SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

It’s Christmas time again!! SeaWorld has brought back their Christmas Celebration and it bigger and better than ever! New Shows, decorations, and Atmosphere Entertainment have been added to this year’s festivities! As always, these events are included in your regular park admission!

Our first stop was Elmo’s Christmas Wish – Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Zoe, Rosita all make their Christmas wishes! There is tons of singing and dancing as the friends all make their wishes for Christmas and help Elmo make his wish. This is a must do for the little ones! Little Man was very excited to see his favorites on stage! He also loved the bubbles and “snow” coming down from the ceiling!

After we left the show, we headed to the waterfront to see the Sea of Trees. Crazy!! SO MANY TREES, over 100 of them! They were everywhere; and the colors and music were so festive. I absolutely loved seeing all the dancing images on the trees: candy canes, Frosty the Snowman, gingerbread men and more. It was 10 minutes of magic!

After the Sea of Trees we headed over to O Wondrous Night, the Greatest Story Never Told. We were greeted to a friendly guitar playing singing Christmas songs! What an amazing show! It’s the Christmas Story in a way you’ve never heard before- through the eyes of the animals! The show is filled with wonderful performers, singing traditional Christmas songs, fun puppetry and an actual living nativity! We loved the performance (little man did get kind of antsy, it’s a 30 min show)! Little man’s favorite part was when all the live animals started coming out!

We wen to see Shamu’s Christmas Miracles next. They had a saxophone player for a preshow. I always love the night time Shamu shows! This one was no exception! They whales performed between videos of people telling about their miracles. They had a heart touching video of the first Baby Shamu! We had a few moments where the whales didn’t want to perform, but that happens. We definitely want to come back and see it again!

We ended the night with Winter Wonderland on Ice. We found out earlier in the day that they are skating on real ice, not a synthetic surface. Such a festive ice skating show! Fantastic skaters and some of my favorite Christmas songs, and a new fun one for us “Hot, Hot, Hot Chocolate!” My favorite part was when Pete and Penny Penguin came out to ice skate!! We loved how the fountains and the trees danced to the music too, it was very immersive.

Immediately after the show is Holiday Reflections: Fireworks & Fountain Finale. If you are already there for Winter Wonderland on Ice you don’t need to move, you have a great spot for this finale!

The only things we missed out on during our visit to SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration was the Polar Express, the snow flurries on the waterfront, and meeting Santa Shamu! We will definitely be back to see them!

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New SeaWorld Kids Apps Here In Time For The Holidays

SeaWorld Kids has released some new educational apps just in time for the Holiday Break to keep kids learning and exploring the world!

Zoe plays with my phone and tablet all the time, and while building snowcones or playing with Palace Pets is great I am always on the lookout for educational apps that will keep her learning and occupied.

With five different themes, Polar Bears, Penguins, Big Cats, Baby Animals ,and a more general Kids Network, children can pick and choose which interests them most and stay connected with animals and nature.

Each app serves as an “activity center,” with games and videos that are both entertaining and educational.

I especially love that these apps are completely free (no in-app purchases), from the App Store and will work on iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch.

Penguin’s Playground

Penguin’s Playground, powered by SeaWorld Kids, features thirty activities featuring funny playful penguins!

 

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The app includes interactive games like “Match the Penguin” and “The Penguin Puzzle” to engage the creative minds of your child. Users can also watch funny video clips of penguins strutting their stuff in “The Penguin Walk” and slipping and falling in “Watch Your Step!” Meet penguin chicks, newly hatched in “The Chicks Have Arrived” and an adorable, fluffy Emperor penguin hatchling who is learning how to talk (with a little coaching from a SeaWorld aviculturist) in “The Emperor Penguin Hatchling.” Create a perfect animated Antarctic penguin habitat and more!

