52 weeks of events at SeaWorld Orlando in 2019!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

2019 is set to be BIG for SeaWorld parks and entertainment, with Sesame Street due to open at SeaWorld, Tigris to open at Busch Gardens, KareKareKurl to open at Aquatica plus much more and now SeaWorld have revealed 9 events that will cover the whole of 2019! There wont be a week next year that an event won’t be happening in SeaWorld!

Oh yeah and it’s ALL included with admission!! Check it out..

What? Three Kings Day Celebration When? Daily, 1 – 6 January

Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men during SeaWorld’s Three Kings Day celebration. This festive event brings SeaWorld’s Christmas season to an incredible close with speciality cuisine and celebratory experiences that honour the cherished traditions of Latin cultures.

What? NEW – Inside Look  When? Weekends, 12 – 27 January and weekends, 11-19 May

Taking place twice in 2019, guests can go behind the scenes and visit areas never opened to the public during this new event. SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts will offer an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide for animals large and small. Visitors will also get to meet the SeaWorld Rescue Team and learn more about their life-saving work.

What? NEW – Elmo’s Birthday Weekend When? 2-3 February

SeaWorld is the place to be for Elmo’s Birthday Celebration, featuring an interactive DJ dance party, fun party games and surprise visitors. Don’t miss this weekend-long party for Elmo as we prepare to welcome the brand-new Sesame Street at SeaWorld in spring 2019!

What? Seven Seas Food Festival When? Weekends, 9 February to 5 May

The popular Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld in the spring with more to love. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances at Bayside Stadium featuring top artists.

What? Electric Ocean When? Select evenings, 24 May – 1 September

As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning next year for another summer of fun. With exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music, guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in “Ignite”, a spectacular finale with fireworks, lasers and fountains.

What? Craft Beer Festival When? Weekends, 7-29 September

The SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival extends to four weekends in 2019, featuring 100+ brews on draft at locations around the park. Guests will enjoy unique food items designed to perfectly pair with the festival’s brew selection.

What? SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular When? Weekends, 21 September to 27 October

New surprises await at Orlando’s biggest family-friendly Halloween event. Guests of all ages can celebrate with the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, featuring fantastic floats, crowd-pleasing performances and everyone’s favourite furry friends. Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

What? Praise Wave When? Weekends, 2-17 November

With the return of Praise Wave, guests can enjoy live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music, lighting up the stage at SeaWorld.

What? SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration When? 23 November to 31 December

The joys of the holiday season come to life at SeaWorld. More than 3 million lights blanket the park in holiday cheer as guests immerse themselves in the sight, sounds and tastes of the season. The event features stunning live shows, scrumptious festive treats and opportunities to visit Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Returns With More Lights Than Ever Before

I think it’s fair to say that no matter what time of year you’re visiting SeaWorld in 2019, you’ll have a blast!!

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Teresa’s day at SeaWorld

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Check out what our very own Teresa got up to on her recent visit to SeaWorld Orlando!

Find out why you should sit at the back on Manta, what front row on Mako is like with a full belly and get the inside goss on Infinity falls as she was one of the first to ride it!

So guys, don’t forget your comfy shoes when visiting SeaWorld!

Smiles Included,

Jess

What Can We Expect From Sesame Street?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Earlier this year, SeaWorld announced the news that Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is coming in spring 2019.

Guests will be able to take a walk down Sesame Street for the very first time, connecting families to all of the fun, laughter and learning of the world-famous street. In addition to a daily parade, play areas and opportunities to mingle with Sesame Street characters, SeaWorld announced today that this area will feature SIX colourful, themed rides, including Elmo’s Choo Choo Train, Cookie Drop, Abby’s Flower Tower, Super Grover’s Box Car Derby, Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl and Slimey’s Slider.

ABBY’S FLOWER TOWER – Pick a flower pot and up, up, up you go! Spin around high above the ground while you get a magical view of Sesame Street at SeaWorld.

