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Final Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode - All good things must come to an end

Every this is the 40th and last episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast.  Since it is the last episode, we want to thank Eric, Erin and Mike for the amazing audio journey they have taken us on.  We also want to give a special thanks to MiceChat.com for believing in us and giving us a place to share our passion for the 3 SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. 

While this podcast is going away, it is the birth of a brand new podcast, the ZooNation Podcast... so while the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast is ending, it is an exciting new beginning for ZooNation! 

It’s Episode 1 of the ZooNation Podcast (which, in turn, is also serving as the 40th and final episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast).

As such, we are joined by 2 of the 3 hosts from the USWP: Eric Davis & Mike Madsen, both of whom are founders and board members of ZooNation.

We get to know hosts Andrew Streeter and Cat Rust a little bit, and then jump into a roundtable discussion regarding SeaWorld’s recently announced plan to phase out their orca breeding program— how the announcement alone has affected SeaWorld's fans and the conservationist community, and how it may affect the animals and the health of SeaWorld as a company moving forward.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this show do not necessarily reflect the official views of ZooNation as an organization.

Direct download: ZooNation_Episode_I.1.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 5:04am PST

Welcome back to episode 39 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast.  in this episode your hosts Eric & Mike along with guest host Andrew talk about the California Coastal Commission meeting and the Blue World Project at SeaWorld.

Eric, Mike and Andrew hold a round table discussion as they discuss the various options for SeaWorld San Diego along with the bright future of the SeaWorld Parks.

Eric, Mike and Andrew also talk about the upcoming announcement party on November 9th where the new SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby will reveal SeaWorld's new strategy along with new attractions and things that SeaWorld fans can get excited about for the future.

Eric then sits down to talk to former SeaWorld trainer Rich Phillips about his new book Orcastration, a book that helps you bring the power of positive reinforcement into your daily life.

Eric and Rich talk about the early days at SeaWorld, the history of positive reinforcement  at Seaworld parks and how you can bring positive intentions and positive reinforcement into your daily life!

You can order the book now at http://www.businesscoachphillips.com/blog/orcastration-5-killer-whale-secrets-to-a-better-business-and-life/

The book by Rich Phillips is a must have for anyone who is looking to learn some of the history of SeaWorld parks and for some people who want to use the amazing relationship techniques that SeaWorld has developed to work with animals in their daily life. 

we want to hear from you, please feel free to email us at unofficialseaworld@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/standwithseaworld or on twitter at Twitter.com/SeaWorldPodcast 

 

Direct download: USWP_Episode_39.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 1:44pm PST

Welcome to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 38.  In this episode Eric, Erin and Mike talk about the different ways that each park celebrate this fun seasons.

At SeaWorld Orlando guests can participate in SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular on select days from October 3rd to the 31st.  SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular starts at 12pm and goes until 7pm.  Guests will be able to Trick-or-Treat, Dance at Penelope’s Party Zone, enjoy the Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween. And for an upcharge guests can enjoy a special Dine with Shamu Spooktacular Brunch.   SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with your park admission!  So another reason to be an annual passholder.

in the SeaWorld Parks, San Antonio reigns supreme. Howl-O-Scream is coming and this year is going to be bigger and badder than ever. This year, the construction crews at SeaWorld Texas have UNEARTHED a home, hundreds of years old, that contains the curse of Scarlett a freaky demon lady. Some of our favorite haunts return, such as ICU and Frightmare Forest, and we here at The Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast have heard that the new house, Unearthed, is one of the scariest haunted houses like, ever. But the highlight of any visit to Halloween to SeaWorld Texas is Shamu’s Rockin Creep Show, the Halloween spectacular night show that that’s creepy and cool and generally awesome. PARTY HARD. Howl-O-Scream is open in the evenings during Saturdays and Sundays in the month of October and is not recommended for children under 13, or wimpy bloggers.

At SeaWorld San Diego there are spooky kooky adventures to be had all over the park throughout Halloween Spooktacular®.

We will have monster amounts of colorful trick-or-treat stations located throughout the park, so get ready to grab gobs of ghoulish goodies. (Start time for trick-or-treating is at 11 a.m. on each event day.)

The Mermaid Grotto and Pumpkinfish Patch are among the sights swimming back to Halloween Spooktacular. Come meet and take a picture with our enchanting mermaids, play in the new kinetic sand bar or join the fun as DJ Cotton Candy spins sweet beats leading a Spooktacular dance party.  

Need a rest from exploring? We have two new Halloween themed shows Clyde and Seamore's Big Halloween Bash and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?!

What could make this event even better? Kids are FREE with a paid adult throughout the month of October. That’s a scary good deal! Come in costume with the kids and have fun celebrating Halloween under the sea.

Event included with park admission. Event dates and times subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Eric, Erin and Mike then have a round table discussion about the Killer whale tank expansion at SeaWorld San Diego and out the misguided animal rights movement. 

