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									                                               Media: For more information,
                                               contact SeaWorld Public Relations
                                               at (619) 226-3929.


OVERVIEW:           With more than 130 million visitors since its opening on March
                    21, 1964, SeaWorld is San Diego’s leading tourist attraction
                    and one of the most popular marine-life parks in the world.
                    The founding principles of education, entertainment, research
                    and conservation make SeaWorld an ideal place to learn about,
                    enjoy and gain an appreciation for some of the ocean’s most
                    fascinating animals. SeaWorld San Diego is one of 10 parks
                    operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

DESCRIPTION:        Spread across 189 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park,
                    SeaWorld San Diego is known for spectacular animal shows,
                    interactive attractions, aquariums, rides, beautiful landscaping,
                    dining facilities and education programs for all ages. And of
                    course, Shamu!

LOCATION:           Off I-5 on SeaWorld Drive on Mission Bay, 10 minutes north of
                    downtown San Diego, the San Diego International Airport and
                    Amtrak’s downtown station.
PARK HOURS:         Opening and closing times vary by season. Hours are extended
                    during seasonal periods, such as spring and summer. Call (800)
                    25-SHAMU (press 1) or visit
ADMISSION:          $69 for ages 10 and older; $59 for children ages 3–9; free for
                    under 3. Discounts available for groups, military and AAA
                    members. Multi-park passes, SeaWorld Passport memberships,
                    the 2010 SeaWorld Fun Card, EZPay and other ticket products
                    make SeaWorld even more affordable. In 2010, SeaWorld will
                    continue its “Here’s to the Heroes” program, allowing one-time
                    free admission to members of the military and up to three of
                    their dependents. Parking: $12 for cars; $17 for RVs, campers
                    and preferred; $8 for motorcycles.
INFORMATION:        For general park information, call (800) 25-SHAMU or visit
           For information about marine
                    animals, visit SeaWorld’s award-wining educational Web site at
SERVICES:           Strollers, wheelchairs, lockers and pet kennels are available for
                    rental. Diaper-changing and baby-nursing areas, first aid,
                    automated teller machines, taxi and bus parking information are
                    all found on site. SeaWorld provides special parking, restrooms,
                    telephones and access to shows, attractions and meal facilities
                    for guests with disabilities. Select shows and attractions have
                    assistive-listening devices. For more information about services
                    for guests with disabilities, visit
                    Access brochures available at SeaWorld Guest Relations. For
                    TDD call (619) 226-3907.
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                                         NEW IN 2010
“Blue Horizons”
A spectacular new show that centers on Marina, a young girl whose vivid imagination sets
the stage for an extravaganza of graceful dolphins, magnificent pilot whales and a rainbow
of exotic birds. This innovative production, a favorite at SeaWorld’s sister park in Orlando
since 2005, features action both above and under the water: a cast of divers and aerialists,
dressed in eye-catching costumes symbolizing sea and sky, plunge off the elaborate set
into, and also propel out of, the deep blue water. “Blue Horizons” is scheduled to open May
29 at the park’s completely-renovated Dolphin Stadium.

