July 24, 2013 |
There is a kind of denial we cling to when it comes to wild creatures in captivity. As if the smiling, performing orcas of SeaWorld are content to trade freedom for fish and applause. "Blackfish," director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's excellent new documentary, should change that. The film's focus is on SeaWorld's Tilikum, whose attack on veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau led to her horrific death in front of a theme-park audience (most of that footage isn't shown). SeaWorld representatives, who declined Cowperthwaite's interview overtures, have slammed the finished film as inaccurate and misleading.
August 4, 2013
Re "End the killer whale circus," Editorial, Aug. 1 Thank you so much for the editorial about the documentary "Blackfish. " I saw this documentary last week in Hollywood about Tilikum, the orca responsible for the death of a trainer at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., in 2010. Not only were some of the ex-SeaWorld trainers crying over the treatment of the whales, but they told of how the mother whales shrieked when their calves were taken from them and shipped to other parks. I would say the marine parks have a lot to answer for, as they misrepresent the lives of the whales in captivity (which, by the way, live longer in the wild)
June 27, 2012 |
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
March 28, 2012 |
Real Madrid plans to open a $1 billion soccer-centric theme park on a United Arab Emirates man-made island in January 2015 that celebrates the history, triumphs and hubris of the richest football club in the world. PHOTOS: Real Madrid Resort Island in the Middle East The 100-acre Real Madrid Resort Island will feature a roller coaster that extends out over the water, a SeaWorld-style dolphin show and a hologram soccer movie inside a climate-controlled theme park.
July 31, 2013 |
The weekday matinee showing of “Blackfish” drew about 30 paying customers in a theater with seats for 250. Mainly older couples, though there was a trio of brawny guys, so big they seemed unlikely to fit into a single seat each, wearing muscle shirts that showed off the tattoos that thoroughly covered their arms, and joking nonstop. Not the likeliest audience for a documentary about captive whales, screening in an art cinema. Critics almost uniformly praised the film about captive killer whales and the trainers they have injured and, a few times, killed.
November 30, 2008
Scott Martelle's article ["Seeing Green in San Diego," Nov. 23] leaves the erroneous impression that the city's public transit consists solely of trolleys. In fact, the three trolley lines are integrated with an extensive bus system, and day passes access both. Frequent buses to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld connect with trolley stations throughout downtown, at the Amtrak depot and in Old Town. Tourists can reach all key attractions easily without needing a car. David Smollar San Diego
August 5, 2011 |
The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Florida's amusement park belt has opened a new pool play area with water slides, water jets and a water windmill designed for kids, and the hotel has lowered rates to $89 a night for families. The deal: The Splash & Stay package includes a standard room that sleeps up to two adults and two children. It also includes a free breakfast for kids 12 and younger with each adult meal. To get this deal use the promo code "SUM" when making a reservation.
March 12, 2013 |
A $12-million roller coaster at a Scandinavian theme park will take riders on an off-road trek aboard all-terrain vehicles through a Mayan jungle in search of lost treasure. Photos: Juvelen launch coaster at Djurs Sommerland The dual-launch coaster themed to look like 4x4 quads is set to debut May 4 at Djurs Sommerland in Denmark. Juvelen, Danish for jewel, will take coaster riders on a four-wheeler journey in a hunt for lost gemstones. Reaching speeds of 50 mph along 3,330 feet of track, the ATV-style coaster trains will travel through a jungle setting dotted with waterfalls, stone totems and Mayan temples.
July 6, 2012 |
The two Alaskan fishermen had stopped to examine a bald eagle when they noticed something sleek and gray in the Bristol Bay surf: a baby beluga whale in the shallows, faintly whistling and clicking. The whale, already dehydrated and disoriented, soon swam away, but then circled back to shore. The fishermen began making phone calls. In almost no time, marine specialists raced in. The Alaska SeaLife Center - a research and rehabilitation organization - grounded local flights, then settled the whale calf on an air mattress, draped him in wet towels and airlifted him toward safety.