Raphael’s Lego Orcas Seaside Adventure

iCCK logo 001Raphael, our special correspondent from Brazil, visited California for the first time this July. As a Florida park-fan, he decided to visit the opposite coast, and visited almost every single park in the state. His enthusiasm and great re-telling of his Californian adventures continue in the fourth of many iCCK articles. Let him take you to Legoland California, SeaWorld San Diego, and Belmont Park, in this brand new article! Continue reading “Raphael’s Lego Orcas Seaside Adventure”

The 5 Best Launches in California

20140620_122128 (Large)In this awesome state with a huge variety of different parks and coasters, we’re very fortunate to have a bunch of different launches. Whether it’s hydraulic, LIM, LSM, or Fly-Wheel, we’ve got it all in this state! Where as some states lack launches, we’ve got some that launch you up in the sky, into pitch black Egyptian tombs, or backwards through rare elements. In fact, there are a total of 10 Launch Coasters in California, with a total of 17 launches! Let’s check out the 5 Best Launches in California! Continue reading “The 5 Best Launches in California”

SeaWorld San Diego Trip Report – July 9th 2015

20150709_143148 (Large)It has been a while since I’ve personally been to SeaWorld San Diego, and had the opportunity to visit myself this time. I had an absolutely great time, it’s one of the best maintained parks around. The operations on their rides were incredible, and even though I spent 12 hours there, I didn’t even get to experience everything they have to offer (I did make sure to get plenty of rides in on their coasters 😛 ) Take a look at the park and what they offer during their 50th summer celebration! Continue reading “SeaWorld San Diego Trip Report – July 9th 2015”

A WHALE-OF-A-VALENTINE’S-DAY CELEBRATION: Valentine’s Evening With Shamu

Valentine’s Evening With Shamu is an elegant, unforgettable, romantic evening at SeaWorld® San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 14. SeaWorld’s award-winning chefs will cook up a delicious Californiainspired four-course menu, and diners are sure to be mesmerized by majestic killer whale performances just a few feet away from candlelit tables on Shamu’s private poolside patio. The menu includes a sustainable tuna stack, artisan cheese, organic tomato soup, braised angus short ribs and much more. Seating is limited. To make reservations, call (800) 257-4268 or visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.Dine With Shamu V15 (Large)

SeaWorld San Diego Update for October 5th 2014

Now we have a correspondent working with us for the San Diego area, Aiden, we are able to frequently offer SeaWorld San Diego updates. Here’s his first work with californiacoasterkings.com, the Update from October 5th.

Aiden went to Sea World San Diego on Sunday to check out the new Halloween
Spooktaular going on. The Sky Tower was closed all day. He
arrived in the late afternoon, the park wasn’t very crowded.

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After parking, it was apparent that Journey to Atlantis had broken down, as none of the boats had passengers.

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‘I noticed when entering the park that they have kept their brand
new entrance area clean…’

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Something else that caught his eye (that can be seen in the previous
picture), was that the cleaner fish interactive exhibit had construction
walls around it…

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The lack of Halloween decorations this year is very strange… There were
hardly any around the ENTIRE park, and the little they did have this year doesn’t even slightly compare to some of the decor in the parks up north. Moving further in
the park, it looks like construction has not yet started on the new Blue World next to Shamu Stadium…

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From what Aiden was able to see under the walls and around the stadium, not even
materials have arrived yet. ‘Peeking under the wall, I could only see
filters and tanks.’

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Some new displays have popped up around Shamu Stadium showing off the HUGE
conservation and rescue effort run by the Sea World group.

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There was also a construction wall near the ShipWreck Reef Cafe, and it must be something at least permanent for the need of an excavator.DSCN0025 (Large)

After passing Shipwreck Rapids which was
functioning, he continued through the park.

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‘Continuing the loop around the park, I came across Manta, which also experiences technical difficulties.’

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Notice the Penguin Encounter, which is rumored to be Sea World’s next
project after the Blue World Project.

