SAN DIEGO, CA — Spring 2023 just got even more exciting with the
announcement of the upcoming opening of SeaWorld San Diego’s all-new kid-friendly play
area, Rescue Jr. Opening soon, children will become the heroes of the park and learn about
animal rescue and rehabilitation in the coolest way possible – through hands-on, active, and
engaging experiences Kids can enjoy exciting play elements, a splash pad, water features,
climbing structures and amazing rides. Real rescue vehicles, an obstacle course, puzzles, fun
animal facts, and tips on how to help conservation every day add to the fun. Aspiring
conservationists can also see rescued animals up close, hearing their amazing stories of survival
and learning more about how to get involved in helping protect marine animals everywhere.
SeaWorld is one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world and has come to
the aid of over 40,000 injured and orphaned animals.

Every park guest can feel good knowing their visit makes a difference in conservation as a
portion of proceeds from tickets and in park purchases goes toward SeaWorld’s rescue and
rehabilitation efforts.

“This first of its kind play area is another exciting addition to our amazing educational theme
park and puts marine animal rescue at the forefront with our guests. Rescue Jr. is a fun and
exciting way for our younger guests to learn about the animal rescue that our dedicated teams
do every day, 365 days a year,” said Jim Lake, SeaWorld San Diego Park President. “No matter
how young, my hope is that all guests come away with a better understanding of how
important it is to be a part of protecting the animals around us and maybe we can be the spark
that ignites a passion in kids to become animal rescuers, scientists, veterinarians or

Splash, play and learn with interactive activities that take kids on a rescue quest
Guests will have non-stop fun and adventure with interactive play elements, splashingly fun
water features, thrilling climbing structures, and engaging rides that will take them on a rescue

• At the Rescue Bay Splash Zone is Rescue 1, a large boat docked and ready to bring a
world of watery fun with it. Surrounding this impressive ship will be a shallow-water
rescue training ground and splash pad area. Rescue trainees can test themselves as they
navigate through an aquatic agility course made up of colorful geometric sculptures
and “buoy-like” interactives that spray and splash. Playful fountains will be scattered
throughout the area to mimic the occasional wake that is created in a busy harbor.

• Young adventurers can test their mental and physical ability with the Rescue Training
Obstacle Course, a new dry play area with three play offerings. The Nautical Net Climb
offers a twisting, extensive network of nets that elevate into the sky leading to one of
three training towers that are connected to each other with swaying net bridges and
suspended tunnels. The Breakwater Bounce is a large, enclosed area with an inflated air
bag floor for jumping, tumbling and all matter of exhilarating moves for young rescuersin-training. At the Tadpole Play, a large open soft play area allows for curious
exploration for our littlest guests.

• Young minds and imaginations will soar at the Rescue Jr. Play Yard, an interactive area
with four areas of role playing. Through activities that encourage and build upon
communication, movement and discovery, children can go through the process from
receiving the rescue call to returning the animals to their natural habitats. The Play Yard
will include talk tubes to receive the rescue calls, a mini obstacle course made of smaller
crawl and climb elements to simulate the challenges of conducting a rescue, and
playground puzzles and mazes matching sea life and their habitats to symbolize the
animal returns.

• Young guests can play pretend and get prepared to be part of the Rescue Team in the
Mini Rescuer Training Zone. This soft play area is full of ocean themed play structures
where children can sit and play on a Rescue boat and plane, climb on a sandcastle,
ocean rocks and a pier, plus have adventures with dolphins and sea lions.

• The Rescue Garage allows guests to get up close and personal with former rescue
vehicles like a pickup truck and a dinghy boat that were formerly used in real life
rescues. Integrated among these exciting artifacts are educational graphics and details
about the types of missions these vehicles have been used for.
Ride to the rescue with three exciting new rides the entire family can enjoy

• Guests can board Rescue Rafter, a fully equipped Rescue boat and ride the waves just
like the dedicated teams at SeaWorld Rescue! These heroes are prepared for any and
all seaworthy situations and young visitors will be too after experiencing the
gentle swaying and surprising spins that the ocean can bring to their missions.

