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Seaworld Orlando Unveils Park's First "Family-Friendly" Ride

Spring 2007

SeaWorld Orlando has taken flight with the “Shamu Express” – the park’s first family-oriented roller coaster. Themed after SeaWorld’s famous killer whale, the “Shamu Express” thrills 28 children and parents in killer whale-themed cars down more than 850 feet of track at 26 mph.

Two more brand new “kid-friendly” additions include a jellyfish-themed samba tower ride and a waterspout-themed tea cup ride. “Jazzy Jellies” lifts and spins families in jellyfish-themed seats while “Swishy Fishies” enables adventurous youngsters to sit in themed seats while they spin around a giant waterspout.

“This expansion adds even more thrills for our youngest guests, who may be riding a roller coaster for the first time,” said Jim Atchison, executive vice president and general manager of SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove. “To further the family experience, parents can also ride with their children.”

Currently, Shamu’s Happy Harbor is a three-acre children’s play area that offers SeaWorld’s littlest guests four stories of colorful climbing nets and tunnels, nine slippery slides and a splashy water maze.

SeaWorld Orlando is the world’s premier marine adventure park with 200 acres of world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters. Millions of visitors have explored the mysteries of the sea with up-close animal interactions and exhilarating experiences.

State-of-the-art rides give guests unprecedented thrills, while amazing animal encounters include killer whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks and more.