Behind the Scenes with SeaWorld San Diego + Ticket Giveaway!


A few weeks ago, we had a great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at SeaWorld San Diego. It was a jammed packed day – Dolphin Days show, stayed after for a meet and greet with dolphins, animal encounters (I pet a penguin named Bruce), watched the new Orcas Encounter show, toured the Animal Health and Rescue Center and more! It was a full day of fun and we were spent, but if you are not ready to leave, they have a new Electric Ocean experience during summer nights that will keep the party going. More details below and be sure to enter for a chance to win four general admission tickets!

Animal Health and Rescue Center

On average SeaWorld San Diego rescues about 300-400 marine animals every year (sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and sea birds). Every visitor to the park helps support their efforts to medically rehabilitate the animals then return them back to their home in the wild. The program also helps resource managers with agencies better understand the health of the ocean ecosystem. To date, SeaWorld San Diego has rescued more than 17,000 animals and all of SeaWorld parks have rescued 30,000 animals in the last 50 years. All the items in the lower right-hand corner were found in the ocean or on rescued animals. Can you see the white box of fishhooks? In one case alone, they found fishhooks in one sea lion who adapted to consuming fish off fishing lines. The helium balloons were also found in the ocean. Sometimes the sea animals will consume them thinking they are jellyfish but they are harmful, because they can’t digest them. The children were really engaged.


The all new “Orca Encounter” show features killer whales in a documentary-style, educational format on a three-story, first-of-its-kind infinity screen. The stadium seats about 5,500 guests, and features a state-of-the-art 140 foot wide screen manufactured by Panasonic. The show seeks to inspires us to take action to protect wild animals and preserve their natural habitats. Set in a Pacific Northwest-theme, it took a highly specialized team made up of orca behaviorists, engineers, researchers and writers spent nearly a year to create this new show. SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Antonio will move to this new presentation by 2019.


  • Corky, female, estimated 53 years old, 20 feet, 8,500 pounds
  • Kasatka, female, matriarch, estimated 42 years old, 17 feet 5,400 pounds
  • Ulises, male, estimated 38 years old, 20 feet, 9,800 pounds
  • Orkid, female, 28 years old, 19 feet, 6,090 pounds
  • Keet, male, 24 years old, 20 feet, 8,200 pounds
  • Shouka, female, 24 years old, 17 feet, 5,060 pounds
  • Nakai, male, 15 years old, 18 feet, 6,500 pounds
  • Ikaika, male, 14 years old, 19 feet, 7,000 pounds
  • Kalia, female, 12 years old, 16 feet, 4,100 pounds
  • Makani, male, 4 years old, 13 feet, 2,600 pounds
  • Amaya, female, 2 years old, 11 feet, 1,455 pounds


5.8 million gallons (22 million liters) of salt water in entire area. 55°F (12.8°C) water temperature. Filtration: 27,000 gal/min (102,205 liters/min), Main pool—3 hours, Underwater viewing pool—2 hours (independent system).

SeaWorld’s Summer Nights – Electric Ocean

  • CLUB CURRENT – Family-friendly signature dance club of Electric Ocean which starts at 7pm to park close. DJ Moray spins the hits with re-imagined vibrant sea creatures: Octavia (octopuses), Pagliaccio (clown fishes), Ana Nemone (sea anemones), Cora del Fuego (coral reefs), Loggerhead: Inspired by Loggerhead sea turtles), and Manny (a ray).
  • LIVING GLOW: POWERED BY BIO POPInteractive exhibit. Partner: BioPop (Carlsbad, CA). Takeover of existing Aquaria Exhibit,Features bioluminescent microscopic algae called dinoflagellates. During the day, these single-celled organisms absorb light through photosynthesis, but at night, they let out a bioluminescent glow, Features hands-on-table top displays, Blue carpet: walk over floor mat displays
  • CIRQUE ELECTRIQUENighttime show at Bayside Amphitheater, 20 minute run time, Reimaging of popular daytime show, Cirque de la Mer and takes place at night only, Combines acrobatics, exciting music and electric costumes, Show will bring back popular jet blade performance with all new lighting elements
  • ILLUMINIGHT: Nighttime show at Nautilus Amphitheater, 20 minute run time. Features overhead lasers, Interactive RFID merchandise experience, Spectacular specialty acts, live musicians, and larger-than-life marine animal puppets
  • ATLANTIS IGNITE: Projection mapping over non-operational Journey to Atlantis ride. 3 minute run time, every 15 min, Projection mapping display takes over the iconic ride building, Ride will be non-operational at night to showcase new lighting elements
  • MANTA RECHARGED: Classic ride with a nighttime twist, Approximately 2 min run time, Will feature new music, colorful lighting and special effects in the launch tunnel, and Features specialty décor throughout exterior of ride
  • LASER REEF: Electric Ocean laser experience (semi-replacement of fireworks), 15 minute run time, Features overhead lasers atop 320 foot sky tower, Lasers point down at iconic Explorer’s Reef Wave, Display will be synchronized to music
  • SEA OF LIFE: Glimmering animals dazzle and mesmerize on this colorful pathway, Plays every five minutes starting at 8:00 p.m., Larger than lifeway pathway décor with synchronized music and lights
  • AFTERGLOW: Glimmering animals dazzle and mesmerize on this colorful pathway. Sponsered by Coca-Cola. Features Blue Sprite Nitro Float only at AfterGlow location, Relaxing location with ice-cold Coca-Cola beverages, Features mellow electronic music from the Coca-Cola Spotify playlist.

