10th August 2011
SeaWorld and Shark's Underwater Grill
Another rainy start today, but we had SeaWorld pencilled in for today and didn't want to waste [another] day like we did yesterday. So ponchos were added to the backpack, and we set off for SeaWorld!
Stopping at McDonalds on the way for breakfast on the go, Liam had a bacon muffin and I had a sausage and egg biscuit. Steve didn't fancy anything so early in the morning! I felt like we had to visit McDs at least once whilst in America to "see what it's like" and because my dad refused to let me go into a McDonalds when I went to Texas with him in 1994! He said they're the same the world over...no they're not!! We don't have biscuits for breakfast on the UK MickyD's menu! My biscuit breakfast was very salty...seems to be the recurring theme with American food! 7-eleven was next door, so we popped in there to take some cash out with our Citibank card (it's free to withdraw from 7-eleven) and we were on our way...again!
The rain had an effect on the traffic, which, according to my diary was a slow crawl, but eventually, of course, we got to SeaWorld. Rain was pouring, so ponchos were donned and we parked right next to the entrance to the park...I was surprised, as by now it was about 10am and I was expecting the place to be busy - perhaps the rain was keeping everyone away? Anyway, e-tickets scanned, and we were in!
A quick photo of Shamu (we didn't bother to wait in line - we had shows to see!) and then we made a reservation for Shark's Underwater Grill for 5pm at the service desk as you walk into the park. We hoped that it would be better than the rather disappointing (for us) Mythos.
We grabbed park maps - which annoyingly at SeaWorld (and Busch Gardens) are huge A3 sized affairs, which you have to fold up yourself (not pre-folded) and have to swap from back to front to see show times and then where they are situated on the map...I personally didn't find them user friendly!
SeaWorld was definitely one of the parks we were really looking forward to, so with the map surveyed, our plan of action was to 'watch ALL the shows', starting with One Ocean at Shamu Stadium at 11:30am.
We took a casual walk over to the stadium, passing a bird exhibit on the way. I wondered what they were, when I spotted a sign and said "Oh Look, they're Geese Obese..." as my voice trailed off and I got closer to the sign...
Shoudda gone to Specsavers methinks!
Carrying on with our walk around the very quiet park, we saw some dolphins in the dolphin nursery pool, and I got excited at the thought of our swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.
By this point, even though it was still raining, the 10p ponchos that I bought in Tesco years ago, were starting to make both Liam and I hot, so we took ours off and put them away. Steve however was quite content not to get wet lol
Taking note of the only time for Shamu Rocks in the evening, we followed the sign and eventually arrived at Shamu Stadium.
We walked straight in, no lines, barely any one there. We chose not to sit in the splash zone, but sat a few rows back from it. Scanning the show times on the back of the map, I started circling the times of the shows to fit in as much as we possibly could. Deciding what to we were going to do for the day passed the time as we waited for the show to start.
When the show started, we were all in awe. I remember the killer whale and dolphin shows at Windsor Safari Park when I was a kid, and watching Shamu and his friends really took me back to my childhood. The music was wonderful and the interaction between the trainers and the whales was amazing - I didn't even notice that they didn't go into the water with them.
We decided against staying for it (for some reason that escapes me now) and walked in the direction of the exit to find that the path was closed off - not sure why. This forced us to walk all the way back around the park to find our way out.
We stopped along the way for a Shamu Sundae - which for some reason, I don't have a photo of, so you'll have to make do with sprinkles!
As I've typed this out, it really feels like we didn't do much at this park, but we were there all day long! Although for us, it was more of a shows/exhibits park, rather than rides. I think wanting to get to see the shows and walking from stadium to stadium took up a lot of time. I'm glad we took some time in the morning to plan out our day. I think, if you factor in the two big coasters as well, it might be a push to do it all comfortably in a day, but it is probably do-able. Two days I think would be better so you don't feel so rushed.
All in all, SeaWorld was brilliant and we loved every minute of this day!
Tomorrow...new car and our 1st Disney theme park!
All photos from this day can be found on my Flickr!
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