December 12, 2013 |
"You stay classy, San Diego" is the most-quoted line from fictional San Diego news anchorman Ron Burgundy in the 2004 film "Anchorman: The Ron Burgundy Legend. " What places in the city evoke Will Ferrell's over-the-top character, who returns this month in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"? There are some touchstones if you know where to look, but, unlike Burgundy, they're subtle. Candice Eley, public relations manager for the San Diego Tourism Authority , says people do associate the destination with Ron Burgundy.
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December 3, 2013 |
Animal-rights activists dressed as orcas will be protesting Wednesday at two Colorado Boulevard intersections in Pasadena over the design of the SeaWorld float for the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Eight people in whale costumes will post themselves at Colorado's intersections with Fair Oaks Avenue and De Lacey Avenue at noon, said David Perle, a PETA spokesman. The design for the SeaWorld-sponsored float -- called Sea of Surprises, which is to be built by Fiesta Parade Floats -- features a snorkeler, whales, a sea turtle and brightly colored reef.
August 29, 2013 |
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 mistreatment of orca whales in captivity, particularly at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. 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.
August 29, 2013 |
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 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.