Last year, Emperor ruled SeaWorld San Diego. This year, the theme park will roll out two more major additions, Arctic Rescue — the roller coaster we first told you about last fall — and its newly-announced play zone dubbed Rescue Jr.
Let’s take a look at the kid-friendly area planned for the ever-changing local attraction. It’s set to open Saturday, May 27.
According to SeaWorld San Diego, Rescue Jr. is set to open later this spring alongside Arctic Rescue. It’ll replace the park’s Sesame Street Bay of Play, so “Sesame Street” fans will have to head to sister park Sesame Place San Diego for that kind of fun.
Rescue Jr. will focus on teaching kids about animal conservation through interactive play, and access will be included with park admission.
⛵ It’ll feature:
- A splash pad with fountains that mimic the occasional wake of a harbor
- Climbing structures, puzzles, an obstacle course, and soft-play areas for little guests
- Three new rides — we spy visions of jet ski, boat, and tidepool-themed fun
- Real animal rescue vehicles — like truck and dinghy — that previously helped SeaWorld in its ongoing mission to rehabilitate animals
- Opportunities to see rescued animals up close — like marsupials, primates, and reptiles — and hear their stories via daily educational presentations from Rescue Team members
SeaWorld says this play area is the “first and only of its kind” across all its parks and puts animal rescue at its forefront.
Jim Lake, SeaWorld San Diego Park President, said in a press release that he hopes the addition “ignites a passion in kids to become animal rescuers, scientists, veterinarians, or conservationists.”
We’re keeping a close eye on this opening and will bring you updates as we get them.