Learn All About Sea World San Diego’s Howl O Scream Halloween Event!

Sea World San Diego is hosting is first ever Halloween event next month and I did a virtual interview with Sea World San Diego Vice President of Entertainment Randolph Borden to get all the details of this super exciting new event!

  1. Are you excited to be hosting your first ever Halloween event?

“We are extremely excited to be hosting Howl-O-Scream, our first ever nighttime Halloween event! This event complements our existing family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular event which takes place during the day offering trick-or-treating and other fun activities for younger guests. Then at night, the park will be transformed into the intense, horror-filled haunt that is Howl-O-Scream. We’re eager to now offer Halloween-themed fun for guests of all ages. Whether you’re looking for a special family event to celebrate with the kids or a terrifying party for mature audiences only, we now cater to both.”

  1. How will this event separate itself from the rest? How will it be unique?

“This Halloween event is the only one of its kind in San Diego as it offers guests all the terror of your typical Halloween event along with the thrilling rides and high-quality entertainment of a theme park. Guests will brave through our petrifying haunted houses and scare zones, and no one is safe with our eerie roaming haunts moving throughout the park. However, even amid so much horrifying mayhem, guests can enjoy nighttime rides on Electric Eel, Manta and Journey to Atlantis, amazing shows, dance parties with live DJs, and themed bars. ”

  1. Will there be live entertainment?

“In addition to the immersive scare zones, roaming haunts, haunted houses and rides,Howl-O-Scream will feature Vampire Circus, a high-energy, suspenseful live show that will leave guests in awe. In addition, our underground, steam-punk themed dance club, with its heart-pounding dance beats will become the ultimate hang and party zone, you’ll also find themed haunted bars throughout the park for spirited libations.”

  1. Will it be similar to the other Howl-O-Scream events at other SeaWorld entertainment parks?

SeaWorld San Diego’s Howl-O-Scream will be set-up similar to other Howl-O-Scream events at our sister parks, however we are offering unique themes at our park.

  1. How many mazes and scarezones will there be?

“We will have a total of three haunted houses, six scare zones and four roaming haunts that will wander throughout the park. Our three featured haunted houses include Nightmare Experiment, Death Water Bayou and Simon’s Slaughterhouse. Each are guaranteed to give guests will a bone-chilling experience as they go face-to-face with our scare actors. Be sure to follow along on social at @HowlOScreamSD or #HowlOScreamSD to stay up to date on all the terror.”

  1. How much will tickets be?

“Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event for mature audiences with tickets now available for purchase on our website at http://www.howloscream.com/CA.”

  1. How long will the event run?

“The event will run from September 17 through October 31 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and select Thursdays.“

  1. Are you still hiring scare actors?
    “Yes, we are still hiring for a variety of positions including scare squad performers, make-up artist, technicians and stage managers! For a limited time, the park is providing a $500 hiring bonus for applicants that secure a position for Howl-O-Scream and a $100 referral fee for employees that refer a friend or foe to join the Halloween crew. Seasonal positions are posted online at https://careers.seaworldparks.com.”
  2. What’s it like to design a maze? What is the thought process behind choosing each maze theme?

“Designing a maze, or in our case a haunted house, is an incredibly fun process, however it does require well thought-out planning. You must map out the way you want your guests to move through the house and devise ways to distract them so your scare actors can perform the best scare possible. We achieve that by placing a prop, installation or another scare actor to create the atmospheric scare. That said, you also must incorporate little nooks and areas where your scare actors can hide to execute the classic startle scare. For reference, the atmospheric scare is the scare that sets up the guest for the startle scare. Think of the atmospheric scare as the distraction, the person that will draw the guest’s attention away from the real scare, the person rocking in the corner, the creepy eye contact that a scare performer makes to pull the guests attention. The startle scare is just the opposite, it’s the scare that the guest doesn’t see coming or expect, the scare performer behind a drop door, or the one lurking in the bushes waiting for the right time to jump out. We chose the Nightmare Experiment, Death Water Bayou and Simon’s Slaughterhouse themes for our haunted houses because we are playing on classic horror themes such as the gory slasher films, the mystery and supernatural nature of voodoo and the frightening mad scientist/doctor persona. These are classic haunt themes, genre’s that everyone will be familiar with, but we are putting our own spin on them so that there are unexpected surprises around every corner. All of our haunted attractions are designed by experts in the industry and some of the biggest haunt enthusiasts you’ll ever meet. We deliberately set out to create haunts that we ourselves would want to walk through! We’re really excited to welcome our fellow Halloween and haunt fans to what will surely become a yearly, must-experience event!

  1. Lastly, will the rides and attractions be open during the event?
    “Yes! Our roller coasters Electric Eel, Manta and Journey to Atlantis will be open during the event.”

Disneyland Will Be Allowed to Open in Stage 3 of California’s Reopening

Gov. Newsom has announced today that forty-seven of the fifty-eight counties in California are now able to enter Phase One of Stage 3. This initial phase includes hair salons, barbershops, in-store retail, and religious services.

In those counties if hospitalizations and ICU numbers are stable or decreasing, they can move further into Stage 3. Deeper into Stage 3, higher risks services like movie theaters and theme parks will be able to reopen. That includes Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Knott’s, Legoland, Sea World, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. This also includes all water parks and theme parks in Northern California.

So far Disney has not announced a date about when any of the Disneyland Resort will be open, nor have any of the other theme parks announced reopening dates. Stay tuned to this blog for continuing updated information!