SLIMEY’S SLIDER – Slide and glide as you rock and whirl through Oscar’s treasured compost collection for a grouchy good time.

SUPER GROVER’S BOX CAR DERBY – Get ready… get set… Super Grover’s great box car race is about to begin! This family-friendly coaster is full of fun hills, big turns and mini-dives. It’s the perfect first steel rollercoaster for kids and adults.

COOKIE DROP – Cookie Monster dropped his cookies! Laugh your way up and down on this crumbly, crazy, family-friendly vertical drop ride.

ELMO’S CHOO CHOO TRAIN – All Aboard! Help Elmo find some of his favourite things in nature during this bell-ringing, horn-honking train ride.

BIG BIRD’S TWIRL ‘N’ WHIRL – There’s no napping in these nests. Get ready to twirl and whirl in your very own nest on this family favourite tea cup ride with Big Bird.

SeaWorld are going all out for 2019. Today they officially launched Infinity Falls, their new raft ride with a massive 40ft drop while at the same time confirming a new ride for Aquatica for next year.

2019 is going to be amazing.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

SeaWorld’s Dolphin Days To Open This Spring

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today SeaWorld Orlando announced they will launching a new show called Dolphin Days. The new show will replace the popular Blue Horizons show after an impressive 11 year run. Dolphin Days will immerse guests into the world of the ocean’s most playful ambassadors. Dolphin Days, will debut on Saturday 1 April, at the aptly named Dolphin Theatre and we can’t wait to see what they have in store.

In the new presentation, the audience will learn more about the individual personalities of each Atlantic bottlenose dolphin while witnessing the special bond they share with their trainers. A soaring rainbow of macaws and other tropical birds will also delight guests, uniting the mysteries of the deep oceans with the wonder and beauty of the skies above.

The new Dolphin Days will also present an interactive opportunity for young guests. During each show, one lucky young volunteer will be selected from the audience to learn first-hand from the training team in an up-close encounter with one of the dolphins and a green-winged macaw.

As guests are wowed by the agility, grace and aerial bows of the dolphins, they will learn how they can help protect dolphins in the wild. The addition of Dolphin Days is the latest example of how SeaWorld continues to provide families with experiences that matter. Through up-close encounters and unique shows like Dolphin Days, guests will leave the park inspired to care about this amazing species, and take action to help wild animals and the places they live.

Dolphin Days won’t be the only place to learn more about dolphins. The park’s new Dolphin Nursery will open in time for summer, offering an interactive educational experience for guests to see dolphins up close. The addition of virtual reality to Kraken and the new night-time spectacular Electric Ocean round out an exciting line-up of new attractions and shows opening this year.

Smiles included…

Jamie

SeaWorld And Aquatica Introduce New Photo Entry System

Hey Thrill Seekers,

You stroll up, you scan your Orlando Attraction Tickets gate ready ticket, you pop your finger in the biometric scanner and in you go…

Well not anymore, in a move to speed up the admission process and eliminate the potential for theft by protecting the ticket from being used by another person SeaWorld and Aquatica are introducing a new photo entry system.

This will involve guests having their picture taken at the entry gates and it, in turn being linked to the unique barcode on their admission ticket. The photo will then appear on all following visits to the parks upon presenting their ticket for entry. This will replace the finger print scan previously used.

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Why the change to a new process?
This new process will allow our Ambassadors to focus  more on our guests’ arrival experience by speeding up  the entry time into the park. A smoother process and
shorter wait equals more time for our guests to enjoy  the park.

How does this new process work?
You will start to see our front gate Ambassadors using new handheld devices to scan tickets and Passes. Upon  the guest’s fist visit, a photo will be taken and stored
for future visits. We request no hats or sunglasses be  worn for accurate identification. This new entry system  will replace the process that required use of the guest’s  index finger.

Which tickets or Passes require the photo?
Photos are required for all Annual Passes, Fun Cards,  and multi-day tickets. Photos are not currently required  for single-day tickets.

