Marine World Africa USA grand opening (1986)

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In 1986, when Marine World Africa USA opened in Vallejo, California, it was big news for the San Francisco Bay Area! Unlike Southern California, which was home to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Magic Mountain, the only other real amusement park in the northern half of the state was Great America (then owned by Marriott’s) in Santa Clara — about an hour and a half south of the new Marine World. (The original, smaller Marine World was located in Redwood City, California, and originally opened in 1968.)

Take a look at the brochure from the first year the theme park now known as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom was open, back in 1986!

Marine World Africa USA

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