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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SeaWorld Orlando Announces First Acts For Band, Brews & BBQ Festival

Hey Thrill Seekers,

SeaWorld Orlando has today let us in on some of the acts you can expect to see at their annual Band, Brews & BBQ festival. Set to start this weekend and then every weekend up to the 06/03/16. The festival  features live concerts from top classic rock and country music artists, an array of BBQ and beers from around the country.

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Here’s what we can expect;

Festival Main Stage

This year’s event kicks off with live performances by the unstoppable multi-platinum, Grammy nominated Smash Mouth on Saturday, February 13, and R&B legend, Gladys Knight – fondly known as the “Empress of Soul” on Sunday, February 14. Event festivities begin at 12 p.m. each weekend, with concerts at 4 p.m.

Festival Stage

Kick back or dance along to an exciting blend of award winning musicians playing country, pop and rock favourites.

USO Family Garden

Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy this family-friendly area while they learn to line dance, meet animals and have fun all afternoon. Then, be inspired while exploring special activities and learn how you can make a difference today to make a better world for tomorrow. Animal encounters, Explore Zones and a kid-friendly interactive host make this the perfect place to play for families with young guests.

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On top off all the great entertainment Executive Chef, Hector Colon, has opened the recipe book for a sizzling selection of new festival favourites like the new Frito Chili Pie. Smoky, spicy, sweet or tangy, we’ve got something delicious to satisfy every craving. Chef Hector has a simple but profound culinary philosophy – “It’s all about flavours and finding the balance between bold flavours and unique food.” Smoky, spicy, sweet or tangy, we’ve got something delicious to satisfy every craving. Smoky, spicy, sweet or tangy, we’ve got something delicious to satisfy every craving.

Brew

You’ve got to have brew with your BBQ and SeaWorld Orlando have you covered with over 30 local and craft brews including these:

Beer-logos-Grid_400x420Your SeaWorld ticket purchased from Orlando Attraction Tickets grants you free admission into Bands, Brews & BBQ so what are you waiting for…

Smiles included…

Jamie

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SeaWorld Orlando Unveils Its Five Year Plan

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It feels like a day doesn’t go by that SeaWorld aren’t mentioned in the news, whether its the controversy surrounding Blackfish or heart warming pieces showing SeaWorld’s great work in protecting and healing injured animals whichever it is there’s no denying they’re hot news at the moment.

Yesterday SeaWorld, at an analysts conference set out its five year plan for Orlando. SeaWorld want their attractions to be Fun that is also meaningful, perhaps suggesting a more educational feel.

A major change is the move towards being a resort rather than just a park. This means we might get some SeaWorld themed hotels in Florida however to compete with other Orlando resorts (Disney & Universal) SeaWorld will have to build and they believe the next 5 years will see them do this…

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SeaWorld’s build strategy will seem them adopt a major, minor staggered launch like this;

  • 2016 major release, which we already know will be their new Hyper coaster, MAKO.
  • 2017 minor release, not confirmed but we’re probably thinking an attraction based on its TV show, Sea Rescue.
  • 2018 major release.
  • 2019 minor release.
  • 2020 major release.

The company’s rescue program will play a major part going forward and SeaWorld looks at companies such Whole Foods, which customers look to for natural nourishment and Toms Shoes, known for giving away its footwear to the less well off.

SeaWorld know they are a long way off this but its great to see the company with an aligned goal and new attractions can only be good for Florida as a whole.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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2017 & 2018 Special Offer SeaWorld Introduce FREE Parking

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We love a special offer here at Orlando Attraction Tickets and 2016 seems to be the year that the big boys are dishing out some good ones.

Disney have already confirmed the inclusion of Memory Maker for 2016 and now SeaWorld have contacted us to let us know about one they’re going to be offering our customers throughout 2016…

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The Offer

Free parking! Yep if you’re purchasing either the 3 Park SeaWorld ticket or the Discovery Cove Ultimate ticket your EZ tickets will automatically include free parking for 2016 and 2017!!

Assuming you visit all the parks via car just once you’ll be saving over $50 and with 2016 set to see the official opening of SeaWorld’s new hyper coaster MAKO and Busch Gardens new spinning family coaster Cobra’s Curse there’s never been a better time to visit.

Which Tickets Qualify

So its any ticket that includes the 3 park SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens ticket.

and also the Discovery Cove Ultimate Package.

What about if we’ve already booked

SeaWorld has your back, any of the above tickets for 2016 and 2017regardless of when you booked will be honoured and will include the Free Parking offer.

How does it work?

It really couldn’t be simpler, roll up to the park and show the parking attendant your SeaWorld EZ ticket, the attendant scans your ticket and hey presto; free parking!

We’re delighted to have this offer and believe it equates to real value. You can check out parking charges at the other theme parks here.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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