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A New Day for SeaWorld: Orca Breeding Program Ends

As an advocate for wildlife conservation and, yes – a passionate advocate for SeaWorld – March 17, 2016 is a big day, and I encourage everyone to truly do their due diligence in reinvestigating how they feel about SeaWorld today.

Here’s what’s happening right now at SeaWorld:

SeaWorld’s orca breeding program officially ends today.  There is one whale, Takara, who’s been pregnant since last year – so, prepare yourselves for the last orca calf birth within SeaWorld’s parks.

Theatrical shows are done. Which is making way for new natural habitat encounters that are being created (but, keep in mind, these take time and don’t happen overnight — you’ll see them first in California later this year, then San Diego, and last in Orlando – in 2019) and these will focus on orca enrichment, exercise and overall health.

SeaWorld partners with Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to further support the changes announced today.

 

Two years ago, I decided very deliberately to share my stance on SeaWorld with everyone.  I was tired of “living in fear” that someone would have a differing opinion – a lot of people on the internet do, and they let me know it every time I step into the park.  I understand why many have trouble supporting SeaWorld.  I’ve also done my own extensive research to know why I personally choose to stand with SeaWorld, and I can only ask that you respect my opinion as much as I try to respect yours.

The killer whales that are currently in their care, and have been for many years, have mostly all been BORN within the parks — there is NO WAY that any of them could survive in the wild. None. Zilch. Not up for discussion.  “Saving the whales” by “freeing” them into the ocean…is likely certain death for them.  I’m not willing to risk their lives to see if these whales born in captivity can even begin to figure out the wild.  I’m not up for debating this here or now with anyone – we’ve been there/done that.

However, it is my total and complete belief that WITHOUT SEAWORLD? We – and the very existence of these animals (from killer whale to manatee to sea turtle) – would have been entirely worse off. Likely, without SeaWorld, the Florida Manatee would’ve been wiped off the planet years ago…that’s just for starters.

And I find it extremely difficult to believe that everyone who’s been calling for their heads was or would’ve been the “activist” that they are for the killer whale without – ironically – SeaWorld themselves.

Because, let’s be real here for a second — no one gave a flying flippity thought about the killer whales (and, in fact, actually FEARED the animal) until SeaWorld stepped in and gave us Shamu. Had SeaWorld NOT put the killer whale infront of us and began educating us about the species people would likely continue to fear this “killer” and never even know what they are – let alone CARE about them. They’d care as much, if not less, about the KILLER whale as they do the blue whale or the beluga whale or the sperm whale….or sharks…or sea turtles…or manatees.

Think what you want of SeaWorld after watching one piece of propaganda that was set out with the intention of destroying every single thing this company does, both good and bad. Admittedly, I agree, many of these changes were necessary and I’m happy to see them come to fruition.  That being said, I do not believe that the total destruction of the predominant resource that helps to rescue/rehab and conserve these animals all over the world was – or is – warranted. Keep in mind, SeaWorld is not only accredited through various high level organizations globally – they’re also regulated by federal & state agencies too.  SeaWorld is not the only authority involved in these animal’s care, rehab, and conservation.

Having SeaWorld in my backyard here in Orlando, growing up supporting them, and WITNESSING THEM being the first on many calls throughout the year to help save just about any animal that needs them – has me solidly on Team SeaWorld. They are, after all, the very reason I became fascinated with these animals back in the 80s as a kid from New Jersey who never knew much more than what a garden snake or a duck in the pond at the park looked like outside of what was in books.  Now, some 30-odd years later, my friends will tell you that I’m a fierce lover of all animals, but in particular those of the marine sort.  Why?  SeaWorld.

My hope now, after today especially, is that more people begin to reconsider their stance on SeaWorld, that you at least take another hardcore look and are open to the changes that are happening — because without SeaWorld and without our support in SeaWorld and all the GOOD that they do provide? You could bet your bottom dollar that a lot of these animals cease to exist.

SeaWorld needs money and resources to make things happen – from their rescue and rehab programs, to the new changes they’re working to put in place, and the continuation in the level of care that these animals ARE in fact receiveing. Which is likely better than you & I receive any time we go to the doctor…they need us, as much as we need them.

Editor’s Note: Central Florida Top 5 encourages everyone to visit SeaWorldCares.com/Future to learn more about Sea World’s current efforts and plans for the future. 

