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SeaWorld Teases New 200 Foot Coaster Coming in 2016

SeaWorld teased Friday a new coaster coming to the Orlando based theme park in 2016.

The new 200 foot-tall coaster is promised to be Orlando’s “tallest, fastest and longest coaster” when it opens next year.

While very little information is available about the new attraction at this time, SeaWorld is asking fans to follow the tag #nothingFaster on Twitter to be informed of updates.


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Clyde & Seamore Return to SeaWorld

Clyde and Seamore make their return to the stage in an all-new show at SeaWorld called ‘Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High’.

The newly revamped show stars guest favorites Clyde and Seamore continuing their adventures together, this time trying for a chance to go to Ocean University. Clyde and Seamore previously battled pirates in their last show at the park,’Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island’, until August of last year.

“Clyde and Seamore are nominated to win scholarships to Ocean University, they must enter crash courses in science, dance and gym in a storyline that is full of fast-paced fun”, said a SeaWorld spokesperson.

“We love creating a show like ‘Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High’,” said Kelly Flaherty Clark, curator of animal training. “Finding entertaining ways to encourage guests to care about these animals is what we do, and this show does it in a way that makes you smile and laugh.”

‘Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High’ can be seen daily at SeaWorld Orlando.

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Zombie Containment Unit 15 at Howl-O-Scream 2014

If you’ve always wanted the chance to kill zombies with a laser, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream this year will give you your opportunity.

A brand new interactive adventure awaits you at Howl-O-Scream this year with Zombie Containment Unit 15.

“Three years after the undead invasion, there has been a containment failure in Zombie Containment Unit 15. Zombies have escaped in search of flesh, and Howl-O-Scream guests are the next target. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), it’s up to them to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie laser-hunting experience.”

The Zombie Containment Unit 15 interactive experience is included with admission to Howl-O-Scream.

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SeaWorld Responds to Blackfish Critics with Blue World Project

SeaWorld announced today that all three of their US theme parks will be receiving a massive upgrade to their orca habitats. Called the Blue World Project, the new habitats will nearly double the existing space of the current areas.

The new habitats will encompass up to 1.5 acres and contain a volume of 10 million gallons. As part of the new environment, guests will be able to see the orcas through a 40 foot tall viewing area.

“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”

“Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”

The first of the new orca habitats will begin construction at SeaWorld in San Diego followed by Orlando and finally San Antonio with the initial opening planned for 2018.

In addition to the new orca habitat, SeaWorld has commited to $10 million in matching funds for research into threats faced by killer whales in the wild.

“Like so many others in science and industry, we are constantly learning more about how we can evolve our knowledge and continue to learn more about these amazing animals and stewardship of those in the wild,” Atchison said. “We look forward to working with these experts to build on these learnings and achieve our vision of increased knowledge of killer whales and global efforts to protect those in the wild.”

SeaWorld has been plagued recently with low attendance and outrage on social media following the release of the CNN sponsored Blackfish documentary last July. This past Wednesday, SeaWorld stock took a 33% plunge in price after the theme park company reported lower than expected earnings.

Jared Goodman, director of animal law for PETA, told the LA Times, “Anyone who cares about marine life and wants orcas and dolphins to live free with their pods is cheering the fact that SeaWorld’s stock is tanking.”

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment stock price was up 1.43% this afternoon at 18.26.

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Dead Fall Coming to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens with Voting on Haunt Elements

Dead Fall is the haunt season’s first haunted house at Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens.

“Inside Dead Fall, the ghosts of long lost memories reach into the present and will NOT be forgotten! These spirits from the past lurk in the shadows of this Victorian garden and greenhouse, longing to drag unsuspecting guests into their world. Visitors will have to try to escape before becoming a permanent resident of Dead Fall.”

This year as part of Howl-O-Scream’s promotion, followers on their Facebook can vote on three key elements of the Dead Fall house including the name of the estate, a murder tool one of the residents fell victim to, and the name of one of Dead Fall’s residents.

You can vote on the elements of Dead Fall here.

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Howl-O-Scream Returns to Busch Gardens for 2014

Howl-O-Scream is returning to Busch Gardens for 2014. While no mention on the theme or specific houses has been announced at this time, the dates for this year’s event have been released.

Howl-O-Scream runs Thursday through Saturday nights, October 2 -November 1, with an additional night on Sunday, October 19.

Freaky Preview is back and will open Howl-O-Scream 2014 on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27.

The much anticipated new drop tower, Falcon’s Fury, is promised by Busch Gardens to be open and operating during Howl-O-Scream.

