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.
Below some additional information from Sea World regarding the Orca experience in San Diego. We're still working on our recap of all of the Sea World announcements made on Monday, look for it early next week. - Gregg
SeaWorld Friends and Supporters,
On Monday, as part of a larger strategy to transform the guest experience in our park, we announced some exciting plans for SeaWorld San Diego.
While it was reported by some media outlets that we are phasing out our orca shows, we are sure you will be pleased to know that this is not the case! Instead we are evolving – as we have done many times over the years – based on feedback from guests.
Our new killer whale experience will:
We also continue to pursue legal action against the California Coastal Commission for its overreach on our Blue World project. The legal process takes time, though, so we will continue to move forward with the initiatives above and others to continuously improve our guests’ experience.
As always, thanks for your support. We look forward to seeing you at the Park soon!