SeaWorld San Diego Getting Ready to Chill

Written by Joseph Taylor. Posted in Features, In the Parks, SeaWorld San Diego

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Published on November 09, 2013 at 2:00 am with 3 Comments

Ahoy land lubbers!  It’s time to dive back into SeaWorld San Diego and see what is happening. The park will be turning 50 years old this spring and there are preparations being made including a brand new entrance.  But in the meantime we will soon be enjoying SnowWorld!  Yes, the holidays will be hitting the park by the sea and it’s literally very cool!  We also have a bit of SeaWorld Aquatica news for you.

Construction Central: Explorer’s Reef

As we mentioned before, SeaWorld is turning 50.  To mark this momentous achievement the park is receiving a brand new entrance called Explorer’s Reef.  Let’s look at the progress thus far.

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Walls have moved up blocking access to and from Shamu Stadium.

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Things are moving rather quickly towards the opening on March 21st.

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Starting off with the main gate, we’ll soon get to see what the massive wave looks like!

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Here’s a look from the ground.

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Things have been moving so quick that one of the touch pools has already been filled.

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Taking a look closer towards the entrance, it seems like more touch pools are being constructed.

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The undersea “plants” are also being constructed.

 

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The shopping area is also moving forward!

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Explorer’s Reef is schedule to open on March 21st.

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This is what has replaced that empty grassy lawn area that wasn’t really ever used near the main gate.

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There’s some cement work being done in the former exit plaza. I don’t think we’ll be exiting from this area anymore.

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Walls have also moved up on the outside of the construction zone. The restrooms and the ATM are still open for the use of guests.

SeaWorld has also begun a new webseries – similar to what was put out during the construction of Aquatica.

The Christmas Celebration Approaches…

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Promotional signage has been popping up all over the park promoting the upcoming event and Snow World! Who’s excited?

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The Christmas Celebration is by far my favorite event at SeaWorld, especially in more recent years. Each year, the amount of décor around the park doubles…if not triples. It’s just so FESTIVE!

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And HERE IT IS!!!

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And the bushes surrounding the area are covered in lights.

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Stairs are also being put in.

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Snow World will open up on November 16th…which is also when the Christmas Celebration begins. Win win!

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The trees surrounding the Natallius Pavillion also have some amazing lights all over them! What’s neat is that you really can’t tell until you look real close.

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The Christmas house is being built. The cats will be moving in soon.

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Special ball lights are being placed in the trees surrounding Shamu Stadium.

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Lots and lots of lights! It looks amazing in the background when you’re watching the Shamu Christmas show.

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Here’s what they look like close up.

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The SkyTower will soon have lights all around it…

A little of this and just a bit of that…

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Fish Taco, Margaritas, and Cervezas have now been placed in front of Pet’s Rule.

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Two fish tacos = $6.99

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Mysterious walls have also been placed behind SeaLions Stadium and in front of Madagascar LIVE!

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Anybody know what’s going on here?

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Walls have also popped up near Cirque, but only cover a bit of land. I don’t think we’ll notice any changes when the walls come down.

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And speaking of Cirque, there is no movement on the outside. I’m pretty certain we’ll be seeing it again next year…for the fourteenth year!

Aquatica San Diego News

Some exciting news out of Aquatica: there’s a new ride coming for next year! Taumata Racer is a head first racing slide, which starts off with a 180º enclosed turn before multiple lanes line up for high speed drops to the finish line.

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It will be located between Walhalla Wave and Kata’s Kookaburra Cove and will open on Memorial Day Weekend.

Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast

That about does it for this installment.  We hope to return soon with more info on the great holiday offerings at SeaWorld San Diego.  See you In The Parks!

About Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor writes many of the In the Parks articles relating to Sea World and the surrounding San Diego attractions for MiceChat. He is an avid theme park and roller coaster enthusiast centered in Southern California.

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  1. Thanks Joseph, I’m really looking forward to the new entrance. I love SeaWorld San Diego and it has a nice line up of rides and shows. But it’s let down by its dated exhibits. Hoping the new entrance will be the first of many updates to come…

  2. Looks like they still have a long way to go to make it to their planned opening date in March. Should be very interesting to watch.

    I love the free flowing look of the touch pools and buildings. It’s a whimsical organic look and a big upgrade from the concrete boxes of the old entry. I sure do hope that they plan to redo the rest of the park once they are done with the entry area.

  3. The “Mysterious Walls” behind Sea Lion Stadium are for the construction of new bathrooms.