In the news: Transformers, SeaWorld tickets, and baby rhino names

November 1, 2012, 10:12 AM · Three more theme park news items for this morning:

Universal Orlando has its big Transformers announcement at 7:30 pm ET today. You can count down to the announcement on Universal Orlando's Facebook page. And we'll have a post here on the Blog Flume after the announcement, for your reaction.

Coming soon to Orlando!

While you (or your kids) were out harvesting treats last night, SeaWorld Orlando dropped a little trick: another price increase - its second in four months. SeaWorld's base-ticket prices now match those for the Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando parks. The $10 online discount and Fun Card deal for Florida residents will remain, however. Let's attribute this price increase to SeaWorld's confidence that its new Antarctica mega-attraction will be a big hit when it opens next year.

Baby rhino
Photo courtesy Busch Gardens

SeaWorld's sister park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, is asking its Facebook fans to name the park's new baby rhino. The baby is the second calf born to mother Kisiri and the seventh calf born to father Tambo. The baby weighed an estimated 140 pounds at birth, according to the park, and is expected to reach an adult weight of approximately 3,500 to 4,000 pounds. The poll is open through November 7.

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November 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM · I just wish someone hadn't given the "secret" away by including "Tansformers" in the HTML source code for the Flash animation....

We all knew it was coming anyways, but that really screwed it up for people who aren't theme park freaks... like us.

Apparently, Transformers has a second floor and is partially enclosed already.

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