SeaWorld Orlando transports rescued dolphin from Panama City

 

SeaWorld Dolphin

Orlando (January 26, 2012) — Earlier yesterday, animal care experts from SeaWorld Orlando transported a stranded Atlantic spotted dolphin from Gulf World Marine Park after it had been rescued by the facility Tuesday morning near Panama City Beach.

The team arrived at SeaWorld’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

While at Gulf World, the 240 lb female spotted dolphin was monitored and stabilized until SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Team could arrive to transport her back to Orlando for continued care.

She was moved to SeaWorld Orlando due to lack of rehabilitation space at Gulf World.‪

Once she arrived at SeaWorld Orlando she received fluids and ate a half-pound of squid – a cautious, but good sign, according to park vets.

The dolphin will continue to receive monitored care and rehabilitation. ‪

For 45 years, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has helped animals in need — ill, injured and orphaned.  More than 20,000 animals have been rescued by our experts.‪

Today the dolphin continues to receive fluids and is eating on a regular basis.  She is receiving around the clock supervision from SeaWorld animal care experts and park vets are happy with her progress.  We will keep you posted on her status.

Photos are attached of animal care experts from SeaWorld Orlando caring for the dolphin.

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SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ‪‪

LEGOLAND® FLORIDA ANNOUNCES 2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

legoland floridaWinter Haven, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2012) – Central Florida’s newest family theme park is gearing up for an action-packed 2012 with special events specifically geared towards families with children age 2 to 12. From LEGO® Friends Weekend to Kids’ New Year’s Eve the first full year of LEGOLAND® Florida is sure provide many reasons for guests to return again and again. The best way to participate in all the events at LEGOLAND Florida is with an Annual Pass – starting at just $99.

•       LEGO® Friends Weekend is a daytime party for girls that includes a LEGO Friends building event, entertainment, games, activities and much more. This first-ever event celebrates girls and their personal individuality, just like the LEGO Group’s newest line of construction toys.

 March 24 & 25, 2012

•       Runners and walkers can play – or run – their part during the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation Citrus Classic 5K. This community-wide health event is designed for participants of all ages. April 14, 2012*

•       Celebrate the 4th of July with a bang at LEGOLAND Florida’s first Independence Day event – Red, Brick & Boom.  With special 3D glasses that turn ordinary fireworks into millions of exploding bricks, this July 4th celebration is sure to dazzle and delight. July 4, 2012

•       Brick-or-Treat comes to LEGOLAND Florida every Saturday and Sunday in October. This spooky, kooky event features themed treat stations with candy, snacks and a few surprises along the way. October 2012

•       Go LEGOLAND – it’s your birthday! Guests can celebrate LEGOLAND Florida’s first anniversary with a very special celebration. October 15, 2012

•       ‘Tis the season for Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida with a 270,000 brick Christmas tree and festive decorations. Santa Claus makes daily appearances in the park. Weekends in December

•       Countdown to Kids’ New Year’s Eve features nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise. Watch the spectacular fireworks explode into millions of tiny LEGO bricks with special 3D viewing glasses. December 26-30, 2012

•       5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Happy Kids’ New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Florida where the giant LEGO brick drops at a very kid-friendly midnight KST (Kid Standard Time) – otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST. Other event elements include fireworks and a dance party DJ. December 31, 2012

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Obama at Disney: ‘America is open for business’

Obama at Walt Disney World

Orlando Fl,  Today President Barack Obama visit  Walt Disney World  As expected, Obama announced he intends to expand the U.S. State Department’s  Global Entry Program for trusted international visitors; expand and accelerate visa application processing for such countries as Brazil , India and China countries with the highest growing middle class in the world,   and attempt to add more countries to the Visa Waiver Program that allows foreigners from 36 countries to skip the visa process.

The moves all are designed to make it easier for international travelers to visit the United States. In Florida and at Disney World, the issue focuses mostly on Brazilian travelers, whose visa applications are backlogged. Florida and Disney World are among the favorite destinations of free-spending Brazilians, who spend an average of $5,000 each per visit.

