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    Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!

    Sea World San Diego photographed in July 2007:
    This marine park is located on the shore of Mission Bay, a man-made waterway with multiple islands that is a few miles North of San Diego Bay. It is a marine theme park - a hybrid of aquatic zoo and aquarium with a small amount of rides and non-marine life shows.

    My pictures of this park are limited but these are some highlights of the best themed areas.

    Rocky Point Preserve:
    This large rocky lagoon for bottlenose dolphins is surrounded by viewing points where dolphin feeding and demonstrations are showcased. A seperate sea otter exhibit in a matching style is adjacent.











    Wild Arctic:
    This chilly polar themed attraction is housed in a large modern building. Once inside, sunny San Diego is left behind and a simulated North Polar scientific research station is entered. Visitors first encounter a motion simulator ride with a thrilling film that transports them to the station. After exiting, three animal exhibits are featured along a twisting path through the station that also features educational displays of life in the Arctic. The 3 exhibits are open to the sky and feature both abovewater and underwater views of beluga whales, polar bears, and walrus. Each exhibit is a showpiece of ice and snow-covered rocks and simulated shipwrecks.



























    Journey To Atlantis:
    This thrilling hybrid water flume and rollercoaster ride is set in a themed complex that recreates the mythical lost city and includes a gift shop called Treasure Trove and a Commerson's dolphin habitat called Window To The Sea.



















    Shipwreck Rapids:
    This classic raft ride has one of the best themed environments for similar rides, with an exotic lush rocky landscape dotted with simulated flotsam and jetsam from shipwrecks. A unique feature is a small section of the ride that floats between two adjacent sea turtle exhibits with viewing windows at the same level as the flume. Also featured is Shipwreck Reef Cafe, a cafeteria style eatery with extensive outdoor dining areas in the center of the ride area and decorated with small themed aquariums.























    Enjoy!
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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Just WOW

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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    I can't get over these pictures! I have only been to the park a few times, but this is truly what a great theme park should look like. every aspect of the park is perfect. Just look at the Shipwreck Rapids area for a perfect example. The entire ride is jammed-packed with interesting stuff to see, and no part of the ride is boring. better than grizzly or the one in the animal kingdom for sure. Shipwreck Rapids is the best rapid ride I have ever been on. It is very long, and the theming is excellent!
    Look at the food in the resteraunt! actual good food at a restaurant (unlike most of the Disney restaurants...)
    Thanks for the excellent pictures!
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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    I like Sea World in San Diego. It's nice. The last time I went there was nearly two years ago now. I remember Journey to Atlantis very well. My little sister and I loved it! I don't think we ever went on the other water ride though, the wait was too long. I use to always love (and I still do!) holding the starfish and petting the stingrays!
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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    LittleImagineer, you may also enjoy petting rays and holding starfish at some other facilities in California: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium of the Bay, Aquarium of the Pacific, SeaLife Aquarium, and Birch Aquarium come to mind!

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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Loved the pictures! Especially the one of the polar bear...too cute!
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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Very nice! I love how planted the whole park is though, every spot has flowers of some sort! As for the comparison to GRR at DCA, the only thing Shipwreck rapids needs is a solid drop and it would be PERFECT.

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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    I reeeally wanna go to Sea World even more now! Nice pictures!


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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    I agree, Shipwreck Rapids needs a drop like at DCA.
    It's still a fun ride, though!

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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Sea World SD is such a great little park with SOO much potential. But it does have a lot of growing to do. Hopefully a new ROTM style coaster will be just what the doctor ordered.
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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    ^woah, hold on. ROTM Style coaster? Any details on that?

    Anyway, Seaworld is a great little park. Definitely a must for any SoCal vacation. And I must say, that Shipwreck Rapids area is some of the best theming I've ever seen outside of a Disney park. It's amazing how much potential the park has.



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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by RocknGuitar View Post
    ^woah, hold on. ROTM Style coaster? Any details on that?
    An internet rumor. Apparently, some members here think that what they read from an unofficial source can be considered a fact.

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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by ICe101 View Post
    An internet rumor. Apparently, some members here think that what they read from an unofficial source can be considered a fact.
    You just described most of the members of this forum.

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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    Quote Originally Posted by ICe101 View Post
    An internet rumor. Apparently, some members here think that what they read from an unofficial source can be considered a fact.
    If you read back, my post said, "HOPEFULLY A ROTM STYLE COASTER"

    Not. OMG I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW ROTM STYLE COASTER THEY ARE BUILDING!!!

    I think I know the difference between fact and rumor. I have kind of been around long enough to know.

    You just described most of the members on this forum.
    And your perfect, we know.


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    Re: Sea World San Diego - Pictures

    I have seem the rumors about the indoor rollercoaster too, it sounds wonderful in some ways but I must say I enjoy the outdoor focus of this park. The supposed location is in the middle of the park and I suspect a massive show building there will not be a good neighbor to nearby attractions!

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