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Summer 2009 Issue 5

The latest news on the most exhilirating adventure parks in the world!

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New DVD, Baby news, Get Famous and Orlando stats

Brand new DVD! Get your copy of the very latest Worlds of Discovery DVD. It’s packed with documentaries, footage and special features that will make the parks come to life in your living room! There’s a brand new ‘Saving a Species’ feature on orangutans, exhilarating footage of Manta in action and never-seen-before filming from the depths of Jungala.

Discovery Cove feature

Learn with Shamu

Now get famous We love seeing your Worlds of Discovery photos so keep them coming! Email your favourite shot to tell us where the picture was taken*, and you could end up in our next issue of The Discovery Trail. Good luck!

Baby news!

Otterly loveable Say hello to one of SeaWorld’s newest inhabitants! This little chap is one of four baby Asian small-clawed otters, and this photo was taken around a week before they opened their eyes – at just three weeks old. SeaWorld breeds the otters as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species and Survival Plan. Isn’t he just gorgeous!

Orlando update July 2009 Average temperature June – September

33°C to 38°C Lucy, Olivia and Emma Reid marvel at Aquatica’s Commersons Dolphins. Thanks girls!

*You’ll need to be over 13 years old and have permission of those pictured in the photo. Visit to read the full photo agreement and release.

More than 48 million people visit each year With more than 5,300 restaurants, Orlando’s dining choices read like a world map Orlando International Airport was ranked as the most on-time airport in the country in 2008

Worlds of Discovery Contents



School holiday deals

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Find out who’s celebrating their 50th birthday 08

School holiday deals you won’t want to miss Sizzling night time entertainment and spooky goings-on Manta gives guests a hair-ray-sing experience Find out who’s celebrating their 50th birthday Adventures beyond the Florida sun Aquatica packs it all in Young Explorers jungle fun

Beyond Florida

Manta gives guests a hair ray-sing experience


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Hello sunshine! Summer’s finally here, and whatever the British weather’s doing, it’s great to know that at the Worlds of Discovery Parks, the sun is bound to be shining! In this issue, you’ll find out about our scorching school holiday deals, and spectacular after-dark entertainment. Read all about Manta’s first flight at SeaWorld and discover what’s so special about Aquatica this year. You’ll also learn where else in the world you can catch awesome killer-whale shows and thrilling coaster rides – and it’s not as far as you might think. Bring on the summer!


Discovery Cove & Aquatica 4 School holiday scorchers!

Enjoy a personal, up-close experience in paradise

School holiday scorchers!

Low season prices for Discovery Cove • Extended Aquatica opening hours


e’re excited to announce that our sizzling low season offer on Discovery Cove has now been extended into the summer months INCLUDING THE SCHOOL SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND AUTUMN HALF TERM! Yes, that’s right – high season dates for low season prices!

For just £159 per person , the Choice of Adventure Package gives you 1 day’s admission to Discovery Cove including the dolphin interaction PLUS the choice of admission to either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens over 14 consecutive days. Or, for an extra £30 you can choose to go for the full Worlds of Discovery experience with the Ultimate Adventure Package which

The fun lasts even longer at Aquatica!


reat news! Aquatica guests who have pre-purchase their Aquatica inclusive tickets will be able to jump the queues before they even begin by entering the park a whole hour early . So the only thing you’ll have to worry about is what to do first!

allows you admission to Discovery Cove plus 14 consecutive days admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Aquatica. These special offers are available for all new reservations before the 19 th December 2009. So take advantage of these fantastic savings and start looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime!

3-Parks for the price of 2! Did you know, you can now get a 3-Park SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens ticket for the price of the 2-Park SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Ticket? and should be positioned on all websites, brochures and marketing collateral as “3-Parks for the price of 2”. Bookable for these park visits; Book Dates: 15th June 2009 to 31st December 2009

Tickets first use must be by 31st December. Vouchers exchanged or tickets first used on this date, will be valid for the full 14-day validity. The offer is bookable with immediate effect, is applicable to new ticket bookings only from the 15th June and for visits throughout 2009. The payment process for this ticket offer remains unchanged and all other contract terms and conditions apply.