“We’ve got the best product to sell. I mean look at where we are,” Obama said , gesturing to Cinderella Castle behind him.

“We’ve got the most entertaining destinations in the world. This is the land of extraordinary natural wonders from the Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon, to Yellowstone, to Yosemite. This is the land where we do big things, so we have incredible landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Empire State Building, the Hoover Dam, the Gateway Arch. This is the land of iconic cities.

“I’m here because I want tourists here tomorrow,” he concluded. “I want America to be the top tourist destination in the world.”

“The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work. It’s that simple,” he added.

Ruben Perez a son of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants who owns a restaurant at Orlando International Airport Introduced Obama .

“Needless to say, tourism is a big factor in our business. Tourism is a big factor for thousands of working families in Orlando, in the service industry. Anything that increases foot traffic is great for business,” Perez said.

Earlier in the day, Obama issued an executive order setting up procedures to speed up issuance of tourist visas to citizens of Brazil, India and China and establishing a multi-agency committee to study long-term ways to expand international tourism to the United States.

“People want to come here,” he said. “So this is what it’s all about – telling the world that America is open for business.”

Obama began his brief speech at about 12:40, starting with a recognition of Mickey Mouse. “It’s always nice to meet someone who has bigger ears than me,” he said.

Later, he said that Disney represents “the quintessentially American spirit.” The speech ended at 12:53 p.m.

Guests entering the park – who normally exit monorails or boats at the foot of Main Street U.S.A. – were routed through a backstage area directly to Tomorrowland because Main Street was blocked off to the public. Disney set up floats and music to provide a more festive atmosphere in the backstage area, which is normally used only by Disney employees.

Obama is the fourth sitting president to visit a Walt Disney World park, the first since George H.W. Bush in 1991. He’ll be the first to visit the Magic Kingdom since Jimmy Carter  in 1978.

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Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2012

 

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT CELEBRATES THE SPIRIT OF NEW ORLEANS WITH 

MARDI GRAS 2012

 Pop Superstar Kelly Clarkson and Other Nationally-Renowned Artists to Perform Live in Concert

 Celebration Includes Authentic Cajun Cuisine, Mardi Gras Parade and Tons of Beads

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ORLANDO, Fla.  This spring, the fun and excitement of The Big Easy makes its way to Universal Orlando Resort for Mardi Gras 2012 – an authentic celebration that completely transforms Universal Studios Florida into the famed New Orleans street party.

On select nights February 11 through April 14, 2012, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration combines unparalleled theme park entertainment with an elaborate Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic New Orleans bands, delicious Cajun cuisine and live concerts by some of today’s most popular artists.

Mardi Gras 2012’s concert series features performances by 14 top-name musicians, including global superstar,

Kelly Clarkson.   Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, she has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, won two Grammy Awards and recently released her fifth studio album Stronger, featuring the hit single “Mr. Know It All.” Kelly Clarkson will perform at Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration on Feb. 18.  The complete Mardi Gras concert line-up will be released in early 2012.

The other 13 artists taking the stage during Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2012 promise to be some of the biggest names in music, spanning multiple music genres. Before enjoying the live concerts, guests can dance along with street performers and collect beads by the handful as the Mardi Gras parade winds down the street of Universal Studios.  The parade’s elaborate, hand-crafted floats are built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that designs the floats for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The celebration continues at Universal Studios’ French Quarter Courtyard – the heart of Mardi Gras. Here, guests can groove to the soulful sounds of authentic New Orleans bands.  Since 2006, more than 20 bands have traveled straight from The Big Easy to Universal Orlando to perform Blues, Jazz and Zydeco music for partygoers – adding to the authenticity of Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration.  The French Quarter also features delicious Cajun cuisine, including jambalaya, gumbo, beignets and much more.

