New Characters Coming to SeaWorld Parks – Franklin and Friends

Remember the sweet turtle named Franklin from the books you read to your children?  Well, Franklin’s going on vacation, and he will be found at SeaWorld Parks around the country.  The creator of the book and TV show Franklin and Friends has teamed up with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to bring the characters to the theme parks in 2013 – especially during their Just for Kids events.  Continue reading for all the details from SeaWorld’s press release.

SeaWorld Franklin and Friends

Franklin image courtesy of Corus Entertainment Inc

From SeaWorld’s Press Release:

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana announced today a multi-platform partnership that combines the appeal of the popular Franklin and Friends characters with the beloved SeaWorld brand.  Beginning January 2013, the company’s new SeaWorld Kids brand and Nelvana will team up to introduce kids and families to in-park Franklin characters, TV specials, books and merchandise.

SeaWorld Franklin and Friends

Franklin image courtesy of Corus Entertainment Inc


Highlights of this multi-faceted partnership include:

  • Franklin will take up residence at the three SeaWorld parks for the year, where guests will be able to meet this classic character, take photos and get autographs.  The parks include:

SeaWorld Orlando beginning with the “Just For Kids” event January 2013

SeaWorld San Antonio beginning with the “Just For Kids” event April 2013

SeaWorld San Diego beginning with the “Spring into Night” event March 2013

  • Franklin and Friends’ specialty merchandise, much of it exclusive to SeaWorld, will be available in the parks
  • SeaWorld and Nelvana are collaborating on two Franklin and Friends on-screen specials which will focus on the natural world
  • The SeaWorld Kids brand will be reflected in select Franklin products, including co-branded books published by Corus Entertainment’s Kids Can Press.

Franklin’s addition to SeaWorld Orlando’s Just For Kids event kicks it up a notch.  He’ll be found near Pelican Preserve where guests can meet him, take photos and get autographs at select times throughout the day.  Just For Kids is a kid-focused festival where little ones can sing, dance and play the day away while watching live performances from family favorite kid-acts.  Just For Kids takes place Saturdays, January 12 through February 2, 2013, and is included in SeaWorld admission.  The line-up includes: Jan 12: Imagination Movers; Jan 19: Laurie Berkner – SOLO!; Jan 26: Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve; Feb 2: The Kratt Brothers, Featuring the Stars of Wild Kratts.

Imagination Movers

Photo Credit: Adams Photography


“Families throughout North America and from around the world look forward to their visits to SeaWorld parks in the U.S., and we are very excited to integrate the Franklin and Friends preschool brand into that experience,” said Colin Bohm, Managing Director, Nelvana.  “The theme parks and the new SeaWorld Kids entertainment and merchandising opportunities provide ideal platforms for kids and families to connect with Franklin and Friends.”

Franklin and Friends at SeaWorld

Franklin image courtesy of Corus Entertainment Inc


“This partnership is a ‘natural’ for us to create fun, family experiences that connect young kids to animals and the world we share,” said Scott Helmstedter, Chief Creative Officer for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. “SeaWorld Kids is a brand dedicated to specifically connecting children with animals and nature, and Franklin is an enduring, much-loved animal character that brings adventure to kids. We look forward to working together to create unique opportunities for the Franklin and Friends’ characters to have outdoor adventures and also educate viewers along the way.”

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.