From Emperors to tuxedos, SeaWorld Kids has your penguin needs covered in this fun new activity center!
The activities in this app have been curated by educators and domain experts and are designed to entertain and educate kids through a wide variety of content including:

● High definition videos of Antarctic creatures in their natural habitats

● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you

● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages

● Image galleries filled with stunning pictures of Antarctic animals

● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development

● Coloring activities with special stickers

● Interactive games to create, save and share customized Antarctic animal scenes

Polar Bear Playground

The Polar Bear Playground, powered by SeaWorld Kids, features thirty activities highlighting and teaching users about polar bears.

 

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Watch videos about the “jet setting polar bear” and the polar bear who likes ice cream! Read along
with the digital book “Polar Power” and learn all about how polar bears are amazing, large powerful
animals. Join animal ambassador, Julie Scardina, and learn about how polar bears hunt and eat.

The activities in this app are designed to entertain and educate kids through a wide variety of content
including:

● High definition videos of arctic creatures in their natural habitats
● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you
● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages
● Image galleries filled with stunning pictures of arctic animals
● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development
● Runner games in which kids read and learn about polar bears while jumping from platform to
platform
● Coloring activities with special stickers Interactive games to create, save and share customized arctic animal scenes

Baby Animals

What is cuter than baby animals? Nothing, we think – which is why SeaWorld Kids has produced an app full of activities highlighting the lives of adorable newborn animals.

 

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Meet Cupid the newborn giraffe in a clip from The Wildlife Docs™; say “baaaahhh” with newborn
baby lambs born at Busch Gardens, and see a dramatic Sea Rescue episode where an orphan killer
whale is reunited with his pod!

From dolphins to cheetahs, with many in-between, the Baby Animal app includes:

● High definition videos of baby animals and their adoring parents
● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you
● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages
● Image galleries filled with cute pictures of newborn animals
● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development
● Infinite runner games in which kids read and learn about turtles while jumping from platform to
platform

Ocean Tales

The Dolphins, Sharks & Turtles – Ocean Tales App features thirty activities highlighting majestic ocean creatures!

 

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It includes high-definition video clips of marine animals, digital picture books accompanied by audio narration, interactive matching games, photo galleries, coloring activities, puzzles, and a baby turtle rescue game. Children will learn animal facts and be inspired to help save endangered animals as they play with hours of engaging content.

Generation Nature’s Animal Ambassador, Bindi Irwin, is featured in several of the app’s thirty interactive activities – many with multiple skill levels to engage kids from 2-12. Meet a new baby dolphin, learn why sharks don’t bump into each other, watch a sea lion return home, help hatching baby turtles make it from the beach to the ocean, create and share colorful coral reef artworks and more.

The app will provide kids with hours of entertainment while teaching them about ocean creatures and the secrets of the sea. Join the generation that’s preserving our oceans – Generation Nature!

Tigers, Lions, and Cheetahs

The Big Cats app, powered by SeaWorld Kids, hosts thirty activities highlighting the “king of the jungle,” the lion and his ferocious friends, the tigers, cheetahs and other big cats!

 

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Big Cats also features digital picture books accompanied by audio narration, interactive matching
games, photo galleries, coloring activities and puzzles. he activities in this app have been curated by educators and are designed to entertain and educate kids through a wide variety of content including:

● High definition videos of wild cats in their natural habitats
● Educational e-books that highlight words as they are read to you
● Puzzles with 4 difficulty levels to entertain kids of all ages
● Image galleries filled with stunning pictures of big cats from around the world
● Memory/matching games that encourage cognitive development
● Coloring activities with special stickers

SeaWorld Kids Network

Keep your kids entertained with fun, engaging videos from the SeaWorld Kids Network! Programming featuring animals from all over the world and ensures that your little one is learning about nature and conservation, even while being entertained. Videos are updated weekly, and feature high-def clips from popular shows like The Wildlife Docs™, Sea Rescue™ and The Jungle Bunch!

 

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Take a trip with Generation Nature’s own Bindi Irwin to create the perfect animated beach habitat for a group of baby sea turtles. Or, learn facts about polar bears and their natural surroundings while
jumping with an animated polar bear in Polar Bear Runners!

