2020 was certainly a year unlike any other. As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of theme parks and entertainment ventures, there is good news for SeaWorld San Diego fans. The park has reopened again as a licensed, permitted, and accredited zoo.
Creative and Strategic Decisions Make the Reopening of SeaWorld San Diego Possible
SeaWorld’s Management Team has made strategic decisions to keep the park open during this pandemic, navigating evolving conditions and requirements. The Management Team is led by SeaWorld’s interim CEO, Marc Swanson, and Scott Ross, Founder and Managing Partner at Hill Path Capital and SeaWorld Entertainment’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Management Team came up with ways to implement COVID-19 requirements and maximize the park’s zoo accreditation, while still providing a range of exhibits and events that will safely provide guests with memorable experiences.
Health and Safety Requirements
SeaWorld San Diego has instituted safety measures to minimize possible risk and exposure of COVID-19, and to comply with all evolving regulations. The park follows enhanced health and safety protocols. For example:
- All guests must wear face coverings, except when eating in designated dining locations. Face shields are not acceptable.
- Capacity for entrance to the park is limited to comply with physical distancing requirements. Capacity is also limited for SeaWorld’s educational presentations.
- Guests must purchase tickets in advance by making an online, date-specific reservation. This ensures that capacity will be limited, so that guests will have ample space for physical distancing. Guests may reschedule if necessary, according to when reservations are available.
- Guests may find a same-day opening, depending on the park’s capacity and how many other guest reservations there are for a designated day. SeaWorld San Diego does not keep a wait list.
- Temperature checks for all guests and staff members will be taken at the entrance. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent to a secondary location to have their temperature retaken. If the second test confirms the fever, the guest will need to reschedule his or her visit.
Event Highlights for the 2021 Winter and Spring Seasons
SeaWorld is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned. The goal is to return these animals to the wild. Meanwhile, at SeaWorld San Diego’s new Rescue Tails educational presentation, guests can visit rescued animals and learn each one’s story.
Guests can meander through the zoo’s expansive acreage, stopping to see and participate in the zoo’s educational presentations to learn about dolphins, sea lions, and orcas. Guests can roam about the grounds and enjoy all open-air outdoor viewing exhibits. These exhibits feature bamboo sharks, dolphins, flamingos, otters, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, stingrays, and more.
A new adventure that will be open throughout February and for a limited time after is the Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru. Guests drive through the entrance and are met with thousands of twinkling lights while listening to Sesame Street theme music. The cars pass by parade floats, where Sesame Street characters are waving and interacting with the passengers while all remain socially distanced.
SeaWorld San Diego Hours
Currently, SeaWorld San Diego is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Guests are encouraged to check the website since opening days and hours change as the COVID-19 mandates evolve. SeaWorld San Diego restaurants will be open for patio dining.
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