Zero Latency — Free-Roam VR Pioneer Wins First and Second Place IAAPA Brass Ring Awards; Launches New Title Outbreak Origins, Most Advanced Free-Roam VR Game Ever Made

By | November 17, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – Zero Latency, the irrefutable world-leader in location-based free-roam VR entertainment, announced that a panel of judges comprised of IAAPA facility members has voted two Zero Latency VR games the first and second place winners of IAAPA Brass Ring awards in Category 8: Games and Devices – Class B – Midway Games and Equipment. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards mark “achievements of excellence throughout the international attractions industry”

According to IAAPA:
This award is for the best new midway game, including any game that uses an operator/ attendant. The judging criteria, used to evaluate eligible products, are:
• Benefit of the product or service to the prospective buyer
• Originality or uniqueness of the product or service
• Quality of the products or service’s design and construction
• Innovation of the product or service.

The first-place winning game, Engineerium, is a gun-free, family-friendly adventure on an eyepopping fantastical alien world in which our laws of physics do not apply. Players walk up and down ramps and twisty, curvy walls while solving puzzles. The game that won the second-place Brass Ring award, Singularity, is an immersive space-themed shooter in which players battle through robots, killer drones, and gun turrets in the zero-gravity environment of a military space station. Watch videos on Engineerium and Singularity.

Also during the IAAPA tradeshow, Zero Latency is presenting Outbreak Origins, the company’s newest game, which is making its debut outside Australia during IAAPA. Zero Latency is shuttling prospective customers from Booth #1675 to partner site at Main Event Orlando (Pointe Orlando – 9101 International Dr), to play Outbreak Origins, a 30-minute, multilevel game that features incredible replay value, advanced storytelling, ultra-realistic zombies, and an epic final boss battle. Watch the Outbreak Origins trailer.

“IAAPA has been a great platform for Zero Latency over the past few years and we are honored to and thankful to have been selected as winners of the 2017 Brass Ring awards. We opened our first U.S. location during IAAPA last year and since then we have opened 13 locations in 4 continents, on our way to 20 locations by the end of the year”, states Zero Latency CEO Tim Ruse. “Attendees are going to love Outbreak Origins, which is the culmination of the best VR experiences we have built into our games over the past two years we have been open and entertaining guests. In that time, we have had continued to push the player experiences further as 150,000 people experienced over 200,000 free-roam Zero Latency VR game plays.”

Zero Latency pioneered warehouse–scale free-roam multiplayer VR gaming arenas in 2015 with patent-pending motion tracking technology. Every visitor to a Zero Latency-powered arena can lead the pack, be a hero, support the squad, or discover their own role as part of a team. Teams in the VR arenas stay in contact with each other through Razer integrated headphone/ microphone units and are outfitted with OSVR HDK2 virtual reality headsets while wearing a military-grade backpack containing a high-performance Alienware PC gaming computer. They carry a perfectly-weighted, custom-made simulated weapon for game sessions that require firepower.

Zero Latency gaming arenas range from 2,000 to over 4,000 square feet, making them up to five times larger than any current free-roam VR entertainment competitor, and lead the industry by accommodating up to 8 players.

Galaxy America Inc. pulls out all the stops with largest exhibit space for 19th year at IAAPA

By | November 15, 2017

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – With five interactive motion rides on display, Galaxy America Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive motorized action games and multi rides systems, is gearing up for its 19th year at IAAPA Orlando 2017.

The headlining and most anticipated attraction is Galaxy’s new, family-centric motorized adventure courses, the Galaxy Ninja. With suspended upper body challenges and floor-mounted obstacles, most “Ninja Warrior” courses are geared toward athletic users. The Galaxy Ninja is an attraction anyone over 4 feet tall can participate in. It’s fun for the whole family. The simplest way to explain the attraction is “American Ninja Warrior” meets “Wipeout.” Most people are familiar with the two popular TV shows, and Galaxy created a hybrid adventure course that combines the most compelling features from both. Two different Galaxy Ninja courses will be on display at booth #5178.

“IAAPA is by far the largest show we participate in, so we push ourselves to be innovative each year,” said Robin Whincup, president of Galaxy America Inc. “Our goal was to bring the newest, greatest and safest attractions to the table, and we’ve certainly accomplished that this year.”

