Sea World History
The first Sea World Zoological Park opened on March 21, 1964 in San Diego, California. It was founded by four graduates from the University of California in Los Angeles, Milton C. Shedd, Ken Norris, David Demott, and George Millay, who originally set out to create an underwater restaurant. After it was deemed technically unfeasible to go ahead with their restaurant plans, they changed their concept to opening a marine zoological park that was committed to educating the public, entertaining, researching and conserving marine wildlife animals.
The first Sea World park consisted of only a few dolphins, sea lions, six attractions and two aquariums. The park employed and was operated with forty five employees. The overall initial investment in the park was one and half million dollars. The park was located along twenty two acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. The first year there were more than four hundred thousand visitors to the park. This proved that the public had a genuine curiosity and fascination for marine wildlife. It was clear that more zoological parks would be welcomed around the country.
When it originally opened, Sea World was held as a private partnership. To help with the building plans of opening more parks around the country, Sea World began to offer its stock public ally in 1968 so that it would enable the company’s growth. In 1970, construction of the second Sea World Zoological Park were completed, and the park opened in Aurora, Ohio which is near Cleveland. The company noticed at the time, the success of the Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida. The company directors soon began making plans for a third park in this area and in 1973 the Sea World Orlando park opened to the public, reaffirming again that the public was eager for more knowledge where marine animals were concerned.
At this time Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Incorporated, a company better known for being a text book publishing company, owned and operated the three parks. With an overwhelming increase in visitors to the parks, HBJ decided to add another. They began their designs on their fourth park, this one being in San Antonio, Texas. This was the largest Sea World park that was ever constructed and continues to be so even today.
In November 1989, HBJ sold the Sea World zoological parks to Anheuser-Busch Companies, Incorporated. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Incorporated has continued to add attractions and additional educational areas to bring public awareness to the need for preserving the marine animals. Some of their other attractions that Anheuser Busch has also incorporated to the zoological parks that are non-marine themed included viewing stations of the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses and amusement rides. In 2001, Anheuser-Busch Companies Incorporated sold the Sea World Sandusky zoological park located in Ohio to Six Flags theme parks. They still currently operate the remaining three SeaWorld parks.
Ways to Get Discounts, Deals, and Coupon Codes for Sea World
If you are planning a visit to one of the three Sea World zoological parks in the country, you can plan on viewing many different marine animals in their natural habitat. Some of the animals that are located within the zoological parks include sea lions, penguins, dolphins, orcas, shark exhibits, walrus exhibits and sea otters among many other fascinating creatures of our waters. Committed to preserving and educating people about these animals, you are sure to walk away with a great amount of education about each of these animals. You will be amazed and entertained as well.
If you are planning on visiting Sea World, there are many ways to save money on your vacation. Some examples of previous savings include:
If you visit www.seaworld.com you can purchase a silver pass which is good for one year for $109 and receive the second year for free; purchase a platinum pass that gives you two years of unlimited admissions to the parks for $259. You can also purchase the passes on a monthly e-z pay plan.