SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica is awash ...

SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica is awash with thrills

There are 88 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 2, 2008, titled SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica is awash with thrills. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Dang, those dolphins are adorable. Just don't bank on admiring them during the descent on Dolphin Plunge, the main attraction at Aquatica , SeaWorld Orlando's water park, which opened to the public Saturday.

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We Need More Class

Austin, TX

#1 Mar 2, 2008
Busch has done it again -- created another trap for tourists
that the price wil stay low for awhile then all of a sudden
you are paying too much for a Nickalodean Hotel
wet n wild and animal kingdom cross over park
eventually they will sell the yearly pass for $200-300
and keep on ripping off people for ever
competition is good for business, but not good for the consumer who keeps forking over big bucks for a day of fun why doesn't Orlando invest in something like a
Symphony Orchestra, etc -- something that will bring a little more culture and class to this town- not just more
tourists...
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#2 Mar 2, 2008
We Need More Class wrote:
Busch has done it again -- created another trap for tourists
that the price wil stay low for awhile then all of a sudden
you are paying too much for a Nickalodean Hotel
wet n wild and animal kingdom cross over park
eventually they will sell the yearly pass for $200-300
and keep on ripping off people for ever
competition is good for business, but not good for the consumer who keeps forking over big bucks for a day of fun why doesn't Orlando invest in something like a
Symphony Orchestra, etc -- something that will bring a little more culture and class to this town- not just more
tourists...
I couldn't agree with you more, but Mickey Mouse town that this is, culture and class take a back seat to theme parks.

And if people are willing to pay the outrageous prices of admission to the theme parks, it seems they'll pay whatever they have to for the thrill of experiencing a theme park!
sjj

Orlando, FL

#5 Mar 2, 2008
We Need More Class wrote:
Busch has done it again -- created another trap for tourists
that the price wil stay low for awhile then all of a sudden
you are paying too much for a Nickalodean Hotel
wet n wild and animal kingdom cross over park
eventually they will sell the yearly pass for $200-300
and keep on ripping off people for ever
competition is good for business, but not good for the consumer who keeps forking over big bucks for a day of fun why doesn't Orlando invest in something like a
Symphony Orchestra, etc -- something that will bring a little more culture and class to this town- not just more
tourists...
I agree that Orlando needs something more than theme parks and it would give us folks that live here, something to enjoy.
In defense of theme parks however, tourism brings a great deal of money and employment to this area. If not for theme parks, there wouldn't be as many hotels and restaurants that keep people employed.
It's really a double-edge sword. We need these parks to help boost the economy here but on the flip side, more people only adds to more traffic, more crime, etc.
I work in one of these parks and with rumors of recession going around, it won't be long before many of us will be unemployed. With gas prices climbing and the 'ripple' effect it has on everything else, it's going to be tough for many families to visit Orlando. The parks must raise prices to pay employees, pay bills, etc. and of course, this increase is passed onto tourists. Our salaries are NOT matching the cost of living and this hurts more than you can imagine. After 911, many positions were cut in the parks which meant one person had to take on double work. Because that person was capable of DOING double work, corporate realized that the parks could 'carry on' without adding more employees. The work and the worker suffers. Another 'ripple' effect. No increase in pay, more work, more stress and low morale. Many quit due to the pressure but the empty positions are not filled. Now the NEXT person has to take on the work of the employee who quit.
The parks continue growing larger and larger but the staff keeps getting smaller and smaller. This means the quality that tourists expect is no longer there but the high prices are. You will see one of these days, only the wealthy will be visiting the parks and the middle to lower class working families will be staying closer to home.
Shortened your posting