Mike brings us a new SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund spotlight where he talks about a project that is saving coral reefs.

Erin brings us a new animal spotlight the amazing lemurs that are animal ambassadors at SeaWorld.

Direct download: USWP_Episode_38.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 4:36am PST

The Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast is back with your hosts Eric M Davis, Mike Madsen and Erin McKinney.

In this episode you will learn what Eric, Mike and Erin did during the podcast hiatus, and we share some news about AweosmeOcean.  Mike shares some news about ZooNation and Erin talks about her experience as a SeaWorld camp cousnelor. 

SeaWorld News

Eric talks about Sea Lion High opening at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld Texas.  Along with some of the amazing rescue work done by SeaWorld San Diego this past summer.

Erin shares the news about Mako a new hypercoast opneing at SeaWorld Orlando in the summer of 2016.  Mako is going to be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Florida. 

Mike shares news about the Blue World project and what listeners can do to help make Blue World a reality. 

Erin talks about the end of the Sea of Surprises and the SeaWorld parks getting ready for Halloween.  And a new Dine with Shamu Brunch and SeaWorld San Antonio getting ready for Howl-O-Scream

Eric then talks about the biggest expansion ever coming to SeaWorld San Antonio with the new Discovery Point expansion coming in 2016. 

Sitting down with Executive Chef Axel Dirolf at SeaWorld San Diego

Eric sits down with SeaWorld San Diego Executive Chef Axel Dirolf about sustainability, elevating theme park food and how crazy chips were invented. 

Learn how SeaWorld is leading the way to serve guests local, hormon free, organic and sustainble food to their guests. 

Chef Axel shares information about Breakfast with Elmo, Wild Days the Seven Seas Food Festival and more. 

Animal Spotlight with Erin - Puffins

Erin talks about how amazing Puffins are and why you should love Puffins too. 

SeaWorld Busch Gardens Spotlight with Mike - Killer Whale Research

Mike talks about how Killer Whales in SeaWorld's Care are helping animals in the wild. 

You can learn more about the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast at MiceChat.com and iLoveSeaWorld.com

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Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/StandWithSeaWorld

 

Direct download: USWP_Episode_37.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 8:48am PST

In this epsidoe we have news from all 3 SeaWorld parks.  We talk about the Sea Lion High preview at SeaWorld Orlando giving us a look at what they new Sea Lion show will look like at SeaWorld Orlando and San Diego when the new show debuts this spring and summer. 

We also talk about the amazing manatee resuce of 19 manatees in Florida by SeaWorld Orlando rescue team, Florida Fish and Wildlife and more.

We also talk about SeaWorld's 4th quarter earnings and the exciting future for all 3 SeaWorld parks.

We then talk about Praise Wave at SeaWorld Orlando and we talk about Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio.   Erin sat down with Maggie a conservationist who was at Wild Days and is game changer. 

Mike brings us a brand new conservation fund spotlight.

Erin brings us a new animal spotlight.

Then Eric, Erin and Mike have a SeaWorld roundtable where they debate conservatin issues and iniatitves with river dolphins around the world and what we can do to help these critically endangered animals. 

 

Direct download: USWP_Episode_36_3-21-15.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 10:53pm PST

SeaWorld Podcast 35 - Bindi Irwin talks about Generation Nature and Clay Carbajal

Welcome to episode 35 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcat.  In this episode your hosts Eric, Mike and Erin take you to al 3 SeaWorld parks where amazing things are happening.

Eric takes you live on location to Disocvery Cove in Orlando, where he sits down with the world famous Bindi Irwin to talk about Generation Nautre and Wild Days.  Bindi Irwin has been on a whirlwind world tour going to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld San Antonio where she is hosting shows about her amazing conservation program Generation Nature.

Bindi shares with us what we can do right now to help wildlife in need.  Will you decide to join Bindi Irwin and become a Game Changer?

Erin then takes you live on location at SeaWorld San Antonio, where she sits down with SeaWorld Animal Ambassador Clay Carbajal where they talk about Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio and what it is like hosting your own show at SeaWorld along with some of the amazing animals guests can come face to face with at SeaWorld San Antonio during Wild Days.

Mike brings you a brand new SeaWorld Busch Gardens conservation fund about efforst Seaworld has in Austrailia.

Erin brings you a new Animal Spotlight on Sea Turtles. 

The episode wraps up with a lively debate over which new SeaWorld baby animal is cutest?  Who do you agree with Eric, Mike or Erin?

We want to hear from you!  Please tweet at us @SeaWorldPodcast @SeaWorldEric @SeaWorldMike and @SeaWorldErin

Thank you for diving in!  

Direct download: USWP_Episode_35.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 9:30pm PST

In Ep 34 the Unofficial Seaworld Podcasts hosts Eric, Erin and Mike spend time talking about the incredible Wild Days Weekends at SeaWorld Orlando and San Antonio.