SeaWorld announced that it is phasing out current killer whale theatrical shows and replacing with new, inspiring, natural orca encounters as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health and will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019. Artist Rendering 2016 ©SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld announced that it is phasing out current killer whale theatrical shows and replacing with new, inspiring, natural orca encounters as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health and will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019. Artist Rendering

2016 ©SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Orlando Offers Free Pass for Preschoolers

Children five and younger can enjoy all of 2015 at SeaWorld Orlando for FREE

SeaWorld Orlando is celebrating the new year and families with young kids with a limited-time offer. Children five and younger can explore SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa for FREE throughout 2015 with the return of the Preschool Pass. Starting today, guests can register for the pass online and get their kids ready for all of the excitement, thrills and inspiring shows that only SeaWorld and Busch Gardens can provide.

Kids will love being kids at Shamu’s Happy Harbor®, a play area that features fun for all, including:Preschool Pass

  • Shamu Express® – the park’s first family-oriented roller coaster reaching speeds of 26 mph
  • Jazzy Jellies – a jellyfish-themed ride that lifts and spins families to heights of 30 feet
  • Sea Carousel – a classical marine-themed masterpiece topped by a 45-foot-wide pink octopus
  • A variety of other kid-sized attractions to keep the little ones moving and shaking

And at Busch Gardens, experience kid-sized attractions and exciting encounters, including:

  • Busch Gardens’ Sesame Street® Safari of Fun – a family-friendly African adventure filled with kid-size rides and cool water fun
  • Madagascar Live – kids can join the adventure with King Julien and his friends during this live show
  • Treetop Trails at Jungala® – older kids can explore and climb nets, bridges and tubes in this multi-level maze, while the younger set can play in the water area inside this 3-story family play area

Sign up today!
The Free SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an exclusive online offer, available at SeaWorldOrlando.com. It is exclusively for Florida residents ages five and younger and is valid for unlimited admission – with no blackout dates – through Dec. 31, 2015, at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Pass Member discounts or benefits.

Another great reason to get a free Preschool Pass for the little ones is that all of SeaWorld’s 2015 events are included! The year kicks off with Wild Days, an immersive event that connects kids to the wild and wonderful world we all share; followed by the all-new Praise Wave, a series that makes the park come alive with the hottest names in Christian music. And don’t forget about family favorites Halloween Spooktacular and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, also included with a Preschool Pass!

The best deal for the rest of the family is a SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Fun Card which allows unlimited admission to both parks throughout the year at a discounted price of $165.

From soaring on the mighty Manta rollercoaster and experiencing the power and grace of killer whales in the One Ocean show, to exploring an underwater journey of sea turtles at TurtleTrek and seeing penguins on the thrilling, chilling adventure of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, there is something for everyone in the family at SeaWorld Orlando.

 

Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

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 22-30December 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.

EXPRESS DINE:  New feature on SeaWorld® Discovery Guide Park App allows guests to order ahead at SeaPort Pizza and select preferred pick-up time so guests can eat when they’re ready.

TIP: Two Ways to Get Kids Free at SeaWorld 

  • Tickets only: one free child’s admission with each paid adult by Dec. 31, 2014

 

  • Hotel & Tickets:  one free child’s admission with each paid adult and hotel accommodations through Dec. 24, 2014

Interview | Bridgette Pirtle – Former Senior Killer Whale Trainer at SeaWorld

Guest post By: Kaylin Williams be sure to follow her on Instagram: @Blessedbytheorcas

Hey there everyone! I recently spoke with Bridgette Pirtle/Davis, former SeaWorld San Antonio’s Senior Killer Whale Trainer who was even involved with the ‘Blackfish’ campaign, and asked her a few questions about her work with SeaWorld and other animal welfare topics. Here’s what she had to say. 

KW- At what age did you want to be a SeaWorld trainer?

BP- “I was three years old when I decided I was born to be a “whale rider.” My family had taken our first big, getaway vacation together to Orlando and that was the first time I saw killer whales. The first interaction I experienced was a simple learning session in between shows. Standing in the empty stadium, I watched the trainer feed Namu, Shamu and Baby Shamu. That moment shaped my dreams and aspirations for decades to come. Everything I did revolved around my love for the animals, my passion for the job and my dream of becoming a SeaWorld killer whale trainer. Just fifteen years following that first interaction, I would be living my dream of being a SeaWorld animal trainer.”

