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SeaWorld California
& Aquatica California

San Diego, CA
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment


Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate, refurbishments are subject to change.
Electric Eel - Sept. 3 to Sept 5
Arctic Rescue - Sept. 9 to Sept. 27
Riptide Rescue - Sept. 9 to Sept. 15
Tentacle Twirl - Sept. 16 to Sept. 20
Octarock - Oct. 1 to Oct. 6
Shipwreck Rapids - Oct. 7 to Oct. 18
Emperor - Nov. 4 to Nov. 17
Electric Eel - Dec. 2 to Dec. 13

See Arctic Rescue (2023) in Action Here
Click Here to read our review of Howl-O-Scream 2023


icon_STOPPark News - (7/14/2024) The Electric Eel coaster at SeaWorld San Diego made news headlines this week, after a woman claimed that the “Comfort Collar” came off of her 10-year old daughter in mid-ride. There is some video footage to back this claim up, but as most ride fans know, the SeaWorld “Comfort Collars” are not officially part of the ride’s real restraint system, and are just an extra add-on requested by the park that is, according to a statement by SeaWorld, only intended for the rider’s comfort. It it worth mentioning that the exact same ride as Electric Eel was first installed at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (also in California) that runs without the additional “Comfort Collars”.
    So while this may cause a bit of a fright at first, at no time was any rider at risk. If you’ve ridden one of these Premier Rides roller coaster trains with the add-on Comfort Collars, you know they are simply padded straps that come down over the riders shoulders and are cliped by the rider to a small ring on the lap-bar. As such, any rider would also be able to unlatch these comfort collars in mid-ride if they chose to do so. Keeping this later fact in mind, I do find it slightly interesting that the woman’s niece apparently was set up at just the right time to capture video of the train to see the comfort collar float off during the barrel roll element at the top to provide to the news station.
    Growing up in the region, this brings to mind an interesting incident that took place at Disneyland in 1994, when a man claimed to have “fallen out” of the Disneyland Skyride in mid-span. He landed safely on a tree just 20 feet below the car, saving him from falling to the ground. The incident was immediately suspect as he claimed that the locked door to the gondola swung open on its own, and the strange coincidence that he “fell” at the only point in the entire layout where there was something below to catch him. Of course he filed a lawsuit for damages against Disneyland only to back out of the lawsuit before it could go to court. While the case did not go before the public, it was felt that the man had gotten a “key” to unlock the gondola door and had carefully planned the stunt fall on purpose.
    Going back to the issue at hand at SeaWorld, apparently the mom raised hell afterwards to the point that security was called to escort her from the park. Time will tell if she too tries to file some kind of lawsuit over the incident.

    (7/2/2024) SeaWorld San Diego has announced a Summer Spectacular concert lineup taking place at the park on Saturdays from July 13 to August 24th, 2024. Best of all the concerts are all free to park guests, though you can upgrade your experience by purchasing a premium seating package.
Saturday, July 13 – Jesse McCartney
Saturday, July 27 – Bow Wow and Soulja Boy
Saturday, Aug. 3 – Reliant K
Saturday, Aug. 10 – Hunter Hayes
Saturday, Aug 17 – Montell Jordan
Saturday, Aug. 24 – Newsboys
    (6/13/2024) SeaWorld San Diego invites guest to come shell-ebrate World Sea Turtle Day this weekend, starting Friday, June 14 and running through Sunday, June 16. Throughout the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of interactive experiences and educational sessions, plus receive a free turtle plush with purchase at Reef Gifts while supplies last and more!
    The festivities kick off with daily Aquarist Q&A sessions and turtle feeds at 10:45 a.m. in the Turtle Reef Gallery and 12:45 p.m. at the North Turtle Pond. Guests will have a unique opportunity to engage with and learn from turtle experts while observing the turtles being fed. Then, at 1:30 p.m., guests can enjoy interactive fun with the park’s turtle dive team, playing games like rock, paper, scissors!
    For more information, visit the official Sea Turtle celebration page.
    (5/27/2024) SeaWorld San Diego will be hosting some special entertainment this summer as part of the park’s 60th Anniversary celebration with the SeaWorld Summer Spectacular taking place now through Labor Day (Sept. 2, 2024). The fun includes a new 60th Anniversary Parade featuring the Shamy and Crew characters, the new Enchanted Wonders Fireworks now nightly, the live Shamu and Crew: Together Again character show, BMX Blast! Powered by BodyArmor high action show, a new Sea Lion Presentation starting on June 7 called Flippers, Facts and Fun, and a water stunt spectacular: Pirates Ahoy! The Battle for Mermaid Cove.
    Every Saturday between July 13 to August 24th the park will also be putting on a summer concert series featuring Jesse McCartney, Ginuwine and more artists to be announced in the near future. Keep an eye out for the new Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience exhibit set to open soon.

