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Re: SeaWorld San Antonio Discussion Thread

Postby yay101 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:34 pm

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Postby lazaruslou » Mon Mar 17, 2014 3:02 pm

G'day mates,
Yesterday 16 March I came to SeaWorld and had another outstanding day!
I rode Rio Loco 5 times in a row and the Great White 21 times in a row for a total of 105 inversions.
Altogether I rode 30 rides wthout a Quick Queue (flash pass).
On my six visits this year (4 visits in February and 2 visits in March) I have averaged over 30 rides a visit without needing the Quick Queue pass.
I'm coming back to SeaWorld on Saturday 22 March. The staff told me I would probably need an Unlimited Quick Queue pass on Saturday in order to ride as much as I have been riding these last six visits.
So far in 2014 I've been on the Steel Eel 106 times and the Great White 45 times.
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Postby lazaruslou » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:38 pm

Trip Report For 22 March
G'day mates,
Yesterday (Saturday) was another fabulous day in the park!
Of my 7 visits to SeaWorld during February and March it was the busiest day and a large crowd.
They had a special on Quick Queue Unlimited Passes (flash passes) for Season Pass holders so I got a Quick Queue for $21.65.
It was well worth it. I rode the Great White 31 times in a row and rode the Steel Eel 13 times. Altogether I rode 44 rides which would have not been possible without the Quick Queue.
I've averaged over 32 rides per visit this year for a total of 226 rides and the previous 6 visits I did not get a flash pass..
The food is excellent and very reasonable, actually cheaper than a fast food restaurant but much better. My favorites are the Chef Salad, Taco Salad, and the Turkey and Spinach 9-Grain Wheat Sandwich. The only thing lacking is that there is not a very big selection of drinks like at Six Flags.
I'll come back to SW on Friday unless I go to six Flags Over Texas instead.
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Re: SeaWorld San Antonio Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:38 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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Site plan for Sea World San Diego's new habitat. Others should be similar.
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Re: SeaWorld San Antonio Discussion Thread

Postby colinx » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:23 am

Just confirmed San Antonio will finally be getting the much needed love on the SeaWorld side of the park.

- A new Sea Lion show
- New Sea Lion habitat (MUCH NEEDED)
- New coastal themed dolphin habitat (probably like Dolphin cove at SWO and SWSD)
They also claim there will be new ways to interact with the dolphins.
- New Restaurants

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Postby colinx » Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:42 pm

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:44 am


The Cannery Row Caper will close on September 1st, 2014 to make way for a new Clyde and Seamore show in 2015!
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Re: SeaWorld San Antonio Discussion Thread

Postby Mrlittle » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:33 am

Totally forgot to post about my visit to Howl O Scream this last Saturday. Yep, the step child Seaworld has a HOS event. They added a new house this year and now have 5 houses, 4 scare zones and 3 bars (one with hot nurses). They definitely made major improvements to the event this year over last year. I think they might be a house or two away from being on par with the other HOS events. They also really need to add a show besides Shamu. Overall, it's a great event and recommend paying for front of the line pass if you go (just $20). Here a few photos I took.
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Steel Eel delivers major airtime

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Laura has a new bf

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I love how they convert the family park for scare zones

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Hot!!

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Checking out one of the new bars

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More alcohol

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Haunted houses + coasters + alcohol = Fun night
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Re: SeaWorld San Antonio Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:48 am

^Awesome, I totally forgot that SeaWorld San Antonio does a Halloscreams event. Looks like a lot of fun.

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