ORLANDO, Fla. (April 13, 2017) –SeaWorld Orlando announces its latest world-class attraction, Infinity Falls, to debut summer 2018. Thrilling rapids will roar through the brand new rainforest river experience, while adventure-seeking guests plunge down the world’s tallest river rapid drop.
“We are constantly looking at new ways to amaze our guests – Infinity Falls will do that, and more,” said Jim Dean, President of SeaWorld Orlando Parks. “From the excitement of the thrilling rapids, to the unique vertical lift element, it will be an adventure that appeals to the entire family. Infinity Falls continues our commitment to investing in our park, and developing new ways to entertain and inspire our guests with meaningful, fun-filled vacations.”
To bring Infinity Falls to life, designers were inspired by the rainforests of South America and the flowing rivers found within. Each raft will twist and turn through a lush jungle environment as guests experience the feel of exhilarating Class IV rapids. A unique vertical elevator will lift each raft for a dramatic launch into the river, 40 feet below.
“Water makes up more than 70% of our planet,” said Brian Morrow, Vice President of Theme Park Design Experience. “We developed Infinity Falls to tell new stories that showcase the beauty and sheer power of water and the amazing wildlife that lives in it. The result is a new river rapids adventure for our guests to explore, and actively help freshwater ecosystems in a way that only SeaWorld can bring to life.”
The addition of Infinity Falls is the perfect addition to SeaWorld’s ever-growing ride portfolio. From the roller coaster thrills of Mako, Manta and Kraken to the water flume fun of Journey to Atlantis, Infinity Falls will soon join the park’s famed attractions as a must-do experience in Orlando.
Infinity Falls will be the centerpiece of a newly themed surrounding area, fully immersing guests in a rainforest canopy. After riding the rapids on Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.
Infinity Falls will open at SeaWorld Orlando in summer 2018. #SeaworldOrlando
VRstudios, a global virtual reality (VR) company offering commercial entertainment and enterprise solutions, announced today, a partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm and parent company, Cedar Fair, to design and install a specialized VR experience at the Southern California-based theme park.
Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair are recognized in the entertainment industry for their leadership in creative application of technology in their attractions. Cedar Fair’s Vice President of Strategic Growth, Christian Dieckmann, is leading the company’s pursuit of immersive and unique experiential technology through their relationship with VRstudios.
“Our collaboration with VRstudios to develop a new custom-built, immersive amusement experience at Knott’s Berry Farm is exciting for our customers and consistent with the memorable experiences they expect from our parks,” said Dieckmann. “We chose VRstudios for our inaugural free-roaming VR installation because of their successful track record providing VR globally for other location-based entertainment venues. No other VR company can offer a truly untethered multi-player experience. We believe the planned attraction will amaze our guests and encourage repeat visits.”
“It is rewarding to partner with entertainment visionaries who want to do something amazing with the new VR technology,” added Charles Herrick, Chief Executive Officer of VRstudios. “When clients want to push the limits beyond what is commonly available, it gets our entire team motivated because they know there will be an outlet for their innovation.”
Knott’s Berry Farm visitors will be able to enjoy the new VR experience for a small fee in addition to admission, beginning the second quarter of this year.
Knott’s Berry Farm is Southern California’s original theme park; featuring world-class rides, shows, attractions, the Knott’s Soak City Waterpark and Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: “FUN”), a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.
Families and friends can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on December 31 as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky and festive entertainment can be enjoyed throughout the park until 12:30 a.m., including craft beers and delectable dishes.
To get the full experience, the 4-course New Year’s Eve Celebration Dining & Fireworks Package at Sharks Underwater Grill features a prix-fixe signature meal, with mouthwatering entree choices such as char-grilled filet mignon, blackened Cape Canaveral shrimp and much more. Guests will also receive a souvenir group photo and will end the evening with reserved seating at Bayside Stadium for the fireworks show. The New Year’s Eve Celebration Dining & Fireworks package is $199 per person.
For families seeking a unique experience to enjoy together, the park favorite, New Year’s Eve Dine with Shamu Package is returning.While reveling in a delicious, all-you-care-to-enjoy meal, guests can experience a special evening dining alongside killer whales and learning more about their care. At $99 per person, this package includes a souvenir photo and an exclusive firework-viewing reception from the Hilltop Patio.
To book unforgettable SeaWorld dining experiences for New Year’s Eve, guests are encouraged to visithttps://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/dine-and-shop/dining/signature-dining to confirm their spot. The dining packages typically sell out in advance. Theme park admission is required to enjoy these special opportunities.
Guests who visit SeaWorld on December 31 will also experience all the wonder, excitement and fun ofSeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™, which includes six dazzling shows, over one million lights, and more than 60 tasty treats and drinks. Full details are available atwww.seaworldorlando.com.
The best way to experienceSeaWorld’s New Year’s Eve andSeaWorld’s Christmas CelebrationTM is with an Annual Pass offering unlimited general admission and free parking all year long.
The Smash Hit Attraction Officially Reopened with a Special In-Park Celebration featuring the Marvel Super Heroes
The Marvel Super Heroes and a crowd of excited guests celebrated the official reopening of the thrilling, smash hit attraction, The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. After a special countdown to the ride’s reopening, the Marvel Super Heroes led guests inside the attraction and became the first official riders on the newly revamped coaster.
