Ocean Explorer - Coming 2017


Coming 2017
- Dive in to SeaWorld’s new realm of deep-sea discovery, Ocean Explorer. With multiple undersea bases featuring unique aquariums and digital technology. Unlock the ocean’s greatest mysteries and plunge to new depths in your mini-sub on the interactive ride Submarine Quest. Get up close to some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures like a giant Pacific octopus, elusive moray eels and Japanese spider crabs that measure nine feet from claw to claw! Then take a spin on three new family-friendly rides inspired by the sea. Team up with SeaWorld researchers in this immersive new world, Ocean Explorer. At SeaWorld San Diego.

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Stay connected with our new webisode series, #MeettheDeep! Follow your guides to Ocean Explorer, Mike and Jenna, as they share with you updates from this new realm


Animal Experiences

Young explorers will be able to experience sea life like never before, including a dome window that pops up into a display of giant Pacific octopus, and a crawl-through window that looks directly into an aquarium with Japanese spider crabs, which at 9 feet wide from claw to claw, have the largest leg span of any arthropod in the world. Other animals on display will include California moray eels, pinecone fish and snipefish.


As adventurers on a global mission of scientific discovery, 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 will also feature a play area and a number of other rides, including jellies-themed swings and a shot-and-drop ride.



Construction on Ocean Explorer has begun 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.