                               A YEAR FULL OF FUN IN 2010
Spring into Night features extended hours and nighttime entertainment, including
“Shamu’s SkySplash” fireworks and SeaWorld’s nighttime killer whale show “Shamu Rocks.”
Spring into Night takes place March 27–April 11, April 17–19 and April 24–25.
Viva La Música is back for a second year with a Latin flavor sizzling with some of the
hottest entertainment. The concert series features live performances from award-winning
Latin artists, plus delicious Hispanic food and the fiery flair of Hispanic heritage. Guests will
experience the pulsating sounds of the lively Latin beats, which may include norteña, Latin
pop, rock, salsa and mariachi. Viva La Música, with headliner concerts at Shamu Stadium
and community entertainment in the entrance plaza, takes place May 1–2; May 8–9; May
15–16; and May 22–23.
Summer Nights at SeaWorld features extended park hours, fireworks, live music and
special nighttime animal shows. Guests experience the park after dark as “Shamu Rocks”
cuts loose on a 20-minute musical voyage through awesome natural settings around the
globe; Clyde and Seamore get into the act with the hilarious “Sea Lions Tonite”; and each
evening is capped off with “Shamu’s SkySplash” fireworks. Summer Nights at SeaWorld
takes place weekends May 29–June 13; daily June 18–Aug. 29; and Sept. 4–6.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular returns in 2010 with not-too-spooky entertainment,
including sea-inspired trick-or-treat stations for kids in costume, Halloween-themed Sesame
Street performances, “Clyde and Seamore’s Trick or Treat” sea lion and otter show and
colorful costumed characters. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place Oct. 2–3;
Oct. 9–10; Oct. 16–17; Oct. 23–24; and Oct. 30–31.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration returns even bigger and better, with “Clyde and
Seamore's Night Before Christmas,” “Shamu's Holiday Night,” an ice skating rink, “The Polar
Express 4-D Experience” and SeaWorld's 320-foot Holiday Tree of Lights. SeaWorld’s
Christmas Celebration takes place Nov. 26–28; Dec. 4–5; Dec. 11-12; daily Dec. 18–31.

SeaWorld’s most ambitious killer whale show ever, “Believe” blends killer whale behaviors
with elaborate set pieces, music, choreography and state-of-the-art multimedia. The
majestic presence of Shamu is reflected in a two-story stage; three underwater cameras
that capture Shamu below the surface; two waterfalls; a water fountain that sprays across
the width of the pool; and four LED screens that move and rotate as they highlight the
power and beauty of Shamu.
“Cirque de la Mer”
A daytime summer show performed at the Amphibitheater on Mission Bay, “Cirque de la
Mer” features a variety of colorful “Amphibians,” a combination of humans and sea
creatures, who visit SeaWorld and demonstrate their super-human abilities. “Cirque de la
Mer” takes place on select dates during Summer Nights at SeaWorld.
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“Pets Rule!”
In this zany show, clever canines, curious cats, beautiful birds and unpredictable pigs take
charge and show humans who’s the boss. “Pets Rule!” is one of the largest shows in the
country featuring primarily shelter-adopted animals.
“Sea Lions LIVE”
“Sea Lions LIVE,” SeaWorld’s newest sketch comedy show, stars the park’s prankster-loving
pinnipeds Clyde and Seamore who poke fun at popular TV shows such as “American Idol,”
with their own rendition known as “Sea Lion Idol” and “Dancing with the Pinnipeds” (a
parody of “Dancing with the Stars”).
Sesame Street presents Lights, Camera, Imagination! in 4-D
A dazzling 4-D movie that has Elmo, Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and Big Bird swimming
through an imaginary ocean and flying through a cinematic sky. This cutting edge digital
movie magic is as fun as it is imaginative. Guests not only see and hear the action — they
feel it in their seats at the park’s Mission Bay Theater (during the winter holidays, “The Polar
Express 4-D Experience” will run in place of Lights, Camera, Imagination!).

Aquariums at SeaWorld feature more 5,700 fishes representing 434 species found around
the globe, from the Great Barrier Reef off Australia to the Amazon River of Brazil. Aquarium
de la Mer offers two dozen displays featuring an up-close look at hundreds of tropical fish,
cold-water fish and species native to the waters off Southern California, including the
lionfish, wolf eel and Pacific giant octopus. World of the Sea Aquarium features tropical,
California and game fish and white sea bass.
The Beluga Interaction Program begins with a behind-the-scenes tour that has
participants visiting SeaWorld’s enormous Pacific walruses, playful harbor seals and gigantic
polar bears. Then, guests slip into wet suits and set foot in the 55-degree water to meet
the beluga whales. Program fee is $190 plus park admission and includes wet suits,
booties, lockers, changing facilities and showers. Participants must be at least 10 years old
and 48 inches tall. Advance registration: (800) 25-SHAMU (press 7) or visit

