific perks are only supposed to go to those with an annual pass for that specific park, or Platinum that was purchased from a park in that state. Basically, if you have a BGW Platinum (or equivalent), you're only guaranteed most benefits at that park, and not those at any parks out of state. It's the same with someone having a FL parks Platinum trying to use certain benefits at BGW or other out of state parks. You're only guaranteed admission and general parking at parks that are out of state, and still get in-park discounts on most things food, merch, tours, upgrades). If you read the benefits online (current benefits, not when you signed up as they are subject to change without notice), it states what's available to use where.

 

With that said, I do know they sometimes honor preferred parking when available, and maybe seating and re-ride privileges depending on who's working that position at that moment.

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I didn't find the change confusing at all, in fact, I actually get more value for the same price under the new tiers. I used to only get the two Florida dry parks for my $240 but now I get the water parks too.

 

I think what he was referring to was the Platinum pass from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. When the new pass launched they called it premier and then they changed it again and considered the old Premier as Platinum. Only BGW did this. The other parks did not do this so it creates a lot of confusion at the other SeaWorld Parks.

 

Yes I was.

 

When the passes changed October 4, 2018, certain benefits became home state specific, including preferred parking, preferred seating, and re-ride privileges, specifically. Also other benefits like free and discount tickets and park specific perks are only supposed to go to those with an annual pass for that specific park, or Platinum that was purchased from a park in that state. Basically, if you have a BGW Platinum (or equivalent), you're only guaranteed most benefits at that park, and not those at any parks out of state. It's the same with someone having a FL parks Platinum trying to use certain benefits at BGW or other out of state parks. You're only guaranteed admission and general parking at parks that are out of state, and still get in-park discounts on most things food, merch, tours, upgrades). If you read the benefits online (current benefits, not when you signed up as they are subject to change without notice), it states what's available to use where.

 

With that said, I do know they sometimes honor preferred parking when available, and maybe seating and re-ride privileges depending on who's working that position at that moment.

 

I think that's where things become more vague and confusing. I think they grandfather claused us into being able to get certain perks, I've always gotten preferred parking unless it was filled for the day already. The reserved seating it depends on the employee but I don't always bother with it anyway if seats are available elsewhere. The re-rides we only use when the queue is empty simply so we don't have to walk all the way around again. I'm not a big fan of that system so when there's a full queue we don't bother.

 

Maybe we were able to get the free SeaWorld ornament because our account showed we never picked up the one at Williamsburg. We hadn't asked about it, the lady at the register asked if we wanted to redeem it after scanning the pass for a discount for an item we were purchasing.

 

Like I said I just wish they had an app and membership portal that were better than they are and made things easier to know what I'm supposed to be getting. We love all the parks and this small issue is the only bad thing I have to say about the parks.

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I have a BGW Platinum pass I bought in November 2017 (I just doublechecked the email they sent me when I bought it to be sure) and I still get all the extras (preferred parking, 10% discount on everything, etc) at every other park I've used it at (BGT, SWO, Discovery Cove and Sesame). Just saying.

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Yeah, like I said in the group I guess we’ll wait and see but my gut says that nobody who doesn’t like SeaWorld will suddenly be okay with SeaWorld because they have an orca show with less music and nobody that likes SeaWorld will be happy about a less interesting Shamu show.

 

You're also losing Miracles and Shamu's Celebration: Light Up The Night which have been a big draw to keep crowds in the park later through dinner on the few days where they were actually open late.

 

This seems like a lose-lose proposition. The only thing that should make these new shows more interesting than One Ocean is that since they're still promising splashing and they're now adding fish in the tank it's only a matter of time before Shamu accidentally hurls a flying sea bass at a spectator.

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I'd bet anything that It's going to be One Ocean without music and the trainers just talking about the whales as they perform exactly the same behaviors that they already perform. They've made subtle changes to the show already over the last few months that sort of back up that theory.

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I'd bet anything that It's going to be One Ocean without music and the trainers just talking about the whales as they perform exactly the same behaviors that they already perform. They've made subtle changes to the show already over the last few months that sort of back up that theory.

 

That's really not too bad then if that's the case. We watched the Xmas version of the show as well when we went and it was basically the same show except some Xmas music was added in.

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Seaworld just ran their first presentation of "Orca Encounter".

 

It's One Ocean. It's so "One Ocean" that first song is the same, slightly remixed. They added some nice educational moments that they were already phasing in, brought back interactivity and added a nice patented SeaWorld guilt trip scene at the end. Then they played music and did totally not theatrical, definitely not show-like things in this new "not-show".

 

Personally I'm very happy because this "not theatrical whale show" is a better theatrical whale show than the last theatrical whale show, I'm also very confused.

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I'll probably make a trip in January sometime so I'm excited to see the new show but honestly One Ocean was so unimpressive to me after Believe that I don't really care what they end up offering. As long as they have the whales do practically anything it'll be good enough for me to stop by once a trip.

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I felt like after the first song, One Ocean could sometimes lag until the splash segment. They kept the first segment and the splash segment and filled the weird, dead space in between with interesting facts about whales, husbandry behaviors and some interactive segments involving a member of the audience. I actually like this better.

 

There were definitely some times between those segments in One Ocean where I was sitting there wondering “WTF are they even doing right now?”

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SeaWorld Orlando is attempting to keep their park rating over 700 by using their infinite money to build yet another attraction for 2021. No real confirmation as to what it is yet, but some sites and individuals are speculating that it will be a B&M wing coaster built in and around the pathway between the entrance and Bayside Stadium.

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I worry that they are spending so much money on rides and not giving time to recover that money. It's giving me early 2000s six flags flashbacks. But who knows maybe they are finding ways to make more money this way. Just hope it is not another b&m SeaWorld Orlando could use more family friendly roller coasters. There big 3 b&m almost never have a line whereas the other rides always do (except wild arctic)

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Whether it will play out well in the long run or not, it is still exciting to see the chain add so many new coasters lately (and in the coming future). I was barely a person when the Six Flags coaster craze of 1999/2000 was happening, so I'm glad I get to witness another similar "coaster boom"!

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There big 3 b&m almost never have a line whereas the other rides always do (except wild arctic)

We can't forget B&M coasters are capacity monsters and all of theirs have 3 trains. Now, I know they don't run all three trains on all 3 of their coasters but it has the capacity to make it so you don't experience a line.

 

I wouldn't say they are adding a lot of coasters. Over the last 10 years, they have only added 2 coasters and overall the average between coaster additions is aprox 4 and a half years so until we start seeing Energylandia level of additions then I think we can worry lol.

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Planning a 2021 Orlando trip when my nephews band performs at Disney. This is excellent news if this turns out to be another new coaster!

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I love SeaWorld and if they add a B&M Wing coaster to their existing lineup for 2021 I can almost guarantee you that I'll renew my Annual Pass. We have so much fun at that park on every trip so I'll take any excuse to go back in the future.

 

Also, adding an attraction in that area of the park is interesting, during the festivals SeaWorld hosts, which are pretty much year round at this point, that area is really nice but having a wing coaster in the area to interact with would really liven it up even more on a permanent basis. Pretty exciting project if it happens.

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I wouldn't say they are adding a lot of coasters. Over the last 10 years, they have only added 2 coasters and overall the average between coaster additions is aprox 4 and a half years so until we start seeing Energylandia level of additions then I think we can worry lol.

 

We are talking about the SeaWorld chain as a whole, not specifically SWO. Or at least, that's what I was talking about.

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