Why is a photo required?
The photo is used to verify the guest with their ticket  product, which will eliminate the potential for theft by  protecting your Annual Pass or ticket from being used  by another person.

Does my child need to have their photo taken?
Parent permission is needed for our team to take your  child’s photo. Your child’s photo would be stored locally  and retrieved only upon park entry. If you do not wish to  have your child’s photo taken please inform our team.

What if I decline having my photo taken?
You can choose to bypass having your photo taken.  Instead, you would need to show a photo ID each time  you enter the park. Guests under the age of 14 do not  need to present a photo ID.

Will the photo be printed on my Pass?
No. The photo will be used for internal use only and is  designed to verify the Pass Member or multi-day ticket  holder when they enter the park. It will not require a  new Pass or ticket to be printed.

When will this change take place?
The transition will occur late 2016 through early 2017.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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SeaWorld Orlando Creates One-of-a-Kind Wetsuit for Penguin

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I think I may just have stumbled upon the worlds most adorable penguin…

Move over Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid there’s a new model in town and yep, that’s right, she’s a penguin! This cute little Adelie penguin who goes by the name of Wonder Twin resides in Antarctica, Empire of the Penguins at SeaWorld Orlando and has her own custom made wetsuit. No.. SeaWorld haven’t gone mad, it’s actually a very endearing story.

SeaWorld staff recently noticed that Wonder Twin had begun to lose some of her feathers – feather loss can happen to penguins in their natural habitat and wild populations. It can even cause harm to the penguins but SeaWorld won’t allow this to happen – not under their watch!

Penguins need their feathers to help stop masses of water reaching their skin and damaging it. Their feathers are short, broad and very close together.. about 100 feathers per square inch to be precise!! Penguins also need their feather for insulating purposes.

Wonder Twin started to have problems regulating her body temperature due to losing her feathers and this is where SeaWorld’s Aviculture team (the team that focuses on the keeping and rearing of birds) stepped in with a bit of help from the costume department! SeaWorld’s park release said ‘“SeaWorld’s aviculture team set out to assist her and created a wetsuit to mimic her former coat of feathers. The coat was designed and sewn by SeaWorld’s wardrobe department and custom fit just for her.”’ It just gets cuter doesn’t it?!

If this isn’t already the cutest thing you’ve heard all year then please take a look at these photos of Wonder Twin. Awwwwwwww.

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The special wetsuit works to regulate her body temperature and acts exactly as her feathers would against the cold water and low temperatures.

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Wonder Twin is able to carry on living a carefree life (even though she may be the fashion envy of her fellow flockmates) and continues to eat, sleep and swim alongside the other penguins all whilst looking pretty sassy doing it.

This is yet another great example of how SeaWorld Orlando continue to care for all of the animals inside their park as well as ensuring they look wonderful at the same time.

Smiles Included,

Jess

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Halloween At SeaWorld…

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its getting closer and closer to Halloween and that means its time to hear a bit more from the parks about what they’re looking to do…

We’ll start with SeaWorld.

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Halloween meets the sea every weekend in October during SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. This family-friendly event immerses guests in an underwater “fantasea” with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12 p.m. to park close every weekend, October 1-30. Like all special events at SeaWorld, Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission.

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Spooktacular Highlights Include:

Waves of Trick-or-Treat Fun – Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies. Each sea-themed, trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites including Tootsie Roll and SunRype Fruit To Go, just to name a few.

Penelope’s Garden Party – This dynamic “underwater” environment comes to life each weekend with a live DJ, animal interactions, a variety of craft opportunities, bubbles floating overhead and whimsical sea-themed characters.

Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween – Celebrate a Spooktacular Halloween at SeaWorld with The Count, Elmo, Abby, and the rest of everyone’s Sesame Street friends! The Count is feeling lonely this Halloween, and it’s up to you and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song filled stage show that invites you and your family to dance, play and sing along.