Kids can watch videos about newborn baby animals, SeaWorld animal rescue and educational videos about specific animals – including – polar bears, lions, giraffes, penguins, whales, turtles, sea otters and more.

You can find more information about these apps at seaworldkids.com, and if you haven’t had that chance to check out the information on the site you should because it’s a great site.

I am really excited for Zoe to try out these apps!

 

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Sid the Science Kid Coming to SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

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Jim Henson’s Sid the Science Kid Live: Let’s Play! Performs this Sunday to help close out SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

The popular PBS KIDS television show, Sid the Science Kid, is performing for one day only – Sunday, October 26 — during the last day of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular.

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Created by the imaginative minds of Michael Lewis (veteran Broadway performer and producer of ImaginOcean), John Tartaglia (creator and writer of ImaginOcean and Tony Award-nominated actor) and The Jim Henson Company, JIM HENSON’S SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE: LET’S PLAY! is a live theatrical experience delighting kids and parents alike. Join Sid, May, Gabriela and Gerald as they come to Orlando to discover the excitement and curiosities of the world around them.

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This weekend is also the last chance for guests to experience SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular. From trick-or-treating to bubble-filled dance parties, guests are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” filled with whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts, interactive crafts and all the amazing animals that SeaWorld cares for. Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to both JIM HENSON’S SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE: LET’S PLAY! and Halloween Spooktacular are included in regular park admission.

 

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SeaWorld Orlando Works With Local Eye Clinic For Penguins

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A rockhopper penguin has his eyes examined by the veterinarian.

SeaWorld Orlando Veterinary & Aviculture Teams Work with Local Animal Eye Clinic to Remove Cataracts from Four Penguins

 

A total of four SeaWorld Orlando penguins — one rockhopper and three gentoo – are healing nicely after receiving a specialty surgery on August 28, 2014 to remove cataracts at Animal Eye Associates in Maitland, Fla. The surgery was performed by veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Heidi Denis, who specializes in animal ophthalmology.

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Veterinary and Aviculture teams work with the Animal Eye Associates, in Maitland, Fla., to remove cataracts from four penguins.

 “As penguins get older they begin to show age-related health issues, just like humans,” said Dr. Lara Croft, SeaWorld Senior Veterinarian. “One of these signs is cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens that affects their quality of vision and quality of life. Thanks to this surgery, these four penguins will eventually regain vision and can return to normal behaviors, including eating on their own and swimming.”

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The four penguins range in age from early to late 20s, which exceeds the life expectancy of their wild counterparts. Older penguins in the wild with compromised vision would most likely succumb to predators or starvation.

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SeaWorld aviculturists noticed some of the older penguins in the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin habitat weren’t eating and needed to be hand-fed. The vets arranged a consultation with eye specialists, and the ophthalmology team at Animal Eye Associates cleared the penguins for the procedure.

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Dr. Lara Croft, SeaWorld Senior Veterinarian, checks on a rockhopper penguin.

“Cataracts are very prevalent in our more than 20-year-old birds, and we now have regular ophthalmology consults for all of our older birds.   Including these recent procedures, 17 penguins have been given restored sight with this surgery,” Dr. Croft said.

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Waves of Honor Program At SeaWorld Parks

Waves of Honor

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Salutes Veterans with

Waves of Honor Special Online Offer

Veterans and as many as five guests Receive 50 Percent off Single-Day Admission to SeaWorld,

Busch Gardens Parks and Sesame Place

 

As Veterans Day approaches, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ for the second year in a row is launching a special offer to honor all the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. armed services. The“Waves of Honor” salute to veterans offers 50 percent off single-day admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for veterans and service members, and as many as five guests.

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Qualified service members and veterans include active duty, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. Tickets must be purchased by November 11(Veterans Day), 2014 and redeemed by December 21, 2014.

“We’re proud to extend this special offer to the 22 million U.S. veterans and their friends and families in celebration of their service,” said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “It has always been our honor to host members of the military and their families at our parks each year, and this extends that appreciation even further.”

