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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:52 am

empires wrote:Screamscape is reporting that the budget for the 2015 attraction has been cut and nothing new will be coming! If this is true, it is extremely disappointing not only for this park but the entire Seaworld brand!


I saw that post as well. That would be very disappointing since I loved the park and the attention to detail. Plus, the park was quite crowded.
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Postby DJeXeL » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:28 am

While it is disappointing they had their 2015 budget cut (rumored), I doubt they were getting anything noteworthy. Maybe a flat ride or 2 and/or some new entertainment offerings?
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby StuckInSD » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:55 pm

While I've heard that the Wanda Group has been eyeing our whales, I can't seem to find sources indicating a budget cut (except for sites and media outlets that are hopping onto the Blackfish bandwagon). Also, according to said sites, being $1.8 million short of $215.1 million is a 11% drop. Gotta love math.

I was there a week ago and things seemed fine. The park was packed, people were buying everything everywhere, and this was during Comic-Con, where everyone's supposed to be at the convention center. I believe Screamscape to be credible, but I wouldn't take every word for truth until solid evidence surfaces.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby XYZ » Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:04 pm

StuckInSD wrote:I was there a week ago and things seemed fine. The park was packed, people were buying everything everywhere, and this was during Comic-Con, where everyone's supposed to be at the convention center. I believe Screamscape to be credible, but I wouldn't take every word for truth until solid evidence surfaces.


SWSD recieves over four million guests annually, so the park will still have a large crowd with a drop in attendance.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:36 am

SEAWORLD ANNOUNCES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND KILLER WHALE ENVIRONMENT AND MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 15, 2014) – SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”

Transformational New Environments
The first of the new environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego where the killer whale environment is planned to have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres and spanning more than 350 feet in length, the new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of killer whales.

Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enriching experiences and other interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment and inspire them to celebrate and conserve the natural world.

“Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”

Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of leading-edge animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities. It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge the whales both physically and mentally. Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.

The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio.

Killer Whale Research
As part of the Blue World Project, SeaWorld has committed $10 million in matching funds focused on threats to killer whales in the wild, especially those identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. That includes new projects already funded this year: one that will help to understand the hearing ranges of killer whales and the other that will provide insight into nutritional status and reproduction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale. The matching funds will be in addition to killer whale research conducted by SeaWorld’s scientists, which includes nearly 50 studies to date.

Recognizing that ocean health is a leading concern for killer whales and all marine mammals in the wild, the company also announced it will be embarking on a major multi-million dollar partnership focused on protecting the ocean. More details of the partnership will be announced in the coming weeks.

Advisory Panel
SeaWorld will also engage an Independent Advisory Panel to bring new perspectives and ideas to the project. The panel will focus on the creation of an environment that maximizes the health and wellbeing of the animals. Given the particular expertise of current panelists and those expected to join, the panel will further advise on integrated research projects that can be conducted within the new environment and foster partnerships within the science and academic communities working in the wild.

Current Advisory Panel members include:

• Dr. Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Association of Zoos & Aquariums
• Dr. Heidi Harley, Professor of Psychology, New College of Florida
• Dr. Dorian Houser, Director of Conservation and Biological Research, National Marine Mammal Foundation
• Dr. Linda Lowenstein, Professor Emeritus Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
• Dr. Shawn Noren, Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz
• Mr. Tom Otten, Chief Executive Officer, Reef Experience
• Dr. James F. Peddie, DVM, Distinguished Faculty Chair, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, Moorpark College
• Dr. Paul Ponganis, Research Physiologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
• Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director, Film and Television Unit, American Humane Association
• Dr. Pam Yochem, Senior Research Scientist and Executive Vice President, Research, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute


"SeaWorld's capital investment will create a significant number of new jobs in our community and help drive the economy when construction begins at the Orlando park. Beyond that, it will enhance tourism by providing a state-of-the-art experience for visitors while providing valuable new research and educational opportunities in animal health and behavior," said Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10).

“Like so many others in science and industry, we are constantly learning more about how we can evolve our knowledge and continue to learn more about these amazing animals and stewardship of those in the wild,” Atchison said. “We look forward to working with these experts to build on these learnings and achieve our vision of increased knowledge of killer whales and global efforts to protect those in the wild.”

For more information on the Blue World Project, please visit http://www.seaworld.com/blueworld
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby MayTheGForceBeWithYou » Fri Aug 15, 2014 5:16 pm

After the whole Blackfish debacle, I thought that if SeaWorld played its cards right from the backlash it would get, it could be the best thing to ever happen to them. If SeaWorld addressed the (nonexistent or trivial) problems the film made points of, we could see some great additions that would make the park even better for both the animals and the guests. [/ramble]

Regardless of whether or not the film and its rabid backlash inspired this decision, this looks like a wonderful step for all the parks to add, and if indicative of the direction the parks are going, makes me excited to see what else they'll be planning in the future.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby empires » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:28 am

Three years to construct?? Does this mean no rides or other attractions for the next 5 years? Also, doesn't this mean the killer whales are going to have an even smaller tank while construction is going on?

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:50 pm

^SeaWorld San Antonio just announced several new additions to the park in addition to the Blue World Project. SeaWorld Orlando has confirmed that it will be getting a new Clyde and Seamore show. There is no indication to believe that no other projects will be started and/or finished in the time it takes for these parks to complete their respective Blue World Project expansions.

As for the smaller tank question, each stadium has several secondary tanks behind the show tank, and those secondary tanks are regularly drained and resurfaced every few years while the remainder of the complexes' tanks remain fully operational. Considering that the overhead view supplied with the announcement shows this expansion only directly linking to one of the secondary tanks and a few of the holding pods, it is probable that the impact will be as minimal as the standard refurbishment of one of those tanks typically is, albeit for a slightly longer period of time.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby PeoplemoverMatt » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:00 pm

One of those Skybridges that SeaWorld San Diego has leading to its Shamu Stadium would have some amazing views of the new area if they survive the construction for this.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby leqant » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:28 pm

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