& Aquatica California
San Diego, CA
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Attraction Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Skytower - Closed Indefinitely
Shipwreck Rapids - Nov. 2 through Nov. 13
Abby’s Sea Star Spin - Nov. 2 through Nov. 12
Park News - (9/9/15) SeaWorld San Diego has announced the details for SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular event with a very affordable twist… in addition to the event being included for everyone with park admission, SeaWorld is offering one child, aged 3 to 9, free admission with one full-paid adult admission during October.
“Children 12 and under are encouraged to come in costume and will definitely have a howling good time at this year’s festivities, which has been extended to two additional weekends:
Sept. 26-27, Oct. 3-4, Oct. 10-11, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2015.
Superheroes and ninjas can take a break from trick-or-treating among 12 underwater-themed stations and get their bones over to the brand new Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash show, where SeaWorld’s prank-loving pinnipeds, California sea lions Clyde® and Seamore®, get their Halloween on, along with the always-mischievous O.P. Otter®. Or, they can zap their way to Mission Bay Theater for Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?, starring Elmo and his friends as they dress up in their Halloween best to sing and dance their way through Count’s Castle!
Monsters of all sizes can mash at Otto and Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch where they can eat, drink and be not-so-scary! This unique and colorful undersea pumpkin patch is the prime location for a multitude of activities and photo opportunities with costume characters. New this year is a Sand Bar, where fun-sized princesses and pirates can let their imaginations run wild and build their own neon green kinetic sand creations. Kids can also decorate their own cookies, paint pumpkins and meet a fantastical cast of characters such as Colonel Cornelius Candy Corn, a spirited explorer, accompanied by Lady Candy Corn.
Never-before-seen characters roaming the Pumpkinfish Patch this year are B-Boy Candy Buttons and Lolly Pop N’ Lockit. Princess Da’vine the Pumpkin Princess, Goodie and Greta Gumdrop and a silly School of Fish will be rocking out to DJs Rock Candy and Cotton Candy, who get the party started and keep it going all day during Halloween Spooktacular, playing music and leading activities. Allure and Capri, the popular and beautiful sister mermaids, spend some time on land in their magical clam shell grotto to meet and greet with guests.”
In addition the same special deal will also apply to Dine With Shamu, with each child dines for free with each one full-paid adult meal. A free child (must be 48” or taller) can also try the park’s Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs with a full-paid adult.
2016 - Nothing is known at this time...
2018 - Blue World Project / Killer Whale Habitat Expansion - (10/13/15) While SeaWorld San Diego was given approval from the California Coastal Commission to go ahead with their Blue World whale habitat expansion, the approval came with some odd restrictions, that I’m sure will send the issue before more politicians and courts to hammer out.
Restriction #1… No more whale breeding. SeaWorld has already been quick to jump on this issue as not only being disappointing, but also potentially harmful to the animals on many levels by taking away their freedom to procreate. For me, I’m on the fence slightly about this issue, as I can see why it is wrong to prevent the whales from breeding naturally, but over the years I know SeaWorld has had more baby whale’s produced through artificial insemination rather than through good old fashioned whale know-how. Plus to paraphrase the infamous line from Jurassic Park, “Life finds a way”. Perhaps a compromise to just stop the artificial insemination method may be best.
Restriction #2… No more transporting of the whales in or out of California. This is the big one that I have a problem with, as SeaWorld currently has whales in four facilities around the globe (3 SeaWorld parks, and some on loan to Loro Parque Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands). They’ve been transporting whales from location to location for decades as needed to maintain healthy social dynamics between the whales in the pods. Putting the whales in California on permanent lockdown once the park opens the new habitat not only makes no sense, but could cause some serious problems down the road. Clearly the California Coastal Commission is overstepping their authority on this issue, and simply put the lockdown in place to keep SeaWorld from taking the easy loophole on the no breeding restrictions by simply moving whales out of the state for future breeding and birthing needs as needed.
Stay tuned...I’m sure this issue has a ways to go, but perhaps the real question is, is SeaWorld willing to give Blue World the green light to begin work now and try to work out the issues later, or will they have to put it on hold until they can try to work through the new hurdles in their path?
(10/9/15) A new incredible video shows off the latest version of SeaWorld San Diego's Blue World killer whale habitat project. Check it out below!
(9/28/15) Good news for SeaWorld San Diego, as the official recommendation being made to the California Coastal Commission regarding giving SeaWorld the final go-ahead to build their huge "Blue World" Killer Whale habitat is to let the park build it, with certain easy to meet conditions attached to the project, most of which are already in effect. The California Coastal Comission will meet to vote on the issue on October 8th.
(8/25/15) SeaWorld needs your help... as the forces who want to see SeaWorld shut down are now fighting against SeaWorld's Blue World project to build a much bigger and better Killer Whale habitat. SeaWorld is ready to start construction in San Diego but the only thing holding them back now if the final ok from the California Coastal Commission, which is where PETA and others against the park have focused their efforts to get the California Coastal Commission to deny the permits needed to build the project. Follow this link or this link to help SeaWorld and show your support for the Blue World project.
(6/27/15) While I still haven't seen any photos of those reported small sections of construction walls put up near the old Shamu Close-Up area, I have heard elsewhere that the park is installing water pumps near Shamu Stadium to remove the ground water below the surface. This is always an early step for any major project at the park that would require digging down below the surface for a large project, such as the upcoming Blue World habitat, so it looks like things may be finally ready to start moving forward.
(6/18/15) A report from ILoveSeaWorld.com mentions three new construction walls have been set up near Shamu Stadium in the old Shamu Close-Up area. Unfortunately I didn’t see any pictures, so I’m not sure if this is infrastructure work, or if they are finally taking the first steps towards building the Blue World project.
(1/22/15) The local news reports on an expanded explanation of SeaWorld's Blue World Project to expand the killer whale habitat. The area is still set to begin work later this year and open in 2018 if all goes well. The article goes into more detail and a breakdown of the various environment areas within the Blue World Project, and how guests will experience them.
(1/7/15) According to this article about the Blue World Project (Killer Whale Expansion) at SeaWorld San Diego, the project will start construction around the end of the year and the $100 million project wont be completed until 2018.
(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.