SeaWorld celebrates their 50th anniversary today, March 21st, with a brand new entry way to welcome guests at SeaWorld San Diego. Our family was invited to a special media event last weekend and even though I visited SeaWorld since I was four years old, the new entry into the park is stunning and beautifully represents the interactions and animal encounters we have come to know intimately at one of our family’s favorite destinations.
A beach theme beckons guests from the parking lot.
First to greet guests is a new ticket counter without any protective glass so interaction can be taken care of with one place for park tickets, experiences, and Dine with Shamu reservations.
The beach continues with a giant wave to welcome guests through the turnstiles.
Just beyond the ticket counter is a giant blue wave to represent the ocean and a gigantic logo marking the 50th celebration of SeaWorld. This is a great place to grab a family picture to mark your support of a company that provides superb care and educational experiences far beyond textbooks.
Bright colors and inviting low walls invite children and adults to interact.
After passing through the entry way, only a few steps away is the focal point of the new addition to welcome both adults and children. Saltwater pools with low walls invite interaction from first sight.
Explorer’s Reef™provides up-close encounters with marine life.
Cleaner fish give little kisses and clean your hands while brown-banded bamboo sharks swim close enough to pet a shark. Horseshoe crabs and white-spotted bamboo sharks also provide another encounter. Sacs of shark eggs fill an aquarium and if you look close enough you can see movement inside.
After the hands on experiences, hand washing stations with automated soap, water, and hand dryers leave guests with clean hands to enjoy the rest of the day.
Surrounding the four saltwater pools are open air shops, rentals, Starbucks, and the photo department to view your pictures. There is plenty of merchandise to choose from, including a 50th
Great care was taken as the design of the entry way incorporated even the smallest of details. Plants are added to give the under sea effect and are surrounded by sea shells. Sesame Street Bay of Play can be seen from the entry way because the hedge was lowered, providing an inviting atmosphere.
Sea of Surprises™ begins March 21, 2014.
Enjoy SeaWorld like never before with Sea of Surprises. The 18-month celebration includes the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day. You never know what surprise might greet a lucky fan of the day.
SeaWorld San Diego is a place where dreams, entertainment, and education combine into one magically filled day that lasts a lifetime. The breathtakingly beautiful new entrance provides a place that just begs for children to stop and enjoy. If this doesn’t bring out the kid in you, I don’t know what will.
Congratulations SeaWorld on 50 years and we are so thankful to be a part of your 50th celebration!
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