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Despicable Me” to Become Attraction Experience at Universal Orlando in 2012

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UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT REVEALS MAJOR ATTRACTION NEWS

                                                       Blockbuster 3-D-CGI Feature “Despicable Me” to Become

Attraction Experience at Universal Orlando

Plus, Incredible High-Tech Enhancements Underway for One of the World’s Most

Popular Attractions: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort today announced that its newest attraction will be based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s blockbuster 3-D-CGI feature “Despicable Me,” bringing minions, mayhem and a whole new level of 3-D family fun to its guests.  The “Despicable Me” experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida.

Universal also announced that The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, one of the greatest attractions in theme park history, will be completely reanimated in 4K digital high definition – once again redefining the theme park experience.

Both will open in 2012 and are being developed by the same award-winning Universal Creative team that has brought all of Universal Orlando’s spectacularly themed attractions to life.  Both will utilize brand-new, highly sophisticated Infitec 3-D projection systems designed to make the experience sharper, clearer and more “real” than ever before.

DESPICABLE ME

With a worldwide gross of more than $540 million, 2010’s “Despicable Me,” from directors Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin, is the sixth most successful film that Universal Pictures has ever distributed.  It is now the 10th-biggest animated film in U.S. history.  The 3-D animated adventure thrilled audiences across the globe with its outrageous humor, endearing characters and compelling storyline – all of which guests will be able to experience exclusively at Universal Orlando in 2012.

“Despicable Me” will become the first-ever Universal animated film to be transformed into a theme park experience.  The Universal Creative team is working closely with producer Chris Meledandri, the founder of Illumination Entertainment, to create all-new animation for an all-new “Despicable Me” adventure that places guests right in the center of the action.

Gru, one of the world’s greatest super-villains, is bringing his high-tech empire – and his three adopted daughters – to Universal Studios, and he is looking for all the help he can get.  First, he will transform guests into an army of mischievous, scene-stealing minions.  Then he will train them.  And that kicks off an unforgettable ride experience that creates a hysterical mix of chaos and family fun.

Guests will:

  • laugh as they embark on an entirely-new, high-tech 3-D digital adventure with their favorite characters from the film – Gru, daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, and of course, Gru’s not-so-bright pit crew, the minions
  • marvel as they explore Gru’s lair and descend into his secret lab
  • shriek as the entire family is transformed into minions
  • celebrate as they are swept into a first-ever, minion-inspired, interactive dance party where they can show off their best moves

“The ‘Despicable Me’ attraction is the latest example of how we tap into pop culture’s most compelling stories and turn them into extraordinary theme park entertainment,” said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.  “This is a perfect fit for Universal Orlando, and we can’t wait to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”

“As we write, design and animate our films at Illumination, it is our singular goal to bring to life endearing and, hopefully, enduring characters,” said Chris Meledandri.  “With the creation of next year’s ‘Despicable Me’ attraction at Universal Orlando, audiences will be able to immerse themselves in Gru’s world for many years to come.”

 

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN

Already one of the most popular and innovative theme park attractions ever created, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure continues to raise the bar for theme park entertainment – combining advanced motion-based ride vehicles, 3-D digital film and live special effects to create an unparalleled ride experience.  It is widely acknowledged as one of the best theme park experiences in the world – and it’s about to get mind-blowingly better.

The newly reanimated, high-definition experience will unfold within the attraction’s towering visual spaces – taking on even larger than larger-than-life proportions.  The new digital animation – combined with the new Infitec system and new set enhancements – will transform what is already one of the most technologically advanced attractions ever created into what will feel like an all-new experience.

Facts about the enhanced ride experience:

  • All-new digital animation done in 4K high definition – the highest HD resolution available
  • The new HD animation will allow guests to experience details they’ve never been able to before – from the flames spewing from Hobgoblin’s pumpkins to the electricity arching through Electro’s body to the stitching on Spider-Man’s gloves.
  • To take advantage of new HD clarity and detail, Universal Orlando is adding entirely new details to the film – and leaving it up to guests to find them.

“Guests will not believe their eyes when they experience the new Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” said Thierry Coup, senior vice president of the Universal Creative Studio.  “We are talking about a larger-than-life environment and the HD animation will make it even more remarkable than it has been.  It will seem brand-new.”

