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Published on July 31st, 2017 | by gareth


SeaWorld: San Diego Announces September/October And Halloween Events

I covered the opening of their new area as well as their new Orca show and enjoyed it. The new show really shows how they behave in the wild and how many of their routines are adapted from their pack behavior.


HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR UNDER WAY AT SEAWORLD: SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, San Diego’s premier family-fun, not-too-spooky, ocean-inspired Halloween festival, surfaces every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. The fun-fishy Halloween activities include free candy at 12 ocean-themed trick-or-treat stations, along with an undersea pumpkin patch with wacky, roaming costume characters that pose for photos with guests. New this year is the bubble gum-themed walk-around personality, Bubble Poparazzi, who helps guests “pop” with his superb selfie skills. Plus, the popular Halloween-themed silly spooky shows Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash and Sesame Street’s Who Said Boo?! have returned to enchant guests. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

KIDS FREE AT SAN DIEGO’S MARQUEE MARINE PARK: SeaWorld guests can take advantage of the park’s astounding Kids FREE offer in October. This fantastic experience includes a free child admission to SeaWorld with one full-paid adult admission in October. The same offer is valid at Dine With Orcas and Breakfast With Orcas exclusive poolside dining experiences. Additionally, one kid age 10 to 12 and at least 4 feet tall may participant in SeaWorld’s Dolphin Interaction Program or Beluga Interaction Program for free with one full-paid adult. Purchase and visitation must take place in October. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

SAVE BIG TIME WITH SEAWORLD’S SOCAL ANNUAL PASS: SeaWorld San Diego has thrown its old admission ticket price paradigm out the window. The marine park has removed one of the number one barriers to visiting theme parks for Southern California residents and tourists with an all-new SOCAL Annual Pass. For just $99.99, this pass is only $10 more than the cost of a single-day admission. The pass’ value extends beyond its price, with 12 months of unlimited admission, free parking, two free guest tickets valid for select dates and discounts on in-park purchases. That is more than $400 in annual value. The annual pass can now be purchased for less than $100 and there are no blackout dates. SeaWorld is also offering the annual pass on easy payments of less than $9 a month through the park’s EZPay program with no down payment. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com

‘SEA RESCUE’ PREMIERES FOR SEVENTH SEASON: The Emmy-award winning “Sea Rescue” television series returns to showcase the heartwarming and heart wrenching stories of marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and recovery, Saturday, Oct. 7 on ABC. “Sea Rescue’s” seventh-season premiere features a sea lion rescued in San Diego with the help of a SeaWorld Kid Blogger, and a leatherback rescued on the Gulf Islands National Seashore by National Parks staff and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  “Sea Rescue” airs nationwide on ABC stations. Check your local listings for channels and times.


VIEW ORCAS IN 360 UNDERWATER: The all-new DeepSeeVR: Orca 360 takes park guests on an underwater dive to virtually swim with killer whales at SeaWorld. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) is often used to tell these stories, but with DeepSeeVR: Orca 360, it’s our unique point of difference to be able to bring guests this close to real animals. This seven-and-a-half minute film uses newly-developed cutting-edge VR technology and stereoscopic 360-degree video to give guests the sensation of “being there” by creating unexpected moments of awe and wonder. Park patrons may also continue to be inspired by killer whales during the live Orca Encounter presentations daily. They may also enjoy incredible views of the park’s orcas as they swim, play and socialize at the Underwater Viewing window at the Orca Encounter facility. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