The Dolphin Encounter at Rocky Point Preserve is for guests who want to get closer to
bottlenose dolphins without getting in the water. During this 10-minute, trainer-guided
experience, guests are guaranteed to touch, feed and train bottlenose dolphins, while also
learning about their natural history, conservation and training. Program fee is $45 plus
park admission. Advance registration: (800) 25-SHAMU (press 7).
The Dolphin Interaction Program was created for guests who want to enter the water
with these beautiful animals. After donning a wet suit and booties, participants take a dip in
the dolphins’ habitat where they get to feed, touch and even cue the animals for trained
behaviors. The program fee is $190 plus park admission and includes wet suits, booties,
lockers, changing facilities and showers. Participants must be at least 10 years old and 48
inches tall. Advance registration: (800) 25-SHAMU (press 7) or visit
Forbidden Reef takes guests into underwater caverns where they find themselves face to
face with hundreds of mysterious moray eels. At the surface, graceful bat rays glide by in a
shallow lagoon lingering just long enough for guests to stroke their velvety skin.
Guided Tours offer guests an exclusive behind-the-scenes view of SeaWorld and the
chance to learn fascinating facts about the animals that most people don’t know.
Participants get up close and personal with amazing bottlenose dolphins, or interact with
other incredible animals such as endangered sea turtles, California moray eels, penguins or
sharks. Advance registration: (800) 25-SHAMU (press 4) or visit
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The Penguin Encounter features more than 250 penguins representing five Antarctic and
sub-Antarctic species (gentoo, Adélie, macaroni, king and emperor). Guests get a close-up
look at these delightful animals as they swim and waddle in the 25-degree, snow-filled
habitat. The Penguin Encounter has one of the world’s only successful emperor penguin
breeding colonies outside the Antarctic, and is the first zoological institution to breed
emperor and chinstrap penguins. Warm-weather Magellanic penguins, a species native to
South America, live outside the Penguin Encounter.
Rocky Point Preserve is a two-part attraction that allows guests to see and learn more
about bottlenose dolphins and California sea otters. For a nominal fee guests can feed the
dolphins at specified times each day. Underwater panels allow an incredible view of the
animals swimming and frolicking. Guests can also sign up for a Dolphin Encounter (a
trainer-led interaction from poolside) or a Dolphin Interaction Program (an in-water,
immersive experience with the dolphins). Also at Rocky Point Preserve, California sea otters
can be seen playing with toys and foraging for shrimp and clams in their pool.
Shamu: Close Up offers unparalleled views of Shamu and companions as they swim, play
and socialize. With a specially-designed observation area and a panoramic underwater
viewing gallery, the opportunities for close-up observation of these magnificent marine
mammals are unsurpassed.
Shark Encounter takes SeaWorld guests underwater with sharks, rays and tropical fish. The
280,000-gallon attraction features a 57-foot acrylic tube running the length of the sharks’
habitat. Sand tiger, bonnethead, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks are among the species
living in this popular attraction.
                                  DINING ADVENTURES
Dine With Shamu is more than just a dining experience — it’s exclusive, intimate and
unforgettable. While enjoying a delicious buffet on Shamu’s private poolside patio, guests
meet killer whale trainers and see Shamu in a whole new light. The cost, not including
tax, gratuity and park admission, is $39 for ages 10 and older ($19 for ages 3–9).
Breakfast With Shamu also is offered on select days for $26 for ages 10 and older ($16 for
ages 3–9). Advance registration: (800) 25-SHAMU (press 5) or visit
Shipwreck Reef Café features fresh grilled ribs, salmon, chicken and cheeseburgers,
alongside vegetables, salads, desserts and more in an outdoor dining environment where
exotic birds, sea turtles and tropical fish are on display.
Bayside Skyride and Skytower are two landmark SeaWorld rides. The Bayside Skyride
offers a scenic ride above the bay; the Skytower takes passengers high above SeaWorld for
a panoramic view of Mission Bay, downtown and beyond.
Journey To Atlantis is a wet and wild water coaster experience on eight-passenger Greek
fishing boats, featuring simulated earthquakes, floods and a 60-foot plunge. Afterward,
guests can get a rare look at Commerson’s dolphins in their 130,000-gallon habitat, one of
only two displays of this species of dolphin in the Western Hemisphere.
Sesame Street Bay of Play rides include Abby’s Sea Star Spin, a 36-passenger teacup-
type ride that turns ’round and ’round as it twirls; Elmo’s Flying Fish, which gently soars up
and down on a journey through an imaginary ocean; and Oscar’s Rocking Eel, a ride that
spins and slides from side to side.
Shipwreck Rapids takes passengers on an adventure through raging rapids, roaring
waterfalls, past sunbathing sea turtles and a near collision with a ship’s propeller. At
journey’s end, castaways can relax and satisfy their appetites at Shipwreck Reef Café.
Wild Arctic, one of SeaWorld’s most popular attractions, takes guests on a journey to the
frozen North where getting there is half the fun. Visitors board a simulated jet helicopter
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for an exhilarating ride with real bumps, jumps and thrills (a non-motion option also is
available). Disembarking guests find a realistic Arctic research station that brings them face
to face with beluga whales, polar bears, walruses and seals.