Eric goes live on location to SeaWorld Orlando where he talks with SeaWorld's Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina about the Penguin Lovers Weekend and the plight of penguins in the wild.  Julie also shares why trainer talks are so important. 

Erin talks about the Wild Days offerings at SeaWorld San Antonio.  Austin then goes live on locaiton at SeaWorld San Antonio where he talks with Chuck Cureau about Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio and what he hopes guests take away from their Wild Days experience.

The podcast crew talks about news at SeaWorld parks with Praise Wave, free books, animal rescues and free admission for teachers in Texas.

Mike has a brand new SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Spotlight on SANCOBB a non-profit in South Africa that works to protect penguins in South Africa.

Erin brings us a Bindi Irwin focused animal spotlight on the Kookaburra and the plight of the native animals. 

We end the show with two fan voicemails one from Patrick and one from Joseph.  We are thrilled to celebrate 2 years of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast! 

Direct download: USWP_Episode_34.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 10:52am PST

SeaWorld Podcast Ep 33 - Changes to SeaWorld in 2015 a look at 2015 events at SeaWorld Parks and more

 

In this episode of the USWP we talk about the babies born at SeaWorld San Diego & Orlando. We also have a new Animal Spotlight from the incomparable Erin, and Mike brings us a new SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Minute.

We’ll also be discussing the recent entertainment offerings ending at SeaWorld Orlando with the Mimes, A’lure and the Pearl Divers.

 

We will review the 2015 event Calendar for all three SeaWorld parks and we have a Round Table discussion where we all share our top SeaWorld stories for 2014, and what we are looking forward to most in 2015.


We also want to remind everyone to follow us on twitter at @SeaWorldPodcast, @SeaWorldEric @SeaWorldErin @seaworldmike and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/UnofficialSeaWorldPodcast and on Instagram at @SeaWorldPodcast So put on your wetsuit with us and let’s dive in!

Direct download: USWP_Episode_33_mp3_Version.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 12:25pm PST

Welcome to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast episode 32 where we talk about some big stories.

We first discuss the big corporate changes that happened at all the SeaWorld Parks.  Eric, Erin and Mike talk about jim Atchison's new role as Vice Chairman of the Board, the new appointments, what we can anticipate to see with a new CEO.  The USWP team also offers their sincere apologize to any of the 311 people who were laid off.  

Erin announces that the USWP will be holding a meet up on New Years Eve at SeaWorld Orlando.  Visit our Facebook page to learn details and RSVP  Facebook.com/UnofficialSeaWorldPodcast

Mike brings us a new SeaWorld-Busch Gardens conservation fund and shares a story about a wildlife triage center that is located here in America.

Erin brings us a new Animal Spotlight, where she talks about some amazing adapations that the Manatee has, and shares a story about a manatee that found itself in Texas.

Mike introduces a new segment called "SeaWorld Roundtable" where we talk about the book "Killing Keiko" by Mark Simmons and how we were all emotionally impacted by this story.  


In Episode 31 we welcome Mike Madsen back to the show after a short departure.  We then talk about Christmas at all 3 SeaWorld Parks

At SeaWorld Orlando we talk about Elmo's Christmas Wish, Sea of Trees, Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice, and Holiday Reflections.  Decorations, and family fun!

At SeaWorld San Antonio, you have a dolphin Christmas, Shamu Christmas Miracles, Snow World and a number of great family activities.

At SeaWorld San Diego you have a dolphin island christmas a brand new show, along with a number of other great christmas offerings!

SeaWorld is the place for Christmas for your family!

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SeaWorld Podcast 30 - Halloween and Howl-O-Scream

The SeaWorld Podcast is back to recap the Halloween events at all 3 SeaWorld Parks.  In October Seaworld held a family friendly Halloween Spooktacular event where families were able to trick-or-treat in the park, enjoy special live shows, and meet their favorite SeaWorld characters dressed up.

At SeaWorld Texas they hold a scary Howl-O-Scream event once the sun goes down.  Erin talks to SeaWorld Texas Director of Entertainment Brian Knowlton about the Howl-O-Scream event.

Erin then talks to Sr. SeaWorld Trainer Joe Miller about the ending of Clyde and Seamore Cannery Caper, and what guests can expect when the hilarious Sea Lions return next year with their friend O.P. Otter and Sir Winston Walrus.

We wrap up the show with a new Marine Mammal Trainer Minute with Kyle Kittleson and some general SeaWorld news. 


SeaWorld Podcast 29 - Project Blue World Coming to a SeaWorld Park Near You

Welcome back to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, where in this episode we talk about the amazing Project Blue World coming to SeaWorld, Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, which will be doubling the Killer Whale habitats size, and provinding all new enrichment activities. 

We welcome Cameron to the show who shares some great stories as a former SeaWorld camper.  

Erin shares with us an amazing conservation story about how SeaWorld has performed a first, articial insemination with penguins.

Eric shares a SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund story as he shares the story about Chouk the Elephant, who was given a second chance at life by SeaWorld, when they crafted a prosthetic leg for this elephant. 

