Ocean Explorer coming to SeaWorld San Diego in 2017!

Ocean Explorer - Submarine Ride (Large)SeaWorld San Diego is opening a couple of new rides in Spring of 2017! And it wouldn’t be SeaWorld if it didn’t involve an awesome way to further explore creatures from the earth’s oceans. The new ride/area is thus filled with aquariums. Let’s find out what exactly we can expect to see coming to SeaWorld San Diego in 2017!


As adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, guests will travel to Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals aboard submarines, the signature ride of the attraction. Embarking on these mini subs, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along their journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of the ocean ecosystem.Ocean Explorer - Submarine Ride (Large)

This unique attraction will thus feature a submarine themed dark ride through several aquariums, allowing guests to see many animals up-close and from an underwater point of view. The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals.


But that’s not all, SeaWorld will give visitors the chance to come eye-to-eye with amazing animals like giant octopuses, huge spider crabs and hundreds of colorful jellies – some of which have never been seen at the park before.  “We will also give everyone a variety of different vantage points to view the animals by taking them around and inside these underwater habitats.”

Ocean Explorer - Jellies (Large)

Guests will discover these newly created aquariums, known as research pods, throughout Ocean Explorer. Enriching educational displays, technologies and graphics will be key components of each pod.

Ocean Explorer - Octopus (Large)


Ocean Explorer will also feature an exhilarating wave swinger ride where guests will literally fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly. Three family-friendly rides will round out the fun of this immersive, new attraction.

Ocean Explorer - Spider Crab (Large)


Construction on Ocean Explorer will begin in summer 2016 on a 3-acre site where the Animal Connections exhibit and the Circle of Flags are currently located on the southeast side of the park. This multi-million dollar attraction is scheduled to open in late spring of 2017.

We’re very excited for this new addition to SeaWorld San Diego, seems like it will be a perfect addition to the park’s awesome line-up of animal attractions!


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