SeaWorld Orlando Happenings ~ April 2016
First up as we enter the park metal detectors have appeared and at the time this is being written are being used for all guests entering the park. We have seen the park do this before then revert back to random selections for the detectors and standard bag checks so we will have to see:
Moving into projects happening all across the park we start with the biggest one:
On 4/30 the park announced 3 perk for pass-holders to get a chance to ride Mako:
I was also able to create a small snippet of the coaster testing watch this short clip and hear the coaster roar by the water:
Lots happening at the site be sure to bookmark/ save the Mako tag page for our latest updates!
Flying Fiddler in Shamu’s Happy Harbor underwent a brief refurbishment during the month and has reopened now:
Now behind walls and undergoing refurbishment or annual maintenance is Swishy Fishies:
Back at the front of the park the main Guest Services room has closed and been moved outside:
Also at the front of the park walls have gone up around the Sea Rescue Store but the store remains open and the animals rescued counter remains active. Some rumors for this area have been removing the photo-op for a food stand and others say just basic maintenance, stay tuned for more soon:
At Shamu Stadium walls have gone up around a former small concession stand and it looks as though some heavy changes are taking place:
Moving onto events, Viva La Musica kicked off and continues on the 1st two Saturdays of May:
Also happening this month, the Dream Big 5k to benefit Dawn’s Foundation named after the late Dawn Brancheau. WildGravity Travels formed a team and a couple of friends joined in the fun! Team-mate Deb Moss joined and really went all out with earning donation of over $700! Way to go Deb!
Apologies for the lack of race pictures but we choose to actually participate in events like this so the foundation may actually benefit from it!
Pass members, our benefit for the month of May is simply described as “$10 one-time dine”. At this time we are unsure as to what this means but follow along for more info soon! At this point we can only speculate it is some form of credit to a park restaurant!
In the realm of new SeaWorld merchandise, even your pet can get involved now with SeaWorld Pet Tails. From bowls, to collars and leashes there is something for your pet here:
As we do almost every visit we pay a visit to the Sea Garden area of the park and see who we can meet this time. This month’s animal ambassador is named Falcor.
Falcor is a Tawny Frogmouth that was hatched in the park and about four years old. He is not an owl and not even a bird of prey, eating only insects mostly.
Tawny Frogmouths are native to Australia and their coloration is so that they can lump and blend in to a tree they are sitting own. “Lumping is the act in which they make themselves look very skinny to blend in with a tree or log.
While the bird are currently downgraded to near-threatened status, SeaWorld Orlando along with Falcor want to continue to raise awareness for the species so that its population will not decline.
The SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation fund helps other facilities and countries maintain populations of animals like Falcor and contributes in ways like the story described below:
More than 47 sea turtles have been rescued and cared for by the SeaWorld Orlando Animal Rescue Team this year, including 24 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were originally rescued in Massachusetts and flown to Florida in January for life-saving rehabilitation by SeaWorld experts. Nine of those Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were returned to the warm Florida waters in Little Talbot Island State Park following 15 weeks of extensive rehabilitation.
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are extremely rare and have been listed as an endangered species since 1970. A large decline in population of these turtles has been linked to egg harvesting in the 1960s and, more recently, human interference through pollution and shrimp netting. Along with being one of the rarest sea turtles in the world, the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle is also the smallest marine turtle. An adult usually weighs approximately 100 pounds and measures 26-30 inches long.
In even another conservation news story this month SeaWorld Orlando and Guy Harvey announced a partnership focused on ocean health and the plight of sharks in the wild. The two organizations will partner to raise awareness of these important issues, and collaborate on science and research to increase understanding of how to better protect these critical predators and their habitats. Seems like a great partnership to me!
To celebrate national pretzel day on 4/26, we tried a couple pretzels from Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen.
The bacon wrapped pretzel and cheese pretzel were our choices that day and are always a great snack to pick up on the way to nearby Shamu Stadium!
That wraps up our swim through SeaWorld’s happenings for the past month.
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