Park Visits: 15th June 2009 to 31 st December 2009

Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Night time events 5

Darkness descends but the fun never ends...

Your guide to this summer’s evening events at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld After Dark SeaWorld Orlando’s also hotting up after dark this summer, staying open until 10pm or 11pm* each night from 23rd May to 7th September. There’ll be some amazing shows including spectacular fireworks and, Shamu will be rocking on into the night! And the best bit? It’s all included in the price of your admission!

Summer Nights at Busch Gardens From 6th June until 16th August 2009, you’ll get even more value from your admission to Busch Gardens. That’s because once the day is done, the evening entertainment begins, with the park staying open until 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.* Ride the coasters in the dark and explore Jungala after sundown! Plus, enjoy some awesome shows and concerts, roving entertainers and live DJs. *Times and entertainment subject to change. Check before attending.

Howl O Scream Autumn promises some sinister surprises this year as Howl-O-Scream celebrates its 10th year of terror at Busch Gardens, and now you can also pre-book for the first time in the UK. For 17 selected nights during September and October, the park will be once again transformed into Florida’s top-rated Halloween event. From all-new haunted houses to spine-chilling stage shows, there are spooky goings on around every corner. So make sure you watch your back!

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Manta has opened!

Manta has been an instant hit at SeaWorld

It’s up, up and a ray for Manta! nd now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Manta the flying ray has taken flight!


with his family on 21st May 2009 at the Worlds of Discovery. And who better to give Manta the thumbs up than a world-class diver!

Manta officially opened to the public on 22nd May this year – and what an exciting day for those first in the queue!

Young Olympic diver, Tom Daley, was among the first to brave SeaWorld’s newest and most spectacular coaster, which captures the speed, power and grace of the mysterious Manta ray. Tom was celebrating his 15th birthday

Tom said “Diving has made me very at home with heights, speed and 360◦ rotations, but this didn’t take away from the ride’s power and intensity at all. Altogether a totally unforgettable way to celebrate my birthday!”

Already one of SeaWorld’s greatest attractions, Manta delivers a ride like no other – with TWO exciting parts to the Manta experience – from seeing the ray’s habitat to actually ‘being’ the ray!

SeaWorld Orlando Manta has opened!


MANTA FACTS Underwater wonder Total animals: 3,000 Water (gallons): 184,000 Rays: 304 Fish: 2,500+

Overhead thrills Max. drop: 113 ft Top Speed: 56 mph Height required: 52 in Ride Time: 2 minutes, 35 seconds.


an ta’ sR ay Hab itat

First, enjoy an awe-inspiring journey through an underwater world – with perfect views of 300 rays and thousands of other colourful sea creatures through floor to ceiling glass and an overhead viewing panel. From shark rays to sea dragons, you’ll be mesmerised by their graceful movements and beautiful colours as they glide silently around you. Then, it’s time to get your heart racing aboard the amazing manta-

Tom Daley (second from left) gliding like a ray

inspired coaster. Not only will you be reaching dizzy heights of over 140 feet through the sky and over the sea, and plunging to depths of 113 feet at speeds of nearly 60 mph, you’ll be doing all this HORIZONTALLY, FACE DOWN! For all of its riders, Manta promises to be a truly unforgettable experience – especially when you find yourself skimming the water as you swoop across the waves. Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 8 50 Years of Wild Adventures

Did you know? Busch Gardens is the largest adventure park in Florida at 330 acres and has more rollercoasters than any other park in the region (seven).

Did you know? This year Jungala was named Best New Theme Park Land by the Themed Entertainment Association, an international theme park industry group.

