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SeaWorld, Busch plan new attractions

ORLANDO -- SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced the opening of 10 new attractions at its parks this year, including a new killer whale show at SeaWorlds in three cities, a cheetah-themed coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and a swim-through artificial reef at Discovery Cove in Orlando.

Discovery Cove, a separate theme park in Orlando that offers interactions with dolphins and other aquatic animals, will open The Grand Reef in June, with hammocks and sandy beaches.

SeaWorld San Diego will open Turtle Reef this summer, with a ride and massive aquarium featuring sea turtles, tropical fish and an underwater viewing gallery.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will debut Cheetah Hunt, a coaster with 4,429 feet of track and three zero-to-60 mph launches in one ride. A new viewing area, Cheetah Run, will offer a close-up look at real cheetahs, including a chance to see them in a daily workout session.

SeaWorld is also about to restart its popular “Dine with Shamu” killer whale show. It will begin Feb. 26 at SeaWorld San Antonio and later this spring at parks in Orlando and San Diego.

-- Associated Press

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