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Sea Lion Show Returns to SeaWorld Orlando

Clyde or Seamore pose at SeaWorld

The Sea Lion show is returning to SeaWorld Orlando, and it will be better than ever. “Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High” will make its debut April 16, 2015. The old show was temporarily replaced with educational-type sessions at the Sea Lion, Walrus and Sea Otter show pool, so it only makes sense that the education theme continue.

What better place for education than school! The new show setting is an aquatic-themed high school called Sea Lion High. Clyde and Seamore are nominated to win scholarhips. Who wouldn’t want to go to Ocean University?! The fun begins as the sea lions must take a crash course in science, dance and gym. You can only imagine what these two ‘class clowns’ will do!

Most schools are a great place for fun, education, exploration and using one’s imagination. SeaWorld knows the value of education and continues to offer learning opportunities to all its guests. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High show will celebrate teachers in an educational pre-show. If you are an educator, you’ll not want to miss this new show, but be sure to get a seat early for the pre-show. Even if you are not involved with the education system, you’ll love the new show and appreciate the message.

New Ad Campaign for SeaWorld Parks

Speaking of Sea Lions, you’ll be seeing more of Leon, the Sea Lion. He will be the first animal to be featured in a new ad campaign for SeaWorld – “Meet the Animals.” This 9-year-old sea lion lives in the San Antonio theme park. The first ad can be viewed on SeaWorld’s Facebook.

Leon the Sea Lion

The new ad campaign puts the focus back on SeaWorld in an area where they surpass other theme parksanimal education.

“Research shows that animals are a prime draw for SeaWorld parks,” said Peter Frey, senior marketing officer of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. “We can continue to put coaster and other types of attractions in there but at the end of the day, people want to connect with our animals. It’s what separates us from everyone else.”

With the launch of the new ad campaign, SeaWorld will donate $30,000 to help institutions that must deal with the rise of sea lion beach strandings that are ongoing along the California coast. SeaWorld’s own record for marine-mammel rescues was broken with their 475th rescue within a year. They have rescued over 500 sea lions this year alone!

After meeting Leon, the ad campaign will move onto dolphins, penguins and other animals. With so much marine life at SeaWorld, there will be no shortage of ad material. Meeting so many animals is bound to be entertaining as well as educational. Let’s also hope it entices people to visit the awesome Orlando theme park.

Summer Shows at SeaWorld

New Killer Whale Show at SeaWorld

This summer, guests at SeaWorld Orlando will be treated to two new shows. Generation Nature LIVE and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night are not to be missed. The all-new nighttime show, Shamu’s Celebration, begins this Saturday, June 21, 2014. It is a high energy show featuring new music and killer whale behaviors.

The daytime show, Generation Nature LIVE also starts on the Summer Solstice and provides a way for guests to connect with animals and explore nature. Guests can meet SeaWorld personnel that are directly involved with animal rescue and rehabilitation. They will share their unique stories about the many animals they have rescued and care for. Along the way, this Orlando theme park is hoping guests will discover how they can take part in protecting wildlife within their own habitats.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Guests can save $15 on a ticket valid any day of the week when purchasing a new ticket called “Your Day, Priced Your Way.” Providing your schedule is flexible, you can save even more. These tickets are valid for one day’s admission and must be used within one year from the date of purchase. You must also be a U.S. resident and order tickets directly from SeaWorld.

If it has been awhile since you’ve visited this Orlando theme park, these new summer shows are not the only thing you’ll not want to miss. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is a fairly new attraction and is quite the adventure to experience. Explore a massive penguin colony of more than 250 penguins! A family-friendly ride, Antarctica, is a great way to gain an up-close view of these animals.

Let’s also not forget about Manta. This favorite among roller coaster enthusiasts will have you gliding around the theme park like a manta ray. It is especially fun to ride at night. And speaking about night time fun, make sure to join the Shamu’s Dance Party at the Village Square located in front of the park. It opens one hour before the park closes, and a half hour after – for those who just aren’t ready to call it a day.

Summer Nights ends August 10, 2014. For more information visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Aquatica’s Tallest and Newest Slide Set to Open May 9

Ihu Breakaway FallsIf you are looking to breakaway this Spring, SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica theme park will be the place to go. Opening May 9, the newest tallest water slide is set to open. Whoo hoo Ihu! This new attraction will provide guests an experience many have never had before. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States. Clearly a “must-do” if you have plans to visit SeaWorld this year.