Busch Gardens released a preview video of Howl-O-Scream featuring scenes from previous year’s events.

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Shamu “Light Up the Night” Kicks Off SeaWorld’s Summer Celebration

SeaWorld Orlando starts off the summer with all new entertainment including a new Orca nighttime show.

After being on hiatus for a few months, the orcas of SeaWorld return with an all-new nighttime show “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night”.

The new show delights guests with original music, new whale behaviors and a grand fireworks finale to end the night.

In addition to the Shamu show, a weekend daytime show called Generation Nature LIVE is also premiering. Guests learn about animal rescue and rehabilitation with an opportunity to meet many of the animals close up at the SEA Garden afterwards.

Shamu’s Dance Party takes guests into closing with high energy music, lights and bubbles to wind down the day. Shamu and friends party alongside guests in the Village Square.

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Summer Nights Return to Busch Gardens

As the summer heats up, so does the excitement at Busch Gardens. Throughout the summer, guests can benefit from extended park hours, a concert series, fireworks and the opportunity to explore the land of Pantopia at night.

NEW! Summer Nights Concerts
Gwazi Park heats up with Saturday-night concerts during Summer Nights. In addition to pop, R&B, alternative and Latino music artists, guests can indulge in summer-favorite grilled food items and a selection of craft beers.

NEW! Opening Night Critters
Starting this summer, this theatrical “tail” haphazardly finds a couple of stage hands in the spotlight as the human stars in an all-animal production that features both domestic and exotic animals in the newly-renovated Pantopia Theater.

Fireworks Light Up the Sky Every Night
Celebrate the perfect end to the evening with an amazing fireworks finale. Busch Gardens lights up the sky every night of the event with an incredible aerial display set to popular music.

Pantopia After Dark!
Set in the heart of Busch Gardens, Pantopia gets even hotter at night with exciting entertainment, and fan-favorite rides, including Scorpion, Phoenix and the Grand Caravan Carousel. Sensational new dining options satisfy sweet-and-salty cravings with a variety of fresh-rolled pretzels and craft beer selections at Twisted Tails Pretzels, and delicious snow cones and smoothies at Lynx Frozen Treats. For mouth-watering, savory selections stop by the all-new Dragon Fire, Pantopia’s open-fire grill showcasing ribs, sausages and kabobs.

Kinetix Returns
The award-winning Kinetix show returns to Summer Nights with its rock-fueled blast of music and acrobatics. The show’s energizing performances include live musicians, singers, dancers and artists from around the world.


Busch Gardens let us know that the first concert of the season will feature Hot Chelle Rae at 8:30 on June 28. More details on this group can be found at their website.
The new Summer Nights takes place nightly from June 28 through August 17 and is included with park admission.

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SeaWorld Offering Summer Camps With Up Close Encounters

Need something fun for the kids to do this summer while you’re at work? SeaWorld Orlando is offering summer camp programs for Kindergarten through 12th grade children.

Kids get to interact directly with the people that make SeaWorld work, the veterinarians, animal trainers and animal care staff.

From SeaWorld, “SeaWorld Camps not only allow children to surround themselves with aquatic life and education, but they are also about making friends, having fun, exploring the great outdoors, riding world-class coasters and creating lifelong memories.”

SeaWorld Camps run throughout the summer and more details can be found on their website.

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Island Nights Coming to Busch Garden’s Adventure Island

Adventure Island is kicking off the summer with Island Nights. Running June 12 through August 9, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Island Nights with live music, eclectic entertainment, sand sculptures and street performers.

The special event runs 5-9pm and is included with Adventure Island admission.

Island Nights Food Truck – Relaxing on the beach isn’t complete without a tropical beverage in hand! Cool off with tropical delights at the new Island Nights Food Truck, located near Fabian’s Fun Port. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salad bowls and more!

Kid’s Zone at Mango Joe’s Beach – The Kid’s Zone DJ revs up the dance floor with popular hits every night at Mango Joe’s Beach. This brand new kid’s zone bursts with excitement as Island Nights Party Starters amp up the energy when the sun sets in preparation for a fun-filled night.

Glow-in-the-Dark Grand Finale – Join the entire Island Nights cast on the main beach at 8:30 p.m. for a grand finale celebration, featuring high-energy music and LED-lit entertainment, including stilt walkers and performance artists. This finale includes audience participation, so be prepared to join in on the fun!

Sand Sculptures Every Week – Sand sculpture artists return with 25 tons of sand as they create newly-themed masterpieces every week for Island Nights. Sculptors will begin a new theme each Thursday evening and unveil the sculpture by Saturday.