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Explorer's Reef

SeaWorld San Diego has revealed plans to overhaul its entrance area, creating a heavily-themed plaza dubbed Explorer's Reef.

The park's main gates will be converted into a giant wave, with guests able to purchase tickets, book animal experiences and make restaurant reservations from a single area. They will then move into the Explorer's Reef area, which will be designed to resemble an underwater reef.

While Explorer's Reef will feature no major new rides, it will instantly connect visitors with SeaWorld San Diego's selection of marine creatures. Four 24,000-gallon touch pools will host a variety of saltwater and freshwater fish, including 4000 brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks. In total, guests will be able to get up-close-and-personal with nearly 5,000 fish.

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Alongside the interactive touch pool experience, Explorer's Reef will also boast a selection of new dining locations and a number of shops selling SeaWorld merchandise. Construction is expected to begin in December 2012, with a temporary entrance being put in place until the new area opens in March 2014.

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