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SeaWorld San Diego to Redefine Main Entrance With Animal Experiences

San Diego, CA, USA (October 10, 2012) — SeaWorld California is planning to completely transform its front gate and redefine its arrival experience. Called “Explorer’s Reef,” guests will enter the park under a giant wave sculpture and then have their first animal interactions just inside the main gate where they will meet sharks, rays, horseshoe crabs and other sea creatures in new touch pools. SeaWorld San Diego is also planning to make it easier to get tickets and make reservation for all the unique things to see and do in the park like Dine With Shamu, animal interactions, and behind-the-scene tours. Renovation starts in December and will be completed in March 2014. A temporary gate will be set up so as to not disrupt park entrance during construction.

Paperwork filed with the California Coastal Commission, which must approve the new construction, states:

“The proposed project is to renovate the existing guest entrance area to SeaWorld. Development consists of constructing a new ticket booth building of approximately 1,900 square feet (which is an approximately 250 square foot increase from the existing structure), replacing existing turnstiles with a new structure 17-22 feet in height, installing five new touch pools with life support area, constructing a 1,000 square foot building to house aquarium functions and an approximately 285 square foot culinary facility, and renovating merchandise areas to be compatible with the new aesthetic look of the entrance. The project site is within the SeaWorld leasehold, near the center of the property and north of the public parking lots. The proposed project site is already used as an existing guest entrance area.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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