Qualified U.S. service members and veterans must purchase discounted tickets in advance at www.wavesofhonor.com or at participating military bases. Proof of service required.*

Active duty military who have visited the parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary admission can also take advantage of this special offer. The SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment military salute program, previously known as Here’s to the Heroes, was created in 2001. The parks have played host to more than 6 million service members and their families since the program’s debut.

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld San Diego operate year-round. The remaining parks are seasonal. Each park’s operating schedule is available online. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld’s WaterparkTM. Rules of eligibility can be found at www.wavesofhonor.com and are subject to change. Tickets have full paid value towards any upgrade. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program. 

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* Proof of service must be verified on wavesofhonor.com before visiting the park.  We are working with ID.me to provide an online verification of active and former military personnel.  Troop ID (ID.me) works using a single sign on that enables brands to authenticate military affiliation in real time. SeaWorld is proud to participate in ID.me’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) pilot as part of its efforts to offer this benefit to the military in a secure and privacy-enhancing manner.

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About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50 year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 67,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products.   SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: SEAS). Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online atwww.seaworldentertainment.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company’s press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.

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O-Town MacDown Competition This Saturday

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Saturday, August 23
11am – 4pm
Orange County Convention Center
Hall D2 West Concourse

Online Ticket Sales End Friday at 5pm
($10 Adult, $5 Kids)
Tickets Available at the Door
($15 Adults, $10 Kids)

*There is a discounted community parking fee of $9.00 if you choose to park at the Convention Center.

Come see the O-Town MacDown, a delicious “food fight” cooking competition featuring professional chefs and restaurants as well as home cooks and non-profit organizations who will duke it out to the very end to be named Orlando’s Mac-n-Cheese Champion.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories, and the event will include live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, live performances, a kids’ fun zone including face painting, bounce houses and macaroni art station, theme park character meet-and-greets and vendor booths.

Presenting sponsor SeaWorld along with Give Kids The World invite the general public to come sample the cheesiest mac-n-cheese that area culinary combatants have to offer at this cooking challenge.

Attendance and participation benefits Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

For more information visit the website.

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SeaWorld Orlando New Killer Whale Environment Projects

SeaWorld Orlando Killer Whale Announcement

SeaWorld Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Killer Whale Environment and More Than $10 Million In New Funding For Research and Conservation Projects

 

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

SeaWorld Orlando Killer Whale Announcement

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.

“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).

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

“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 www.seaworld.com/blueworld

 

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About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld, Shamu and Busch Gardens. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 86,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the Company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products.

 

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Clyde And Seamore at SeaWorld Orlando Sail Into The Sunset

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After 15 years of hilarious hijinks and pinniped pranks, my favorite show at SeaWorld Orlando Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island will sail into the sunset, with its last show on August 10. 

Clyde and Seamore tossed aside the script for their high-seas adventure, Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island, and instead take the stage using the one language we all share—fun! This sensational tale of lost loot, pirate plunder and misadventure is full of hilarious hijinks. Come aboard for some slap-flap comedy and pure family fun.

If you are a SeaWorld Orlando Pass Member, there are going to be

two exclusive Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island Pass Member shows!

Saturday, August 9 at 2:15 pm
Sunday, August 10 at 2:15 pm

Just arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time and present your active Annual Pass at the theater entrance. You arrrr encouraged to wear yer best pirate garb, because after the show you’ll get to meet and greet the crew for photos and autographs on a commemorative card. Check out the full event details here!

Also don’t forget that Pass Members save 50% on single-day admission for yer best mates!!!

Stay tuned to learn about Clyde and Seamore’s next show and adventure!

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SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Returns Sea Turtle

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue

SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team Returns Rehabilitated Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

After being medically cleared, SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team traveled to Washington Oaks Garden State Park in Palm Coast, Florida, just south of St. Augustine, to return a juvenile Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.