The Incredible Hulk Coaster now features thrilling new enhancements that make one of the world’s best roller coasters even more incredible. The newly-enhanced attraction now features:
- A brand-new ride vehicle with a sleek, modern design
- An all-new onboard ride score exclusively produced by Patrick Stump – front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy
- An original storyline that places guests at the hands of an experiment led by General “Thunderbolt” Ross, created by the genius minds at Universal Creative
- A completely redesigned queue which appears to guests as a high-tech, scientific facility centered around a massive Gamma Core
The Incredible Hulk Coaster joins the growing list of new experiences at Universal Orlando. Recently, Universal Orlando celebrated the opening of the hit attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, and welcomed guests to its fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.
IAAPA Attractions Expo returns to Orlando for 2016!
In early 1917, after ten years of periodic attempts to join their collective voices together, amusement park and other outdoor entertainment representatives from all over the United States gathered at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss the possibility of organizing an association for their industry in keeping with the slogan “Common Defense and Common Advancement.” From this meeting emerged the National Outdoor Showmen’s Association (NOSA). In 1918, it officially became the first national organization in the United States for all segments of the amusement park and outdoor entertainment industry.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo 2016 returns toe Orlando in November. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry. More than 30,000 attractions industry professionals, including 20,000 buyers from more than 100 countries, will gather Nov. 14-18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, to view the latest products and cutting-edge innovations, learn industry insights from experts in their field, and make new connections or strengthen relationships with longstanding business partners.
The trade show floor will fill more than 550,000 net square feet of exhibit space with 1,000 companies displaying products and services in 125 different categories. In addition to the nine miles of aisles packed with new ideas and attractions industry solutions, IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 offers more than 80 educational experiences from behind-the-scenes EDUTours to professional development institutes and one-on-one consulting sessions.
International attractions industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries from all segments of the industry will participate, including manufacturers and suppliers, and the owners and operators of theme and amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, resorts, and more.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 attraction, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The nonprofit organization maintains regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Orlando.
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Beginning July 22, beat the heat like never before at SeaWorld Orlando’s all new Summer Soak Party. Families can take a break from the sun and splash and dance the day away under playful sprinklers and rain curtains. DJ’s and dancers keep things cool while ice-cold culinary surprises delight guests at this summertime celebration Party Zone.
The Summer Soak Party takes place daily through August 14 at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium from 12 to 6 p.m. and weekends August 15 through Labor Day.
Exclusive Party Zone Offers
- $1 Cotton Candy
- $1 Popcorn
- $2 Bottled Water
- $3 Bottled Beer
- $3 Shamu® Ice Cream Bars
- $10 Shamu® Bubble Blower
- $10 Shame® Misting Fan
- Free Beer Daily for Pass Members- SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can now receive a free 12 oz. draft pour of Mako Red Ale daily through August 31. Guests can show their Pass at Terrace Bar, Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen or Spice Mill to receive this daily offer.
- Christmas in July- Christmas time might still be a few months away, but July is the perfect time to save big on SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration running select nights in November and December. Starting July 21 through July 25, guests can book reservations to Santa’s Fireside Feast – a holiday dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves – at a 30% discount. Guests can also purchase discounted Holiday PhotoKey Packages and tickets to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration for only $69 at SeaWorldOrlando.com.
- For the best way to beat the heat and get all the summer deals and competitive ticket offers, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com
Summer of Mako at SeaWorld Orlando
Through August 7, SeaWorld will feature Summer of Mako, an all-new event that encourages families to explore, be inspired and take action to protect our one ocean. Whether you want to meet animal experts, dive deeper into an ocean of interactive games or experience Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Mako, Summer of Mako has something for everyone.
Island Nights at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark
Beat the Central Florida heat this summer at Aquatica®, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®. Now through August 6, Aquatica will offer another way to cool off with Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola®. Taking place every Friday and Saturday night, guests can enjoy an evening celebration of summer with a special Island Nights soundtrack, extended park hours, a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to park close, an evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill and an evening kick-off party with a DJ and dancers. Event included with park admission to Aquatica.
To learn more about all of SeaWorld’s ticket offers this summer, visit www.SeaWorldOrlando.com. Events and times are subject to change. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Summer of Mako and Island Nights information. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #SummerOfMako.
( copied From the Disney Park Blogby Jennifer Fickley-Baker)
Earlier this year, Disney Early Morning Magic launched at Magic Kingdom Park to give eager guests the opportunity to be among the first to experience theme park attractions and breakfast inside the park. Today we’re happy to share that not only has Disney Early Morning Magic been extended through September 30, 2016, for Magic Kingdom Park, but Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon offer Disney Early Morning Magic as well!
Beginning August 1, a select number of guests can experience Disney Early Morning Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Beginning at 7:45 a.m., guests can enter the park and experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Mania!, Pixar Place character greetings (with Woody and Buzz), and Mickey and Minnie on Commissary Lane and Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight. Guests can also partake in an all-you-care-to-enjoy breakfast at ABC Commissary from 8-10 a.m.
y Early Morning Magic for Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting today. The number of tickets available for each morning is limited, so visitDisneyWorld.com/EarlyMorningMagic to reserve or call 407-827-7350 for more information. (Please note that a theme park ticket is required in addition to the Disney Early Morning Magic ticket. Disney Early Morning Magic is also a separate experience than Extra Magic Hours, which are held on different dates).