Busch Gardens celebrates 50 years of wild adventures


his year sees the 50th birthday of Busch Gardens, and to mark the occasion, the Busch team have put together an awesome exhibition, open to all guests. Showcasing the weird, wild and wonderful highlights of the last half century, it includes hundreds of photos, souvenirs and artefacts from over the years.

On the 31st March 1959, August A. Busch Jr proclaimed Busch Gardens Tampa open. His legacy has made Busch Gardens a place to create

fantastic memories for guests of all ages and now delivers the whole package – thrilling rides, more than 2,500 animals, Broadwaystyle shows and a host of other attractions. Why not start your exhibition experience at the 70-foot timeline to see just how Busch Gardens has changed? Then take a look at some of the park’s old hidden treasures, including seats from the Python rollercoaster, costumes from old stage shows and even the gnomes from Dwarf Village! The exhibition remains open for the rest of 2009.

Did you know? From the treetops of Jungala you can observe Bengal tigers and orangutans, acrobatic gibbons and flying foxes. You can also experience amazing rides like the zip line experience which offers three different flight patterns above the tree tops for young adventurers and another that launches you up above a towering waterfall.

Did you know? There’s a fantastic all day dining deal – all you care to eat or drink at participating restaurants for just $29.95 or $13.95 for children ages 9 and under.

Loro Parque, Siam Park and SeaWorld San Diego Discover Tenerife and Animal Magic 9

Discover Tenerife’s adventurous side Two award winning parks for all the family to discover

Tower of Power

If you want a fun-packed holiday closer to home this year, you’ll love Loro Parque and Siam Park in Tenerife – both proudly endorsed by Worlds of Discovery. Shark Tunnel

At Loro Parque you can experience a full-on killer whale show, make some little waddling friends at Planet Penguin, as well as seeing gorillas, white tigers, dolphins plus a whole lot more.

Mai Tai River

If you’re into water rides, wave pools and long, lazy rivers, Siam Park will not disappoint, with an amazing 28 water slides and other fantastic attractions to soak up!

Orca Show

Celeb spot!

SeaWorld San Diego works its animal magic Drawing more than 4 million visitors a year, SeaWorld San Diego puts on some breathtaking shows and attractions. But what really makes SeaWorld San Diego stand out is its commitment to conservation and scientific research. Did you know for example that SeaWorld San Diego was the first marine zoological institution in the world to successfully conceive marine mammals through artificial insemination? Or that the park is partnered with organisations including the WWF and the National Wildlife Federation? You can even stay at SeaWorld San Diego as part of an educational camping trip! Visit to find out the latest conservation info.

Oscar-winning actress, Halle Berry got a Shamu-sized hug from Shamu during a visit recently. Halle and her family had the chance to meet a variety of other animals including dolphins, sea lions and sharks during their visit.

Aquatica Orlando 10 Aquatica’s fun for everyone

Aquatica’s making a big splash!


f you’re looking to get the most for your money, Aquatica is a sure hit for the entire family. Whether you’re the energetic type or you simply prefer to lay back, relax and soak up the sunshine, there’s something for everyone! Fancy a stomach-churning six-storey, 250-foot drop? Try Hooroo Run for size! Or perhaps you’d prefer to wind your way down Loggerhead Lane, Aquatica’s lazy river that flows right through exotic fish habitat. Why not get the whole family together for crazy raft ride,

Walhalla Wave? Or spend time with the little ones amidst the fountains, rides and slides of Walkabout Waters or Kata’s Kookaburra Cove. Just watch out for those water cannons! There’s a choice of two spectacular wavepools, according to how brave you’re feeling. Experience the gentle rolling surf of Cutback Cove, or conquer the five-foot swells of Big Surf shores. The choice is yours. Even Aquatica’s signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, caters for everyone – if you don’t fancy shooting down the 250-foot clear tube,

you can still watch the Commerson’s dolphins play at Dolphin Lookout. One thing Aquatica guests always love when it comes to value is the Banana Beach All Day Dining Pass. Not surprising when you think just how much activity you can pack in throughout the day – it’s enough to give anyone an appetite. Right now, until 15th August 2009, a continental breakfast will be included in the menu so you’ll get even more for your money. Dining Passes cost just $22.95 ($12.95 for children).