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The Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle was rescued in March by a University of Central Florida turtle monitoring group and was taken to SeaWorld Orlando for care and rehabilitation. Upon arrival, the turtle was underweight and lethargic. During its rehabilitation, the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team treated the sea turtle with antibiotics and fluids. Since arriving at SeaWorld, this sea turtle has gained weight and was medically cleared to be returned today.

So far in 2014, the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team has rescued 30 sea turtles and returned 20 sea turtles. Since 1980, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued more than 1,700 turtles and returned more than 1,100.

In collaboration with the government and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the waters. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 23,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than four decades.

For more information, visit SeaWorldCares.com.

If you see an injured marine animal, you can help by calling the FWC hotline at (888) 404-3922 or by dialing *FWC on a cellular device.

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SeaWorld Orlando Helps Girls Dreams Come True

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SeaWorld Orlando is a park that holds a lot of special memories of my childhood and of my own child’s experiences over the years.

And while I see these stories often, this one really touched my heart.

I hope that you enjoy a little dose of awesome this Monday Afternoon!!!

An Inspirational Story About an Amazing Girl and How SeaWorld Orlando is Helping Her Dreams Come True

13-year-old Paralympic swimmer and philanthropist, McClain Hermes, is suffering from progressive vision loss. After being told by doctors that she had less than two years before losing her sight entirely, Hermes has been on a quest to create lasting, visual memories.

On her “visual bucket list” before she loses her sight, Hermes has listed National landmarks, including the Grand Canyon and The District of Columbia, and up close animal connections as her must “sees.”

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Hermes recently met Maple and Aurek, two beluga whales at SeaWorld Orlando’s Wild Arctic attraction. She also swam with dolphins at Discovery Cove. In her words, “It’s been a great thing to check off my bucket list because now whenever my brother and sister say, “oh look there’s a whale or dolphin,” I can remember how they look, feel, and sound, and how I was able to interact with beluga whales and other animals at SeaWorld. Maple and Aurek were soft and felt like marshmallows and I loved hearing them make different noises through their blowholes” said Hermes.

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“It was incredible to share this experience with McClain and help her touch, feel and hear the beluga whales before she loses her eyesight completely.   At SeaWorld, guests are able to connect with animals every day, but knowing that McClain is losing her eye sight made her visit even more inspiring,” said Kim Downs, animal care specialist who led Hermes’ interaction.

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There’s more to McClain than an impressive visual bucket list. She’s a swimmer ranked in the top ten nationally in her division. Starting next year she’ll attempt to qualify for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, where she aspires to be the number one Paralympic swimmer in the world.

In 2009, after reading an article about recycling shoes, she was inspired to help her local community. McClain founded Shoes for the Souls, a non-profit organization that collects shoes for residents at Atlanta Mission, a local Georgia shelter. In five years, Hermes and her Shoes for the Souls have collected nearly 10,000 pairs of shoes for those in need.

For more information about Hermes Shoes for the Souls visit

https://www.facebook.com/ShoesForTheSouls.

 

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SeaWorld Orlando Fourth Of July Celebration

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July

SeaWorld Orlando is hosting a Fourth of July Celebration where the seas awake after dusk to beautiful, bursts of bright fireworks. 

Take in the awe-inspiring whales and light spectacle at the all-new nighttime show Shamu’s Celebration: Light up the Night, featuring new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors.

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Head over to Bayside Stadium next and end the evening with an even bigger bang; catch a magnificent, patriotic-inspired show featuring 25 singers and a nine piece band that is topped off with a special Fourth of July firework finale.

SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members should visit the Pass Member website to learn about exclusive reserved Fourth of July fireworks viewing.

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There are also two ways to take celebrating the Fourth of July at SeaWorld Orlando to the next level!

 

Dine With Shamu Fourth of July Celebration

Celebrate Fourth of July with an immersive and memorable dining experience – Dine With Shamu.

Enjoy a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items while sitting at a reserved table that brings you closer than ever to SeaWorld’s majestic whales.

