You Won’t Believe These New, Inspiring Natural Orca Encounters

Part of SeaWorld’s historic announcement will be the introduction of new, inspiring, natural orca encounters rather than theatrical shows.

We couldn’t be more excited about the future of how our guests will be able to view and be inspired by these majestic animals.

The new orca encounter will take our orca shows in a different direction. Everything will reflect the natural world and will focus on the research, education, care and respect that aligns with our mission to advance the well-being and conservation of these beautiful creatures. 

No longer a theatrical show, this live presentation will have the feel of an engaging documentary centered on the orca’s natural behaviors, physical attributes, intelligence, social structures and unique relationship with mankind. 

Our existing show pools and viewing areas will be redesigned into a more naturalistic setting and we will continue to present the whales at scheduled times before a guest audience. This change will start in our San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then 
Orlando in 2019.

We are excited to inspire current and future generations of people to take action to help protect animals and wild places. These encounters are in line with our efforts to reimagining how guests experience our parks, turning them inside out so that people can see our animal rescue efforts firsthand and learn more about the plight of animals in the wild - all while preserving the fun and amazing atmosphere our guests have come to love and expect at SeaWorld. 

We are excited about an amazing future. The world is changing and we want to welcome you back to a changing SeaWorld. 

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