Over the past few weeks IZEA has developed a relationship with the fine people at Busch Entertainment. Busch operates SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica and other adventure parks around the country. We are working on a variety of initiatives together, the first of which is an exclusive blogger hard hat tour of Manta next month.

Manta SeaWorld

Manta Roller Coaster at SeaWorld

Manta is a brand new roller coaster scheduled to open this Summer. Riders will journey face-down, in a horizontal position, underneath the belly of a coaster train shaped as a giant manta, with a wing span of 12 feet. I had the opportunity to see a pre-release video of the Manta experience and I have to say it looks incredible. If I had the money I would build one in my backyard and invite you over, but it may just be easier to go to SeaWorld together when it opens.

I was asked to select 5 bloggers to participate in a hard hat tour the first weekend in February. These bloggers will join me in Orlando to go behind the scenes and discover SeaWorld like few others have:

Alex Schekhttp://www.faywerwayer.com (@aschek)
Lucretia Pruitthttp://www.geekmommy.com (@geekmommy)
Julia Royhttp://www.juliaroy.com (@juliaroy)
Wendy Piersallhttp://www.sparkplugging.com (@emom)
Sarah Austionhttp://www.pop17.com (@pop17)

In addition, SeaWorld was kind enough to provide me with tickets for all IZEA team members last Friday. We had the chance to explore the park and familiarize ourselves with all that it has to offer. I had an absolute blast! I saw sharks, dolphins and penguins… not to mention I got to ride Kraken.

Trip to SeaWorld

Finished Riding Kraken from Ted Murphy on Vimeo.

All that other stuff was cool, but without a doubt the highlight of my day was the video below. I don’t want to ruin what happened, just remember it was 40 degrees outside and I was wearing a cotton shirt.

Soaked by Shamu from Ted Murphy on Vimeo.

I am extremely excited to be working with SeaWorld on the Manta hard hat tour and other projects not yet announced. They are great people to work worth, are eager to get into social media and most of all they have seen this blog and they still like me : )

If you haven’t already you should join SocialSpark and get on IZEA‘s radar. Who knows… maybe you will find yourself at SeaWorld with me some day soon.

Ted Murphy

Ted Murphy

Ted Murphy is an American entrepreneur. He is currently the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of IZEA, a technology company that provides software for influencer marketing.


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