Orlando

SeaWorld celebrates 50th anniversary of its parks

 
 
This parrot fish was created by the Washed Ashore Project, an environmental art group, of garbage taken from the ocean.
This parrot fish was created by the Washed Ashore Project, an environmental art group, of garbage taken from the ocean.
SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando Sentinel

SeaWorld Orlando has gussied itself up for its 50th anniversary celebration, and some of it looks downright trashy.

That’s by design. SeaWorld commissioned four sculptures that are made of beach debris.

The colorful sculptures were created by the Washed Ashore Project, an environmental art group. Octopus, parrot fish, a sea horse and sea anemone reef pieces are in the park’s revamped Sea Garden.

You’ll probably see the sea horse first. It’s close enough to touch and examine the many kinds of plastic goods. It’s fascinating to look at but depressing to think of that junk on our shores and in the water, causing injury to sea life. That’s kind of the idea, right?

The celebration, which is called “Sea of Surprises” and will continue for 18 months, commemorates the opening of the original SeaWorld park in San Diego in March 1964. In addition to San Diego and Orlando, there’s a SeaWorld in San Antonio.

The celebration includes pop-up entertainment, unexpected encounters with animal ambassadors, and prize giveaways by the SeaWorld Surprise Squad, which roams the park daily. A new nighttime show, “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night,” is set to debut June 21.

Other evidence of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration is springing up throughout the park. There have been enhancements to the signage at the parking lot’s entrance and a new look for the lighthouse at the park. The two-level seating area that scales the Sky Tower now has a stylized Shamu and bubbles on it.

The bubbles are a recurring theme. They even appear on construction walls (”Pardon our bubbles …”). A “Bubble Blowout” vehicle is in action in Shamu’s Happy Harbor.

Read more Florida Travel stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK



  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category