    (3/16/2024) While SeaWorld San Diego had just installed a new themed entrance to the park within he past decade, it seems that the park has been working on taking that old one down in order to replace it with something more simple looking. Based on the concept artwork shown a couple of months ago on a park wall, it sort of had the look of being built like some kind of pier themed structure. A new piece of artwork sent my way this morning however showcases the same plain structure within a more themed landscape, which does look quite nice after all.
    At this time, I’m not sure when the park is hoping to finish the new entrance gate, but from what I’ve been led to believe, the former one that apparently involved a lot of custom themed fiberglass work was just not holding up well at all, and needed to be removed.

    (1/25/2024) “SeaWorld San Diego is rolling out the New Orleans flare, food, and festivities with the return of Mardi Gras starting January 27. During the event, guests will feel the vibes of Mardi Gras in the park with an ALL-NEW opening ceremony led by the Mardi Gras King and Queen, a Mardi Gras processional, atmospheric performers, live music, and delicious authentic food and beverage options. The event is included with park admission and will run on weekends through February 25, including Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19.”
    Visit the official site for all the details about this year’s event.
    (1/16/2024) Tidal Twister has now been fully removed from SeaWorld San Diego, and you can get a peek at the former ride side in some pictures posted by ParkJourney on Twitter. On a semi-related rumor… I’m hearing that the closed aquarium building behind the nearby Tide Pool exhibit has now reached the point where it needs to be taken down. The site mixed with the Tide Pools and former Tidal Twister ride side could be repurposed for an all new ride in the next year or two, so keep your eyes open.

    (11/7/2023) SeaWorld San Diego is bringing festive cheer and special traditions to families this holiday season at its annual Christmas Celebration with all-new and reimagined holiday offerings. Nominated for 2024 Best Theme Park Holiday Event by USAToday 10Best, the park will transform into a winter wonderland under the iconic SkyTower Tree of Lights decorated as a Christmas tree in all green with red sprinkles of lights, and event offerings include the All-New O.P Otter’s Holiday Sing-A-Long, Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Parade, live reindeer, a daily tree lighting of a twinkling 30-foot Christmas tree, and more. Holiday celebrations, including Hanukkah festivities, are running on select dates November 17 through January 7, 2023.
    Follow the link for all the official information.
    (10/27/2023) A video short posted by CoasterHub shows off the remains of the former Tidal Twister at SeaWorld San Diego. Based on what I’m seeing, it’s clear that the ride is simply being torn apart, so don’t look for this one to come back anywhere.

    (10/24/2023) According to Theme Park Insider, the battle between SeaWorld San Diego and the city of San Diego over $12 million in unpaid rent / lease payments may now be moved to a Federal court. Or at least if SeaWorld  has their way, as the company has filed a notice to move it from California Superior Court to the Federal system as the chain is incorporated in Delaware and has their HQ in Orlando, Florida. The  move is also a more logical request for SeaWorld Entertainment, as a way to move the case to a more unbiased venue for the hearing.

    (9/27/2023) All mention of Tidal Twister has now been removed from the SeaWorld San Diego website, including from the map, the list of rides, and any mention of it from the refurbishment schedule which previously had downtime’s listed for it every month through to the end of the year. We can only assume that the park has finally opted to close the troublesome ride for good.

    (9/8/2023) The fight between SeaWorld San Diego and the City of San Diego just went to the next level as the city has now filed a lawsuit against the theme park for $12.23 million in back-rent that the city says they are owed for the land lease the park sits on. Normally this would be a fairly straight-forward matter, but the dispute involves the time-period that the theme park was kept closed by order of the State of California accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic.


icon_STOP2024 - Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience - (9/29/2023) SeaWorld San Diego is getting a new attraction in 2024 called Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience. According to the press release, this new exhibit will be added to the park’s Ocean Explorer area, which is immediately to the right after you enter the park.
    “Glowing with an ethereal light, Moon Jellyfish, Pacific Sea Nettles, Upside-Down Jellyfish, and Comb Jellies will gracefully glide through the water, showcasing their hypnotic movements that seem almost unworldly.  The experience features an 18-foot-tall cylinder, among the tallest jelly cylinders in the country, and a five-foot diameter sphere jelly habitat with water that pours from the top and sides for guests to touch.  Guests can have the perfect photo-opp with a 10-foot-tall acrylic living arch of jellyfish for guests to walk through for views from multiple angles. ”


icon_STOP2025/2026 - New Roller Coaster - (10/5/2023) Screamscape is hearing that long term planning may have begun to add yet another roller coaster to SeaWorld San Diego. The ride could open as early as 2025 or 2026, and the early rumor is that they may have asked B&M to come up with a layout for a Wing Coaster. Given that the park has a sensitive relationship with the local governing agencies, especially when it comes to building anything with height, I would suspect that if SeaWorld San Diego were to build a B&M Wing Coaster, they would take inspiration from Thunderbirg at Holiday World, which uses a magnetic launch system rather than a lift hill.
    Another great possibility, and one that would definitely tie into the California surf culture, would be for the San Diego park to build a copy (or near clone) of the Pipeline Surf Coaster that opened at the Orlando park earlier this year (see video below). This next-gen stand-up coaster is themed like a giant surf board and also uses a magnetic launch to keep the action fast and low when needed. The real surprise is the hidden piston built into every restraint unit that quite literally lifts the riders off their feet for a true Hang 10 moment of airtime at the peak of every hill that is guaranteed to make you squeal with glee.
    Stay tuned!


