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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:14 am

At the end of the day I don't know, and that's why I don't work in marketing for SeaWorld. I'm 100% confident that Universal and Disney have zero interest in what SeaWorld does, but SeaWorld has mentioned on conference calls that they're very in tune with what everyone else is doing because they pretty much have to be. Hell, they even blamed the late opening of Diagon Alley for their attendance drop once. :lol:

Again, I hope I'm wrong and Infinity Falls is a huge hit.

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Postby ragerunner1 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:18 am

It really feels like this attraction was designed to give Sea World a great water ride (for the Florida heat) and a tag line (big drop on a river rapids ride). I don't think this ride will make tourist change their plans but, it gives Sea World a nice new ride to attract those local passholder crowds. With Florida's population now the 3rd biggest of any state, with over 20 million, they may just find their new growth model with becoming the 'ticket' for locals.

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Postby ragerunner1 » Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:01 am

Hopefully this ride will be ready to go soon. It looks like a great addition to the park. I think once the landscaping grows in over the next few years it will really complement Sea World's beautiful grounds.

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Postby anonymouscactus » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:33 am

So the second half of the tower spiral thing is just for decoration... right? It looks like the actual ride is about half way up where the stairs are. Or am I completely missing something. Just seems weird to me? (shrug)

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Postby DoinItForTheFame » Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:40 am

Yeah... That tower still isn't growing on me yet.
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Postby Garet » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:57 am

Holiday giant Thomas Cook has announced it will stop selling trips to animal parks that keep killer whales.

The firm said more than 90% of its customers were concerned about animal welfare.

The two parks it will stop selling tickets to as a result are SeaWorld, in Florida, and Loro Parque in Tenerife.

"This was not a decision we took lightly," chief executive Peter Fankhauser said as he announced the new policy.

In a blog post, he acknowledged that both parks had met standards and had made improvements to how animals were kept.

But, he said: "From next summer, we will no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity.

"We have actively engaged with a range of animal welfare specialists in the last 18 months, and taken account of the scientific evidence they have provided.

"We have also taken feedback from our customers, more than 90% of whom told us that it was important that their holiday company takes animal welfare seriously.

"And when so many of our customers are so clear in their view, I could not allow our business to ignore them," Mr Fankhauser said.

"I am clear about the kind of business that we want to be. That's why we introduced our animal welfare policy 18 months ago, and that's why we've taken this decision today."

Criticism of keeping orcas in captivity has intensified since a 2013 Netflix documentary Blackfish about a performing killer whale called Tilikum.

SeaWorld's visitor numbers fell, although the theme park described Blackfish as "manipulative".

Last year, Thomas Cook began an audit of 49 animal parks to see if they met its policy on animal welfare, based on standards set by ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents). Some 29 failed, and the travel firm stopped selling tickets.

The latest ban was announced on Sunday.

Mr Fankhauser said: "We will work with both [theme parks] over the next 12 months to prepare for our exit.... We will also continue to work ourselves to identify more sustainable alternatives.

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Postby ComeRideWithMe » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:08 am

Ugh, Blackfish. I'm into animal rights. I don't believe circuses should be using elephants, tigers, etc. I don't eat meat. I think it's disgusting what we do to animals on a daily basis. BUT even I found Blackfish to be very one sided. Most documentaries are so skewed for the audience to see what the filmmaker wants them to see. I don't understand how people don't realize this.
I support Sea World and their conservation efforts. They said they're stopping breeding the Orca, what more do people want? They can't be released into the wild. I'm gonna stop because I could go on forever about this subject.
I love that Cook won't sell to parks that have substandard care for their animals, but Sea World isn't one of them.

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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:46 pm

Sounds like they're saying that Sea World met their standards but they're still not selling tickets. That seems biased to me, like they did this audit of the 49 parks specifically to exclude SeaWorld, and when their own audit showed SeaWorld's one of the good ones, they just went according to their pre-conceived idea anyway.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:24 am

Hey everyone -

I'm considering driving down for the Thrill Fest event tonight, and I'm also considering an annual pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa. Have they ever offered discounts on annual passes throughout the year, or is the $220 the best you can get?

I want to go to each park at least once a year, so it ends up being the same cost to do both parks once plus parking than it does to get an annual pass.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:30 am

A.J. wrote:Hey everyone -

I'm considering driving down for the Thrill Fest event tonight, and I'm also considering an annual pass to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa. Have they ever offered discounts on annual passes throughout the year, or is the $220 the best you can get?

I want to go to each park at least once a year, so it ends up being the same cost to do both parks once plus parking than it does to get an annual pass.


If you can wait a few months and can make the deal work for you the past couple of years they have had huge sales on "Blue" (Black) Friday. A few years back when I bought one it was BOGO annual passes and last year it was maybe buy 1 get one half off or something. Might not be the most practical discount if you're buying one for yourself only but if someone goes in on it with you might be a pretty decent savings.

EDIT: here's a link to the Orlando Sentinel article about last years sale, there were BOGO single day tickets as well, which I'm guessing could have been used at both SWO and BGT. And the AP's were buy one get one half off but in years past they were buy one get one free so no telling what this year's promotion will be.
www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/theme-park-rangers-blog/os-bz-seaworld-blue-friday-bogo-tickets-20171102-story.html#

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