SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – SeaWorld San Diego will partially reopen to the public later this week.
Starting Friday, Aug. 28, the park will open its doors to guests for what it is calling Zoo Days: Bayside BBQ & Brews.
In a press release, the company said, “With enhanced health and safety measures, guests can safely roam the park’s expansive grounds, enjoy amazing animal exhibits and presentations, and savor a limited-time food and beverage experience with all new BBQ and beer-infused menus throughout the park, paired with San Diego’s best craft brews.”
In addition to the food and drink offerings, guests will be able to enjoy the park’s outdoor animal exhibits and shows such as the Dolphin, Sea Lion and Orca Encounter
The special event will run on weekends from Aug. 28-Sept. 27. The event will also take place on Labor Day weekend.
A limited number of guests will be allowed in the park on each day, with park hours from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Park officials suggest guests purchase tickets in advance:
“All guests, including Fun Card holders and Pass Members must purchase a date-specific ticket online to this limited time experience. Each ticket for this experience includes park entry, animal presentations and outdoor exhibits as well as a tasting lanyard to experience our chef created BBQ and paired craft beer offerings. Tickets are available for $74.99 for adults and $64.99 for children (ages 3-9).
Pass Members and Fun Card Holders may purchase online and make a reservation for over 50% OFF at the special price of $30 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-9).
As reservations will be limited to this experience, guests are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets starting Monday, August 24 at 9:00 A.M. PT. Please visit seaworldsandiego.com/tickets for more details.”
In a post on Instagram, SeaWorld San Diego stated the following regarding Annual Passes and Fun Cards:
"While we are opening for this limited capacity experience, this is not our official reopening and will not take away from the extra days you will receive due to the temporary closure. We have automatically extended your Annual Passes and Fun Cards for a period of at least as long as the temporary closure of the full park. Additionally, all Annual Passes have been upgraded to the next tier level and applicable benefits are accessible during Zoo Days.
You must purchase a discounted date-specific ticket to attend this experience which includes six food or drink items (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) of your choice along with other discounts and perks as well. Discounted tickets are now available through your member portal.
If you have more questions about your pass options, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Under the partial reopening, SeaWorld San Diego’s outdoor areas will be open but indoor areas and rides will remain closed.
New health and safety regulations will be in place, including temperature checks and face covering requirements for guests.
The limited reopening comes days after the park -- a licensed and accredited zoo -- was given the green light to open under California’s guidance for zoos.
The park has been fully closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.