???? - S&S Screamin Swing - Rumor - (1/30/22) I’m passing on this rumor with a huge grain of salt, but according to the source SeaWorld San Diego now may be in line to add an S&S Screamin’ Swing ride like the new Tidal Surge under construction at the sister park in San Antonio or the Finnegan’s Flyer that was built for Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I’m told that if this goes through, the new ride could replace part of the land used for the park’s failed Submarine Quest ride.


New Attraction Footage -
2023 - Arctic Rescue - (7/3/2023) Screamscape was invited to send a local member of the crew down to give the new Arctic Rescue roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego a spin.  The video below shows off a POV of the coaster in action from the front row and from the back as it passes through three launch zones throughout the journey.


Howl-O-Scream 2023 Review -
    (10/4/2023) Screamscape was invited to try out this year’s Howl-O-Scream event and I decided to send in my good friend Andy to check it out. For a little history, back in the day, growing up in San Diego, Andy and I would often frequent all the haunts we could find in town, which included several years of visits to the city’s once famous ‘Scream in the Dark’ haunt, the Haunted Museum and others from years past. They managed to shoot an awesome video for us that captures all the fun of Howl-O-Scream and sent back a quick review as well, so enjoy!
    SeaWorld opens its doors to sirens and slaughterhouses in 2023's Howl-O-Scream, featuring 5 haunted mazes, multiple vignette areas,  spooktacular cocktails,  roaming haunts,  environmental effects, and dark rides.  Contained in the southern section of the park, SeaWorld has concocted a trail of screams and haunts worthy of adults and children alike. Honestly, it takes a brave child to deal with what we had to endure. Some of this is NOT for the faint of heart. SeaWorld claims "nowhere is safe!" - and that is true as actors dressed as monsters can startle you at every turn. That is, unless you don a magic blinking medallion (available for
$15 within the park) to guarantee a spook-free experience.
    For those brave souls who wish to venture further, the park provided Five (Count-em!) Five themed mazes of jump scares, curated scenes, animatronic ghouls, sparking chainsaws, and  more. Within the various themed encounters careful attention to detail was taken, making sure you were looking in the wrong place so that the live ghouls could get the drop on you.
    For the extremely observant- there are no less than TWO hidden speakeasies nestled within the haunts (don't forget the password: "Gauntlet"). Fiendish, yet delicious cocktails were available inside including frighteningly authentic "blood bags" filled with what we hope was a cocktail and not the real thing! Collectable, color-changing skull mugs were also purchasable.
    Along the dark, smokey paths between mazes were a motley assortment of various monsters to keep you on your toes. Also speckled throughout your adventure are themed "Vignettes" like mini-musicals to enjoy while eating, drinking or planning your next move: 
    Dark Coasters! What's scarier than a 14-story vertical drop? The turn after- in pitch blackness! When you can't see it coming, it's even scarier. The park offered three coasters of various fear levels to satisfy guests, Emperor, Arctic Rescue, and Electric Eel. A great way to end your visit to the creepiest seaside spectacle you've ever seen this side of the pacific! We were truly taken to another world that hardly seemed like the park we visited a few months earlier.





Track Record

SeaWorld California
San Diego, California
SeaWorld Parks & Ent.

Abbreviation: SWC & SWSD
Opened: March 21, 1964

Open: Year Round

Fun Facts:
- The San Diego park was the very first Sea World park, later called SeaWorld California for years before a strange marketing concept wanted to rename the park SeaWorld San Diego, which is just too long and confusing when viewed with SeaWorld San Antonio.
- Several of the visionaries who created Sea World went on to create other parks such as Magic Mountain and Wet ‘n Wild.
- The Walt Disney company seriously considered buying the Sea World chain of parks in the late 80’s from bankrupt HBJ but only wanted the California and Florida parks and not the parks in Texas and Ohio. The chain was instead sold to Anheuser-Busch.

Newest Developments:
2023 - Arctic Rescue

2022 - Emperor

2019 - Tidal Twister

2018 - Electric Eel

2017 - Ocean Explorer Realm w/ Submarine Quest  plus Orca Encounter

2015 - Dolphin Days show

2014 - Explorer’s Reef / New Entrance, Taumata Racer (Aquatica)

2013 - Madagascar: Live
and Aquatica

2012 - Manta

2011 - One Ocean, Riptide Rescue & Turtle Reef

2010 - Blue Horizons, Wonders of the River



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