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SeaWorld California
& Aquatica California

San Diego, CA
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment


Attraction Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Riptide Rescue - Sept. 12 through Sept. 23
Shipwreck Rapids - Nov. 7 through Nov. 18



icon_STOPPark News - (6/27/16) In addition to the summer nights fun of Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night, Sea Lions Tonight and the Celebrate the Wonder fireworks show SeaWorld will bring back SeaWorld's Summer Vibes presented by Coca-Cola.
    "Three international variety acts are set to bring their talents to the park’s Mission Bay Theater on select dates June 25–Aug. 14. The acclaimed, world’s first 3D dance troupe, Freelusion, kicks off Summer Vibes June 25–28, July 2–5 and 9–12. Gazillion Bubbles, an unbub-lievable extravaganza of bubble artistry, lasers and out-of- this-world special effects, will leave guests spellbound July 16–19, 23–26 and July 30–Aug. 2. The final act to take the stage for Summer Vibes is Fighting Gravity, a one-of- its-kind performance group that will mesmerize audiences by combining black light illusions with dance Aug. 6–14. The good vibrations will also reverberate in the plaza just outside the theater every Summer Vibes’ night with Top 40 hits spun by DJs. The party-like atmosphere is ideal for guests to dance and soak up the fun."
    Cirque de la Mer will also return this summer with acrobatic, aerial and trapeze acts on and over Mission Bay. "New this year is hydroflight athlete Jake Orel. He will keep guests on the edge of their seats as he defies gravity on his hydro jetboard. Propelled by powerful streams of water, he is lifted out as high as 30 feet to dive, flip and spin in mind-bending aerial demonstrations."
    (5/11/16) SeaWorld San Diego will celebrate the summer nights with Summer Vibes this year, bringing extended hours, fireworks and special nighttime shows to the park like: Shamu Celebration: Light up the Night, the always funny Sea Lions Tonite. On select nights from June 25 to Aug. 14 the park will also host one of three special variety acts on the stage of the Mission Bay Theater.
    (4/22/16) SeaWorld San Diego will host the park's 2nd Annual SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival starting on May 7th, which will continue for six weekends. "Waves of flavor will tantalize the taste buds with gourmet offerings created by SeaWorld’s Executive Chef, Axel Dirolf and his expert culinary team. Craft beers along with wines from California will be perfectly paired with deliciously fresh cuisine featuring local, sustainable ingredients and unique signature flavors from around the world."
    "The hub of the food festival will be the California fusion flavors area where guests will not only savor epicurean delights from across the state, but also the sounds of live
bands pulled straight from the San Diego music scene. Throughout the park visitors will
embark on a global gastronomic voyage without leaving San Diego enjoying diverse flavors from Nuevo Baja, South America, Asia, France, Mediterranean and the Caribbean. New to this year’s food festival will be the Polynesia and Coca-Cola flavors." One interesting item mentioned was "Coca-Cola Flavored Nitrogen Ice Cream". I don't know what it is, but it sounds good to me.
    In other news, the local news is reporting that SeaWorld has now officially cancelled their plans for the Blue World Project that would have seen the Killer Whale habitat expanded. While the California Coastal Commission said they would allow it if SeaWorld chose to end their Orca breeding program, at the time SeaWorld fought back against this with a lawsuit, but is now in the process of withdrawing and dismissing the lawsuit entirely how that they have opted to end the breeding program anyway.
    It's a shame that the Blue World project is now abandoned, because even now that the breeding program has ended, an expanded habitat for the whales would have been a nice thing for those that are left. The $100 million once budgeted for the project will now instead be diverted into other new attraction projects.
    (3/24/16) SeaWorld San Diego will put on their "Magic Weekends" event at the park from April 2 to May 1st, unveiling some of the most hypnotizing performances that have left children and adults awestruck for centuries! All shows will take place in SeaWorld's Mission Bay Theater and are included with park admission.
    April 2-3: Steve Wyrick
Reality TV star Steve Wyrick achieved fame with his unforgettable magic and has headlined in some of the largest and most prestigious casinos in Las Vegas for 15 years. Wyrick has been featured in multiple shows including the “Late Show with David Letterman,” Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper” and “Science Impossible” on the History Channel. Show highlights: Motorcycle Vanish and Virtual Reality Sawing.
    April 9-10: Michael Grasso
Michael Grasso’s incredible mastery of grand illusion and sleight of hand has impressed  millions of people around the globe. This notable “America’s Got Talent” standout began crafting his art at the young age of 9 and was recently awarded Illusionist of the Year by the Society of American Magicians, the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world. Grasso’s dynamic presence and unbelievable skills will leave guests in awe and wonder. Show highlights: Pole Levitation and Excalibur
    April 16-17: David Thomas
Magician David Thomas has been impressing audiences for many years, bringing the “World of Magic” show and Las Vegas-style illusions to audiences in Las Vegas and Egypt. His buzzworthy show’s stunning costumes, high-energy choreography, heart-stopping illusions and state-of-the-art production elements will mark an exciting and thrilling experience for park visitors. Show highlights: Modern Art and Aerial Metamorphosis
    April 23-24:  Rick Thomas
Magician Rick Thomas has completed five world tours in more than 50 countries. His blend of intriguing and innovative illusions is unlike any other magical entertainer. Thomas weaves magic, music, comedy and dance into a seamless spectacle. A recipient of the coveted “Magician of the Year” award by the Academy of Magical Arts and Magic, Thomas has also become the most successful show for families in the history of Las Vegas. Show highlights: Slicer and Flatin Latin
    April 30-May 1: Michael Turco
Michael Turco fell in love with the mystery of magic when he was just 5 years old. Flash forward decades later: Turco has been featured on the popular “Masters of Illusion” TV show and live tour. He has also performed at multiple well-known venues, including his headlining show, “Michael Turco’s Magic & Mayhem” at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood. His creative illusions make him a magical extravaganza! Show highlights: Suspended Animation and Eclipse.