• Rescue Riders offers the option to ride a colorful Rescue Jr. jet ski and whirl through the
air on to a big rescue mission! The heroes of SeaWorld Rescue use a variety of water
vehicles during their rescue missions and guests can experience the jet ski operation in
this unique aerial experience.

• Another family-friendly ride is Tidepool Twist, which offers a twisting, turning journey
around a colorful tide pool that will have guests going around and around with the tide.
Prior to enjoying the ride, guests can learn more through informational graphics about
the differences between types of sea life found in tide pools.

See rescued animal ambassadors and hear their amazing stories

On the Rescue Jr. Stage, guests can meet Animal Conservation Ambassadors and learn about a
variety of unique rescued animals during daily presentations. This fun and educational
presentation shares the story of conservation ambassadors, animal care, and rescue. Guests
will have hands-on experience with many incredible rescued animals, such as marsupials,
primates, and reptiles, and learn about their unique stories.

Meet the heroes of the SeaWorld San Diego Rescue Team

The SeaWorld San Diego Rescue Team is on call every day of the year to help pinnipeds, sea
turtles, and sea and shore birds in the water and on land and now guests have the opportunity
to meet the Rescue Team members in person and hear true rescue stories that happen every
day in San Diego. The Rescue Team members will make appearances and share the full cycle of
animal rescue from the call on the rescue hotline through the process of getting to a healthy
state to the return to their natural habitats. Stories will range from the sea lion who roamed the
freeway to Lefty the loggerhead turtle with a partial missing left flipper to so many more!

Guests will walk away informed with valuable tips and information on how they can help our
oceans and lands and prevent animals from being harmed and needing rescue.
Learn more from one of the largest marine animal rescue organizations in the world
In partnership with state, local & federal agencies, stranding networks, zoos & aquariums, and
many others, SeaWorld Rescue teams are on call 24/7 to help ill, injured, or orphaned animals
in need of expert care, always with the goal to return healthy animals back to the wild. Rescue
Jr. will have educational information throughout the entire play area with details about the
challenges that animals in the wild face that often require their rescue and simple steps that
the public can take to limit these hazards for animals. Guests will learn the process the
SeaWorld Rescue team goes through to perform a rescue and what they can do if they find an
animal in need. The concept of rehabilitation will be taught in a kid-friendly way leaning in on
familiar subjects in interactive play areas. The act of an animal return will be conveyed with
various activities and puzzles that will demonstrate the return of an animal to their natural

Support Rescue Efforts All Year Long with an Annual Pass

The best way to visit Rescue Jr. and play all year-round while supporting SeaWorld’s
conservation efforts is with an Annual Pass. For the low price of $13.50 a month, guests can
enjoy unlimited visits* to explore the park as many times as they want to visit amazing animals,
experience seasonal events, and enjoy family and thrill rides including upcoming family-friendly
coaster Arctic Rescue, the longest and fastest straddle coaster on the West Coast, opening in
Spring 2023. A portion of proceeds from SeaWorld tickets and in park purchases goes toward
funding rescue and rehabilitation.
*Some restrictions and blockout dates apply.

The new Rescue Jr. area is replacing the former Sesame Street Bay of Play at SeaWorld. Sesame
Street fans can now meet their favorite furry friends at Sesame Place San Diego, the ALL-New
theme park located in Chula Vista, just 20 minutes south of SeaWorld. Sesame Place features
18 Sesame Street-themed rides and exciting water attractions, a family-friendly rollercoaster
and a 500,000-gallon wave pool. The park also features an engaging musical play area, an
interactive Sesame Street Neighborhood complete with the iconic 123 Stoop, daily live
character shows, an award-winning parade, one-of-a-kind photo opportunities and more! For
more information on Sesame Place visit

For more information on events, park hours and to purchase tickets and/or Annual Passes, visit Be sure to follow SeaWorld San Diego on Facebook and Instagram for
the latest park updates and information.

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company
providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild
wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and
a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry, and veterinary care. The Company
collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and
has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates
marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned, with the goal of
returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 40,000 animals
in need over the Company’s history.  

Over its more than 60-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12
destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States,
many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company’s theme parks
feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal
which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. 

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