SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego

Infobox Amusement park
name = SeaWorld San Diego

caption =
location = San Diego, California coord|32.766022|-117.229464
opening_date = 1964
previous_names = SeaWorld California
season = All Year
area = convert|189|acre|km2
rides = 4
coasters = 2
water_rides = 2
owner = Busch Entertainment Corporation
slogan = "Below The Surface, Above The Waves"
homepage = [ SeaWorld San Diego]

SeaWorld San Diego is a theme park located in San Diego, California. The park is owned by Busch Entertainment Corporation, a division of Anheuser-Busch.


SeaWorld was founded in 1964 by four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).Fact|date=May 2007 They had originally considered the idea of building an underwater restaurant. Although this idea was not technically feasible, the concept grew into the idea of a marine zoological park on 22 acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. With an initial investment of $1.5 million, 45 employees, several dolphins, sea lions, and two seawater aquariums, SeaWorld drew more than 400,000 visitors its first year.Fact|date=July 2007

In the earliest years, the park was held as a private partnership. In 1968, SeaWorld offered its stock publicly,Fact|date=May 2007 enabling the company to grow. In 1970, a second SeaWorld park was built — in Aurora, Ohio, near Cleveland. It was followed by a park in Orlando, Florida in 1973, and the largest park, which opened in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (HBJ), owned and operated SeaWorld from 1976 to 1989. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. purchased the SeaWorld parks from HBJ in November 1989. The parks are owned and operated by Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC), one of the Anheuser-Busch Companies.


*Journey to Atlantis, The boat leaves the station and climbs the first lift hill, once at the top of the lift the boat takes a small decline to pick up a little speed and then travels around a right-hand turn that leads to the first tower building. The boat then enters the tower and plunges down a flume drop into a small man-made lake of water below.

During the next section of ride the boat slowly travels along a flume of water, makes a right-hand turnaround and approaches the second tower. Speakers placed along the side of the flume reveal the story behind Atlantis. The second tower contains an elevator style lift which slowly rocks side-to-side as the boat climbs to the top. Inside the tower there is more Atlantis style theming and spiel.

Once at the top of the lift the boat leaves the tower and travels down a right-hand twisting drop that turns about 270 degrees. It then rises back up onto a flat section of track containing some block brakes. From here the boat descends down another drop that banks to the right, and then climbs up slightly and makes a banked left-hand turn before descending down a small drop into another pool of water. The boat then slowly travels along a flume of water before making a left-hand turnaround and then heading back towards the station.

*Dolphin Covemain|Dolphin Cove (Seaworld) - the popular Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are on exhibit here. SeaWorld staff educates the public on their behaviors and lifestyle. Guests can interact with the dolphins and purchase fish to feed the animals.

*Bayside Skyride, a 1967 Vonroll type 101 that traveles over Mission bay, which is the only Vonroll skyride that goes over a body of salt water.

*Lights, Camera, Imagination 4-D!, a three-dimensional film experience themed around Sesame Street, featuring Elmo and his friends. Effects "spill" into the audience, hence the title 4-D.

*Shipwreck Rapids, A raft ride that ventures into the shipwrecks of the deep with twist and turns.

*Seaworld skytower,A 320 foot observation tower that was built in 1969.the ride was refurbished in 2007 with a new capsule.the ride gives passengers a view of Seaworld and San Diego.

Play Area Renovation

In 2007, Seaworld San Diego made the executive decision to renovate Shamu's Happy Harbor and add something completely new to the area for young children. “Sesame Street” Bay of Play was introduced as the new play area in place of Shamu's Happy Harbor. Sesame Street Bay of Play opened May 24th, 2008.

See also

Kasatka performing "The Shamu Adventure". The stage at Shamu Stadium has since been redesigned to accommodate the new "Believe" show. (July 5, 2004)

**SeaWorld San Antonio
**SeaWorld Orlando
*Discovery Cove
*Busch Gardens
**Busch Gardens Europe
**Busch Gardens Africa
*Busch Entertainment Company

External links

* [ SeaWorld San Diego Home Page]
* [ Shamu Official Website]
* [ Journey To Atlantis Website]
* [ Haunted Lighthouse Website]
* [ Busch Entertainment Company Home Page]
* [ Sea World San Diego Photos]

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