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09/12/16 at 03:34pm in Seaworld Parks 2017 (Latest Edit: 09/13/16 at 12:44pm by Eric.)
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Heroes an article of what someone believes*(not official) will come to SeaWorld parks in 2017. Honestly, all these things are really cool and would be fantastic if they did them, but I don't see a lot of it happening as their already doing sea rescue rides next year.
Quote:We have heard some major plans for a lot of theme parks, both in Orlando and beyond. What we haven’t heard about is what is happening at SeaWorld, either in Orlando or any of the other parks. With the end of 2016 coming faster than we’d like, the rumors are also starting to come a little faster.

VR Coaster

The VR craze is sweeping theme parks all around the world. It’s soon coming to not only SeaWorld, but other parks in the chain. SeaWorld Orlando is rumored to do a VR makeover on Kraken. The rumor is that you will fight a giant sea beast as you sail over the rails. The same system is also rumored for SeaWorld San Antonio’s Steel Eel

New Shows

Our friends at Screamscape report that there’s rumor of a new bubble show at SeaWorld Orlando. While a stand alone bubble show seems a bit…strange. What we’ve been told is that this will be part of a new series line up, similar to SeaWorld San Diego’s “Summer Vibes” series. The shows will take place in the Nautilus theater, and will include the Gazillion Bubble Show, which has been touring all over the country. It features huge bubble demonstrations, cool lighting effects, and of course the killer smoking bubbles. It’s like a magic show…only with bubbles. There will be other acts as well, all family friendly, but more than your typical acts like Choo Choo Soul. Instead of being aimed at toddlers, it will be aimed at ages 4-12.

An all new show is also rumored to debut this summer at all three SeaWorld parks, with it starting at SeaWorld San Diego. “Electric Ocean” will be themed to the love of the sea, but will more high energy. You can expect water fountains, lighting effects, light fireworks and even projection mapping. The thought is that it will debut summer of 2017 at all three parks. It will not be centered around Shamu, as the company is still trying to shift your eyes away from the whales, and towards the whole ocean. There’s no word if this will be a fun show, or if it will be all about conservation.

Next year will also see the start of the shift from entertaining to educating Shamu shows, as SeaWorld San Diego is slated to end their theatrical Shamu shows this year. Next year will see the first of the three new educational shows (not first ever, don’t be stupid) and redesign of the habitat for the whales. The rest of the parks are scheduled to phase out the shows by 2019, with Orlando being the last park to adopt the plan. San Diego’s transition should be well received, but the rest of the chain will remain to be seen how well the shows do. This is a move that has not been very welcomed by passholders, but cheered by activists.

Upgrades

Also on the front for SeaWorld Orlando are a couple of massive upgrades to their existing rides. The biggest was to be Journey to Atlantis. The ride is going down for a lengthy rehab near the end of 2016, and will not be back up until the first part of 2017. While there will be a major overhaul to the ride systems, there is rumor that the ride could get retracked with some new elements on the coaster section. We won’t know for sure until SeaWorld either announces it or reopens the ride.



Wild Arctic was also rumored to get a major reworking in 2017, with special attention being paid to the Polar Bear exhibit. The last polar bear at SeaWorld passed away a few years back, and the park has not brought a new one in, so the thought is that the park will completely re-do some of the existing animal habitats to make them larger. There’s also rumor of a new ride film being brought in for the ride, along with an upgrade to the outdated ride system. The new ride would be 3D and would have several different varients that would ensure for a different experience with every time you ride.



2017 will see larger emphasis on shows for the entire family, and you could see an extension of some of their more popular events, as well as some new ones coming to the park. There’s a rumor that SeaWorld Orlando will get the popular Seven Seas Food festival from SeaWorld San Antonio, which includes smaller musical acts and an emphasis on food from different parts of the world. Add this to the Bands, Brew, BBQ as well as Viva La Musica, and you’ll have major events that cover every part of the spectrum for food.

Of course, none of this has been officially announced, so it’s not happening as of now. All of Orlando’s theme parks, not just SeaWorld Orlando, have seen a decline in attendance this year. SeaWorld Orlando announced a huge drop in attendance, and the company’s profits came in lower than expected as well. Add this to the large investment in Mako this year, and you could see SeaWorld Orlando sit 2017 out with just some smaller additions, especially since SeaWorld San Antonio is adding an all new coaster, and SeaWorld San Diego is adding a new interactive kids attraction.
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09/12/16 at 10:17pm in Seaworld Parks 2017
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- I don't really want VR on Kraken. Reasons as to why somebody wouldn't want VR have already been beaten to death, so I won't go there.

