We have a lengthy park update from SeaWorld San Diego today – developments on the new entrance, a brand new show for the summer, and we’ll take a look around at some developments around the park.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

NEW PARK ENTRANCE

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
The walls are still up on the right side of the entrance.
Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
Construction walls around some of the ticket booths

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
There are two ticket booths.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
Walls have popped up completely surrounding the lawn and blocking off a walkway to the entrance/exit.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

However, to keep guests from being completely devastated, they’ve put some interesting photos and text about the history of the park. Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the park.

Here are some of the many photos that tell the history of the park. Take a gander at those logos over the years. Which was your favorite?

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
1964: SeaWorld opens on March 21st on 21 acres on beautiful Mission Bay. Original attractions include dolphin and sea lion exhibits, Japanese Village, Salt Water Aquarium, Sea Grotto, Hawaiian Punch Village and Theater of the Sea, featuring Sea Maids underwater. Shamu arrives in 1965 and the SkyTower opens in 1969.

 

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
1970s: The park expands with the opening of the Shark Encounter. The dolphin lagoon shows are smash hits. Guest get first look at sea otter and walruses.
Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
1980s: With more than five million gallons of saltwater, Shamu Stadium opens. The Penguin Encounter has the first public display of emperor penguins in the Western Hemisphere. The City Streets variety show was a big hit.
Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
1990s: Wild Arctic debuts with polar bears, beluga whales, and walruses in Arctic –themed exhibits. Guests interact with dolphins after the opening of Rocky Point Preseve. The rescue, rehabilitation, and return of J.J. the gray whale captures the world’s attention.
Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
2000-today: Since the park opened, SeaWorld San Diego’s rescue program has given more than 6,500 ill, injured, and stranded animals a second chance at life. Guests get drenched on SeaWorld’s first water coaster, Journey to Atlantis. Turtle Reef, the world’s largest exhibit dedicated to sea turtles (cough cough), opens. Manta, SeaWorld’s new mega attraction, combines the thrill of a roller coaster with an interactive experience with bat rays. The Shamu show One Ocean, debuts, inspiring guests to care for the natural world we share.

 

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
Oh don’t worry, we’ll pardon your splash if you deliver on the new entry complex.
Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
Here is a view from the sky. As you can see they’ve already broken ground.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

We assume that this will be the temporary entrance – which is expected to open when the major work begins on the main entrance.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
A last look at the area.
Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
Here is a look at what is behind the walls surrounding the main lawn and one of the walkways.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Madagascar Live, A New Show for summer

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

SeaWorld announced recently that they will be opening a new show called “Madagascar LIVE! Operation: Vacation”. They posted on their Facebook page: “The 20-minute musical show follows the antics of Alex the Lion, Gloria the Hippo, King Julien, Mort and the Penguins during a vacation adventure. The show will feature rock/pop music performed by a live band and include both classic and original songs. The characters also will conduct meet and greets with park guests. Additionally, special co-branded merchandise exclusive to the parks, will be available.” No location has been announced as of yet.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

The most likely place we can think that this new attraction would go is the Mission Bay Theater (4D Theater). Speaking of which, all signs for Polar Express 4D and Sesame Street 4D have been removed from the facility.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
The place has been stripped.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Madagascar is a popular film franchise and should appeal to families and those who love animated films. Though, we’ve got to wonder why SeaWorld San Diego keeps getting the short end of the stick on new attractions compared to SeaWorld Orlando which is getting the amazing new Antarctica. Does a Madagascar live show motivate you? Will you make a visit to San Diego to see it? If not, what sort of attraction would you like to see at SeaWorld San Diego?

Status on Cirque Stadium 

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

You may be wondering why we didn’t mention Cirque Stadium as a possible location. While nothing has been confirmed or announced, there is – what seems to be like a legitimate casting website looking for acrobats and clowns for “Cirque De La Mer 2013”. You can check out the website here: http://www.world-ent.com/employment/

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

It seems like they couldn’t find a suitable show to bring to the stadium. It’s not a very easy place to put a show. The area is connected to Mission Bay and that brings a host of complications.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

After last year, we’re happy the show is coming back. But it would be nice to see things freshened up a little.  What are your thoughts.

A Look Around Fresh Water Aquarium & Garden of Discovery 

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Let’s look around the Fresh Water Aquarium and Garden of Discovery for the last time before they’re removed.

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The place has seen better days. But the fish still look wonderful.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
On my way out, I noticed this sign. I checked my watch and I was just in time, sooooo…

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

For about five minutes, none of the fish seemed to notice – or care – that there was anything there. All of sudden one fish takes a bite and…

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

…more fish join the party. But again, nothing like the movies. It wasn’t even a swarm. The majority of fish didn’t care.  They must be depressed about having to move.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

While it is good that they area is being refreshed we are not too thrilled about the whole thing being turned into a restaurant.  We shall see how this plays out.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Here is the Garden of Discovery. Let’s discover it, caption free.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

A little of this, and a little of that.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Manta – the ride, not the aquarium – was down for refurbishment.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

The lagoon was dried up. Maybe it can get repainted…

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Some tests were going on.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

Work was also being done on the back half of the ride, you know…the part where the lack of landscaping and theme makes you cry?

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
TURTLES!

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex

The SkyTower lagoon was being drained as well.

Seaworld, SeaWorld San Diego – Madagascar Live and New Entry Complex
Just a reminder: Aquatica is coming this summer. We are really REALLY excited to see how SeaWorld rethemes the old Knott’s Soak City .

 

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That’s it for this week’s update! How would you like to see the park celebrate its 50th anniversary. I look forward to reading your comments and if you have any questions or anything you want to see in the next update.

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Joseph Thomas
Joseph Thomas writes many of the In the Parks articles relating to Sea World and the surrounding San Diego attractions for MiceChat. He is an avid theme park and roller coaster enthusiast centered in Southern California.