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On his way over to Wild Arctic, he passed one of the trick or treating
stations, which is part of their Halloween Spooktacular. The idea is, you
grab a bag and roam around the park recieving candy from each of about 10
stations. Something we really like!

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Rather than having Halloween decorations, SeaWorld seems to have skipped that this year, and moved right along to their far more popular Holiday season events.

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Journey to Atlantis was back up and running. For how often
both of the park’s MACK coasters break down, Sea Worlds mechanics always do
a great job in getting them back up in around 20 minutes. Something crucial for large crowds but small amounts of rides.

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Heading back towards the park entrance, there is a small Halloween area
adjacent to Cafe 64. It was complete with decorations, a DJ, and, of
course, CANDY! YAY! SeaWorld didn’t completely skip Halloween this year! 😀IMG_2343 (Large)

Last, but definitely not least, there are several new sign posts around the
park for the 50th anniversary celebration, that listed some interesting
facts about the parks history, he only got a few, but more will come your way soon.IMG_2344 (Large) IMG_2345 (Large) IMG_2360 (Large)
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That’s all for this update!

Thanks Aiden for visiting SeaWorld as part of California Coaster Kings!

Seaworld Expands Killer Whale Habitat – Blue World Project

SEAWORLD ANNOUNCES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND KILLER WHALE ENVIRONMENT

AND MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS

 

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 15, 2014)  SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative, homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.thumb_image_8613

For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”SEA Beach View (Large)

Transformational New Environments

The first of the new environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego where the killer whale environment is planned to have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres and spanning more than 350 feet in length, the new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of killer whales.SEA Underwater View (Large)

Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enriching experiences and other interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment and inspire them to celebrate and conserve the natural world.SEA SWSD Site Plan (Large)

Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”thumb_image_8615

Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of leading-edge animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities. It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge the whales both physically and mentally. Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.thumb_image_8614

The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio.

Killer Whale Research

As part of the Blue World Project, SeaWorld has committed $10 million in matching funds focused on threats to killer whales in the wild, especially those identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale. That includes new projects already funded this year: one that will help to understand the hearing ranges of killer whales and the other that will provide insight into nutritional status and reproduction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale. The matching funds will be in addition to killer whale research conducted by SeaWorld’s scientists, which includes nearly 50 studies to date.

The Announcement

The announcement was made today (August 15th) at SeaWorld San Diego.

Sea Street Band performed today just before the company’s announcement of plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and to fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild.  Blue World Project™ will begin at SeaWorld San Diego and then will follow at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio.
Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San Diego

Killer whale environment announcement image Sea Street Band

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® Vice President of Veterinary Services Christopher Dold makes remarks during an announcement today of plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and to fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild.  Blue World Project™ will begin at SeaWorld San Diego and then will follow at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio.
Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San DiegoKiller whale environment announcement image Chris Dold San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria makes remarks during an announcement by SeaWorld today of plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and to fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild.  Blue World Project™ will begin at SeaWorld San Diego and then will follow at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio.
Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San DiegoKiller whale environment announcement image Todd Gloria SeaWorld® San Diego Park President John Reilly makes remarks during an announcement today of plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and to fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild.  Blue World Project™ will begin at SeaWorld San Diego and then will follow at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio.
Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San DiegoKiller whale environment announcement image John Reilly

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® CEO Jim Atchison makes remarks during an announcement today of plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and to fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild.  Blue World Project™ will begin at SeaWorld San Diego and then will follow at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio.
Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San DiegoKiller whale environment announcement image Jim Atchison During an announcement today SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® CEO Jim Atchison (center at lectern) is joined by SeaWorld team members and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria for the unveiling of renderings of new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments.  Blue World Project™ will begin at SeaWorld San Diego and then will follow at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, Fla. and San Antonio.
Photo credit: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld® San DiegoKiller whale environment announcement image Unveiling

We think this is a marvelous announcement, SeaWorld is battling the criticism they’ve recently received, and with this state-of-the-art facility and research project they are bound to disprove critics and better the health of their killer whales and the experience of guests!