Free Military Member Admission to Gatorland All Month

Gatorland Florida baby alligatorGatorland®, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” is offering free admission from May 1–31, 2019 to active and retired military personnel with ID presented at the admission gate, plus 20 percent off for up to four family members. Discounted Gatorland and Screamin’ Gator Zip Line tickets are available for purchase at your local Info Tickets & Tours (ITT) office on base.

Gatorland Florida baby alligator The 100-acre theme park combines Old Florida charm with exciting experiences, exhibits, and entertainment. Gatorland, which originally opened as a roadside attraction in 1949, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Today, it provides affordably-priced family fun featuring thousands of alligators and crocodiles, breeding marsh with observation tower, free-flight aviary, nature walk, petting zoo, educational wildlife programs, award-winning gift shop, Florida’s best train ride, Gator Gully Splash Park, on-site restaurant and one-of-a-kind shows including Gator Jumparoo and Up-close Encounters.  Popular adventure experiences inside the park include the Screamin’ Gator Zipline and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road adventure.

For more Gatorland information, visit www.gatorland.com or call 800-393-JAWS.  Find Gatorland on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Wild Florida Celebrates Gator Week May 6–11

Get ready to go Wild… for FREE May 6–11! Wild Florida is celebrating their 3rd annual Gator Week with free admission for everyone to its Gator Park plus exciting events lined up for each day.

Daniel holding a gator at Wild Florida. Photo by Kelly Green

To many, alligators are viewed as fierce carnivores on the hunt, but that’s not the case. Like many misunderstood creatures, myths develop based on a lack of knowledge and focus too much on fear. Because of this, Wild Florida decided to dedicate an entire week to educating guests, debunking common myths and developing a more positive attitude towards these reptiles.

Jordan Munns, co-owner and co-founder of Wild Florida, says, “The most common emotional response to alligators is fear and that can lead to negative outcomes for wild predators. We hope to convert that fear to a healthy respect and appreciation for these incredible animals. ”

Wild Florida’s mission has always been to provide an unforgettable Everglades experience that promotes a connection with animals while inspiring education and conservation.

GATOR WEEK SCHEDULE:

May 6: Alligators and crocodiles rank in the top two for having the strongest jaws in the animal kingdom. During day one of Gator Week, this power will be displayed during a live demonstration as alligators and crocodiles smash fruits and vegetables with their jaws. Later in the day, there will also be a gator water polo game in the Gator Pond.

May 7: Just like cats and dogs, alligators make very distinct sounds that everyone can master. At 12:00 p.m. inside Wild Florida’s Exotic Animal Pavilion, Wild Florida will host a Gator Call Competition. Later on, the Wild Florida team will host their first “Clock-the-Croc” demonstration, where, using a speed timer, the team will record the speed of one of their crocodiles on land and in the water.

May 8: During day three of Gator Week at Wild Florida’s Gator Feeding Show Pavilion, the Wild Florida team will measure the bite force of a snapping turtle, freshwater crocodile, alligator, and caiman. After the bite force test, stop by the Chomp House Grill as the Wild Florida team tries to break the world record for longest gator po’ boy!

May 9: Wild Florida’s popular Gator Jumpathon returns! At 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Wild Florida’s 3rd Annual Gator Jumpathon takes place inside their Gator Pond, where you can witness the true power of these animals and see just how high they can jump to catch their prey. Then, guests will have an opportunity to jump like a gator themselves and participate in the first-ever “Gator Jump Competition.” There will also be bounce houses available for kids to enjoy throughout the day and educational seminars from experts on alligator hatching, mating and farming.

May 10: Everyone might be used to seeing alligators during the day, but what about at night? Wild Florida will stay open after dark and do a special gator feeding show with their biggest alligator, Crusher. They will also host a Wild Paint Night Out, where Wild Florida’s albino alligators Snowflake and Blizzard will be the stars of the show. Guests will get to paint these impressive animals and see them up close while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner. Wild Florida will also be offering discounted night airboat tours to give guests a unique experience of seeing how wild the swamp is in the moonlight.

May 11: Capping off another year of Gator Week, there will be a Gator Week Corn Hole and Gator Slushy Drinking Competition where the winner from each competition will win a special prize.

Be sure to follow Wild Florida on social media for updates, fun polls, educational tidbits, myth-busting stories, and giveaways throughout the week. Also, check out www.GatorWeek.com for a full schedule of activities.