Thank you for diving in to Episode 29 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast. 


SeaWorld Podcast 28 - Interview with Dr. Pamela Yochem of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

In this episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast we dive into the science behind SeaWorld, at the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.  

We talk to Dr. Pamela Yochem of the Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institue about the incredible research that she has been involved in at Seaworld, and how SeaWorld help develop the Dolphin Safe Tuna Nets that have gone on to save the lives of millions of dolphins in the wild.

She also shares stories about Hawaiin Monk Seal Research, Polar Bears, Seabass and more.  It is a truly incredible look into how SeaWorld is working to protect and save species around the world.

Then Mike brings us a new SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Minute about how Seaworld is working to save Whale Sharks in the Indian Ocean.

Then Kyle Kittleson brings us a brand new Marine Mammal Trainer Minute

And we finish it with an animal spotlight with Erin talking about penguins that live in South Africa.

If you want to share your feedback or your SeaWorld story email us at UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com or call us at 530-289-ORCA


SeaWorld Podcast 27 - 4th of July at SeaWorld - Chris Bellows talks Belugas and more

The SeaWorld Podcast team is back with a brand new epiosde where we talk you to Seaworld Orlando where SeaWorld John talks about the amazing 4th of July Celebration that SeaWorld Orlando put on.  

Then SeaWorld Mike talks about what it was like taking his girls on Antarctica for the first time.  He also brings us a brand new SeaWorld Conservation Fund Spotlight

SeaWorld Blake reminds everyone that Summer Nights at SeaWorld will only last so long, so you need to make sure you see Shamu Celebration Light UP The Night NOW.

SeaWorld Austin takes us to San Antonio, where he updates us on all the animals and the latest park news.

Seaworld Erin brings us a new animal spotlight, along with other exciting news and rumos.

SeaWorld Eric talks about new boats, and other great news at all 3 SeaWorld Parks, and he sits down with Chris Bellows the VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld San Antonio to talk about Beluga Whales and the amazing Beluga Interaction Program in San Antonio.

All this along with a new Marine Mammal Trainer Minute with Kyle Kittleson.  So put on your wetsuit and dive in with us!


The SeaWorld Podcast crew is back with a whole new episode!  In this epsidoe we will take you on location at SeaWorld Orlando, where we talk to Animal Curator Kelly Flaherty Clark about the new Killer Whale show, Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night, along with the new show Generation Nature.

After that we travel to SeaWorld San Antonio, where we talk to Chris Bellows, the VP of Zoological Operations at SeaWorld Texas about the amazing Sea Lion Animal Interaction Program, and why guests will love it!

Also learn why you need to visit, Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island at SeaWorld Orlando now, before it is gone forever.

Also we we share our official review of Shamu Celebration:Light Up The Night, and we have a new Marine Mammal Trainer Minute with Kyle Kittleson, a new Animal Spotlight with Erin, and a new SeaWorld Conservation Fund Spotlight with Mike.

So put on your wetsuite and dive in with us!

Please follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/UnofficialSeaWorldPodcast

Follow us on twitter at Twitter.com/SeaWorldPodcast

Email us at UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com 


SeaWorld Podcast Ep 25 - The SeaWorld San Antonio Review - Roa's Aviary and Superfan event

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that is true for this podcast episode.  This episode we travel to SeaWorld San Antonio as the SeaWorld podcast crew explores the brand new attraction Roa's Aviary at Aquatica San Antonio.

Mike talks with SeaWorld San Antonio VP of Zoological operations Chris Bellows as they talk about what makes this aviary special, and what special precautions SeaWorld took on to make sure the birds were safe and comfortable in their new home.

Erin talks to Dan Decker SeaWorld San Antonio park president about the amazing new Sea of Surprises and some of the new shows at SeaWorld Texas for the 50th Celebration. 

Eric talks with Kaitlyn Goudge about the new Aquatica Dream Suite at the Omni Colonnade and how she came up with the design, and why kids of all ages will love it!

Then we introduce a brand new SeaWorld San Antonio segment with SeaWorld superfan Austin!  Then we have a new Busch Gardens update from our friends at BGTFans.com

Then Mike brings us a new Seaworld-Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Spotlight, and Erin brings us a new animal spotlight on Beluga Whales. 

We also reccap the amazing Super Fan event that happened at SeaWorld Texas, and we all share our feelings about how we fell in love with that amazing park! 

So put on your wetsuit and dive in, and enjoy this brand new episode of the unofficial SeaWorld podcast! 


Welcome to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 24! In this episode we are thrilled to debut our Pre San Antonio SuperFan meetup show! We travel to Orlando for the grand opening of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at SeaWorld Orlando, and talk to SeaWorld VP of Marketing Toni Caracciola and VP of Aquatica Orlando Bryan Nadeau about this new attraction, and what guests can expect. We also preview our SeaWorld San Antonio super-fan event, along with news of new parks and Orcas ages. Erin also brings us a new Animal Spotlight on Sea Lions and the story of the Bonneville Dam. So put on your wetsuit and let’s dive in!


