SeaWorld 50th Anniversary Sea of Surprises Float Featured at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

In 2014, SeaWorld theme parks across the country will host a Sea of Surprises Celebration to commemorate 50th anniversary of their original park SeaWorld San Diego.  To kick off the campaign, SeaWorld announced a 32 foot long “Sea of Surprises” float will roll down the streets of Manhattan at the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with elaborate sculptures of sea turtles, penguins and fish.  SeaWorld’s “Sea of Surprises” Celebration officially begins on March 21, 2014, and will include new additions to each of the parks as well as a “Surprise Squad” giving away random prizes every day.  Continue reading for more details on SeaWorld’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Float.

Update October 16, 2013

SeaWorld announced a “Sea of Surprises” float will also appear in the 125th Rose Parade January 1, 2014.  Click here for details and concept drawings of the “Sea of Surprises” Rose Parade float.

Original article from September 24th follows below

2013 SeaWorld's A Sea of Surprises- Macy's Parade float

From SeaWorld’s Press Release

For almost five decades, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has surprised and amazed guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides, and up-close encounters with amazing sea life.  Millions have been inspired through the power of entertainment, to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world.  This Thanksgiving the beauty and majesty of the sea will come to life on the streets of New York as SeaWorld’s “A Sea of Surprises” float debuts in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“The magicians of Macy’s Parade Studio have outdone themselves yet again with the awe-inspiring and entertaining design of the new SeaWorld float,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  “With its diverse and majestic depictions of sea creatures transformed into larger-than-life form, the ‘A Sea of Surprises’ float is sure to inspire millions of children and adults to learn more about, appreciate and enjoy all forms of aquatic life.”

From sea turtles, penguins and angel fish to sharks and breaching whales, amazing sea sculptures abound on the new float. Featuring rolling ocean waves, the gentle movement of swaying kelp and a vibrant school of tropical fish, the scene will take spectators on an extraordinary undersea journey.  Taking center stage on the “A Sea of Surprises” float is the iconic Shamu, breaching 27-feet above the millions of Parade spectators lining the streets of Manhattan.

“We are thrilled to debut our SeaWorld “A Sea of Surprises” float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a tribute to SeaWorld’s 50th celebration,” said Jim Atchison, President and CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  “Next year the parks will commemorate this milestone with a year-long celebration at the three SeaWorld parks in San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio.  We hope this festive float represents the fun, inspiration and surprises that guests will find during a visit to SeaWorld.”

Beginning next March, SeaWorld celebrates its 50th-year with a sea of surprises at all three parks that includes new interactive experiences and shows, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes and special experiences every day.  For more information, visit

The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, November 28th from 9am-12pm, in all time zones.

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