Last week we saw the quiet opening of two new attractions at SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove: Shark Swim and Ray Feeding interactions.
Renée was lucky enough to get a preview of these two new amazing looking experiences. Enjoy!!
We also included some press release info and B-Roll at the bottom of the update.
Written by Renée Girard
Two new attractions debuted last week at SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove park: the shark swim and ray feeding interactions.
Ray feeding takes place every day except Weds & Thurs at 7:00am. Discovery Cove aquarists bring guests to Grand Reef before the park opens
During the first part of the ray feeding, guests sit among the rays and learn about them while aquarists begin the feed and the rays swim up
They are then brought to the center of the reef and shown proper ray feeding techniques, and get to feed the eager sting rays on their own
There is also a huge variety of fish swimming throughout the Grand Reef, and guests have the opportunity to feed them as well.
Afterwards, they are free to snorkel in the Grand Reef prior to opening to other guests. Ray feed experience is additional $50 to admission
Discovery Cove's new shark swim is only open to 6 guests per day at an additional $85 charge.
Aquarists guide guests in the shark area that had previously been off limits. It's incredible to come face to face with these amazing sharks
After swimming, guests can pet, hold and feed a shark while learning about how they are trained and cared for. A truly unique experience!
SWIM WITH SHARKS AT DISCOVERY COVE
New Immersive Programs Bring Guests Closer to Marine Life than Ever Before
Discovery Cove B-Roll
(Orlando, Fla.) July 13, 2017 –In celebration of Shark Awareness Day on July 14, guests at Discovery Cove can now take part in exclusive new animal experiences at the park. Discovery Cove has always been known for its memorable dolphin interactions, and now guests can enhance their visit with one of-a-kind, hands-on encounters with sharks and stingrays.
The awe-inspiring Shark Swim program provides closer-than-ever encounters with legendary predators. While guests have always been able to view park’s sharks, the new program takes them on a daring next step – swimming freely among five species: Pacific blacktip, reef whitetip, nurse shark, zebra shark, and a spotted wobbegong.
The immersive session is divided into two unique interactions and begins as guests meet with the park’s shark team and head into the water. Through hands-on interaction, guests learn about shark anatomy and the threats the animals face in the wild. Guests can also join the sharks in the deeper part of their habitat and embark on an exhilarating snorkel experience.
Discovery Cove works to dispel myths about sharks and to inspire guests to learn more about these mysterious creatures. As top predators, sharks play an essential role in maintaining the balance of ocean ecosystems worldwide by monitoring fish populations. Sadly, shark finning and overfishing threaten many shark species and disrupt that natural balance. Guests who take part in the new Shark Swim program will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for these fascinating ocean ambassadors.
The Shark Swim experience is available to Discovery Cove guests ages 10 and older. The cost is $85 per person. For every shark swim package purchased, SeaWorld will donate 5% of the proceeds to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) in support of shark conservation and research.
In addition to the Shark Swim program, Discovery Cove has launched a new Ray Feeding experience. This exclusive opportunity gives guests the chance to feed the stingrays during a private tour of the Grand Reef. Guided by one of the park’s aquarists, guests ages 6 and older spend their session in the Grand Reef learning all about the species of rays as they hand-feed the incredible creatures. The Ray Feeding program is $50 per person.
The new interaction programs require a Dolphin Swim or Day Resort reservation at Discovery Cove to participate. Space for each program is limited and guests are encouraged to book in advance. For additional program and booking details, guests can visit www.discoverycove.com
Beginning August 1, Florida residents who book a day at Discovery Cove will also receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, through January 2018 – including SeaWorld’s special holiday events.
About Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove® in Orlando is an all-inclusive day resort where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters and curious marmosets. At the park, guests can relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches. Freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day and swim gear are included, plus unlimited, 14-day admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®. Guests will experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, behavioral training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 30,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.
The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visit www.seaworldentertainment.com for more information.
Last week we were invited out to SeaWorld San Diego to check out the all new Ocean Explorer as well as the new Orca Encounter.
Overall we really enjoyed the new area even though it's definitely for the younger set, which is totally fine considering next years addition is for us thrill seekers.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Ocean Explorer
Lots of fun kid-sized flat rides in the area
And of course the all new Submarine Quest
Lining up for our ride
Be sure to check out our POV of Submarine Quest
Hey little buddy
The other new addition for this summer is the all new Orca Encounter.
I have to be 100% honest, when I watched the preview video below that Al shot during the AP Previews I was concerned that it still contained too many "show" elements and it wasn't going to convince any of the SeaWorld detractors that they've gone far enough. I envisioned just a huge area where the Orca's would swim and the stadium was just there for you to go in and watch them throughout the day.
But after seeing Orca Enounter I can definitely see where SeaWorld is going with the new show and it's definitely different than their previous shows. I hope those who are against SeaWorld will take the time to actually watch the show prior to making up their minds.
Here are some pictures of the show, we had some video but because people are rude, it didn't turn out great. We'll try and get back this summer to hopefully get a better full video of the show.
We also took a ride on the awesome Bayside Skyride during our visit and were able to get a nice POV of that as well.
Thanks again to SeaWorld for having us out, make sure you get out to the park to check out the all new additions for this summer and of course all of the other amazing things in the park.
Friend of the site Allen was at the preview of Ocean Explorer and Orca Encounter over the weekend and sent over some great pictures and video to share. We'll be at the park tomorrow (Wednesday May 31) for their media preview so we'll have much more to share then but wanted to give you a sneak peek at what's in store.
Looks like a great new area of the park.
Pictures and video taken by Allen Cerny