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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    I remember the giant ball pit, and I remember being afraid of it thinking it had no bottom! lol
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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    The restaurant that was outside the Sea World San Diego park was called Atlantis. From what I remember from George Millay's biography The Wave Maker ,Atlantis was the be place to be in San Diego. I don't remember when Atlantis closed, but the complex is still there. It's now the research center of Sea World.
    I highly recommend The Wave Maker if you are interested in the early history of Sea World. George Millay also had hand in developing Six Flags Magic Mountain and built the successful Wet n Wild water parks.

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    it is amazing how the park has changed since thw 1980s.
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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    I am going to have to read The Wave Maker!
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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    You can see on Google Maps at San Antonio where their state map used to be!

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post
    You can see on Google Maps at San Antonio where their state map used to be!

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    Thats awesome!! I love things like that. Must be cool to see in person.

    I will also look into the Wave Maker. Thanks!

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    I tried looking for Wave Maker on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles websites and I can't find anything there. Please let me know where I can find a copy online as I'd like to order a book if its possible.

    Looks like there may have been a garden area as it looks like there were some walkways going back by the flagpole.

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    Here is all the information for The Wave Maker.

    Title and Author: The Wave Maker by Tim o'Brien
    Subtitle: The story of theme park pioneer George Millay and the creation of Sea World, Magic Mountain, and Wet 'n'Wild.

    Publisher/Date: Ripley Publishing 2005

    ISBN# 1893951081 (use the Advance Search on Amazon and enter the ISBN number, the book is on the website.

    Price on Amazon: 6 sellers have new copies on Amazon for $20.95 (original publishing price was $25) There are 21 sellers selling used copies for $6.62

    Or borrow it from your local library, that's were I found it.

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    Looks like there may have been a garden area as it looks like there were some walkways going back by the flagpole.[/QUOTE]

    When HBJ owned the park, there was an awesome hedge maze off to the side of the giant map. There was also a giant chess board too. HBJ also had a HUGE bookstore in Sea World that stocked a lot of the books HBJ published and tons of educational toys.

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    I remember the Hedge Maze, the Map and the Chess Board from when I was little. I thought that the Hedge Maze was the coolest thing ever!

    I also remember a really cool Laser Show at SeaWorld San Diego in 1989/1990 where they made the old SeaWorld Shamu logo appear in the sky by the use of a Laser!

    I remember thinking that was one of the most incredible things ever.
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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    Here is a laser show from SeaWorld San Antonio from 1992 with a lot of the similar effects

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    1991 Dolphin Show at SeaWorld Orlando... oh wow how times have changed... for the BETTER! lol

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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    SeaWorld San Diego from 1970



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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpet View Post
    it is amazing how the park has changed since thw 1980s.
    Agreed....I love looking at old photos to see all the changes.
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    Re: SeaWorld late 1980s

    Found a video of the Intensity Games ski show at SWO. It looks liek it's from the early 2000's as Kraken is there (opened in 2000) but the Hawiian Punch Village is still there where the Waterfront area is as is the old bridge connecting the Hawiaan Punch Village to Shamu Stadium.

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