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.
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.
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.