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Re: SeaWorld Orlando to replace 'Believe' in 2011

Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:25 pm

:clap: You saying that Dan has just reminded me of them doing that when they where previewing Belive when I was at Seaworld in 2006. It wasnt a soccer player but a girl wanted to be a princess! :roll:

I think a new show will be a good thing, I agree with Monsterdan5 that the dolphin show had much more of an impact. I just hope they have not changed the sea lion show as that was class in 2006. Im saying this as Im going in Sept this year.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando to replace 'Believe' in 2011

Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:22 pm

Do you mean the Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island show? if so apparently it's still there...didn't see it myself when I went a couple of months ago (odd I did think the show would have changed by now as it was there when I first went).
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando to replace 'Believe' in 2011

Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:36 pm

Yep same as always, :P great show
 
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando to replace 'Believe' in 2011

Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:57 pm

Personally, I thought "Believe" was a bit cheesy and farfetched in places, so on that note I am glad that it's going. I hope they replace the show though with something outstanding. "Shamu Rocks" really showcases what SeaWorld can do; so I am hoping on something on a similar scale to that...only during the day of course!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando to replace 'Believe' in 2011

Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:13 pm

The current version of Believe, after last years incident, is pretty poor. I've seen the original version of Youtube and it seemed to be much better.

Sea World really do need to create a new show that will be tailored to suit what they can do with the whales now instead of the bodged together version they have at the moment.

But yes, the show is very cringe-worthy in places. I also preferred Blue Horizons (Dolphin Show)
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SeaWorld Oralndo- Major expansion 2012 &2013

Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:06 pm

Sea world have announced their plans for 2012 and 2013 with some exciting new attractions with their biggest every expansion in 2013 with-Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin.

TurtleTrek

While creating TurtleTrek (opening at SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2012), designers stayed true to SeaWorld’s unique blend of nose-to-nose animal encounters and state-of-the art entertainment.

Guests first visit two massive naturalistic habitats, one filled with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other home to more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles. Many of the manatees and sea turtles were rescued by the park’s animal team. Since SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue programs began, the team has cared for and returned to the wild nearly 240 manatees and more than 1,200 sea turtles.

Moving on from the habitat, guests enter a domed theater, and what happens next has never before been seen and is a first at any theme park in the world.

Coming to life is a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-degree dome theater film that is completely immersive. The dome allows a hyper-realistic 3-D movie to be shown all around guests and even above them – not just in front them or on only one screen. It’s this unique and immersive way of showcasing a sea turtle’s epic and astounding journey that is the heart of TurtleTrek. And for the first time, SeaWorld guests are given a turtle’s eye view of the ocean’s wonders.

TurtleTrek is as inspirational as it is astounding. There’s a call-to-action at the end of the experience: SeaWorld calls on guests to join them in conserving the world we share. “Do a little, do a lot, but join us and do something to help the world and its animals,” said Brian Morrow, the attraction’s chief designer. “TurtleTrek is about the everyday heroes who can make a difference in nature.”

Freshwater Oasis

Just across the street from SeaWorld Orlando is Discovery Cove, a limited-admission, all-inclusive tropical resort where guests swim with dolphins, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary, snorkel among thousands of colorful fish and rays and relax on pristine beaches.

Opening at Discovery Cove in spring 2012 is Freshwater Oasis, an all-new attraction featuring swimming and wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets.

When guests participate with nature at Discovery Cove, they unlock discoveries that can be life-changing. Freshwater Oasis is an all-new opportunity to wade up-close with wildlife in a relaxing tropical setting. It’s an exhilarating tropical exhale.

Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, Freshwater Oasis is a natural fit within Discovery Cove’s tropical vibe. Guests can relax and explore. They’ll wade, wonder, swim and float in the water-filled trails and discover marmosets and playful Asian otters. No matter where they turn, they’ll find endless discoveries.

Freshwater Oasis is included with admission to Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive tropical getaway and the only place to experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin

Also announced was SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin, opening spring 2013.

Through the years, SeaWorld Orlando has taken guests to far-flung corners of the globe, immersing them in the character and feel of exotic places and introducing them to unique worlds of adventure.

At the park’s “Wild Arctic” guests ride a simulated jet copter to the frozen north, into a habitat of polar bears, beluga whales and huge walruses. “Key West at SeaWorld” sets guests down in the funky ambience of the Florida Keys, with dolphins, stingrays and colorful birds. The rocky northern California coast is found at “Pacific Point Preserve,” with dozens of seals and sea lions. The park’s other attractions take guests into the worlds of sharks, sea turtles and manatees, or let guests soar like a ray on the Manta roller coaster or ride the back of a mythical beast, the Kraken.

But no journey is bigger -- or as incredible -- as the one to come in 2013. It’s a voyage to the bottom-of-the-world, to the coldest and windiest continent, to a place of ice more than 9,000- feet thick. It’s a journey to Antarctica and to the empire of the penguin.