Admission to Wild Florida’s Gator Park is only $10 for adults; Florida residents receive a 50 percent discount year-round. Admission to the Park is free for any guest who purchases a Wild Florida airboat tour or animal encounter. Learn more about Wild Florida’s offerings at WildFL.com .

Wild Florida Airboats and Gator Park, which opened on Lake Cypress in Kenansville in 2010, focuses on educating individuals about Central Florida’s natural resources. The Wild Florida team is dedicated to protecting, conserving, and enhancing Florida’s diverse ecosystem to ensure that future generations can enjoy the wonders of wild, native Florida.

“Awesomer” $99.99 Annual Pass Cinco de Mayo Sale

Madame Tussauds Orlando, SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort are celebrating Cinco de Mayo weekend with a huge annual pass sale. From May 3 to May 5, guests can purchase the “Awesomer” Annual Pass for $99.99 per person — a $70 discount! The pass includes 12 months of unlimited access to five fun-filled attractions: SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium, Madame Tussauds Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, LEGOLAND Florida Water Park and LEGOLAND Discovery Center – Atlanta.

My kiddo and me on a recent Legoland Florida trip.

The sale comes just in time for guests to experience all-new summer offerings. Passholders can meet real-life mermaids at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium every Friday through Sunday from May 31 through June 23. The mermaids will dive into the ocean habitat at Orlando’s only aquarium to mesmerize guests with their unbelievable underwater feats. Visitors can also join forces with The Flash and Cyborg, the latest additions to Madame Tussauds Orlando’s Justice League: A Call for Heroes experience. Only in Orlando can guest complete daring missions alongside the ENTIRE Justice League cast, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and now, Cyborg and The Flash. Guests can also experience the brand-new flying theater attraction, Masters of Flight, at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

In addition to park and attraction admission, the “Awesomer” Annual Pass includes free standard parking as well as discounts on dining and retail at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. In addition, “Awesomer” Passholders can take advantage of year-round discounts at LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel and Beach Retreat.

The discounted “Awesomer” Pass will be available online and at walk-up admission windows (during operating hours May 3 – May 5) at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Madame Tussauds Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. To learn more about the pass, visit http://www.visitsealife.com/orlando/awesomer-pass-cinco-sale/ or http://www.madametussauds.com/orlando/en/cinco-de-mayo-sale/

ABOUT SEA LIFE ORLANDO AQUARIUM

DIVE DEEP! SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium offers a wave of underwater adventures with sea creatures from around the world. Come face-to-fin with thousands of fish, sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and many more. Prepare for a world of glittering scales, humongous tentacles, and razor sharp teeth. Get ready to plunge deep into the oceans, explore our 360-degree ocean tunnel, meet our friendly rescue sea turtle, and touch exotic starfish and anemones. You can even jump behind the scenes and see all it takes to keep an aquarium running. For tickets and more information on this amazing sea adventure, go to VisitSeaLife.com/Orlando.

ABOUT MADAME TUSSAUDS ORLANDO

STRUT WITH THE STARS, Orlando! Come one, come all to the marvelous Madame Tussauds Orlando, now featuring the Justice League! Get up-close and personal with the hottest celebrities and enjoy the glitz and glamour of Hollywood life. Dazzle your friends with the ultimate selfie as you strike a pose with Taylor Swift, kick a GOOOAL with Neymar, fly back through history to meet our greatest leaders, and save the world with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. And you can join in the wax-tastic fun by making your own wax hand to take home! For tickets or more information, visit MadameTussauds.com/Orlando.

ABOUT LEGOLAND FLORIDA RESORT

Located just 45 minutes from Orlando and Tampa, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is the ultimate vacation destination for families with kids. The resort includes an interactive, 150-acre theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO® brands and characters, LEGOLAND Water Park and two uniquely themed accommodations: the LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

In 2019, visit the all-new THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD where guests are immersed in the ultimate theater to theme park experience, interacting with their favorite characters and living out scenes from THE LEGO® MOVIETM universe! Inside THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD, guests can experience three new rides, grab a bite to eat at Taco Everyday or meet Emmet and Wyldstyle at the only Central Florida theme park built just for kids. For more information, visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com/Florida.

