The current version of this description is at .SeaWorld's original park opened in 1964 and is located just north of downtown, on Mission Bay. You can get driving directions by clicking the SeaWorld San Diego link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.
Hours: SeaWorld is open year 'round. Check online for operating hours.
Tickets: Buy online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.
Reservations: SeaWorld now has "Quick Queue" ride reservations available for an additional charge. It allows for one complimentary ride on the Skyride Skytower and little to no line on Shipwreck and Journey to Atlantis. SeaWorld also allows you to book special dining experiences in advance.
Strategy: Plan your day around the park's show schedule, which you can pick up as you enter the park. Arriving at park opening is not crucial here, as it is as most theme parks. In fact, many shows won't have the first showing until an hour or two after the park opens. Do try to avoid eating at the Shipwreck Reef Cafe right after a show lets out of the nearby Shamu Stadium, however. -- Last edited by Robert Niles on May 26, 2011