ORLANDO (CBS4) — SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on Thursday announced the opening of 10 new attractions at its parks this year, including a new killer whale show, a cheetah-themed coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and a swim-through artificial reef at Discovery Cove in Orlando.

The all-new killer whale show is called “One Ocean” which will replace the “Believe” show, which ran for five years in all three SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. The new show has an educational, environmental theme, with a focus on teaching the public about orcas.

According to SeaWorld, “One Ocean features their majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea, and the ocean as the center of our natural world. The show connects guests with these remarkable animals and immerses the audience in the vivid colors and sensations of the underwater world. At the core of the show is the unifying 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.”

“One Ocean” is scheduled to premiere at SeaWorld Orlando at the end of April, SeaWorld San Diego on Memorial Day weekend and SeaWorld San Antonio in June.

Later this month, SeaWorld will also re-launch the “Dine with Shamu” killer whale show at SeaWorld San Antonio. The Orlando and San Diego parks will follow in the spring.

The show has been suspended since last year when trainer Dawn Brancheau was dragged into the water and killed by a six-ton orca named Tilikum.

SeaWorld designed the new show for trainers to work exclusively from the stage, instead of in the water with the killer whales.

“We are now staying out of the water. We don’t know when or how that’s going to change. So we said, ‘Let’s design this one to facilitate that and go in that direction,’ “said Julie Scardina, SeaWorld Parks’ curator of animal training, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, a global consulting agency, tells AP the new attractions “will take the edge” off the trainer death incident, but he added that he didn’t think the death had much of an impact on SeaWorld attendance overall.

Some of the other attractions announced by the company include a cheetah-themed coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and a close-up viewing area of real cheetahs, including a chance to see them run in a daily workout session and a swim-through artificial reef at Discovery Cove in Orlando where visitors can snorkel with marine life.

Comments (16)
  1. Nicole says:

    If SeaWorld — or Miami Seaquarium for that matter — were really concerned about protecting endangered species and the environment, maybe they’d stop keeping such large, intelligent, social beings like orcas in small, barren, concrete tanks in captivity! These animals perform thousands of shows per year for these massive corporations and they are repaid by getting to spend their lives in a place completely unlike their natural world – the ocean, where many of them, including Lolita at Seaquarium, were brutally captured from.

  2. The Sad Whale says:

    Seaworld and other similar attractions such as Miami Seaquarium ‘pretend’ that they are doing this in the name of marine conservation – when in fact they are just doing it for sheer profit. Google ‘Free Lolita’ and The Orca Network’ to see exactly how these ‘adored’ Orcas’ spend their time… Performing like monkeys inbetween spending all their time in swimming pool sized tanks. Its barbaric and time for this to stop!!! PS) Supporting these attractions also supports the Japanese slaughter of many dolphins .. check out The Cove.

  3. Joanne Josey says:

    I totally agree with Nicole.
    Please dont go to these shows its all about making money. Set these animals free!

  4. bectheactivist says:

    These poor creatures do not need to be forced into a glass tank for people to “ooh” and “aah” at when they could do it for free and just look at the oceans! If you support SeaWorld, Miami Seaquarium, etc., you are supporting the dolphin slaughter that goes on in Taiji and all of the whaling that goes around in the world. You have just as much blood on your hands as the “trainers” and murderers of Taiji, Japan do. DO NOT support SeaWorld or its actions. “One Ocean”?! Really? Let these whales GO!!! Quit contributing to the destruction of the oceans and lifes of all animals.

    – Rebecca

  5. Lucy says:

    Please please do not endorse these establishments. SeaWorld has been responsibly for about 46 orca deaths in recent years, several of which occurred last year alone. The conditions in which the orcas are kept in (despite supposedly being the ‘best facilities’) are ultimately, still not the wild. So these orcas suffer from the worst problems that captivity induces- dental problems, birthing complications, inter-breeding, forced ejaculation, mental problems, dangerous living spaces, performance accidents, etc etc. The list goes on and on.
    If you buy a ticket to watch these shows, you are directly funding the business and therefore keeping it alive- thus keeping these orcas in captivity and creating a demand for new ones to be bred. Check out The Orca Project, Cetacean Calling and The Orca Network for details on the business and the suffering these animals go through, just so customers can pay to get a splash and see them do a few jumps. The behavious shown in the shows are not natural, so going to see one could never be educational, as they are trained to act in certain ways and show no natural and normal orca behaviours, as they have never had the chance to interact with other wild orcas in a natural environment. And remember, SeaWorld and Miami Seaquarium are FOR profit organisations, which means they want your money for their pocket, not for the animals’ benefit.

