“SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION” LIGHTS UP THE HOLIDAYS WITH FESTIVE FUN AND LIMITED CAPACITY
Modified with enhanced health and safety measures, Texas’ largest Christmas celebration returns with millions of sparkling lights and decorations, treats and eats, and a visit with Santa and Rudolph to give families a safe place to enjoy the holidays from November 20 through January 3
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Nov. 10, 2020) – Gather your family and meet your friends in a safe outdoor environment at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, the largest Christmas celebration in Texas! For 27 magical days, the park is transforming into a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, decorations, and holiday festivities (select dates from November 20 through January 3, 2021).
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration has been modified to allow guests to safely visit the park, roam its expansive 250-acre grounds, and enjoy holiday events. In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for a visit that provides plenty of opportunity to maintain physical distancing in a safe environment. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and limited to manage capacity. Reservations can be made at www.SeaWorld.com/san-antonio/tickets/reservations/ .
Guests can experience yuletide cheer with seasonal shows like The Story of Christmas; they can shout out with glee as they meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; marvel at the nostalgia of a traditional miniature train village; or head to the Christmas Market and visit Santa himself – all with safe physical distancing measures in place. Park-goers will also have the chance to dine with jolly ol’ Saint Nick over a sumptuous holiday meal with the help of Mrs. Claus and her kitchen elves, and with protective measures in place.
SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
Event Days: November: 20 – 22 & Nov. 25 – 29
December: 4 – 6, Dec. 11 – 13, Dec. 18 – 20, Dec.23 -27, Dec. 30 – Jan. 3
Event Hours: 1pm – 9pm.
New This Year
NEW! – Christmas Fireworks Finale – The night sky will be ablaze with a spectacular evening fireworks finale that will amaze, excite, and cap off the holiday celebration! Guests can physically distance around the park’s water ski lake, grab some hot cocoa, and snuggle up with loved ones while watching a dazzling holiday show in the sky set to all-time favorite Christmas tunes. *** A sneak peak of the fireworks extravaganza will be for pass holder guests on Saturday November 21st and again on November 28th! ***
NEW! Hanukkah Celebration – This year, SeaWorld will be celebrating more holidays than ever before. Join us as we honor the festival of lights! On select dates from December 10 through 18, guests can gather with friends and family in a socially distant experience to view the traditional lighting of the menorah throughout Hanukkah.
NEW! Kwanzaa Festivities – Another new experience for the holidays this year, SeaWorld will celebrate the festivities of Kwanzaa! Taking place on select dates from December 26 through January 1, guests can experience a joyous time of reflection and celebration of African heritage with the nightly lighting of the kinara.
Holiday Dining and Culinary Treats
Christmas Cove transports guests back in time to make them feel like they’ve stepped back a half-century in this 1950s-inspired area featuring themed prizes at the park’s game stations and plenty of photo opportunities. While there, Mrs. Claus invites guests into her expansive kitchen and dining room for Dinner with Santa as she serves up a Christmas meal fit for the whole family! Featuring protective food service barriers, widely spaced single-party tables, sanitation between meals and more, guests of all ages will delight in this safe holiday tradition. Guests will enter the dining room and be served by Santa’s elves traditional holiday favorites including all-you-care-to-eat rib-eye steak, turkey, ham, and all the fixings. The meal concludes with a physically distant visit and photo opportunity with Santa for the little ones! Reservations are required.
Nothing goes better with cooler evening temperatures than s’mores! Guests can safely gather their family around a cozy fire and revel in the scrumptious combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers. They can enjoy a traditional s’mores kit or for a larger serving, try the new s’mores charcuterie board.
Guests can also satisfy their sweet tooth with even more food and drink choices from all new chef and mixologist created festive holiday menus with favorites including mini donuts with dips, holiday churro bites with festive toppings, piping hot chocolate and coffee with whipped cream, and seasonal candies. Last but not least, adults can kick it up a notch with traditional winter cocktails like hot toddies and spiked hot chocolate or coffee spiced up with favorites like Peppermint Schnapps, Bailey’s Irish Cream and more!
