Amy Smith

Published: October 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

I'm not sure those are vending machines. SeaWorld Orlando has dining locations that feature food and drinks in cases like 7-11 and that might be what those are in the picture.

All I have to say about the open and glassless concept is the employees are going to hate that. No glass means no A/C! It looks pretty though...

James Rao

Published: October 10, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The renaissance in themed entertainment continues! Kudos, SeaWorld!
Robert Niles

Published: October 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Nice point on the drinks. FWIW, A/C's not that big a need next to the coast in San Diego. It ain't Orlando...

Published: October 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! This.... What did the old orlando entrance look like? Reason why I ask is because I think the current one looks kind of boring as it is. I would much rather have this one. Plus, with manta right behind the entrance in florida, it would be perfect. Way to go sea world AGAIN... Is this going to be called the disneyland and discovery parks decade??? I think so

Published: October 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

They should put Antarctic in the back of the park
Anon Mouse

Published: October 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I love it. It looks great. That gift store is a bit tacky, but the theming fits. I would like them to expand their kiddie section. More kids ride please. My kid enjoyed their time at SeaWorld. The improvements have made a big difference. The touch pool is a good idea, but more chances to get wet.
Chad H

Published: October 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Its Beautiful, but it strikes me as something that perhaps more maintenence than usual will be required on. its not going to take a lot of chipping or fading to spoil the illusion I think.

But on paper at least... Wow.

Published: October 11, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I did work at the park for 6 1/2 years and the last time they did some major work in the FOP area ( Front of Park) about 8-9 years ago. along with a few changes minor changes. Uniforms changes along with Character changing. I worked in the GA(Guest Arrival area )

Published: October 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

This is great. Sea world SD needs to be brought up to par with its counterparts. I like Roberts idea of utilizing the "waterfront" area of the park. With a good theme and the natural waterfront that could be a really beautiful and relaxing place. But this and Manta are good first steps definitely. However I will say that I will not be visiting the park during the year of construction! I did that for 4 punishing years at CA adventure and I'm not doing it again. I only did it for Disneyland cause its my favorite theme park resort in the world! Ill wait to see the finished product thanks.
They also have lots of room on the east of the park parking lot for expansion or another coaster. Hopefully the work continues after the new entrance is complete!
Mark Hollamon

Published: October 12, 2012 at 4:19 AM

I really like the concept. I hope they have thought the design through and made sure this new entry does not bottleneck things up too much right after going through the gate.

That is something I dislike about the layout of AK. As soon as you enter park the path splits into a "Y" and there are animal exhibits. People tend to stop in their tracks with their strollers and things get blocked solid.

Jacob Sundstrom

Published: October 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM

That park has problems and the main entrance is not one of them. Wish they had spent some money improving the overall quality of the park rather than dump a couple million on new ticket booths and more touch pools.

Granted, I have not been this year to experience Manta - so perhaps the park feels less...barren and half-dayish than it did when I was there a couple of years ago?