Afterwards, enjoy reserved seating at our all-new Shamu® show Light up the Night, featuring new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors.

End the evening with a bang at Bayside Stadium for the fireworks finale.

Dine with Shamu Fourth of July Celebration Adult (Ages 10+) $69.00, Children (Ages 3-9) $59.00, and Infants (Under 3) are free.

 

SeaWorld Signature Show Seating

Reserve your seats at our most popular shows this Fourth of July and get reserved seating at Bayside Stadium for our patriotic show and fireworks finale. This special seating is only available on July 4.

SeaWorld Orlando Signature Show Seating begins at $24.00 per person.

For more information about celebrating the Fourth of July at SeaWorld Orlando please check out their site!

SeaWorld Orlando Fourth of July

Don’t forget about the two new shows for the Summer at SeaWorld Orlando:

The all-new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration: Light up the Night and is a high-energy show featuring new, original music and production elements, and new killer whale behaviors. Shamu Stadium is transformed with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a social and celebratory atmosphere, guided by a host each night, and ending with a fireworks finale.

 SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

The new weekend daytime show, Generation Nature LIVE, connects guests with animals, explores nature and helps guests discover how they can protect wildlife and their habitats. During each show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the SeaWorld leaders in animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation as they share their unique stories about a variety of rescued animals they care for. The Generation Nature program is all about inspiring kids to be Game Changers for nature. After the show, guests can meet animals up close at the all-new SEA Garden.

SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

The best way to experience SeaWorld and these amazing new shows and Fourth of July is with an all-new ticket offer, Your Day, Priced Your Way, where guests can save $15 on a ticket valid any day of the week.  If schedules are flexible, guests can save $30 on a weekday ticket. This new offer allows for great family time while spending less family money.  Plus, planning in advance and buying tickets online allows guests the convenience of printing at home and going straight through the turnstiles. This special ticket offer is available to U.S. residents for advance purchase only at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.  Your Day, Priced Your Way tickets are valid for one day’s admission to SeaWorld Orlando and must be used within one year of purchase.

 

For more information, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

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Summer At SeaWorld Orlando

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Summer at SeaWorld Orlando is a splashing good time!

 

SeaWorld Orlando has kicked off summer, from now until August 10, with some great new shows, returning favorites, and a great ticket deal!

We had the chance to catch the two new summer shows Generation Nature LIVE and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night at a Media Preview and we had a blast.

Generation Nature LIVE, in the Nautilus Theater, is a new weekend daytime show that is based off of the SeaWorld Kids Generation Nature program, with Bindi Irwin, that is all about inspiring kids to be Game Changers for nature.

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Generation Nature LIVE is family focused, and connects guests with animals, explores nature and helps guests discover how they can protect wildlife and their habitats. During each show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the SeaWorld leaders in animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation as they share their unique stories about a variety of rescued animals they care for.

SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

The show is extremely well put together for younger guests, and offers a really great peek at how and why SeaWorld Orlando rescues animals. I know that Zoe is really going to love this show!

SeaWorld Orlando Summer 2014

Generation Nature LIVE is only shown on weekends, so if you want to catch this show make sure that you plan your visit to include extra time to get a good seat.

After the Generation Nature LIVE show, guests can then make their way to the SEA Garden to meet animals up close and talk to their caregivers about them and how we can help protect their environments.

SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

The animal in the SEA Garden rotate, we were able to visit with Boris who was adorable, and different animal visit in different parts of the garden so make sure you make enough time in your schedule to stay awhile!

The new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night, is my best nighttime show I have ever seen as SeaWorld Orlando!

SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night preshow has your DJ, Robbie G, hosting a dance party full of fun facts and ways to show your sweet dance moves!

During Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night Shamu Stadium new lighting and colorful backdrops se the scene for a party atmosphere that includes new whale behaviors and ends in a fireworks finale.

SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

You will definitely want to stay for Shamu Celebration: Light Up the Night! There is A LOT of splashing, so if you get talked into the ‘Splash Zone’ make sure you keep your electronics dry!

