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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:51 pm

When can we see a full picture of the Antartica Ride cars?

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Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:54 pm

^While there is no set date for the release of any new photos or video of the new vehicles, it can be expected that we'll see a new Webisode within the next month or so, which promises to shed a little more light on the cars.

Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:09 am

Can't wait to see the exhibit finished! Penguins are always a good thing, except when you can smell them ;). I'm really interested to see how it will all turn out.

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Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:15 pm

Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:27 pm

^It was nice to see the little teaser about programming the ride vehicles--and to see the Busch parks in general stretching themselves a bit (as they already have with Verbolten, DarKastle, and Cheetah Hunt).

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Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:56 pm

Oceaneering is sure keeping themselves busy between this and Transformers!

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Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:15 am

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Media Day

Saturday night, Jacqi and I took the kids out to experience SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration. 
Jacqi and I have long been Sea World Annual Passholders, but we'd never ventured out to for their Holiday event. SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration is included with park admission and runs every weekend through the end of the year and weekdays during the Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks. 

While the park is decked out with lights and decorations in just about every nook and cranny, the centerpiece display is the "Sea of Trees" - a collection of over 100 lit trees that surround the lake. Three times a night, the trees come alive as their lights dance to holiday music. I got a opportunity to talk with Vice President of Entertainment, Michael Fletcher - and he explained that the show uses over 5 tons of lights and requires over 9 miles of electrical and fiber cables. The show is in its third year and has become the signature element of their celebration.

We were then whisked off to a showing of "O Wondrous Night" - their telling of "the greatest story never told" The show was a unique version of the Christmas story as told by some of the animals that witnessed the birth of Christ. Musically the show was amazing - 16 performers all mic'ed and singing. And while some of the puppet work and story lines weren't exactly my cup of tea, the nativity finale was fantastic. Live animals were everywhere - each entrance more impressive than the previous and probably the grandest nativity I'd ever seen. 

Finally, our preview concluded with Winter Wonderland on Ice, a holiday themed ice skating show - and Holiday Reflections, a fireworks and fountains show. Both took place at the Bayside Theater. Both shows were very good. The ice skating show felt more like an old holiday TV special, which was fun and the Reflections show was a nice finale for the evening. Reflections felt a bit short and most of the pyro was lower level bursts - but if all fit very well.

We didn't get to see Polar Express, Santa and his elves, the holiday Clyde & Seymour show or the Xmas Shamu show (unfortunately a lot of these things were happening at the same time and we had to pick and chose which things to take in). But there was also plenty of seasonal food and merchandise all over the place - and we seemed to run into small holiday musical groups providing atmosphere entertainment around every corner. 

Overall the park was beautiful and the entire event was a lot of fun. Its great to see Sea World continue to grow their seasonal offerings without resorting to a hard ticket/upcharge type of event. I'm eager to go back and check out all of the things we missed.
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Sea World is all set for their Holiday Event.
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We're in the right place. Here is our media badge.
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Here is the event map. Looks pretty Christmassy.
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Jacqi and the girls in front of Sea World's Christmas tree.
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Holiday decorations are everywhere - even the light posts.
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The park was beautiful with decorations and lights all over the place.
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More holiday decorations.
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Sea World themed nutcrackers, anyone?
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Holiday musicians - these groups seemed like they were everywhere.
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These elves were playing around too.
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Entertainment vice president, Michael Fletcher introduces the Sea of Trees show to the Media.
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Sarah has some company during the show.
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The Sea of Trees - this picture does not do the show justice. There are over 100 trees that appear to be floating on the lake - all with animated lights that move to holiday music.
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After the show, Michael took a moment to pose for a photo with me.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:25 am

More photos from the Sea World Xmas Event.
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Kraken is a walk on ? Yes, please.
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O Wondrous Night - these are the Herald Angels and they're going to sing about the birth of Christ and the animals that were there in the manger.
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The finale of this show was incredible. There were animals and flying birds everywhere. Highly recommended.
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Ice Skating!
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And Fireworks!
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There were lights and beautifully lit paths everywhere. The park was very sparkly at night.
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Santa Shamu!
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Happy Holidays from Sea World!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Mon Nov 19, 2012 7:06 pm

^Looks like you all had a swell time. Thanks for sharing! I just love that sunset in the background of one of your photos.

As for the video that was posted a few posts ago, the motion of the vehicle was far different than what I imagined it to be. I never realized the motion would so closely resemble Transformers. Then again, I had never known until now that Oceaneering helped provide the ride tech for Transformers.

Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:22 pm

Thanks for the photos! The event is really solid. I would put it over SFFT's HIP which is also a great event.

You guys have to go back and see Shamu Christmas Miracles though! It is easily my favorite show at any theme park.
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