Explore SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s worlds of discoverymihost
[b]Explore SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s worlds of discovery[/b]
In Florida, visitors discover five parks, five different experiences
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment welcomes visitors to explore its worlds of discovery. Whether experiencing the force and power of the sea with up-close animal encounters and shows at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego, braving the world’s best roller coasters at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va., swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove, slipping and sliding at waterparks Aquatica, Adventure Island and Water Country USA or sharing in the spirit of imagination at Sesame Place in Pa., each of the company’s 10 theme parks reconnect families and create memories that will last a lifetime.
“Guests know that a visit to any of our parks brings them closer to the world we share,” says Jim Atchison, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment president and chief operating officer. “It’s our culture and our heritage to present quality entertainment and thrills, support conservation efforts and offer guests a real sense of discovery and learning.”
Five of the company’s 10 parks are located in Florida, a vacation and theme park hot spot, offering the state’s residents and visitors alike a single destination for thrills and adventure.
“All our parks offer friends and families the opportunity to come together, to celebrate, connect and care,” says Dan Brown, SeaWorld Orlando park president, “But nowhere else in the world can you find such a unique and diverse blend of entertainment than at our parks in Florida. Between SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove in Orlando, and Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa Bay, the adventures are unequaled in Orlando.”
[b]Orlando’s showcase parks[/b]
SeaWorld Orlando immerses guests in the mysteries of the sea through up-close animal encounters, world-class attractions and thrill rides, and unforgettable performances. Whether coming face-to-face with Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving the world’s most incredible thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories. Sure to top Orlando’s must-see list again this summer is Manta, an all-new flying roller coaster and the only one of its kind in the world. It’s a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride. Once the sun sets SeaWorld AfterDark transforms daytime favorites into nighttime spectacles with a high-energy Shamu show, a hilarious sea lion show and a mystifying fireworks finale.
Aquatica is SeaWorld’s one-of-a-kind waterpark. Inspired by a whimsical take on the South Seas, Aquatica immerses guests in the playfulness of the sea, taking them in, over and under the water with the world’s most unique water rides and animal encounters. Aquatica mixes animals, waters from serene to extreme, high speed waterslide thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a day of non-stop fun. And, Aquatica’s all-new Omaka Rocka, is a waterslide taste of half-pipe, near-vertical thrills previously experienced only by daring skateboarders and snowboarders. Riders speed down flumes into massive funnels, sliding high up one side and then the other, rocking back and forth, feeling a sensation of near weightlessness.
Discovery Cove is where swim-with-dolphins dreams come true. A day at this secluded getaway is an all-inclusive tropical adventure with one-of-a-kind opportunities to swim with dolphins, relax on pristine sand beaches, snorkel in crystal waters teeming with rays and tropical fish, and hand-feed exotic. Discovery Cove is a hideaway of adventure, where guests can choose between encounters and relaxation at every turn.
[b]In nearby Tampa[/b]
Busch Gardens and Adventure Island round out SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s five Florida parks.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is where the unexpected comes together with an unparalleled combination of thrilling rides, world-class live shows and one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 2,500 animals. New is Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a family-friendly African adventure filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun and plenty of memorable adventures, plus everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. And at Jungala, guests can come face-to-face with orangutans, test their strength against a Bengal tiger, explore a three-story play land of climbing nets, mazes and tunnels, and soar above the treetops on a zip line adventure. This summer, stay for the encore every night at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights, June 11 through Aug. 15. New in 2010, Kinetix explodes onto the stage in Gwazi Park each night. Ride thrilling coasters in the dark and enjoy a street-party atmosphere.
Adventure Island, across the street from Busch Gardens, is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed waterslide thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.
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The five one-of-a-kind theme parks located in Central Florida create an unprecedented variety of experiences not available anywhere else. With only an hour’s drive between SeaWorld in Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, the parks’ experiences –- from the thrills of the world’s oceans to the mysteries found on an African adventure — perfectly complement each other to create an unbelievable vacation experience.
Vacationers will find that planning an adventure at the parks is made simple by going to just one place, SeaWorld.com
Across the nation, other worlds to discover
[b]SeaWorld San Diego[/b]
The original SeaWorld, first opened in 1964. Located on beautiful Mission Bay, the park began on 22 acres and in 46 years expanded to nearly 200 acres. SeaWorld San Diego has a ton of fun planned for 2010 and a reason for every season to visit the marine-life park. From live concerts and fireworks, to seasonal shows and holiday festivities, there’s a whale-sized list of reasons to come back again and again. New in 2010 is a spectacular show, Blue Horizons that centers on Marina, a young girl whose vivid imagination sets the stage for an extravaganza of graceful dolphins, magnificent pilot whales and a rainbow of exotic birds. A favorite at SeaWorld’s sister park in Orlando since 2005, Blue Horizons is scheduled to open May 29 at the park’s completely renovated Dolphin Stadium.
[b]SeaWorld San Antonio[/b]
Opened in 1988, the largest of the SeaWorld parks spills across 250 acres of Texas hill country. New to SeaWorld San Antonio this year is Azul: Lure of the Sea. This magnificent new show is a journey beyond, to a place where beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, colorful birds and human acrobats come together in a celebration of sea and sky. This summer, guests will be amazed with the all-new show, Shamu Rocks that couples electrifying music and special effects with amazing killer whale behaviors in a nighttime, fun filled, splash spectacular, June 4 – August 8. Get ready for even more water fun in May with Sidewinders, a new multi-flume water slide in SeaWorld San Antonio’s Lost Lagoon water park. Two additional new slides offer guests an exciting descent into a bowl to experience a number of revolutions and exiting descent from the center of the bowl into an enclosed slide before reaching the run-out.
[b]Busch Gardens Williamsburg[/b]
Featuring one of the world’s most incredible collections of thrill rides, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been named the world’s most beautiful theme park for 20 consecutive years. In 2010, Busch Gardens offers guests a line-up of events, concerts, a new Irish show and a brand new family thrill ride, “Europe in the Air,” a motion simulator that takes guests on an unforgettable journey through some of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Summer, fall and winter are packed full of excitement with a nighttime light show production, “IllumiNights: A Busch Gardens Encore,” “Howl-O-Scream,” celebrating all things Halloween, and “Christmas Town,” the newest holiday spectacular that transforms the European-themed park into winter wonderland.
[b]Water Country USA[/b]
As the mid-Atlantic’s largest water park, Water Country USA offers 43 acres of pools, children’s play areas, lazy rivers and water rides. The park has planned a summer full of special events and promotions including a brand new show and a cabana style beach party. Families will have a blast at “Rock ‘n’ Roll Island,” featuring nearly 600 feet of body slides, a 700-foot lazy river and a 9,000-square-foot pool all set to a 1950’s and 60’s surf theme. For guests who want to relax, catch the park’s new show called “AQUABATICS!” or enjoy one of the park’s 1,500 free lounge chairs and 16 private cabanas for rent.
Celebrate all season long as 2010 marks the 30th birthday of Sesame Place, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show Sesame Street. Ideal for families with young children, it is the place where parents and children can share in the spirit of imagination and experience Sesame Street together through whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows and furry friends. Located just 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes south of New York City, Sesame Place is the place for kids and the kid in all of us.
Go to SeaWorld.com to find out more.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.
The 10 parks play host to 25 million guests each year and employ 26,000 people nationwide. To learn more, visit www.SeaWorldParksandEntertainment.com or call toll-free 1-888-800-5447. Additionally, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment created the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a non-profit, private charitable foundation committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, research, education and animal rescue programs worldwide. Learn more at SWBG-ConservationFund.org.