Sea World SD isn't just one of my favorite theme parks its one of my favorite places on the planet. The animal attractions are wonderful, the shows entertaining and kept fresh and the rides are all great fun.
The setting itself is great. There are very rarely mobs of people like at Disney parks and the weather next to the San Diego coast is as perfect as can be.
A trip on the Bayside Skyride at sunset, the thrill of experiencing the Wild Arctic attraction for the first time, feeding a sea lion, watching Shamu Rocks and staying for the fireworks and of course going underwater with sharks are just some of my favorite memories and experiences at SWSD.
My favorite memory of SWC was around 1997ish when the rescued, rehabilitated, and then released an orphaned Grey Whale calf. They named her J.J., and millions of people got the chance to get an unprecedented view of a Grey Whale when she was moved to the Shamu Stadium to continue her rehab. Her size and beauty was astounding, and I will never forget being able to look her in her huge eye- both of us seemingly in wonder. J.J. represents a wonderful opportunity for the public to connect to ocean life, and is a crowning achievement in SeaWorld's rescue and release program!
One of my least favorite memories is finding out that I was too big for Manta. Really big disappointment.