SeaWorld San Diego is preparing for the big 50th anniversary coming up in March. The main attraction of the celebration will be the new interactive entrance facilities. At the moment, construction has the entire front end of the park upended. We’ll show you the considerable scope of the project.  We also check out the Madagascar Live show that was new for this summer. Finally, we’ll take a look at what else is going on in the park. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Explorer’s Reef

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A lot has happened since we last updated you on the construction of the new entrance.
Here are two areas which could be where the touch pools will go…
Here we see two areas where the touch pools will go…
Something is happening here…if only those trees would move out of the way!
Something is happening here…if only those trees would move out of the way!

 

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The old shops will be re-purposed.

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As you can see, SeaWorld will be transforming the old shops into a new marketplace area.

The old stroller rental area is also being rethemed.
The old stroller rental area is also being rethemed.

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The wave hasn’t been added to the entry yet, but we’re sure getting close for it’s unveiling!
The wave hasn’t been added to the entry yet, but it’s coming soon

 

Another look at the marketplace entry…
Another look at the marketplace entry…
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The old SeaWorld had a lot of concrete and straight lines. The new look is fluid, with curves and waves.

 

On the outside of Explorer’s Reef, there have been some interesting additions!
On the outside of Explorer’s Reef, there have been some interesting additions!

 

Here’s another look at the entry from the front.
Here’s another look at the entry from the front.

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Madagascar LIVE! Operation: Vacation

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This past year, the Mission Bay Theater was converted from a 4D theater to a playhouse theater, and its first resident is Madagascar LIVE: Operation Vacation.

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The theater has gone through A LOT of changes. New seats, improved sound system, it’s an all around better theater.

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Here’s a closer look at the staging of the show.

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You’ll see the majority of the Madagascar characters: the penguins, Alex the lion, Gloria the hippo, Juian the Lemur and his high-pitched sidekick. Marty the zebra, and Melman the giraffe are not in the show, but they are mentioned.

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This show is more of a concert than a play. There is a storyline, but if you miss it, it doesn’t really matter. There is also some audience interaction.

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The show is mostly filled with original songs, other than the unforgettable ear worm, “I like to move it, move it”. This is a great family show.

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Because of the modified stage there are new exits in the theater. The old exits have been replaced with a meet and greet area after the show.

Things to notice…

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Signs promoting the Halloween Spectacular have been creeping in around the park. It will be interesting to see how they do it this year since the entrance area is blocked off.

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The amphibians of Cirque De La Mer have once again gone back into the sea. And yes, we’ll probably see them again next year.

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As we move forward into the final stretch before the 50th Anniversary in March, we recommend you visit the Freshwater Aquarium and Gardens of Discovery soon, as they should be closed within the next couple months. Last fall, SeaWorld filed a document with the city of San Diego showing off plans to put in a new dining area and shopping district replacing these two attractions.

That brings this SeaWorld Update to a close.  We hope to be back soon with more Halloween and 50th preparations.

For more SeaWorld San Diego news, and news from all the other SeaWorld Parks take an audio journey with Eric & Mike in Episode 10 of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast