SeaWorld’s animal care staff feeds roughly 400,000 pounds of Romaine lettuce related to the successful rescue and rehabilitation manatee program.
SeaWorld receives a truckload with approximately 20-30 thousand pounds of fish every Wednesday morning. The variety of restaurant-quality fish includes: mackerel, squid, herring, white bait, silversides, sardines, krill, capelin, clams, shrimp and salmon.
Once the fish is thawed it is kept on ice and must be fed out within a 24-hour period. The typical grocery store keeps fish on ice for up to a week or 10 days so we’re not joking when we say it’s fresh!
SeaWorld feeds out approximately 4,000 pounds of fish every day, 1,000 of which is fed to the killer whales.
The five Asian elephants at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay each eat 250-300 pounds of food daily. That includes 1 1/2-2 bales of hay, 5 gallons of a special elephant diet, 80 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of browse, including oak branches, banana trees, palm fronds, bamboo, sugarcane or hibiscus, and occasionally some sweet feed, such as popcorn, Jell-O, Gatorade, popsicles and even Skittles. Some food even gets a schmear of peanut butter, molasses or honey. Whew!
The Bengal tigers at Busch Gardens eat upward of 8 pounds of meat each day. In summer months, the tigers enjoy cool blood popsicles, wasting no part of their daily diet.
On Friday SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment confirmed that they will be increasing price of admission in to their SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Theme Parks.
The adult price of a basic single-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando inches up $1 to $79.99, before tax. That is about $2 less than base-ticket prices at Disney World and Universal, which each raised prices in August.
Yesterday Busch Gardens announced their new 3 launch roller coaster Cheetah Hunt, the new ride due to open in Spring 2011,features 3, 0-60 mph seperate launches during the ride and initial videos and descriptions have got people salivating at the prospect.
The launch of this new ride was one of the worst kept secrets in launch history, it felt like we all new ever detail of this ride including the name Cheetaka or did we….
In the end it appears Busch Gardens got one over on the internet and used Cheetaka as a spoof or working name while actually keeping the real name (Cheetah Hunt) safe for the official launch.
However the great PR has not stopped as an online petition has began to try and convince Busch Gardens to switch the name to Cheetaka. You can sign the petition here
Busch Gardens have finally announced the worst kept secret in theme park land, that they are indeed launching a new coaster due to open this spring.
Dubbed “Cheetah Hunt” it will represent the first ever launch coaster at Busch Gardens and will accelerate riders from 0-60 at breath taking speed three separate times during the ride. It will have three separate launch points throughout the ride and a 130-foot initial drop, and may pass over the linked animal encounter named “Cheetah run” it will also pass through a manmade canyon.
It appears that the initial name of Cheetaka has been shelved, which is a shame cos I believe its a lot catchier than Cheetah Hunt.
Launches: Launch 1: 30 mph, Launch 2: 60 mph, Launch 3: 40 mph Track Length: 4,429 feet – more than three-quarters of a mile Maximum Speed: 60 mph Maximum Force: 4G Height: 102 feet Ride Duration: Three and a half minutes with loading and unloading, about one minute of ride time. Vehicle: five trains, 16 passengers per train Guest Capacity: 1,370 guests per hour Height requirement: 48 inches
We also believe that SeaWorld owned Discovery Cove will announce the construction of a new coral or swimming area, to be positioned just to the right of where the dolphin swim takes place…
All of these announcements come on the back of some very interesting news from the Baker Leisure Group who have stated their intention to build a Orlando Thrill Park, the rumored park is billed as 78 acres of roller coasters — some so high an FAA waiver would be required for guests to ride them!! hmmm
Rumours have been rife for ages regarding the new ride being made at Busch Gardens for 2011, luckily for those of us with absolutely no patients we don’t have to wait until the 13th October for the official press launch.
Construction plans for Cheetaka were stupidly left hanging around at Busch Gardens a few months ago and unsurprisingly were scooped up and found its way to the internet…
Rumour has it the ride will be a 3 launch roller coaster, as the name suggests speed; we are thinking its going to be a fast one rather than a high one…