SeaWorld Podcast - 2014 Summer Preview of new attractions rides and shows

We are back with another SeaWorld Podcast!  Eric, Mike and Erin talk about all the new attactions opening at SeaWorld Parks this summer!

We travel to Aquatica Orlando and talk about Ihu's Breakway Falls, and the new vests Killer Whale Trainers get to wear!

 

Then we travel to Busch Gardens Tampa to talk about Pantopia, and Falcon's Fury which is about to open and will soon be terrfying guests and podcasters alike!   We also hear from our friends at BGTFans.com about the latest in park news.

 

Then we travel to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA where we learn more about the new show London Rocks and the giant water slide coming!

 

Then we travel to SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio to talk to Assistant Animal Currator Chuck Cureau about Roa's Aviary, new addtionsl to the park, and the new 50th Ski Show. 

 

Then we visit Aquatica in San Diego and talk about the new water slide coming there, Explorer's Reef and the 50th offerings already happening!

Then we cap it off with talking about Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night

Erin then sits down with seaWorld Superfan Mary aka @MaryEddy98 on twitter about why she loves SeaWorld!

Please remember to follow us on twitter at @SeaWorldPodcast or on Facebook at Facebook.com/UnofficialSeaWorldPodcast 

If you have news, rumors or information to share please leave us a message at 530-289-6722 or email us at UnofficialSeaWorld@Gmail.com


SeaWorld Podcast Ep 22 - Interview with Chuck Cureau and a review of the Dream Big 5k

Welcome to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 22!  We have a sea of surprises to share with you this episode!

 

First, we have a special interview with assistant Animal Curator at SeaWorld Texas Chuck Cureau and Erin brings us a new SeaWorld Superfan interview with Sam aka @samanthabeall on twitter.

 

We also travel to Orlando as we travel to the Dawn Brancheau Dream Big 5k, and we have an interview with Tom Loverde the President of The Dawn Brancheau Foundation and Ms. Dawn’s brother along with our in park review of the 5K.

 

All this plus a new SeaWorld Conservation Fund Spotlight, a brand new Marine Mammal Trainer Minute, as well as in park news and updates... so put on your wetsuit and let’s dive in!


March into April with episode 21 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast! We have a sea of surprises to share with you! Erin is back with a special Animal Spotlight, and we also have brand new Marine Mammal Trainer Segment, and a new Busch Gardens Minute. We have a recap on our incredible SuperFan meet up at SeaWorld San Diego for the 50th anniversary, news on our SuperFan meetup for May 2014 in San Antonio, and we also have awesome interviews with Brian Morrow about Explorers Reef, Mike Price the assistant curator of fishes at SeaWorld San Diego, and Bill Shedd the son of Milton Shedd the founder of SeaWorld. So put on your snorkel and mask and let's swim on in.

If you enjoyed the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast please send us an email to UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com or call us at 530-289-6722 or tweet at us at @SeaWorldPodcast @SeaWorldMike @SeaWorldErin @SeaWorldEric

Have a Whale of a Day!

SeaWorld Podcast Ep 20 - Interviews with Bindi Irwin Julie Scardina and Tim Morrow

The Unofficial Seaworld Podcast team is back with an amazing episode with 3 incredible interviews!  In this episode we talk to SeaWorld's new Youth Ambassador Bindi Irwin about her new along with what kids will be able to do with Generation Nature, and SeaWorld Kids.

We also talk to SeaWorld Animal Ambassador and corporate curator Julie Scardina about her amazing role at SeaWorld, and how SeaWorld is working around the globe on animal conservation to help conserve and preserve wildlife and wild places.

Erin talks with Aquatica San Antonio Vice President Tim Morrow about the new aviary coming to Aquatica, what the guest experience will be, and what guests can expect when it opens this May.

Mike also shares information about Super Fan meets up in San Diego and San Antonio, and we also announce a winner to our contest announced in the last episode.

So get ready to have you mind blown, as you listen to the latest episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast with your hosts Eric, Mike and Erin.


We have a big episode for you!  The Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast team is getting ready for the big 50th meet up at SeaWorld San Diego where you can join them on March 22nd.  Get your tickets now to the 50th meet up!

Mike introduces us to Frank Todd who is the man who wrote the book on penguin care for SeaWorld and the world!  This interview is not to be missed!  Frank Todd is our new hero!

Eric takes you on location to Aqutica in Orlando where he talks to Bryan Nadeu the VP of Aquatica and gets more details on Ihu's Breakaway Falls

Then Erin takes you to San Antonio where she was onsite getting a tour of the new Aviary coming to Aquatica San Antonio

Kyle Kitlteson is back with a new Marine Mammal Trainer Minute where he talks about positive reinforcement, and how you can use it in your daily life!

BGTFans.com are back with a new Busch Gardens Minute where they let us know when Falcons Fury is going to open.