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CHILDREN AGES 5 AND YOUNGER CAN EXPERIENCE FAMILY ADVENTURE FOR FREE AT SEAWORLD & BUSCH GARDENS

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The New SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass Offers Kids
Unlimited Admission With No Blackout Dates Through 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2012) – It’s an awesome time to be a preschooler!  Children age five and younger can now explore the depths of the ocean and the wonders of Africa for FREE with the new SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Preschool Pass. Little ones will experience kid-size thrills at Busch Gardens’ Sesame Street Safari of Fun and SeaWorld’s Shamu’s Happy Harbor play areas, get up close to their favorite furry and feathered friends in addition to seeing new shows brought to life.
The pass is good for all of 2012 at both SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Kids are welcome to experience all there is to do for the preschool set, along with the chance to enjoy seasonal events including  SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular and festive holiday events at both parks. New this year is SeaWorld’s all-new festival that’s“Just for Kids!” featuring concerts by Lazy Town, Max & Ruby, the Doodlebops and Choo Choo Soul, along with plenty of family-friendly fun and activities on Saturdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 4. And Busch Gardens will delight guests with its biggest ice show ever, Iceploration, premiering this February.
Parents and older kids can join in on all the excitement with a Fun Card, when they pay for a day and come back all year through Dec. 31, 2012, with no blackout dates.
 
“Must-see” preschool attractions at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld’s littlest guests can enjoy the wildly popular 4-acre play area, Shamu’s Happy Harbor.  It’s a kid’s dream come true, complete with kid-size rides, a 4-story net climb, and a great place for parents to relax while watching their kids have splashes of fun.  The park’s first family-oriented roller coaster, “Shamu Express” can be found here along with other kiddie rides to explore. 
 
Of course no visit to SeaWorld is complete without being splashed by Shamu!  SeaWorld’s newest killer whale show, “One Ocean,” features majestic whales performing spectacular behaviors, including thrilling high-energy leaps, while educating and inspiring kids and their families to make a difference in this world.  And at “Blue Horizons”kids will be awed by graceful dolphins, false killer whales, a rainbow of exotic birds, and entire cast of divers and aerialists.
 
Kid-favorite “Pets Ahoy!” will leave children giggling as a menagerie of rescued dogs, cats, birds, rats, skunks, pot-belly pigs, and other animals performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits. 
 
While older kids are flying, gliding and soaring on Manta, younger ones can experience the incredible underwater world of tropical fish and rays in the floor-to-ceiling aquariums.  Manta’s underwater viewing area is home to more than 3,000 species. Kids can even “pop up” in the middle of a small aquarium, surrounding themselves with hundreds of fish for some great photos.  
 
At Dolphin Cove, kids (and parents) can touch and feed dolphins and also go below the surface for an underwater view where they just might see a dolphin blowing a bubble or two! 
 
Plus, SeaWorld features a cozy Baby Care Center located at Shamu’s Happy Harbor with top-of-the-line changing facilities, private feeding rooms and pint-sized potties.  This brightly-colored building gives parents the privacy and comfort of a home-away-from home in the middle of all the fun and is a one-stop shop for baby necessities.      
Busch Garden loves kids, too!
Don’t forget this awesome new FREE Preschool Pass also includes Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Just a short hour’s drive away, in addition to all the  wondrous animal encounters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, preschoolers will delight in Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a sunny funny play land, filled with moments that your family can share for the first time — like a first coaster experience aboard Air Grover. And everyday smiles can be repeated time after time —clapping along to original shows, splashing in our expansive water play area and enjoying kid-size rides.
 
Sign up today!
The Free SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an exclusive online offer,  It is exclusively for Florida residents ages 5 and younger and is valid for unlimited admission – with no blackout dates – through Dec. 31, 2012 at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Premium Passport discounts or benefits.
After registering through either park’s website, registrants can pick up the Preschool Pass for their child by bringing a printed confirmation and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate to any ticket window at SeaWorld’s or Busch Gardens’ front gate.
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