Sea World San Diego is one of three Sea World parks in North America.
This park features marine animals, several rides, shows and dining
Right now (March 2012) you can purchase a 7 day ticket for
the price of a one day ticket. The price
is $73.00 per adult and $65.00 per child through age 9. Like Disneyland,
Sea World considers a 10-year-old to be an adult.
There are several rides at Sea World and for those who have
been to Disneyland as many times as I have, I will let you know the similar
ride in Disneyland so you know what to expect before getting to Sea World San
Riptide Rescue - since
I have not been on it I can't tell you what it is like but it is a flying
attraction. Based on the name I am
guessing it is not a gentle flight but one full of adventure, similar to the
old fair staple the Spider.
Journey to Atlantis
is a boat ride and you may get wet. It
will tell the story of Atlantis. This
reminds me of Splash
rides. Since Atlantis is at the bottom
of the sea you have to go down sometime!
This is one of the three Quick Queue attractions.
is a water ride similar to Kali River Rapids or Grizzly River Run at Disney's
California Adventure. Your ride vehicle
is the same style. This is one of the
three Quick Queue attractions.
Wild Arctic Ride
is a simulator ride. Disneyland's
simulator ride is Star Tours. Universal
Studios has several. These rides tend to
cause motion sickness for some. They can
be quite jerky as well. This is one of
the three Quick Queue attractions.
Skytower is an attraction that will take you up high for some great views, and gently bring you back down to solid earth.
Bayside Sky Ride
is a six minute sky ride over the Bay.
People say it is fantastic during the sunset. I expect it is a beautiful ride no matter
when you go.
Manta is the
parks lone roller coaster.
Elmo's Flying Fish
is like Dumbo, Astro Orbitor and other similar flying rides. It is very gentle for the younger guests.
Abby's Sea Star Spin
is Sea World's version of the Tea Cups at Disneyland. There is even a wheel so you can spin it
Quick Queue, which is offered on just three rides is a front
of the line pass. This pass costs $24.95
each, or you can do the premium Quick Queue for $34.95 and it will include
preferred seating and/or entry into shows.
On a hot summer day the quick queue could be a lifesaver giving you
front of the line abilities on the two water rides.
Sea World San Diego also has several dining options,
including Dining with Shamu $39.00 each, breakfast with Shamu $26.00 each or
the Dine all Day Deal. This deal allows
you to eat at Shipwreck Reef Cafe, Calypso
Bay, Mama Stella's Pizza
and the Seaport Market. Each time
through the line you can order an entree, a side OR a dessert, and a non
alcoholic drink. It is an all you can
eat program so if you are starving you can go through the line twice and get
the same deal. The price for this is
$29.99 per adult and $14.99 per child aged 3 through 9. You will be given a wristband which must be
worn all day. You can not use this pass
at any of the carts or other restaurants, and can't use it to Dine with Shamu.
Sea World also has many animal encounters. You can get up close with the dolphins,
whales or penguins for example. Each of
these tours will cost you, depending on the tour. For example the penguin experience is a one
hour tour, and you do get to meet a penguin.
This tour is $42.00 per person.
The dolphin and whale experiences are more expensive than the penguin
Since Sea World is only an hour or so away from Disneyland,
this is an easy side trip you can make while visiting southern California. And like Disneyland,
this park isn't all about the rides.
While Disneyland is about the total
experience, Sea World is mostly known for the sea life shows. The dolphin and whale shows have full crowds
consistently and are worth seeing. So
enjoy your day(s) at Sea World California, and say hi to Shamu for me!
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