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Postby robbalvey » Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:38 pm

SEAWORLD ANNOUNCES NEW OCEAN EXPLORER TO OPEN IN 2017

New attraction will create a realm for ocean discovery and exploration!

SAN DIEGO (Feb. 16, 2016) – SeaWorld® San Diego will unveil an extraordinary, new attraction in 2017 that will create an expedition of wonder across the seven seas. Ocean Explorer will combine multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure inspiring them to protect the wonders of our oceans.

“I’m extremely excited about Ocean Explorer and I know our guests, of all ages, are going to love this fun, interactive and educational new area of the park,” said John Reilly, SeaWorld San Diego’s park president. “The opportunity to see and learn about some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures, coupled with a mix of distinctive rides and activities, will give our visitors a meaningful experience only SeaWorld can create.”

As adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, guests will travel to Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals aboard submarines, the signature ride of the attraction. Embarking on these mini subs, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along their journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of the ocean ecosystem.

“This newest, fully immersive attraction at SeaWorld San Diego is the next chapter in creating experiences that can create both wonder and curiosity for the oceans,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s vice president of theme park experience design. “Park guests will trek through sea-base stations, make special connections with incredible animals and discover how they too can take action to protect the oceans.”
The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals.

“I can’t be more thrilled about Ocean Explorer,” said Mike Price, SeaWorld San Diego’s assistant curator of fishes. “We will give our visitors the chance to come eye-to-eye with amazing animals like giant octopuses, huge spider crabs and hundreds of colorful jellies – some of which have never been seen at the park before. We will also give everyone a variety of different vantage points to view the animals by taking them around and inside these underwater habitats.”

Guests will discover these newly created aquariums, known as research pods, throughout Ocean Explorer. Enriching educational displays, technologies and graphics will be key components of each pod.

Ocean Explorer will also feature an exhilarating wave swinger ride where guests will literally fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly. Three family-friendly rides will round out the fun of this immersive, new attraction.

“Our guests’ response to new attractions has always been tremendously positive,” said Reilly. “The scope of Ocean Explorer demonstrates our ongoing commitment to creating new and fresh attractions, exhibits and events that provide the exciting, educational and entertaining experiences SeaWorld is known for.”
Construction on Ocean Explorer will begin in summer 2016 on a 3-acre site where the Animal Connections exhibit and the Circle of Flags are currently located on the southeast side of the park. This multi-million dollar attraction is scheduled to open in late spring of 2017.
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Postby Jew » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:18 pm

Much better use of the Clydesdale barn! Good that they'll have a signature attraction at the front now too.
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Postby larrygator » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:31 pm

They sound like great additions completely aligned with parks mission statement
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Postby KBrylczyk » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:58 pm

Sounds cool and it's great that they're finally bringing something fresh into that side of the park, but I can't help but be reminded of The Living Seas.
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Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:39 pm

Looks like another great addition for the park. I hope this attraction is successful as I'm sure it will appear at other parks in the future.

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Postby DBJ » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:18 pm

That is a nice looking addition for the park. Adding the Wave Swinger and 3 flat rides for the kids will really round out that area quite nicely.

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Postby TM3988 » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:27 pm

I still want to see this park get a large coaster! But I don't think it will ever be in the cards.

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Postby KBrylczyk » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:03 am

^ Manta is a phenomenal coaster, better than most of the coasters at Magic Mountain, imho. It's not huge but it's a decent length and has plenty of punch packed in. I think the main culprit toward them getting anything big, height-wise, is San Diego height restrictions. It's kinda crazy as it states anything west of I-5 cannot exceed 30 feet in height unless voted upon by San Diego citizens.
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Postby Jew » Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:37 am

Coastal Commission is the real problem. Developing next to the ocean in California is a HUGE process. The hippie San Diego politician that hated Sea World is retired.
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:02 am

I like what they're doing with this dark ride--sounds like an interesting concept. I wonder if any "underwater" effects will be as cool as the 20,000 Leagues ride at DisneySea.
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