Seaworld San Diego

500 Sea World DrSan Diego, California(619)

One LET’S PLAY OC! reader will win 4 general admissions to SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO. Please enter below for a chance to win!

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112 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes with SeaWorld San Diego + Ticket Giveaway!

  1. We haven’t been to SeaWorld in almost a decade. I would love to take my kids who haven’t seen what Shamu is all about!

  2. I want to win because I want my daughters to have the amazing experience at sea world. I have never been to sea world. It would be amazing to go to sea world for the first time with my family. From reading your blog post about all the Orcas’s name and size to learning about the electric ocean; Sea World sounds amazing! I want my daughters to have amazing memories.

  3. We have been seeing all the Sea World commercials lately. Would love to go enjoy all the new and old attractions.

  4. we are back in school for the new school year already (year-round school)! Sea World would be a nice "Summer vacation" surprise visit for my girls!

  5. We moved back to the West Coast recently and haven’t visited Sea World San Diego in over 20 years. Would be fun to go again!

  6. I would like to take my kids to see the new orca encounter. My son and daughter are very into sea animals. My daughter wants to be a vet or marine biologist so visiting the animal hospital/ animal rehab would be a real treat. I was unaware of the evening light shows but that looks amazing too

  7. My family and I went for our first time this year for spring break before my husband had to leave for work. My 5 & 3 yr olds had such a great time. All the new additions and updates look amazing! We would love to go back and see them again when my husband finally returns home!

  8. I want to win so I can take my grandson to Sea World for his 8th birthday what a grand surprise that would be for him !!!!

  9. Would love to take the boys for a mini-staycation this summer! Thanks for keeping us updated on all the coolest things to do! ?

  10. We love Sea World! Didn’t get a chance to see everything on our last trip. I know my son would love to go back!

  11. I really enjoyed your write up on sea world and learning about all the ways hey help rehabilitate animals back into the wild. I would love to win and be able to take my son, who is obsessed with all animals. This would really be an awesome experience.

  12. You did an awesome job on this blog. Sea World has received so much negativity that reading a positive review was heartwarming! My girls love animals and anything having to do with the ocean! Seeing all of the new exhibits would be such a fun family experience.

  13. SeaWorld is the best. They are a fun place and my son and I love it. It would be great for my boyfriend, my son and I to go together.

  14. I love this place. I literally feel so much joy in the turtle exhibit. We haven’t been since their last remodel so this is definitely on our family summer wish list!?????

  15. I would be so grateful to win tickets to SeaWorld San Diego because it would be a perfect 4th birthday celebration for my youngest son! Both of my boys have been wanting to go for quite some time now and I smile just thinking about the excitement and smiles they would have. Thank you and good luck everyone!

  16. My boys will be thrilled to go. This would be a great B Day gift for my youngest’a upcoming B day. We haven’t had a chance to take them to the sea world yet.

  17. I’ve been really wanting to take my daughter to sea world because I grew up visiting there about once a year and loved it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. My husband hasn’t been to Sea World since he was really little, and I haven’t been since I was in eighth grade. It would be fun to go and take my stepdaughter and her brother!

  19. Never knew there was so much happening at night at Seaworld. Would love to check out the new laser show and the night roller coaster. How fun!

  20. We took our son to Sea World after the announcement of the changes to the programs because I wasn’t quite sure if it would be "worth it" to go afterward. From this post, I can see that’s definitely not the case. I look forward to enjoying Sea World in the years to come.

  21. I love to win,me and my family never be in Seaword,I have a 14 years old non verbal autistic son and I want to bring him to see this incredible world of sea animals.

  22. I want to win so my kids can go, they have never been but I remember singing there every Christmas with my choir as a kid.

  23. I would love to see all the changes that have happened at Sea World over the past several years. Remember going to the park when it first was opened in the summer of 1964

  24. I would LOVE to win the Sea World tickets because my son & I need a break!!! We LOVE Sand Diego and if we won, we could go 2 days back-to-back and actually have a little summer vacation!!! ♡

  25. When our kids were growing up we had membership at Sea World. My kids loved it! It’s been several years since we’ve been back but we’re hoping to go more often with our grandkids. They’ll love all the new shows, rides and Summer Nights – Electric Ocean! Almost as much as I will. hehe

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