Along with the Galaxy Ninja, Galaxy will also showcase its full range of action games popular for entertainment centers, theme parks, trampoline parks or any visitor attraction center. The best selling action game in the industry will once again make an IAAPA appearance at booth #8035the Toxic Trampoline Meltdown, the immensely successful eight-player sweeper game. At booth #8130, IAAPA attendees can challenge themselves or race against someone else on the Adrenalator, the giant treadmill action game. And as always, Galaxy will demonstrate its ever-popular Galaxy Mechanical Bull at booth #5484.  

We’re excited to show off our more seasoned, as well as our new, attractions at this year’s IAAPA,” said Mike Whincup, director of design and innovation. “We’ve built our company’s reputation by always showcasing innovative products of the highest quality at the most competitive prices. Come on out to one of our booths – you’ll see!”

 For free VIP passes to the Galaxy’s booths, email customerservice@galaxymultirides.com or call 941-697-0324.

Cartoonist Bubba Flint will be signing 20th anniversary Amusement Today prints today! Booth #4215

By | November 15, 2017

Polin Aquariums launches Funtastic Aquariums Concept

By | November 15, 2017

TURKEY — Polin Waterparks introduced its new Polin Aquariums division last year, immediately igniting interest within the attractions industry about what the concept included. Now, the results of those initial conversations have begun to develop into full-fledged installations. The first, in fact, is already under construction and will open in Anzali, Iran, next March.

Polin launched the new concept under the Funtastic Aquariums brand. The division allows the company to serve up multifacted levels of expertise that let clients integrate an entirely new entertainment channel into their facilities. Polin’s oversight includes every imaginable detail of the installations: concepts, business plans, architecture, construction, procurement of living creatures and brand identities – all delivered by a team of experienced architects, engineers, biologists, veterinarians and technical experts.

But while the name infers that the Funtastic Aquariums brand is primarily focused on fish species, invertebrates and other aquatic animals that live in aquatic habitats, it actually includes a full offering of entertainment options including family entertainment centers (FECs), game centers and shopping. And while many amusement-style venues focus on fast-food-style eating, Funtastic Aquariums developments will provide fare for more sophisticated palates with a special food-and-beverage experience led by chefs who have worked at Fanous Michelin star restaurants.

Creating new opportunities for commerce
Polin’s first installation of its Funtastic brand will be the Anzali Aquarium being constructed in the area’s innovative Anzali Free Zone. Created to spur economic development, the Free Zone is located in Gilan province along the southern part of the Caspian Sea. It covers 9,400 hectares (23,228 acres) and 40 kilometers (25 miles) of shoreline.

Implemented in 2005, the zone offers special advantages such as its strategic transportation and transit position within the International North-South Transport Corridor. Plus, businesses within the zone enjoy tax exemptions for 20 years, as well as customs-duties and value-added tax exemptions.. Such incentives have spurred the construction of 14 hotels, motels and residential complexes with a capacity of 5,800 beds.

Tourism is now booming with the number of domestic and foreign visitors rising to 3.107 million from March 2016 to March 2017 compared to 2.3 million a year earlier – growth of 35 percent. A recreational pier is currently under construction as a pilot project to enhance marine tourism in the region setting up the Anzali Aquarium to be another major draw for visitors.

A first turnkey project
Construction on the US$22 million, three-story aquarium covers a footprint of 12,000 square meters (129,167 square feet). The aquarium complex fills 6,000 square meters (64,583 square feet) of that space, along with a 200-square-meter (2,153 square feet) FEC and arcade, as well as the eateries. Most notable will be the installation of Iran’s longest aquarium tunnel: 40 meters (131 feet).

Cüneyt Alpgüven, a Polin Aquariums partner, says the Anzali facility is the first turnkey project of Polin’s new Aquariums division. “Polin is handling all aspects, from the design and installation to the operation,” he explains. “That kind of oversight allows Polin to consider how to best integrate each aspect of the facility with all others to ensure visitors enjoy themselves in every regard. After all, we’re not simply building an aquarium – which is complicated enough on its own. We’re also creating a full attraction and entertainment center.”

In addition to the features already mentioned, the Anzali Aquarium will include:
35 different aquarium areas
A tropical reptiles section
A crocodile sector
A tropical birds section
Touch pools and interactive areas
A penguin section
A children’s playground
A bowling alley
A cafeteria and restaurant
A souvenir shop
An open-air children’s play area
A carousel
A fairground
A virtual reality (VR) cinema with moving seats
A green-screen “memory station” for photo sessions
Touch-screen information panels.
Bilge Pakis, Polin Waterparks design manager, says the Anzali Aquarium is one of the most unique projects Polin has ever taken on. “It’s particularly special for us being as it is the very first under our new Funtastic Aquariums brand,” he adds. “We anticipate it will attract a lot of interest.”

