SeaWorld Orlando Offers Sneak Peek of its Future Before One Ocean Show
Yesterday (February 1, 2017) we made a casual visit to SeaWorld Orlando. No media event, no special invite, no party, just a random visit to enjoy the park.
Normally, we’re at the parks doing media coverage, so this was a really nice relaxing day to stroll through the park at our own leisure. SeaWorld is one of our favorite parks to visit, so we really appreciated the casual day.
After riding MAKO a few times, we did a walk-through of the re-imagined shark encounter exhibit. The park went above and beyond with attention to detail in this exhibit. It does a very good job of creating a fun atmosphere while still providing education about sharks.
While we were there enjoying the rides, shows, and animals, we also took the opportunity to use our Pass Member Dining Plan. In 2017, SeaWorld debuted a new $79 Season Dining Plan for Pass Members.
For a late lunch, we used our Pass Member Dining Plan. There’s lots of dining locations to choose from to ensure that there’s a variety of meal options for everyone. The two of us each have our own dining plan. Each dining plan meal included an entrée, 1 side OR 1 dessert, and 1 regular size non-alcoholic beverage. Without the Dining Plan, the cost would have been around $39.00.
And of course, no visit to SeaWorld is complete without saying hello to the penguins! The open air penguin habitat makes for an incredible encounter!
We decided to stay for One Ocean, the parks signature show. Before the show started, the park showed a little sneak peek into the future of SeaWorld Orlando. Check it out!
SeaWorld is currently in the midst of taking the company in a completely new direction for its future. SeaWorld Entertainment has made some major changes such as ending the Orca breeding program, ending killer whale shows, ending public dolphin feedings, and also making significant moves within its upper management. Many viewed the new direction as “the right thing to do”, especially activists who have been pushing for SeaWorld to permanently close their parks after the Blackfish film debuted.
Part of the new plan is to add new rides and roller coasters to its parks. In 2016 SeaWorld Orlando debuted a shark themed roller coaster called MAKO. In 2017, 2018, and beyond, they will continue to open new coasters in their parks. The company also launched its SeaWorld Cares website offering an inside look at their Research and Rescue programs.
It seems the park is following through with the requests of many activists for some rapid changes to its sea life and park operations. Do you agree with the changes? Let us know on our socials or in the comments below.
For tickets and more information, visit the official SeaWorld website by clicking here.
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