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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.
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.
May 9, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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 | 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.
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.
February 3, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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 | E. Scott Reckard
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 9, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SeaWorld marine parks will launch a new killer-whale show in spring 2011 as it attempts to move beyond the death of an animal trainer that forced a complete reworking of the current Shamu show. The as-yet-unnamed Shamu show , according to the Orlando Sentinel, will replace the 5-year-old " Believe " as the signature attraction at SeaWorld parks in San Diego ; Orlando, Fla.; and San Antonio. Thematic details of the new show are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
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.
It may be Southern California's perfect poster mammal--even though it's an import. The Florida manatee, that endangered denizen of the Sunshine State, demonstrates so many SoCal behaviors that if you put a pair of Jams on it, out-of-staters might mistake it for a native. Visitors to SeaWorld San Diego can get a peek at the endearing "sea cow" at the park's new educational Manatee Rescue, the only exhibit of the Florida manatee outside its home state.
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