    (3/17/16) SeaWorld has announced that starting today they will end their Orca / Killer Whale breeding program, and that the animals currently in the park’s care will be the last generation of orcas at the SeaWorld parks. They did note that at least one of the whales, Takara, is currently pregnant, so there will be at least one more baby to be born, keeping in mind that they have a gestation cycle of 17-18 months.
    SeaWorld also announced that their new “Orca Encounter” program that will see the park’s current theatrical style show in San Diego transformed in 2017 into an educational experience focused on enrichment, exercise, education and conservation, will be followed by similar updates of the facilities at the San Antonio park (assuming in 2018) and then the Orlando park by 2019.
    SeaWorld also announced today a broad new partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to protect our oceans and the animals that call them home. The company is committing to educating its more than 20 million annual visitors on animal welfare and conservation issues through interpretative programs at the parks and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals, and other marine creatures.
    “We are pleased to join with HSUS on the significant issues facing marine mammals and their ocean homes,” said Joel Manby.  “The work done by zoological facilities like SeaWorld is critical for the protection of animals in the wild, especially marine mammals. To that end, SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, to advocate for an end to the commercial killing of whales and seals and an end to shark finning.”


2016 - Nothing is known at this time...


icon_STOP2017 - Ocean Explorer Dark Ride, Four Flat Rides and Killer Whale Update - Confirmed -