Holiday Shows and Entertainment
Merry Mariachis bring a bit of Fiesta flare to classic holiday tunes as they welcome guests to the park with the sounds of the Christmas season like only mariachis can.
Families can sing and dance with their Sesame Street friends in our fun holiday show, Elmo’s Christmas Wish, at the SeaStar Theater with limited capacity and physically distanced seating. Guests can also enjoy physically distant photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends in their festive holiday attire.
Guests can gather socially distanced around a live outdoor nativity scene complete with carolers in a spectacular Christmas favorite based on one of the greatest stories ever told. The Story of Christmas is a touching; light-hearted and glorious experience representing the true glory of Christmas.
Musical artists will fill the air with Christmas favorites as guests stroll the spacious 250 acre park and enjoy the dazzling decorations, festive sounds, and the familiar smells of the holidays.
Special Holiday Sites and Offerings
Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves in the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s Christmas Town. Stroll past life-size story book vignettes featuring the classic tale, and meet beloved characters including Rudolph and friends.
SeaWorld guests can wander through a candy cane inspired trail in this self-guided area of the park’s holiday wonderland. Guests will be in awe of the beauty of winding oak trees covered with over 100,000 striped red and white lights. Additionally, eight foot tall candy canes and red and white floral designs will leave guests craving peppermint!
Snowman Village is a whimsical area where guests can pose for photos with life-size snowmen, including The Rocker, The Punker, The King, The Matador, and other zany characters that have been frozen in time.
Christmas Market is the centerpiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event! It’s truly Christmas in Texas with its country décor, unique Christmas tree made entirely of cowboy boots, playful elves, sparkling tunnel of lights, festive entertainment including a Christmas Blue Grass Trio, and exclusive SeaWorld Christmas merchandise. Park goers also have the opportunity to safely share their wishes and dreams with Santa Claus at Christmas Market.
To help guests enjoy all the fun of Christmas, SeaWorld welcomes back the Christmas Traditions Tour with one of Santa’s expert elves as guide. This reduced capacity tour is limited to two socially distanced parties and includes a family photo with Santa Claus, an exclusive meet-and-greet with an animal, reserved physically distanced seating at SeaWorld shows, a holiday mug with delicious hot chocolate, and a twinkling Christmas necklace.
And, no visit to SeaWorld is complete without spending time with our incredible marine animals. Guests have the opportunity to view, engage with, and learn about everything from orcas, dolphins, belugas, sharks and penguins, to other fish, sea turtles, birds and more.
Best Way to Enjoy the Holiday Cheer
Guests can also experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration by purchasing a 2021 Season Pass to enjoy the rest of the 2020 season for FREE and play through the end of 2021! The new 2021 Season Pass also includes FREE parking, pass member exclusive discounts on merchandise and photos, and all new special events. The fun and incredible value also doesn’t end there. The park’s Silver, Gold, and Platinum Annual Passes are packed with even more benefits (the best in SeaWorld’s history) to enjoy the parks year-round including up to six (6) free bring-a-friend tickets, VIP parking, up to 50% off in-park discounts, free access to animal interactions, and much more. Before the end of this year, pass members will be treated to several exclusive pass member-only perks including exclusive coasters in the dark ride times, and gift giveaways that include FREE Christmas ornaments, light up masks, and Christmas scarves.
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SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO’S FIRST-EVER FIESTA DEL MAR
CELEBRATES HISPANIC HERITAGE WITH LIMITED CAPACITY AND SAFE FUN!
Food, beer, and cocktail street vendors, live music, and fireworks round out the party as
SeaWorld hosts two weekends of Latin-inspired festivities from November 6 – 15
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (10-21-20) – San Antonio’s rich Hispanic culture meets the sea at the all-new Fiesta del Mar! This NEW SeaWorld tradition will come alive every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the vibrant colors, lights, smells, and sounds of old Mexico, while keeping guests safe with the park’s enhanced health and safety measures including physical distancing, additional cleaning and sanitizing, face covering requirements, temperature screenings, and a ticket reservation system to manage capacity. Guests will enjoy the familiar sounds of violins and vocals from authentic mariachi bands, say “¡Olé!” to colorful flamenco performances, and indulge in their favorite Mexican festival food and drinks. This limited time cultural celebration occurs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 6 – 15.
