SeaWorld San Diego to reopen with rides on April 12

SeaWorld San Diego announced today that it will reopen as a theme park, complete with its rides and roller coasters, on Monday, April 12!

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Photo via SeaWorld San Diego

Under California’s theme park reopening guidelines, the park and its indoor and outdoor attractions and presentations will have limited capacity, health and safety measures in place, including markings for physical distancing in queues and modified seating, plus hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit of all rides. Per state COVID-19 restrictions, only California residents are allowed to visit, and guests may be asked to present proof of residency upon entry.

SeaWorld San Diego will continue to operate with its enhanced protocols for cleaning, physical distancing, face covering requirements, and temperature screenings. To help manage capacity, the number of date-specific tickets and reservations available each day will be limited and must be purchased online and in advance.

The park is currently open daily as an accredited zoo and aquarium, with animal exhibits in operation, Sesame Street Bay of Play open with a new animal presentation, and the Seven Seas Food Festival underway through May 2.

Annual Pass members receive unlimited admission and Fun Card holders can visit the park all of 2021, and must make a reservation prior to arriving at the park.

“We’re delighted to bring back some of the best thrill and family rides that San Diego has to offer. Our guests have been eager for SeaWorld to re-open rides, and we are looking forward to providing these exciting experiences for our guests,” said Marilyn Hannes, park president. “Safety is our number one priority, and as we’ve been fortunate to already be open and operating as a zoo, we’ve already implemented significant safety enhancements for our guests.”

For more information, and to see the latest updates on hours of operation for SeaWorld San Diego, visit


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  1. Sadly, many of us from out of state already bought tickets, airfare, hotel, rental cars, etc. ahead of time for a trip to SeaWorld…and now we’re not allowed in, only CA residents. It doesn’t sound like SeaWorld will be honoring those pre-purchased tickets. Hopefully it won’t be difficult to get full refunds.