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1959
-On March 31st Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opens.

1964
On March 21st Sea World San Diego opens.

1970
Construction of Magic Mountain begins in January on a large plot of land in the newly
formed town of Valencia at a cost of $22 million.
-Sea World of Ohio is opened by Milton C. Shedd, Ken Norris, David Demont, and George Millay.
-Sea World opens for it's 1st season on May 29th.
It is the second Sea World Marine Life Park. It is 50 acres, cost $50 million and is situated accross the lake from Geauga
Lake Amusement Park.
-Adults $2.50
-Children 5-12 $1.25
-Kids under 5 are Free
-Sea World Closes for the season on Labor Day

1971
-Sea World opens for it's 2nd season on May 29th
-Magic Mountain opened to the public for it's inaugural season on May 29, 1971. It began
as a partnership between Sea World and Newhall Land and Farming to draw visitors from
San Fernando Valley. It gets off to a rough start and has to close after Thanksgiving for
significant renovations.
-The 3,500 seat Ski Stadium Opens at a cost of $1.5 MIllion. It is the largest in the
world. The Atlantic Richfield Water Ski Show is featured. It is produced by Tommy Bartlett.
-Royal Crown Seal and Penguin Show. It features El Goggle a 2,500 pound elephant seal, Rollie the penguin and Chester the Chimp
-The park wins top national landscaping honors.
-Ther park wins the Ohio Travel and Tourism Award.
-Adult Admission ages 18 and up $3.50
-Junior Admission ages 13 to 17 $2.50
-Child Admission ages 5 to 12 $1.25
-Children ages 4 and under are Free
-Parking is freeand has been expanded to accommodate up to 4,000 cars this year.
-Sea World Closes for the season on September 6th

1972
-Sea World opens for it's 3rd season on May 27th.
-On Memorial Day weekend, Magic Mountain reopens with an additional $5 million spent on improvements and new attractions.
-This years shows include: Shamu Goes Hollywood; Ding-a-Ling Brothers Circuis;
Robinson Cruiser; ARCO water ski show by Tommy Bartlett; Pearl Diving
-Adults $4.00
-Juniors 13-17 $2.60
-Children 5-12 $1.60
-Children under 5 are Free
-Free parking for 7,000 cars.
-Sea World Closes for the season on Labor Day

1973
-Sea World opens for it's 4th season on May 26th.
-This years shows include: Ding-A-Ling Bros. Circus; a Tropical Isle Dolphin Show;
Shamu Goes to Hollywood; The '73 ARCo Water Ski Show; And the Canadian Lumberjack Show
-Free Parking
-Sea World of Florida Opens
-Sea World closes for the season on September 9th

1974
-Sea World opens for it's 5th season.
-Exotic and Domestic Birds are added next to the Triquarium
-A Japanese gift shop is added near the pearl diving exibit
-A telephone is added near the information booth, another near the Pearl Diving Exibit, and another just outside the main gate.
-This years shows include: Seal & Penguin Magic Show; Ding-A-Ling Bros. Circus;
Dolphin TV Game show "It's a Game-Game"; Shamu for Mayor; Roaring 20's Water Frolics
-In February The Ringling Bros open Circus World in central Florida.

1975
-Sea World opens for it's 6th season.
-On May 5th Busch Gardens Williamsburg opens.
-Cap'n Kids World opens. It's an $800,000 playland where kids can climb, jump, slide and
swing in a nautical setting.
-This years shows include: Seal & Penguin Magic Show; Dolphin TV show "It's a Game-Game";
Shamu for Mayor; and Roaring 20's Water Ski Show;
-3 Mini Snack Bars are added. 1 near each picnic area and 1 near the Chicken 'N' Biscuit
-The administration offices are no longer mentioned on the park map, though I'm not
-2 Mini gift shops are added. 1 near the front picnic area and 1 near the seal feeding pool.
-The park guide now refrences beer availability at the Nordic Inn
sure whether or not they are actualy gone.

1976
-Sea World opens for it's 7th season.
-Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. purchases Sea World

1977
-Sea World opens for it's 8th season.

1978
-Sea World opens for it's 9th season.

1979
-Sea World opens for it's 10th season.
-Newhall Land and Farming sells Magic Mountain to Six Flags for $51 million.

