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SeaWorld San Diego - Review

SeaWorld San Diego

Park Info
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Status: Operating
Opened: 1964
Admission / Tickets: $59.00
Attractions: 26
New for 2008: Sesame Place - New kiddie area including rides, a show and 4D movie.
Season Begins: 01-Jan-2008
Member Ratings
Park: 7.2/10 (41 votes)
Coasters: 7.0/10 (28 votes)
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    SeaWorld San Diego - Review

    Review by: Webmaster | Last update: 13-Jan-2006 | Based on 3 visits between 09/94-11/05

    SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). With an initial investment of $1.5 million, the park drew more than 400,000 visitors its first year. In the earliest years, the park was held as a private partnership, its stock was then later offered publicly before it was purchased by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. in 1976. HBJ owned and operated the park until November 1989 when Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. purchased the all of the SeaWorld parks.

    SeaWorld San Diego now draws around 4 million visitors a year and features a large variety of marine life exhibits and aquatic shows, as well as a few rides. The park is located in San Diego's Mission Bay area and is about 1 mile off the Interstate 5 on SeaWorld Drive. It is open daily year-round with varying operating hours. The park charges approximately $7 for parking your car.

    One of the big crowd drawers to SeaWorld is the Shamu Show, here spectators get to see killer whales perform various tricks and acrobatics whilst interacting with other wales, trainers, and the audience, including soaking those in the lower section of the stadium. This is definitely the best show the park has to offer, and probably the best aquatic show at any park, although I don't know if this show is any different to those at other SeaWorld parks.

    Other animal shows the park features are the Dolphin Discovery show, a comical Sea Lion Show (Clyde and Seamore in Deep, Deep Trouble), the Pets Rule show (featuring dogs, cats and birds performing tricks), and Cirque del la Mer, a special effects acrobatic water show (summertime only.) SeaWorld San Diego also has RL Stine's Haunted Lighthouse 4D movie, which an entertaining tale about a haunted lighthouse.

    As far as rides go, SeaWorld San Diego features two themed water rides, Shipwreck Rapids - a river rapids raft ride, and Journey to Atlantis - a water based roller coaster ride. The park also features Wild Artic, a simulated jet helicopter ride to a remote research station called Base Station Wild Arctic, including face to face encounters with polar bears and other animals, and a journey through a 25-foot-long ice wall.

    The park also has two scenic rides, the Bayside Skyride, and a 265 foot high Skytower, each of which is available for an additional charge. In addition to the rides and shows there are various animal exhibits and attractions located around the park, such as the Penguin Encounter, Shark Encounter, and several aquariums. There are no attractions solely for children, other than Shamu's Happy Harbor play area, but the shows and most other attractions are suitable for children and families, although most of the rides do have height restrictions.

    SeaWorld in California is nicely landscaped and very clean. Admission and food prices are competitive with major parks in Los Angeles, and the park offers a wide range of dining options, from fast food to themed restaurants, you can even Dine with Shamu. You can also visit the Anheuser-Busch Hospitality Center to try some free samples of beer (limit of 2 per person per day,) or even take a guided tour of the brewery.

    Each time I have visited this park I was pretty much bored instantly and left the park by 2pm. The Shamu Show is good, but once you have seen one show you have seen them all, unless you are a marine life enthusiast, and it soon becomes annoying waiting around for the other shows to start. The first time I ever went to SeaWorld was in Orlando and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I have visited there since and was almost as bored there as I was here. I was a child then and enjoyed getting soaked by Shamu so maybe that contributed to my enjoyment, plus it was the first marine life park I had visited so things were new and more exciting, but I find repeat visits to these parks a waste of money.

    The only reason I revisited this park was to ride Journey To Atlantis and that was disappointing and not worth the admission. Basically I think SeaWorld is good for families and young children and those with an interest in marine life. If you have never been to a SeaWorld park before then you may well enjoy it and have a good visit like I did the first time I ever went, however, SeaWorld Orlando is far better, and if you have visited there you may well be disappointed here, but this is just the opinion of a roller coaster enthusiast, which SeaWorld is not really designed to cater for.

    Coasters:  4/10
    Dark Rides:  4/10
    Flat Rides:  N/A
    Kiddie Rides:  5/10
    Water Rides:  6/10
    Cleanliness:  10/10
    Food:  7/10
    Landscaping:  8/10
    Theming:  7/10
    Staff Friendliness:  8/10
    Staff Efficiency:  8/10



    Ideas for Improvements
  • Add more rides.
    SeaWorld San Diego Tips
  • Purchase an Admission Ride Combo ticket which includes ride tickets for the Skytower and Skyride for the same price as a Single Day Ticket.

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