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SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday

Above: Shamu, the star of SeaWorld San Diego's One Ocean show, performs in this undated photo.

Aired 1/4/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.

SeaWorld San Diego To Have Last Orca Show Sunday


Miro Copic, marketing professor, San Diego State University


What once brought tourists to SeaWorld San Diego in droves will soon be phased out — orca shows.

The park's last show is planned for Sunday.

As the park is phasing out the orca shows, it is also introducing three new attractions in 2017 and a roller coaster the next year.

San Diego State University marketing professor Miro Copic said the introduction of the attractions is taking attention off of the end of the orca shows. He said the attractions are being introduced one at a time to keep the excitement on SeaWorld.

The park announced Tuesday it would debut its fastest and tallest roller coaster, which it's calling Electric Eel, in summer 2018.

"This new, first-of-its-kind coaster at SeaWorld will give riders the rare opportunity to feel what it's like to move like an eel as they twist and flip along nearly 900 feet of undulating track,'' said SeaWorld San Diego President Marilyn Hannes.

This year, the park is also introducing an orca encounter, a nighttime entertainment experience called Electric Ocean and a submarine ride.

On Wednesday's Midday Edition, Copic discusses the changes the park is making and their potential impacts on tourism in San Diego.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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