Attractions Industry Legends Inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame

By | November 15, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) today announced the induction of several attractions industry legends — Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. The inductions were announced during the Kickoff Event for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The IAAPA Hall of Fame honors individuals whose work and accomplishments have made significant and lasting contributions to the worldwide attractions industry.

“We are honored to welcome this esteemed group of industry leaders into the IAAPA Hall of Fame,” said Jack Morey, 2017 chairman of the IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives Committee and executive vice president of Morey’s Piers. “These individuals truly embody everything our industry stands for, bringing innovation, creativity, and philanthropy to the world. Throughout their notable careers, Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman have positively shaped the global attractions industry; leading by example and inspiring generations to continually strive for excellence.”

Writer and Park Founder: Philippe de Villiers, Puy du Fou, Les Epesses, France
Philippe de Villiers grew up in the French countryside of the Vendée region of Western France and graduated from the prestigious ENA (National School of Administration). In 1978, inspired by the beauty of his homeland, he wrote the script for “La Cinéscénie,” an original nighttime show featuring music, lights, special effects, and hundreds of local volunteers. With an abandoned castle as the backdrop, he invented a new model for theme parks without rides for guests. Following the success of the show, in 1989, de Villiers opened his own park to the public — the Grand Parc of the Puy du Fou. Featuring unique historical shows and performances, today the number of volunteers has grown into the thousands, and the park also provides more than 2,000 jobs each season. People throughout the industry travel to see and find inspiration from Puy du Fou, which has more than two million visitors annually and is one of the most popular theme parks in France. De Villiers’ vision helped redefine the entertainment experience for guests at attractions worldwide, and he continues to lend his creative expertise to educate, train, and inspire the next generation of artists and attractions operators.

Philanthropists and Industry Ambassadors: Henri and Pamela Landwirth Give Kids The World, Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Henri Landwirth founded Give Kids The World (GKTW) in 1986. Since that time the nonprofit organization has grown to become an 84-acre, whimsical resort for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Based in Central Florida, families come to GKTW Village from all over the world to experience a cost-free, week-long dream vacation away from doctor visits and hospital stays.

Pamela Landwirth has continued the legacy Henri began. For more than 20 years she has worked to expand the Village’s reach to children to who need it most. Pamela has partnered with IAAPA members globally to develop the World Passport for Kids program, which provides complimentary admission to member attractions and parks around the world for guests of the Village. To date, more than 130,000 families have received a Passport from Give Kids The World. The Landwirths’ have openly shared their knowledge and experience with others around the world who strive to create similar places for children and families. Their dedication to service and commitment to children have inspired the global attractions industry and left an immeasurable mark on millions of people.

Iconic Songwriter: Richard M. Sherman, California, United States
Richard M. Sherman’s contributions to the industry span more than 50 years, and he has written and composed countless beloved songs for Disney theme parks, resorts, and attractions around the world. His work represents the industry’s most iconic and memorable achievements, combining the physical ride experience with music that elevates the impact and emotional connection of an attraction — for children and adults alike. Along with his brother Robert, he wrote the timeless lyrics for “It’s a Small World,” celebrating global peace and our shared humanity. In addition, he wrote other classic songs such as “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “The Winnie the Pooh Song,” to name a few. Throughout his career, Sherman has served as an influential mentor to many designers and creators at schools, universities, and workshops. His legendary work and talent for telling stories through lyrics and melodies has connected the globe, inspiring millions through the gift of music.

IAAPA Hall of Fame Honors Those Who Have Made Lasting Contributions to the Global Industry
The IAAPA Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor legends and pioneers for their significant and lasting contributions to the growth and development of the attractions industry. Over the past 27 years, dozens of industry pioneers from around the world have been inducted to the IAAPA Hall of Fame including Walt Disney (The Walt Disney Company); Milton Hershey (Hersheypark); Dick Knoebel (Knoebels Amusement Resort); Bo Kinntorph (Liseberg); Will Koch (Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari); Jack Lindquist (Disneyland), Franz Mack (Mack Rides/Europa-Park); Bob Rogers (BRC Imagination Arts); Jay Stein (Universal Studios Florida); Geoffrey Thompson (Blackpool Pleasure Beach); Tom Williams (Universal Parks & Resorts), and Antonio Zamperla (Zamperla).

