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Sea World Revisited
We have made many visits to Sea World, but it had been awhile. I hadn’t realized how long until my youngest (he’s 12) made the comment recently that he didn’t remember ever going to Sea World! Wow – I hadn’t realized it had been that long. So, we returned to what we thought would be another day of the usual Shamu, Clyde and Seymour marathon. We were more than pleasantly surprised!
Back in the day when the kids were little, a full day at the parks was exhausting for them. Well, these days, they’re like energizer bunnies and never quit and full days at the parks are now exhausting not for them, but for us aging parents! ! So, seeing that Sea World was running their “2nd day free” offer, we took advantage of it to split up the park over two days. We arrived around 5:00 p. m. and immediately had our tickets validated for the next day. Our first stop was “Blue Horizons. ” This was certainly not the dolphin show that I remembered! This show had birds, trapeze artists, divers and special effects –wow! Next it was on to “Shamu Rocks” where I had a great time moving to the beat of tunes from my era. Shamu had quite a few friends now and was a lot bigger than I remembered!
We went to “Wild Arctic” next which had been transformed into the “Polar Express” for the Christmas season. I didn’t expect to be going on a virtual reality ride at Sea World but hey, I’m not complaining! It was great fun and the effects coupled with scenes from the movie (which was brilliant) made for a very unique experience. We came out just in time to gather at the Waterfront for “Mystify” which is the night-time finale featuring fountains and fireworks – another pleasant surprise.
We were anxious to return the next day! We immediately lined up for the popular roller coaster, the Kraken followed by The Journey to Atlantis. Thrill rides at Sea World was also a very new experience for us all – and thrilling they were! We went on to enjoy all of our old favorites including the Penguin Encounter, the Clyde and Seamore show, the Manatee Rescue, and the Shark Encounter
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Shamu once again in “Believe” and our favorite show of the day was “Odyssea” at the Nautilus Theater. This was a beautiful performance in the tradition of Cirque Du Soleil.
So, if you haven’t been to Sea World in awhile, it’s definitely time for you to return!
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