Erin then finishes the show with a super fan interview with John McKinney @JohnM93 on twitter, where he shares his first SeaWorld memory and why he loves SeaWorld.

We also introduce a new contest to win 4 FREE Aquatica Orlando Tickets!  email us at UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com or call us and leave us a voicemail message at 530-289-6722 or tweet at us @SeaWorldPodcast until March 14th why you love SeaWorld to be entered into a drawing to win 4 FREE Aquatica Orlando Tickets!

Have a Whale of a Day!


SeaWorld Podcast Episode 18 - Interviews with Jim Atchinson and Pedro talks about SeaWorld Animal Rescues

Episode 18 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast is jam packed from beginning to end with amazing SeaWorld news from your favorite SeaWorld Parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.

On March 22nd, 2014 MiceChat and the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast will be holding a 50th meet up, that will be the event of the year!  You can book online at MiceChat.com 

 

Eric talks to SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchinson about the Polar Plunge that happened at Aquatica in Orlando, then Eric talks to Bryan Nadeu the VP of Aquatica. 

We also bring back the Busch Gardens Minute where we get an update on the park from BGTFans.com and then Erin shares her story about being stuck on Cheetah Hunt.

Mike sits down to talk to Pedro who is in charge o Animal Care at SeaWorld Orlando, and is also on the hit TV Show SeaRescue.  Pedro shares some amazing animal rescue stories.

Erin sits down with Seaworld Superfan Drew aka @FlyingSeaLion on twitter to talk about why he loves SeaWorld.

We also invite anyone who has been bullied online to please email the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast for help at unofficialseaworld@gmail.com or call us at 530-289-6722

 

Direct download: SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_18_-_Jim_Atchinson_and_Sea_Rescue.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 11:06pm PST

SeaWorld Podcast Episode 16 - BlackFish Exposed and the Painted Dogs of Africa with Clay Carbajal

Welcome to episode 16 the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast! We have had an incredible year, and we are thrilled to be celebrating one year. Last year we started out as a brand new show, with no friends or followers, and here we are today, breaking global news, talking to SeaWorld trainers, and bringing the podcast to thousands of people every month. We have been humbled by how the show has grown over the past 12 months, and we are hopeful, that we will continue to grow,with participation from you, our fans.

In this episode we go over the year in review, revisiting all the stories and interviews we’ve covered over the past year. This episode also sees the launch of an awesome new segment that features the famous Kyle Kittleson, and the continuation of the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund Spotlight when we sit down and talk to SeaWorld San Antonio Animal Ambassador Clay Carbajal about his trip to Africa to learn about the Painted Dogs. We also comment on Blackfish failing to get the nomination for the Academy Award, and the latest article on Micechat.com featuring an interview with Mark Simmons

So put on your flippers and floaties and let’s dive into episode 16 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast!

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SeaWorld Podcast Episode 15 - SeaWorld Super Fan meet up and an Interview with Sarah McGuire a Dolphin Trainer

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.  We are back with episode 15 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast and  we're thrilled to bring you part 2 of our SeaWorld Christmas special, with lots of treats.  We have a recap on our Super Fan meet up at SeaWorld Orlando for the 40th anniversary with an interview with Sarah McGuire the Sr Dolphin Trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, news on two more Super Fan meetups for 2014 in San Diego and San Antonio, and we also have two awesome “Why I love SeaWorld” by two incredible Superfans.  Also on tap for this episode is a reintroduction of our SeaWorld conservation fun spotlight, and we share the latest breaking news from all 3 SeaWorld Parks.

Also as a special treat, this special Christmas episode of the Unofficial Seaworld Podcast we will play the soundtrack to Shamu Christmas Miracles in the background. So buckle up, let's dive in.

If you enjoyed the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast please send us an email to UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com or call us at 530-289-6722 or tweet at us at @SeaWorldPodcast @SeaWorldMike @SeaWorldErin @SeaWorldEric

Have a Whale of a Day!


SeaWorld Christmas with Terry Prather - Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 14

We are back with Episode 14 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, where we take you inside the incredible Christmas offerings at SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio.  We also share breaking news about the show pool at Shamu Stadium in Orlando closing for the first few months of 2014 while they refurbish it, then we talk about the Killer Whale Calf born in San Antonio.  

We talk to the President of SeaWorld Orlando Terry Prather about what the Christmas experience is at SeaWorld Orlando, and we ask him what his favorite part is! 

We also talk to the Director of Animal Training Kelly Flaherty Clark about the new upclose Shamu Experience that will take place while the show pool at Shamu Stadium is closed, and what guests can expect, and why you should plan a visit to SeaWorld Orlando to experience this unique and limited time experience. 

Erin also brings us a special Animal Spotlight for the holidays as she shares the differences between Polar Bears and Penguins, then we talk about what you can expect if you attened the Unofficial SeaWorld Super Fan meet up brought to you by MiceChat on December 15th, 2013.  

