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SeaWorld bets $175 million on new orca shows and virtual-reality attractions

SeaWorld bets $175 million on new orca shows and virtual-reality attractions

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said it would spend $175 million on new attractions, including a documentary-style orca encounter in San Diego to replace the theatrical Shamu shows that have been the park’s signature draw for half a century.

The substantial investment in new rides and marine mammal experiences marks what SeaWorld is calling one of its largest new attraction years in its history. The Tuesday announcement, which includes Florida’s first virtual reality coaster at its Orlando, Fla., marine park, also signals the company’s move to lure more visitors with cutting-edge theme park technology while still staying true to its mission of...

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