Visitors to this Orlando theme park will climb the stairs watching the riders ahead of them drop. Once you are at the top, there is only one way down! There will be four tubes, three of which are called “breakway boxes.” The fourth option does not include the floor drop, but provides all of the other thrills.

The breakaway riders will stand in a box and will drop from the 80-foot-high platform going down in the clear tubes. Looking down, there is absolutely nothing to see! Once the floor disappears, you’ll drop at the rate of 20-24 feet per second for about 40 feet. Moving at about 16 mph, guests will then slide around 360-degree spirals. While it may take a long time to go up, the trip down will take place in about 20 to 30 seconds.

To be able to experience this new attraction, you’ll need to be at least 48 inches tall. You’ll need to have a lot of nerve too! This ride brings a whole new level of thrill to Aquatica Orlando.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Purchase your tickets early for some of the best savings. As of the end of February, Disney has raised their park tickets, and SeaWorld is sure to follow. Look into multi-park passes so you can experience Aquatica at a discounted rate compared to a single day theme park ticket.

New Attraction Coming to Orlando:

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.

SeaWorld Contests – Have Fun With These!

SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Photo Contest opens today, November 11th. Guests who have attended this Orlando theme park in the past five decades are encouraged to share their favorite snap shot with the rest of the world. Photographs will be collected through December 6th, so hurry and enter your amazing memory for a chance to win a trip to San Diego for the grand opening of the 50th Celebration on March 21, 2014. All of your expenses will be paid, so what are you waiting for? Surely you have a memory or two you’d like to share! (Read about mine below, and if you don’t submit your own photo, feel free to vote for mine.  😀 )

Another contest at SeaWorld this week features AnimalVision, SeaWorld’s new interactive, 24/7 HD window into the world of the penguins, sea turtles and stingrays. This Wednesday 11-13-13 at 1:00pm e.s.t., follow @SeaWorld on Twitter, submit a photo of yourself doing your best penguin or turtle impression and look for yourself on screen. Sounds like a lot of fun! View the penguins above ground, in shallow water and deep water here. Once online, you can watch from different angles and views, take and share snapshots, download games, and enjoy watching the wildlife.

SeaWorld Penguins

My Amazing SeaWorld Memory

My most cherished SeaWorld memory comes from a trip to SeaWorld that I didn’t even go on. I’ve been to SeaWorld many times, mind you, just not on the trip that makes up my most amazing SeaWorld memory. In fact, the summer my second son was born, I purchased a season pass, which allowed my newborn, four-year-old son and myself, dozens of visits to SeaWorld Orlando. It was a wonderful summer filled with many pleasant memories.

The trip I am writing about came about a decade later when my oldest son’s class was going on a field trip to SeaWorld. After scraping up the money for him to go, a note was sent home to all of the parents telling us that each child was allowed to bring some spending money on the field trip to purchase something at the gift shop. That morning before school, I emptied out my purse only to find a few dollars and change. Knowing many of the kids at my son’s school would be given a lot more money than that, I apologetically gave it to my son and wished him a great day on his field trip.

That afternoon, he came riding his bike up the driveway (along with his younger brother and little sister, whom he had to wait on every day) filled with excitement. He went into great detail telling me about the stingrays he petted, how he was allowed to sit in the splash zone at the Shamu show, and all of the cool animals he had seen. He didn’t mention his gift shop purchase, so I assumed he spent it on candy or something else of little value, since I had given him so little to spend.

15-year-old coffee mug from SeaWorld

My most amazing SeaWorld memory is symbolized by this 15-year-old coffee mug my son bought me during a field trip.

The next day when my son was getting ready for school, he reached into his back pack and said, “Oh yea, Mom, I forgot to show you what I got at SeaWorld yesterday!” Bracing myself for a rubber snake, I was amazed when he pulled out a carefully wrapped coffee cup from the Rain Forest Cafe at SeaWorld. He handed it to me and said it was the only thing he could find that he thought I would like!

It’s been at least 15 years since that day. As you can see by the photo, the coffee cup has had a lot of use. Every time I select it from my hodge podge collection of coffee cups, I am amazed that my young son thought of me above himself that day at SeaWorld. The little frog inside the bottom of the empty cup smiles up at me, and I’m filled with a wonderful memory.

My children are all grown now, and this particular son now has a three-year-old daughter. He has moved away and no longer lives close to SeaWorld Orlando. If this photo of an old, used coffee cup from SeaWorld were to win the prize, I would return the favor and give him and his family the trip to SeaWorld San Diego. It would be my way of giving back an amazing SeaWorld memory…while I enjoy another cup of coffee.