SeaWorld to change guest entrance
A planned transformation of the guest entrance at
SeaWorld San Diego is scheduled to be considered Thursday by the California
Coastal Commission, which will wrap up two days of meetings in Oceanside.
The entrance would be known as “Explorer's Reef” and feature a beach-
themed ticketing area and a giant wave sculpture designed to make it appear to
guests that they are going under water.
The area just inside the entrance would look like the ocean floor, with
four touch pools holding about 5,000 fish.
“Explorer's Reef will transform 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 John Reilly,
president of the park. “The promise of SeaWorld will be delivered immediately,
giving our guests opportunities to connect with amazing animals as soon as they
enter the park.”
SeaWorld also hopes the new entrance will be more efficient for
customers. Attendance increased by 14 percent from 2010 to 2011, and SeaWorld
officials said they expected a similar jump this year.
If approved by the commissioners, construction would start in December
and be completed in 16 months.
The California Coastal Commission has jurisdiction over SeaWorld because
it sits on Mission Bay.