DNP to Showcase Photo Printing Solutions for Attractions Industry at IAAPA 2017

By | November 14, 2017

ORLANDO, Florida – At IAAPA 2017, DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation (booth #4254) will showcase its award-winning photo printing solutions that provide custom photo souvenirs at many of the world’s most renowned amusement parks and attractions.

Among its range of product to be shown at IAAPA 2017 will be DNP’s flagship DS620A™ dye-sublimation 6” photo printer. Smudge-proof, dust-proof and fade-resistant pictures can be printed fast: 4×6“ in 8.3 sec. or a 5×7“in 14.1 sec. or a 6×8“ in 15.7 seconds, ideal  for busy amusement park and attraction visitors. It is capable of printing from 2×6” photo strip pairs up to 6×20” panorama* photos. IAAPA 2017 attendees will see these printers in action and receive a free 6×8-inch printed picture. As the world’s most compact professional-grade photo printer, the DS620A can produce up to 400 prints per hour is a highly profitable solution for amusement and attractions professionals that want to provide instant custom photo souvenirs.

The DS820A™ flagship 8-inch dye-sublimation photo printer will also be demonstrated at IAAPA this year and provides a wide range of profitable print sizes from 4×8” to 8×32” panorama* photos, printing an 8×10” in 30 secs., or an 8×12 in 34 seconds.  Designed with the latest generation of dye-sublimation thermal print technology, the DS820A creates stunning professional-grade prints with sharp details. The printer offers a choice of multiple print modes, including high speed and high resolution, at high or standard density. All prints from both the DS620A and DS820A are available in four finishes: matte, fine matte, glossy, and luster.

DNP will also showcase its Snap Lab SL620A™ photo printing kiosk system for retail applications at amusement parks and other attractions. The SL620A is an all-in-one solution that is compact and easy to operate for any retail customer or staff member.. Built with DNP’s specially designed DS-Tmini terminal head, the SL620A eliminates the need for an additional computer. The kiosk offers a wide variety of print size options ranging from 3.5×5” to 6×8”, including 4×4”, 5×5”, and 6×6” square prints, as well as printing continuous tone panorama* photos up to 6×20” with the DS620A or up to huge 8 x 32” panorama* with the DS820A printer and an integrated photo editing software allows users to quickly edit any photo as well as add borders or custom text.

DNP will also feature the DS-RX1HS™ dye-sublimation photo printer that is ideal for ride photo systems, photo booth applications, and other attractions where customized souvenirs are desired. The DS-RX1HS offers capacities of 700 4×6” prints and 350 5×7” and 6×8” prints as well as the ability to print two 2×6” photo strips on 4×6” paper, and four 2×6” photo strips on 6×8” paper.

Also on display will be the new WPS™ Pro Wireless Print Server, which is ideal for roaming photographers that require on-demand wireless printing workflows. Featuring an easy-to-read 6.8” touchscreen display the server allows users to easily monitor print jobs and configure changes including language, default print queues, and applying borders. Using its built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi access point, the WPS Pro allows users to print from DSLR cameras with a WiFi accessory, mobile devices (including phones and tablets), as well as Windows or Mac computers, all without the need for an Internet connection.

For more information on DNP’s professional photo printing solutions for the attractions industry, please visit: www.dnpphoto.com

*Panorama prints can be created in combination with the latest version of DNP’s Hot Folder Print Utility v2.3 or the DNP SL620A Snap Lab system.

Magic Money continues growth into the amusement, fair industry

By | November 10, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Magic Money, LLC, a gate-to-gate digital ticketing and event management system, continues its growth into the amusement industry with new 2018 contracts.

Signing on to utilize the company’s technology capabilities in the new year are: Crabtree Amusements, the State Fair of Louisiana, Shreveport; the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, Waco, Texas; North Texas Fair and Rodeo, Denton, Texas; Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo;, and Rodeo Austin (Texas).

These new contracts join the already signed up Talley Amusements, the Iowa State Fair, and the Miami-Dade (Fla.) County Youth Fair, both of which have successfully implemented Magic Money in 2017 for their event operations. The expansion equates to millions of fairgoers reaping the benefits of a software system specifically designed for amusement parks and fairs.