Emperor Opening in Spring at Sea World San Diego

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Sea World San Diego announced via an Instagram post that Emperor will officially be opening in Spring 2020. Emperor will be the tallest Dive Coaster on the West Coast and will feature several inversions. The track work is complete and work on the chain for the lift hill and station is proceeding at the moment with testing expected to begin in the next couple of weeks. Are you excited for this coaster? Let me know in the comments below and follow this blog for updates on this coaster.

Last Day To Ride Wild Arctic At Sea World San Diego Was January 10th

Last Friday was your last opportunity to ride Wild Arctic at Sea World San Diego. The simulator ride was 25 years old and is rumored to be replaced by a family multi launch coaster. The Wild Arctic exhibits are staying though and will hopefully even get a refresh.

This new coaster is rumored to open in 2021 and be a family launch coaster similar to Wavebreaker at Sea World San Antonio. This coaster will have a max height of 30 feet and have a speed around 42 mph. Below are the proposed plans for the coaster.

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Image courtesy of Behind The Thrills

We should see construction start sometime in the Spring right after Emperor opens as this coaster will be built in the current staging area for Emperor. So I would expect demo to occur on the former ride for the next few months until Emperor opens sometime in April or May.

What do you think of Sea World’s aggressive coaster expansion in all of its parks? Are you happy they are focusing more on rides than animal shows? Let me know in the comments below!

Sea World San Diego’s New Name For Their 2020 Dive Coaster is Emperor

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Everyone please welcome Emperor to Sea World San Diego. Yesterday at IAAPA Sea World announced the new name for their 2020 Dive Coaster. The reason for the name change is that this coaster will not be anywhere near the shark encounter and thus thematically would not make any sense.

The new coaster is close to the arctic exhibit though and that is the home of the Emperor Penguin species that this coaster is named after. It thematically makes sense because Emperor Penguin’s can dive up to 1,800 feet deep in the ocean when searching for prey.

What do you guys think of the new name? Are you excited to get out to Sea World San Diego and ride this all new coaster next summer? Let me know in the comments below!

Sea World San Diego Planning New Drone Show!

Sea World has filed paper work with the city of San Diego indicating they want to have a drone show over Mission Bay. Sea World would be partnering with Intel, the same company who did drone shows in Las Vegas, Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios Hollywood, to operate their show.

Intel does amazing work on their drone shows and you know that if you have seen one of the shows listed above. According to the permits, the show would be around 5 minutes long and is expected to debut next year.

Sea World is very environmentally friendly and will monitor how their wildlife and birds are affected by the shows during the test runs. I am very excited for more drone shows in theme parks as after I saw the Dark Arts show at Universal my jaw dropped. Are you guys as excited as I am for this show? Do you prefer drone or fireworks shows? Let me know in the comments below and give this blog a follow if you want constant theme park updates.

Suspended Train System To Connect All Theme Parks in Abu Dhabi

Next year a new type of transportation system will connect two of Abu Dhabi’s theme parks Warner Bros World and Ferrari World. The system will be expanded to include Sea World when it opens in 2022.

Concept art of the transit system

Guests will sit in four person pods and zip along from park to park and other destinations. The first phase will be opening next year and will take one minute to travel. Future phases will connect other theme parks, hotels, entertainment destinations, and eventually Abu Dhbai International Airport.

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Pod Vehicle

Other attractions coming to the Abu Dhabi area are Warner Bros World (opening next summer), Sea World (2022), and the Yas Bay arena, plaza and retail development. What do you guys think of this new innovative transport system? Would you like to see something like this come to the United States? Comment your thoughts down below!

Mako Track Has Appeared At Sea World San Diego

Track has started to appear for Mako coming to Sea World San Diego early next year. Mako is apparently not the final name for the project as the coaster does not sit close to the shark encounter at all. It is expected that Sea World will give us a final name and official update at IAAPA next month. Meanwhile, lovely light blue flat straight and turn pieces have begun appear at the site.

Image from Behind The Thrills

Here is a closer look at one of the turn pieces.

Image from Behind The Thrills

So what do you think of the new track pieces? What do you think the name of this coaster should be? When do you think it will open? Comment your thoughts down below and give this page a follow to get constant updates on the construction of this coaster!

Sea World Abu Dhabi Construction Update

Somewhat new photos have been posted to ThemeParkX of construction progress on Abu Dhabi’s Sea World. Sea World Abu Dhabi will be open in 2022 and will be 166 acres and the first Sea World park outside of the United States as well as the first not to feature their signature Killer Whales.

Here are a couple photos from poster Tidal on the progress.

Plenty of Cranes with what looks like one huge or two smaller hotels rising in the background
A look at what’s happening closer to the ground of the project site
Aerial view of the site with Ferrari World in the foreground

It is amazing to see how close Sea World will be to Ferrari World and when the entire theme park district is fully built out this area will look absolutely amazing. What do you think of the progress of Sea World Abu Dhabi? Did you even know it was being built? Let me know in the comments below!

Icebreaker Track Appears on Site at Sea World Orlando

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Icebreaker Concept Art

Pieces for the new Icebreaker coaster have arrived on site at Sea World Orlando. Lots of curved orange pieces arrived today on flatbed trucks in preparation for installation soon in Orlando adding to their already impressive coaster roster.

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If anyone needs a reminder of the impressive features of this coaster, they are all available here in this article.

Are you excited to ride this coaster next year? Are you happy that Sea World is leaning away from animals and towards more themed lands and coasters as a way to change its image? Let me know in the comments below!