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!
As part of the 50th Celebration, SeaWorld has completely revamped the Park’s entry. The renovations include a new ticketing and reservations area. This is now the central hub for guests to purchase admission, plus sign up for special animal interactions, tours, and unique dining experiences. It’s much larger than the previous ticketing area, and I love that it’s in its own separate area, making it easier to get in and out.
The entrance to the Park has also been transformed with a gigantic wave sculpture, almost 30ft x 100ft. This new entry is complete with pretty lights on the wave, plus the sound of crashing waves and whales singing in the distance. It has a very tropical feel, and is a great way to enter SeaWorld.
As soon as you walk through the main gates you enter into Explorer’s Reef™. As a long-time passholder, I anticipated seeing the new coral-inspired experience. The kids and I each love it! We’ve already spent hours there, and it’s only been open a bit over a week.
Explorer’s Reef is set in three acres and features four touch-pools, giving guests the opportunity to connect with both fresh water and salt water animals. We especially like using the two-finger touch on the shark pups and the tickle of the cleaner fish!
A new flamingo area has also just opened near Animal Connections, which is to the East of the entrance. They’re really beautiful, and the location gives you a great the opportunity to see them up close.
Animal Ambassadors will be surprising guests with fun moments at random times as part of Sea of Surprises. We came upon a beautiful blue and gold macaw, and several other animal encounters on our last visit. Magellanic penguins, a sloth, a parade of flamingos, and other animals may surprise guests at any moment throughout the Park.
Huge sea life sculptures made of recycled materials (mostly plastics), are on display for the 50th Celebration. We found a sea turtle art piece, as well as a tufted puffin, and polar bear on our last visit. They’re each pretty amazing, and I love that they’re made of trash that may have otherwise ended up in our oceans.
Other Highlights for the 50th Celebration include:
• Bubble Blowout ~Spontaneous entertainment along the pathways filled with bubbles, and performances throughout the day.
• Surprise Squad ~Just as it sounds, a squad of SeaWorld employees will roam the Park daily, giving away special gifts and prizes to guests. Items to be given away include behind-the-scenes experiences, special access to rides, reserved show seating, t-shirts, merchandise and more!
Be sure to visit the official Be sure to visit the official SeaWorld San Diego website for more information about the 50th Celebration. We look forward to spending time in the Park, enjoying the new enhancements and special experiences during the Sea of Surprises. Perhaps we’ll see you there!