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(5/22/15) MAKO May Be The New Coaster Name, Ticket Price Increase
(5/13/15) New Coaster Details Coming Soon (MORE...)
(5/4/15) Dolphin Closing Again, Pretzels In Your Future (MORE...)
(4/29/15) SeaWorld Orlando Announces Next Viva La Musica Concert (MORE...)
Attraction Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Dolphin Cove - NOW CLOSED through ????
Park News - (5/22/15) While SeaWorld Orlando avoided raising ticket prices earlier this year when Disney and Universal raised their prices, it seems like they couldn't resist raising them before the summer tourists start to arrive, as ticket prices went up on Thursday by $2, hitting $97 for an adult ticket into the park. That said... if you buy your tickets in advance through their website however and are planning on visiting during a weekday, your ticket will only cost you $70.
(5/4/15) According to a Screamscape source the recently reopened Dolphin Cove habitat at SeaWorld Orlando is being closed again tonight (should be walled off by Monday morning) for an unknown period of time to resurface the bottom of the pool.
In other news, Pixels At The Parks reports that the midway games that were just removed from outside Shamu Stadium will be replaced with a new fancy Pretzel eatery, possibly one with a menu similar to the Twisted Tails Pretzels that opened at Busch Gardens Tampa not long ago.
(4/29/15) SeaWorld Orlando has announced Elvis Crespo will perform on May 9th for the park's Viva La Musica event.
(4/16/15) SeaWorld Orlando has announced Elga Tanon as the opening act for this year’s Viva la Musica concert series on Saturday, April 25th. Future acts TBA for May 2, 9 and 16th.
(3/20/15) SeaWorld has listed the last two performers for the Bands, Brew and BBQ concert series: popular comedian Bill Engvall will perform on March 28th and Alan Jackson will sing on March 29.
SeaWorld will be getting a good taste of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour as Larry the Cable Guy will perform this Sunday, while Travis Tritt will perform on Saturday.
(3/4/15) SeaWorld Orlando has announced the concert schedule for the start of Bands, Brew & BBQ weekends. Concerts are free with park admission and will start at 4pm, however upcharge VIP seating options are available.
Sat. March 7 - Toby Keith
Sun. March 8 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sat. March 14 - Rodney Atkins
Sun. March 15 - Kool & the Gang
(3/3/15) I've got a quick rundown of the new Dolphin Encounter experience at SeaWorld Orlando to share from one of our readers. So far the demand has been fairly high and I'm told you can book your experience at the Information counter near the front of the park, or at the attraction itself. Currently each session lasts about 10 minutes, and group sizes are being kept around 6-8 guests. The cost to do this is $15 a person, and small children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
"Each trainer has two dolphins to work with. The trainers will tell you a bit about the specific dolphins that you will be interacting with. They will teach you several different signals to use to get them to respond. At the end of the session, they bring both of them onto the ledge, and you are able to rub them. The trainers feed the dolphins during the interaction, guests are not allowed to do so, as the trainer is the one to actually reward them for proper behavior. Overall it was a VERY positive experience."
2015 - Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High - (4/17/15) Our friends at Behind the Thrills has posted a review of the all new Sea Lion High show that just opened. Check it out.
(3/20/15) Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High will open to park guests on April 16th according to the employee news letter sent out today.
(3/2/15) Behind the Thrills reports this week on what took place at the Passholder Preview of the new Sea Lion High show, which apparently was not a complete run of the show, but merely the presentation showcasing many of the new trained behaviors they are adding for the new show. In the meantime, don't look for the show to actually open to guests until sometime in April, probably after the busy Spring Break crowds have gone home.
(2/26/15) The passholder preview of the new Sea Lion Show has been confirmed as taking place this Saturday at 7:15pm after the park closes. I'm told that a few nearby attractions like Antarctica and Kraken will also be open for passholders until 8:45pm, but to stay you must pick up a wristband from Pacific Point Preserve starting at 1pm in order to see the show.