Monster Jam Finals in Orlando May 10–11

Ready for some pulse-pounding action, Orlando?! Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable larger-than-life sport will hold the Monster Jam World Finals XX at Camping World Stadium May 10-11, 2019 and feature all-new competition formats, including an elevated starting line above the seats and seven championship crowning moments. The championship weekend will deliver unprecedented access to the most Monster Jam athletes and the Monster Jam trucks they drive. 

Talk about access! Here’s a personal invite from the Original Gravedigger himself, Dennis Andersen.

Need tix? Hurry! Receive 20% off select seats with code BLOG20. Not valid on VIP seating. Code expires May 9, 2019. Visit MonsterJam.com for tickets.

Five of the show’s biggest stars, the giant monster trucks from Monster Jam®, will be on display in Orlando on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Monday, May 6. For fans, it’s a chance to see and take pictures with the enormous trucks before these beasts roar into Camping World Stadium May 10-11 for Monster Jam World Finals XX. Even better, the truck appearances are free to the public.

Alien Invasion Driver Bernard Lyght will be making a special appearance with his truck at Ace Cafe Orlando to meet and greet with fans and sign autographs between 4:30 – 7:30 PM on Friday, May 3. The Ace is offering a special deal for families that night: one free kid’s meal with each adult meal purchased; plus, register on site to win one of two prizes, tickets to Monster Jam World Finals and a mini Alien Invasion Monster Truck.

FREE Central Florida Monster Truck Display Locations Friday, Saturday & Monday:

Friday, May 3

Monster Energy | 2-6 p.m. | 7-Eleven, 83 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL  32801

Pirates Curse | 2-6 p.m. | Circle K, 12914 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL  32826

Max-D | 4-6 p.m. | Boys & Girls Club, 5055 W. Raleigh St., Orlando, FL  32811

Scooby Doo | 4-8 p.m. Froggers, 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL  34746

Alien Invasion | 4:30-7:30 p.m. | Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 W. Livingston St., Orlando, FL  32801

Saturday, May 4

Pirates Curse | 2-6 p.m. | Circle K, 14000 Town Loop Blvd, Orlando, FL  32837

Monster Energy | 2-6 pm. | RaceTrac, 609 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810

Max-D. | 3-6 p.m. | America’s Best, 4652 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL  32839

Monday, May 6

Pirates Curse | 2-6 p.m. | Planet Fitness, 908 Lee Road, Orlando, FL 32810

*Trucks listed above are subject to change. 

As Dennis said in the video, Pit Party passes are included in this year’s ticket price! Fans can enjoy the Monster Jam Pit Party pre-show experience – giving unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close and meet the star drivers for autographs & photos, and for the occasional front-row seat to an interview like this one where “ICE” El Toro Loco driver Scott Buetow dishes on what it takes to win.

Get your tickets, grab your family, and get ready for some fun.

As a Feld Ambassador, my family will receive tickets to the Monster Jam World Finals in consideration for posting about the event. Opinions and excitement are entirely my own.

Monster Jam This Saturday in Orlando

Monster Jam roars into Camping World Stadium in Orlando this Saturday, January 19, 2019. The 2019 season of Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family-friendly motor sport, will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions.

When I first started going to Monster Jam events as an invited Feld Ambassador*, I was initially curious. I’m not exactly the rough-and-tumble type. That said, I was certain my son and husband would like it, so I was happy to go and we had a great time!

Fast forward to today. Watching the excitement of the Monster Jam competition and hanging out for every minute of the Party in the Pits is a highlight of my year. It’s really a load of fun, and seeing the looks on kids (and adults!) faces is priceless.

First stop: Party in the Pits. No other sport has such a one-on-one “festival” before every competition. Fancy a photo with a fun character (like Curly the Cone from Dairy Queen pictured above!)? Check. Want your favorite driver’s autograph and a picture? Check. Want to watch motorcycles and their daredevil drivers put on a high-flying show? Check. Enjoy looking at cool products (like a row of the latest fully-loaded 2019 Fords!)? Check! Plus there there’s an opportunity for kids to buy a Lowes Build-a-Truck kit and hammer it up right there!