1980
-Sea World opens for it's 11th season on May 24th
-On June 7th Busch opens Adventure Island in Tampa Bay, FL.
-Sesame Place opens in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
-Namu joins Shamu in the new "Showboat '80" at The Shamu Stadium
-Shows for 1980 include: Belinda & Friends; Wild Wings; Hawaiian Holiday; Hatfield & McCoys;
-Cap'n Kids theatre; and Flippered Fairy Tail
-Adult admission ages 13 and up $8.25
-Child admission ages 4 to 12 $6.25
-Children 3 and under are free
-Free Parking
-Sea World closes on September 7th

1981
-Sea World opens for it's 12th season on May 23rd
-"This is Shamu" is featured at The Shamu Stadium
-All the major show areas are now covered.
-Adult admission ages 12 to 59 $8.95
-Child admission ages 3 to 11 $7.95
-Senior admission ages 60 and up $6.45
-Children 2 and under are free
-Free Parking
-Sea World closes on September 7th

1982
-Sea World opens for it's 13th season.

1983
-Sea World opens for it's 14th season on May 21st.
-"The Shamu Experience" premiers in The Shamu Stadium
-"Canadian Lumberjack Show" premiers.
-"Chinese Acrobats Show" premiers.
-"Arabian Nights Magic Show" premiers.
-"Hollywood Stunt Show" returns.
-"Great American Ski Show" returns.
-"Spooky Kooky Castle" returns.
-"Drums of Tahiti" returns.
-Adult admission ages 12 to 59 $10.95
-Child admission ages 3 to 11 $9.95
-Children 2 and under are free
-Free Parking
-Sea World closes on September 11th

1984
-Sea World opens for it's 15th season.
Penguin Encounter opens
Busch opens Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA.

1985
-Sea World opens for it's 16th season.

1986
-Sea World opens for it's 17th season.
-In April, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. purchases Circus World. They immediately closed
the park, rebuilding it into Boardwalk and Baseball.

1987
-Sea World opens for it's 18th season.
-On February 14 Circus World reopens as Boardwalk and Baseball.

1988
-Sea World opens for it's 19th season on May 7th
-Sea World Texas opens in May just outside San Antonio.
-Wet, Wild, & Wonderful is featured at The Shamu Stadium
-Ski Cat Tales is featured at the Ski Stadium
-River boat stunt show
-Cap'n Kids Magic Show is featured in Cap'n Kids' Theatre.
-Sea Lions of the Silver Screen is feaured at The Sea Lion and Otter Stadium
-Summer Nights Ski Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Final Season for Cap'n Kids' Theatre.
-Adult Admission ages 12 to 59 $16.95
-Child Admission ages 3 to 11 $13.95
-Senior Admission ages 60 and up $15.95
-Parking is Free
-Children ages 2 and under are free
-Parking is $4
-Sea World closes on October 2nd

1989
-Sea World Opens for it's 20th Season on May 20th
-Cap'n Kids Family Entertainment Midway Opens. It includes Skee Ball, Hoop Shot, Knock Down,
Can Alley, Shamu Water Race, 3 in line, Pro Pitch, Super Shifter, Gofer Golf and more.
It is located in the old Cap'n Kids' Theatre.
-Dancing White Horses of Vienna opens at the new Vienna Woods Arena
-Wild Wings Bird Show is featured at The Nautilus Theater
-Summer Nights Ski Show is featured at The Ski Stadium (Additional $7)
-Night Owls is featured at The Nautilus Stadium
-Sea World After Hous is featured at The Sea Lion and Otter Stadium
-Merlin's Magic Lantern Family Laser Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-The Legend of Shamu is featured at The Shamu Stadium
-WLTF Lite Rock Starlight Laser Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-In October Anheuser Busch Co., Inc. announced that it has tripled its theme park interests
with the $1.1-billion acquisition of six theme parks from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Inc.,
a publishing and insurance company. $975 million for the parks and an additional $125
million for land surrounding some of the parks. Once the parks are in Anheuser-Busch
possession, another $100 million will be invested to refurbish and add new attractions to
the Sea World parks. The parks includs the 4 sea worlds, plus Cypress Gardens and
Boardwalk & Baseball both located in Central Florida. Boardwalk & Baseball is closed soon
after the sale was final. Busch also owns and opperates Busch Gardens Tampa Bay,
Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Water Country USA and Adventure Island.
-Sea World closes on September 10th

1990
-Sea World opens for it's 21st season on May 19th
-Lumberjack show opens
-A new Water Ski show opens
-A new dive show opens
-Shamu Celebration is featured at The Shamu Stadium
-Summer Nights Ski Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Sea World closes on September 9th

1991
-Sea World opens for it's 22nd season on May 18th
-Sea World closes on September 8th

