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New Show Replaces “One Ocean” Temporarily

You’ll find many new attractions being planned for the Orlando theme parks in 2014. Throughout the year, however, you may find some of your favorite attractions or shows being temporarily unavailable or permanently closed. Orlando’s theme park are ever-changing, and this is to be expected. After all, it is why so many people return over and over again. New Year = New Attractions. Just be sure to do your research before purchasing theme park tickets, so you can avoid any let downs or unpleasant surprises.

Beginning this week, through April, the killer whale show “One Ocean”  at SeaWorld will not be available. The Orlando theme park is replacing it with another show, called “Shamu Up Close.” This new show will take its place while the whale stadium is undergoing maintenance. We think you’ll be thrilled with the new and very different (than One Ocean) show.

The killer whale show is one of SeaWorld’s premier attractions. Where else can you stand 6 feet from the edge of a pool while a killer whale swims and leaps? The new show allows guests to do just that! The show is being described as more educational than the “One Ocean” show. Presentations occur every hour, but guests can watch the animals at any time during the day. “People can sit there and watch how we manage and how we work with our animals all day long,” said Mike Boos, vice president of zoological operations. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: This is a perfect opportunity for guests to get up-close photos of themselves standing near a killer whale!

Shamu and guest

Work on Shamu Stadium is already taking place. The pool’s floor is being repainted. New acrylic panels which separate the guests from the pool will be installed. All of these renovations are routine and should be complete sometime in April.

Although it will be missed, guests will benefit from the educational portion of this new presentation. While it is not as structured as “One Ocean,” this new show makes up for it with interesting interaction between Orca and trainer. If you remember the “Believe” show which debuted in 2006, this new show will remind you of it. Pay attention, and you just might learn a few things about killer whales!

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP NOTE: This new show will be held where “Dine With Shamu” takes place, so the SeaWorld Orlando dinner show will also be postponed until April.

An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

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There has been a lot of coverage recently concerning SeaWorld and the many artists that have cancelled the Bands, Brew & BBQ event that has been a yearly special event at this Orlando theme park.  We have chosen to not post articles concerning this news, but will post more about this event as it nears in February. If you care to voice your opinion, there are several sites in which you may do so.

We were asked by a reader where they could find a copy of SeaWorld’s response that was recently sent out. Many tourist do not have access to the newspapers, so we are passing on the link to SeaWorld’s open letter. Please read it (by clicking the link below) so as to be a better informed concerning this attraction that has gotten so much publicity of late.

An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates

Central Florida Earth Day 2011

On and around Earth Day, April 22nd, people all over the world will be celebrating our planet.  This year marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day.  On this day, the goal is to increase awareness regarding our environment, as well as to urge people into action to do everything they can to help to save our planet.  The local events taking place here in Central Florida include the Central Florida Earth Day festival, which is taking place Saturday, April 23rd at beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.  There will be a variety of vendors, as well as guest speakers, food, environmental education, and entertainment.

Our local theme parks are very earth-friendly year-round and are great role models for conservation efforts.  SeaWorld Orlando will be debuting the new killer whale show “One Ocean” on Earth Day, Friday April 22nd.  The show brings a message of caring and respect for the world we share, and encourages guests to make a difference through everyday actions.  They are even posting an interesting series of videos on the making of the new show.   Here is the link to: “Beneath the Surface:  The Making of SeaWorld’s new show, One Ocean.” The non-profit SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has also granted over $1 million to help endangered species and animals around the world a few months ago.  They are very proactive with habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, species research, and conservation education.  Click here to see how you can help.

The Walt Disney World Resorts are also environmentally-conscious year-round.  Walt Disney himself was committed to the conservation of natural resources, and that was over 60 years ago!  Disney is still constantly looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly.  They have created this interesting video that shows some of the things they have done to keep their parks “green”.  Disney will also be releasing their new movie, African Cats, on Earth Day.  The movie will help bring awareness to saving Africa’s lions and other wildlife, and Disneynature will contribute $0.20 per ticket sold the opening week, to the African Wildlife Foundation, with a minimum of $100,000 pledged.  Additionally, Walt Disney Records will donate 20% of net proceeds from the sale of the single and music video of Jordin Sparks’ song, “The World I Knew”.

So, enjoy Earth Day, and help make an effort to save our planet.  And, if you visit SeaWorld, please leave a comment and let us know how you enjoy the new One Ocean show, we’d love to hear from you!

Name the Baby


Back in October, we posted an article about the newest addition to SeaWorld Orlando, Katina’s baby.  This was no ordinary baby, but a 7 foot long, 350 pound killer whale!  This calf, born October 9th, is almost 3 months old now and needs a name.  SeaWorld is asking for input via a poll on Facebook.
Here are the three choices that you can vote on:

  • Makaio, which is Hawaiian for “a gift of God”
  • Nico, a variation of the Greek name Nikos, which means “victory of the people”
  • Haruki, which is Japanese and combines ‘sunlight’, ‘life’, and ‘radiance/shine’ to mean “shining brightly”

You can click here to vote.