  6. Michelle Keegan says:

    It is an absolute disgrace to keep these creatures in a prison like environment, as you know they are highly intelligent, and have a sense of self. They should be wild and swimming in the vast oceans, and not swimming around concrete swimming pools for our entertainment. People would benefit more from seeing them happy and swimming free. I will never visit any of your resorts, and I will continue to educate friends, family and the many people I come in contact with everyday about the cruelty of captivity. Hopefully they to will choose never to visit your Dolphin prison.

    PS. Watch please watch “the Cove”

  7. jorge says:

    i like it , my kids like it . its the american dream and i will support it ..

    1. The Sad Whale says:

      I pity your American dream…. Show your children real life

      1. Noah says:

        I second l what The Sad Whale said.

    2. emily says:

      Jorge, youre evil.. Let these animals run free dammit. They live in the huge ocean just to be kept in seclusion in a small tank just for YOUR entertainment. They’re suffering.. How do you feel NOW jorgito??? 😦 Hurts doesnt it?

    3. bectheactivist says:

      How does the American Dream have ANYTHING to do with animals being held against their will in a glass tank with a never-ending sheet of glass?!

  8. Noah says:

    There is as much education in these attractions as there is studying human beings in Isolated confinement. Keeping these animals in these tanks is like keeping a person in their bedroom for their whole life. It’s plain wrong.

  9. nah says:

    Sea World is doing negative things for killer whales. In the wild there are no documented attacks on humans…
    Sea World has changed this and showed that they are willing to kill people actually detracting from the positives about the whales.

    Killer Whales belong in the ocean!!!!!!

    I will be so happy the day there is no more killer whales in captivity and that day will happen soon.
    No one is liking this dreaded place…
    I’m sick that they people that work there can continue to do so and live with themselves…

  10. Ronda Carter says:

    I will forever boycott Seaquariums and Zoo’s…..there is absolutely NO educational value and these places are just plain cruel. Let me lock anyone who doesn’t believe this in a room for years without any human contact, tell you when to eat, when to sleep, and when to “perform”. These shows are all about GREED! Look at Hertz, the owner of Miami Seaquarium and Lolita, for a perfect example of GREED! These people were born without hearts!

  11. Kelly J. Lynch says:

    This “One Ocean” show debuting at the same time as the OSHA hearings in regards to the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau (which Sea World is trying to have sealed) is more publicity for them to turn the eye of the public from the fact that orcas do not belong in captivity. Orcas and dolphins are self aware and very capable of making their own decisions. Forcing them to perform circus tricks for food in an effort to “educate” the masses is ludicrous. When an orca or any cetacean is placed in a concrete tank, it is being removed from those things which are most important to it. That is family and their primary sense of echolocation. Captivity is cruel. Make no mistake, the slave trade is alive and well.

  12. Sk18cat says:

    I’m assuming that everyone in here, who is agains Sea World, is totally and 100% willing to stop breeding dogs, cats, or other pets (birds, hamster, fish, etc) for that matter as they are clearly not intended to be kept in captivity either, especially when. Therefore it would be very interesting to see how many people in here have pets that they treat like dirt at their own homes, but they only critizice Sea World or Zoo’s because they cannot make a profit of their own pets.

    It’s true that we should not continue capturing these creatures in the wild, but remember that most of the ones that are currently kept at Sea World or Zoo’s are now born in captivity, therefore by letting them free in an environment that they do not know would be considered animal abuse and cruelty since they will have no chance to survive agains their own wild mates. See the example of Keiko, whom had spend so much time apart for his wild family that he preferred to come back to be near humans and finally died, probably of loneliness because his only family now, humans, had let him free in a world that he didn’t know at all.

    I do not support the capturing of new creatures for educational or investigation, but I would think twice before putting these creatures in danger by returning them to an environment they do not know.

    In regards to the trainers, investigators, etc., we all need to understand that these people understand and fully accept the risks that they are been exposed to when dealing with these wild creatures, just like a doctor undestands the risk of exposing him/herself to people who are sick; or police officers deal with criminals; or firefighters deal with fire; or our military personnel go to war; and for that matter, didn’t many of you understand and accepted the risks and responsibilities of becoming parents?, so before judging, take a step back and judge your own situations.

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