Remember growing up and those famous Shamu’s putting on the show and being the highlight of trip to SoCal? Visiting SeaWorld was the height of my first visit of my first trip to Southern California at 10-years old, even with Disneyland included. There’s just something about getting up close and personal with the animal kingdom.
25 years later, I still remember my first Shamu show, my first splash from a whale, my first super soaking from a whale, my first time witnessing a human and whale swimming and interacting together and flipping in the air and diving into the water together, my first up-close visit with a whale. It was amazing and seared in my mind forever.
The Shamu show sure has changed over the years. Our last visit to this amazing park was in January of 2016 and it was amazing. It was the second time we had been there since the trainers could no longer be in the water with the whales.
Well, if you hadn’t heard the announcement, the next big change is a bit more dramatic than excluding the trainers in the water – it’s excluding the Shamu Show entirely.
The Shamu Show in San Diego is retiring at the start of 2017. SeaWorld has announced that they will be converting this show into a new educational encounter with a new way to experience the whales, and while this is probably still going to be a wonderful highlight of a visit to SoCal, it will be different that what we’ve known and what we’ve grown up with.
A sneak peek of the new Orca Educational Encounter in SeaWorld San Diego
Well, if you are wondering which epic place to visit this year, SeaWorld should be at the top of your list. Yes, you can count on me visiting Disneyland in my ventures 700 miles south to SoCal, but SeaWorld was a priority for us this year – and we accomplished that shortly after the announcement that 2016 would be the last year for the Shamu Show in San Diego.
We had bittersweet emotions as we sat in that memorable stadium on that chilly day in January of 2016 watching these graceful creatures display their abilities to the crowd.
I will miss the show; but am excited for what the new encounter will bring in 2017. But even this educational encounter will have it’s ending day. The breeding program at SeaWorld has also ended, this is the last generation of Orca whales in captivity. Our children will be the last to have the memory of the educational encounters that will be no longer in 25-years.
As for SeaWorld in Orlando and San Antonio, 2019 is the target date to end the Shamu Shows. You do have a couple more years to see these whales in action at those locations.
So, you may or may not be rethinking your vacation plans this year, but if we haven’t convinced you to trek down to SeaWorld in San Diego yet, perhaps this will change your mind – we have the best ticket deal you can get. A 7-day pass for $69 HERE.
This is only $9.86 per day!
Yes, you can visit this park for less than $10 a day! Honestly, this is amazing and a not-to-miss price and experience.
Hotel is not included, but if you add a hotel to your tickets (for the guaranteed best price I might add – if you find a better price, they will match it!), you can also use coupon code: Mousekemoms10 for another $10 off the lowest possible price package.
To get these $10 per day tickets:
- Head to the vacation site HERE.
- Click on “vacation packages” or “tickets” at the top depending on whether you want to check hotel prices too.
- Select San Diego
- Select hotel and ticket options (where you will see the $69 for 7-days tickets)
- Add your coupon code: Mousekemoms10 at checkout
- Enjoy the trip and the savings!
What are your thoughts on these big changes at SeaWorld?
Photo Credit: SeaWorld Cares