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Tikis at Sea World San Diego?
Ruka
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Posted: 2006-03-13 2:03 pm   Permalink

Yeah that! Thanks! I have some old footage on one of my tapes that shows a dolphin swiming underwater with that background with a ring and a sign around his rostrum, and I always wondered where in the park that place was.

 
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hanford_lemoore
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Posted: 2007-02-13 4:04 pm   Permalink

I came across a blog that's got some cool photos of Hawaiian Punch Village at Sea World. Lots of cool photos: some themepark stuff and a cool shot of a Polynesian building.

hawaiian-punch-village.html" target="_blank">http://mistertoast.blogspot.com/2007/02/hawaiian-punch-village.html

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christiki295
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Posted: 2007-10-21 09:13 am   Permalink

Do any other features remain?

Previously, Twowheelintiki posted that mugs, shirts, soap dispensers etc. it was all in a store by the shipwreck restaurant.



 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2008-02-26 1:43 pm   Permalink

In my travels about tikitown, I came across the current owner of one of the old Sea World tikis:

It's about 6+ feet tall and made from a telephone pole log

It was originally at the edge of the lagoon at the Hawaiian Punch Pavillion

Looks like it used to spit water out of it too


Buzzy Out!


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-02-26 6:25 pm   Permalink

Considering its historic stature, it seems rather neglected, and forgotten in some corner of the yard.

 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2008-04-18 5:29 pm   Permalink

I recently found an old postcard book that had a great shot of the huge tiki structure that was at the old entrance to Sea World. I had never seen this shot before. There is also a shot of the Hawaiian Punch Village in the background of the dolphin show.







 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2008-04-22 6:45 pm   Permalink

Holy moly! Why have I never seen this before? Does anyone remember this? Was it really there? It looks ....unreal!

 
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Tangaroa
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Posted: 2008-04-23 06:38 am   Permalink

Seriously, Sven?

 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-04-23 09:02 am   Permalink

Yup, I kid you not. Somehow, that beauty got past me all these years. I might have seen close ups of it, or such badly photographed angles that it never struck me as special. But if it's soaring mightyness would have revealed itself to me earlier like it does in this postcard, I might have tried to squeeze it into the A-frame collage in Tiki Modern.

Good to hear from you, Chris. Now look at all those question marks at the beginning of this thread! So sad....!???
Here's a question from Mr. A-Frame to Mr. Theme Park: Would you know the years of existence of that entrance? As a non-Californian who moved here in the early 80s, would I have had a chance to still see it in person? It sure wasn't shown in "The Big Mouth", I would have caught that. I mean look at the size of that outrigger beam, that alone is as big as a house!


 
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TIKIBOSKO
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Posted: 2008-04-23 09:53 am   Permalink


Ahoy Sven, the last time I went to Sea World (90-91?) I seem to recall it being there.
I am pretty sure it's in the Big Mouth but the shot is so tight you can't see the over all building. They do a whole bit with Jerry getting chased back and forth from Del Webb’s to Sea World by the assorted goons, it must be in there some place. I have a Sea World brochure that I think was the first one they put out and it shows the A-Frame so it was probably designed by the same architects that came up with all the original (amazing) structures there.


Bosko



 
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Unga Bunga
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Posted: 2008-04-23 09:56 am   Permalink

I don't remember a dolphin show nor a pirate ship being outside the jetty (ocean access).
It was always a water skiing show.


 
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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-04-23 11:10 am   Permalink

As a cinematographer I am very familiar with the problem of photographing vertical subjects for a horizontal medium. If you try to include the complete vertical subject in the frame, you end up being too wide and showing too much empty space on the sides, so often you cut the top off. The only way to show a structure like this and keep a tight frame would be to pan up, or down along the length of it....but that does not give you the same visual impact. That's why it might not have been shown in its entirety that much, and why I did not take notice of it. The above photo used the name to fill that empty space.
I don't think I ever went to Sea World before my kid was born, in '92.

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TIKIBOSKO
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Posted: 2008-04-23 2:36 pm   Permalink

Not to cast any judgments on Jerry’s cinematographer or the script but it seemed like the last half (where the scene/s in question were) of the movie became a non-sensical wacky chase scene and I seem to recall him running thru the entry a couple of times. Rent it and take a look it’s a great film.
There was a pond on each side of the A-frame and I can’t seem to recall if it was turtles or swans or what in there but it was all very richly layered.

Unga they had all kinds of dolphin shows and there were dolphin pens just near the bay but there was a fence or some barrier there. While the family was waiting for a show my brother and I went to the pen area, a dolphin tossed sea weed up at us and we threw it back and he tossed it up again, that went on until he/she was on for the show, an amazing kid experience.

Bosko


 
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mieko
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Posted: 2008-04-23 3:00 pm   Permalink

Turtles were in the pond underneath, I definitely remember trying to toss coins so they would land on their backs. (Poor turtles - but everyone did it).

I don't remember the A frame as much as the turtles, but I'll have to see if my parents have any pictures of it. We used to go a lot during the early 80s.
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TikiPhil
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From: Riverside, CA
Posted: 2008-04-23 9:59 pm   Permalink

A quick Google search found:


Sea World (1966), designed by Victor Gruen
from the AIA Guide To San Diego Architecture (1976)
Mission Bay Park / Photo courtesy of Sea World
http://www.modernsandiego.com/BLOGARCHIVE.html


1964 Sea World opens in Mission Bay Park
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/timeline/timeline3.htm

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