    (2/17/16) SeaWorld San Diego announced the park's new plans for 2017, which will add five new attractions to the park. The biggest of which will be Ocean Explorer, a new three-minute long (Yes, that is kinda short...) dark ride style experience that will actually be both indoor and outdoor. Guests will climb into mini submarine style vehicles that will take them on a simulated journey through the ocean depths where they will encounter interactive "sea-base stations" that are actually aquariums featuring different kinds of sea life such as giant Spider Crabs, Jellyfish and a Giant Octopi. The dark ride will also somehow incorporate digital technology also onboard the subs, such as digital navigation, dashboards, and displays that will show educational information about each of the animal species encountered along the way.
    The other attractions coming to the land will be new flat rides, such as a Wave Swinger themed as a giant jellyfish that swings riders around through fields of bubbles. The other three flat rides were not described, though I'm told they will likely be smaller sized kiddie rides and not full scale family friendly attractions, which would be unfortunately as the park has enough kiddie only rides.
    (2/15/16) I'm not quite 100% certain about what is going on, but SeaWorld San Diego has begun to tease about 2017 plans for the park through the Twitter account for Clyde the SeaLion, with posts on Feb. 8th and Feb. 11th so far. About three months ago they hinted they were working on a “Sea Rescue” themed dark ride of some kind for 2017, and even posted a piece of concept art at the time.
    I believe the announcement will be made very soon, and while I don't know exactly what it will be, I'm hearing that this will be a replacement for the old Budweiser Hospitality building area to the right of the park entrance. Of course that was a replacement for the old HBJ plaza area (with the giant map of the United States you could walk on! Who else remembers that?!) so it will be interesting to see something new added here that isn't tied to a corporate owner for once.
    (11/11/15) SeaWorld finally tells us a little bit more about what they have planned for Shamu and friends in 2017. According to what's posted here they back up what we have been told, that the new experience will be a new educational presentation that will take the place of the old "theatrical show" experience and current One Ocean show. "The new orca experience will also include conservation messaging and tips that guests can take home, so that they can join SeaWorld’s efforts to make a difference for orcas in the wild." The article also confirms that while the One Ocean show will come to an end in 2016 in San Diego, the new orca experience replacing it is only planned for SeaWorld San Diego.
    (11/10/15) The latest updates from the SeaWorld presentation go into more detail about what they have planned to happen at SeaWorld San Diego. For starters they have teamed with the Evans hotel company to both look into ideas to build hotels as well as buy existing properties and have Evans manage it for them at their various parks. In the case of San Diego, it is most likely they will look into acquiring an existing nearby property.
    Panasonic has also signed on to be a major corporate sponsor with the parks going forward. Another deal was also signed to bring the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer characters to the parks starting by Christmas 2016.
    As for the existing Shamu Show... look for it to come to an end sometime in 2016 while they work on the new 2017 Killer Whale attraction. From what I'm hearing, there may still actually be a show... but it will be a purely educational show only. Now... one note on this is, there hasn't been any mention of if they will totally phase out the special Christmas or Summer night Shamu shows as well, or if they are still planning to offer these more theatrical shows during the busy Summer and Winter seasons.
    A Sea Rescue "dark ride" experience is also planned to open somewhere in the park in 2017 as well. No details on what this is were given just yet.
    (11/9/15) BREAKING - According to the local news SeaWorld San Diego will phase out the park's popular Shamu Killer Whale show in favor of a "new orca experience" that will open in 2017. The new attraction is only described as having a more natual setting that would carry forward a message of conservation. Funding that was being held for the Blue World habitat expansion is being redirected into this new 2017 project, which essentilly on the surface sounds more like "Blue World Light", which would a similar but smaller style attraction built as a transformation of the existing stadium show facility, and thus avoiding the Blue World restrictions from the California Coastal Comission. Hopefully we'll find out more about what is being planned soon.
    It is also worth noting that nothing was mentioned at all by SeaWorld Entertainment about ending the Shamu shows at the Texas or Florida parks at this time.


icon_STOP2018 - New Thrill Attraction - Planned - (5/16/16) In an interview with Joel Manby, he mentions some details about future plans for the San Diego park this week. For starters, while he says that while the Ocean Explorer attraction coming in 2017 is really "more for smaller children", the park is planning something "for teenagers with more of a thrill factor" for the 2018 season season.



Track Record

SeaWorld California
San Diego, California
SeaWorld Parks & Ent.

Abbreviation: SWC & SWSD
Opened: March 21, 1964

Tickets: as of 6/13/13
Adults (10+): $79
Child (3-9): $71
Parking: $15.00
Open: Year Round

Fun Facts:
- The San Diego park was the very first Sea World park, later called SeaWorld California for years before a strange marketing concept wanted to rename the park SeaWorld San Diego, which is just too long and confusing when viewed with SeaWorld San Antonio.
- Several of the visionaries who created Sea World went on to create other parks such as Magic Mountain and Wet ‘n Wild.
- The Walt Disney company seriously considered buying the Sea World chain of parks in the late 80’s from bankrupt HBJ but only wanted the California and Florida parks and not the parks in Texas and Ohio. The chain was instead sold to Anheuser-Busch, marker of Budwesier.

Newest Developments:
2015 - Dolphin Days show

2014 - Explorer’s Reef / New Entrance, Taumata Racer (Aquatica)

2013 - Madagascar: Live
and Aquatica

2012 - Manta

2011 - One Ocean, Riptide Rescue & Turtle Reef

2010 - Blue Horizons, Wonders of the River

2008 - Lights, Camera, Imagination 4D & Sesame Street Bay Of Play

2007 - Shamu Rocks

2006 - Believe



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