                                   OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Sesame Street Bay of Play at SeaWorld
This whimsical, two-acre play area features three family-friendly rides (Abby’s Sea Star
Spin, Elmo’s Flying Fish and Oscar’s Rocking Eel), Sesame Street character meet-and-
greets, photo opportunities, impromptu Sesame Street character performances and
interactive play elements including net crawls, climbing tunnels, an air bounce and more.

                              CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is a public, non-profit organization dedicated to
providing solutions to conflicts that arise between human activity and the natural world.
Research at the Institute, which was founded in 1963, focuses on rare, endangered and
threatened species and habitats, on depleted fishery resources and on the ecology of marine
animals and biological diversity. Access to SeaWorld's extensive marine zoological
collection and superb facilities are unique assets that provide the Institute with unparalleled
opportunities for scientific studies. For more information, visit
SeaWorld Adventure Camps offer the experience of a lifetime, with activities ranging
from touching and feeding marine animals, to kayaking and snorkeling on Mission Bay.
Resident Camp, for grades four through 12, is a five-night adventure where campers
discover firsthand how to care for SeaWorld’s animals. During Day Camp, preschoolers
through 9th graders learn about the park’s animals, make crafts and play games. One-night
Sleepovers and multiple-night group camps are available throughout the year. For more
information, visit or call (800) 25-SHAMU (press 4).
The SeaWorld Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program is an important part of the
park’s commitment to conservation, research and education. SeaWorld’s mammal, bird and
fish specialists have rescued, treated, rehabilitated and released thousands of animals that
were ill, injured or stranded. On average, 65 to 70 percent of the 200 or more animals
rescued annually are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Species treated by the
SeaWorld team include sea turtles, seabirds, seals and sea lions.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund is a private, non-profit charitable
foundation that allows visitors to the 10 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment properties, as well
as members of the general public, to help protect wildlife. The Fund directs 100 percent of
donations to on-the-ground wildlife conservation. Contributions strengthen the parks’
existing efforts to preserve endangered wildlife; expand conservation education around the
globe; support worthy conservation organizations; and to aid ill, orphaned, injured or
stranded animals. For more information, visit
SeaWorld’s Garden of Discovery features fun and interactive activities for the entire
family. Home gardeners discover how they can recreate some of SeaWorld’s gardening
magic in their own backyards. Adults can enjoy a butterfly, bird and bee garden and self-
guided park landscape tour. Children get a bee’s-eye view of plant pollination and dig for
fossils. SeaWorld’s award-winning gardens are in bloom year-round.
SeaWorld’s Oiled Wildlife Care Center is an example of a successful private and public
partnership dedicated to environmental stewardship. This facility employs lessons learned
from past oil spills and improvements in wildlife rescue, care and rehabilitation. When not
being used for oil spill response, the 8,000-square-foot complex houses ill or injured
animals being cared for in SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program.
Created: January 2010

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