SeaWorld San Diego – The Ground Breaking of Ocean Explorer

Ocean Explorer color (Large)SeaWorld breaks ground on an exciting new attraction that will inspire guests to explore the depths of the oceans and take action to protect the amazing creatures who inhabit them. Ocean Explorer, which is scheduled to open in late spring of 2017 at SeaWorld San Diego, will feature multiple aquariums, exciting rides and digital technologies to engage park guests in an experience centered on exploration and adventure. Continue reading “SeaWorld San Diego – The Ground Breaking of Ocean Explorer”

5 Underrated Coasters In California

DSC_0652 (Large)Coasters are often forgotten about by enthusiasts and the general public when they become rough or they stand in the shadow of newer coasters. Sometimes a ride never becomes well-known even though it truly deserves more recognition. Today we’ll be looking at five such coasters in California. Either they receive too much criticism in our eyes, or they simply don’t get recognized enough. Let’s take a look at 5 Underrated Coasters in California! Continue reading “5 Underrated Coasters In California”

San Diego Zoo Adventures!

FullSizeRender_1 (Medium)During a recent trip to San Diego, we had the opportunity to visit the acclaimed San Diego Zoo. Although this type of content isn’t exactly in our wheelhouse, we were so impressed by our visit that we couldn’t help but write the following special. The San Diego Zoo is regarded as the best in the country in both their unique and extensive collection of animals as well as their conservation and breeding efforts. The San Diego Zoo also revolutionized the world of zoos and aquariums by becoming the first zoo to introduce  naturalistic habitats, meaning every exhibit is tailored specifically to mimic the real habitats of the animals. The result today is a zoo with spectacular habitats, amazing animals and gorgeous landscaping. And since this is California Coaster Kings, we’ll be touching on the hints of theme park traits sprinkled throughout this wonderful zoo. So please enjoy the following article on the one and only San Diego Zoo. Continue reading “San Diego Zoo Adventures!”

California Coaster Kings SUMMER Q&A on August 9th

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After a successful Q&A earlier this year, we are now back with a new Q&A session on August 9th. It’ll be the start of more-frequent Q&A sessions. Each session will have a particular set of topics to stay current and fully get an opinionated discussion going. (Rather than very general questions). The first one is coming up on Tuesday night, August 9th! Continue reading “California Coaster Kings SUMMER Q&A on August 9th”

SeaWorld San Diego – Trip Report July 2016

20160719_112203 (Medium)We were back at one of our favorite parks in the state (or anywhere really), SeaWorld San Diego! The park that perfectly combines rides, exhibitions, shows, animals, landscaping, and family fun. During this visit we made sure to get our last One Ocean show in, and we spent quite some time in the animal exhibits. Of course we also rode the park’s rides. That and a whole lot more in our Trip Report!  Continue reading “SeaWorld San Diego – Trip Report July 2016”

Summer Vibes in Full Swing at SeaWorld San Diego

20160719_162943 (Medium)Yesterday, we got a chance to visit SeaWorld San Diego, and got a chance to check out the all new Summer Vibes Show; Gazillion Bubbles. This show, housed in the Mission Bay Theater, featured Guinness World Record holding bubble artist Danny Yang. “World record holding bubble artist?” you ask. Well Danny and his family hold the record for world’s largest bubble (156 ft long) and most people fit into a bubble (over 100).

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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! Continue reading “Ocean Explorer coming to SeaWorld San Diego in 2017!”

Manta Ride Review – SeaWorld San Diego

20150709_161350 (Large)I’ve been working on this Ride Review for a little while now, with all the other coverage in between I was back tracked for a little bit. But finally here’s a look at California’s surprise ride. Manta at SeaWorld San Diego! This Mack ride is a wonderful family coaster, that uses state of the art technology, launches riders twice, and is surrounded by sea-life and birds. It’s one heck of a great ride!  Continue reading “Manta Ride Review – SeaWorld San Diego”

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration’s back for 2015!

DSC_1073 (Large)Returning are all the favorites…. Shamu® Christmas Miracles, a whale of a holiday show with SeaWorld’s family of killer whales as the stars, and Dolphin Island Christmas, a holiday party celebrated dolphin-style with a tropical twist. In addition to the special holiday-themed animal shows, the park will be brimming with yuletide cheer, as Christmas characters meet and mingle with guests, and Mrs. Claus brings a little holiday magic to everyone. All the festivities can be enjoyed among more than one million low-energy holiday lights throughout the park. With all that and more, SeaWorld® is the place to be this Christmas season. 


