SeaWorld San Antonio Announces 2016 Plans
SeaWorld San Antonio today announced details of significant park enhancements coming next year, including new ways for guests to experience and
interact with dolphins at its Discovery Point attraction as well as the evolution of Aquatica as a stand- alone water park. The news coincides with the launch of a special offer – guests get three months free when they purchase a 2016 annual pass now.
“All of our expansions and innovations are grounded on guest feedback and the desire to provide experiences that matter,” said Dan Decker, park president, SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio.
“Whether guests want to experience ocean life up-close by swimming with a dolphin at Discovery Point, or spend the day floating among beautiful exotic birds at Aquatica, SeaWorld is making it easier than ever to have those opportunities right here in Texas.”
Discovery Point is scheduled to open in late spring of 2016. Access to this new realm will be included with SeaWorld admission; the interaction opportunities with dolphins will be a separate charge. The breathtaking centerpiece of Discovery Point is Dolphin Lagoon, a new coastal-themed habitat that will provide a multi-dimensional experience for guests and nearly doubles the size of the previous habitat. SeaWorld visitors will be able to observe dolphins above the surface from the habitat’s sandy shores and playing beneath the surface from an underwater viewing area.
Explorer’s Reef – the park’s popular shark, fish and coral reef aquarium – will reopen as part of Discovery Point, featuring updates that enhance its showcase of ocean life.
In addition, guests who wish to come nose-to-nose with these amazing marine mammals will have the opportunity to swim with dolphins as a special add-on experience – the only one of its kind in Texas. During the swim encounters, guests are not only introduced to these wondrous mammals, but through educational programming are able to develop a deeper understanding of the sea and importance of protecting the wild wonders of the world. After changing into a SeaWorld-provided wetsuit, guests participating in the dolphin swim will receive training on how to interact with dolphins, and get a better understanding of the challenges that face dolphins in the wild. Participants will then wade into Dolphin Lagoon to meet the animals nose-to- nose during a swim. Following the in-water experience, guests may linger in a cabana to talk with trainers and review photos and video of their encounter. The new dolphin interactions at Discovery Point will complement SeaWorld’s existing marine mammal interaction programs for sea lions and beluga whales. SeaWorld San Antonio is one of few places in the United States that offers the opportunity to swim with these species.
A new website to help facilitate reservations and designing the ultimate day is also being launched at seaworlddiscoverypoint.com. The site is now accepting reservations for dolphin interactions in 2016.
SEPARATE GATE FOR AQUATICA, NEW TICKET VALUES
Starting with the season opening March 5, guests will also have the new option to visit SeaWorld San Antonio or Aquatica separately, allowing for more focused time to spend in each park. Entry into SeaWorld’s highly-acclaimed waterpark previously required the purchase of a 2-park ticket. The evolution of Aquatica as stand-alone park was prompted by market research and guest feedback that showed strong consumer demand to visit Aquatica a separate experience with its own single-day ticket.
Pricing at the parks has been simplified for 2016:
• Single-day admission to SeaWorld for the 2016 season will be $65 per person;
• Aquatica single-day admission starts at $40;
• A one-park annual pass to either Aquatica or SeaWorld will be $102;
• The best value will be a 2-park annual pass for $135. This includes unlimited admission
to both SeaWorld and Aquatica for 12 months, free parking (a $20 savings per visit), 20%
in-park purchase discounts, and discounts on swim programs, camps and educational
tours, early park entry on select dates, exclusive previews, and no blackout dates.
2016 SPECIAL EVENTS
Providing even more reasons to visit and purchase an annual pass, SeaWorld is enriching its strong lineup of consumer events for 2016. All of these special events are included with SeaWorld park admission.
• Wild Days kicks off weekends in February featuring interactive shows from top ambassadors of animal rescue and rehabilitation including the ever-popular Jack Hanna.
• Spring into Night is SeaWorld San Antonio’s spring break festival featuring Texan lumberjacks competing against Alaskan rivals, and also includes special shows and nightly fireworks.
• Seven Seas Food Festival sets sail weekends in April and May. Guests can sample and sip their way around the park’s craft beers, unique wines and global fusion food.
• Summer Nights provides later park hours and seasonal entertainment.
• Howl-O-Scream transforms SeaWorld San Antonio from a theme park to a scream park during weekends in October with sinister houses and “terror-tories.”
• Christmas Celebration brings waves of holiday cheer, millions of lights, and Santa in November and December.