In January 2018, the San Diego Zoo announced its most ambitious project to date, a $69 million brand-new children’s zoo to be named after Denny Sanford, a San Diego philanthropist who donated $30 million to this endeavor, the largest single gift the San Diego Zoo has ever received. It is anticipated that the current children’s zoo will closein January 2019, as construction begins; itand is expected to be completed in spring 2021. When the San Diego Zoo’s current Children’s Zoo first opened in 1957, it was considered advanced for its time. However, when the new Sanford Children’s Zoo is completed, this reimagined 2.3-acre space will give kids greater opportunities to discover the natural world through play, and will be designed in ways to help children develop empathy and better understand and identify with wildlife. More than 100 species will reside in the new children’s zoo, and families will be able to venture through four ecosystems—communities of plants and animals that have unique adaptations for their environment. In each region, children will learn about the animals and their environments in ways that awaken their senses and inspire creativity, exploration, and empathy for nature through play.
Opening May 25, 2018, Walkabout Australia at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will transport visitors to a land featuring a walk-through exhibit teeming with kangaroos, grasslands where wombats frolic, and forests filled with kookaburras and cassowaries. Experience wildlife from the Land Down Under and come face-to-face with some of the most mysterious animals on Earth.
SeaWorld San Diego’snew roller coaster,Electric Eel, opens May 2018 and will be San Diego’s tallest, fastest roller coaster with a triple-launch experience that thrusts riders forward and backward, accelerating to more than 60 mph and rocketing skyward nearly 150 feet, offering an upside-down view of Mission Bay. Riders and non-riders can also learn about the elusive eel through an interactive game and by checking out an exhibit with California moray eels. Additionally, the park has a lineup of year-round seasonal events, all connected to a cause that reflects SeaWorld’s Park-to-Planet commitment to help save the ocean and the creatures that live there.
In March 2018, SEA LIFE® Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resortopened two new exhibits: Sea at Night and Shark Mission; both exhibits allow guests to learn about marine life in a fun and interactive way. Sea at Night invites guests to jump, leap and “splash” into simulated bioluminescent waves that react to their footsteps. The reaction created by the guests’ movements demonstrates the effect of a glowing tide similar to ones often seen along the Pacific coastline. Shark Mission allows kids to come face to fin with six different species of sharks and rays on three giant touch screens. Young explorers can learn about anatomy, conservation and other cool facts through interactive activities and games. Guests can also hold a shark’s tooth, learn about shark skin and eggs, plus step into a shark cage. Beginning summer 2018, LEGOLAND California Resort guests can dive underwater on the new LEGO CITY®: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride. The adventure begins on a real submarine that takes visitors on a hunt for treasure. On the way, guests will pass real sea creatures, including stingrays and sharks, as well as bright LEGO® fish, crabs and scuba divers. During the journey, a touchscreen allows riders to find glowing gems and lost sunken treasure.
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