Fiesta del Mar will give guests the opportunity to celebrate rich traditions while safely visiting the park, roaming its expansive 250 acres decorated with traditional fiesta-styled decor, and enjoying cooler autumn temperatures. In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, capacity will be significantly limited to create even more open space for a visit that promotes physical distancing in a safe environment. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and limited to manage capacity. Reservations can be made at SeaWorld.com/san-antonio/tickets/reservations/.
Fans of Mexican and Latin food and drink can satisfy their taste buds with delectable street vendor food options from a Fiesta del Mar chef-created menu that includes nachos, tacos, tostadas, roasted corn, churros, mangonadas; drinks including margaritas, Modelo, Modelo Negra, Dos Equis, and Tecate beers, and non-alcoholic beverages; and the ever popular San Antonio favorite, chicken on a stick! The celebration will also include a Fiesta del Mar Market with themed merchandise, recuerdos (souvenirs), medals and more. SeaWorld Pass Members have the special opportunity on Sunday, November 8 to receive a FREE SeaWorld 2020 medal, exclusively designed for and only available to pass members, featuring a moving replica of the state’s Tallest, Fastest, Longest and Newest wooden coaster – Texas Stingray (quantities are limited, while supplies last). Guests will also be treated to live music concerts with popular local bands The Chisme, and Bidi Bidi Banda (a Selena tribute band!) and enjoy the exciting rides and SeaWorld attractions they’ve come to love.
“San Antonians are craving a return to their cherished traditions, but wanting to celebrate safely with friends and family,” said Byron Surrett, President of SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio. “Our first-ever Fiesta del Mar will give our guests this special opportunity to enjoy the perfect combination of our Mexican heritage, and memorable community and family fellowship.”
After a day of festive fun, the night sky will come to colorful life when guests cap off the party with a Fiesta del Mar fireworks extravaganza! This jaw-dropping show features a Folklorico dancer pre-show and an amazing finale of vivid flames, sparks, and aerial bursts of color, all set to Latin music. This fireworks spectacular can be viewed from socially distanced seating at Bayside Stadium, around the banks of the water ski lake, and throughout the park.
SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR OFFERS EXCITEMENT AND TREATS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY WITH LIMITED CAPACITY AND SAFE FRIENDLY FUN!
Modified with enhanced health and safety measures, popular daytime Halloween celebration returns as SeaWorld hosts safe festivities, weekends September 25 – November 1
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (9-24-20) – SeaWorld is offering more treats than tricks this year at its modified Halloween Spooktacular. In this year’s peculiarly eerie month of October that includes five weekends and two full moons (a rare blue moon on Halloween night!), this not-so-scary Halloween experience has been adapted for safe adventures and fun, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from September 25 through November 1. Guests can enjoy traditional Halloween favorites like physically-distant trick-or-treating at stations staffed by ambassadors with gloves and face coverings, a spacious pumpkin patch picnic, kid-friendly Halloween shows and characters with physically-distant viewing, creative costumes, and a wide-open outdoor hay maze to get lost in. This daytime event is perfect for both kids and those who are kids at heart to explore the friendly frights of the park’s 250 acres.
While the kids enjoy Halloween fun, parents can enjoy a treat of their own as SeaWorld extends its popular Bier Fest! Extended until November 1, this added month of the popular beer festival gives grown-ups even more opportunities to enjoy 60 different brews and sample popular pub foods.
Guests are encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and limited to manage capacity. Reservations can be made at SeaWorld.com/san-antonio/tickets/reservations/.
“With talk of Halloween being cancelled this year, we are excited to share that our Halloween Spooktacular, modified to reflect the important needs of our guests including limited capacity, is back to provide friends and families a chance to get out and enjoy the fall open air in our parks,” said Byron Surrett, President of SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio. “Our guests have come to love our seasonal events like Spooktacular and Bier Fest, and we are committed to hosting them in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Halloween Spooktacular Highlights:
Halloween Hay Maze: Twist and turn your way through a silly Halloween maze that’s tons of fun for younger and older guests alike! Capacity will be limited to promote social distancing.