Apopka, FL

#6 Mar 2, 2008
sjj wrote:
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...one of these days, only the wealthy will be visiting the parks and the middle to lower class working families will be staying closer to home.
Kids will pressure their parents to take them.
TTA is needed.( Tourist Trap Anonymous )
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#7 Mar 2, 2008
sjj wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree that Orlando needs something more than theme parks and it would give us folks that live here, something to enjoy.
In defense of theme parks however, tourism brings a great deal of money and employment to this area. If not for theme parks, there wouldn't be as many hotels and restaurants that keep people employed.
It's really a double-edge sword. We need these parks to help boost the economy here but on the flip side, more people only adds to more traffic, more crime, etc.
I work in one of these parks and with rumors of recession going around, it won't be long before many of us will be unemployed. With gas prices climbing and the 'ripple' effect it has on everything else, it's going to be tough for many families to visit Orlando. The parks must raise prices to pay employees, pay bills, etc. and of course, this increase is passed onto tourists. Our salaries are NOT matching the cost of living and this hurts more than you can imagine. After 911, many positions were cut in the parks which meant one person had to take on double work. Because that person was capable of DOING double work, corporate realized that the parks could 'carry on' without adding more employees. The work and the worker suffers. Another 'ripple' effect. No increase in pay, more work, more stress and low morale. Many quit due to the pressure but the empty positions are not filled. Now the NEXT person has to take on the work of the employee who quit.
The parks continue growing larger and larger but the staff keeps getting smaller and smaller. This means the quality that tourists expect is no longer there but the high prices are. You will see one of these days, only the wealthy will be visiting the parks and the middle to lower class working families will be staying closer to home.
Yes- the theme parks keep people employed, but at little more than slave wages, and the hotels and restaurants- and ALL tourist-related jobs in this town follow suit and also get away with paying sub-standard wages. To say your salaries are not matching the cost of living is an understatement. Of course, in today's economy, many people's salaries are not matching the cost of living- no matter what type of business they are employed in, but I've never known the salaries at theme parks to keep up with the cost of living- no matter what our economic conditions.

But Sea World's huge ad in Friday's Sentinel advertising salaries of $7.60 and hour!- WOW- to work at Acquatica is ridiculous and insulting.

The theme parks may be boosting the economy in terms of tourist dollars, but for those who work in the parks- and almost every other tourist related industry- those salaries are hardly boosting the economy, and many who work at the theme parks, etc. have to work 2 or more jobs just to make ends meet.

As far as the middle and lower income classes visiting the parks, as it now stands, many go into major debt for a week or two for a family of four to experience the thrill of the theme parks.

I'll bet it's not so "thrilling" when those bills come due.

Still, they keep coming and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
poor taxpayer

Astor, FL

#8 Mar 2, 2008
You can always count on the Chicago Tribune-Slantinel to write a puff-piece on the Disney/Universal/Busch theme park industry. This is nothing more than a free ad for Sea World.
sjj

Orlando, FL

#13 Mar 2, 2008
Yeah,$7.60 an hour. Tell me how a family can survive on this? This meager wage may be fine for a student who still lives at home and wants to make a little money during the Summer but there is no way a person can pay rent, utilities, buy food and gas, clothe themselves and their kids on this kind of pay. I hear the desperation from other employees and it's sickening. Many have lost their homes to foreclosure, their cars have been repossessed so they carpool with others or take the bus.
What also 'galls' me is the fact that the people in upper management positions continue their 'campaign' in attempt to bring morale up. They are continuously harping about wanting the employees to have a good attitude about working. They want the employees to look forward to coming to work, to be excited about their work, to smile all day long and to be positive. For $7.60 an hour?????
I can't tell you how much BS we have to listen to from management about our attitudes and how we need to "work on it". They sound like Dr. Phil!!! I know these same people attend seminars for the crap they push down our throats and that's part of their job but they are wasting their breath. THEY are the ones with the big paychecks and huge bonuses so of course THEY are happy!!! Don't sit there with that fake smile on your face and huge bank account and preach to ME about how "excited" I should be at work. Save your words and put it in my paycheck.
sjj

Orlando, FL

#15 Mar 2, 2008
Chimps:
You forgot to add the new Sea World parks being built in Dubai.
whipster56

