Discovery Cove set to open in 2000

ORLANDO -- SeaWorld Orlando's long-rumored second park, opening during 2000, will be named Discovery Cove by SeaWorld, and it will offer interactive experiences with dolphins and other marine life, snorkeling, an aviary, beach activities and food, all for an inclusive price not yet determined, but expected to range from $150 to $250.

There will be no long lines because access will be limited to about 1,000 persons, officials said. "An exclusive reservations-only tropical oasis featuring once-in-a-lifetime, one-on-one encounters with dolphins and other exotic marine animals," is how SeaWorld Orlando officials described the new park.

The park results from visitor requests to swim with dolphins, tropical fish and other sea creatures, officials said, noting that visitors also will be able to swim close to, but not with, sharks and barracuda.

Ed Litrenta, vice president of marketing, said agents would be important to the new 30-acre park. Although the details will come later, he said package deals with area hotels can be expected. No reservations will be accepted until some time later this year, Litrenta said.

"After the opening of Discovery Cove by SeaWorld, vacations will never be the same," claimed Frank Murru, the park's general manager. In effect, visitors will create their own individual experience of swimming with animals, snorkeling or relaxing at beachfront settings, he said. "With Discovery Cove, we're truly redefining the vacation adventure," he said, "as well as adding a new reason to visit the Orlando area." For SeaWorld information, call (877) 4-DISCOVERY.

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