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Getting wet with Shamu at SeaWorld! F-U-N!

I have personally enjoyed SeaWorld for the past 20 years – and my favourite has always been the Shamu Show. I enjoy going up the bleachers, sometimes daring to be close to the water tank so that Shamu can get me WET! If you decide on the latter, they do sell little plastic parkas or raincoats to protect your clothes… otherwise, I hope you have an extra shirt!
The first thing I do when I enter the park is to get a brochure and see the times for the shows so that you can see the most out of your stay. There are polar bears to be seen, A Journey to Atlantis roller coaster, and even Sesame Street has recently joined in on the Sea World fun (Lights, Camera, Imagination show for a spectacular 4-D show)!
The single park admission fee already includes all shows, exhibits and rides except for the Skyride and Skytower. You also have to pay for parking your car (from $12 for cars to $17 for RV’s and campers). For the $65 adult (more than 10 years old) admission fee, you might find coupons on-line, in magazines, San Diego pamphlets and even soda cans sometimes. Sometimes, if you work for big companies, they have coupons ready for you (hospital Human Resources offices).

But now matter how you get to SeaWorld, you’ll always have fun!

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Mar 15, 2009


Visiting off season you may find the rides closed, but the lines for the shows are much shorter and you don't have to fight your way through the crowds. If you want to see all the attractions go during peak time. If you want to see the animals and shows it is more enjoyable off season. Seaworld is an incredible place. The Shamu show brings the most crowds and is "the show" to see. If you want to get wet sit in the Soak Zone-the first 16 rows. We sat in row 14 and didn't get wet at all, but the people below us were soaked. If it were warmer when we went I would have sat closer to the front, just be careful of any camera equipment because you will not just be wet, but as the sign states SOAKED. The shows are incredible to watch, you can really see that these amazing animals have a close relationship with their trainers. The Dolphin show is another great show to watch. We sat in the soak zone for this show as well, since we didn't get wet at the Killer Whale show we figured no big deal, but we were wrong we were drenched during the dolphin show. Off season they will take photos of you with the dolphins on select shows. While SeaWorld is famous for the killer whales, they are also home to Beluga Whales, dolphins, penguins, polar bears, flamingos, puffins,seals, sharks and the Clydesdale horses. Seaworld is an awesome family attraction and a wonderful way to spend the day. It is a great place to visit even without kids.

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Nov 11, 2008

Sea World! Shamu!

A Theme Park but more of the water activity than Disneyland. SeaWorld is a theme park that has everything from shark encounters and orca shows to an aerial tram on the bay and a gently rotating sky tower that lifts you high above the ground. It's full of things that will fascinate and thrill kids, including feeding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, riding roller coasters, and seeing penguins up close. SeaWorld's main attraction is its Orcas, several of which are housed in 7-million-gallon habitats that are each known as Shamu Stadium (Shamu original died in 1990's). Shamu was the name of the first Orca brought to SeaWorld San Diego in the 1960s. 'Shamu' is now used as a stage name for adult Orcas in performances at SeaWorld parks. The Orcas all have real names. SeaWorld parks also feature a variety of thrill rides, including roller coasters and lazy river rides.

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Sep 30, 2008

Sea World San Diego

Sea World San Diego is a theme park plus aquarium. It has different roller coaster rides that can be enjoyed by both the young and the not-so-young. The aquarium shows to the people the different sea creatures from sharks to penguins to stingrays to walruses to other different fishes.

A whole day is worth to be spent on the Sea World San Diego because of the many things to be enjoyed. On of its main attractions is Shamu, the Whale. Shamu is the star whale of San Diego. He is trained to perform to the audience, doing flips, jumps, and getting out of the water. One of the main things people look forward to is Shamu's splash. He splashes water to the audience to the point that those seated in the first few rows get soaked! Better bring extra clothes with you when you visit Sea World. ha! ha! ha!

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Aug 10, 2008
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A lot of great shows

Ok, I can understand that you can learn a dolphin or a killer whale a few tricks, but that you can create a spectacular coreographed show and make "fish" dance syncronized with each other and music at the same time is just unbelivable. Ohh... they also do comedy! You just have to see it for yourself... Don't miss it!

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Apr 02, 2008

Fishing not allowed!

Sea World is fun! It's great to go and to turn off the outside world and to just enjoy. Besides watching a bunch of fish, there are tons of things to do: shows, feedings, rides, shops, food, games, haunted house,... The best - well one can't say - everybody likes something different. The big attraction of course is Shamu and the killer whales. That show is quite spectacular. My personal favoite was "Pets rule", a show featuring regular household animals (dogs, cats, birds, pigs). Oh, and the penguins are just "cool".

For our next visit we plan to participate in one of the interactive programs ("Dolphin Interactive Program", "Trainer for a day", "Wild Arctic Encounter" etc.). Yeah, a little pricey at about $ 150.-- per person, but it might be worth it.

A word for the wise: You WILL get wet if you sit in the front during the shows. You WILL get wet on the big water-ride. And you WILL pay big bucks for a bottle of water, a pretzel, a post-card, or anything else you buy there. And if you bring children, you WILL buy something!

