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.
July 17, 2013 |
The first of 10 theme parks planned for a 2,000-acre resort billed as the "Orlando of China" is expected to open in late 2013 after three years of construction. The $2-billion marine-based Chimelong Ocean Kingdom theme park on Hengqin Island in China is to be connected by bridge to Macau and by ferry to Hong Kong. Chimelong Group already operates a resort about 75 miles northwest of Hong Kong, in Guangzhou, that includes the Chimelong Paradise theme park as well as a safari park, water park, crocodile farm and hotels.
June 6, 2013 |
Make a splash at SeaWorld this month with a $338 vacation package at San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa that includes a stay in a bungalow-style hotel room and two adult tickets to the park. Paradise Point, just across the street from SeaWorld, includes breakfast, parking and a water taxi ride in the package. The deal: Book your trip by June 30 for a stay in June, July or August. The discount is 20% off the regular rate of $423 for a Lanai Garden Room. Other savings include two adult tickets to SeaWorld ($156 value)
June 2, 2013 |
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.
April 30, 2013 |
By now, everybody knows what to expect from your standard-issue ho-hum water park: body and tube slide complexes with funnels and bowls, deluge-inducing water play towers for the little ones, undulating wave pools and relaxing lazy rivers. Photos: 20 best water parks in the world Pretty much everything you typically find at a Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a Great Wolf Lodge resort or any Wet 'n Wild. The best water parks in the world, however, have been busy adding the latest cutting-edge attractions, such as magnetically propelled water coasters, inverted looping slides, stationary wave machines and interactive water games.
April 18, 2013 |
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., the theme park chain owned by Blackstone Group, priced its shares at the top of the marketed range and raised $702 million in its initial public offering. SeaWorld sold 26 million shares at $27 each, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News. The shares, which represent 28% of the outstanding stock, will start trading Friday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SEAS. At the offering price, SeaWorld's market value is about $2.5 billion. The Orlando, Fla., company operates 11 theme parks, including two under the Busch Gardens brand.
April 9, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
December 27, 2012 |
There is something fishy about this IPO. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and its killer whales are going public, filing for an initial public offering that could raise $100 million. The theme park company, famous for using the orca Shamu as a performer, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it hopes to trade under the ticker symbol SEAS. But it didn't say much else - not what exchange would host its stock, how many shares will be up for grabs, the expected share price or when they'll be offered.