& Aquatica California
San Diego, CA
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Attraction Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Skytower - NOW CLOSED until TBD
Riptide Rescue - Sept. 8 through Sept. 19, 2014
Shipwreck Rapids - Nov. 3 through Nov. 21, 2014
Park News - (9/11/14) SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is coming back to San Diego on Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Aimed mostly at kids 12 and under, the event features in park trick-or-treating, character meet & greets, Otter & Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch, DJ’s playing music, a special Clyde & Seamore SeaLion show called “Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure” and Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween show.
(8/30/14) SeaWorld San Diego will see the return of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular on weekends from Sept. 27 to Oct. 26.
(8/17/14) Updated: Killer Whale Habitat Expansion News.... click here.
(8/6/14) In what may be our first batch of bad news for the 2015 season from SeaWorld Parks, I’m hearing it said that the California park’s 2015 in-development plans were canceled due to budget cuts. Things are not looking good for the chain at the Turnstiles, nor are they looking any brighter over on Wall Street. Readers may recall I warned repeatedly that SeaWorld parks going public with a stock offering was a colossal mistake and it really has been.
Even more interesting is that our sources also claim that the corporate bigwigs will be touring the parks across the nation with some unknown and very important “investors” in the next few weeks. Could it be the Wanda Group from China? (See the 8/5/12 story for more details.)
(7/2/14) According to many reports, about 40+ guests and 2 crew members were stuck on the SeaWorld SkyTower for about 4 hours the other day, when a power crash brought their ride to a halt in mid-air. Everyone was kept calm and comfortable while they waited for the park’s maintenance crews to repair the problem and lower the ride back down to the ground.
2015 to 2018 - Killer Whale Habitat Expansion / Blue World Project - (8/17/14) New concept artwork shows off the layout of the killer whale habitat expansion at SeaWorld San Deigo, as well as some great looks at what it will look like have been released. The view of the 40 ft tall underwater viewing panel is very impressive, as you stand at the bottom of the 50 foot deep pool and can look up at the whales. Kind of reminded me of the impressive views you get from inside the impressive Georgia Aquarium.
(8/15/14) According to an early post by the Orlando Sentinel, SeaWorld Parks have announced plans to nearly double the size of their Killer Whale habitat at their parks. Construction will begin first in San Diego in early 2015 and by the time they are finished in 2018 with the upgrades the new habitat will hold about 10 million gallons of water, go down to 50 feet in depth (from the current 36 ft. max depth) and include the rumored “water treadmill” system SeaWorld engineered to allow them to swim against a moving stream of water for more exercise.
UPDATE - They are calling this the Blue World Project and you can see some beautiful artist renderings of what to expect here. They say more details will follow at 11am EST, but here is what is posted now.
Once again, SeaWorld is on the leading edge of innovation and science with the announcement of these first-of-its-kind killer whale environments. These new homes will build upon SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art animal living spaces and offering park guests unique killer whale encounters, inspiring generations to come.
The new killer whale homes and related research initiatives have a bold vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts focused on protecting killer whales in the wild.
The first of these environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego and is planned to have a water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a maximum depth of 50 feet and a surface area of nearly 1.5 acres spanning more than 350 feet in length, there will be no other realm like this in the world. The new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater killer whale viewing experience.
Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enrichment experiences and interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment, and inspire guests young and old to celebrate and conserve the natural world.
Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities. It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge them both physically and mentally.
Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.
The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio.
???? - Revamp Penguin Encounter / Wild Arctic Area - (8/16/13) According to the latest gossip, any and all plans to build any kind of Antarctica themed attraction, with or without a ride, in the San Diego park has now been put on indefinite hold. Looks like something else is in the works instead.
(8/15/13) While SeaWorld San Diego is busy building the park’s new main gate / entry area for 2014, I’ve heard about a possible new plan in place for 2015. From what I’m told nothing has been finalized yet, but it seems the park was already looking into remodeling their own Penguin Encounter attraction into their own version of Orlando’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction.
However, due to the less than satisfactory guests response to the ride portion of the Orlando attraction, the San Diego version may opt to cut out that part of the plan. Instead they would remodel the overall area around the existing Penguin Encounter attraction and put extra money into making the walk-through animal habitat portion even bigger and better than the Orlando version. Much like in Orlando, they would build the new Penguin attraction on the frame of the existing habitat. If approved, we could see this happen as early as 2015 or 2016.