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Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Commemorate the Asian holiday near Mission Bay

Dolphins and killer whales aren’t the only things leaping through the air at this top attraction in February. In commemoration of the annual Lunar New Year, special events focus on Asian cultures, with performances, foods, music, and decorations.

Watch the Chinese Acrobats of Hebei create human towers and perform such traditional  how-do-they-do-that stunts as plate spinning, hoop diving, hat juggling, chair stacking, feats of contortion, and more inside the Mission Bay Theater. Performances last 25 minutes and take place four times a day. Outside, see lion dancers swirling in their elaborate and colorful costumes, with oversized heads and menacing scowls, meant to frighten away evil spirits in anticipation of the coming year. Accompanied by the thunderous pounding of enormous taiko drums, it’s an experience to be remembered. Even dining at SeaWorld San Diego gets a Lunar New Year twist, with food inspired by the cuisines of China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and others served during the festivities. (For dessert, don’t miss the green tea macaroons.)

In observance of the tradition of wishing prosperity and good fortune to family and friends, each person will receive a red envelope with a surprise gift inside upon entry of the park during the Lunar New Year celebration. It could be a coupon for discounted culinary treats, VIP seating for the Mission Bay Theater performances, or even free admission to SeaWorld.

All events are included as part of your admission, so you can also take in all the other shows and enjoy the rides throughout SeaWorld during your visit.