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SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterJunkie » Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:20 am

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Alabama Adventure, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!



February 8th, 2006 - Sea World founder dies - SEE BELOW!
November 30th, 2006 - Killer Whale attacks trainer

June 3rd, 2008 - Rumors of a new coaster

August 6th, 2009 - "Blue Horizons": A new dolphin show to open Labor Day 2010

November 8th, 2010 - New Sea Turtle attraction announced

January 29th, 2011 - Manta (Mack launched family coaster) announced for 2012
November 5th, 2011 - Manta construction photos
December 9th, 2011 - Vertical construction of the station

January 20th, 2012 - SeaWorld San Diego gives Manta updates in new videos
February 3rd, 2012 - SeaWorld San Diego adds electric car charging stations
February 11th, 2012 - Brian Morrow shares a few new details about Manta
March 5th, 2012 - Manta track work is completed
March 23rd, 2012 - Manta hard hat tour
March 27th, 2012 - Official SeaWorld San Diego Manta photo update
April 23rd, 2012 - Manta begins testing
April 24th, 2012 - SeaWorld San Diego Skytower receives new logo
May 6th, 2012 - Video of Manta testing!
May 24th, 2012 - Manta Media Day coverage
May 30th, 2012 - Manta is officially open!
October 9th, 2012 - Entrance overhaul & park enhancements planned
October 11th, 2012 - 'Explorer's Reef' entrance overhaul confirmed!
October 19th, 2012 - SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment allergy-friendly dining initiatives announced
December 19th, 2012 - Sharon Aguillen named VP of Entertainment

February 12th, 2013 - Madagascar Live! Operation: Vacation show announced!
June 17th, 2013 - SeaWorld 50th Anniversary Sea of Surprises announced!
October 22nd, 2013 - Explorer's Reef Construction Tour video released!
November 10th, 2013 - AnimalVision 24/7 streaming cameras announced!

August 15th, 2014 - expanded killer whale habitat announced

February 16th, 2016 - SeaWorld San Diego announces 2017 plans
August 31st, 2016 - Construction begins on Ocean Explorer expansion!
December 21st, 2016 - Meeting to occur on January 7th, 2017 to discuss 2018 plans

January 3rd, 2017 - Electric Eel (Premier SkyRocket II) announced for 2018

March 30th, 2018 - Electric Eel coaster officially opening on 5/12/18!
April 17th, 2018 - Electric Eel coaster opening moved up to 5/10/18!
October 10th, 2018 - Tidal Twister - Skyline Attractions Skywarp

January 7th, 2019 - Mako, floorless dive coaster announced for 2020!
October 21st, 2019 - Aquatica San Diego to become Sesame Place San Diego!

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Saw this while article this morning...

Wet 'n Wild, SeaWorld founder dies
George Millay, founder of SeaWorld, the Wet 'n Wild water parks and Magic Mountain, died Feb. 7 while at home with his family in San Diego.

Millay was 76, according to Tim O'Brien, author of a book on his life titled "The Wavemaker," who says Millay died from an infection he incurred while undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer. Millay had battled several forms of cancer for years.

Born in San Diego on July 4, 1929, Millay opened a successful seafood restaurant in Long Beach, Calif. Unsatisfied with the challenge, he created the concept for SeaWorld, which opened in San Diego in 1964. It took several years for the concept to catch on, but it eventually grew into a chain of several amusement parks, including the one in Orlando.

Following a corporate upheaval, Millay left SeaWorld to create the original flagship Wet 'n Wild park in Orlando in 1977.

In O'Brien's book, he call Millay "a man who turned water into gold -- a modern-day Poseidon with the creativity, stamina and smarts to conceive recreational opportunities centered on the sea and oceans."

The World Waterpark Association recently recognized Millay with a Lifetime Achievement Award and cited him as the "Father of the Water Park Industry."

Millay is survived by his wife, three grown sons and a grown daughter. Funeral services are set for Feb. 10 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in San Diego.

Kinda interesting. RIP
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Postby JT3000 » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:04 am

I remember reading an article on this guy once. He actually lost one of his eyes due to cancer and went around wearing an eye patch. RIP

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Postby ECZenith » Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:29 am

Sad news, indeed, but Mr. O'Brien's words were very appropriate.
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Trainer 'attacked' at Seaworld Adventure Park, San Diego

Postby adz823 » Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:32 am

Just seen this on the SkyNews website:,, ... 06,00.html

Anyone else heard about this?

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Postby AndrewCT » Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:45 am

Yeah, I heard about that one too. I'm glad to hear the trainer is okay though. Sometimes people don't understand that the whales have a tendency to play around, and sometimes don't realize what they are doing is harmful.

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Postby SharkTums » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:45 am

Just saw the full story on the news this morning. I'm glad Sea World is playing it down and explaining that they are wild animals and this stuff does happen. Luckily the trainer only has a broken foot. They also mentioned that this was the second 'incident' in a month.

Heck, if I was a whale trapped at Sea World San Diego I'd be fighting to! Bring me to Orlando!!!

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Postby mike robinson » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:52 am

Maybe they just need some "Orca Tums" to settle them down.

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Postby snuggles » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:58 am

They mean an ACEr became hostile?

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Postby JimmyBo » Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:34 am

Here's a video on a news report on it.


I don't care what people say, these trainers have huge balls to get into a tank with a big fat whale that has the name "Killer" in it

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Postby kidcoaster » Thu Nov 30, 2006 2:43 pm

They don't call them killer whales for nothing.
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