SeaWorld Celebrates 50th Anniversary With a Sea of Surprises

SeaWorld_50th_Celebration_Logo_480It’s hard to believe but the original SeaWorld® park opened its gates for the first time in March 1964 on Mission Bay in San Diego.  For nearly five decades, SeaWorld has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides and up-close encounters with marine animals.

To Celebrate their 50th Anniversary SeaWorld  will feature a Sea of Surprises™ starting March 21, 2014. SeaWorld parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio will share the excitement throughout an 18-month celebration that highlights some of the most memorable SeaWorld experiences. During SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration visitors will be invited to take part in the celebration through new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day.

SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration Sea of Surprises™ Highlights

  • Just a few weeks ago, SeaWorld Orlando opened Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™, an all-new realm that combines 30-degree temperatures, upclose encounters with more than 250 penguins and an all-family adventure ride to create the coldest theme park attraction in Orlando and a thrilling, chilling experience of a lifetime.
    As part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, there will be more surprise encounters with animal ambassadors throughout the day. A pair of Magellanic penguins, a lemur, or even a parade of flamingos could surprise guests at any moment at all three SeaWorld locations.
  • What’s a celebration without surprises? The SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” will roam the SeaWorld parks giving away prizes and special gifts. Guests could receive exclusive access to rides or behind-the-scenes experiences, celebration t-shirts or Shamu-themed merchandise, reserved show seating and more.
  • SeaWorld is known for amazing animal shows and each park will have something new for the 50th celebration. Even park pathways will come to life with spontaneous entertainment at unexpected moments, including performers with sea-inspired costumes and props, a bubble brigade and splash mob.
  • To underscore SeaWorld’s commitment to the environment and passion for protecting the ocean, a series of giant sea life sculptures will be displayed throughout the parks. SeaWorld commissioned environmental art group Washed Ashore for the large-scale art created from ocean debris. The works serve as a reminder that our animal friends need healthy environments.
  • As part of its continuing commitment to new technology that enhances the guest experience, SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration will include new ways for fans to connect to the parks and each other though digital devices. The parks will be launching a variety of enhancements, from interactive apps that provide fun new ways to experience the park to new games and video content.

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  1. When my kids were younger we took them to the Sea World here in our state which is 2 1/2 hours away. It was a lot of fun. The next day we took them to Six Flags. Unfortunately Six Flags is no longer around here but I’d love to visit Sea World again!

  2. This one place I’ve always wanted to visit with my children, hopefully soon.

  3. I would love to take my kids here some day!

  4. I have been to the Sea World in San Diego quite a few times and it is a wonderful family experience. Some day I will make it to the one in Orlando. Thanks for the info.

  5. I will be visiting on Saturday! Can’t wait to see all the new attractions.

  6. we don’t have sea world here but we have a version which is ocean park Iove such place as kids gets to explore marine life comfortably

  7. Hace mucho no voy a SeaWorld! Tendré que ir pronto!

  8. yo nunca he ido a sea world y esta en mi lista de sitios por visitar

    • Kristina L on 19 June, 2013 at 4:38 pm
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    We went to San Antonio Sea World last year and my boys have a blast! I will have to plan another trip to see all the wonderful new things they will have.. Sounds super fun.. I cant wait!

  9. I went to Seaworld as a child and it’s one of my greatest memories!

  10. Precisamente que estamos pensando en Sea World para las vacaciones de las nenas, me viene excelente esta información, muchas gracias

  11. I love Sea World! Cuándo vivíamos en Florida lo visitábamos a menudo. Ya me dieron ganas de ir nuevamente.

  12. haven’t been to SeaWorld!!! I want to go, but I often feel so guilty when I’m at my local aquarium..that I can’t imagine the guilt I will feel if I go to Sea World….But, we are so tempted

  13. I remember there use to be a Sea World in Ohio but it was closed, I miss seeing the animals.

  14. Me encanta tengo que ir! Muchas gracias por las sugerencias!

  15. I haven’t been to SeaWorld but it’s on our list. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Me encanta Sea World.. En Texas teníamos el pase anual… era super divertido.

  17. Looking forward to visit that place!

  18. we took our kids 2 years ago and they loved it!

  19. I will always remember my very first visit to Sea World. When you get t see up close sea creatures like the ones at Sea World you understand how magnificent their world is.

  20. I have visited Sea World in San Diego, and I can´t wait to take my kids to Florida now!

  21. Everyone must visit Sea World! We went recently and had a blast! We spent the entire day at the park. There were so many shows to see and we wanted to see them all! We saw the Antarctica exhibit and it was amazing! I couldn’t believe how close you could get to the penguins. The Blue Horizons show is also a MUST see! Here’s our link to read more about our experience –

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