SeaWorld San Diego hosted us to experience their Christmas Celebration event.
Get there early!
As with all theme parks, my #1 piece of advice is always to arrive early. By getting to the park when it opens, you are able to get so much done in those first few hours, whereas other people are just starting to get up, get dressed, and make their way to the park. We arrived “late” (45 minutes after the park opened!), but Logan and I were still able to do the Electric Eel roller coaster with a 5 minute wait. Later that day, Ritchie and Logan decided to go on the coaster again and the wait time was 40 minutes. Still not bad! But the wait times are just so manageable in the mornings with small children. We were also able to ride a bunch of rides in Sesame Street’s Bay of Play as well as Octarock, Sea Dragon Drop, and Aqua Scout, which are located next to Electric Eel.
Come with a fully charged phone and download the app
This was our first time in SeaWorld and typically the first thing we’d do in a new park is grab a map, but there are no paper maps in SeaWorld. If you have the app downloaded on your phone and allow for location tracking, you will have a very convenient map in your pocket. I can’t tell you how many times we brought that out and watched our blue dot move across the park to make sure we were headed in the right direction! The signs and posted maps are helpful, but this is definitely the way to go. Just make sure your phone is fully charged, or that you have a portable charger, if you plan on being there all day.
Plan your day
The first thing I did when we arrived was screenshot the schedule and use my markup tool to circle the times of everything we wanted to see. For me, it was Dolphin Days, Orca Encounter, Clyde & Seymour’s Christmas Special, and the Bumble Meet & Greet. Then I planned to visit some of the animal attractions that were closeby around the same time. When we met Bumble at Rudolph’s Christmastown, we also went through the Penguin Encounter and the Arctic Circle to see the walruses, beluga whales, and otters. This way we weren’t walking from one end of the park to the other more than we had to. We were able to fit a lot into our day by planning everything out!
Plan an extra day or two…or if you’re local, look into an annual pass!
We simply could not do it all! There is so much to see and do at SeaWorld San Diego. While we packed our day full of rides, presentations, and Christmas fun, there was still so much we missed. I’d love to see Santa’s Circus & Elmo’s Christmas Wish, spend some time in Sesame Street’s Christmas Village, and come back on a day with fireworks! If you buy an annual pass, you can look forward to experiencing the new roller coaster Emperor and the brand new park, Sesame Place San Diego, both opening in March 2022.
Right now, there are so many ways to save on a SeaWorld San Diego trip. Check out the Holiday Sale and save $30 off tickets here. Or get a FREE 2nd visit with your 2-Day ticket here! Both offers run through January 2nd, 2022. SeaWorld is such a unique experience- it really has something for everyone! Logan loved the roller coasters, Wesley was thrilled with the animal presentations, and Vada went bonkers at Sesame Street Bay of Play! We can’t wait to come back and visit again soon!