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    Marineland about to make a $6M splash with Arctic-themed water feature

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    From Niagara This Week:

    Marineland is set to open a multimillion-dollar, two-acre, Arctic-themed splash pad.

    Polar Splash, which cost approximately $6 million to build and is located across from Friendship Cove, features 10 kid-friendly water slides along with 150 themed sprayers and jets designed to look like realistic dolphins, sea lions, belugas, walruses and polar bears.

    It allows visitors to play in an “immersive environment” filled with icebergs and a grotto, said Marineland officials.

    Brief Marineland 2014 season recap

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    Occasionally I have a regular reader send me in his thoughts/observations about Marineland. Like a lot of people, he is conflicted about the park. He has great memories and see so much potential, but the current situation just doesn’t seem right.

    Here are some of his comments:

    I still check the park periodically via social media and such as I haven’t been to the park in ages… I’m hoping to go for the 2015 season!

    But here’s a recap of the 2014 season:

    • In March 2014 there was a bulldozer spotted behind Friendship Cove’s area

    • Peanut and her calf from 2013 passed away during the winter 2013-2014

    • Kelowna’s 2nd calf passed away in the winter 2013-2014

    • Kiska began play sessions with toys since May-June

    • Isis, Acadia, Aurora, Skyla, Rose and Talia were pregnant this year; all have given birth to healthy calves but Talia whom is still expecting or a stillbirth occurred (unconfirmed)

    • Belyi, the park’s first beluga passed away in August

    • Rain and Charmin are the only wild caught females who haven’t gotten pregnant yet.

    • Deadmau5 letter to the park… I personally want to take over MLC in a heartbeat but I can’t 🙁

    Note: These are just his observations and I have presented them as is. I do not know how accurate they are, and have not tried to confirm anything.

    Marineland observations from a regular visitor

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    I have a regular blog visitor who is quite a fan of Marineland and he often sends me some notes of what he sees. Here are some of his comments/observations from a recent trip:

    • Kiska is not pregnant, confirmed by staff, trainers and tank supervisor. Kiska is only lapping around her tank, gained some weight but NOT pregnant
    • MLC employees know nothing of Shouka rumor (check the May 22 news item on orcahome)
    • Tofino and Charmin (belugas) sent to stadium, performing in show once training is finished later this year
    • No beluga pregnancies confirmed yet
    • Eve, Neva, Charlotte and Mira , who are turning 3 (not Eve, she is 3 going on 4) this year are now at Friendship Cove, as part of weaning process from mothers.
    • Dock (sea lion) is presumed dead (Check MLC Fans)
    • Skyla’s calf still unnamed; Jubilee’s calf also un-named
    • Caspian recovered from stillbirth in September

    Marineland – Orca/Killer Whales and Topple Tower

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    A couple of unrelated thoughts from Marineland

    I’ve been to Marineland a few times this year, and we’ve spent a lot of time at Friendship Cove where the Orca whales are kept. We watched the splash show a couple of weeks ago, and the last time we were there we went to the underwater viewing area.

    Seeing the crowd watch the splash show reminded me of how important the killer whales are to Marineland. The people loved it. Kids were enthralled; parents were smiling with their kids, and people were getting really wet. If Marineland ends up losing Ikaika, Kiska dies, and they are left with no killer whales, I think it would really hurt their business.

    When we were in the underwater viewing area, Ikaika was alone in the tank and spent a lot of time in front of the glass. It made for some nice pictures.

    If you follow any of the comments on my YouTube videos, you know that one of the most popular videos is one of Topple Tower. So far it has almost 200,000 views! Recently someone left a comment as follows:

    update: this ride will never operate again in niagara falls, RIP, structural CRACK
    tsiemens 1 week ago

    Well, I find it hard to believe that they won’t get it fixed. However, the sign at Marineland also doesn’t tell you the whole story. Temporarily means 3 months and counting…

    My trip to Marineland yesterday

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    Yesterday afternoon I went to Marineland with my family. We were there a month or so ago, but before that it had been a couple of years.

    I was surprised at how busy it was on a Tuesday afternoon. The parking lot certainly wasn’t full (if you haven’t been, their parking lot is HUGE), but the overflow area was open, and cars were continually coming in and going out.

    Since the park was so busy, we didn’t bother to try to go on any rides. We had brought our dinner, and then we watched the show in King Waldorf Stadium. To be honest, we weren’t really looking forward to it as the last several times we’d seen it we were quite bored. Well, sometime in the last couple of years they have updated the show. The animals still do most of the same tricks, but the show is funnier and definitely geared more towards the kids. About 15 minutes before the show starts, a guy comes out and is cleaning up the stage. He ends up goofing around, and does a lot to get the crowd involved. Once the show actually starts, he is there for a bit as well. My kids loved it. My daughter was particularly thrilled to see the dolphins.

    After the show, we got some ice cream and frozen lemonade, and then walked to Friendship Cove to see the Orca whales and the Beluga whales. We just missed the tail end (no pun intended) of the splash show with the Orca whales. This was the first time I had seen Ikaika and Kiska together in many trips. A couple of years ago they always seemed to be apart, and earlier this year they were apart. Not this time. After the show, Ikaika followed Kiska around closely.

    I didn’t bring my regular camera with me, but I did have my Blackberry, so here are some pictures from the show, and from Friendship Cove.

    Everyone loves Ontario’s Marineland

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    From the Toronto Sun:

    “There’s a place I know in Ontario, where the sea lions kiss, so the story goes.

    “Its amazing shows and Friendship Cove . . . everyone loves Marineland.”

    Wait, there’s more:

    “You’ll be spinning, diving and soaring high. Our roller-coaster ride will fly you to the sky. Now you know what you’ll say when you leave here today . . . everyone loves Marineland.”

    Love or hate that commercial, it’s a sure sign of summer and sure catches the attention of kids.

    Trainers safe from killer whales at Marineland

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The death of a SeaWorld trainer who was attacked by a killer whale Wednesday has little chance of happening at Marineland in Niagara Falls, a company spokeswoman said.

    That’s because Marineland stopped performances with trainers and whales 12 years ago with the opening of its viewing facility Friendship Cove.

    “We don’t do routines with the killer whales any more like we used to,” said Marineland’s marketing office manager Ann Marie Rondinelli Thursday.

    “The killer whales do splash and jump sessions there, but (trainers) don’t go in the water with them during those splash and jump sessions.”

    Theme Park Maps/Brochures

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    I came across a web site called Theme Park Brochures. They post brochures and maps of theme parks (obviously). There is only one thing from Niagara Falls that I can see, and that is a map from 1999 from Marineland. You know, for all of the complaining that we do about how little Marineland does, compared to 10 years ago, there have been a lot of changes. There are new kids rides, Skyscreamer, and the new whale habitats. Not bad!

    Anyway, check out the site for the Marineland map and more of your favourite theme parks…

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