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  • Milsaerhub
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    Interesting thread

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  • Coasterjunkie
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    I remember those days. Disney really couldn't do anything about it because they didn't control the air space above their parks.

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  • KingEric
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    In 1992 SeaWorld San Diego flew a blimp over Disney MGM Studios! ROFL

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  • krpink
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ID:	7348768Wanted to share what I found. An aerial view of SeaWorld showing the USA map directly in the center. This is the color I remember it being, obviously very faded from the sun compared to the photo shared earlier. Now can any one help identify the other structures? I see the dolphin stadium at the top center

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  • Coasterjunkie
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    Found a video of the Intensity Games ski show at SWO. It looks liek it's from the early 2000's as Kraken is there (opened in 2000) but the Hawiian Punch Village is still there where the Waterfront area is as is the old bridge connecting the Hawiaan Punch Village to Shamu Stadium.

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  • wiigirl
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    Originally posted by Trumpet View Post
    it is amazing how the park has changed since thw 1980s.
    Agreed....I love looking at old photos to see all the changes.

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  • KingEric
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    SeaWorld San Diego from 1970



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  • KingEric
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    1991 Dolphin Show at SeaWorld Orlando... oh wow how times have changed... for the BETTER! lol

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  • KingEric
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    Here is a laser show from SeaWorld San Antonio from 1992 with a lot of the similar effects

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  • KingEric
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    I remember the Hedge Maze, the Map and the Chess Board from when I was little. I thought that the Hedge Maze was the coolest thing ever!

    I also remember a really cool Laser Show at SeaWorld San Diego in 1989/1990 where they made the old SeaWorld Shamu logo appear in the sky by the use of a Laser!

    I remember thinking that was one of the most incredible things ever.

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  • dazyhill
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    Looks like there may have been a garden area as it looks like there were some walkways going back by the flagpole.[/QUOTE]

    When HBJ owned the park, there was an awesome hedge maze off to the side of the giant map. There was also a giant chess board too. HBJ also had a HUGE bookstore in Sea World that stocked a lot of the books HBJ published and tons of educational toys.

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  • dazyhill
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    Here is all the information for The Wave Maker.

    Title and Author: The Wave Maker by Tim o'Brien
    Subtitle: The story of theme park pioneer George Millay and the creation of Sea World, Magic Mountain, and Wet 'n'Wild.

    Publisher/Date: Ripley Publishing 2005

    ISBN# 1893951081 (use the Advance Search on Amazon and enter the ISBN number, the book is on the website.

    Price on Amazon: 6 sellers have new copies on Amazon for $20.95 (original publishing price was $25) There are 21 sellers selling used copies for $6.62

    Or borrow it from your local library, that's were I found it.

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  • Coasterjunkie
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    I tried looking for Wave Maker on Amazon and Barnes & Nobles websites and I can't find anything there. Please let me know where I can find a copy online as I'd like to order a book if its possible.

    Looks like there may have been a garden area as it looks like there were some walkways going back by the flagpole.

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  • krpink
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    Originally posted by KingEric View Post
    You can see on Google Maps at San Antonio where their state map used to be!

    Google Maps
    Thats awesome!! I love things like that. Must be cool to see in person.

    I will also look into the Wave Maker. Thanks!

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  • KingEric
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    You can see on Google Maps at San Antonio where their state map used to be!

    Google Maps

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  • KingEric
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    I am going to have to read The Wave Maker!

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  • Trumpet
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    it is amazing how the park has changed since thw 1980s.

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  • dazyhill
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    The restaurant that was outside the Sea World San Diego park was called Atlantis. From what I remember from George Millay's biography The Wave Maker ,Atlantis was the be place to be in San Diego. I don't remember when Atlantis closed, but the complex is still there. It's now the research center of Sea World.
    I highly recommend The Wave Maker if you are interested in the early history of Sea World. George Millay also had hand in developing Six Flags Magic Mountain and built the successful Wet n Wild water parks.

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  • KingEric
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    I remember the giant ball pit, and I remember being afraid of it thinking it had no bottom! lol

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  • krpink
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    Originally posted by dazyhill View Post
    I miss the old Sea World without the roller coasters and rides. For me it was always visiting the animals and watching the shows.
    As a kid I remember Captain Kidd's play area well. I was five and jumped into a ballpit and could not get out! The balls were up to my neck and I couldn't move around. I had to be pulled out.
    I also remember a boat ride around Mission Bay. I think I only did that once and I think it was just a motorboat. I don't remember it being a hydrofoil boat.
    I thought the Japanese Village used to be where Manta now is. I say this because the Manta Touch Pool had some Japanese tile work on a wall and it was rather old. The gift shop in that area also had a wide selection of pearls including the harvest your own variety.
    Haha I remember that ball pit as well! That thing was huge when you were little.
    I don't remember the boat around Mission Bay though.

    does anyone else remember the really nice restaurant that was on the other side of the Sky Ride? That was when you could go to the restaurant from outside of SeaWorld and pay a small fee just to ride the Sky Ride

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