ORLANDO – With Labor Day Weekend just two weeks away, marking the official end of the summer tourist season, one of the region’s major theme parks is rolling out a fall campaign promising thrilling rides, new shows and two other crucial words in a still shaky economic environment: “incredible savings.”
Now through Christmas Day, SeaWorld is letting visitors book two nights at a SeaWorld partner hotel, and get a third night free. Guests who take advantage of this plan also get the added benefit of SeaWorld’s All-Day Dining Deal included free with each paid admission.
“It’s already SeaWorld’s best getaway value,” the theme park giant noted in a news release.
By staying at one of the “Official Hotels of SeaWorld,” guests also get complimentary Quick Queue — or front-of-the-line access to SeaWorld’s rides — complimentary transportation to the theme park, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Orlando; and the opportunity to eat all day for free at select SeaWorld restaurants.
In addition to the discounts, SeaWorld Orlando is also unveiling some new shows, including “One Ocean,” feauring a killer whale that the theme park says will be ”connecting guests to the sea with a new level of energy, excitement and vibrancy as it educates and inspires them to make a difference in this world.”
The show features SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales as ambassadors of the sea, and immerses audiences in the “vivid colors and sensations of the underwater world,” the park notes. “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.”
In the fall, SeaWorld is bringing back two established favorites. Halloween Spooktacular let’s children and adults experience an underwater “fanta-sea” with trick-or-treating and dancing with sea fairies and pumpkin fish.
New this year, kids will get an opportunity to become a part of SeaWorld history by decorating an 80-foot-long, sea-themed coloring wall. Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12–8 p.m. during weekends in October.
Then comes Christmas at SeaWorld, with the popular The Sea of Trees, featuring 75 massive trees, each one sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes. Holiday events at SeaWorld take place on select nights from Nov. 25 through Dec. 11, and nightly from Dec. 16-31.
SeaWorld will also be hosting the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association’s annual Christmas party on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m., the trade group announced today.
“December is our wonderful Christmas party at SeaWorld,” said Tim Justynski, the social committee chairman for the association that represents vacation home managers. “This is going to include dinner and special seating for some of their Christmas shows. SeaWorld has three different Christmas shows they do, and we’ll have access to the theme park.”
Colin Young, the association’s president, noted that it costs just $30 per couple, or $15 per person, for members to attend – a great deal in these tough economic times, he said.
“SeaWorld has been very supportive of us this year,” Young said. “And that’s a great price. What can you get for $15? Fifteen dollars a head – you can’t go wrong.”
Young noted that the theme park – and any other attraction that hosts the association – wants the property managers to help spread the word about the fun things to do here in Central Florida.
“They really want us to see how great they are so we can pass that information on to our guests,” he said. “These events are great fun.”
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates 10 parks across the country, including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, Busch Gardens parks in Tampa and Williamsburg, Va., and Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando.
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