“We’re elated by the fact that so many events have elected to implement Magic Money for running their operations,” said Brett Enright, Magic Money founder, president, and COO. “Our goal is to revolutionize the industry by providing the best way to pay and play, and we look forward to partnering with a plethora of businesses who share a vested interest in optimizing operations, and giving fairgoers the best experience possible.”

Magic Money is a turnkey full-service RFID-based cashless solution. The system has the capability to control every aspect of event operations, from front gate ticketing, payment for rides, games, food and beverage, ticket presales, kiosk-based reloads and redemptions, as well as ride inspection.

The system eliminates collection and counting activities, provides improved auditing, reduces labor costs, and records comprehensive analytics while enabling real-time customer communication. It can streamline the safety compliance process while centralizing records for easier, more accurate accounting.

Enright started the company with the intent of enhancing the overall event experience for both operators and consumers. Enright, Owner of Juicys and Beer Haven, has more than 30 years of experience in the amusement industry as a concessionaire and entrepreneur.

VR Coaster and Sensics Partner to Create All-in-one VR Headset Optimized for Theme Parks

By | November 10, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — VR Coaster and Sensics, leaders in VR on-ride attractions and location-based VR, today unveiled RideVR, a new all-in-one VR Headset. The headset builds on years of experience to solve key operational issues in theme parks.

VR roller coasters infused theme parks with fabulous new attractions. The coasters combine virtual reality with real forces, real drops and real airtime. The result is an exciting yet cost-effective way to upgrade existing rides. VR Coaster, inventors of this technology, have equipped more than 40 parks worldwide and hold the patent for using mobile VR headsets on rides.

Sensics and VR Coaster decided to partner to provide RideVR, the next-generation solution. It incorporates lessons learned from millions of guest experiences. The new RideVR all-in-one headset provides solutions to key operator issues:

  • Throughput. Higher throughput translates to higher revenue. Through patent-pending innovations, the time between coaster rides becomes much shorter. Fewer ride operators can help a larger number of guests.
  • Hygiene. The headset includes an inexpensive face mask that is hypo-allergenic, reusable and machine washable. Operators can replace it with a fresh mask as often as desired, in line with the operational strategy. Guests do not need to worry about sweat or other facial residue from previous users. Used masks can be set aside and sanitized all together at the end of the day.
  • No overheating. Improved thermal management results in longer uptime.
  • No consumer hardware. The RideVR is an entirely new device without any cell phone or other consumer hardware. Its precisely-controlled software allows for much more robust and reliable operations.
  • Battery management. The RideVR battery is separate from the processing unit. Operators can charge batteries while keeping the processing unit in use, or use a power cord for operations without batteries.
  • Optional: Travel-with-train. The RideVR headsets can optionally travel with each coaster car. Guests don their facemasks, head- and chinstraps in the queue-line and then simply snap in the display part once seated in the train.
  • Device and content management. Centralized device management monitors device health. Operators control software updates and content changes.
  • Improved visual experience.  The RideVR headset’s 2880×1600 resolution provides more pixels than any other mobile consumer headsets. The infamous “screen door effect” is also diminished.

“Our work with dozens of theme parks led us to define exactly what we need from a great headset,” says Thomas Wagner, CEO of VR Coaster. “We found the perfect partner in Sensics to work with us to create this headset.”

“We combined VR Coaster’s operational experience with Sensics’ product expertise to meet the precise requirements of operators,” says Yuval Boger, CEO of Sensics. “There is a gap between what consumer headsets deliver and what theme parks need. The new RideVR closes this gap.”

Select theme park customers will deploy the RideVR headset in early 2018.

VR Coaster will provide more information at its booth at the IAAPA 2017 show in Orlando, Florida. Interested parties can also visit with Sensics at the CES show in Las Vegas in January 2018.

Falcon’s Creative Group Selected for Design, Digital Media Production of National Geographic’s ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience’

By | November 10, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — Falcon’s Creative Group is thrilled to announce that they have been selected as the lead designer and digital media producer for National Geographic’s ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience’ at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. 

“This Church means so much to so many—not just from a religious standpoint, but from historical and political perspectives as well,” says Alan Parente, Creative Director of Exhibitions and Global Experiences at National Geographic. “We wanted to capture every aspect of its importance, and Falcon’s is helping us achieve that with interactive and immersive technology.” 