Auburndale, FL

#20 Mar 2, 2008
People seem to forget that these so called "tourist traps" allow us the luxury of not paying State Income taxes. As far as the $7.60 an hour, I don't think this was advertised as a career move and IS geared towards the students that are still living at home.
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#21 Mar 2, 2008
sjj wrote:
Yeah,$7.60 an hour. Tell me how a family can survive on this? This meager wage may be fine for a student who still lives at home and wants to make a little money during the Summer but there is no way a person can pay rent, utilities, buy food and gas, clothe themselves and their kids on this kind of pay. I hear the desperation from other employees and it's sickening. Many have lost their homes to foreclosure, their cars have been repossessed so they carpool with others or take the bus.
What also 'galls' me is the fact that the people in upper management positions continue their 'campaign' in attempt to bring morale up. They are continuously harping about wanting the employees to have a good attitude about working. They want the employees to look forward to coming to work, to be excited about their work, to smile all day long and to be positive. For $7.60 an hour?????
I can't tell you how much BS we have to listen to from management about our attitudes and how we need to "work on it". They sound like Dr. Phil!!! I know these same people attend seminars for the crap they push down our throats and that's part of their job but they are wasting their breath. THEY are the ones with the big paychecks and huge bonuses so of course THEY are happy!!! Don't sit there with that fake smile on your face and huge bank account and preach to ME about how "excited" I should be at work. Save your words and put it in my paycheck.
I don't doubt a word you say, and you're absolutely right.

All I can say is, get out of the tourist industry. Some companies in Orlando actually pay what can be considered a "living" wage. There IS life here beyond Mickey and Company- you just have to seek it out!
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#23 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
<quoted text>YOU CANNOT BUY A HOUSE WHEN YOU MAKE 7.60 AN HR. YOU CAN BARELY BUY A CAR AT 7.60 AN HR. THESE JOBS ARE FOR STUDENTS AND RETIRIES
Well, you're wrong. These jobs are NOT only for students and retirees, and if you ever been to a theme park, you would know that.

Many working adults who work at the theme parks work two or more jobs and if married, the spouse is working as well.

In addition, salaries such as $7.60 an hour are NOT unheard of in Orlando, and actually, Sea World is paying a few cents more than Disney or Universal. And as already stated, many other businesses get away with paying these salaries that were set by the theme parks as "standard" wages.

Maybe these jobs are best suited for students and retirees, but they are not the only ones working at them.
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#24 Mar 2, 2008
whipster56 wrote:
People seem to forget that these so called "tourist traps" allow us the luxury of not paying State Income taxes. As far as the $7.60 an hour, I don't think this was advertised as a career move and IS geared towards the students that are still living at home.
No one said it's a "career" move- it's a job- a job that pays crap!

One doesn't have to be in a "career" to be worth a good salary and a living wage!

Also, many seem to be under the misconception that all or even most theme park employees are either 18 years old or 65 years old, and that is simply not the case.
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#27 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
SJJ THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE WHY OUR COUNTRY IS SO SCREWED UP! ALL YOU HAVE TO DO HIS READ HIS POST.HE WANTS MANAGEMENT PAY WITH NO EDUCATION OR ANY EFFORT TO GET THERE!!!!! MAYBE THE GOVT SHOULD TAKE OVER AND GIVE EVERYONE THE SAME WAGE!
Have you not noticed that about 10 of your posts on this very new thread were deleted?

Why are you shouting at everyone? I thought you posted only facts and no emotion- yet your entire post is in screaming caps.

sjj said NOTHING about wanting management pay- sjj rightly criticized the wages that theme parks pay to their regular employees. Unlike you, I'm sure sjj realizes there is a happy medium- doesn't even have to be "medium", but $10 an hour- still a low wage- is still much more respectable than $7.60 an hour and at least $10 an hour approaches a livable wage.

And uh.....management of course, is making many, many times more than $10 an hour, and it doesn't seem like $10 an hour is too much to ask for the theme park workers.

