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SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park and marine
zoological park, in Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks
& Entertainment. When combined with its neighbor Discovery
Cove and Aquatica, it forms SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, an entertainment complex
consisting of the three parks and many hotels. In 2018, SeaWorld Orlando hosted an estimated
4,594,000 guests, ranking it the 10th most visited amusement park in the United States.==History==
SeaWorld Orlando opened its gates on December 15, 1973 as the third of the chain and just
2 years after Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom. This made Central Florida a multi-park vacation
destination. SeaWorld was sold in 1976 to Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich then to Anheuser-Busch, owners of Busch Gardens, in 1989.Busch was more experienced
with theme parks thus developed SeaWorld in a competitive and aggressive manner moving
the park from a show based to a ride based park. The park joined in the Disneyland-started
simulator ride wave in 1987 with Mission: Bermuda Triangle (later rethemed into Wild
Arctic). The nation’s first combination roller coaster
and flume ride, Journey to Atlantis, was installed in 1997. In 2000, the Kraken, a Bolliger & Mabillard
floorless roller coaster, was added to the park. The flying coaster, Manta, came to the park
in 2009 and won Theme Park Insider Award as the best new attraction.Its sister parks,
Discovery Cove, opened in 2000 followed by water park Aquatica in 2009. With the 2008 purchase of Anheuser-Busch by
Belgian brewer InBev lead to the sale of Busch’s parks being sold to a private equity in 2009.On
February 25, 2010, during a small show at “Dine with Shamu”, one of the orca whales,
Tilikum, pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau into the water and ultimately killed her. An autopsy determined that Brancheau’s death
was attributed to blunt force trauma and drowning; injuries included her scalp being removed
and her left arm being severed below the shoulder. In August 2010, the United States Department
of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited SeaWorld of Florida LLC
for three safety violations, following the death of an animal trainer in February. The total penalty was $75,000 and SeaWorld
was initially required to keep a barrier between its trainers and the whales during shows.Its
TurtleTrek exhibit opened in 2012 included a 360-degree, 3D dome theater for a movie. In 2013, its Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin
pavilion had the nation’s first trackless dark ride system. On March 27, 2019, the park opened Sesame
Street area.==Park layout==
In summer 2014, as a part of the company’s 50th anniversary, SeaWorld Orlando was separated
into different areas, called “seas”. Each with a unique themed element. Starting at the lower center and continuing
clockwise they are: Port of Entry: The main entrance of the park
features a Florida-inspired theme with tropical landscaping and a large artificial freshwater
marina with a Shamu-themed iconic lighthouse. Sea of Shallows: This area showcases most
of the shallow water sea animal exhibits at the park as well as the Dolphin Theater. In addition, the Manta rollercoaster travels
through this section and Turtle Trek, a dome theater show also reside here. All of the Key West at SeaWorld area is inside
of the Sea of Shallows. It is designed to mimic the appearance of
the city of Key West, Florida with architecture and landscaping reminiscent of the area. Animal exhibits in this portion of the park
include cownose rays, southern stingrays, green sea turtles, hawksbill sea turtle, loggerhead
sea turtle, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, greater flamingos, West Indian manatees, American
alligators and brown pelicans. The stingray and dolphin habitats offer opportunities
for guests to feed the animals. Sea of Legends: Journey to Atlantis, a boat
ride with roller-coaster elements, bases its story from the legend of the lost city of
Atlantis. Also found here is Kraken, a floorless roller-coaster. Sea of Ice: Sea of Ice, originally named Antarctica,
is themed around the Antarctic continent. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is the sole
attraction in this area. The ride exits into the penguin exhibit area. Sea of Delight: Sea of Delight includes a
sub-area named The Waterfront, which resembles a seaside Mediterranean village. The park’s Sky Tower ride is also here, it
was integrated into the theme of The Waterfront village when the area opened in 2003. The only land animal show at the park, Pets
Ahoy, is located here inside of the Seaport Theater. Outside of the Waterfront is where the Sea
Lion and Otter Stadium viewing area stands. Sea of Mystery: The Sea of Mystery houses
the Shark Encounter exhibit and the Shark’s Underwater Grill, as well as the Nautilus
Theater, which is currently used for seasonal shows and events. It also includes the Sea Garden, a landscaped
area with themed structures that are made from trash found on beaches. Mako, a Bolliger & Mabillard steel hypercoaster
opened in the area on June 10, 2016, The current shark exhibit and the surrounding area has
been renovated to become Shark Wreck Reef. Sea of Power: Sea of Power is host area of
the SeaWorld’s killer whale shows. The Shamu Stadium is located in the center
with the Wild Arctic indoor pavilion nextdoor. Wild Arctic is a combined attraction which
includes a motion simulator followed by an indoor animal exhibit hosting beluga whales,
Pacific walrus, harbor seals and formerly polar bears. Shamu Stadium currently hosts “One Ocean”
as its main show with “Shamu Celebration: Light up the Night” and “Shamu Christmas Miracles”
showing seasonally. Sesame Street: Formerly Shamu’s Happy Harbor
and Sea of Fun, Sesame Street is a children’s area located adjacent to Shamu Stadium and
features family activities including Super Grover’s Box Car Derby (a junior rollercoaster)
and a water play area. Signage here still refers to it as Shamu’s
Happy Harbor, although management and the map use the updated name. In May 2017, it was announced that this area
would be overhauled into a new Sesame Street themed land, which opened on March 27th 2019.==Attractions==
SeaWorld Orlando has many live shows and attractions including rides and animal exhibits. Many of these attractions, such as Manta and
Wild Arctic, combine the two, with both animal exhibits and a ride.===Rides and attractions======
Live entertainment=====
Attendance====
Aquatica==SeaWorld Orlando has a nearby sister park
named Aquatica Orlando, which opened in 2008, part of the greater chain of Aquatica water
parks.==See also==
Incidents at SeaWorld Orlando==
Notes====
External links==Official website
Aquatica Website SeaWorld Orlando at the Roller Coaster DataBase

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