KW- How would you describe the care and research SeaWorld applies toward their killer whales?

BP- “SeaWorldʼs care and research is the pinnacle of the industry. I was fortunate to be a part of several different research projects throughout my ten years there. From visual acuity to respiratory capacity, there was ample opportunity to add to our knowledge of killer whales through the research projects made possible by facilities like SeaWorld. Since I was young, the most impressive contributions to our understandings of the cetaceans all came from zoological facilities like SeaWorld. One of my favorite revelations is one that came recently from a SeaWorld park. Because of their dedication to research, we now know that killer whales are capable of learning different dialects of communication. That’s unbelievable.”

She also commented on SeaWorld’s Killer Whale care,“As far as care, you will never meet anyone more dedicated to their job than the trainers and zookeepers of SeaWorld. Each and every day centers on providing the very best for the animals in their care. It is a responsibility that, as a trainer, you take to heart. There is not a moment in your life that you are not prepared to drop anything you are doing to answer to the needs of your animals. The passion and love for the animals fuels a trainer’s drive to do the best and give everything they can to the animals each time they step poolside.”BridgettePirtle

KW- What is your view on ‘Blackfish’ and the effect it had on the public?

BP- “‘Blackfish’ is very selfish and misinformative. It’s an egocentric, misguided representation of what a few mislead individuals feel would be best for the animals they used to care for. As a whole, the film manipulates its viewers through craftily edited footage that is mostly outdated. Quick cuts from out-of-context show clips from decades ago mislead an audience to believe aggressions occurred, when the reality of the situation, no aggression took place. It’s deceiving enough to fool even experienced former trainers like myself. Even I fell victim to its message initially. I was grateful that I learned to ask the right questions and that is when the truth was revealed to me. These former trainers were mostly inexperienced and outdated. Their limited perspectives from their minimal time working at SeaWorld were misrepresented.

As far as their contribution to understanding modern day safety protocols in killer whale training, their contribution is absolutely irrelevant. To have anyone argue that what they experienced decades ago is relevant now is arrogant and quite ignorant as well. On top of having a very limited understanding of killer whale training, you have a manipulative representation of killer whale researchers who are more accurately “activists masquerading as scientists.” (I’d like to give the credit to Eric Davis of Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast for that description. It’s very appropriate and very accurate.) Longevity estimates are manipulated. Contradictions are prevalent throughout the film. All of these faults are disguised within clever edits and a beautiful soundtrack. At its very core, the film was exploitive. In pursuit of superficial Hollywood success, ‘Blackfish’ further exploited the lives of Dawn, Keltie and Alexis all to perpetuate a radical activist agenda that would spawn a movement that supports actions that represent a death sentence to animals.

Overall, it’s scary to see so many people look to ‘Blackfish’ as factual. It’s anything but a fact-based documentary. It’s opinion-driven, fueled by outdated experiences and contrived scientific studies. Events recalled by former trainers are exaggerated or, even worse, fabricated. It is a tool of animal activist propaganda that takes advantage of a mainstream audience that lacks the knowledge of a more appropriate and current depiction of animal training and zoological facilities operating today. This, in turn, encourages those within its gullible audience to leap for the “‘Blackfish’ bandwagon” before they truly have a well-grounded, accurately depicted understanding of the issues at hand. ‘Blackfish’ is misleading in that it takes you on this journey that focuses on Dawn, how she was an inspiration in so many ways throughout her life, and you are lead to believe that now, this anti-SeaWorld, anti-captivity spin zone that has materialized in the weeks following the films’ release is a part of Dawn’s story. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The film exploited the positive impact and the lasting impression Dawn had on the lives of so many animals and people by twisting it into an egocentric, self-serving purpose of promoting the activists’ disorganized and irrational ideas of rehabilitating the animals. It’s important to approach such discussions as captivity pragmatically.

I truly believe that once the audience lifts the wool from over their eyes and begin to take responsibility of their knowledge and understanding of the issues and ask questions that reveal the truth stripped by the emotional ploys of the film, they will realize again, like the sad saga of Keiko, that Blackfish is yet another manipulative tactic by animal activists attempting to gain mainstream support for their poorly-founded, extremist ideas that serve to spell a huge setback in the area of animal welfare.”

