SeaWorld San Diego 

Ocean Explorer





Ocean Explorer


Guests of all ages visiting SeaWorld® San Diego will dive into an all-new realm of deep-sea discovery with Ocean Explorer™. Family-friendly children’s rides and multiple aquariums combined with new digital technologies creating an experience centered on exploration that are not only fun, but inspire guests to protect the wonders of our oceans.


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“We want to bring animal lovers up close and personal to an undersea world while providing them a family-fun experience,” said SeaWorld San Diego’s park president, Marilyn Hannes. “Our exciting children’s rides and encounters with some incredible animals found in the deep ocean make for a truly engaging experience.”

The Ocean Explorer realm features five adventurous and fun children’s rides. 


Submarine Quest, boasting the world’s first interactive digital ride using “smart play” technology, enables riders to guide their mission of oceanic exploration. The rides proprietary gaming platform lets guests actively explore their surroundings during this three-minute ride while moving through digital—and sculptural—representations of an undersea world.


Tentacle Twirl is an exhilarating wave swinger ride where guests will fly in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly. Three additional family-friendly rides—Aqua Scout, a jump-around ride; OctaRock, a happy swing ride; and Sea Dragon Drop, a family free-fall tower—round out the fun of this immersive, new attraction.

Guests can also get up close to real giant Pacific octopuses, Japanese spider crabs and California moray eels in three uniquely designed aquariums.  Interactive surprises like pop-up bubbles and a kid crawl tubes inside the actual octopus and crab aquariums allow younger guests face to face with these incredible species.

 “Ocean Explorer is an amazing addition to SeaWorld San Diego, for guests of all ages,” said Hannes. “The opportunity to see and learn about some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures, coupled with a mix of distinctive rides and activities, gives our visitors a meaningful experience only SeaWorld can create.”

“Introducing our guests to amazing animals like giant octopuses, spider crabs, and moray eels so that they can learn, be inspired, and want to help preserve their ocean home is something we can’t wait to share.”


Ocean Explorer creates an expedition of wonder across the seven seas. By combining multiple aquariums, exciting rides, and digital technologies, guests will engage in an experience centered on exploration inspiring them to protect our oceans.


As adventurers on a global expedition of scientific exploration, guests will travel to Ocean Explorer’s remarkable undersea animals aboard submarines know as Submarine Quest. Embarking on these mini subs, the signature ride of the attraction, visitors will become researchers on a mission to collect data and learn how they can help animals. This three-minute experience will include an onboard digital navigation dashboard, as well as a few other surprises along with their journey, enhancing the riders’ understanding of the ocean ecosystem.


The heart and destination of Ocean Explorer will be a series of undersea research bases housing specially-designed aquariums and interactive activities displaying unique as well as elusive ocean animals. 


“I can’t be more thrilled about Ocean Explorer,” said Mike Price, SeaWorld San Diego’s assistant curator of fishes. “We will give our visitors the chance to come eye-to-eye with amazing animals like giant octopuses, huge spider crabs and dozens of moray eels – some of which have never been seen at the park before. We will also give everyone a variety of different vantage points to view the animals by taking them around and inside these underwater habitats.”


Ocean Explorer will also feature an exhilarating wave swinger ride where guests will literally fly through thousands of real bubbles in chairs suspended from the tentacles of a giant jelly. Three additional family-friendly rides will round out the fun of this immersive, new attraction.

Ocean Explorer Tentacal Twirl
Meet our Dolphins
Giant Octopus
Submarine Quest
Submarine Quest boarding
Ocean Explorer Subm