On Saturday, expect more than 12 trucks and drivers vying to be the Orlando champion, including:

Grave Digger driven by Adam Anderson; El Toro Loco driven by Scott Buetow; Great Clips Mohawk Warrior driven by Bryce Kenny; Brodozer driven by Colt Stephens; Max D and Monster Mutt Dalmatian driven by husband-wife competitive duo Neil Elliott and Candice Jolly; Earthshaker driven by Steven Thompson; Time Flys and Wildflower driven by father-daughter competitors Kelvin and Rosalee Ramer; Xtermigator driven by JR McNeal; Zombie Ice driven by Paul Strong; Saigon Shaker driven by Ryan Disharoon and more.

(Trucks/drivers subject to change without notice.)

WHEN: Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30p. The Pit Party runs from 2:30– 5:30p

WHERE: Camping World Stadium, 1610 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805

TICKETS: Tickets are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at $15 each.

Discount Code

Receive 20% off select seats with code 20off. Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires January 18, 2019.

Pit Party Early Access starts at $35 per person.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.

Want some fun family action? Bring your kiddos, your friends, and anyone else who enjoys heart-pounding excitement.

Infographic courtesy Feld Motor Sports

*We received complimentary tickets courtesy of Feld Motor Sports in exchange for an honest review.

Bier Fest at Busch Gardens

Raise a glass this weekend, as the all-new Bier Fest kicks off this Saturday at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Park guests can enjoy the Tampa Bay craft beer scene and Florida’s best thrill rides each weekend from August 25 through September 16, including Labor Day. This unique festival will offer more than 100 different beers and a contemporary menu with traditional roots.

Here’s a little teaser video.

More than 100 beers from 60 different breweries around the world will rotate throughout the four-weekend festival, including some of Florida’s best-known craft beers and favorites from around the world. Bier Fest is included in park admission and also features live entertainment and flavorful fare.

The best way to get a taste of all the flavors of the event is with the purchase of a Bier Fest Sampler, starting at $29.99. Available in quantities of five or ten, Samplers allow a choice of  any food or beverage sample throughout the festival. Pass Members get an exclusive offer: 12-items for the same price as a 10-item Sampler. The purchase of an Annual Pass at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay starts at only $14 per month for unlimited visits for a full year, and includes fan-favorite events such as Christmas Town® and the Food and Wine Festival.

Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog or join the conversation using #ThrillsOnTap on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, and live shows and events, providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit BuschGardensTampaBay.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.

Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Rolls into Orlando PLUS Zombie Party at The Ace

monster jam triple threatWhatcha doing this weekend? If you’re up for family-friendly excitement, Feld Entertainment suggests the all new Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series August 18, 2018, their tour stop in Orlando, FL at Amway Center. The new season will bring motorsport fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is unlike anything ever seen at the stadium style events.

Monster Jam has been coming to Orlando to the Camping World Stadium for more than 30 years. The Triple Threat Arena Tour debuts in Orlando for the first time and is an entirely different format than Orlando fans have seen at the stadium. This upcoming tour will feature eight of the most talented Monster Jam drivers competing on three vehicles during the competition. Orlando fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks closer to the action than ever before.

The eight athletes all competing in individual racing and skill competitions and overall event championship are:

1. Grave Digger – Tyler Menninga

2. Max D – Colton Eichelberger

3. El Toro Loco – Kayla Blood

4. Scooby Doo – Myranda Cozad

5. Zombie – Bari Musawwir

6. Soldier Fortune Black Ops – Tony Ochs

7. Megalodon – TBA

8. Monster Mutt Rottweiler – TBA
*Note: Trucks & Drivers are subject to change

Show Times for Saturday, August 18, 2018:

1:00pm show (Pit Party from 10:30am – Noon)

Pit Party to take place inside the venue on the arena floor

7:00pm show

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues like Amway Center, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, larger-than-life trucks to the limit.

Monster Jam is one of the only sports where male and female world-class drivers, some generational rivals, are equals competing for the same championship on the same track. Following racing, just like the show at Camping World Stadium, Monster Jam fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the truck winner in the donut, wheelie and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-arena fan voting on their smartphones. This tour features two female athletes among the eight total competitors.

Tickets will go on pre-sale to Feld Preferred members on April 10, 2018 at 10:00AM ET. The public on sale will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:00AM ET. All tickets are reserved. Pit Party passes are available for purchase in advance as well via the Venue Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or 800-745- 3000. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Amway Center is located at 400 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801. For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740, or e-mail groupsales@feldinc.com.

Special Discount Code:

Save $5 off select seats with code 5BLOG. Not valid on VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires August 17, 2018.

