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.
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.
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.
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.
July 7, 2013 |
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.
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.
February 28, 2010 |
Hundreds of patrons packed into Shamu Stadium on Saturday for the return of SeaWorld Orlando's "Believe" show, three days after a killer whale dragged a veteran animal trainer underwater to her death. Despite a morning drizzle, visitors stood in line for two hours beginning at 9 a.m. to see the first performance. The show featured a tribute to Dawn Brancheau, who drowned Wednesday after the orca Tilikum yanked her by her ponytail and pulled her underwater. Billy Grady and his family, tourists from Georgia, returned to the park to see the show after it was canceled Friday.
July 19, 2013 |
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.