SeaWorld Orland Summer 2014

Returning Summer Favorites at SeaWorld Orlando include: 

· Sea Lions Tonight

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Guests can kick back and have a hearty laugh with comedic duo, Clyde and Seamore, at Sea Lions Tonite. Hilarious hijinks ensue as SeaWorld’s popular pair of sea lions, otters and walrus parody other favorite daytime SeaWorld shows and attractions.  

· Shamu Dance Party

When the sun goes down, join Shamu’s Dance Party with Shamu & Friends at the Village Square located at the front of the park. The party begins every night one hour prior to park closing and continues 30 minutes afterwards.  With countless bubbles floating overhead and crazy lights illuminating the square, this summer’s celebration is sure to provide non-stop fun for all ages.  

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· And continuing this summer is SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration bringing pathways to life with oceans of spontaneous entertainment and a “Sea of Surprises”.

The best way to experience SeaWorld and these amazing new shows this summer is with an all-new ticket offer, Your Day, Priced Your Way, where guests can save $15 on a ticket valid any day of the week.  If schedules are flexible, guests can save $30 on a weekday ticket. This new offer allows for great family time while spending less family money.  Plus, planning in advance and buying tickets online allows guests the convenience of printing at home and going straight through the turnstiles. This special ticket offer is available to U.S. residents for advance purchase only at SeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.  Your Day, Priced Your Way tickets are valid for one day’s admission to SeaWorld Orlando and must be used within one year of purchase. 

For more information about Summer at Seaworld, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com, and follow them on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

DISCLOSURE: I attended a Media Preview of Summer at SeaWorld Orlando, where I was provided with free admission and promotional items. All opinions are my own.

 

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Hot Summer Deals

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Cool Fun for the Hot Summer at

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Great Deals with New “Your Day, Priced Your Way” Ticket Offer

As days get longer this summer, new elements of fun and discovery come to life at SeaWorld Orlando. Two new shows, Generation Nature LIVE and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night, make a visit to SeaWorld this summer a must. 

SeaWorld Orlando Shamu Celebration

The all-new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night, starts June 21, and is a high-energy show featuring new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors. Shamu Stadium is transformed with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a social and celebratory atmosphere, guided by a host each night, and ending with a fireworks finale.

Generation Nation Seaworld Orlando

Also on June 21, the new weekend daytime show, Generation Nature LIVE, connects guests with animals, explores nature and helps guests discover how they can protect wildlife and their habitats. During each show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the SeaWorld leaders in animal rescue, rehabilitation and preservation as they share their unique stories about a variety of rescued animals they care for. The Generation Nature program is all about inspiring kids to be Game Changers for nature. After the show, guests can meet animals up close at the all-new SEA Garden.

The best way to experience SeaWorld and these amazing new shows is with an all-new ticket offer, Your Day, Priced Your Way, where guests can save $15 on a ticket valid any day of the week.  If schedules are flexible, guests can save $30 on a weekday ticket. This new offer allows for great family time while spending less family money.  Plus, planning in advance and buying tickets online allows guests the convenience of printing at home and going straight through the turnstiles. This special ticket offer is available to U.S. residents for advance purchase only atSeaWorldOrlando.com or by calling (888) 800-5447.  Your Day, Priced Your Way tickets are valid for one day’s admission to SeaWorld Orlando and must be used within one year of purchase. 

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If families want to make a weekend getaway and enjoy even more value, they can book a SeaWorld Getaway and choose from a variety of hotel package options, including a Kids Free at SeaWorld offer, saving families up to $400, available only at SeaWorldGetaways.com.

In addition to the new shows and amazing savings offered this summer at SeaWorld, there are many favorites not to miss, including:

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The thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® where families explore a massive penguin colony of more than 250 penguins in an expanse that envelops them in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy, 32-degree world.  Antarctica is a family-ride that combines up-close animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time. 