Trick-or-Treating: Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat for ghoulish goodies at three different locations, all while maintaining safe physical distancing. Each trick-or-treat station features an assortment of candy favorites, and fun characters like pirates, scarecrows, and princesses distributing candy in face coverings and gloves for optimal protection.
Pumpkin Patch Picnic: Located at Rosita’s Cantina, this traditional autumn favorite combines a delicious meal with exciting character appearances all while safely social distancing. With protective food service barriers, widely spaced single-party tables, sanitization between meals and more, guests are bound to have a safe, fun time for the whole family.
Photo Opportunities: This fun-filled family experience features physically distanced photo opportunities with colorful fall backdrops as well as with some of the friendly characters park-goers have come to love and enjoy.
Just a reminder that one of SeaWorld’s most popular annual events, Bier Fest, begins this Friday, September 4th! Big thrills are on tap at this exciting celebration of brew at SeaWorld San Antonio. Bier Fest will feature a lineup of more than 60 beers from around the globe, including a variety of local favorites. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in September, as well as on Labor Day, guests can safely explore and sample local and global beers, and snack on tasty pub food favorites.
To add to the excitement, kicking things off on Saturday and Sunday (September 5 & 6) will be an impressive Labor Day fireworks display. Lighting up the night sky from two separate locations around the park, guest can spread out around the water ski lake, entrance plaza, and various other locations to safely take in the impressive display and allow for socially distanced viewing.
We’re thrilled to continue an exciting line up of fall events that not only includes Bier Fest, but Halloween Spooktacular in October as well. Please reach out if you’d like to cover this story or any other of the exciting things happening at SeaWorld.
Safe and Fun Experiences at SeaWorld continue into 2021. Park Announces All-New Season Pass Product Plus Year-Round Limited Capacity Operating Schedule!
For a limited time, guests can purchase the all new for 2021 SeaWorld Season Pass product and receive unlimited free admission to SeaWorld for the rest of 2020 and all of 2021 plus get Aquatica and free parking! Our best deal of the season for guests that buy now!
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (8-25-20) – SeaWorld San Antonio is excited to announce an ALL-NEW 2021 Season Pass product packed with excusive benefits and incredible value! This all-new 2021 Season Pass provides guests with unlimited access to SeaWorld for the entire 2021 season (through January 2, 2022). This new product is a pass for the 2021 season and provides guests another option and way to visit in addition to our popular annual pass products which allow for visitation at any time for 12 months after activating the annual pass. With limited capacity and enhanced health and safety protocols, guests can plan their next outdoor park adventure now by purchasing the new 2021 Season Pass. For a limited time only, if guests purchase this new product now they will receive FREE Aquatica waterpark access, FREE parking, and the remainder of the 2020 season for FREE, all for only $79.99!
The ALL-NEW 2021 Season Pass product is the perfect way to safely enjoy SeaWorld’s amazing animal attractions, thrilling rides (including Texas Stingray, the tallest, fastest, longest wooden coaster in Texas), and exciting events with physical distancing. In addition to all of the excitement of SeaWorld, and for a limited time only, the new 2021 Season Pass will also include unlimited admission to Aquatica, San Antonio’s BEST waterpark, for FREE. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Pass members will also enjoy exclusive perks such as merchandise discounts at the SeaWorld store and all gift shops throughout the park, as well as access to special events hosted just for pass members
SeaWorld and Aquatica’s attractions and events have been modified to limit capacity and create a safe experience for guests to roam the park’s 250 acres with friends and families. In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, daily capacity for both parks will be significantly limited to create even more open space for guests to maintain safe physical distancing. Reservations are required and limited and can be made at Seaworld.com/san-antonio/tickets/reservations/
And for the first time in over a decade, SeaWorld will operate year round1! Fans can enjoy 12 continuous months of fun and safe park experiences rolling into 2021. After SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration this winter and the turn of the New Year, guests now have the additional months of January and February to enjoy all the unique sites and experiences that SeaWorld has to offer in a safe outdoor environment with limited capacity.
