Discovery Cove and Aquatica
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
---- THE LATEST BUZZ ----
(1/17/15) Big Changes Coming to Key West Dolphin Cove (MORE...)
(1/14/15) Dolphin Cove Refurb Update (MORE...)
(1/12/15) SeaWorld Orlando Divides Park Into Seven Seas (MORE...)
(1/8/15) Wild Days at SeaWorld Orlando Event Schedule (MORE...)
Attraction Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Key West Dolphin Cove - NOW CLOSED through Feb. 27
Sea Lion & Otter Show - NOW CLOSED through SPRING 2015 (New Show Install)
Park News - (1/17/15) Screamscape sources have explained why there was some question regarding the length of the dolphin exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando. I’m told that prior to the layoffs and financial shakedown the park experienced last month, there WAS a longer plan in the works that would have seen some of the “beach” themed areas removed in favor of expanding and updating the habitat. In the wake of the chain's current problems, the rehab was shorted to it’s current form that will see it reopen in late February instead.
However, the heart of the change is apparently still in place, which will be of interest to everyone. The Key West Dolphin Cove will be under new management… kinda… instead of being under the control of the park’s Animal Care department, I’m told that the Animal Training department will be taking it over, with some major new operational changes. The old feeder booth will be closed, so guests will no longer be able to buy trays of fish and feel the dolphins. Instead the rumored plan will see the Animal Training department run a section of the attraction as a Premium style Interaction experience package, where guests can pay for a lengthy experience to learn in depth about what it takes to take care of, and train these animals, which will where all the feeding of the dolphins will take place from now on. Expect to see sections of the habitat blocked off from public access for these experiences to take place in, though there will still be a place for regular guests to walk up to the side of the tank and attempt to touch the dolphins… it will just be a lot harder to get their attention away from the trainers and new guest interaction program guests who will have all the food.
(1/14/15) While the official word being reported in the park claims that the Dolphin rehab will see it reopen sometime in mid to late February, there is still a persistent rumor going around claiming the rehab may be much longer for some reason. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
(1/12/15) Behind the Thrills noticed something interesting about the latest version of SeaWorld Orlando's park map. They have divided up the park into 7 different "seas" as well as the Port of Entry. They are the Sea of Shallows, Sea of Legends, Sea of Ice, Sea of Power, Sea of Fun, Sea of Mystery and Sea of Delight. This wouldn't be the first time the SeaWorld parks have attempted to divide their parks up into themed lands, but the past efforts have never stuck, and the park's simply dropped the short-lived names.
In other news, the Dolphin Cove attraction is also closed at the park for a lengthy rehab. No word on just how long, though some are saying only until the end of February, while others are saying it may not reopen until Summer. Anyone know more?
(1/8/15) SeaWorld has a great lineup of special event weekends coming soon for their three Wild Days weekend events:
January 24 - 25: Penguin Lovers’ Weekend with Julie Scardina will include live shows with Julie in the Nautilus Theater and a Block Party over the Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin area.
January 31 - February 1: Generation Nature LIVE Weekend with Bindi Irwin with special live shows, interactive games and a Block Party at the SEA Garden.
February 7 - 8: Jack Hanna Weekend will feature special live shows at the Nautilus Theater and a Block Party at the SEA Garden.
(1/6/15) A very special deal is being offered by Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando this week, the Preschool Pass. From Jan. 5 to Dec. 31st, kids age five and under can enjoy visits to both parks for free if they get a Preschool Pass. Click here for all the details!
(1/2/15) I’m not quite sure what to make of this rumor, but I’ve heard that a survey crew was spotted taking measurements around the various sides of the Nautilus Theater building at SeaWorld Orlando, the theater building that will soon be empty once the last performance of A’Lure is finished. It is interesting to see that there may be plans for this site already in the works.
(12/30/14) According to the show schedules posted on the park’s website, it looks like the last six performances for A’lure are only scheduled to take place on Jan. 1, 2 and 3rd at 1pm and 3pm each of the three days.
(12/29/14) SeaWorld Orlando’s list of Special Events for 2015 so far is interesting as it contains a few surprises to me. While they will start off the year with the more low-key Wild Days event on weekends from January 24 to February 8, I was shocked to see the return of the Christian music focused Praise Wave Music Festival for two Saturdays in February (Feb 14 – Feb 21) as the park tried this same thing for two-years a decade ago and it was a dismal failure. Looks like they are going to give it another go…
My second mild-surprise however was to see the return of Bands, Brew & BBQ at the park from March 7 to March 29, slightly re-branded as “Bands, Brew & BBQ Honoring America’s Heroes”. After being slammed in the national media headlines week after week last year as various acts backed out of their performance contracts as their fans attacked them on social media as part of the Blackfish blow-back, I was just surprised to see this event not retired entirely this year, or re-branded as something else entirely. SeaWorld will push on in the face of it all and bring it back for four weekends this March, with classic rock and country bands to perform in concert, but as we saw last year, they wont release the line-up of acts until just before the event to prevent what happened last year. All said and done, I think they ended up with much better replacement acts last year than the ones who dropped out in the first place, so it was a win-win I guess in the end, so lets hope for a repeat.
Following the BBQ event, the park's annual Viva la Musica latin food and music event will also return April 25 to May 16. Much like BBQ, don’t expect to see the concert line-up announced until just before the start of the event.
(12/18/14) Another cutback for SeaWorld Orlando was announced a few hours ago as the park confirmed that they will close the “A’Lure: the Call of the Ocean” show that performed in the park’s Nautilus Theater in January. A new regular show is not yet planned to take over the venue, though the park routinely used it for special event shows (like the special Jack Hanna Weekend shows) as well as for the occasional holiday show or indoor concert performance as well.
In addition to this, as I previously reported, it was also confirmed that the park’s three mimes were let go, as well as the pearl divers. Screamscape sources also tell us that they believe that more cuts could come in early January 2015, after the busy holiday season has ended. If true, these cuts could be aimed primarily at the park’s lower-end seasonal and part-time staff members.
(11/20/14) The Polar Express makover has begun at SeaWorld Orlando this week, taking over the Wild Arctic attraction building.
(10/9/14) SeaWorld Orlando confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel that they were going to move 11 Harbor Seals from the park’s Pacific Point Preserve over into the Wild Arctic attraction, taking over the old Polar Bear habitat.
(9/29/14) The Orlando Sentinel reports that SeaWorld isn’t expecting to bring in any new Polar Bears into their Wild Arctic exhibit anytime soon after their last bear passed away in July. Polar Bears are now listed as a threatened species which makes it more difficult to obtain them, but not having Polar Bears in the exhibit is just kind of disappointing, as they were my favorite reason for visiting the attraction in the first place. So sad… but at least the San Diego park still has them.
As for the Orlando attraction itself, it has long been rumored to be high on the list of existing attractions in the park in need of a concept renovation or total replacement, so perhaps this is also a sign that we will see something new placed here in the next few years as well.
2015 - Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High - (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.
(6/16/14) I’m hearing that the Sea Lion show will close for a lengthy rehab sometime this fall. No word on if this is just a refurbishment of the existing facility, or if they will finally add a new show.
???? – 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.