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“Visit spoiled by weather”
Review of SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego
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$61.99*
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SeaWorld® San Diego
Ranked #15 of 434 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Only at SeaWorld can you get close to dolphins, penguins, sharks and more. See awe-inspiring shows with magnificent killer whales, playful dolphins, humorous sea lions plus an amazing pet show featuring adopted animals. Dive under the sea at Explorer's Reef and touch a crab, shark, or playful cleaner fish. Experience exhilarating rides, roller coasters and water rides. See dozens of amazing attractions. Enjoy fresh California cuisine. Experience this beautiful park located on scenic Mission Bay. SeaWorld is a top-rated, all-age attraction and a must-see for any visit to San Diego. Have unforgettable fun that sparks a passion for wild animals and wild places.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Harrogate
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“Visit spoiled by weather”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

The best thing was the seal display with the otter. I've never seen a trained otter before. All the shows were very professional and the orca show was stunning. Sadly a day of cold, drizzly rain took the edge off what could have been a great experience. The indoor aquaria were a bonus, being out of the rain and full of interesting creatures.

Visited February 2013
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El Paso, Texas
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“Fun place for small kids”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

This was our second visit to Sea World San Diego. Very expensive. If your family is a laarge one, be prepare to spend a lot of money just to get in and then wait for the expensive sodas, popcorn and hot dogs.Food not that great. The shows were okay. So crowded in Spring Break.
Would recommend another time of the year. Long lines for everything, but our small grandchild enjoyed every minute of the day. The dolphins show was too short, would have like to see them for a longer time. But I guess theme parks are all the same, expensive and crowded.

Visited March 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Loved Sea World”
Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We had a great day at Sea World. Crowds weren't too bad considering it was Spring break. We arrived to the park early and also bought the "eat all day" pass for about $33.00 plus tax. We had breakfast, lunch and supper at the park as well as the odd snack now and then. We were able to eat healthy choices at the restaurants including salads and fruit options. Overall we felt we had good value for the money. We went to all the shows which were excellent and thoroughly enjoyed each one. There is a lot of creative energy and talent not only with the animals but trainers as well. We also have to agree that Biff at the sea lion show was hilarious. Thanks for a fun day, I felt like a kid again.

Visited March 2013
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UPLAND
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“Great day at Sea World”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

The scheduling of the events worked perfect for us. We were able to go from one to the next and not wast really any time. The park is kept clean and that i like.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Read this and you will save a lot of money at Seaworld”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Like many of the amusement centers in Southern California, SeaWorld has a "no food" policy. That is to say, you're not allowed to bring in any food or drinks. This is ostensibly "because there aren't enough picnic tables to accommodate people who bring food and guests who buy food inside the park". I happen to know a former SeaWold executive who told me what everyone knows to be the real reason: they don't allow you to bring in food, because they want you to buy theirs. To understand this, you need to know that SeaWorld is less about the magical splendour of aquatic life and all about making vast amounts of cash. I'm told their objective is extract $100 a day per adult, in parking, food, drinks and merchandise and $60 per child - this is after paying an already exorbitant entrance fee. Markup on what they sell across the board isn't the typical retail 50%, but (brace yourself) upwards of 1,600%. I couldn't believe it either, but when you consider that a hot dog costs less than 25 cents to produce, and the fact that they sell them for $8, then this figure is accurate. The crowding is all part of their marketing plan too. Although they could limit numbers into the park to avoid the horrendous waits, they don't - and there's a reason for this: if you're swiftly able to go from amusement to amusement, you're less likely to stop and buy anything.
For their part, it's smart. Use fish as bait to capture your prey and then extract as much money from them as legally possible. Caveat emptor.
So how do you save money at SeaWorld? Here's how: don't eat there! Bring in as much food and drink you think you'll require and if they hassle you at the gate when they search your back pack, tell them you require a special diet because you have "type 2 diabetes". The dimwit checking your bag probably won't even know what diabetes is; all you need to tell him/her is that in the U.S., diabetes is considered a disability and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that no person entering a "public accommodation" can be subjected to any form of discrimination. Legally, SeaWorld is defined as a public accommodation.
"But I'm not diabetic?"
So what? Their using deceit to fleece you, why can't you do the same to save yourself a lot of money? Two meals at SeWorld for a family of four will set you back more than $100. The equivalent from any San Diego supermarket will cost you no more than $30.
By the way, regarding your having diabetes; you have to prove nothing. Just like they can't ask a wheelchair-bound person why they require a wheelchair, they have no right to ask you to prove that you have diabetes. If you want a coup de grace, get yourself an inexpensive arthritis bracelet.

Visited March 2013
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