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"It's an adventure" Day 8: Sea World

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by wickesy, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. wickesy
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    wickesy Earning my ears

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    Wednesday 18th April

    Today we were off to Sea World so we were up at 7:15 and on the road by 8:15. We parked up in B2 and as we had purchased tickets from the UK we headed straight for the entrance.

    We had a wander round and after checking show times and restaurant offerings I decided that we would do the Clyde and Seymour show first and that we would have lunch at the Spice Mill.

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    At around 9:30 we took our seats in the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium and after a few minutes the mime came out and did his thing. I had read a lot about the mime before we went and everything I had read was right – you MUST get there early and enjoy the pre-show, this guy is absolutely hilarious. The show proper started and we absolutely loved it, there were several places where the cast couldn’t carry on for laughing At one point a squirrel ran across the top of the mast and when the cast member realised what we were pointing at he said “A squirrel? This is a sea-lion and otter show keep up.” They also had technical problems with one of the microphones and all in all it was one of the funniest and best live shows I have ever seen.
    After the show we went round to Shark Encounter and had a quick walk through and saw the sharks in the pools outside.

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    Next we wandered round to Believe which was crowded already 15 minutes before the doors were due to open. We saw the show and to be honest I wasn’t that struck by it. I know it is supposed to be THE show to see at Sea World and maybe I missed the point of the story but it just seemed to be whales jumping around flicking water on the audience and people riding on their backs. I didn’t quite see where the boy carving a whale’s tail out of a piece of wood fit in. Sorry to those who love it but I won’t be rushing back.
    After Believe we went over to Spice Mill where we had a Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich and a coke each for a total of $22.02.

    Suitably re-charged we walked round to Pacific Point Preserve where it was 5 minutes to feeding time so we hung around for a while and watched people feeding the sea-lions. We both thought it was a bit pricy - $4 for three small fish!!

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    After Pacific Point we covered Penguin Encounter, the aquarium, alligators, manatees and dolphins in fairly quick succession before heading off for the Blue Horizons show. This was a bit more interesting with the live performers and I quite enjoyed this one.

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    From this show we went to see the stingrays and then because Turtle Point was closed and there was a 30 minute wait for Sky Tower we headed back to Shark Encounter so I could take some photos from the moving walkway.

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    We then went over to Wild Arctic (by foot) but didn’t stay too long as the polar bear was asleep. We had now seen just about everything I wanted to see so I bought a shot glass, fridge magnet and pin for $14.88 and we left the park at 3:50.

    From Sea World we went to Mall at Milennia as I wanted to go in Bloomingdales which was just about the only place in Orlando that does the Jack Black After Shave I wanted. I bought the after shave and we had a wander around the shops before driving over to the Premim Outlets.

    We had a wander around Premium Outlets but didn’t see anything we wanted so I decided it was time to find somewhere to eat. Golden Corral seemed like a good option so I picked what I thought was the nearest one on the list on the sat nav but somehow we ended up at the one on 192 in Kissimmee when thinking about it later I Drive would have been nearer? Anyhow we found it no problem and ate ourselves silly for a total of $23.96 including drinks.

    We were back in the hotel for 7:30 and filled our mugs at least twice during the evening before retiring to bed at 10:00.

    Tomorrow: “It’s something different” - Day 9
     
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    Great report....and i love the photos too :yes:
    SW is one of my fave parks.
     
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    Ilovesnowwhitej Earning my ears

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    The shows are always so much funnier when something goes wrong. My guys did the shark dive last time we went and i could see them from the shark tunnel.

    Brilliant pictures looks like you had a smashing day.
    xx
     
  4. dave&pauline
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    dave&pauline Earning my ears

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    great pics and fab day
     

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