As an added bonus, guests who purchase a 2021 Season Pass will enjoy the rest of the 2020 season for FREE including roaming the park’s 250 acres during our upcoming Bier Fest, Halloween Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration events, as well as the current A Taste of Seven Seas continuing through the month of August. All events have been modified to promote enhanced health and safety measures to keep our guests and their families safe. The 2021 SeaWorld Season Pass allows guests to play now through the end of 2021!
For guests looking for MORE fun and incredible value, benefits and exciting experiences, our Annual Passes are packed with more benefits than ever to enjoy our parks year round. These passes provide guests the flexibility to visit any time they want for 12 months after activating the annual pass. They are also the only way to pay using our popular EZ Pay monthly payment plans.
Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Passes now include all new benefits (the best in SeaWorld’s history) with up to six (6) free bring-a-friend tickets, VIP parking, up to 50% off in-park discounts, free access to animal interactions, and much, much more. Upgrading to the Silver, Gold, or Platinum Pass also allows for the option to pay using our EZ Pay monthly payment plans. EZ Pay payments start as low as $5.99 a month.
To purchase a new 2021 Season Pass or Annual Pass visit Seaworld.com/san-antonio/annual-pass/
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Texas Stingray, the GCI wooden coaster has been completed. Below are some videos from media day filmed on 2-21-2020. I used a RYLO on my forward facing POV and SeaWorld provided a Reverse POV for all media representatives for free.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Sept. 12, 2019) – Today, SeaWorld San Antonio announced exciting details about Texas Stingray – the soon to be tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster in the state of Texas, set to open in spring 2020. This record-breaking coaster, which will reach a top speed of 55 mph, will be located across from the new Turtle Reef exhibit between Orca Stadium and the Rio Loco river rapids ride.
“Texas Stingray marks a new wave of excitement for SeaWorld,” said SeaWorld San Antonio’s Vice President of General Services Scott Bacon. “We continue to provide new reasons to visit SeaWorld and offer exciting new adventures for our guests with a blend of thrilling rides, family attractions and incredible animal and educational experiences.”
What’s in store for Texas Stingray riders? A breathtaking hundred-foot drop, a sensory-bending hundred-foot tunnel and much more:
TEXAS STINGRAY RIDE STATS
TYPE OF RIDE: Wooden Roller Coaster – Tallest, Fastest and Longest in Texas
SPECIAL FEATURES: 57° first drop and 76° high turns
RIDE LENGTH: 3,379 feet of track
DROP HEIGHTH: 100-ft. drop
MAXIMUM SPEED: 55 mph
MAXIMUM HEIGHTH: 96 feet
TUNNEL: 100 feet
AIRTIME HILLS: 16 airtime hills
MINIMUM RIDER HEIGHT: Riders must be 46 inches or taller
RIDE DURATION: More than two minutes
LOCATION: Spanning the new Turtle Reef exhibit between Orca Stadium and the Rio Loco river rapids ride
RIDE MANUFACTURER: Great Coasters International (GCI)
RIDE OPEN DATE: Spring 2020
Texas Stingray marks a major addition to SeaWorld San Antonio’s gravity-defying roller coaster portfolio. With Texas Stingray, the park will now be home to five unique coaster experiences. Spanning a range of ages and thrills, Texas Stingray joins:
Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster – a double-launch, jet ski-inspired coaster based on marine animal rescue missions
Great White – a floorless steel roller coaster that challenges riders to 360-degree flips, breathtaking loops, corkscrews and thrilling curves at speeds of up to 50 mph
Steel Eel – a true hypercoaster featuring a 15-story vertical drop, followed by a series of camelbacks giving riders periods of weightlessness
Super Grover’s Box Car Derby – a junior-sized steel roller coaster perfect for families with younger children
The best way for guests to enjoy Texas Stingray next year, and all of SeaWorld, is with a Fun Card or Annual Pass. Now through Oct. 27, 2019, guests can buy a SeaWorld Fun Card for just $67.50 and enjoy the rest of the 2019 season FREE, as well as the entire 2020 SeaWorld season. For only $89.99, guests can buy a TWO PARK Fun Card and get access to BOTH SeaWorld and Aquatica for the rest of 2019 and the full 2020 season. For more information, including how to save up to 30% on SeaWorld Silver, Gold, and Platinum Annual Passes, visit SeaWorldSanAntonio.com.