SeaWorld Kicks Off 60th Anniversary Celebrations

SeaWorld is turning 60 this year, and the parks have revealed big plans to celebrate all year long. The party officially gets started on March 21st – 60 years to the day that SeaWorld first opened its gates in 1964 – and will be in full swing through the weekend and continue throughout the year. The parks are teasing what’s to come as the 60th celebrations get underway, including all-new themed rides and attractions coming this spring, exciting new presentations and shows this summer and more exclusive, collectible merchandise dropping throughout the rest of the year.


To get the celebration started, the parks will be hosting a special 60th Anniversary launch party March 21-24 that will feature:

  • The return of fan-favourite live costumed characters, including Shamu, Coral, and Puck, plus confetti ribbon cannons and a cake-cutting ceremony with specially crafted celebratory cupcakes for guests, while supplies last.
  • New and returning fan favourite food and beverage items, including special snacks, desserts and drinks.
  • New and exclusive vintage merchandise, including reusable water bottles, plush animals, snow globes, backpacks, notebooks, blankets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, a custom Precious Moments collectible, and more.
  • A variety of special entertainment, including dancers and high-energy atmospheric acts.
  • Commemorative in-park screens sharing memorable moments in the parks from guests and ambassadors. Guests are invited to share their own images and videos of their favourite SeaWorld memories using #SeaWorld60.
  • All-new historical exhibits: Pass Member Lounge in SeaWorld Orlando and Explorers Hub in SeaWorld San Diego. These exhibits invite guests to embark on a trip down memory lane through SeaWorld’s 60-year history.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 60 years of creating enriching, animal care experiences, exhilarating rides and all-around fun for everyone with our family – the exceptional guests, ambassadors and partners that have made SeaWorld the special place it is today,” said Marc Swanson, Chief Executive Officer of United Parks & Resorts Inc. “As we look to the next 60 years and beyond, we are excited about the future and the one-of-a-kind experiences that will continue to inspire the next generation of guests.”

There’s “So Much More to Sea” at SeaWorld this year as the 60th Anniversary celebrations continue, with more new ways to enjoy all the parks have to offer coming this year, including:


  • All-New Thrilling Rides and Attractions: SeaWorld Orlando’s highly anticipated “Penguin Trek” will open this spring, and SeaWorld San Diego is getting ready to soon open “Jewels of the Sea: The Jellyfish Experience,” one of the largest jelly cylinders in the country.
  • All-New Presentations & Shows: New exciting Cirque-style shows at SeaWorld Orlando and a live performance character show: Shamu and Crew – ‘Together Again’ at SeaWorld San Diego, will bring guests more exciting experiences.
  • All-New Character Parades: Making its debut this summer, guests of all ages will enjoy a new 60thAnniversary celebration parade featuring fan favourite live costumed characters.
  • All-New 60th Anniversary Food & Beverage, Merchandise and Collectibles: Guests will be able to celebrate SeaWorld’s milestone 60th Anniversary with special limited-edition food and beverage offerings, collectables, and exclusive memorabilia throughout the year.