It’s even easier to sell and book SeaWorld vacations for clients now with extended dates for SeaWorld’s Canadian Resident Pricing.
The popular deal is now available through April 30, 2019 for SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island Tampa Bay, including new dining options for the company’s one and two-park offers. To purchase go to seaworldparks.com.
What’s new for the parks in 2018? Three major attractions opened this year, including Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando’s Ray Rush and SeaWorld San Diego’s Electric Eel.
Infinity Falls, with its roaring rapids, soaking fountains and a record-setting 40-foot waterfall drop, is a family-friendly white-water rafting attraction boasting a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s freshwater ecosystems.
There are dynamic drops and turns and interactive water elements via eight-passenger circular rafts, all designed to allow guests to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride also features an elevator lift, to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop.
It’s the first attraction at SeaWorld to tell a story beyond the ocean – and share a message of water conservation through the adventure of a white-water river expedition.
Meanwhile a brand new family raft slide has officially splashed down at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Ray Rush is a fully-loaded water adventure, nearly 60 feet tall, that combines three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica.
First, riders are launched with powerful water jets designed to propel the rafts into the first of several enclosed tube sections. Next, they enter a giant translucent sphere, rocking back and forth as waves of water swirl around them. Finally riders drop into the attraction’s signature element, an open-air halfpipe that resembles the shape of a manta ray.
San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with loops, twists and airtime debuted earlier this year at SeaWorld San Diego. Featuring multiple-launch experiences, Electric Eel propels riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 95 kilometres per hour in seconds. Riders then rocket skyward nearly 150 feet where they brave an inverted ‘heartline’ roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as riders crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station.
Complementing the Electric Eel roller coaster is a hypnotic live eel habitat featuring a collection of moray eels. The Electric Eel attraction area also features an interactive educational experience called Mission: Deep Discovery.
There’s a lot more awareness in recent years of SeaWorld’s conservation work. But even the most dedicated SeaWorld fan – or SeaWorld-selling agent – might not realize just how committed SeaWorld is to helping animals across the globe. It’s the company’s mission and SeaWorld says it wants to inspire others to take action and join in its efforts to help save animals and the places they call home.
It’s all part of SeaWorld’s ‘Park to Planet’ ethos, and it’s a driving force behind everything the company does.
“Every day, SeaWorld educates and excites park guests, creating meaningful experiences,” says Travis Claytor, Corporate Director, Communications for SeaWorld Parks.
SeaWorld has been a global leader in marine animal care and welfare, education, conservation, research and rescue for more than five decades. In those years SeaWorld has rescued more than 33,000 animals in need including those that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned.
Not surprisingly, the SeaWorld rescue team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year, giving animals – many of them threatened or endangered – a second chance at life. And SeaWorld’s Animal Health and Rescue Center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to provide the best possible care for ill or injured wildlife.
While there’s never a slow week for rescue efforts, this year’s particularly powerful Karenia brevis algae bloom – better known as red tide – has kept the team in high gear.
The Sunshine State’s beloved Florida manatees are herbivores and algae eaters and that makes them particularly vulnerable to red tide.
The first manatee impacted by red tide arrived at SeaWorld in May. Working together with partners including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and as part of the Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership, SeaWorld’s critical care facility has taken in 15 red tide-affected manatees to date, while readying supplies and equipment for red tide related rescues and treatment in the coming months. Thirteen of those red tide manatees have survived thanks to their efforts.
Throughout 2018 SeaWorld has helped rescued and cared for 64 manatees. It’s the highest number of manatee rescues ever in a single year – and there are still months to go.
SeaWorld Orlando has also helped close to 2,000 sea turtles over the past 30 years. Last February, the Orlando rescue team returned 17 rehabilitated, endangered sea turtles to the Atlantic Ocean.
SeaWorld is taking action in other ways too. Starting in 2011 SeaWorld eliminated the use of plastic shopping bags in the park’s gift shops. The company also recently announced the removal of all single-use plastic drinking straws and coffee stirrers.
SeaWorld is also continuing to invest in more renewable energy, such as the recently launched solar array at Aquatica San Diego, which is expected to generate 80 to 90% of its power from solar energy. SeaWorld also lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by 9% from 2014 to 2017 and improved recycling of waste materials by more than 50% over the same period.
There’s also SeaWorld and Busch Gardens’ education programs, along with its shark conservation partnership with marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey and a partnership with OCEARCH.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is a non -profit organization that supports wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue and conservation education around the world. Since its creation in 2003, the Fund has granted more than $16.5 million to more than 1,250 projects on all seven continents across the globe.
SeaWorld is all-in with conservation and going strong. For more details on how SeaWorld works with the trade see seaworldparks.com/travelagents.