Monday, March 14, 2011

New at SeaWorld Orlando - 2011

New at SeaWorld Orlando - 2011
Below is the press release from SeaWorld. Of particular note is the new killer whale show and the fact that guests at the official hotels now get perks (just like at Universal... and soon at Disney?)

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“One Ocean” features SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea, and the ocean as the center of our natural world, sharing a message that both animals and humans are part of one world, with one ocean, and its future is in our hands to cherish and protect. Shamu Stadium’s three-story set, panoramic LED screens and hundreds of surround-sound speakers envelop guests in the show experience. Brilliantly colored lights, soaring fountains, stunning underwater imagery are set to an original, contemporary musical score with global rhythms. “One Ocean” opens late April.

Summer Nights at SeaWorld is a nighttime spectacular and the only place to celebrate when the sun sets over Central Florida’s theme parks. The park’s daytime favorites change to nighttime spectacles, showcasing the park in a whole new light with Shamu Rocks, a Shamu show driven by a larger-than-life, rock-n-roll beat. Summer Nights also includes a sky-filling fireworks finale, an all-new, uproarious sea lion show and hottest of all, Manta, Orlando’s most unique roller coaster, under the stars. Catch “Summer Nights at SeaWorld” every evening, June 25 – August 14.

New at Discovery Cove

The new Grand Reef takes a day at Discovery Cove – an all-inclusive tropical retreat in the heart of Orlando where guests swim with dolphins, hand-feed exotic birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches - to another level. The all-new saltwater reef is filled with thousands of tropical fish in shallow and deeper waters leaving guests to explore where they feel most comfortable. Snorkeling takes place among canyons inspired by reefs from around the world and guarantees sights of amazing exotic sea life ranging from spotted eagle rays and zebra sharks to lionfish and eels. For the daring, SeaVenture is an innovative, underwater walking tour where guests – wearing dive helmets – will feel right at home under the sea, getting up close to sharks and lionfish (safely behind glass), velvety rays and even star fish or sea urchins.

New for 2011 -- Official hotels include free benefits

For the first time ever, staying at one of SeaWorld’s official hotels includes incredible benefits for free.
* Complimentary transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Orlando
* Complimentary front-of-the-line access to SeaWorld’s thrill rides
* Early entry to SeaWorld and Aquatica and exclusive access to the SeaWorld Rescue Tour on select days during peak seasons
* Discounts on select food and gift purchases at SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark

All guests staying at an official SeaWorld hotel have access to the exclusive benefits. Families need only visit the hotel’s guest service desk – staffed by knowledgeable staff from Expedia Local Expert – for details.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Official Hotels represent a broad spectrum of lodging types, from affordable “select service” brands, to full-service resorts and even fully furnished vacation villas. Each of the six Official Hotels will offer the exclusive benefits and each hotel is within walking distance of SeaWorld. SeaWorld Orlando’s Official Hotels include the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Doubletree Orlando by Hilton at SeaWorld, Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld, Hilton Garden Inn at SeaWorld, SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld and the Fairfield Inn Orlando at SeaWorld.
Book a getaway package and eat for free, all day is the one-stop vacation shop to find out what’s new, book hotel rooms and purchase theme park tickets. For a limited time only, each trip booked through with any of 25 hotel partners includes free all-day dining deals at SeaWorld and an opportunity to buy admission to Aquatica and/or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for only $39 each. And, guests buying admission to those parks eat free all-day, too. Guests also can find more information on the special benefits and the entire collection of SeaWorld Hotel Partners (25 in total).

For more information, to see a complete list of SeaWorld Orlando’s official hotels and to book a getaway, go to To learn more about The Grand Reef and to make a reservation, go to