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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:09 pm

jedimaster1227 wrote:I'd like to believe that the leadership of this company (especially knowing that their current leader is interim CEO) would not make a move as stupid in the long run as allowing Six Flags to buy the SeaWorld parks... Despite the last few years not being high points in the company's history, they have still maintained a level of quality in their theming and animal care efforts that Six Flags simply can't replicate in their own parks. Their culture isn't overly compatible with the Central Florida market either... Guests traveling to Orlando expect more for their money that just roller coasters and flat rides. The only place that has found success with such a model is Fun Spot, and they have done so by being the budget option for guests not looking to spend Disney/Universal prices.



But if guests traveling to Orlando already have their $7/month pass from Six Flags...a built in market is already created. Six Flags would fit in perfectly with the "I-Drive" crowd.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby MiABeta » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:57 pm

I've never wanted a rumor to be false to this extent before. Having had years and years of absolutely amazing trips to SWO and only having fairly lack luster trips to SF parks (Although I am used to CF if that helps), I would hate to see this happen. If it does I wouldn't want to be an alarmist as I would hope they would keep enough SW and BG staff around to keep the park's experience the same, I feel SF would make more poor decisions in the long run about the animals, and could harm the animals getting even better habitats than what Blackfish has already ruined (What ever happened to the larger tanks and realistic habitats anyway? Can't even remember the name of it).
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby jray21 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:30 pm

Jew wrote:
jedimaster1227 wrote:I'd like to believe that the leadership of this company (especially knowing that their current leader is interim CEO) would not make a move as stupid in the long run as allowing Six Flags to buy the SeaWorld parks... Despite the last few years not being high points in the company's history, they have still maintained a level of quality in their theming and animal care efforts that Six Flags simply can't replicate in their own parks. Their culture isn't overly compatible with the Central Florida market either... Guests traveling to Orlando expect more for their money that just roller coasters and flat rides. The only place that has found success with such a model is Fun Spot, and they have done so by being the budget option for guests not looking to spend Disney/Universal prices.



But if guests traveling to Orlando already have their $7/month pass from Six Flags...a built in market is already created. Six Flags would fit in perfectly with the "I-Drive" crowd.


I totally agree.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby MindbenderManiac » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:02 am

I am very opposed to the Six Flags SEAS buyout rumor. I have always been a fan of all of the SEAS parks, and if there is a park other than Dollywood or SDC I would rather spend my day at in the US, it's a SEAS park. I am impressed with the hard work they have done over the past several years in their post Blackfish climate. Finally seeing them begin to turn things around is very rewarding to me. When you visit a SEAS park, you are given an impression that this corporation is actually out to benefit the greater good of our society, not just to make money. Yes, there is criticism of animals being contained and not being able to live in their natural habitats etc. But the education the parks promote to the general public I feel benefits all the animals that do live in the wild. Educating the public about all of their species is of great benefit to the species well being in the wild. I love how they are re-imagining these animal habitats. Not to mention all of the animal rescue efforts they have beefed up in recent years. The SEAS parks have immersive world class attractions. They are unique to the collection of US parks - more European park like in their imaginative attractions.

When I enter a Six Flags anywhere in the country I see so much similarity. Not to mention that in the Six Flags parks, it is obvious the chain is concerned more about money making than guest experience. I was so disappointed in Discovery Kingdom, seeing that park last October was a complete letdown. Talking about dilapidated animal habitats, and seeming like they are not concerned for animal welfare. I really hope that Six Flags would concentrate and what they have, much like the SEAS parks have, rather than gobbling up these unique parks.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Diamondbacker27 » Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:25 am

MiABeta wrote:(What ever happened to the larger tanks and realistic habitats anyway? Can't even remember the name of it).

I believe it was called Blue World, or something along those lines. Plans were canceled after Seaworld announced they would stop breeding their orcas.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:41 pm

Here at the park today, and Manta had an evacuation...
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Postby SharkTums » Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:54 pm

^I feel like that would be one of the more challenging 'normal' evacs!

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:39 pm

Yeah, it was fun to watch for a few minutes. The platform slowly creeps up the lift into position and they release people without flipping the car back down. Once everyone on the car is out and down the stairs, they move on to the next one.

This happened at around...2 PM-ish today? My friend and I were actually in the queue. The ride went down for a "brief delay" for about 15 minutes and then "temporarily closed". They buzzed the lift starter as we were exiting and...nothing, then they started evacuating around 3:30-4 PM. Even as we left at around 5:30 the train sat there, empty, near the top of the lift hill, as they tried to start it up again.

Those who are going to the park on Sunday, prepare yourselves, because Manta might not be open.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:56 am

^ I was always wondering if the seats stayed in the flying position during a lift evacuation. I'm guessing they slowly release the restraint and have you find your footing before completely opening it?
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby KarlaKoaster » Mon Nov 19, 2018 12:00 pm

I was evacuated from Air, and they release the foot restraints so that your feet touch the step beneath, then they release the overhead restraint and you kinda walk out from underneath with the car still in the flying position. Before they open the restraint they ask you to push your back into the seat so when they unlock the restraints it isn't as if you 'drop' out of the restraint because your feet take the pressure. It was quite simple although I think a few people were a bit worried when they said they were going to evac.

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