KW- What changes do you think SeaWorld needs to apply to the care and display of their animals, if any?

BP- “My favorite thing from my years of being an animal trainer was enrichment. Playtimes and relationship sessions were integral to establishing strong relationships with your animals. I’ve recently seen and heard of some of the amazing additions to the areas that really serve to show a dedication SeaWorld has for giving the animals the very best. Animals are enriched with sessions that involve touchscreen interactions that serve to provide an even deeper understanding of the mental capacity of these creatures. The facilities are continuing to evolve to provide cutting edge safety for both the trainers and the animals.

The most impressive part of these recent additions is that they are being incorporated into the animals’ areas in a way that also provides environmental enrichment. Fast-rising false bottom floors not only allow trainers and killer whales to interact safely, but the floors itself can be used as environmental stimulation that adds a valuable layer of enrichment for the animals. The actions I’ve seen SeaWorld take are amazing. They truly do have the animals’ and trainers’ care and safety forefront in their minds.”

KW- What are you doing currently to get the truth out about SeaWorld?

BP- “I’ve always been very open and honest about what I’ve experienced these past couple of years. I believe that by sharing firsthand knowledge I acquired during my brief involvement with the film will reveal a more appropriate depiction of what honestly motivated those involved in making the film and what continues to motivate them now. It’s all very self-serving. The strongest examples of animal welfare experts are those dedicating their lives to the animals each and every day. They are sweating in wetsuits, not parading on red carpets.I honestly believe that, by sharing my experiences from my ten years at SeaWorld, I can use these experiences as a way to encourage others to take the same path and dedicate their own lives to caring for animals responsibly. Being with the whales at Sea World was the best time of my life. Those pictures represent a culmination of a dream that started when I was 3 years old. I loved the whales and continue to love them. I will never be anything less than proud of my time at SeaWorld and the things I accomplished with the whales. It was a magical time that allowed me to live my dream and share it with others.

I realize I won’t please everyone, but have come to value speaking the truth in love.

I want to lay out my core beliefs in regards to animals & human life:

• Both are to be highly regarded and respected

• We are stewards of this earth & the animals left to our care

• It is possible to have animals in captivity with doing harm

• Captivity does serve a purpose in educating the public

• Waterworks is a connection between you and the animal that can only be felt when experienced

• Though my opinion may differ from others I will respect that opinion without criticism or judgment (Well, that’s my prayer with God’s help. Forgive me when I fail.) The reality is that, by sharing my story through whatever means available (whether it be social media, local newspapers or even Fox News), I can hopefully help contribute positively and constructively to a healthier and truer image of what it means to honestly and selflessly care for animals, and have their best in heart and mind as it pertains to their welfare.”

KW- What do you think it means to be a SeaWorld trainer?

BP- “It’s the culmination of a dream that began when I was three years old. It’s an honor and a privilege that very few get the opportunity to be a part of. Being a trainer is about genuine passion, selfless sacrifice, and endless dedication each and every day. I will never be anything less than proud of my time at SeaWorld and all the things I accomplished caring for the animals. Being an animal trainer, you are blessed with an opportunity to not only live out your own dream but also to share that dream with thousands of others and hopefully inspire them to pursue the same dream of devoting their best to caring for the animals.”

KW- Do you think that waterwork behaviors with killer whales should return to shows?

BP- “Simple answer to a complex question… Yes. Here’s why- I believe that maintaining a positive reinforcement history with waterwork desensitization is in the best interest for the safety of both the animals and the trainers. One of the most important concepts within behavior modification is maintaining a strong reinforcement history of a myriad of different behaviors within various contexts. This includes waterwork behaviors in a variety of different interactions, including show performances. I believe SeaWorld is doing a wonderful job in applying these behavioral principles to the best of their ability within the recent constraints given by the OSHA findings. Taking the government out of the equation, SeaWorld has always been at the top of the industry when it comes to safety within its killer whale training program. SeaWorld’s trainers literally wrote the book on the most successful and effective methods of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement. That being said, I side with SeaWorld in that slowly and safely re-introducing waterwork in many different contexts, including shows, would be in the best interest of creating the safest working environment for both the animals and the trainers. By the government establishing these requirements that restrict waterwork interactions to a non-performance context, it is creating opportunities for discrimination to occur that increase risk factors rather than minimize them.

