SEA WORLD OF FLORIDA IN 1992: LARGEST EXPANSION EVER
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea World of Florida announced today it will open three new attractions Memorial Day Weekend, in time for the summer season -- "Mission: Bermuda Triangle," "Shamu's Happy Harbor," and an Anheuser-Busch Hospitality Center.
The opening of the new attractions, a well as two new restaurants, marks the largest expansion in the park's 19-year history. It also tells of parent company Anheuser-Busch's strong commitment to Sea World and to family entertainment.
The new additions reflect Sea World's ongoing dedication to entertain and educate guests in unique ways, said Ed Litrenta, vice president of marketing for the Orlando-based marine life park. "Sea World provides guest experiences that are not available anywhere else in the world -- our new attractions build on that concept and take it one step further. At Sea World, you'll not only learn about the unknown, you'll feel it, too."
Guests with a taste for adventure face a myriad of deep sea challenges and dangers in the new "Mission: Bermuda Triangle." The attraction combines Sea World's undersea expertise with high-powered flight simulator technology to take explorers on an unforgettable voyage.
Aboard the attraction's research submersible, the Neptune, passengers are "immersed" in a thrill-filled, incredibly realistic mission attempting to unwrap the veil of mystery that has surrounded the Bermuda Triangle for centuries.
Kids will give their squeal of approval to "Shamu's Happy Harbor," a new, "kid-tested-tough" play area with a colorful Caribbean theme. The three-acre site features fun and challenging play elements for children. Highlights include favorite get-wet activities, a sand play area, air bounces and other crawlable, climbable, explorable places that reach as high as four stories!
Youngsters will meet a crew of seaworthy playmates, including the Happy Harbor's lifeguard, Virgil Pelican, and his sidekick, a tennis- shoed pink flamingo.
The beauty of the all-new Sea World is enhanced with the opening of the five-and-a-half-acre Anheuser-Busch Hospitality Center . The spectacular Hospitality House, set amid tropical lagoons and lush foliage is complete with antique brewery equipment inside. It lends a comfortable atmosphere in which to dine, relax and enjoy the surroundings. Guests may also sample complimentary Anheuser-Busch products.
The Hospitality House features exhibits which familiarize guests with Anheuser-Busch's devotion to quality in all of its many subsidiaries. Other displays detail the company's long-standing dedication and concern for a better environment.
The area includes the Clydesdale Hamlet, a livery featuring showcase stables and historical displays. Visitors need not be horse lovers to appreciate the history and majesty of these world-famous, two-ton animals. At various times throughout the year, the stately horses -- dressed in their elaborate harnesses and hitched to their celebrated, red Studebaker-built wagon -- march in grand procession throughout the Sea World park.
The park's multi-million-dollar expansion also includes two new restaurants -- the Buccaneer Barbecue, serving down-home food, and Mango Joe's, featuring a lighter fare.
Sea World of Florida enjoyed tremendous expansions and additions in 1991, as well. Every show, including "Shamu: New Visions," is new. In June, the park unveiled "Terrors of the Deep," the world's largest collection of dangerous undersea creatures, featuring huge eels, gape- mouthed barracuda, deadly lionfish and toothy sharks.
Sea World of Florida is owned and operated by Busch Entertainment Corporation, the family entertainment subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Sea World parks are located in San Diego, San Antonio, and Aurora, Ohio. Other Anheuser-Busch family entertainment parks include Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg , Va.; Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa.; Cypress Gardens near Winter Haven, Fla; and Adventure Island in Tampa.
/CONTACT: Deborah Robison of Sea World of Florida, 407-363-2358, Lynne Anne Stevenson of Fleishman-Hillard, 314-982-8603 for Sea World/ CO: Sea World of Florida ST: Florida IN: LEI SU: SM -- NY038 -- 2722 01/23/92 10:54 EST