“We look forward to introducing many new experiences to SeaWorld Orlando in 2017,” said Donnie Mills, President of SeaWorld's three Orlando parks. “We are constantly looking at ways to inspire Guests... Now, with so many new additions our Guests and pass members have more reasons to visit again and again.”
why cant they just leave the dolphins and babies alone! they wont want to be bothered with tons of people gawping at them. poor things!!
Uhhh... Dolphins like people.
Dolphins don't "like people." They are not dogs.
first anonymous...you are an idiot!
I hope the VR on Kraken is optional. When i'm on a roller coaster, I want to see the roller coaster (which is real), not watch a movie...
The VR will be optional,when you bring down the overhead restraint there will be a pouch with the headset,if you choose to wear it is up to you.
They're not dogs, but they do in fact enjoy human interaction. They're very playful and intelligent animals, so they're usually very outgoing toward people, and if they don't want to interact with people no one's going to force them to. Also I think the thing with the mom and baby dolphins is only for veterinary care purposes. These people are the best of the best in animal care; they wouldn't do anything that would distress or harm the animals (plus they know the 'activists' would jump on any excuse to trash talk them again).
Good on them for following up a major new attraction with some smaller additions the next year. I read somewhere that this is supposed to be the new trend for both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, but I was skeptical until now. A new VR option on a major coaster like Kraken will be interesting; it'll either be incredibly immersive and fun or impractical and nauseating. One thing that's certain is that it'll be a major draw for coaster enthusiasts as the first full implementation of VR on a roller coaster, which has been the "next big thing" for some time now. I just hope this helps erase some of the undeserved stigma against SeaWorld (seriously people, it's getting really old; that movie was fact-checked a long time ago so quit making judgments based on it).
"A new VR option on a major coaster like Kraken will be interesting; it'll either be incredibly immersive and fun or impractical and nauseating. One thing that's certain is that it'll be a major draw for coaster enthusiasts as the first full implementation of VR on a roller coaster, which has been the "next big thing" for some time now."
VR showed up on MANY Six Flags coasters in 2016. This is nothing new or special.
"VR showed up on MANY Six Flags coasters in 2016. This is nothing new or special."
While true, the Six Flags VR does not feature audio and are not installed on the trains themselves, they are simply Samsung Gear VR headsets that the riders wear, and the videos used are mostly generic that have no tie in theme to the actual coaster, except Superman in New England of course.
This proposed installation seems to be more inline with what has been done on Galatica (formerly Air) at Alton Towers in the UK, with the headsets being installed on the train and featuring audio to accompany the visuals, providing a more immersive experience, which has had relatively favourable reviews.
I think this could be quite interesting, and has the potential to be one of the better VR overlays. They just need to nail the operations side of things to make sure throughput doesn't crawl to a halt.
These are nice additions for 2017. Definitely renewing our Seaworld passes for 2017.
So excited for these new attractions!
This is my 1st post on this subject.
Regarding comments on the Dolphin "Mother & Baby" attraction : I think this is always going to be a contentious issue. There are valid arguments on both sides and no-one is an idiot for having an opinion. The World is divided on whether or not Zoos of any kind should be allowed. The conservationists view that species ultimately benefit from them is valid but only so long as the animals in captivity do not suffer either physically or emotionally.
I have mixed feelings because a lot of animals in captivity are denied the environment that allows for their natural behaviour.
However I have to concede that there are undoubted benefits derived from conservation. Particularly if it means that a species survives once it's natural environment has been compromised.
Seaworld would have to satisfy animal welfare that the dolphins would not suffer as a result of this attraction. Perhaps they cannot see out but we can see in ? Any ideas on that ?
The Animals suffer? Please... Give me a break if people are so upset about suffering animals, go adopt a cat from your local shelter. These animals are treated like gold,fed. loved and interacted with. Only some stuck up, pompous, self righteous jerks would say they are mistreated.
Why should dolphins be stuck in tiny concrete boxes just for human entertainment? They may or may not enjoy interactions with humans, but they certainly do not enjoy being in that miniscule living space! People who stick up for Seaworld have been misinformed about what really goes on behind the scenes. As for them being loved, as John Hargrove says in his book, the dolphins and orcas of Seaworld may like some jailer more than others, but in the end,they are still jailers.
@ the anonymous poster of this message :
"The Animals suffer? Please... Give me a break"
I take it back. Some people ARE idiots.
Having an opposing view is fine, and I appreciate that, but maybe this person went too far in the condemnation of those who don't share his/her opinion.
Just something to ponder thpugh. We are reliably informed that dolphins are one of, if not the most, intelligent animals on this planet ( humans and anonymous aside ). So why would we then dismiss this and accept that they wouldn't suffer emotional stress ?