SEAWORLD STILL AGLOW WITH ELECTRIC OCEAN: SeaWorld’s new nighttime spectacular—Electric OceanTM—continues to transform the park’s landscape into a sea of glowing color and energy when the sun goes down nightly through Aug. 13, and weekends Aug. 19 through Sept. 4. During Electric Ocean’s Cirque Electrique, daring aerial performers decked in advanced LED suits mesmerize audiences, aerialists and acrobats bounce and fly in and over Mission Bay in a nighttime reincarnation of the popular daytime show, Cirque de la Mer. The must-see Cirque Electrique goes dark after Aug. 21. The all-new IllumiNight show submerges SeaWorld guests below the ocean’s surface to an electrified ocean floor with a radiant exhibition of sights and sounds that features overhead laser lights, live musicians and larger-than-life animal puppets that soar above guests. Other Electric Ocean festivities include projection mapping; a display of real bioluminescent organisms and microscopic algae that glow just like they do in the ocean; and a signature dance area that keeps the night grooving with colorful lights and a live DJ. Guests are encouraged to share photos of what’s “glowing on” at SeaWorld, using #SeaItGlow. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (619) 222-4SEA.


BEAT THE HEAT AT SEAWORLD: As temperatures and humidity soar in Southern California, SeaWorld® San Diego is the place to cool off and have fun. Guests can sit in the soak zone section at many of the park’s spectacular attractions. They can also take a dip in chilly salt water with playful dolphins or beluga whales also known as sea canaries. SeaWorld’s animal interaction programs allow guests to enter the water with these beautiful animals for an additional fee. Learn about cold weather penguins that live in the 25-degree, snow-filled Penguin Encounter® while on a Penguins Up-Close Tour. Of course there’s always the real wet river-raft expedition enjoyed on Shipwreck Rapids® and Journey to Atlantis® water coaster for thrills that will chill! For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com or call (619) 222-4SEA.


GEARING UP FOR HALLOWEEN: SeaWorld is on the prowl preparing to kick off its family-fun, not-too-scary Halloween Spooktacular event as this summer season winds down. The marine park is already working behind the scenes to transform into a Halloween delight this fall. Energetic improvisational character actors and interactive performers are set to begin rehearsals Aug. 21. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular kicks off Saturday, Sept. 23 and continues the next day along with every weekend in October. For more information visit: www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.



Happening now at SeaWorld San Diego:

All summer long, SeaWorld lights up with Electric Ocean™, a brand new summer nighttime extravaganza that transforms the park into an underwater world of colorful luminescence. Electric Ocean immerses guests in a glowing sea of wonder with special nighttime shows including IlliumiNight, a dance party called Club Current and much more. Electric Ocean continues through Sept. 4. Next up, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is a not-too-spooky celebration for all ages, but especially kids 12 and under, who can trick or treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere, mingle with fun Halloween characters, and check out the park’s Halloween show, Clyde & Seamore’s Big Halloween Bash. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 23-Oct. 29.


SeaWorld park description:

Spread across 190 acres on beautiful Mission Bay Park, SeaWorld is known for spectacular animal shows, interactive attractions, aquariums, rides and education programs for all ages:

Animal attractions include Ocean Explorer™, a 3-acre realm with aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure; Orca Encounter™ , a live documentary-style presentation with a new Pacific Northwest-themed backdrop at SeaWorld’s main orca pool, reflecting the natural world of killer whales; Explorer’s Reef™ featuring interactions with shark pups, ray, and cleaner fish; Turtle Reef,  280,000-gallon turtle aquarium, interactive game, touch-screen turtle map and ride; Shark Encounter® with nearly a dozen species of sharks; Penguin Encounter® with more than 350 penguins representing six species; and Wild Arctic with beluga whales, walruses and seals.

Shows include Sea Lions LIVE, a hilarious sketch-based comedy show starring California sea lions Clyde® and Seamore®; and Dolphin Days, featuring bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales.


  • Rides include Manta®, a multi-media, double-launch coaster; Journey to Atlantis®, a wet and wild water coaster; and Shipwreck Rapids® water raft ride.


Hours, location and information:

Interstate 5, exit SeaWorld Drive. (619) 222-4SEA; Park hours vary by season; check website: SeaWorldSanDiego.com


Admission for ages 10 and older is $94.99; for ages 3–9, $88.99; children under 3, free.


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Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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