Zombie Party:

Want more Monster Jam in your life? Come to the party. The ZOMBIE Party at The Ave Cafe.

zombie partyBefore the adrenaline-charged, four-wheel excitement that is Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series opens at the Amway Center, fans have a chance to meet famed Zombie driver Bari Musawwir and get up close to his customized high-powered speedster and ATV during a meet-and-greet at Ace Cafe Orlando, in partnership with iHeart Radio.

Free admission, open to the public and fans of all ages are invited.

• Little fans ages 12 and under are encouraged to sport their favorite Zombie gear and can get their faces painted like a zombie, courtesy of Hart and Huntington Tattoo artists.

• Ocoee resident Bari Musawwir (Zombie), the first local driver to ever appear in a Monster Jam (he is also the sport’s first African American driver and won Rookie of the Year in 2012) will take photographs and sign autographs with fans.

• Get up close to the Zombie speedster and ATV that will be used during the competition when Monster Jam Triple Threat Series opens for the first time in Orlando on Saturday, August 18th with shows at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

• Flash drawing for one lucky fan plus three guests attending the event to stay for dinner with Musawwir. Must be present to win at time of drawing at 7:15 p.m.

• The public can enjoy food and drink specials.

• Free parking is available on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis for Ace customers.

WHEN: Friday, August 17, 6-7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ace Cafe Orlando, 100 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801. On the corner of Garland Avenue and Livingston Street. Parking is also available in nearby parking garages. Click here for a map.

SeaWorld Orlando, Georgia Aquarium and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Return Rehabilitated Dolphin Attacked by Shark

Bottlenose dolphin found with life-threatening shark bite injuries gets a second chance at life

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 29, 2018) – Yesterday, members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team and the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned “Sharkie” to the ocean near St. Augustine, Fla. after an intense four month rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando. The 265 lb. sub-adult Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was rescued in February on Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. after FWC reached out for assistance due to the animal’s life-threatening injuries. Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station veterinarian, Dr. Rose Borkowski was on scene alongside FWC and conferred with NOAA Fisheries after assessing the animal and the decision was made to transport the animal to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility.

The dolphin, which had sustained multiple shark bite wounds to her body and right pectoral flipper and was suffering from pneumonia, was successfully transported to SeaWorld Orlando where she has been receiving rehabilitation care for the past four months.

“Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station is proud to be a part of the initial rescue and release of this dolphin following its lengthy rehabilitation. Now, seeing it healthy enough to be released shows the dedication and hard work by all those involved,” said George Biedenbach, director of the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station. “Our goal is to always assist animals in need as best we can, no matter the circumstances and we’re glad to see another animal thriving. Every animal counts and it’s through collaborative work like this that we can ensure the health and safety of so many ocean animals.”

“This is a very exciting day for us. To see this animal in the state she was in, bitten by sharks, emaciated, in trouble and with life threatening injuries, to as healthy as she is now to swim back out in the ocean, it’s just a wonderful day and that’s why we do this,” said Jon Peterson, Manager of SeaWorld Rescue Operations.

During her stay, SeaWorld veterinarians and the Animal Rescue Team provided 24-hour care to the dolphin, treating her with antibiotics, dewormers, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and wound care. Prior to her release, the dolphin was fitted with a satellite tag which will enable stranding network partner organizations to continue to monitor her.

The dolphin passed a major milestone in her journey to return when she passed a hearing test in April administered by NOAA Fisheries with the help of SeaWorld. The testing showed the dolphin has full hearing through the entire frequency range necessary for echolocation. It is important for dolphins undergoing rehabilitation to pass a hearing test to ensure hearing loss was not a factor in their stranding. Hearing loss is detrimental to wild dolphins, as they rely on echolocation to hunt, navigate and avoid predators.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. In collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and other members of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs authorized to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return them to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 31,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades.

Footage of rescued dolphins produced by SeaWorld under the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program.

 

About Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station

Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station (GA-CFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Marineland, Fla. GA-CFS is dedicated to research and stranding response of dolphins, small whales, and turtles in northeast Florida and focuses on research and conservation. The team at GA-CFS supports Georgia Aquarium research projects both in the field and on-location and provides unique expertise and experience. GA-CFS exists to increase public awareness and contribute to the scientific study of aquatic life and provides educational outreach to local communities and schools. For more information visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/conserve

 

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, behavioral training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visit www.seaworldentertainment.com for more information.

