Helping Teachers, Students and Parents Virtually Explore the Wild World of Animals and Nature
March 31, 2020 – SeaWorld San Diego understands that you may need turnkey, engaging activities now more than ever. Our parks have developed standards-aligned resources available to help families virtually explore the wild world of animals and nature for grades K-12. Parents, students and teachers can explore hands-on, creative resources including Classroom Activities, Teacher’s Guides, Saving a Species Video Series, Animal Bytes and Animal Info Books.
SeaWorld’s distance learning resources can help everyone continue to explore, discover and stay connected in a fun and inspiring environment.
Materials can also be accessed by going directly to SeaWorld.org, or through our portal at SeaWorld San Diego Education.
Last week, Steve and Jennifer headed out to Busch Gardens Tampa to take in this years Food and Wine Festival.
Of course, that meant getting some awesome pics of Iron Gwazi construction. Who's ready to ride this beast? We sure are!! Take a look.
Written by Steve Burant
Last Friday we went to Busch Gardens for more Food & Wine fun, but really it was to take some well-lit photos of the current progress on Iron Gwazi's construction.
This ride is going to rape my face, and I'm going to love every second of it.
Still not crazy about the name, but the logo and sign look good.
Look at those coordinated twisties!
The station fly by where the two old Gwazi trains used to fly by each other.
Give me all the overbanks. All of them.
I mean technically we were here for this. What a sign!
Even the moon is like, "Hey there, looking good."
"HEY! What if the moon were made of Iron Gwazi, would you eat it??"
Mooooooon Gwaziiiiiii, shorterrrrrr than a mileeee............
Until I get a better lens, this is the best I can do with moon photos, so I'll take as many as I can during the day.
This is the barrel roll under the lift hill. One could expect a bevy of loose change to be under this element in the near future.
RMC's famous wrong-way banked airtime hill. This is the 2nd hill of the ride and will be sure to provide some fantastic hairtime.
Some ridiculous type of inversion formulated in the same secret lab as Covid-19.
This photo brought to you by PPE.
Steepest hybrid coaster in the world by a whopping 1 degree!
I wonder if the manufacturers who build these terrible wooden coasters are secretly proud that their monstrosities were the foundation of incredible creations by a better engineering firm.
That's enough of the 2nd hill for now. This element will rock my socks.
And the last look at the first hill that will surely be phenomenal.
This barrel roll will also be spectacular.
And whatever the hell this element is called will be scrumptralescent. (RIP James Lipton)
Today, (Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020) SeaWorld San Diego provided a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at some of the exciting features of the park’s new dive coaster, Emperor, and unveiled one of the ride cars for the first time.
Emperor is a floorless dive coaster and will, in fact, be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster on the West Coast, as well as the only floorless dive coaster. Named for the world’s largest penguin, Emperor will mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Fun fact: emperors can dive to a depth of 1,800 feet. Riders on the Emperor coaster will climb to 153 feet, where they will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.
The coaster will feature two floorless trains each holding 18 riders in three, six-person rows. The graphics on the nose plates of the coaster are purple/blue and yellow, an homage to the bright coloration of an emperor penguin. SeaWorld San Diego is the only place in the western hemisphere with an emperor colony and was the first zoological facility in the world to breed the species. While cueing up to ride Emperor, riders can learn important and inspiring conservation information about penguins in general, with a special focus on emperors.
This exciting new attraction will also highlight an important new animal-conservation partnership between SeaWorld and Penguins International, an organization dedicated to penguin conservation and research that will focus on penguin awareness and the conservation needs of this special aquatic bird. The partnership will include collaboration on educational elements that will be integrated into the attraction experience to educate guests on everything from penguin behavior and the effects of climate change on their habitats, to the work that SeaWorld and Penguins International are doing to help the species.
The partnership with SeaWorld will help advance Penguin International’s conservation programs. A portion of the proceeds from sales of penguin merchandise will also be donated to Penguins International to support their important conservation, education and research efforts.
Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, Emperor is next to Journey to Atlantis on the east side of the park.