Adventurous kids?

Chilled drifters?

Try Dolphin Plunge, Aquatica’s signature flume ride

Try Walkabout Waters, a world of wavepools and water slides

Try Loggerhead Lane, Aquatica’s exotic fish habitat

Worlds of Discovery Young Explorers 11

Young Explorers Can you list the homes of some of our favourite animals? Regular readers of Young Explorers will probably know by now that the Worlds of Discovery parks are full of amazing animals. Both swimming in clear waters and roaming about on dry land, there’s plenty of opportunities to get up close to them. Now take a look at the nine ‘up-close’ pictures opposite. Can you match the number of the image to the names of the animals in the list? And then, can you guess where they live? We’ve already done two for you, now it’s your turn. Answers are below. Good luck!

(2) (5) (8) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )

Manta Rays have inspired the latest experience at SeaWorld Orlando, let’s find out more about these amazing creatures! 1. Rays are found in waters all over the world in both salt and fresh water.

2. Manta rays are about four metres from wing to wing – though the biggest manta ever found measured more than six metres across!









Bottlenose Dolphin Bengal Tiger Orca Whale Peacock Manta Ray Macaw Cownose Ray Sea Turtle Gorilla

Under the spotlight this issue... Diodu y w? k no


3. There are over 400 species of rays found throughout the world – you’ll find eight different types at Manta. 4. A school of rays is called a ‘fever’, though most manta rays swim alone. 5. Most rays bear young in litters of five to 15.

Discovery Cove Busch Gardens SeaWorld

Manta Rays

Answeres: Peacock (9) Busch Gardens, Manta Ray (3) Discovery Cove, Macaw (6) Discovery Cove, Cownose Ray (7) SeaWorld, Sea Turtle (4) SeaWorld, Gorilla (1) Busch Gardens

If you haven’t already booked your adventures with Worlds of Discovery, we’ve selected four of our most comprehensive ticket packages to help you get organised.


Choice of Adventure

ULTIMATE ADVENTURE The 3-Park Ticket Three great parks, one great ticket.

Orlando FlexTicket Plus Your unlimited access to adventure for six of Florida’s most popular theme parks. PARKS INCLUDED

The ultimate ticket for up-close animal encounters and amazing thrills.


3-Park Ticket

Unlimited admission to all parks for the length of your holiday

Orlando FlexTicket


3-Park Ticket

Orlando FlexTicket Plus

Unlimited admission to all parks for the length of your holiday

Discovery Cove Choice of Adventure Swim

Admission to your choice of either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. Discovery Cove is a 1-day experience only

Discovery Cove

© 2009 Busch Entertainment Corporation. All Rights Reserved.


Discovery Cove packages


Discovery Cove Ultimate Adventure Swim


Unlimited admission to all parks (except Discovery Cove which is a 1-day experience) for length of your holiday

Choice of Adventure


SeaWorld Orlando

Aquatica Orlando

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Discovery Cove Orlando

Universal Studios

Islands of Adventure

Wet ‘n Wild

Free shuttle bus

To view the best value ticket packages available visit


Choice of Ad

All tickets are valid for 14 consecutive days except Discovery Cove packages. The Orlando FlexTicket Plus is valid for 14 consecutive days. The Discovery Cove Ultimate Adventure Swim is valid for a 1-day experience at Discovery Cove and 14 consecutive days access to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens. The Discovery Cove Choice of Adventure Swim is valid for a 1-day experience at Discovery Cove and 14 consecutive days access to either SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. Guests must be at least 6 years of age to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove. Discovery Cove guests aged 3-5 must purchase the non-swim package. Free bus transportation is available to Busch Gardens on the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express. This service departs from various locations in the International Drive and Kissimmee areas (subject to change). Reservations are a must and can be made by calling 1-800-221-1339.

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