As a long time Passholder, I’ve been taking our kids to the SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular event in San Diego for many years. We can never really get enough of the festive Fall celebrations throughout Southern California, and often go to this particular event several times each season. Spooktacular is a fun, family-friendly event, which really isn’t spooky at all. Here are some details about the event that I think are helpful to know before you go.
SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Holds A Sea of Surprises For Guests!
It was 50 years ago this month that SeaWorld San Diego first opened its doors on Mission Bay. To honor this momentous occasion, SeaWorld is having a 50th Celebration, known as Sea of Surprises™, which starts March 21st 2013, and extends for an entire 18 months!
SeaWorld San Diego’s Explorer’s Reef
Explorer’s Reef, SeaWorld San Diego’s new “hands-in” exhibit is now open! I took a visit to SeaWorld the morning that they first opened it to the public to check it out. As a long time passholder, I’d been anticipating the day that they would debut the over year-long renovation.
Just as I imagined, Explorer’s Reef is gorgeous, and very true to the illustrations that portrayed the exhibit. The entire front of the Park, including ticketing and entry have all been completely redone. The changes are part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, marking their half century anniversary in San Diego.
I absolutely love the coral-like features incorporated with the architecture. It’s both colorful and lively. It makes you feel like you’re on an underwater adventure, and is the perfect enhancement to the Park. Even parts of the walkway have a shimmering surface like glistening water.
Beautiful plants and flowers have been placed just right. The new additions included with Explorer’s Reef compliment the gorgeous garden-like feel of the Park. Super pretty ornamental fish trail up vines, and many succulents and drought resistant botanicals have been planted. I love that they’ve used tiny shells as ground cover in some places. SeaWorld has always had awesome gardeners!
Explorer’s Reef provides ample shade for both the aquatic life, and those observing it. The touch-pools include a deeper area for the animals to have a quiet time if they choose. We actually watched a horseshoe conch make it’s way over to the deeper side of the pool after being in the shallow water for hours. It was cool observing it.
Inside the four touch-pools of Explorer’s Reef you’ll find juvenile brown-banded bamboo sharks, white-spotted bamboo sharks, horseshoe crabs, round rays, cleaner fish, and horseshoe conch. Each of the aquatic life are native salt water species, except the cleaner fish, which are found in fresh water.
It’s nice that there kids, even toddlers like our own son, can reach into parts of the touch-pools of Explorer’s Reef. It’s fun to have the cleaner fish come up and tickle your fingers as they clean, clean, clean!
It’s super cool to touch the bamboo sharks and horseshoe crabs, too. I have yet to touch one of the round rays, but plan to on our next trip to the Park. I observed them for a while and was surprised how fast they swim across the pool.
If you’re a SeaWorld San Diego Premium Member, like myself, you get exclusive early entry to Explorer’s Reef from March 22nd – April 6, 2014. You can enter at 8:45am each day in that time period, with the exception of 3/29 & 4/5, which allow entrance at 7:45am. Details can be found in your FunTracker mailer. Lost your mailer? Click HERE, and navigate to the View All Benefitss link toward the middle of the page. If all else fails, call SeaWorld for details.
The official unvieling of Explorer’s Reef is on Friday, March 21st, 2014, to coincide with SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, but you can visit the exhibit now. More information can be found on the SeaWorld San Diego Website. As long-time passholders, we’ll be spending lots of time there this year enjoying the new exhibit. Perhaps we’ll see you there!
Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation
An all new live interactive musical show, Madagascar Live! Operation Vacation, is now at SeaWorld® San Diego! We had the opportunity to see a sneak preview of the show, courtesy of SeaWorld®, just before opening day, and our kids each loved it!
Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation will have you wanting to dance, clap, and sing along with the cast, including Madagascar characters Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, and the Penguins to name a few. Even our 9 month old baby was dancing in my lap!
“I Like To Move It, Move It!”
The production features a live band playing original and some favorite rock/pop music from Madagascar, with singers and dancers in the newly renovated Mission Bay Theater. It’s one of only two productions of its kind in the U.S., and will run year-round, with up to 8 shows per day!
The show is a 20 minute production, so it’s not too long, or too short. Guests have special meet and greet opportunities with the characters after the show, giving them the chance to take a picture or give a hug to their favorite performer. Unique Madagascar merchandise, exclusive to the Park, is available for sale as well.
For more information about Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation, check out the SeaWorld® San Diego Website. We really enjoyed the show, and as pass members, we’ll likely be seeing it many times! Perhaps we’ll see you there!
As stated above, we were invited to preview Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation. We received complimentary entry to SeaWorld® San Diego (although we are members). We believe many of our readers are interested in knowing more about the new show, and our opinions are own. Thank you, SeaWorld® San Diego, for inviting us to preview this fun new show!
SeaWorld San Diego is a nationally known theme park in Southern California with aquariums, shows, a play area, and much more!