June gloom has hit us early in San Diego, but we still have a lot to share with you from SeaWorld. The main entrance construction is rumbling along as the 50th anniversary of this seaside San Diego landmark gets closer and closer. We then visit the still-in-existence freshwater aquarium and Shark Encounter. And, of course, we’ll update you on all the major construction in the park as well as some Aquatica News.
Construction Central: Explorer’s Reef / The New Entrance
We begin this week with the biggest project in the park, the new entrance.
Construction Central: Cirque 2013
The trampoline wall set has been completed and rehearsals should be starting very soon – if they aren’t already. The colors are bright and ready for show time.
We didn’t mention this before, but a couple months ago, when Journey to Atlantis reopened from a lengthy refurbishment, it actually got a pretty decent refresh. They’ve added a soundtrack for the ride and have taken out the narration, a few new set pieces have been installed, and a new revamped scene has been added inside the tower. It needed it! We’ll bring you photos and video soon.
Construction Central: Madagascar Live
First of all, work is being conducted on top of the theater.
It seems like the show could be about the characters going on vacation to SeaWorld San Diego. It may have nothing to do with that, but it’s just a guess coming from the teaser. I’m really hoping this show doesn’t disappoint.
50th Anniversary Talk
This week, we’ll be taking a look at some of the attractions around the park which could be upgraded or replaced for the 50th Anniversary next year.
Okay, you might be wondering why I put this show on the list since it’s coming back for another year (or maybe a couple years). I think it is clear that SeaWorld is working on something to put here but decided to continue the current show a while longer. Eventually, we should see something new, but it may or may not be in time for the 50th anniversary. I personally would like to see another acrobatic show. Change the name, change the set, add some effect, new acrobatics. Cirque – even though it’s getting some refresh each year has long since worn out its welcome.Time for something new-ish.
A couple years ago, the SeaWorld Sky Tower was upgraded with modern machinery. Sadly, we haven’t seen the same thing done with these poor looking things! The SkyRide is a great ride and must be upgraded. Will we see this next year? I think we might have a good chance.
Don’t expect anything to happen till the fall. I was thinking that it would be gone by now, but I think they’re waiting a couple months to work on all the new attractions and refreshes at the same time for the 50th.
Okay, now we come to our focus: Shark Encounter. If there is any attraction dying for an upgrade (after the Penguin Encounter, of course) it’s this attraction. Let’s take a look inside.
Construction Central: Aquatica California
The Aquatica Facebook page has uploaded some photos of construction for the water park formerly known as Knott’s Soak City.
And that wraps it up for our dive into SeaWorld for this week. We’ll be back in a couple weeks for more SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica California!
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What are you most looking forward to, Aquatica or the changes coming to SeaWorld San Diego?