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(9/12/17) (9/12/17) SeaWorld Orlando is expected to be closed on Tuesday to allow more time for clean-up after the Hurricane. Look for the park to reopen on Wednesday.
(9/9/17) Hurricane Irma Operational Update - SeaWorld Orlando has announced that the park will close early on Saturday Sept 9th at 5pm, and remain closed all day on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 10 - Sept. 11) due to the hurricane. Aquatica will be closed all of Saturday, Sunday and Monday and Discovery Cove will be closed all of Sunday and Monday.
(8/21/17) Infinity Falls Construction Update (MORE...)
(7/14/17) Discovery Cove - New Images Of Swim With Sharks and Ray Feeding Programs (MORE...)
Attraction Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
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Park News - (7/14/17) SeaWorld has sent out some images showing off their new Swim with Sharks and Ray Feeding programs now available for reservation at Discovery Cove.
(7/12/17) SeaWorld Orlando has added a new "Killer Whale Up-Close Tour" offering for park guests this week. The 45-minute tour includes some time with the whale trainers themselves, meeting the whales, some insight into their unique personalities and even some interaction experiences. Space is limited and the tour is set to begin daily at 10am, so your best bet is to make reservations online in advance on the official park website. Tour prices start at $79.00 per person.
Meanwhile SeaWorld's Discovery Cove park is also adding two new experiences: the chance to swim with sharks and interact with stingrays. According to a post by the Orlando Sentinel both new programs (swim with sharks and feeding rays) will begin on July 14th.
2018 - Infinity Falls - (8/21/17) A nice aerial photo of the Infinity Falls construction site was posted to Twitter this weekend.
(6/12/17) Take a careful look at the third picture in this Tweet and you'll see that the site for the park's new Infinity Falls river rapids attraction has been all cleared out, with construction moving into high gear on this 2018 new attraction.
(4/17/17) I obtained a few more facts about the new Infinity Falls ride coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2018. As suspected, the ride hardware will be coming from Intamin, and it will have a length of 1,520 feet that will take about 4 minutes to travel through on the 8-passenger rafts, with a 42” height restriction. The final drop, which they are listing as the “tallest river raft ride drop in the world” will be 40 feet.
SeaWorld Orlando announced all the details of their new attraction for 2018... Infinity Falls. As rumored this will be a new river rapids raft ride, themed as a ride through a thick rainforest area, that will feature an elevator style lift at the end followed by the "world's tallest river rapid drop".
"To bring Infinity Falls to life, designers were inspired by the rainforests of South America and the flowing rivers found within. Each raft will twist and turn through a lush jungle environment as guests experience the feel of exhilarating Class IV rapids. A unique vertical elevator will lift each raft for a dramatic launch into the river, 40 feet below."
Infinity Falls will be the centerpiece of a newly themed surrounding area, fully immersing guests in a rainforest canopy. After riding the rapids on Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.
2019 - Orca Encounter - Planned - (3/17/16) SeaWorld has announced that starting today they will end their Orca / Killer Whale breeding program, and that the animals currently in the park’s care will be the last generation of orcas at the SeaWorld parks. They did note that at least one of the whales, Takara, is currently pregnant, so there will be at least one more baby to be born, keeping in mind that they have a gestation cycle of 17-18 months.
SeaWorld also announced that their new “Orca Encounter” program that will see the park’s current theatrical style show in San Diego transformed in 2017 into an educational experience focused on enrichment, exercise, education and conservation, will be followed by similar updates of the facilities at the San Antonio park (assuming in 2018) and then the Orlando park by 2019.
SeaWorld also announced today a broad new partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to protect our oceans and the animals that call them home. The company is committing to educating its more than 20 million annual visitors on animal welfare and conservation issues through interpretative programs at the parks and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals, and other marine creatures.
“We are pleased to join with HSUS on the significant issues facing marine mammals and their ocean homes,” said Joel Manby. “The work done by zoological facilities like SeaWorld is critical for the protection of animals in the wild, especially marine mammals. To that end, SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, to advocate for an end to the commercial killing of whales and seals and an end to shark finning.”
Fall 2022 - Sesame Street Land - Announced - (5/19/17) As part of an announcement about an extended agreement between SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, they revealed that SeaWorld Orlando would become home to a new Sesame Street themed land no later than Fall 2022. No further details were given at this time.