Get out your birthday hats, horns and balloons because one of Orlando’s big three theme parks, SeaWorld Orlando®, turned 50 in March 2014. One thing’s for sure, Orlando theme parks really know how to throw a party in grand style, and SeaWorld Orlando has already begun its whale-sized event. SeaWorld debuted 5 decades ago in San Diego, California followed by SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio, which all have already begun SeaWorld’s 18-month “Sea of Surprises” celebration for visitors. You and your family (up to four) can visit Orlando and join all the birthday special events without all the high-cost retail travel expenses when you book one of Best Vacations Ever’s (BVE) low-cost, traveler-enhanced promotional vacation packages by Preferred Guest Resort (PGR), which typically include serious –money-saving complimentary accommodations in the heart of the Orlando theme-park action.
AFTER THE MOUSE COMES THE WHALE
After Walt Disney brought magic, fairytales and the world’s famous mouse, Mickey Mouse, to Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, SeaWorld Orlando made a big splash with visiting tourists and locals. SeaWorld Orlando opened in 1974, and it quickly became the flagship entertainment and theme park of the three parks, including San Diego and San Antonio, Texas. Guests were and still are quickly mesmerized by the slew of precious, intelligent, funny and performing marine animals like Orcas (Shamu), Beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions, otters, polar bears, penguins, wild birds in sanctuaries, plus so many more marine life that were trained and performing in the water and in comedic stage skits. Shamu, a giant, brilliant, black and white “orca,” also known as a “killer whale,” (an odd surname for whales that are really highly intelligent, friendly and emotional mammals) quickly became the trademark of SeaWorld. Since inception, the marine -based park was designed for entertaining, educating and making sure guests have an amazing experience, while SeaWorld shares its passion for the vast and should-be treasured world of marine life. Florida residents can even get killer deals, often including pay-and-play all day Fun Card with return visits all year long on the house – meaning free admission the rest of the year with a SeaWorld Fun Card.
SEAWORLD’S MANY MISSIONS & RESCUE INITIATIVES
It didn’t take long for the entertaining performances including marine life such as dolphins, whales, otters, sea lions and Shamu, the signature trademark of SeaWorld to take off as one of the top theme parks and attractions in Orlando. But SeaWorld is more than performing marine animals. It has a long mission of being educational and includes behind-the-scenes vast rescue and rehabilitation programs, as well as Sea Life Solutions and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. It wasn’t long before intriguing entertainment and eventual water-based and thrill rides, as well as the icy world and empire of penguins that sprouted to steal the hearts of visiting guests over its 50-year history. SeaWorld has grown, evolved and expanded, especially in its rescue initiatives, with time and advanced technology, making it one of the top three Orlando theme parks, including Walt Disney World® Resorts and Universal Studio Orlando®, and a number one marine rescue program that has saved and healed numerous marine animals – programs that got even better, stronger and more state of the art with time and advanced technology. SeaWorld has also earned accolades and some of the highest rankings for its rescue programs for marine life. SeaWorld Orlando even made history years ago with the first recorded live birth of the first baby orca born in captivity and witnessed by all in the park and via television, videos and reports of the onsite birth. Behind the park scenes, SeaWorld is also well known, respected and applauded for its incredible nationwide rescue programs, Happy Tails, and wildlife preservations. SeaWorld’s renowned rescue programs have lead to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release or home-care of thousands of endangered, sick or hurt marine life of every kind, so they can not only survive but flourish back in the wild. If not, they have a new home at SeaWorld or at one of its wildlife preservations or partnering parks.
SEAWORLD BUBBLES OVER INTO WATER PARKS
Over the years, Sea World Orlando also expanded and developed magnificent water parks. Its newest water park Aquatica is packed with slides, chutes and thrill rides integrated with marine life and wild animals throughout the park. Discovery Cove, which is a fresh- and saltwater tropical oasis where you can swim with dolphins and snorkel or wade with other marine life like huge stingrays, colorful fish and sharks (caged off by glass) in its handful of lagoons with white sandy beaches. The daily limited to 1,000 guest-count Discovery Cove all-inclusive package typically includes a group dolphin swim with hugs, kisses and a fin tow, as well as snorkeling in lagoons, bird-watching a variety of species in the vast aviary as you float along the lazy river and a free admission ticket to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens valid during your stay as well. Plus, SeaWorld has always had its sister theme park in Tampa, Busch Gardens, which is only about 90 minutes away from your primly located Best Vacations Ever’s typically included complimentary accommodations. It’s full of wildlife, entertainment and thrill rides to please everyone, and worth a daytrip.
SOAK UP HOURS OF SEAWORLD FUN WITH BVE
Today, SeaWorld is getting even wetter and wilder with an 18-month-long “Sea of Adventures” 50th anniversary celebration to honor its dedication to marine life and rescue initiatives, visitor enjoyment and, as well as its success and evolutionary growth, which gives Orlando vacationers plenty of time to enjoy the year and a half festivities. Soak up hours on end of pure fun, education and experience about SeaWorld and this 50th birthday and the true story and thrills and chills behind this world that is much more than a theme park. One of the most affordable low-cost and enhanced family travel to Orlando to enjoy the SeaWorld party 50 anniversary party is through Best Vacations Ever promotional vacation packages by Preferred Guest Resorts. All you need to do is visit bestvacationsever.com for more information, Orlando BVE vacation package and accommodations, as well as educational BVE/PGR videos you can download about its legitimacy and money-saving opportunities. The you can call the PGR Travel Reservation Center at 800-656-2780 to talk to one of its professionally staffed agents who can customize and help you book your trip with cheapest prices but without sacrificing modern style or comfort. So pick up the phone and grab your party duds for some serious SeaWorld 50th birthday fun and festivities you don’t want to miss!
What is your favorite memory ride or experience at SeaWorld or what are you looking forward to the most if visiting for the first time?