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January 9, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
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NATIONAL
March 25, 2010 | By Sarah Lundy
For now, video and photos that depict the death of a SeaWorld Orlando trainer during an encounter with a killer whale will remain out of the public's eye. But the media and attorneys for veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau told a judge Wednesday that they were willing to negotiate an agreement regarding access to the material. In order to reach a resolution, they asked Orange Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Kirkwood for an extension in the temporary restraining order he granted last week, which prevents the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Medical Examiner's Office from releasing the images.
NEWS
January 24, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SeaWorld San Diego will add a manta ray-themed family roller coaster on May 26 that marks the U.S. debut of a highly anticipated prototype ride. PHOTOS: Manta roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego Paired with a 100,000-gallon aquarium and outdoor ray pool, the Manta coaster will twist and turn over low terrain in the relatively unused back corner of the marine park near the Skyride and Flamingo Cove, SeaWorld officials said....
NEWS
July 24, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2014, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
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.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
The new documentary "Blackfish" opens with footage of a killer whale and a human being beneath the water's surface. As their forms become entangled, it looks as if they are involved in some kind of struggle, and the moment grows increasingly ominous. Suddenly the animal charges at the human. As the image cuts to above the water, the human is spectacularly launched into the air - in what turns out to be a dynamic move in a marine park show. Things are not as they first seemed. The riveting film examines the treatment of killer whales at SeaWorld parks by focusing on Tilikum, a 6-ton, 22-foot animal that has been involved in three deaths, including the February 2010 incident in which he killed trainer Dawn Brancheau.
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