If you enjoyed the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast please send us an email to UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com or call us at 530-289-6722 or tweet at us at @SeaWorldPodcast @SeaWorldMike @SeaWorldErin

Have a Whale of a Day!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Ep_14_-_Christmas_Part_1.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 10:38pm PST

SeaWorld Podcast Episode 13 - Interview with Dennis Wirzman about the Sea of Surprises

Welcome back to Episode 13 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast where your hosts Eric, Mike and Erin are here to share with you that latest SeaWorld news, rumors and inforamtion as we talk about what is happening at all 3 SeaWorld Parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio. 

Since launching the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast in January, we have been making tweaks and changes all year, trying to provide the best possible show, to all you SeaWorld superfans! And after talking to a lot of you, getting some great feedback, we are making some big changes that will result in more breaking news, better news coverage, and hopefully it will be more entertaining to all of our listeners out there! The first big change, is we have asked Erin aka SpacedOutShamu on Twitter to join us as our 3rd host! Erin will be taking a more active role, where she will continue to provide the Animal spotlight, but will also help with the news and commentary

In our interview with Dennis Wirzman the man in charge of Entertainment at SeaWorld Parks, we talk about the Sea of Surprises, the new nighttime Shamu Show, the floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, and the Pasedena Tournament of Rose Parade.  We also learn that the Sea of Surprises has lots of bubbles!

We then talk news from around all 3 SeaWorld parks with Aquaticas in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego getting new attractions this next year, and especially Aquatica San Antonio getting a new free flight aviary with over 300 birds, 80 different species, and a tropical oasis. 

We also talk about the SeaWorld Super Fan meets that will be taking place at all 3 SeaWorld parks over the next 6 months.  

So sit back, relax and dive into Episode 13 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast with us!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Eposide_13.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 9:49pm PST

Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 12 - Why we love SeaWorld

Welcome back to episode 12 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast, in this epsidoe we talk about the History of SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio.  We talk about why we love SeaWorld, and you should love SeaWorld too!

We interview former Dolphin and Orca Trainer Kyle Kittleson who now runs MarineMammalTrainer.com and he shares his journey from a kid in the stands to working with Orcas at One Ocea at SeaWorld Orlando.

We also hear from Super Fans, Hal, Becca and Jaci as they share the reasons why they love SeaWorld and how SeaWorld inspires them.

Erin aka SpacedOutShamu has her animal spotlight on Orcas, and why she loves SeaWorld!

This podcast is dedicated to all the hardworking people who make it possible for millions of people a year experience the SeaWorld parks, connect with animals, and learn how we need to protect our Oceans.


Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 10 - Interview with Sea Lion Trainer Catherine Brown and more

Welcome back everyone to the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast episode 10!  That is right we are now in the double digits!  

In this episode we will bring you news from all 3 SeaWorld Parks, SeaWorld Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego, along with an incredible interview with Catherine Brown a Sea Lion trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio, talk to Super Fan Becca, and Super Fan Erin who just came back from Career Camp at SeaWorld Orlando. We also have an animal spotlight on Harbor Seals, some inspring Sea Rescue stories and more!


In this episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast we go behind the scenes at Antarctica, we go live on location where SeaWorld returns 4 rescued and rehabilitated Manatees back into the wild.  We also talk to SeaWorld Superfan @GlenC1212 about why he likes SeaWorld.

Eric & Mike also take on the movie BlackFish, and examine what is factually incorrect, and rebute assertions made by the movie about BlackFish. 

SeaWorld Superfan Victoria hosts the first Animal Spotlight segment, giving us an update on the plight of Sea Otters in the wild, and how SeaWorld is helping people get close and protect these endangered animals.

We also end the show with a great Explore A Park segment, where we take you to Shamu Rocks, where you can virtually enjoy SeaWorld Summer Nights with us.  

Please share your SeaWorld stories, news, rumors and trips with us by contacting us!

By Email: UnofficialSeaWorld@gmail.com

By Telephone: 530-289-6722

By Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UnofficialSeaworldPodcast

Have a Whale of a Day!


Unofficial SeaWorld Episode 8 - SeaWorld Summer Nights in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio

Welcome to episode 8 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast!

In this episode, we talk about the amazing Summer Nights offerings at the SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego.  We also talk about news from Antarctica in Orlando, where penguins are now no longer jumping out of the enclosure, so the nets are coming down!  We also look at new offerings at Aquatica in San Antonio, and talk about SeaWorld San Diego's new park entrance under construction, along with the canges to the Cirque De Mar show.

In the end we explore the Sea Lions tonight show, along with some animal rescues in Florida!  So sit back relax, and dive into the Unofficial SeaWorld Pdocast with us!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_008.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 10:59pm PST

We are thrilled to bring you episode 7 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast!  In th is episode we discuss the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the SeaWorld Parks, along with the Grand Opening of Aquatica in San Diego, by talking to David Cromwell the Vice President of Aquatica San Diego, and Jenifer Miller, Animal Ambassador for Aquatica San Diego.