Guests will be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible family adventure.

They’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.

It’s an all-family experience that could only come from SeaWorld and can only be found at SeaWorld Orlando. And, it’s safe to say Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.

A year-and-a-half from opening at SeaWorld Orlando, details are few. For now, SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica will stay as mysterious as its namesake continent. “Only SeaWorld and its parks can take you on these journeys or bring these experiences to you,” said Prather. “We’re excited about what the future holds for our parks and our fans.”

Full details and conecpr art can be seen on the below link-

TurtleTrek
While creating TurtleTrek (opening at SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2012), designers stayed true to SeaWorld’s unique blend of nose-to-nose animal encounters and state-of-the art entertainment.

Guests first visit two massive naturalistic habitats, one filled with hundreds of freshwater fish and gentle manatees, the other home to more than 1,500 saltwater fish and more than a dozen sea turtles. Many of the manatees and sea turtles were rescued by the park’s animal team. Since SeaWorld Orlando’s rescue programs began, the team has cared for and returned to the wild nearly 240 manatees and more than 1,200 sea turtles.

Moving on from the habitat, guests enter a domed theater, and what happens next has never before been seen and is a first at any theme park in the world.

Coming to life is a first-of-its-kind 3-D/360-degree dome theater film that is completely immersive. The dome allows a hyper-realistic 3-D movie to be shown all around guests and even above them – not just in front them or on only one screen. It’s this unique and immersive way of showcasing a sea turtle’s epic and astounding journey that is the heart of TurtleTrek. And for the first time, SeaWorld guests are given a turtle’s eye view of the ocean’s wonders.

TurtleTrek is as inspirational as it is astounding. There’s a call-to-action at the end of the experience: SeaWorld calls on guests to join them in conserving the world we share. “Do a little, do a lot, but join us and do something to help the world and its animals,” said Brian Morrow, the attraction’s chief designer. “TurtleTrek is about the everyday heroes who can make a difference in nature.”

Freshwater Oasis
Just across the street from SeaWorld Orlando is Discovery Cove, a limited-admission, all-inclusive tropical resort where guests swim with dolphins, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary, snorkel among thousands of colorful fish and rays and relax on pristine beaches.

Opening at Discovery Cove in spring 2012 is Freshwater Oasis, an all-new attraction featuring swimming and wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with playful otters and curious marmosets.

When guests participate with nature at Discovery Cove, they unlock discoveries that can be life-changing. Freshwater Oasis is an all-new opportunity to wade up-close with wildlife in a relaxing tropical setting. It’s an exhilarating tropical exhale.

Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling-clear springs below, Freshwater Oasis is a natural fit within Discovery Cove’s tropical vibe. Guests can relax and explore. They’ll wade, wonder, swim and float in the water-filled trails and discover marmosets and playful Asian otters. No matter where they turn, they’ll find endless discoveries.

Freshwater Oasis is included with admission to Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive tropical getaway and the only place to experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin
Also announced was SeaWorld Orlando’s biggest-ever attraction expansion, Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin, opening spring 2013.

Through the years, SeaWorld Orlando has taken guests to far-flung corners of the globe, immersing them in the character and feel of exotic places and introducing them to unique worlds of adventure.

At the park’s “Wild Arctic” guests ride a simulated jet copter to the frozen north, into a habitat of polar bears, beluga whales and huge walruses. “Key West at SeaWorld” sets guests down in the funky ambience of the Florida Keys, with dolphins, stingrays and colorful birds. The rocky northern California coast is found at “Pacific Point Preserve,” with dozens of seals and sea lions. The park’s other attractions take guests into the worlds of sharks, sea turtles and manatees, or let guests soar like a ray on the Manta roller coaster or ride the back of a mythical beast, the Kraken.

But no journey is bigger -- or as incredible -- as the one to come in 2013. It’s a voyage to the bottom-of-the-world, to the coldest and windiest continent, to a place of ice more than 9,000- feet thick. It’s a journey to Antarctica and to the empire of the penguin.

Guests will be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible family adventure.

They’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.

It’s an all-family experience that could only come from SeaWorld and can only be found at SeaWorld Orlando. And, it’s safe to say Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world.

A year-and-a-half from opening at SeaWorld Orlando, details are few. For now, SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica will stay as mysterious as its namesake continent. “Only SeaWorld and its parks can take you on these journeys or bring these experiences to you,” said Prather. “We’re excited about what the future holds for our parks and our fans.”

concept art and pictures can be seen on seaworlds website-

http://www.seaworldparksblog.com/seawor ... and-2013-1
 
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Re: SeaWorld Oralndo- Major expansion 2012 &2013

Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:08 am

Exciting stuff :)
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Re: SeaWorld Oralndo- Major expansion 2012 &2013

Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:05 am

This all sounds promising, especially the Antarctica area, since on my visit this year I felt the penguin exhibit felt massively outdated and in need of something with far more of a wow factor. Turtle trek sounds fairly good, although can't help but wonder if it really will be as good as they say. 3D around such a large area covering so many angles surely can't look that good?