(11/20/14) SeaWorld Orlando released the logo and new details for the park’s new Sea Lion show opening in Spring 2015. The final name is “Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High” as the duo find themselves in pursuit of their high school diplomas on the last day of school.
(8/19/14) ParkScope dug up a new trademark filing from SeaWorld Parks this week, which seems to give away the name of the new Sea Lion show coming to SeaWorld Orlando as “Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High” along with a link to some great concept artwork of how the new stage might look.
(7/30/14) As rumored, SeaWorld has confirmed that the current Sea Lion & Otter show (Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island) will close for good after the last performance on August 10th after a record setting 15 year run. Screamscape sources tell us that the show venue will be closed for at least a month, maybe longer, for renovations and to install a new show that has yet to be named. If Screamscape’s June 17th rumor holds true the new show was tentatively titled, “Clyde & Seamore: Back To School”.
(6/17/14) Screamscape sources tell us that the Sea Lion & Otter show will indeed reopen from this fall’s rehab with an all new show, tentatively titled, Clyde & Seamore: Back To School.
2016 - New Roller Coaster - Confirmed - (5/22/15) MAKO… remember this name, as SeaWorld has filed for a new trademark to use this name for a new future attraction. While there is no way to know for sure which park or planned attraction, this name is a perfect fit for SeaWorld Orlando’s upcoming plans for a 200 foot tall coaster. To be fair, SeaWorld also files paperwork for a second name, “Reef Hunter” as well, but that just doesn’t sound like a coaster to me. And if that wasn't enough, a third name was also just filed for on May 15th called “Strikewinder”. Again...sounds kind of like a waterslide to me, but you never know...
Mako fits in perfectly with the kind of names used for coasters previously at the various SeaWorld brand parks, falling right in line with the likes of: The Great White, Steel Eel, Kraken and Manta. As for Reef Hunter… it almost sounds more like some interactive shoot-em up dark ride like Knott’s new Voyage of the Iron Reef. Or I could see Reef Hunter being used as the name for a new waterslide too perhaps at one of the waterparks like Aquatica. More as we find out.
(5/13/15) SeaWorld has let it be known that they will release the details about the park’s upcoming 200 foot tall roller coaster project on May 27th, which they are using the hashtag #nothingfaster for on Social Media. Two weeks to go… now lets see what kind of details surface from the rumor mill between now and then.
(4/24/15 - UPDATED) I’ve been hearing rumors for weeks now that a large new roller coaster was being planned for SeaWorld Orlando. While the exact location isn’t entirely known, it seems that it will run along the backside of the park’s South-East side, possibly running out and along I-Drive for the outer leg of the journey. This matches up with the rumors I posted months ago about survey crews doing work alongside and behind the Nautilus show theater, and rumors that the behind the scenes work trailers between the theater and Shark exhibit would be removed in the near future and relocated to the other side of the theater. It is also work mentioning that the old games area next to Shamu Stadium has also been demolished, which could also be related to this project.
As for the coaster itself, I’m told it will be from Mack Rides who made all the Journey To Atlantis rides, the Manta coaster in San Diego and is rumored to be making the coaster for Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016. While I’m not 100% sure on this bit, rumor has it that the coaster will be lauched, like Manta in San Diego, but with a much larger layout. In fact, while I don’t know exactly how aggressive the layout will be, or how many inversions, it may be a good idea to look up videos of Blue Fire at Europa Park or Helix at Lisberg to get an idea of what you may be able to expect.
UPDATED: SeaWorld Orlando has confirmed the new coaster for 2016, and it will be a big one, standing 200 feet tall. Check out the official teaser announcement from SeaWorld below:
Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. More details on the new addition will surface in late-May. SeaWorld is a one-of-a-kind theme park with a variety of attractions including awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Follow #nothingfaster as the frenzy starts.
???? – Blue World Project / Killer Whale Habitat Expansion – (8/19/14) While the San Diego park will work on their version of this first (from 2015 to 2018) similar habitat expansions were promised to come to both the Orlando and San Antonio parks soon afterward. It’s too early to say what they will get here, but take a look at what they are building in San Diego, it will give you a good idea of what you can expect.