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January 10, 2010
SeaWorld San Diego, home to Shamu the killer whale and other entertaining marine creatures, has a killer deal: Get a two-year annual pass for the price of one. Even if you visit only once a year, you'll save money because the pass costs $109, and regular admission to the San Diego theme park is $69 per day for adults and $59 for kids ages 3 to 9 (free for younger guests). The deal: The "Pay for a Year, Get a 2nd Year Free" offer is just what it says: You pay $109 for an annual SeaWorld San Diego Silver Pass and get a second year free.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The county Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to oppose any attempt by the state Legislature to "eliminate or restrict the use of orcas at SeaWorld . " A legislative committee last week delayed a vote on a bill that would end orca shows at SeaWorld San Diego. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), was sent out for "interim study," an ill-defined process that could last 18 months. The county board alerted the chief administrative officer to be ready to oppose any attempt to reintroduce the Bloom bill or any other bill to curtail the killer whale shows.
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NEWS
January 11, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SeaWorld San Diego plans to unveil a $10 million-plus manta-themed ride and animal exhibit for 2012, according to construction documents. The marine park had been keeping the project under wraps until Web snoops discovered an online bid invitation for a " Sea World Manta Exhibit & Ride Attraction 2012 " posted to the McGraw-Hill Construction website. The bid request seeks a general contractor for a "recreational" construction project built from "structural steel" in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of a citation issued in 2012 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after its investigation into the 2010 drowning death of a trainer at the SeaWorld park in Orlando, Fla. In court documents, SeaWorld had argued that proximity of the trainers to the killer whales was central to the appeal of the orca shows and without that proximity the shows would lose popularity.
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
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A state legislator from Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would prohibit orca shows at SeaWorld in San Diego. The bill by Assemblyman Richard Hershel Bloom, a Democrat, would make it illegal to use orcas "for performance or entertainment purposes. " It would also ban captive breeding done at SeaWorld of orcas, also known as killer whales. The bill is supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and is prompted by the documentary "Blackfish," which was highly critical of the use of orcas at SeaWorld parks and centered on the death of a trainer at the park in Orlando, Fla. As state legislation, the bill would only apply to the San Diego park, the only park in the state with orca shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1998 | CORRINE FLOCKEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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 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.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
I was overjoyed when I first heard SeaWorld San Diego was going to build an Aquatica water park. The original Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida was an instant success, setting a new standard for excellence and excess in the water park industry when it opened in 2008. Today, Aquatica Orlando's combination of one-of-a-kind water slides and up-close animal interactions attracts 1.5 million visitors per year, making it one of the Top 10 water parks in the world . Photos: SeaWorld San Diego's Aquatica water park After a preview visit on Thursday, it pains me to say all Aquaticas are not created equal.
OPINION
September 13, 2006
Re "Boom May Be Lowered on Offshore Fireworks," Sept. 9 SeaWorld San Diego has accepted that it might have overdone its fireworks shows and has stopped them. This should have ended this fight. No such luck. The environmental group that's against all this fun wants us to give up watching any fireworks shows near a beach. What's next, doing away with celebrating the Fourth of July? It's time to stop all this nonsense. RON SALMONS Pacific Palisades
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | Tony Perry
Putting the brakes on a controversial bill to ban killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego, an Assembly committee Tuesday called for additional study that could take at least 18 months. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, one of the bill's sponsors, said she was disappointed by the move but pleased at the idea of more study -- although it remained unclear how the study would be conducted. John Reilly, president of SeaWorld San Diego, said he doubted a compromise is possible with people backing the bill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
An Assembly committee Tuesday called for additional research on a bill that would end killer whale shows at SeaWorld San Diego. Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), chairman of the Parks, Water and Wildlife Committee, said the issue of killer whales in captivity is too complex to be decided after a hearing of less than two hours. The panel's action, called sending a bill to "interim study," triggers a process that will last until at least mid-2015, Rendon said. The action did not require a vote.
OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The lives of captive killer whales are nothing like those of their wild counterparts. Instead of roaming for miles every day in close-knit family groups, captive whales perform for audiences in tanks that, though roomier than those of early marine parks, are far too small for such large ocean predators. In the wild, killer whales have not been known to kill humans or one another. The same cannot be said for the whales in amusement parks around the world, even though they represent only about a tenth of a percent of the numbers in the wild.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A bill by a Santa Monica assemblyman that would ban orca shows at SeaWorld is being blasted in San Diego, home of the marine theme park. SeaWorld expressed doubt about the legality of the legislation. "The premise behind this proposed legislation is severely flawed on multiple levels, and its validity is highly questionable under the U.S. and California constitutions," the park said in a statement. Others said the ban would hurt the local economy. "SeaWorld is a critical part of San Diego's economy," said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican who made job growth a key part of his recent campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A state legislator from Santa Monica is introducing a bill that would prohibit orca shows at SeaWorld in San Diego. The bill by Assemblyman Richard Hershel Bloom, a Democrat, would make it illegal to use orcas "for performance or entertainment purposes. " It would also ban captive breeding done at SeaWorld of orcas, also known as killer whales. The bill is supported by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and is prompted by the documentary "Blackfish," which was highly critical of the use of orcas at SeaWorld parks and centered on the death of a trainer at the park in Orlando, Fla. As state legislation, the bill would only apply to the San Diego park, the only park in the state with orca shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
Crediting “Blackfish” with opening his eyes to the plight of captive killer whales, a California lawmaker is proposing tough new legislation aimed at protecting orcas. On Friday, Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D - Santa Monica), introduced a measure that would ban the import and export of killer whales in California, as well as the artificial insemination of captive orcas. It would become illegal to  “hold in captivity, or use, a wild-caught or captive-bred orca for performance or entertainment purposes"; violaters would face up to six months in jail and/or be fined up to $100,000.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
SeaWorld's Aquatica will introduce an innovative hybrid concept to San Diego on June 1 that combines a marine park with a water park, allowing visitors to interact with animals like dolphins, stingrays and flamingos as they zip down water slides. > Photos: SeaWorld San Diego's Aquatica water park SeaWorld San Diego purchased Knott's Soak City in Chula Vista from the parent company of Knott's Berry Farm for $15 million and plans an extensive renovation of the separate-admission water park about 20 miles south of the marine park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of a citation issued in 2012 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after its investigation into the 2010 drowning death of a trainer at the SeaWorld park in Orlando, Fla. In court documents, SeaWorld had argued that proximity of the trainers to the killer whales was central to the appeal of the orca shows and without that proximity the shows would lose popularity.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Attendance at SeaWorld parks across the country has dropped 6% in the first half of the year, but is the decline due to bad publicity or bad weather? SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has endured some harsh publicity lately with the debut this summer of "Blackfish," a documentary about the treatment of orca whales in captivity. In its latest financial report, SeaWorld Entertainment reported attendance of 10.1 million in its 11 parks in the first half of the year, down from 10.7 million in the same period in 2012.
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