SeaWorld New Offerings for 2017 at ALL Parks and Resorts

Today, during a special media event at SeaWorld Orlando, the company announced new plans for 2017. SeaWorld Orlando announced that there will be eight new offerings coming next year to the Orlando park.                                                                                                                                                 img_0060

If you wish to see the full video from today’s press event be sure to check out the video below:

The biggest announcement of them all was the addition of Virtual Reality (VR) helmets to Kraken, the sixteen year old coaster at the park. The interesting option with this addition will be that guests can choose to ride with the VR helmets or without, allowing them to ride the classic coaster the same way they have for the past sixteen years or with the updated VR. The VR helmets will give guests a unique story while riding the coaster. SeaWorld has yet to announce when the VR helmets will be added, however we can only speculate it will be there in time for summer.

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SeaWorld also announced the Seven Seas Food Festival coming in February to the park. Essentially this is SeaWorld’s version of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, however it sounds like SeaWorld will focus more on craft beers. We got the chance to sample the Hawaiian Pulled Pork slider which was quite good! If this slider is any indication of the food offerings for the festival, then guests are in for a real treat!

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Coming later this year, SeaWorld brings back its Christmas Celebration Event along with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Guests can expect to see some of the familiar events during the Christmas Celebration from years past including an opportunity to meet Rudolph and Clarice.

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Other offerings include a new Passholder lounge for guests at Aquatica Water Park, a redone Dolphin Nursery area, a new show for the Nautilus Theater (which SeaWorld promises will be an original, beautiful, and breathtaking show), and a new Waterfront Bar that will offer unique local craft beers for guests visiting. Guests will also be able to take in the brand new nighttime show during the summer featuring bioluminescent animals.

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SeaWorld seems to be on the right track with these new additions and helping their attendance numbers and falling revenue. By attracting more Passholders with these unique seasonal events they will be able to attract the locals and spread the word that SeaWorld is back and better than ever! I believe that these additions will definitely help SeaWorld as long as they market everything the right way and continue to make sure the front line Team Members are some of the best in Orlando. I have always loved SeaWorld with its beauty and constant caring for all sea life, but my issue has always been with the Operational employees and how these attractions are run. However that is an argument for another time.

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In addition to the new offerings at SeaWorld Orlando, the parks in San Antonio and San Diego have announced new offerings including Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster for San Antonio, and Ocean Explorer for San Diego. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster is a unique jet ski-style car design that has guests in a straddled seating position and launches them into hills and turns. Ocean Explorer at Sea World San Diego is a new three acre realm combining multiple aquariums, rides, and digital technology. The signature ride, Submarine Quest, allows guest to embark on a global expedition to collect data and learn how to protect animals.

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DISCLOSURE: SeaWorld Orlando invited us to this media event for the 2017 offerings. However all opinions expressed are those of the author. All photos and video produced by Matt Dobrovolsky. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Matt Dobrovolsky

Matt is an avid theme park lover and has been going to Disney World since the age of three. Matt was known as the "Disney Geek" all throughout school and in 2013 he moved to Orlando, Florida to finish his Hospitality Management degree at University of Central Florida- Rosen College of Hospitality Mgmt. During his time at Rosen, Matt got the opportunity to work for Disney Legend Ron Logan who is now a professor at UCF. Matt has been working for Disney since 2010 at the Disney Store in Paramus, NJ and was a participant of the Disney College Program in Spring 2011. In 2014, he began his career with The Walt Disney World Resort on the Fastpass+ Team at Magic Kingdom and since then has worked at many attractions including Mission Space, Test Track and was part of the opening team for Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. Matt currently works at Star Tours at Hollywood Studios and runs a YouTube channel: DarthVader92 showcasing the latest from the Theme Parks in Central Florida and the attractions themselves.