SeaWorld San Diego is not wasting any time converting the current park into a newer style Marine Park! In fact, 2017 marks the biggest new attractions roll-out in the history of the park, which opened in 1964! SeaWorld San Diego launches a new themed area with aquariums, a dark ride, family rides, shops and restaurants! In addition to which the park debuts a new Orca exhibit and demonstration that you simply can’t miss! To top it all off the park celebrates a new summertime night time extravaganza!
The launch of Ocean Explorer™ will create an expedition of wonder across the seven seas. Opening this summer, this extraordinary new attraction will combine multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies designed to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure. On the attraction’s signature ride called Submarine Quest, guests will be adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, travelling aboard submarines to see Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals. Embarking on these mini submarines, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help protect animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along the journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of our fragile ocean ecosystem.
The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive displays that showcase unique and elusive ocean animals like giant octopuses and dozens of moray eels, as well as Japanese spider crabs and spiny king crabs. Both crab species will be new to SeaWorld San Diego. The Ocean Explorer realm will feature five new family-friendly rides in total, including an exhilarating wave swing ride where guests will fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly.
This summer, SeaWorld San Diego will debut the all-new, inspiring Orca Encounter™. Based on killer whale behavior in the wild—how they move, hunt and navigate, what they eat, and even how they communicate—this new encounter will be a live documentary-style presentation helping park guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas, and empowering them to preserve the future of these majestic animals.
Each presentation or encounter will underscore the vital connection we all share as protectors of the planet and how we each play a key role in the future health and vitality of the wildlife and wild places. A new Pacific Northwest-themed backdrop at SeaWorld’s main orca pool will reflect the natural world of killer whales. To further promote the understanding of whale behaviors in the wild, a large infinity video screen will augment the backdrop displaying imagery of orcas in the wild as well as orca graphics and information about the whales. Make sure to watch the video below!
As the sun sets, Electric Ocean™ will light up SeaWorld with an ocean of brilliance and vibrant energy that will transform the park into an underwater world of colorful luminescence. This new, nighttime summer spectacular will immerse guests in a glowing sea of wonder with bioluminescent-like lighting, a dance club and pathway entertainment. Electric Ocean kicks off June 17 and runs on select dates through Sept. 4.
2017 is not the only year that we get to experience awesome new attractions at SeaWorld San Diego. The park just announced their new coaster for 2018, which features an electrifying theme and color scheme and will launch riders high above Mission Bay as San Diego’s tallest and fastest coaster! The new Premier Rides Multi-Launch coaster is part of the park’s huge makeover and will add to the park’s line-up of thrilling attractions! Read all about ELECTRIC EEL, here!