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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.
September 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The City Council is reviewing the amount of rent SeaWorld pays to the city, with an eye toward raising it because new attractions have made the property more valuable. "There needs to be a rent increase, absolutely," said Councilwoman Donna Frye, whose district includes SeaWorld. The theme park paid $7.15 million in the last fiscal year to lease a 189.9-acre portion of Mission Bay Park from the city. SeaWorld must pay a minimum rent of $5,130,612 regardless of its gross sales.
July 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A naked man found dead on the back of a killer whale in a tank at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida was a drifter who apparently drowned after going for a swim, police said. The dead man was identified as Daniel Dukes, 27, who had listed his address as a Hare Krishna Temple in Miami. An autopsy was expected to show he drowned. "There was no foul play or anything sinister on his part," an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said.
July 26, 1998
New this summer are two-hour, behind-the-scenes tours of SeaWorld in San Diego that let you feed and touch dolphins, sea turtles, penguins and other animals. Spotlight Tours begin at 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They are limited to the first 20 people who sign up, starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the tour; there are no advance reservations. The cost is $22 adults, $18 children 3 to 11, free under 3. This is in addition to the SeaWorld admission price of $35.95 adults and $26.
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.
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.
April 9, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Shamu plans to soak Wall Street with a greater splash than previously thought. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. - the company known for its performing killer whale - could raise $540 million in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. That's $440 million more than its initial filing in December showed, and $40 million larger than a filing Monday. Now, the theme park company said it plans to offer 20 million shares priced between $24 and $27, according to a Tuesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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 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.
February 9, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SeaWorld San Diego will add a $10 million-plus roller coaster in 2012 that marks the U.S. debut of a highly anticipated prototype ride. Paired with a 100,000-gallon aquarium and outdoor ray pool, the Manta coaster will be in a relatively unused back corner of the marine park near the Skyride and Flamingo Cove, SeaWorld officials said. The 30-foot-tall Manta will feature dual launch zones, a 54-foot drop into a subterranean trench and a dramatic wing dip into a shallow lake over a 2,800-foot-long track.
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