Posted Friday, October 14, 2005 11:51 AM | Contributed by supermandl
SeaWorld Orlando will debut three rides next spring geared toward young children within its Shamu's Happy Harbor area, including a Shamu-themed roller coaster, a tower ride with a jellyfish theme and a teacup-style beach bucket ride.
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Friday, October 14, 2005 11:54 AM
"If you think of Walt Disney World, it doesn't really have a lot for the little ones," McAlpine said.
Friday, October 14, 2005 12:09 PM
WTF! That was a dumb comment!
Disney World is MOSTLY stuff for the little ones...
Friday, October 14, 2005 12:35 PM
Maybe he meant...oh, what's the politically correct term?...midgets? Dwarves? Little People?
Friday, October 14, 2005 12:40 PM
*falls out of chair laughing at that quote gets back up and falls out of chair again when he read moosh's post*
That person should get fired for making that quote ....*** This post was edited by dragonoffrost 10/14/2005 12:41:19 PM ***
Friday, October 14, 2005 1:23 PM
Maybe he meant "If you think of Walt Disney World [in comparison], it [SeaWorld] doesn't really have a lot for the little ones"
There's no way he could have meant WDW, maybe he was misquoted... nobody would be that dumb... at least I hope...
Friday, October 14, 2005 1:52 PM
Yeah, that could be, it was probably a mis quote. Reporters take the oddest parts of your sentances sometimes.
Still pretty funny though.
Friday, October 14, 2005 2:10 PM
It sounds stupid, but there is some truth to what he says. I've heard first-hand from families with toddlers at WDW who were disappointed that there so few rides that the whole family could enjoy. Their 5 and 6-year old kids could go on virtually anything, but their 2 and 3-year old siblings were too short for many attractions. They said that they wouldn't come back to the theme parks until all the kids were at least 5. The same family absolutely loved the Disney Cruises because there were activities for every age group -- they talked about making the cruise an annual vacation.
SeaWorld already had a good advantage because so many of their attractions are shows. Theater show = no height restrictions.
And wouldn't any resort want to attract more families like the one I mentioned, who are willing and able to pay for delux accomodation, theme park tickets and cruises?
Friday, October 14, 2005 2:21 PM
Greatwhitenorth, your point is valid... but don't go on any disney boards and say that! Why? The disney fans will jump on you and accuse you of wanting to do "cheap attractions and spinners!".
Friday, October 14, 2005 2:57 PM
First of all, that quote is ridiculous. And if it was meant in the way Keith suggests -- and I think he's right -- then the reporter should've fixed it so it actually made sense instead of sounding like he does.
As for GWN's point, I think it's a valid one...but then, I also feel that people should be waiting before they take their kids to Disney World -- if nothing else, at least wait till the kids will actually, you know, remember it. My parents tell me I went to Hersheypark and Kings Dominion when I was two and three, respectively, but I don't remember a damn thing, they were probably sidled with having to sit me, and didn't really ride much. Seems kinda counterproductive, no? I say wait till the kids are 5 or 6, and can not only ride the rides but can tell their children someday about what a great time they had the first time they went.
Friday, October 14, 2005 4:38 PM
AMEN to that Nitro. I have been to several parks and actually out of the country a couple times when I was young. Well if you trust my parents that is because I don't remember anything.
Friday, October 14, 2005 5:51 PM
I feel the same way, I took my 3yr old nephew to SFGAm this year, but that isn't a big trip nor will it be seen as a "special vacation" years to come. On the other hand, my nephew's parents wanted to take him to Disney World this year. I keep urging them not too. Sure he will like seeing Mickey and the crew; but not only will he not remember the trip years from now, I don't think he will enjoy spending 8-10 hours at a park. When he was at SFGAm this year, we were there for about 3 hours or so and when he set foot in the car, he was out.
Friday, October 14, 2005 11:54 PM
I'll warn any males out there NOW....if you want that kiddie credit (Shamu Express), make certain to "protect the jimmies". ;)
The "cute" killer whale trains might throw you...but be aware, they're dangerous!
You HAVE been warned.... :)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 6:46 PM
I had an internship there this summer, I know what rides they are, but I can't say here. All I can say is that they look very, very cool, and that if you think hard, you'll be able to guess.
Think recent kiddie trends.