SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration is a Sea of Surprises
SeaWorld® has been entertaining, amazing and educating visitors for more than five decades now. That’s right, SeaWorld just turned 50 and the park is having one whale of a party! SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, featuring a Sea of Surprises, offers more animal encounters than ever before and surprises around every corner.
The first of many surprises at SeaWorld San Diego is Explorer’s Reef™. This brand new arrival experience takes guests under an iconic wave sculpture and immediately immerses them into an undersea adventure where they can touch a shark, interact with a ray and feel tiny cleaner fish gently nibble at their hands. Explorer’s Reef -- with four state-of-the-art touch pools with hundreds of sharks, dozens of rays and thousands of cleaner fish -- is just the beginning of your SeaWorld adventure.
Once inside the park, look for surprises around every corner: a flock of flamingos parades the pathways to the delight of unsuspecting guests; the Sea Street Band brings their brass and percussion vibe; bubbles appear everywhere as an eccentric tinkerer surprises kids of all ages with an interactive show that culminates with a Bubble Blowout; and guests never know when they might see the Surprise Squad, a duo of gift-givers who roam the park awarding guests with prizes every day during SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration (prizes range from popcorn and front-of-line ride passes to vacation packages and beach cruisers).
Let’s not forget all the SeaWorld favorites, including the star of SeaWorld, Shamu, who amazes crowds in One Ocean® killer whale show; in SeaWorld’s dolphin show Blue Horizons®, a young girl named Marina explores the sea and sky in a spectacular show featuring bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, birds and aerial performers; for the thriller seekers, SeaWorld has Journey to Atlantis®, Shipwreck Rapids®, Wild Arctic® and of course Manta®, SeaWorld’s double-launch, multi-media coaster; for a relaxing, serene experience, there’s Turtle Reef, where guests can dive into the world of dozens of sea turtles swimming in their 280,000-gallon habitat; and for laughter and silly fun, California sea lions Clyde® and Seamore® show off with their trainers in Sea Lions LIVE; plus, this summer, SeaWorld becomes a whole new park after dark, with extended hours and an exciting lineup of shows and fireworks.
SeaWorld is full of animal shows and exhibits, but for those who want to get even more up close to some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures, the opportunities abound: the Dolphin Interaction Program allows guests to feed, touch and play with bottlenose dolphins; and the Beluga Interaction Program is a unique chance to enter the water with beluga whales, gentle giants known as “sea canaries” for their bird-like vocalizations.
With all the fun happening inside the park, guests may not know what’s happening behind the scenes, where SeaWorld is caring for rescued animals that were found ill, injured or stranded on beaches along the San Diego coastline. Over the last 50 years, SeaWorld’s Rescue Team has taken in and cared for more than 7,000 marine mammals and more than 8,000 birds. The goal of the program is to successfully rehabilitate and return these animals to the wild, giving them a second chance at life.
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