SeaWorld is the place to be this holiday season. It’s considered by many to be the No. 1 Christmas event in Central Florida! SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is included with park admission, Annual Pass and Fun Card. Starting at 6 p.m. each evening select dates Nov. 22-Dec. 31, 2014 (Exact dates: November 22-30, December 5-7, 12-14, and 19-31)
SeaWorld transforms into a wintery, watery wonderland, where guests of all ages can enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®.
Christmas carols can be heard as guests encounter a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. With everything from Santa to Shamu®, presents to penguins, and elves to Elmo, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made.
Orlando always ranks as one of the top spots for honeymoons in the United States but it’s also a great place for a unique wedding. While many weddings focus on a certain fairy tale castle one recent wedding had a much more chilly focus, creating some very special wedding photos.
SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction played wedding chapel when two actual Antarctica explores used the 32-degree penguin habitat to say their vows. This might be the only Orlando wedding where snow boots were required.
The couple met in the real Antarctica in 2012 while doing research for the New Zealand government. The bride, Susanne Grieve, now teaches conservation, preservation and archaeology courses at East Carolina University. The groom, Jeff Rawson, is still a part of the New Zealand government research group, focusing on climate studies and ice core sampling, and had just returned from Antarctica.
“Antarctica is such a beautiful and intense environment. When you experience that with someone, the bond you create is rare. Having our wedding here at SeaWorld in this realm that so perfectly captures the essence of the continent brought me right back to the day Jeff and I met,” said the bride, Susanne Grieve. “Having our wedding at SeaWorld’s Antarctica really represented the place we built our relationship. It was so fascinating to see the elements the designers replicated from this continent only a handful of people would ever typically be able to experience.”
The best part of the wedding was the impressive tuxedos that the 250 wedding guests had, a colony of king, Adélie, gentoo and rockhopper penguins.
If you want to stay warm and watch the fun penguins check out their AnimalVision cam.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle And … Refill — SeaWorld Designs New Conservation-Minded Cup To Interact With Coca-Cola Freestyle
This penguin-shaped cup may look cute and cuddly, but it has a noble purpose: encourage guests to help the planet, one refill at a time.
In conjunction with SeaWorld‘s epic new attraction and ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™ opening Memorial Day weekend, SeaWorld has created the Cup That Cares™— a new reusable cup program with a twist of technology. The innovative, interactive cup was designed specifically to connect with Coca-Cola Freestyle® beverage dispensers in the new realm.
The new Cup That Cares engages guests in a personalized manner to reuse materials and reduce their carbon footprint. An RFID chip embedded in each Cup That Cares interacts with software at Coca-Cola Freestyle® dispensers to calculate and tell guests how they are being more environmentally responsible by choosing to reuse.
SeaWorld will donate $1 from each Cup That Cares purchase to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund, a not-for-profit foundation that helps protect wildlife around the world.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Technology embedded in the Cup That Cares calculates the amount of CO2 each guest saves from entering the atmosphere when they choose to reuse the cup for refills at Coca-Cola Freestyle machines in Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. With each refill at the designated machines, exclusive software developed by Coca-Cola and SeaWorld serves up an onscreen message that is customized to that guest’s Cup That Cares history. The message thanks the guest for choosing to reuse, tracks how many refills the Cup That Cares has been used for, and calculates the running total of CO2 the guest has saved from entering the atmosphere.
Each refill with a reusable cup prevents the emission of approximately 27 grams of CO2.
Create A Cup That Cares™ – Guests may build their own personalized penguin-shaped character cup by choosing from more than 40 accessories such as eyes, hair, glasses, hats, bow tie, necklaces and even miniature Shamu®ice cream bars and SeaWorld shopping bags. The Create A Cup That Cares will be sold in the Antarctica gift shop, and includes a free first fill at the nearby Antarctica beverage stations. Create A Cup That Cares experience starts at $15.95 with the option to add accessory items.
“Just as penguins do within their colonies, humans also can band together to make a big difference through small actions,” said Dan Brown , Chief Operating Officerof SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Aquatica Parks. “We see great potential with this new program because it encourages guests to be more aware of their actions – and reduce their carbon footprint — in an easy, fun and innovative way. Each step may be small, but it all adds up when we work together.”
Refills throughout the park for both Cup That Cares options are $.99 each.
PLUS — NEW custom Coca-Cola flavor served up only at Antarctica
The Cup That Cares concept was developed in partnership with the park’s beverage partner Coca-Cola, whose Coca-Cola Freestyle dispensers offer guests more than 100 different beverage brands. Also only in Antarctica, Coca-Cola Freestyle will offer an all-new, vanilla-infused choice — South Pole Chill™.