This year, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment are opening new shows and attractions at 11 of the their 12 parks, with great new offerings and a whole ‘Sea of Surprises’ that goes along with the 50th celebration. In this article we’ll take you from San Diego California to Langhorne Pennsylvania as we look at all of these new offerings coming to a SeaWorld Park near you! So put on your wetsuit and let’s dive in!
Ihu’s Breakaway Falls
After a months of waiting, guests will soon be able to experience Ihu’s Breakaway falls, where they will plummet nearly 40 feet after being dropped from an acrylic tube where you and two friends will face each other, and randomly drop over 80 feet down different paths. Ihu’s will not be for the faint of heart. We’ll be back next week with a look at this brand new attraction.
Shamu Celebration: Light Up The Night
At all 3 SeaWorld Parks, Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, Shamu Rocks is getting replaced with a brand new nighttime show that will feature new original music, production elements and new killer whale behaviors.
Busch Gardens Tampa
Falcon’s Fury – Busch Gardens Tampa
At SeaWorld Orlando’s sister park, Busch Gardens, they are unveiling North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower (at 335 feet tall) that will not only drop guests at 60 mph, but will rotate them 90 degrees so that they will plummet face first to the earth while they fall! Stay tuned for special Orlando Parkhopper coverage once that opens.
Pantopia – Busch Gardens Tampa
Surrounding Falcon’s Fury is a new land called Pantopia, which will reimagine the former Timbuktu area. The area will feature elaborately themed food venues, shops and attractions, that will feel like a bohemian artist community come to life at the base of the terrifying Falcon’s Fury.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg – London Rocks
We now travel to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, which some say is the most beautiful park in the country, where after 4 years in development, London Rocks will debut this summer. The show explores the roots of rock-n-roll and will clock in at over 25 minutes of multi-media live action fun.
Colossal Curl – Water Country USA
Next door to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, at Water Country USA, they are opening a 552 foot long slide which will swish and swirl guests through enclosed colorful tubes as they head towards a large wave element that will hurtle them high above the park. This will be Water Country USA’s first big attraction since 2011.
SeaWorld San Diego – Explorer’s Reef
Back where it all started, in San Diego, Explorer’s Reef is delighting guests every day since it opened with the 50th Celebration, and will hopefully continue to be a major draw this summer, along with random prize giveaways and 50th Celebration activities.
Taumata Racer – Aquatica San Diego
At Aquatica San Diego,which opened in 2013, some expansion is already underway as new attractions are installed. Taumata Racer is a 375 foot long slide that allows guests to to race against each other, as they slip through colorful enclosed tubes and then race against other guests down the final hill before crossing the finish line.
Sesame Place – Cookie Monster Land
In Langhorne Pennsylvania is a small park that most folks don’t even know about about. The park is solely dedicated to the characters of Sesame Street. This year they are opening a new land featuring Cookie Monster and friends, with new rides, facades and a new show. the feature ride with be Captain Cookie’s High “C’s” Adventures, along with Oscar’s Rotten Rusty Rockets, Honker Dinger Derby and the Flying Cookie Jars what will take guests up 40 feet and spin them around. Families can also enjoy everyone’s favorite furry monsters in the Monster Mix-Up show. This new land is sure to delight young guests and families.
50th Celebration Ski Show – SeaWorld San Antonio
Last but not least is SeaWorld San Antonio, where a new show will kick off celebrating the Sea of Surprises 50th Anniversary. This summer they will kick off a brand new 50th Ski Show with plenty of surprises and thrills.
Roa’s Aviary – Aquatica San Antonio
Next door at Aquatica, they were inspired by Discovery Cove in Orlando and putting an aviary in their water park in San Antonio. Roa’s Aviary will be a 13,000 sq feet free flight Aviary, with over 300 birds from over 50 species, where guests can swim through on the lazy river, sit and relax in lounge chairs, feed the birds, or simply stroll through. This favorite attraction from Discovery Cove is a welcome addition to Aquatica, as SeaWorld looks to set Aquatica apart from the other water parks in the region. MiceChat is excited to announce the the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast team will be at the grand opening of Roa’s Aviary on Memorial Day weekend, and will be providing live coverage from the park.
On top of all these offerings SeaWorld parks are offering a Sea of Surprises as part of the 50th Celebration wit special animal encounters, giveaways, and much more. While sometimes it may seem like bad press dominates the news about SeaWorld, it is easy to forget that there are amazing things happening, and SeaWorld is proudly moving forward offering new and exciting guests experiences at all of their parks.
We will end this update with a new episode of the Unofficial SeaWorld Podcast where your hosts Eric, Mike and Erin share news and rumors about attractions coming to SeaWorld parks, and beyond.