SeaWorld invites guests to ‘splash into summer’ with new attractions
ORLANDO, Fla. — With summer in full swing, SeaWorld Orlando invites guests to enjoy several improvements to its Aquatica theme park. SeaWorld said guests can visit its parks with no reservation requirements and no restrictions. READ: SeaWorld hints at new roller coasterAquatica’s newest attraction, Reef Plunge, sends guests through a 330-foot slide where they can see dolphins, leopard sharks, and a variety of other cold-water fish. READ: SeaWorld to double size of its critical care space for manateesMore information on Aquatica’s Reef Plunge and ticket information can be found here. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
SeaWorld, Aquatica passholders get lineup of special offerings this month
ORLANDO, Fla – SeaWorld Orlando and its water park Aquatica are offering new special offerings for its annual pass members in the month of March. Pass member exclusive Seven Seas gift: Guests who visit three Fridays, beginning March 5 during the Seven Seas Food Festival, will receive a free pass member reusable silicone pint glass. Celebrate Big Bird’s Birthday: Beginning on March 20, pass members can head to Sesame Street land to celebrate Big Bird. Bronze, silver, gold, and Florida platinum pass members can get refills on soft drinks and icees on the date of purchase. Aquatica pass members can also save up to 20% on the Commerson’s dolphin close-up tour .
Visit SeaWorld Orlando for rest of 2020, all of 2021 for $110
If you’ve been waiting to visit a Central Florida theme park amid the coronavirus pandemic, SeaWorld’s new ticket deal might be the ticket you’ve been waiting on. SeaWorld Orlando announced a new 2021 Fun Card where park visitors can visit for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 for the price of $109.99. There’s also a fun card for Aquatica priced at $79.99 or both theme parks for $164.98. “Just because summer is wrapping up, doesn’t mean the fun stops at SeaWorld and Aquatica. SeaWorld and Aquatica officials recently announced the parks will now be open seven days a week.
Orange Countys economy on a slow, steady rise to recovery
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. Economic forecasters and tourism leaders say Orange Countys economy is on a slow rise to recovery during several presentations given to the Tourist Development Council Friday Morning. We call this pattern the Nike swoosh, said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. Its a steady one.Visit Orlando was one of four presentations to the council on Friday, showing several graphs on how in April the pandemic devastated Orange Countys tourism economy. Hotel occupancy graph presented by Visit Orlando. However, he said July 4th was the best weekend yet in terms of hotel occupancy numbers with 39.7% of the hotels being booked.
SeaWorld to adjust hours, reopen on select days of the week
ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld will reopen its gates soon, but only five days out of the week. The aquatic theme park is slated to reopen Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic forced theme park executives to shut down in mid-March. According to the reservations feature on its website, SeaWorld will be closed each Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of 2020. Reservation calendars also reveal other SeaWorld parks will be closed on select days. SeaWorld officials said guests and employees will be required to wear face coverings and undergo temperature checks within their parks.
Aquatica inches closer to opening new ‘Riptide Race’ attraction
ORLANDO, Fla – SeaWorld’s Aquatica water park is getting close to allowing guests to splash across the finish line at its newest water slide Riptide Race. Park officials said the new family slide will open this spring and will be Florida’s first-ever dueling racer water slide. Crews working to finish new Riptide Race water slide at Aquatica (SeaWorld)“Riptide Race is a racing and dueling water slide with three racing sections, and one head-to-head dueling section, which is a world’s first element. Crews working to finish new Riptide Race water slide at Aquatica (SeaWorld)“Riptide Race is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly water slide lineups in Orlando," Aquatica Orlando Vice PresidentDavid Heaton said. Crews working to finish new Riptide Race water slide at Aquatica (SeaWorld)Guests must be 42 inches to ride.
SeaWorld brings back preschool card: Kids 5 and under get in free
SeaWorld and Aquatica in Orlando have brought back the preschool card in 2020, allowing children ages 5 years and younger into the theme parks for free for a year. Act fast, as you must register online for the promotion online by Feb. 3. This offer is only available to Florida residents and does not include free parking, discounts or any separately ticketed events. There are no blackout dates with this card. Families can get the same preschool card for Busch Gardens and Adventure Island as well.
Orlando water parks close due to cold weather
ORLANDO – Universal Orlando Resort announced on Twitter that the water park Volcano Bay will be closed Monday and Tuesday due to cold weather. For updates on when the park will reopen, call 407-817-8317. Meanwhile, Aquatica, SeaWorld Orlando’s water park, will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon will be closed through Wednesday because of the cold. Blizzard Beach at Disney World is closed for annual maintenance.
TripAdvisor's ban on shows with captive whales and dolphins could hurt SeaWorld
click to enlarge Screenshot via SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica & Discovery Cove/YouTubeUpdated Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m. with a statement from SeaWorld. TripAdvisor is extending their commitment to protecting captive animals by banning ticket sales to events and experiences which use dolphins and whales performing on public display. The changes to their Animal Welfare Policy announced on Tuesday could have negative effects for SeaWorld, where dolphins and whales perform daily for guests. "Whales and dolphins do not thrive in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wild." Former SeaWorld CEO Gus Antorcha announced his resignation on Sept. 16, just days after SeaWorld laid off 100 customer service employees.orlandoweekly.com