Monday, June 24, 2024

SeaWorld Celebrates 60 Years With New Rides And Attractions

SeaWorld’s 60th anniversary is in full swing, offering more than ever for guests to explore and enjoy this summer. Highlights include the much-anticipated return of Shamu and Crew, who guests can join for breakfast or interact with during the all-new parade. Exciting new rides and attractions have also been introduced, such as the world’s first launched flume coaster, “Catapult Falls,” now open at SeaWorld San Antonio. Additionally, SeaWorld Orlando is unveiling the immersive Antarctica Realm and Penguin Trek, its eighth roller coaster, while SeaWorld San Diego plans to open “Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience,” an innovative, first-of-its-kind aquarium experience, later this summer.

SeaWorld Celebrates 60 Years With New Rides And Attractions
Photo Courtesy of Sea World

Across the parks, guests can enjoy new live shows, animal presentations, fireworks displays, special 60th Anniversary events, food and beverage options, and collectible merchandise.

This summer at SeaWorld promises to be unlike any other. For six decades, SeaWorld has thrilled and inspired guests with up-close animal encounters, festive events, entertainment, and unique thrills. In celebration of SeaWorld’s 60th anniversary, there are even more exciting ways to experience all the parks have to offer, including:

  • NEW Shows: Guests can catch exhilarating all-new live stunt shows, like Xceleration featuring hip hop music, BMX, roller skating and skateboarding at SeaWorld Orlando, Hydro Power Xtreme FX ski show at SeaWorld San Antonio, BMX Blast! Powered by BODYARMOR and the new Pirates Ahoy! The Battle for Mermaid Cove at SeaWorld San Diego. Plus, don’t miss the new live performance character show: Shamu and Crew – Together Again at SeaWorld San Diego and the new cirque-style show, Splash! A Sandsational Cirque Celebration at SeaWorld San Antonio.
  • NEW “So Much More to Sea” 60th Anniversary Parade Featuring Shamu and Crew: Guests of all ages will enjoy a special all-new interactive parade, featuring fan-favorite Shamu and Crew dancing through the park on new floats with new music, costumes and choreography and a finale full of bubbles.
  • NEW Shamu and Crew Better Together Breakfast: This summer, guests can start their day off hanging out with Shamu and his Crew while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Reservations are required and capacity is limited!
  • NEW Sea Lion Presentation: Starting on June 7, Flippers, Facts and Fun: The Sea Lion Experience will have guests laughing and learning lots of fun facts about sea lions.
  • NEW + Returning Fireworks – As the sun sets, the night sky at SeaWorld comes alive! SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld San Antonio guests will be treated to a dazzling and colorful display choreographed to special 60thAnniversary celebration music. Plus, the Ignite fireworks show returns to SeaWorld Orlando, featuring an incredible display of fireworks, music, lights and pyrotechnics that brings the brilliance of the sea to the sky above.
  • NEW Limited-edition 60th Anniversary Food & Beverage, Merchandise and Collectibles: Guests can commemorate SeaWorld’s milestone 60th Anniversary with special exclusive food and beverage offerings, collectables and memorabilia throughout the year, including special anniversary edition pins, vintage product replicas, a new souvenir popcorn bucket, new souvenir sipper, collectible bubble wands and swords to interact with the parade, special 60th anniversary beer on draft, and snacks and sips like Orca-shaped pretzels and Seaberry Splash Dippin’ Dots.

“This summer during our 60th Anniversary celebration we’re excited to introduce an exciting line up of new shows, thrills, attractions and exciting ways for our guests to explore and enjoy our parks,” said Marc Swanson, Chief Executive Officer at United Parks & Resorts. “SeaWorld is a destination like no other, combining enriching, animal care experiences, exhilarating rides and all-around fun for everyone.”

Our favorite thing to do at SeaWorld is ride the roller coasters. The Mako in Orlando is one that we can ride over and over every time we visit the park.

SeaWorld Celebrates 60 Years With New Rides And Attractions
Photo Courtesy of SeaWorld

Summer Concerts

This summer, the stage will heat up with live concerts that will have guests singing and swaying to the music. At SeaWorld San Diego, the 2024 Summer Concert Series sponsored by Coca-Cola features an impressive lineup of chart-topping performers, including Jesse McCartney and Ginuwine. Meanwhile, at SeaWorld Orlando, award-winning musicians will have guests dancing out of their seats during Viva La Música in June, followed by live bands rocking the stage during Bands, Brew & BBQ in July and August.

All concerts are included with park admission, and guests can secure a great seat by purchasing VIP experiences and reserved seating in advance on the park’s website.

Best Way to Celebrate 60
The best way to take in the 60th Anniversary Celebrations and everything happening at SeaWorld parks this year is with an Annual Pass. With 12 months of unlimited visits and exclusive benefits such as free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more, Annual Passholders enjoy a truly immersive experience. Up to 50% off on tickets and passes, including other limited-time Memorial Day deals, are available at SeaWorld OrlandoSeaWorld San Antonio and SeaWorld San Diego. Join in celebrating SeaWorld’s 60th Anniversary and explore “So Much More to Sea” this summer!

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