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Nov 05, 2007

Sea World

Sea World, like the Zoo, is the biggest and best attraction of its type that I've seen. It is easily enough for an entire day.

You can take in one of the numerous shows, with marine mammals ranging from sea lions to sea otters to dolphins to the famed orcas (like Shamu). Ride one of the many rides (the best view is from the Skytower). Visit the indoor aquariums--especially the Arctic world. Have lunch in one of the cafes. It's a lot more than just an aquarium.

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Oct 15, 2007

Shamu and his friends

Plan your visits on weekdays, when fewer guests are in the park. (Saturdays and Sundays in July and August are the busiest days of the year).

Arrive early…or late. The park opens at 9 a.m. all summer and stays open until 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. Or, arrive later in the afternoon and catch all the nighttime shows and fireworks.

Restaurants are busiest just after nearby shows end and between noon and 3 p.m.

Use the Skytower as a reference point for finding your way around. It’s also a great place to meet up in case your group gets separated.

Ride lines are shortest in the morning and the late evening.

If you are going to sit in "soak zone" go early in the day to dry off before the ocean breeze sets in or bring a large trash bag to put over yourself.

Large hard or soft coolers, glass containers, food, drinks and picnic lunches may not be taken into the park.


$57 for guests age 10+.
$47 for guests ages 3 through 9.
Free for guests 2 years old and younger.

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Sep 19, 2007

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Sea World

Having been to Sea World in our hometown of Gold Coast (Australia) many times, I was curious to see how different it would be. I would have to say that we enjoyed it a lot more. Mainly because of all the different sea animals exhibits there were…killer whales, manatees, walruses, white beluga whales, polar bears. We found the shows to be very good also. I have read some negative reviews about the Shamu show, but I really enjoyed it. Probably because I had never seen a Killer Whale before, they are just magnificent! The highlight of the day would have to have been the buffet lunch we had on Shamu's poolside patio. Awesome food, and while you eat you watch them feed the killer whales only metres away from your table. We had to pay extra for this but it is well worth it. All in all we found Sea World to be a great day out and a very easy park to get around in one day.

If you also intend on visiting theme parks in LA as we did, you should definitely buy the Southern California City Pass. It entitles you to a 3-Day Disneyland ticket, and 1-day tickets to Universal Studios, SeaWorld and a choice of SD Zoo or SD Zoo's Wild Animal Park. You can purchase this from any of the parks. It's a great saving!

Sep 09, 2007


Avois going on weekends, too many visitors!!! Food is far to expensive and awful!
Shamu show (be there at least 30 minutes before the show starts and if you don't want to get soaked avoid the 15 first rows)
Seamore, sea lion show
Dolphin show

Don't forget the sunscreen!!!!!
Adult single day: 57$

Peggy-Puggy's Profile Photo
Aug 18, 2007

2007 Update

Okay...I have need going to Sea World since the 70s, but hadn't been there for about 5 years. We went on a Wednesday in July (great idea to go M-W) and got there as the gates opened at 9am (another great idea).

I bought a discount code on e-bay (search sea world discounts) for 99 cents and ended up saving 20% on all my tickets!!! ( I saved over $50 bucks) I even got two day tickets with the discount price. I highly recommend this to everyone because deep Sea World discounts are not readily available on-line.

The park was wide open all morning. I rode Atlantis (okay...not that thrilling) and all the other rides without waiting at all. We then started to see all the shows.

The kids liked the Sea Lion show best, followed by the Pets, then Shamu, Cirque and the dolphins. Shamu was like a feel-good, get with nature "show". It wasn't even really a show. He splashed everyone and that was about it. Too much video wall and not enough show.

We almost closed the park (11 was too late for us) and be gets chilly at night! If you plan to stay, bring layers or a jacket.

We all enjoyed the day but a warning...we passed by Saturday and saw miles of cars at 1pm still trying to get in. I would never go on a weekend in the summer! The wait times for rides had to be over an hour.....

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Jul 15, 2007

Sea World

If you're going to San Diego and have a day to spare, Sea World is a good destination. Plan ahead (15-20 minutes) for the shows earlier in the day. The sea lion show and the dolphin show are very entertaining. We didn't think the Shamu show "Believe" was all that special - it was really overdramatic which took away from the cool things the whales did. For all of the shows (and especially Shamu), sit on an aisle by an exit so you don't get caught up in the crowds leaving the show.

For those of legal age (and possibly without kids), make a reservation at the Brewmaster's Club for "food pairing" event - i.e. free samples of Bud & Michelob beers with cheese and fruit. It's free, but the reservations we're tough to get into later in the day.

Since you're going to go, research discount offers to get in cheaper. We found a good discount by being a member of Southwest's frequent flyer club.

We spent longer than expected at Sea World but had a great time

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May 31, 2007

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Getting to SeaWorld


500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego, CA 92109


  • Sunday 10:00 to 05:00
  • Monday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 18:00