April 22, 2001
The "Orlando Magicard" is a discount card good at more than 60 hotels, 13 attractions, six golf courses, three rental car companies and other sites in the Orlando, Fla., area. Savings range from $2.50 per person at SeaWorld Orlando and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to $50 or more per hotel room versus published rates. (Be sure to check whether AAA or other programs give you similar or better savings.) Contact the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc., tel.
June 11, 2000
Will people pay $179 a day to hang out at artificial beaches, frolic with dolphins, snorkel in a faux reef and swim in a "jungle" river? The answer seems to be yes. Discovery Cove, a 30-acre "tropical paradise" theme park across the road from Florida's SeaWorld Orlando, is "virtually sold out" for July and August--and it hasn't even opened, spokesman Dan Dipiazzo said last week. The park is to debut July 1. Operated by St. Louis-based Busch Entertainment Corp.
March 17, 2010 |
Neuroscientist Lori Marino and a team of researchers explored the brain of a dead killer whale with an MRI and found an astounding potential for intelligence. Killer whales, or orcas, have the second-biggest brains among ocean mammals, weighing as much as 15 pounds. It's not clear whether orcas are as well-endowed with memory cells as humans, but scientists have found they are amazingly well-wired for sensing and analyzing their watery environment. Scientists are trying to better understand how killer whales learn local dialects, teach one another specialized methods of hunting and pass on behaviors that can persist for generations -- longer, possibly, than in any other species except humans.
October 27, 2006 |
A manatee that took a swim 700 miles up the Mississippi River eluded a rescue team that hoped to return the animal to the sea. The manatee, about 8 feet long and 1,000 pounds, has been hanging around since at least Sunday in a three-mile channel along the Memphis riverfront. "It's never been recorded before this far up the Mississippi," said Pedro Ramos, a rescue team leader from SeaWorld of Orlando.
May 9, 2011 |
SeaWorld San Diego is set to launch a new killer whale show May 27 following the death last year of an animal trainer in Orlando, Fla., that forced a complete reworking of the marine park's signature Shamu attraction. Photos : 'One Ocean' killer whale show at Sea World San Diego The conservation-themed " One Ocean " show will feature dancing fountains, underwater imagery and orcas performing in unison against a new backdrop of giant LCD screens surrounding a tie-dye colored whale fluke.
January 25, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - It was Samantha Berg's dream job: swimming with orcas. But with only a bachelor's degree in animal science from Cornell University and no hands-on experience with whales, the then-22-year-old assumed she was not qualified to perform stunts in a SeaWorld pool with the powerful 8,000-pound animals. Still, she decided to send her résumé to marine parks nationwide in the hopes that she might land a low-level gig and learn more about sea life. To her surprise, she was called in for an audition at SeaWorld's Orlando park, which asked her to prove her physical acumen by diving 25 feet underwater, picking up a weight, returning to the surface, carrying heavy fish buckets and then jumping up on stage even as she was struggling for breath.
February 3, 2011 |
SeaWorld trainers won't return to "water work" with killer whales in the new 2011 Shamu show after the death of an animal trainer forced a complete reworking of the marine park's signature attraction, SeaWorld officials said. " One Ocean " will replace the 5-year-old " Believe " killer-whale show at SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. (in April), San Diego (on Memorial Day weekend) and San Antonio (in June). SeaWorld pulled all trainers out of its orca pools after the February 2010, death of Dawn Brancheau , a SeaWorld Orlando trainer who was killed by a 6-ton orca named Tilikum.
April 13, 2000 |
Kids grow up fast, but nowhere faster than at the Magic Kingdom. Starting this week at Disneyland, adulthood begins at 10--at least as far as ticket prices go. Early this year, the park boosted the entrance fee by $2, and children ages 3 through 11 had to pay $31 to get in. But now, 10- and 11-year-olds must pay the $41 adult fare. Company officials justify the change by saying kids in that age bracket typically enjoy the full range of rides, as adults do.
December 1, 2010 |
With 14 rides, including eight roller coasters, the proposed Orlando Thrill Park hopes to cater to enthusiasts underserved by Florida's theme parks. Photo gallery : View the 14 proposed Orlando Thrill Park rides Scheduled to open in summer 2013, the proposed amusement park would include rides from several manufacturers, including Intamin , Vekoma , Chance Morgan , Mack , S&S Power , U.S. ThrillRides and Mondial , according to Chuck Bell, spokesman for the Orlando Thrill Park.
January 9, 2012 |
The Polar X-Plorer roller coaster at Legoland Billund in Denmark will take riders around a snowcapped mountain and under a frozen waterfall before sending them crashing through an ice-covered lake. PHOTOS: Polar X-Plorer roller coaster at Denmark's Legoland Billund Themed to look like a ski mobile, the free-fall drop coaster will serve as the centerpiece of a new $13-million Polar Land themed area set to debut at the theme park in May. The 70-foot-tall Zierer family coaster will reach a top speed of 40 mph as riders navigate high-banked turns and camelback hills while zipping past Arctic animals built with Lego bricks.