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Raphael’s Lego Orcas Seaside Adventure

iCCK logo 001Raphael, our special correspondent from Brazil, visited California for the first time this July. As a Florida park-fan, he decided to visit the opposite coast, and visited almost every single park in the state. His enthusiasm and great re-telling of his Californian adventures continue in the fourth of many iCCK articles. Let him take you to Legoland California, SeaWorld San Diego, and Belmont Park, in this brand new article! Continue reading “Raphael’s Lego Orcas Seaside Adventure”

The 5 Best Launches in California

20140620_122128 (Large)In this awesome state with a huge variety of different parks and coasters, we’re very fortunate to have a bunch of different launches. Whether it’s hydraulic, LIM, LSM, or Fly-Wheel, we’ve got it all in this state! Where as some states lack launches, we’ve got some that launch you up in the sky, into pitch black Egyptian tombs, or backwards through rare elements. In fact, there are a total of 10 Launch Coasters in California, with a total of 17 launches! Let’s check out the 5 Best Launches in California! Continue reading “The 5 Best Launches in California”

SeaWorld San Diego Trip Report – July 9th 2015

20150709_143148 (Large)It has been a while since I’ve personally been to SeaWorld San Diego, and had the opportunity to visit myself this time. I had an absolutely great time, it’s one of the best maintained parks around. The operations on their rides were incredible, and even though I spent 12 hours there, I didn’t even get to experience everything they have to offer (I did make sure to get plenty of rides in on their coasters 😛 ) Take a look at the park and what they offer during their 50th summer celebration! Continue reading “SeaWorld San Diego Trip Report – July 9th 2015”

Giant San Diego Wheel or Observation Tower.

skyspire-top_t540Exiting new proposals are coming in to the city of San Diego regarding new tourist experiences. Private investors around the county have been trying to add new attractions for decades, but with very little success. With the political gridlock now lifting from the county, these investors may have a chance at getting their projects approved.

 

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Belmont Park Update February 7th 2015

This Saturday we finally made it out to Belmont Park. We stayed after the sun set, so we have some night shots of the park. We entered from the back entrance of the park so there was not much in the form of an entrance, but there was construction going on at the Wave House (local indoor pool and FlowRider venue). Though the Beach Blaster was running. (Sorry for the image quality, due to technical difficulties another device was used to capture the images).
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The new SkyRopes course was open.
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Krazy Kars, a crazy inner-tube bumper-car hybrid was also open.
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The all new Adrenaline Zone was attracting quite a crowd. Adrenaline Zone is a new experience that opened earlier this year that features a leap of faith, a zipline, and multiple rock climbing walls.
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The parks old carousel is a hit with guests. Is that a Boardwalk thing? 😀
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Prices!
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The midway was nice and bright with all the new neon from the recent area refurbishment.
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Gotta love the fact that they still have a tilt-a-whirl! 20
Sadly, Control Freak (an inverting flat ride where you control how much your vehicle spins) was down, presumably for annual maintenance.
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Octotron, a strange prototype ride that spins in a circle while riders control the barrel roll motion of the seats, was also open.
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And the crown jewel of the park, The Giant Dipper was open! The real fan favorite, and the second oldest coaster in California!
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Here are some night shots of the park!
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That’s it for this update, check out our HUGE Twisted Colossus and Scream Update here!

A WHALE-OF-A-VALENTINE’S-DAY CELEBRATION: Valentine’s Evening With Shamu

Valentine’s Evening With Shamu is an elegant, unforgettable, romantic evening at SeaWorld® San Diego on Saturday, Feb. 14. SeaWorld’s award-winning chefs will cook up a delicious Californiainspired four-course menu, and diners are sure to be mesmerized by majestic killer whale performances just a few feet away from candlelit tables on Shamu’s private poolside patio. The menu includes a sustainable tuna stack, artisan cheese, organic tomato soup, braised angus short ribs and much more. Seating is limited. To make reservations, call (800) 257-4268 or visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.Dine With Shamu V15 (Large)