And stop yelling, and try to relax and enjoy life a little.
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#29 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
<quoted text>OF COURSE NOT EVERYBODY, MAKE SENSE!IT IS A BUISNESS THEY MAKE MONEY.IF YOU WANT TO MOVE UP GET AN EDUCATION AND WORK FOR IT!WHY DO LIBERALS BLAME THE COMPANIES SO MUCH! IF THEY PAID 20.00 MIN THE WORKER WOULD SPEND MORE AND STILL HAVE LESS.THEN THEY WOULD WANT MORE!!!!!!
I should make sense? LOL!! No- you don't make any sense. Using what passes as logic for you, why pay ANYONE well? Why should ANYONE ever get a raise?

After all, they'll spend more and still have less and then would want more. That would apply in ANY situation.

This is not a question of living beyond one's means- it's a question of not being paid a livable wage. Learn the difference.

And yes, as costs go up, people need to earn more money.

Economics 101.

And uh....stop yelling- you're so EMOTIONAL!
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#31 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
Date Posted Job Title Job Id Location Company Category
2/29/2008 MGR., GROUP SALES RJ-2008-172 Orlando, FL Busch Entertainment Corporation - SeaWorld of Florida Marketing
2/29/2008 SR. DIR., MKTG.- WATER PARKS (FL) RJ-2008-183 Orlando, FL Busch Entertainment Corporation - SeaWorld of Florida Marketing
2/29/2008 PRODUCTIVITY ANALYST I (LG) RJ-2008-80 Orlando, FL Busch Entertainment Corporation - SeaWorld of Florida Marketing
2/28/2008 V.P., Plant Engineering RJ-2008-27-1 San Diego, CA Busch Entertainment Corporation - SeaWorld of California Engineering
2/21/2008 MGR., FOOD SRVC. RJ-2008-168 Langhorne, PA Busch Entertainment Corporation - Sesame Place Food Service
That's wonderful- 5 highly specialized management jobs posted for which there is A LOT of competition and 2 of the 5 are out of state.

What, exactly are you trying to prove?

The only point anyone has made here is that the theme parks don't pay a livable wage to the majority of their employees- employees with whom they could not properly run or manage their businesses.
ecc0977

Eddyville, KY

#33 Mar 2, 2008
Chimps has all kinds of career advice for people. Maybe it's just me but I wouldn't take professional advice from someone who can't spell or punctuate properly.
MaitlandDave

Kissimmee, FL

#34 Mar 2, 2008
To all the wage whiners out there... get an education and prove you are really worth something and you don't have to worry about working for $8.00 an hour. That's what America is all about!
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#35 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
<quoted text>YOU ARE A LIBERAL!WHAT SHOULD THE MINIMUN WAGE BE! 20.00 30.00 40.00 50.00 PER HR. Tell us! After you figure this out then figure out the effect on the economy! You are a socialist! Govt should take over all companies and everyone will be paid the same!
Learn the difference between being a socialist and being social minded.

And this is not about government mandated minimum wages- it is about what the theme parks pay.

If you could calm down for a minute- still yelling and still very emotional, I see- you might have read where I posted that $10 an hour would be a much more acceptable wage for the theme parks to pay their park employees, as at least $10 an hour is something of a more livable wage than what is currently being paid.

Also, you might want to learn how to talk WITH people instead of AT them all the time. And the way you label people all the time is nothing short of ridiculously laughable.

Tact, diplomacy and the ability to debate calmly and reasonably- without name calling and insults- are obviously not your strong points.
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#38 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
<quoted text>Calling you a liberal is not an insult. You should be proud!
I AM proud to be called a liberal. But you also called me a socialist, and I pointed out the difference between being a socialist and social minded.

I guess reading comprehension can be added to your list of weak points.
Orange County blues

Mount Dora, FL

#39 Mar 2, 2008
chimps wrote:
<quoted text>You call that a living wage 10.00 per hr!!You have to be kidding me!
I said that $10 an hour was "more" of a livable wage and I believe in another post I also said it comes closer to being an actual livable wage.

Again- reading comprehension also appears to be on of your weak points.

But then again- when one sees red all the time and is blinded by rage, it does make it difficult to comprehend anything.

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