Thrill Rides Begin To Reopen At SeaWorld San Diego
Amazements parks have been hit hard by the pandemic, and SeaWorld is no exception. Though it began to open its doors early in the year, thrill rides were still off-limits for fear that could cause the coronavirus to spread. SeaWorld could open its door under guidelines that the state of California established for zoos. Now, however, California has eased some of the restrictions for amusements starting April 1st.
There are still plenty of limitations in place to keep guests safe. The park can only open to 25 percent capacity, and only Californian residents are allowed in the park. All reservations must be made before coming to the park.
SeaWorld will be opening rides in phases. Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld San Diego President, explains that fans, members and pass holders are eager to hit the rides once again. After all, it has been over a year. The thrill rides opening in the first phase include Tentacle Twirl, Riptide Rescue, and the Manta and Electric Eel rollercoasters. Younger thrill-seekers will enjoy rides during the first phase of reopening too. Rides for the younger riders will include Elmo’s Flying Fish, Aqua Scout and Abby’s Sea Star Spin. Hannes states that rides that are more for warmer weather like Journey to Atlantis and Shipwreck Rapids will open in phase 2. Though at this time, there is no exact opening date.
SeaWorld is unique, according to Hannes, because of its animal exhibits. Even though the park has a capacity of 25%, its zoo status allows them to have up to 50% percent capacity within its indoor exhibits. Though, social distancing is still in place at the outdoor animal shows. To help welcome visitors back to the park, SeaWorld is offering a Southern California pass for $9 a month. Pass holders will enjoy free admission and 50% off of parking rates.