1992
-Sea World opens for it's 23rd season on May 16th
-Shamu's Happy Harbor Opens. It features a 50 foot high, four story net climb with tubes,
tunnels, a suspended submarine, a water maze, slides, ball crawl, king of the mountain,
air and water bounces, bubble bicycles, wands, an enormous sandbox, Coco Loco Game Arcade
and lots more.
-Monster Marsh Opens. This outdoor area of prehistoric swams and marshes is filled with
thirteen life size animatronic sea monsters and dinosaurs from the Mesozoic era.
-Summer Nights Ski Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-The Anheuser Busch Clydesdale hitch visits the park for a limited engagement.
-Shared World Killer Whale and Dolphin Show is featured at The Shamu Stadium
-The Dream of Flight Aerial Thrill Show
-The Adventures of the Skier King Water Ski Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-The Olympic High Dive Show
-Pirates of Pinniped Show
-Sea World closes on September 7th

1993
-Sea World opens for it's 24th season on May 22nd
-Shark Encounter Opens. It features 5 species of Shark, reef fish, eels and sawfish.
-Summer Nights Ski Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-The Anheuser Busch Clydesdale hitch visits the park for a limited engagement.
-Sea World Closes on September 12th

1994
-Sea World opens for it's 25th season.

1995
-On April 1st a group of the Cypress Gardens' managers led by Bill Reynolds buys Cypress Gardens from Busch.
-Sea World opens for it's 26th season on May 20th
-Dolphin Cove Opens. Touch, Feed and Observe Bottlenose Dolphins in this 375,000 Gallon naturalist environment.
-Eagle Point Opens
-Baywatch premiers and is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Wild Wings Bird Show premieres and is featured at The Nautilus Theater
-The Anheuser Busch Clydesdale hitch visits the park for a limited engagement.
-Summer Nights is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Mermaids, Myths and Monsters Laser Show is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Hotel Clyde & Seamore is featured in the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium
-Adult Admission ages 12 and up $23.95
-Child Admission ages 3 to 11 $18.95
-Children ages 2 and under are free
-Parking is $3
-Sea World closes on September 24th

1996
-Sea World opens for it's 27th season on May 18th
-Shamu World Focus Opens at The Shamu Stadium
-Patagonia Pasage Opens. It is a 70,000 gallon multi-species replica of South America's archipelago.
-Sea World sponsors the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team
-Baywatch at Sea World is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Hotel Clyde and Seamore is featured at The Sea Lion and Otter Stadium
-Summer Nights is featured at The Ski Stadium
-Wild Wings Bird Show is featured at The Nautilus Theater
-Adult Admission ages 12 and up $25.95
-Child Admission ages 3 to 11 $19.95
-Children ages 2 and under are free
-Parking is $4
-Sea World closes on September 29th

1997
-Sea World opens for it's 28th season on May 10th
-"Pirates" premiers in the new 4-D Theater staring Leslie Nielsen, Eric Idle and Adam Wylie
-Shamu World Focus returns at The Shamu Stadium
-Adult Admission ages 12 and up $27.95
-Child Admission ages 3 to 11 $19.95
-Children ages 2 and under are free
-Parking is $4
-Sea World closes on September 28th

1998
-Sea World opens for it's 29th season on May 16th
-All Star Mutts
-Pirates is featured in the 4-D Theater
-Adult Admission ages 12 and up is $28.95
-Child Admission ages 3 to 11 is $20.95
-Children ages 2 and under are Free
-Sea World closes on September 27th

1999
-Sea World opens for it's 30th season.

2000
-Sea World opens for it's 31st and final season on May 20th.
-Busch opens Discovery Cove in Orlando.
-"Mission: Bermuda Triangle" opens in the new 3-D Simulator.
-New Orleans Nights runs from June 10th to August 27th
-Jack Hanna from September 9th and 10th
-Halloween Spooktacular runs the Weekends in October begining on the 7th
-Final Season for Sea World of Ohio
-Sea World Closes forever on October 29th

2001
-In January, Busch Entertainment Corporation (BEC) announced the sale of Sea World Ohio
to Six Flags Inc. The whales, dolphins, and penguins were moved to other Sea World parks,
including Discovery Cove. Six Flags kept all the other marine mammals, fish, birds, etc.
and all the shows and buildings, but not the Sea World name. Six Flags purchaced the park
for $110 Million. The 232-acre marine park was combined with the 520-acre Six Flags park,
and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure was born.
-The park becomes the World's Only marine life, thrill park and water park all in one.


Events with Unknown Dates
When was the ship added to Cap'n Kids' World?
When did the Flamingo Lagoon open next to the entrance?
When did Hawaiian Village open?
When did the greenhouse open?


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