Welcome to the second part of our Aquatica San Diego update, the first being coverage of the opening ceremony. In this update, we’ll be taking an in-depth look around the park, including all of the attractions, food choices, and more.



If you’ve been following our SeaWorld updates in the past six months, you’ll probably noticed that the park looks very close to the renderings that were published just a few months ago. It’s absolutely amazing what SeaWorld has accomplished in just six months!

Closer Look: The Attractions

First, let’s take a look at Big Surf Shores, the wave pool.


What used to be a couple beach shacks and “surf board rental” booths have been transformed into a tropical paradise. Waves sweep across the pool at ten minute intervals.


Cabanas can also be rented out for all day use, and are located at different areas around the park.


To make Big Surf Shores feel more like a beach, they’ve added sand! You can also experience this around the lazy river.

Whanau Way are six different body slides, four indoor and two outdoor.


These slides are very mild and full of fun!


Hooroo Run, however, is more for the thrill seekers! There are two enclosed slides – which are both the same – and two exposed slides – one is more bumpy, and the other is steep.


Woohoo Falls contains four enclosed and two exposed raft slides. Again, very mild.


Loggerhead Lane is the “lazy river” of the park.



My favorite attraction – and arguably the most popular in the park – is Walhalla Wave. The ride puts guests on a giant raft – which holds four – and sends them off on a wild adventure!


While the majority of the attraction is slow and relaxing, things get a little more thrilling when fountains and waterfalls get involved!

Slippity Dippity is a little ones play area, complete with small slides and waterfalls.


Kata’s Kookaburra Cove is just a pool, for those who just want to relax and unwind or swim.
Walkabout Waters is a play area for all ages, complete with two slides, water features, and…
A big bucket of water that douses everyone underneath every few minutes.
And finally, Tassie’s Twister is another popular attraction for thrill seekers!


Closer Look: The Food


For Aquatica, the SeaWorld team decided to create new and exciting dishes for guests to enjoy from different parts around the world. Here is a closer look at a couple of those choices:

Teriyaki Chicken ($8.99)  delicious teriyaki chicken on top of chow mein.
Guests can also try the pizza. Three different kinds – all priced at $8.99 – include Cheese, Pepperoni, and BBQ Chicken.
But what I found to be one of the most unique options is this Chili Verde Pulled Pork French Fry Cone with Sour Cream. It’s so delicious and filling at the same time!

Other selections include…

  • Chicken Caesar Salad WrapHere are some of the other selections to choose from:
  • Fish Tacos, Cilantro Slaw, Crema
  • Edamame Mix Greens Salad Wrap, Tomatoes, Miso Dressing
  • Jumbo Shrimp
  • Fried Chicken & Funnel Cake, Maple Syrup
  • Tater Tots & Fresh Strawberries, Hot Fudge
  • Baked Chicken Alfredo Pasta
  • Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Closer Look: The Animals

Aquatica San Diego has added some SeaWorld animals – like these Freshwater Turtles….


…and these flamingos!
But be on the look out! There are some other animals experiences around the park!

Closer Look: Kiwi Traders

We end this review with a look at Kiwi Traders, the park’s shop.



This is the place to find park merchandise and swim and sun necessities.








In conclusion… 


Aquatica is a complete transformation from its previous life as Soak City. While guests who visited the park when it was Soak City will not find any new attractions, all attractions have gone through thorough refurbishments and have been repainted. Additionally, there have been several hundred trees and shrubs planted, which gives the park a paradise resort feel. We look forward to seeing what the future of this park holds and what the first SeaWorld designed new attraction will be!

Checkout episode 7 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast where they interview VP of Aquatica San Diego David Cromwell and Jennifer Miller Animal Ambassador all about what they hope the guest experience will be at Aquatica.

  • Thank you Joseph! The park really looks good. Bright, lots of foliage. I’m glad to see that they’ve really changed the complete tone and look of an already established park. Didn’t think they’d be able to do so much in such a short amount of time.

    I’m very curious what SeaWorld will add in their first new ride construction at the park. And I’d like to see more animals there.

    • Jungle Trekkie

      Does it seem likely that San Diego’s penguin exhibit might get the same ride/exhibit reconstruction that just opened in Orlando at some point?

      • Eric Davis

        No it isn’t planned right now

      • PAL

        I hope not. The animal exhibit itself is well done if small. The dark ride is bizarre, short, with a poorly realized story. San Diego can find better investments.