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Guests can kick back and have a hearty laugh with comedic duo, Clyde and Seamore, at Sea Lions Tonite.  Hilarious hijinks ensue as SeaWorld’s popular pair of sea lions, otters and walrus parody other favorite daytime SeaWorld shows and attractions. 

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For the more adventurous guests, climb aboard and ride Manta®, a facedown, headfirst roller coaster where riders can skim, glide and fly like a manta ray.  The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, Manta tops the list of don’t-miss theme park attractions, especially at night.

 

When the sun goes down, join Shamu’s Dance Party with Shamu & Friends at the Village Square located at the front of the park. The party begins every night one hour prior to park closing and continues 30 minutes afterwards.  With countless bubbles floating overhead and crazy lights illuminating the square, this summer’s celebration is sure to provide non-stop fun for all ages. 

COMING SOON TO SEAWORLD ORLANDO! 

Fourth of July Celebration

SeaWorld turns up the heat with a special Fourth of July Celebration that awakens the seas after dusk to beautiful bursts of bright fireworks.  Head over to Bayside Stadium and end the evening with a bang; catch a magnificent, patriotic-inspired show featuring 25 singers and a nine-piece band that is topped off with a special Fourth of July firework finale.

 

For more information visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

 

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SeaWorld Camps Spots Still Open

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It’s official, summer is here! This week marks the first week of SeaWorld Camps, and campers going into preschool through 12th grade have already been busy singing camp songs, squealing with delight at getting splashed by dolphins and having a sensational time while learning amazing things about penguins, whales, and manatees.

Campers are immersed in the wonders of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunities and amazing attractions, rides and shows. The experiences campers receive are unequaled – first-hand interactions with veterinarians, animal trainers, and animal care staff.

SeaWorld Camps

SeaWorld Camps not only allow children to surround themselves with aquatic life and education, but they are also about making friends, having fun, exploring the great outdoors, riding world-class coasters, and creating lifelong memories.

Available spots are still open for select summer dates as SeaWorld Camps continue weekly through August 8th.  For more information visit SeaWorldCamps.com/Orlando.

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O-Town MacDown With Give Kids The World

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What does America’s favorite pasta dish and Give Kids The World (GKTW), one of Central Florida’s greatest children’s charities, have in common? They are both going to be part of the inaugural O-Town MacDown Presented by SeaWorld at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday, August 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

Do you love mac-n-cheese? Does your mac-n-cheese have a secret ingredient that sets it above the rest? Join GKTW for O-Town  MacDown and enjoy an unbe-CHEESE-able afternoon of fun and food the whole family will enjoy! Gather the family and come stuff your face with mac-and-cheese and help determine the Mac-and-Cheese Kings and Queens of Central Florida, all to benefit kids with life-threatening illnesses.

Of course, whether you are a professional chef, a restaurant chef or a home cook with the tastiest mac-and-cheese in your neighborhood, you are invited to show off your best cheesy concoction and see if you can earn bragging rights as well as cash and great prizes! PLUS, the first 40 competitors to sign up by July 1 will be entered to win a pair of AAdvantage Airmile Certificates from American Airlines!

The winners of the professional and restaurant competitions at O-Town MacDown will have the opportunity to face off on stage in front of their colleagues at the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show, to be held two weeks later in Orlando, Florida. Both winners will compete at the Show’s Food Trends Experience Culinary Demonstration Theater for the title of Best Mac ‘n Cheese in Orange County. They also will be featured on the Show’s website leading up to the event and promoted heavily at the show.

The unique and family-fun O-Town MacDown will include cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, a performance by Tony Brent from the Outta Control Dinner Show, appearances by the SeaWorld “Groove Chefs” and unlimited mac-n-cheese. Kids can have a blast in the Kid’s Zone including bounce houses, face painting and macaroni arts and crafts.

Tickets are going fast, get yours online now at $10 for adults and $5 for children (tickets higher at the door). It’s going to be a GOUDA time, so don’t miss it! Visit www.OTownMacDown.org for tickets and registration information.

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