Rendering courtesy of SeaWorld San Diego
Above, SeaWorld San Diego plans to open a Manta coaster ride and viewing aquarium next year. Below, General Manager Peter Ronchetti says Legoland California’s recent growth spurt is a reflection of the generally bullish outlook of its parent company.

Rendering courtesy of SeaWorld San Diego Above, SeaWorld San Diego plans to open a Manta coaster ride and viewing aquarium next year. Below, General Manager Peter Ronchetti says Legoland California’s recent growth spurt is a reflection of the generally bullish outlook of its parent company. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Legoland California

Annual visitors: 1.6 million.

Peak employment: 1,600.

Location: Carlsbad.

Year opened: 1999.

Major project in the works: 250-room themed hotel.

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Annual visitors: 5 million.

Peak employment: 2,000.

Location: Balboa Park and Escondido area.

Year opened: 1915 and 1972.

Major project in the works: Panda Trek at main zoo; tiger habitat at Safari Park.

SeaWorld San Diego

Annual visitors: 4.2 million.

Peak employment: 3,800.

Location: Mission Bay area.

Year opened: 1964.

Major project in the works: Manta coaster ride with ray viewing aquarium.

Sources: AECOM, park operators.

As it rides a continuing recovery for the amusement park industry, Legoland California in Carlsbad is thinking big — and small...

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