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SHARKS, GORILLAS, ROLLER COASTER AND UNDERWATER ADVENTURES: EXCITING NEW ATTRACTIONS DEBUT THIS SPRING AT THE ANHEUSER-BUSCH THEME PARKS

SHARKS, GORILLAS, ROLLER COASTER AND UNDERWATER ADVENTURES: EXCITING

NEW ATTRACTIONS DEBUT THIS SPRING AT THE ANHEUSER-BUSCH THEME PARKS
 ST. LOUIS, Feb. 11 /PRNewsire/ -- From Sea World and Busch Gardens, to Cypress Gardens and Sesame Place, the Anheuser Busch theme parks debut a multitude of all-new, exciting attractions this spring.
 Highlights include the world's largest collection of sharks at Sea World of California, an underwater adventure ride at Sea World of Florida, an elaborate primate habitat at Busch Gardens Tampa and a challenging new roller coaster new roller coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. These additions mark the largest capital expension ever made at the Anheuser-Busch Theme Parks.
 "Attractions ready to premier this year will truly enhance visitors' experiences at our Sea World and Busch Gardens parks," says Susan Busch Transou, director of national advertising and product development for the Anheuser-Busch theme parks. "They will add both value and excitement to family vacations this spring and summer."
 The Anheuser-Busch family theme parks offer unique experiences that are both entertaining and educational, thrilling and awe-inspiring. Guests come in contact with another world, whether it be the European- themed hamlets featured at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the exotic lands and creatures of Africa at Busch Gardens Tampa, or the fascinating undersea universe brought to life at Sea World.
 Florida Fun
 At Busch Gardens Tampa, a major new primate habitat featuring gorillas and chimpanzees in a lush, tropical forest environment will premier early summer, called "Myombe Reserve: The Great Ape Domain." Visitors will take a self-guided tour through shrouds of mist and fog to view the natural behavior of these great apes as they roam freely in a setting reminiscent of "Gorillas in the Mist."
 At Sea World of Florida in Orlando, visitors will encounter thrilling undersea challenges and dangers in a spectacular new attraction called, "Mission: Bermuda Triangle." Beginning Memorial Day weekend, guests will explore the scientific and unexplained mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, confronting the unknown firsthand, through the ultimate in flight simulation technology.
 Near Winter Haven, at Cypress Gardens, The Annual Spring Floral Festival will feature more than 150,000 blooming spring annuals, including pansies, impatiens, begonias and others, to create an elaborate display from March 15 through May 15. Ten floral topiaries, uniquely shaped as different animals and reaching up to 14 feet high, will be the highlight of this two-month festival and the park, world- renown for its breathtaking botanical displays.
 "Fabian's Funport" is the newest addition at Adventure Island water play park adjacent to Busch Gardens Tampa. It is an area devoted to toddlers with a scaled-down wave pool and interactive water play elements such as Jumping Jets and Bubbler Springs.
 Western U.S.
 In San Diego, Sea World of California premiers "Shark Encounter," housing the world's largest collection of sharks. The attraction transports guests on a three part journey to observe the menacing undersea predators from above, below and within their environment. Sharks, tropical moray eels and thousands of colorful fishes move over and around guests as they enter a 60-foot moving walkway in an underwater acrylic tube.
 In San Antonio, Sea World of Texas will feature the largest oceanarium collection of beluga whales in North America in a fascinating presentation with agile Pacific white-sided dolphins. These gregarious whales are native to the Arctic and are known for their unusual small heads and short beaks.
 For the Kids
 The Sea World Parks in Florida, Texas and Ohio will all debut "Shamu's Happy Harbor," a Caribbean-themed children's play area that families can enjoy together. Highlights include a four-story-tall net climb, water maze, nine different slides, remote control boats and more. These kid-powered elements promote healthy physical play while stimulating young imaginations.
 Eastern U.S.
 At Busch Gardens Williamsburg, the German-inspired "Drachen Fire" premiers on the first day of the park's 1992 season, April 4. It will be one of the largest steel roller coasters in North America, standing over 150 feet tall, reaching speeds of over 60 mph, and featuring many first-of-a-kind thrill elements, including a unique camel-back hump designed to give riders a sensation of weightlessness or near zero gravity.
 Thirteen actual-size prehistoric creatures come to life in the amazing new "Monster Marsh" exhibit at Sea World of Ohio in Aurora. Through state-of-the-art animatronic technology, seven different sea monster and dinosaur species move and make sounds like those which roamed the earth millions of years ago.
 At children's play park Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., two of "Sesame Street's" popular characters, "Elmo" and "Count Von Count" will debut this May to greet and entertain young visitors.
 These are just a few of the many all-new attractions to be unveiled soon at the Anheuser-Busch theme parks across the country. They represent the park's largest capital expansion ever, and translate into bigger and better value and excitement for guests visiting the Anheuser-Busch theme parks this year.
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