Disney On Ice NEW Dates

Postponed due to the Hurricane, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream is rescheduled for May 11–13, 2018 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends and save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. (Not valid on premium VIP seating.) Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires May 10, 2018.

Photo credit: Feld Entertainment

Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse lead an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains. These extraordinary tales will be told with a pantheon of Disney favorites Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! Meet Moana, Maui and Friends from Disney’s Moana in their first Disney on Ice tour, plus beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella and more, all telling extraordinary tales through music, dance, costuming and theatrics on ice!

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, Belle is encouraged to step outside the ordinary and find joy in the bleakest situation. As she looks beyond the harsh exterior of the Beast to reach his gentle heart, fans learn there are teachable moments in everyday life.

Your favorite sing-along-able Disney music (not sure if that’s a word!) is half the fun of the show. You KNOW you know every single word, and to hear it performed amid the spectacle of the show is one of the key elements that brings smiles to faces of every age. Guests are welcomed into the Disney world to discover their inner hero through the story and song.

Performances:
Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 13 at 5 p.m.

Tickets:
Ticket Prices: Start at $18. Market pricing applies to all tickets. Rates can fluctuate based on factors that affect supply and demand. Lock in your price and location today! Visit DisneyOnIce.com for additional show information and to buy tickets.

To learn more about Disney On Ice, go to DisneyOnIce.com. Stay current on the latest developments through social media:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DisneyOnIce @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #DareToDream
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyOnIce @DisneyOnIce

*I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

Dolphin Attacked by Shark Continues to Receive Care at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Dolphin shark attack 1

All photo from footage of rescued dolphins produced by SeaWorld under the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Health and Response Program.

An Atlantic bottlenose dolphin that was attacked by a shark in late February off Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and became stranded as a result of the injuries continues to receive treatment at SeaWorld Orlando.

The 265 lb. sub-adult dolphin was assessed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) who determined that a rescue and rehabilitation attempt was necessary due to the animal’s life-threatening injuries. Members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team and the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station (based at Marineland) worked alongside to care for the badly injured dolphin. Conservation Field Station veterinarian, Dr. Rose Borkowski conferred with NOAA Fisheries Service about the animal’s condition after the assessment and the decision was made to transport the animal to SeaWorld Orlando for rehabilitation.

At time of the rescue, SeaWorld veterinarian Dr. Lara Croft described the dolphin as being in “critical condition,” based on the “extensiveness of this animal’s shark bite wounds” and how thin she was. The dolphin sustained multiple shark bite wounds to her body and right pectoral flipper.

20180406 SeaWorld Dolphin shark attack 2The dolphin was successfully transported to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility for further evaluation and rehabilitation. After an initial veterinary exam and treatment, the dolphin was able to swim unsupported at the park’s rescue facility.

Through the course of her treatment, SeaWorld Orlando veterinarians discovered that in addition to shark bite wounds the dolphin was suffering from pneumonia. Over the last month, SeaWorld veterinarians and the Animal Rescue Team have been treating her with antibiotics, dewormers, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and wound care.

This week, veterinarians performed radiographs to confirm if the antibiotics and treatment are clearing up the pneumonia. They will continue to monitor and run additional tests to confirm.

Once her pneumonia clears, the next milestones for her rehabilitation will be for her to continue to gain weight and strength and pass a hearing test. All rescued cetaceans must pass a hearing test administered by NOAA Fisheries to ensure hearing loss was not a factor in their stranding. Hearing loss is detrimental to wild cetaceans as they rely on echolocation to hunt, navigate, and avoid predators.

The SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team and veterinarians will continue to provide 24-hour care and treatment, with the ultimate goal to rehabilitate and return her to the wild.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. In collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and other members of accredited stranding networks, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs authorized to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 31,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades.

Footage of rescued dolphins produced by SeaWorld under the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Health and Response Program.

About Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station

Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station (GA-CFS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization located in Marineland, Fla. GA-CFS is dedicated to research and stranding response of dolphins, small whales, and turtles in northeast Florida and focuses on research and conservation. The team at GA-CFS supports Georgia Aquarium research projects both in the field and on-location and provides unique expertise and experience. GA-CFS exists to increase public awareness and contribute to the scientific study of aquatic life and provides educational outreach to local communities and schools. For more information visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/conserve

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, behavioral training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.