Originally built in the fourth century, the tomb of Christ, or the Holy Edicule, was destroyed and rebuilt multiple times over the centuries, but only recently underwent a historic restoration—an endeavor that National Geographic had the exclusive opportunity to document in 2016. The historic renovation project will be featured in National Geographic magazine’s cover story in the December 2017 issue and part of an upcoming episode of Explorer, airing on December 3 on National Geographic. 

In this new exhibition, Falcon’s Creative Group will assist National Geographic in telling the story of the tomb itself, as well as the restoration process, through an immersive 3-D experience that transports guests to Jerusalem, revealing how National Geographic Explorers are using new technologies including LIDAR, sonar, laser scanning, and thermal imaging to continue to study this important site. 

In addition to learning about these restoration efforts, guests will take a virtual tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in a standing theater within the exhibition that displays 270 degrees of floor-to-ceiling 3-D media content. 

“Typically, museum exhibits are filled with display cases and TV monitors, but we are producing an experience that will allow guests to feel like they are actually standing in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” said David Schaefer, Vice President at Falcon’s Creative Group. “The restoration work that National Geographic is documenting at the site of the church is an important milestone in history, and we could not be more pleased to help bring that work to life through 3-D technology and innovative design.” 

This is the second project that Falcon’s Creative Group has completed with National Geographic. Earlier this year, the firm announced its collaboration with SPE Partners to help design National Geographic’s Encounter: Ocean Odyssey exhibit, which debuted in New York City on October 6, 2017. 

National Geographic’s ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience’ will open to the public on Nov. 15, 2017 and will run through Fall 2018. 

Sea World San Diego teases upcoming events and specials

By | November 7, 2017

KILLER WHALES UP-CLOSE TOUR: For more than 50 years, SeaWorld’s killer whales have touched the hearts and inspired millions of people to conserve our ocean habitats. Now, those who want to meet these majestic marine mammals up close and personal are in for a special treat, as SeaWorld San Diego unveils its new Killer Whales Up-Close Tour! During this exclusive encounter, guests are just feet away from killer whales, while animal behaviorists—commonly known as trainers—guide them through an experience, which may include providing enrichment for the whales or giving them cues for trained behaviors. While showcasing the world-class care and attention SeaWorld’s pod receives daily, SeaWorld’s behaviorists also share personal, intriguing stories and facts about the whales. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com (click on Things to Do, then Exclusive Experiences and Killer Whales Up-Close Tour).

UNWRAP SAN DIEGO’S PREMIER CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: SeaWorld’s holiday traditions return with a new breathtaking live nativity musical featuring more than 30 carols, storytelling puppets and live animals—camels, a donkey, doves, sheep and llamas. O Wondrous Night, The Greatest Story Never Told tells the Christmas story from a different point of view: through the eyes of animals. This stage show is part of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018. The most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, returns this holiday season. SeaWorld San Diego is the only theme park on the West Coast where people can meet this lovable character. Park guests can also cozy up at Santa’s Christmas Village and enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, share their wish list and take pictures with Santa and encounter real reindeer. Seasonal favorites that have made SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration a family holiday tradition will be back: Dolphin Island Christmas and Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special animal shows, along more than a million holiday lights, hundreds of Christmas trees and 5,000 feet of garland. Plus, the lights of SeaWorld’s 320-foot Skytower Tree of Lights, Southern California’s largest Christmas tree, will dance in sync with classic holiday songs. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

TIME TO LIGHT THE SEAWORLD CHRISTMAS TREE: On Thursday evening, Nov. 16, youngsters ages 7 through 18 from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County will participate in the heartwarming annual tradition of illuminating the park’s 40-foot Happiest Christmas Tree at Rudolph’s Christmastown with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends. SeaWorld San Diego is an official community partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

SAVE WITH SEAWORLD’S SOCAL ANNUAL PASS: SeaWorld San Diego has quite the unmatched theme park deal—the all-new SoCal Annual Pass. For just $99.99, this pass is only $10 more than the cost of a single-day admission. The pass’ value extends beyond its price, with 12 months of unlimited admission, free parking, two free guest tickets valid for select dates and discounts on in-park purchases. That is more than $400 in annual value. The annual pass can now be purchased for less than $100 and there are no blackout dates. SeaWorld is also offering the annual pass on easy payments of less than $9 a month through the park’s EZPay program with no down payment. Plus, a visit to SeaWorld helps support animal rescue programs with millions of dollars in donations and in-kind services to conservation projects around the world. Visiting animals at SeaWorld supports efforts to save them in the wild. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.