SeaWorld Transforms Arrival Experience with Explorer's Reef

SeaWorld Transforms Arrival Experience with Explorer's Reef

7/15/2016 3:05:00 PM




Guests are immediately immersed in undersea realm


At Explorer’s Reef™, SeaWorld San Diego’s arrival experience that opened in March of 2014 in conjunction with the park’s 50th Celebration, guests are immediately immersed into an undersea realm.

          “Explorer’s Reef transforms our guests’ arrival by providing them with unparalleled welcoming services and then transporting them into the world of the sea as they pass under an iconic and stunning wave,” said Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld’s park president. “The promise of SeaWorld is delivered immediately, giving our guests opportunities to connect with amazing animals as soon as they enter the park.”

          Guests enter the park beneath an immense wave sculpture, nearly 30 feet tall and 100 feet long, giving them the impression of actually entering an underwater world. The wave portal is designed to have a feel of going to the beach, wading into the shallows and diving into the water. 

          Once inside the park, the tropical coral-themed design of the new animal attractions, buildings and shade structures gives guests the feeling of walking on the bottom of the ocean.  It is in this undersea oasis that visitors also have their first chance to interact with a variety of fish in four different touch pools.

Both saltwater and freshwater, the touch pools (with a total of more than 26,000 gallons) allow guests to connect with sea life in an intimate way.  The four pools contain the following animals: approximately 450 white-spotted bamboo sharks, 150 brown-banded bamboo sharks, 10 epaulette sharks, 25 round rays, 15 horseshoe crabs, five guitarfish and nearly 7,000 cleaner fish!

     “The animal experiences are fantastic at Explorer’s Reef,” said Hannes. “Guests are able to interact with incredible sea creatures, including sharks, rays, skates and even horseshoe crabs, and the delicate little cleaner fish nibble at your hands when you put them in the water.”

Explorer’s Reef, which encompasses more than three acres at the front of the park, also includes innovative retail and culinary opportunities and a beach-themed, concierge-style ticketing area that provides guests with a single location to purchase admission, as well as sign up for tours, animal interactions and dining experiences. 

SeaWorld is open year-round including holidays. Admission is $89.99 for ages 10 and older; $83.99 for ages 3–9; free for under 3. Parking is $17; $12 for motorcycles; $22 for RVs and Up-Close. Park hours vary by season.  Visit or call (800) 257-4268 for hours and information.

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of approximately 89,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped more than 28,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

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