We also talk about Sea rescues and returns happening in Orlando and San Diego, where a Dolphin was rescued after being stranded, and a manatee was returned to the wild after being nursed back to health!  

We also talk about rumors of new shows, new rides, and some potential new international SeaWorld parks!  At the end we explore the world famous Shamu Show "One Ocean" 

So sit back relax and dive into the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast with us!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_007.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 7:48am PST

Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando - Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode #6

In the last episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast we brought you lots of news about the upcoming grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. We follow up on that by bringing you recordings of our live coverage of the grand opening, audio of the experience itself, as well as an interview with Brian Morrow the creative mind behind Antarctica and designer of so many other fantastic SeaWorld attractions. We were thrilled to be able to sit down with Brian and ask him some questions about Antarctica, and Brian teased us with hints of possible upcoming SeaWorld attractions.

We also have the audio of Lauren Alaina singing the attractions theme song live at the grand opening, guest reactions to the experience and our own take on what we thought about Antarctica, so buckle up and let’s get rolling with episode 6 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_006.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast #5 - Antarctica preview at SeaWorld Orlando with 2 exclusive interviews

We are excited to bring you episode 5 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast. This month we have two exciting podcasts for you; this podcast which is pre-Antarctica, where we talk about all the latest news, rumors, and construction updates about Antarctica, and a second one that will be post launch of this marvelous addition to the SeaWorld attraction family.

Featured in this episode we are thrilled to have as guests two very exciting people who we have managed to get exclusive interviews with; the first is with SeaWorld Orlando’s VP of Culinary Operations and the second exciting interview is with the Assistant Curator of Birds.They will be tantalizing us with delicious hints of the new food treats to come with the opening of Antarctica, as well as giving us insights and fascinating facts about penguins, the heroes of SeaWorld Orlando’s newest and most innovative ride to date, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins.

We also have Joseph Taylor discussing SeaWorld San Diego, including updates on upcoming shows and construction news. Of course we also cover animal rescues this month, including the rescue of an adorable Manatee pup in Florida and the most recent updates on the record numbers of rescued Sea Lion’s this year.

Let’s get started with this latest addition of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast:

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_005.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 6:57am PST

Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast Episode 4 - Viva La Musica, Sea Lions stranding in San Diego, and more

Welcome back everyone to episode 4 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast!  We have a lot of news this month, and a lot to cover in animal rescues, as the West Coast’s sea lion emergency continues with record amounts of sea lion rescues.

Included in this month’s podcast we have coverage of SeaWorld’s recent successful launch onto the New York Stock Exchange, with commentary from SeaWorld CEO James Atchison. We also have trip reports, show reviews, news on the Just For Kids Festival at SeaWorld San Antonio, updates on coming attractions, news about old shows and new, and a continued countdown to the opening of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

Last, but certainly not least, we have a thrilling journey in store for you as you listen to the audio track of Viva La Musica, an amazing festival in SeaWorld Orlando.

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_004.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 8:33pm PST

Hello everyone, we are thrilled to bring you episode 3 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast where we talk about all the latest news, rumors, rescues, history and more about your favorite SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio. 

In this epsidoe we have an incredible exclusive interview with Brian Morrow the creative mind behind Manta, Turtle Trek 4-D and Antartcia: Empire of the Penguins, about his creative process, what research SeaWorld conducted before building Antartica, and what the emotional journey will be!

We also discuss troubling marine mamal news on both Coasts where Manatees in Florida have been dying, and Sea Lions in California are beaching themselves in record numbers, and we discuss how SeaWorld's Rescue teams, and the Hubb-SeaWorld Research teams are helping with these tragedies. 

We also invite you to explore the park with us, as we listen to Clyde and Seymore Take Pirate Island.  So sit back relax, and dive in!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_003.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 6:00am PST

Welcome back everyone to episode 2 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast!  On this episode you will notice the format has been tweaked just a bit to make the podcast flow better, and you’ll also notice a bigger focus on animals as animal rescues have their own segment now.

This month we have confirmed rumors to update you with as well as some new rumors that have surfaced about new shows possibly coming to the parks, changes to existing shows and more. Eric and Mike also discuss the controversial Blackfish film, made famous by its debut in this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Also in this month’s podcast we have a very special announcement concerning the construction of SeaWorld Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin!

Last, but certainly not least, we have a thrilling journey in store for you as you listen to the entire audio track of the magical Turtle Trek 4-D. So tune in for all this and much more!

Direct download: Unofficial_SeaWorld_Podcast_Episode_002.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 1:50pm PST

What's new and what's news at the SeaWorld parks? Find out on the Unofficial SeaWorld podcast. Meet Eric and Mike, your hosts for this journey into liquid space.

Direct download: Seaworld_Podcast_episode_1_final.mp3
Category:Travel and Places -- posted at: 9:13pm PST

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