I believe that the training staff at Shamu Theater can safely and successfully re-integrate waterwork behaviors within multiple contexts that will benefit the animals by improving the quality of hands-on care that the trainers are capable of providing as well as significantly improving upon the safety of both the trainers and the animals.”

KW- Do you think moving the whales to a sea pen is a good idea?

BP- “Absolutely not. It’s more like one of the most misguided, horrible ideas ever on so many levels. These ideas being introduced haphazardly to Congress are done so on a whim to capitalize on this so-called “‘Blackfish’ effect” without thorough thought or consideration to what’s truly in the best interest of the animals. These so-called animal welfare acts are in all actuality a death sentence for the animals they involve. Bills are being presented in a way that seems more like incomplete sentences in their attempt to tell the masses that whales need to be released, even though they don’t know exactly the who, what, when, where, why or how of the situation. It’s again a very egocentric way of force-feeding their radical activist agenda to the gullible masses without any legitimate rhyme or reason. Sea pens would compromise the safety and well-being of not only the animals, but also the trainers.

The sad reality of the situation is that this isn’t the first time that our generation has seen such a gross misrepresentation of animal welfare. Keiko is an excellent example of how attempting to release an animal at any cost causes more harm to the animal than good. I, personally, am very much looking forward to reading Mark Simmons’s book, ‘Killing Keiko’. I am certain it will provide much needed insight into what truly happened during the attempt to release the star of Free Willy once the message of the project’s activist influence took precedence over what was in the best interest of the Keiko’s well-being. With Keiko, we have a disheartening example of what extremes these self-proclaimed scientists are willing to go to, all in the arrogant pursuit of proving their point. I certainly pray that society sees through this and steps forward to prevent such a sad chapter of our history from repeating itself.”

KW- Before we go would you like to add anything else?

BP- “My first steps into Blackfish were truly honorable. At that time, I was lead to believe that this film was being created with the intentions of accomplishing a positive change for the animals I cared for during my career at SeaWorld while honoring the memory of Dawn and the powerful impact she had on the lives of the animals and so many people. Initially, I hoped to speak about opportunities to provide something even greater for the animals and how I felt SeaWorld could make a more powerful impact on the lives of both the animals and the trainers.As I started to form these connections amongst those involved with the film, I began to feel prompted to compromise my own core values that centered around my love and respect for the animals in order to fit into the agenda of Blackfish.

My conscience began to bother me as I felt a disconnect between my core beliefs and that which I was saying and doing to fit into the agenda of the film.I began to learn how to ask the right questions, and with them the inconsistencies within the stories entwined in Blackfish were revealed to me. Slowly, unsettling answers revealed that the message of Blackfish was no longer one of hope and inspiration. Instead, I felt it shift towards frivolous accusations and fabricated stories in a craftily edited attempt to paint SeaWorld as evil. My message of truth, respect and opportunity was absent as the film’s message had morphed into one that exploited two tragic losses in the interest of perpetuating an activist agenda.”

She also added,“I never intended on becoming involved with a film set on villianizing SeaWorld. Being with the whales at SeaWorld was the best time of my life. During my association with the film, I was operating in a fluid environment, filled with uncertainties and conflicting emotions and values. In the past few months, I have returned to my own core values. The relationships I had with the animals and my time at SeaWorld were integral in instilling these values of honesty and respect within myself. By no longer compromising my own experiences and beliefs, I hope to better represent a more respectful role that not only speaks out for the animals, but also those of SeaWorld being unfairly criticized as they continue dedicating so much while caring for the animals. These trainers sacrifice every day to give their best and they deserve to be viewed as compassionate heroes. The ten years I spent caring for the animals represent the culmination of a dream that started when I was 3 years old. I will never be anything less than proud of my time at SeaWorld and all the things I accomplished caring for the animals. SeaWorld blessed me with an opportunity that not only allowed me to live my dream of connecting with and caring for the killer whales but also to share that dream and inspire others to pursue the same.”

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I would like to thank Bridgette Pirtle/Davis for speaking with me about all the amazing things SeaWorld does and how ‘Blackfish’ had a misleading masquerade of fallacies to meet an activist agenda. Thank you for reading. Always remember that you can’t always see the silver lining, doing your research is a big part of learning and becoming educated on what SeaWorld really strives to do.

