Last week we were invited out to SeaWorld San Diego to check out the all new Ocean Explorer as well as the new Orca Encounter.
Overall we really enjoyed the new area even though it's definitely for the younger set, which is totally fine considering next years addition is for us thrill seekers.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Ocean Explorer
Lots of fun kid-sized flat rides in the area
And of course the all new Submarine Quest
Lining up for our ride
Be sure to check out our POV of Submarine Quest
Hey little buddy
The other new addition for this summer is the all new Orca Encounter.
I have to be 100% honest, when I watched the preview video below that Al shot during the AP Previews I was concerned that it still contained too many "show" elements and it wasn't going to convince any of the SeaWorld detractors that they've gone far enough. I envisioned just a huge area where the Orca's would swim and the stadium was just there for you to go in and watch them throughout the day.
But after seeing Orca Enounter I can definitely see where SeaWorld is going with the new show and it's definitely different than their previous shows. I hope those who are against SeaWorld will take the time to actually watch the show prior to making up their minds.
Here are some pictures of the show, we had some video but because people are rude, it didn't turn out great. We'll try and get back this summer to hopefully get a better full video of the show.
We also took a ride on the awesome Bayside Skyride during our visit and were able to get a nice POV of that as well.
Thanks again to SeaWorld for having us out, make sure you get out to the park to check out the all new additions for this summer and of course all of the other amazing things in the park.
We are starting to get our first look at the remodeling of Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld San Diego as well as some very early construction photos of Electric Eel coming to the park in 2018.
A HUGE thanks to Joe (@goofyrunning) for sending us these shots.
Pictures taken January 24th, 2017
A look at the new stands that were added a few weeks ago (pictures below). This is the area where the Orca's would hang out backstage near the underwater viewing area. This is where you can come and watch them while the old stadium is being remodeled.
No "show" here obviously, but the trainers talk about the amazing animals.
Work going on in the stadium area
There are two "Presentations" per day.
Let's move on and take a quick look at the area for Electric Eel
An aerial view of the area. Going to be pretty close to the front of the park.
Pictures taken January 9th, 2017
They've begun the remodel of Shamu Stadium just a day after the last show
Coming 2017 - 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
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.
The jellies exhibit will consist of hundreds of colorful jellies displayed in oval and round kriesel aquariums. Water flowing along the edges of the aquarium walls will create a gentle current for the jellies to swim safely and freely. Giant Pacific and tropical octopuses will each live in habitats that will mimic their natural ocean environments. Japanese spider crabs, the world’s largest arthropod, will dwell in a large rocky reef-designed aquarium that guests can enjoy from multiple viewing locations including crawl tubes.
As adventurers on a global mission of scientific discovery, guests will travel to Ocean Explorer’s remarkable 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.
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.
Construction Begins 2016
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.