- A major re-do on Journey To Atlantis sounds great, but a re-track seems unnecessary. They could/should just fix the remainder of the mechanical FX and perhaps find a solution to media synchronization issues.

- I just want a show in the Nautilus, but the entire theatre (as pretty as it is from outside) needs to be re-profiled in my opinion. The proscenium leaves a large blank space on stage right, for no reason except maybe for the unique shape of the theatre.

- I would not be surprised to see big changes to Wild Arctic.

-Their lagoons need something, and they all need a night-time spectacular. I haven't heard anything about this one yet, however.

Overall, I think these are fun rumors. If it was about the Busch Gardens part of the chain, I would say "No way any of this is happening." Then again, SeaWorld seems to realize that they can't let the SeaWorld parks remain idle, or leave attractions SBNO. Maybe some of this is a possibility.

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09/12/16 at 10:27pm in Seaworld Parks 2017
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^Amen to everything you said, COS.

The "dancing" musical fountains that float along the lagoon and pulse in sync to music make me wonder if a World Of Color-type show would work at SWO.

Maybe with some high-tech lighting, they could even get by with using the same fountain systems they have now and save a ton of money. Throw in some cool fog effects, maybe some water-screen projectors, and an inspiring musical score, and the park could have a winning nighttime show on their hands at a cost significantly lower than something like fireworks.

Plus, as far as I know, no other Orlando park features a nighttime spectacular that is exclusively a fountain-oriented show. The only concern I have is whether the floating bridge along the water can support enough weight to accommodate the audience.

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09/12/16 at 10:58pm in Seaworld Parks 2017
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(09/12/16 10:27pm)Joe Wrote:  ^Amen to everything you said, COS.

The "dancing" musical fountains that float along the lagoon and pulse in sync to music make me wonder if a World Of Color-type show would work at SWO.

Maybe with some high-tech lighting, they could even get by with using the same fountain systems they have now and save a ton of money. Throw in some cool fog effects, maybe some water-screen projectors, and an inspiring musical score, and the park could have a winning nighttime show on their hands at a cost significantly lower than something like fireworks.

Plus, as far as I know, no other Orlando park features a nighttime spectacular that is exclusively a fountain-oriented show. The only concern I have is whether the floating bridge along the water can support enough weight to accommodate the audience.

They already have some lighted fountains on the bayside stadium side of the bridge that they use during their Christmas Ice Skating show. Maybe not as up to date and nearly as numerous as Worlds of Color fountains, but similar technology.

Bayside stadium is where I would think they would put any type of lagoon/fountain oriented show.

The lagoon bridge is not a floating bridge, by the way.
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09/13/16 at 03:11am in Seaworld Parks 2017
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Wouldn't the chain announce any of this already if it were to happen. Some of it sounds like it would take months to put together and don't parks usually announce things a year in advance or something like that?
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09/13/16 at 07:55am in Seaworld Parks 2017
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I think you need to look a the source here. Behind the Thrills is not known for their... journalistic accuracy.

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09/21/16 at 12:56pm in Seaworld Parks 2017 (Latest Edit: 09/21/16 at 12:58pm by acrossdapark.)
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(09/13/16 07:55am)Zimmy Wrote:  I think you need to look a the source here.  Behind the Thrills is not known for their...  journalistic accuracy.

Beat me to it. No, no they are not especially all the crazy things they claim have, will, or going to happen at WDW.. A quick look around their site and one can figure it out quickly. Splashy, click-bait ridden headlines, no substance. They only get traffic by spending TONS on digital and social media marketing/ads.
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09/21/16 at 04:08pm in Seaworld Parks 2017 (Latest Edit: 09/21/16 at 04:08pm by CoasterJon18.)
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There is an annoucement planned for 9/27 (Next Tuesday)... Any ideas on what it could be for?

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09/22/16 at 02:47pm in Seaworld Parks 2017
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More than likely it'll be a formal announcement for the new dark ride opening next year.

Assuming the park wants to do Kraken VR, that'll probably happen too

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