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Sea World 2011
Sea World was the first theme park that we ever visited but that was 6 years ago and another visit was long overdue. Sadly we are getting older and the legs are not what they were so one of the advantages of Sea World is that you sit down while you are waiting for the shows. This is much better for us than standing in line waiting for the rides at other parks.
The first major change we noticed, and it really could not be missed was Mantra. While I had seen the pictures the reality was more awesome than I expected. The screams emanating from it were truly justified! I really am a wimp as taking the ride was not even to be considered by me, however, any adrenaline junkie could not resist it.
To make the most of the park and get in the shows that you want to see some careful planning is needed on arrival as not all the shows are performed the same number of times and when we were there there were some big gaps in the afternoon where the shows were limited. The absolute must sees are. Blue Horizons and the One Ocean Show. Blue Horizons is the dolphin show but that does not do it justice. Not only are there dolphins but there are a wide variety of birds, mainly parrots but including at one stage an eagle, but the humans, in colourful costumes, diving and on trapezes are an integral part of the whole experience.
The One Ocean Show displays the grace and power of the whales. Although the trainers no longer get in the pool with the massive mammals the show is magnificent. Just a word of warning though, the splash zone goes a long way back!
There were two shows at the theatre when we were there, “A’Lure, The Call of the Ocean” is a balletic, acrobatic show. Quite spectacular. Later in the day there was “The Greatest Story Never Told. ” Unfortunately we did not see the latter but I understand it was a great show.
Of course it is not all about the shows, the displays are fascinating too. We particularly enjoyed watching the dolphins at the touch pool. They really seemed to enjoy showing off to the spectators. The Shark encounter is quite awe inspiring and the penguin enclosure is fun.
One year we will plan ahead and book one of the behind the scenes experiences and if we save up enough will one day swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.
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