ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In addition to the current Waves of Honor™ military salute program offering complimentary admission to members of America's armed forces, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is honoring all the men and women who have previously served as members of the U.S. armed services. Qualified service members and veterans include active duty, retired, honorably separated officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. military. The special offer provides 50 percent off single day admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® Parks, and Sesame Place® for veterans and service members, and as many as five guests. Tickets must be purchased by November 11, 2013 and redeemed by December 20, 2013.
"We're proud to extend this special offer to the 22 million U.S. veterans and their friends and families in celebration of their service," said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "It has always been our honor to host members of the military and their families at our parks each year, and this extends that appreciation even further."
Qualified U.S. service members and veterans must purchase discounted tickets in advance at www.wavesofhonor.com/specialoffer or at participating military bases and present valid military ID and/or proof of service.*
Active duty military who have visited the parks using the Waves of Honor complimentary admission can also take advantage of this special offer. The SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment military salute program, previously known as Here's to the Heroes, was created in 2001. The parks have played host to more than 6 million service members and their families since the program's debut.
SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld San Diego operate year-round. The remaining parks are seasonal. Each park's operating schedule is available online. The program does not include Discovery Cove® in Orlando or Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™. Rules of eligibility can be found at www.wavesofhonor.com and are subject to change. Tickets have full paid value towards any upgrade. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reserves the right to terminate the program.
* Proof of service can include military photo ID for active duty, retired, reserve or National Guard, DD214 form, Veterans Administration (VA) card or driver's license stating "veteran."
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50 year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 67,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company (SEAS). Copies of this and other news releases as well as additional information about SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. can be obtained online at www.seaworldentertainment.com. Shareholders and prospective investors can also register to automatically receive the Company's press releases, SEC filings and other notices by e-mail.
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