*Thank you to every avid SeaWorld supporter that is here to spread awareness! Please read The Truth about SeaWorld Parks, The Blackfish Backlash

Business inquiries: If there is anything you want me to be involved with, rather it be a class, workshop, internship, article or interview or anything please contact me through Instagram: @Blessedbytheorcas

Check out another article by Kaylin Williams  for Kyle Kittleson: marinemammaltrainer.com/seaworlds-history/

Still Want More Christmas? SeaWorld Continues The Holiday Festivities Till End Of The Year


SWO Christmas Celebration

The gifts have all been opened but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop singing the Christmas carols or stop enjoying the sights of the season.

Over at SeaWorld now through the end of the year the annual SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration puts on all the goodness of Christmas while keeping the seas at center stage.  The amazing live nativity show ‘O Wondrous Night’ features 30 carols and plenty of camels (along with a plethora of other animals as well). The park itself is filled with enjoyable Christmas decorations and live holiday musical acts that set the mood no matter what the temperature.

Sea of TressSeaWorld’s large lake in the middle of the park is filled with over 100 trees that sparkle and dance to music.  The trees, reflecting off of water, make for the perfect Florida holiday tradition.

Don’t worry about the animals because SeaWorld’s animals get in on the Christmas action as well.  Everyone’s favorite sea lions, Clyde and Seamore, meet up with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and a wintery walrus or two for a Christmas show like no other.

Shamu Christmas Miracles is a fantastic Christmas show of friendship and peace.  The show features the killer whales and plenty of amazing Christmas songs.

Shamu’s Happy Harbor also gets in on the action with Holly Jolly Railway added to the lineup of kiddie rides and snow flurries filling the air.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish show features Rosita, Grover, Zoe, Cookie Monster, and that super ticklish fur ball Elmo in a Christmas show that is an instant holiday classic.

Wild Artic takes a vacation during the holiday season and instead The Polar Express Experience is offered. As one of the most popular attraction overlays in all of Central Florida this simulator ride takes riders on the famous train to the North Pole.  Once rides arrive at the North Pole the big man himself is there meeting guests.

Bayside Stadium features an impressive outdoor lakeside ice skating extravaganza.  SeaWorld Parks have always been known for their impressive ice skating shows and this one doesn’t disappoint.  Make sure to check out the last show of the evening and stay for the fireworks that follow directly afterwards.

Each evening is topped off with a holiday light and fireworks show.  Dancing fountains, glittering lights, and festive fireworks, all choreographed to classic holiday favorites.

The best part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is that it’s included in regular park admission and while the parks are all busy this time of year even on busy days SeaWorld just seems more enjoyable than some of those other insanely busy parks in town.

 

SeaWorld invited us out to the Christmas celebration a few weeks ago.  Even with us arriving at dusk we were still able to comfortable enjoy some of the highlights of the park (like the new Antarctica area, a must see after dark, and the one of kind coaster Manta) all while enjoying the holiday festivities.

So step back from the holiday rush and enjoy a relaxing post-Christmas holiday celebration at SeaWorld, going on now nightly through end of the year.  And for Florida residents if you buy a one day Fun Card pass you’ll get all of 2014 free with it.

 

Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando

From our friends at SeaWorld Orlando: More on this Here

Guests get closer than ever to SeaWorld’s majestic whales while enjoying a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items at a reserved poolside table.

They’ll get an incredible glimpse into the interactions that occur between SeaWorld’s trainers and whales. They’ll find out what makes killer whales such unique animals. And, everyone will learn about the many things we all can do to help save valuable ocean resources and habitats by enjoying sustainable and natural foods.

It’s a behind-the-scenes experience that will connect guests to the world we share like never before and it’s only at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld’s commitment to the world we share extends into the food we serve. All items served at Dine With Shamu are seasonable, fresh and sustainable.

 

Dine With Shamu is $49 for adults and $24 for children (ages 3 through 9) and is not included with park admission.  Prices do not include tax.

 

Advance reservations can be made at SeaWorldOrlando.com or day-of inside the park at the reservations center. 

 

Right Now  Kids 3-9 Eat Free with paid adult,  Details !!!