Shamu scheduled to leave Sea World of Ohio today

Posted Thursday, February 15, 2001 3:46 AM | Contributed by ShiveringTim

The killer whales known to several generations of children in the Greater Cleveland area will depart for other parks today from the park formerly known as Sea World of Ohio. The animals are being transported as part of the sale of the park from Busch to Six Flags.

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Thursday, February 15, 2001 5:54 AM
It is said that SFWoA is going to get a new killer whale. The sharks are going to stay. I'm not sure about the dolphins.
Thursday, February 15, 2001 9:39 AM
When is Six Flags going to change the name of site from Ohio to Worlds of Adventure and update it with the former Sea World side information?
Thursday, February 15, 2001 11:57 AM
Funny you say that...

It seems that the SFO site will never be updated!

-Nate aka Neon
Thursday, February 15, 2001 2:44 PM
What I want to know now is...

What is Six Flags Worlds of Adventure going to do with that Sea World property??

They may have a few sea creatures... but if they are taking out the star attractions, what's left? Is there really any reason to visit that part of the park anymore?

I think this was kind of a dumb decision unless they have a very good plan up their sleeves... and that better not include "...adding world-class coasters and rides!". There's a whole lot more to a theme park than rides!
Thursday, February 15, 2001 4:07 PM
I saw a photo today related to this topic on my wire service at my work. Here is the caption:

Animal handlers maneuver a killer whale into a sling at the former Sea World of Ohio in Aurora, Ohio, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. The 16-foot long whale, who shares the name "Shamu" with two other whales at the park, was loaded into a travel habitat and flown to San Diego. Sea World retained ownership of the marine life at the park after selling the property to Six Flags, Inc. (AP Photo/Six Flags, Inc., Mike Wallace)

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Thursday, February 15, 2001 4:10 PM
Dawg Byte,
You haven't been paying attention have you? If you have been you would know that Shamu will be replaced with a dolphin show that will probably be just as boring and the two park will be combined. Many of the other animals will be replaced so that will be the only major change that guest will see except the Warner Brothers stuff.
Thursday, February 15, 2001 5:12 PM

But a dolphin show is lame compared to the exotic & beauty of a live Orca show. Orcas are great endangered animals that draws a lot of attention for show & tell.

It's not that I have been paying attention as much as the replacements just... well... they just don't cut it.
If this section of park is to be marine-related, then there's going to be some disappointed guests this year. A dolphin show is nice, but it truly can't hold its own.
Thursday, February 15, 2001 6:37 PM
Six Flags is currently trying to get a Killer Whale! How many times do I gotta say that?!

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Thursday, February 15, 2001 6:51 PM
SFWOA is kind of like the XFL. The critics bash it before it even gets started. Dont pre-judge something until it has proven itself(or not proven itself).

Friday, February 16, 2001 7:40 AM
I would love it if Six Flags actually does all it says it would like to within the next five years. On their website it says:

"Six Flags is exploring several innovative concepts for this park including:

- Building a 6 ½-acre lushly landscaped tropical land where guests will walk through a volcano and rain forest to reach numerous interactive areas with exotic birds, reptiles, flamingos, marsupials, swimming tigers and alligators
- A dark ride that will send guests to the deepest abyss of the ocean
- A deep diving submarine Nautilus ride
- Vastly expanding our interactive parent/children play areas
- Marine themed interactive rides and attractions
- Motion simulator and IMAX theatre experiences including a Dinosaur 3D spectacular
- Introducing unusual and educational marine and land animals at the park
- Constructing a monorail system
'And, of course,' Story added, 'we will continue the Six Flags tradition of building world-class roller coasters.'"

Now, imagine how cool this park would be with a dark ride, a hypercoaster, and maybe a stand-up one as well. I think it has the potential to rival Cedar Point.
Friday, February 16, 2001 8:41 AM
Next year look for 3 (possibly 4) coasters to hit SFWoA. Stand-Up, hyper,water coaster and probably a family coaster. That would bring them up to 14 which will get them REALLY BIG attention! And is also part of Bateman`s plan to be as good or better than CP. Just consider it Greece is the strongest empire, Rome is slowly building and then Greece was taken over by Rome.
Friday, February 16, 2001 9:27 AM
Actually, the 2002 season of SFWoA will probably be a very quiet one, as a best guess...

What they will try concentrating on during the next 2 seasons will be more on the side of theming, landscaping, and overall park improvements to completely implement the sea world portion w/ the amusement park.

Not that they won't get any rides, but I think they'll take a break on coasters and concentrate on necessary rides, like a transportation ride (monorail) & possibly some other theme ride to their new & improved themeing.
Friday, February 16, 2001 4:56 PM
I think SFWoA is going to go crazy with a ton of new things. They are going to want to compete with Cedar Point, and I don't think that a transportation ride would do the trick
Saturday, February 17, 2001 7:08 AM
The transportation is going in this year, they already started surveying
Saturday, February 17, 2001 12:36 PM
I think I feel like calling it Geauga Lake. It is a park that I have always been going to with my friends and it is in my backyard.
Saturday, February 17, 2001 1:35 PM
I think it's great what Six Flags is doing to this park and can't wait to see some of their future attractions.
It's a brilliant move on their part offering more for what you pay for.
Sunday, February 18, 2001 4:03 AM
Chitown hit the nail with the hammer (Or something like that).

On another note, being a near resident. There is a rumor going around claiming Shamu (or a whale of its liking) will be back in a few years.

As for the parking, the natives of Aurora are somewhat happy hoping that situation isn't a cluster like last year.

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Saturday, February 24, 2001 2:54 PM
No whale. Shamu is sea worlds official symbol. Why would they lose one then get another one.
Friday, May 11, 2001 2:03 PM
Thinking about going this year, but the prices have doubled since '98, and that's one of the reasons I went there instead of CP or KI, so much smaller, less expensive, & less crowded than the bigger parks, where you have to wait half the day in lines. We're in MI, formerly from OH, and would much rather have gone to Geauga Lk. than the other two, or SF Great America (Chicago) Sorry to the "big guys" but some of us like the feel of "hometown"! We'll see how it goes under the new corp!

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