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Spooktacular Dance Party – Children join Princess Penelope and her under-the-sea friends for a Spooktacular Dance Party where they can participate in line-dancing favorites as clouds of bubbles fill the evening air. The party will kick off at the Village Square in the front of the park every event night one hour before park closing.

Looks like loads of fun at SeaWorld this Halloween, get yourself over there and let us know what you thought.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Mako Hard Hat Event

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday SeaWorld Orlando held a hard hat event to introduce Mako to the gathered media.

Here’s what happened..

We’ve also broke down some of the information below.

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Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster will surface at SeaWorld on 10th June and will be the centrepiece of Shark Wreck Reef – a newly designed realm that blends education and thrills, while immersing guests in an underwater world.

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The two-acre realm will be fully shark themed and include Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, shops, shark and shipwreck theming and educational experiences featuring sharks.  

Shark Wreck Reef is designed to make guests feel they’re underwater and part of the group of sharks that have taken over a shipwrecked reef. 

Inside the realm, guests will learn about the impact humans are having on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment. Sharks are hunted for their fins — considered a delicacy in certain countries — and in addition, tens of thousands are caught accidentally in nets. Several species of sharks are on the verge of extinction.  

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As guests venture further into the realm and into the queue line they’ll discover a unique sound system that will enhance their experience.  An original Mako score can be heard and follows guests as they enter the loading bay and emerge from the station aboard Mako and up the lift hill.  

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At night, specialty lights will accent the coaster trains, realm and track, flickering and shimmering, simulating fish being scattered by a mako on the hunt.

Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time” and lures guests to brave it’s tight turns, steep drops and predator power speeds. Riders will climb up to 200 feet high – offering tremendous views of the surrounding area – before plunging to reach speeds up to 73 mph.

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I can’t wait to see this new area and of course ride the mighty Mako Hyper Coaster… I have to wait until October hopefully your visit will be sooner…

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Check Out This POV Video Of SeaWorld’s Mako Coaster

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The title pretty much says it, Mako, SeaWorld’s new hyper coaster which is set to debut on the 10th June looks awesome!

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The image above shows the first drop making Mako Orlando’s tallest coaster and we’re looking at hitting speeds of up to 73mph, making it the fastest coaster in Orlando…

Check out this new ride video directly from SeaWorld.

I cannot wait for this ride, its so refreshing to have a coaster rather than another 3D ride. If I’m not first inline to ride this I’ll defo be second 🙂

Smiles included…

Jamie

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SeaWorld Orlando Confirm MAKO Opening Date

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Nothing gets us more excited at OAT headquarters than the confirmation of an opening date for an awesome coaster… So today we’re particular happy. SeaWorld have just confirmed that their awesome new Hyper Coaster will open on the 10th June 2016!!

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Here’s what SeaWorld told us today.

The Mako frenzy continues to swell at SeaWorld Orlando with two new announcements today:

The new coaster – Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest — will strike with full force on a grand opening date of June 10, 2016.

Further feeding the Mako frenzy is a new live presentation in the park for guests who want a sneak peek starting now. The new presentation gives guests a preview of the ride design, construction and experience, and also shares interesting educational facts about sharks in the wild that need our help.

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The preview presentation, called Mako Rising, is now being shown at Nautilus Theater daily at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.  Audience members enjoy complimentary snacks as they relax in the cool indoor theater and participate in the informative, interactive experience. All audience guests also will receive special in-park offers and the opportunity to win a prize during the presentation.

Mako Quick Facts:

  • Opening June 10, 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.
  • Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”
  • Orlando’s only hypercoaster lures guests to brave tight turns, stomach steep drops and endure shark-attack speeds.
  • Riders will soar up to 200 feet high and reach speeds up to 73 mph.
  • Mako will be the centerpiece of the new two-acre shark-themed realm which also includes Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, gift shops, and shark- and shipwreck-themed educational experiences.

I’m sooooooo excited for this new coaster!!! Who’s with me?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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