December Nights Balboa Park

It’s that time of year again! We went to December Nights in Balboa Park (near the San Diego Zoo). December Nights is an annual festival held on the park grounds and in the surrounding communities for two days. Beginning around the zoo, lights begin to fill the park. IMG_2673 (Large)
I do apologize for the poor quality of the upcoming pictures, my camera did not function well in the low light. Moving ever closer to Balboa, lights surround the main path, including the city owned small gauge train.
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Moving on to Spanish Village (Between the Zoo and Balboa), there is a large assortment of artisan craft booths, in addition to all of the permanent stores surrounding the plaza.
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Once you finally reach Balboa Park, you are greeted by a brilliantly lit 100+ year old tree.
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The Natural History Museum is also well decorated.
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Just past the museum is another stretch of artisan booths, unlike the others, this area was extremely crowded.
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Turning left towards the long street leading up to the main plaza, there were more people, and a few booths. Even the Botanical Gardens and Koi Pond were nicely lit up.
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Once you reach the main plaza, it opens up to an area with hundreds of booths, and nicely decorated scenery.
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Heading towards the large Organ Pavilion, there was a large sculpture of Santa and his reindeer.
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The Organ Pavilion contained a massive decorated tree, and was home to a multitude of events throughout the night. If you become hungry before you are ready to sit and enjoy the festivities, simply continue past the pavilion towards the International Houses. That hosted a potluck, and even operated a carnival (with a roller coaster!).
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There was even a nice vista point with a view of Downtown.
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Returning to the Organ Pavilion, some of the events that it hosted were local Glee club performances, church choirs, and more…
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We urge you to check out this event when it returns next year, and check out the park if you live in the area! Happy Holidays!
Check out our Knott’s Merry Farm Opening Day post here, Six Flags Magic Mountain Holiday in the Park here, and the Grinchmas Whobilation can be found here!
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SeaWorld San Diego Update for October 5th 2014

Now we have a correspondent working with us for the San Diego area, Aiden, we are able to frequently offer SeaWorld San Diego updates. Here’s his first work with californiacoasterkings.com, the Update from October 5th.

Aiden went to Sea World San Diego on Sunday to check out the new Halloween
Spooktaular going on. The Sky Tower was closed all day. He
arrived in the late afternoon, the park wasn’t very crowded.

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After parking, it was apparent that Journey to Atlantis had broken down, as none of the boats had passengers.

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‘I noticed when entering the park that they have kept their brand
new entrance area clean…’

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Something else that caught his eye (that can be seen in the previous
picture), was that the cleaner fish interactive exhibit had construction
walls around it…

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The lack of Halloween decorations this year is very strange… There were
hardly any around the ENTIRE park, and the little they did have this year doesn’t even slightly compare to some of the decor in the parks up north. Moving further in
the park, it looks like construction has not yet started on the new Blue World next to Shamu Stadium…

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From what Aiden was able to see under the walls and around the stadium, not even
materials have arrived yet. ‘Peeking under the wall, I could only see
filters and tanks.’

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Some new displays have popped up around Shamu Stadium showing off the HUGE
conservation and rescue effort run by the Sea World group.

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There was also a construction wall near the ShipWreck Reef Cafe, and it must be something at least permanent for the need of an excavator.DSCN0025 (Large)

After passing Shipwreck Rapids which was
functioning, he continued through the park.

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‘Continuing the loop around the park, I came across Manta, which also experiences technical difficulties.’

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Notice the Penguin Encounter, which is rumored to be Sea World’s next
project after the Blue World Project.

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On his way over to Wild Arctic, he passed one of the trick or treating
stations, which is part of their Halloween Spooktacular. The idea is, you
grab a bag and roam around the park recieving candy from each of about 10
stations. Something we really like!

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Rather than having Halloween decorations, SeaWorld seems to have skipped that this year, and moved right along to their far more popular Holiday season events.

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Journey to Atlantis was back up and running. For how often
both of the park’s MACK coasters break down, Sea Worlds mechanics always do
a great job in getting them back up in around 20 minutes. Something crucial for large crowds but small amounts of rides.

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Heading back towards the park entrance, there is a small Halloween area
adjacent to Cafe 64. It was complete with decorations, a DJ, and, of
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Last, but definitely not least, there are several new sign posts around the
park for the 50th anniversary celebration, that listed some interesting
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That’s all for this update!

Thanks Aiden for visiting SeaWorld as part of California Coaster Kings!