Exciting times though, tempting me to go back in a few years already :P.
 
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Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:45 pm

I was just browsing the news on AOL and came across this shocking article. A girl who was born without hands has been banned from riding the rides at Seaworld Orlando. She was in the queue for Kraken when she was told to leave as it was aginst the rules for her to ride as she couldn't pull done the restraint with either hand. She maintains that she has ridden Kraken in the past without any problems and the family are bringing a lawsuit against the themepark.

The full article, which can be seen here http://travel.aol.co.uk/2012/02/04/girl ... id%3D94916, also states that she was removed from the queue for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey a while back for the same reasons. I think this is absolutely disgusting and the parks should be ashamed of them selves.

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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:53 pm

This is shocking that parks are like this.

I know about health and safety, but come on!
Someone pulled the restraint down for me on Oblivion once, so why can't they do it here?

This is just wrong, and I completely support the family suing!
 
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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:08 pm

This is wrong, very wrong. I have heard of similar incidents at Gardaland, apparently someone with a sixth finger was not allowed to ride Raptor because of this. It is appalling.

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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:14 pm

Really?!? A sixth finger meant that they couldn't ride? That is just idiocy! I too am in full support of the lawsuit. The fact that she is still able to pull down the restraint for herself and hold on with her arm really makes the parks claims non-founded if you ask me!
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Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:27 pm

I'm afraid I agree with the park. If not for quite the same reasons. Sure, someone else could pull the restraint down for her, but given that on most rides you are officially supposed to hold on, she would not be able to. What if they had to evac on the lift hill? She wouldn't be able to hold the handrail on the stairs. After the incident last year where a man with no legs was allowed to ride a lap bar restraint coaster.... and fell out, you can hardly blame the park for being cautious.

Admittedly, the extra finger incident is stupid though.
 
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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:59 pm

I don't really think this can be justified, at all.

It's not even like she lacks ARMS, and there's no way that under normal operation she would be in any danger while on the ride. As for in evacuation situations, they should just treat her as any other rider with a physical disability. Wheelchair users aren't banned from coasters because they couldn't walk the lift stairs, it's the same principle...
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Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:05 pm

I can see why, although don't agree. The code of safe working practice for all roller coasters at Towers state you must be able to hold on to the restraints and brace against the forces you are subjected to. However, a reasonable host would ask if they feel they can restrain themselves with their arms
 
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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:08 pm

Magrathea wrote:
As for in evacuation situations, they should just treat her as any other rider with a psychical disability. Wheelchair users aren't banned from coasters because they couldn't walk the lift stairs, it's the same principle...


Exactly! They would just use whatever the procedure for that was if they felt the need. As for someone pulling her restraint down - she didn't need it! She obviously manages well enough in her everyday life that pulling the restraint down would be just about as easy for her as it would you or I!

I think the park could face a heavy pay out over this as they are probably in breach of some legislation and we know how notorious the States are for suing one another!
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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:20 pm

Besides which, if she's ridden it in the past and was coming back for more, it clearly hasn't killed her in the past!

I sincerely hope she gets some kind of justice for this. :no:
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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:19 am

I was working on Rita last year when a lady was not allowed to ride for exactly the same reason. And while it must be dreadful for the lady, I don't see how it is in any way the parks fault. Particularly in The States which, as has been said, has a notorious suing culture. Sure on the surface it looks bad for the park, but if they had allowed her to ride and she was unable to brace herself causing injury it would have been a whole different story and the park would probably still be under attack for allowing her to ride.

The restriction actually comes from the ride manufacturers who state riders must be able to brace themselves in an upright position to ride, all good theme parks follow this rule and it's just unfortunate for SeaWorld that they have been singled out.

Unfortunately these days, you can't just warn someone of possible outcomes and ask them to take responsibility if it goes wrong, the world just doesn't work like that. The park were absolutely right not to allow this lady to ride and that's a real shame, but that is the world we live in and it's far too easy to blame.
 
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Re: Shocking Seaworld Incident

Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:42 pm

Well you're right that it comes from the manufacturers that you must be able to brave yourself in an upright position which she can do. Nowhere does it stipulate that in order to brace yourself you need to have hands though!

I agree though that the park would be seen in a similarly negative light if she had ridden and been hurt and would probably be facing a lawsuit still! It's a no win situation really but it's still awful for the girl.
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Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:07 pm

How does having hands aid you in bracing in the upright position, that is primarily a concern for your obdominal and back muscles and a person with no hands would quite satisfactorally brace themselves with their forearms. I think this is terrible and if the Same happens at Towers then it is just as bad.

People must be able to ride safely but the lack of hands does not in anyway affect a persons ability to brace.

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