Media: For more information,
contact SeaWorld Public Relations
at (619) 226-3929.
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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
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 www.seaworldsandiego.com.
ADMISSION: $69.99 for ages 10 and older; $61.99 for children ages 3–9;
free for under 3. Discounts available for groups, military and
AAA members. Multi-park passes, SeaWorld annual Pass
memberships, the 2011 SeaWorld Fun Card and other ticket
products make SeaWorld even more affordable. In 2011,
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 (www.herosalute.com).
Parking: $12 for cars; $17 for RVs, campers and preferred; $8
INFORMATION: For general park information, call (800) 25-SHAMU or visit
www.seaworldsandiego.com. For information about marine
animals, visit SeaWorld’s award-wining educational website 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 www.seaworldsandiego.com.
Access brochures are available at SeaWorld Guest Relations.
For TDD call (619) 226-3907.
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NEW IN 2011
A new attraction called Turtle Reef will allow guests to get an up-close look at more than 60
threatened or endangered sea turtles here in the marine-life park, as well as learn more
about the threats sea turtles face out in the wild. The focal point is a nearly 300,000-gallon
aquarium with a massive underwater viewing window. Adult Hawksbill and green sea
turtles — some more than 50 years old — will be on display, as well as younger green sea
turtles that hatched at SeaWorld in 2009. Turtle Reef will also feature thousands of tropical
fish; a game called Race for the Beach; a touch screen map, Turtlelink, where guests can
learn about sea turtle tracking and SeaWorld’s rescue efforts and conservation; and Riptide
Rescue, a new ride that spins passengers in boats on a rescue mission of their own. Turtle
Reef is scheduled to open in summer 2011.
Where can you meet some new furry, feathered, slimy, scaly and spiky animals at
SeaWorld? At the park’s new Animal Connections located next to Seaport Marketplace.
This area now houses many of the park’s animal ambassadors, who serve to educate guests
about each animal and its natural history. Daily, guests can see a variety of the following
animals: a southern ground hornbill, roseate spoonbill, capybara, African crested
porcupine, Asian water monitor and poison dart frogs. Animal Connections includes a main
building where guests can walk through and meet the animal ambassadors and their
caretakers. Outside, SeaWorld’s Rescue truck is on display along with streaming video
highlighting the park’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program. Periodically, guests also
may see Caribbean flamingoes on the grassy area in front.
YEAR FULL OF FUN IN 2011
Spring into Night features fireworks, extended hours and a special nighttime animal show
lineup, Saturdays April 2–23.
Viva La Música is back for a third 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. Viva La Música,
with headliner concerts on a stage and community entertainment in the entrance plaza,
takes place Saturdays and Sundays April 30–May 22.
Summer Nights at SeaWorld features extended park hours, fireworks, live music and
special nighttime animal shows, including the hilarious “Sea Lions Tonite” sea lion and otter
show Weekends only Memorial Day weekend; nightly June 18–Aug. 28; and Sept. 3–5.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular returns in 2011 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, “Pirates
4-D” at the park’s Mission Bay Theater and colorful costumed characters. SeaWorld’s
Halloween Spooktacular takes place Saturdays and Sundays in October.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration returns even bigger and better, with “Clyde and
Seamore's Night Before Christmas,” “Shamu's Christmas,” “Christmas Tails,” an ice skating
rink, “The Polar Express 4-D Experience” and SeaWorld's 320-foot Christmas Tree of Lights.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration takes place weekends Nov 19–Dec. 11; daily Dec. 17–31.
Also, for the first time, guests can enjoy the all-new SeaWorld New Year’s Eve Bash.
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,
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 (Note: In
summer 2011, “Believe” will be replaced by a new Shamu).
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“Blue Horizons” is 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 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 the deep blue water.
“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.
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. The stars of this show now have some
new cast mates, including emus and a kangaroo!
“Sea Lions LIVE”
“Sea Lions LIVE,” SeaWorld’s 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” runs in place of Lights, Camera, Imagination!; and during
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, “Pirates 4-D” runs).
ANIMAL ATTRACTIONS AND INTERACTIONS
Aquariums at SeaWorld feature more than 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 rockfish, 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 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 www.seaworldsandiego.com.
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
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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
The Penguin Encounter features more than 300 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, including a chick that hatched in the fall of 2010.
Warm-weather Magellanic penguins, native to South America, live outside the Encounter.
Rocky Point Preserve is a two-part attraction that allows guests to see and learn about
bottlenose dolphins and California sea otters. For a nominal fee guests can feed the
dolphins at specified times each day. 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). 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 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.
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 a 60-foot plunge. The six-minute adventure tells the tale of Atlantis
through simulated tremors, floods, and other dazzling special effects, such as projected
lights, fog and water cannons.
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
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 and walruses.
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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, 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 www.hswri.org.
SeaWorld 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 ninth 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
www.swbg-adventurecamps.com 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 animals rescued annually
are rehabilitated and returned to the wild. In 2010, SeaWorld rescued nearly 200 marine
mammals, including 147 California sea lions, 41 seals, three dolphins and one pilot whale.
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. Since its creation in 2003, the Fund has granted more than $7 million to
protect wildlife and wild places, benefitting animals on land and in the sea. For more
information, visit www.swbg-conservationfund.org.
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.
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