We debated back and forth about going to Sea World. We knew we needed to, but after reading their website, specifically a part that said no food or drinks can be brought into the park, we were really on the fence and leaning more to not going. But with the help of our Facebook Fans, we decided to go ahead and do it.
I am so glad we did! First, I LOVED the ticket kiosks. We walked right up and after the push of a couple buttons, and entering our information, we had our tickets. Easy as Pie! No lines, and no fuss!
And the value for the price. If you are down here on vacation for a few days it may not feel like a huge value, but if you are going to be coming here a few times over the course of a year, then the Fun ticket is AWESOME! For the cost of a one day ticket, you get unlimited entries for the year. (Our tickets are good until 12/31/12)
We really we didn’t do much of Sea World, it is so large and spread out! We went over to Manta, and Patrick rode it as a single rider while I took the babies into the Manta Aquarium. Wow was it beautiful! Carson loved all the sting rays and the “Nemo” tank, I was enraptured with the Sea Horses. I have never seen varieties like they have there! Absolutely amazing! The little cove where the sting rays can swim over you, oh yeah that was a HUGE hit! We stood there for most of the time. He loved it!
We did Turtle Trek, that was pretty cool. The tanks were once again AMAZING, and the 360 degree 3-D show was awesome! Although it did scare Carson a bit. That big old Crab had him ready to leave. But he calmed down and ended up watching the rest.
We walked past the Dolphins and while we didn’t pay the $7 per person to feed them, we did go to the underwater viewing area and watched them. I could have stayed there all day! That was so peaceful! I asked a ton of questions to the woman working there, like why do they have those marks on them, and she explained that it is a way of communication. The more popular dolphins have more of them.
One of the things we did, that we will ABSOLUTELY be doing again is the feeding of the sting rays. For $5 you get 4 shrimp to feed them. Now this isn’t like feeding other fish or animals, oh no. Sting Rays have mouths on the bottom, so you have to hold the shrimp in between your fingers and then lay your hand out flat under the water, they swim over it and suck it out of your hand. It is the weirdest feeling ever!!!!! I took one really quick video of it, but I will be taking more when we go back.
We had a pleasant lunch at Voyagers Smokehouse. The beef brisket sandwich that Patrick got wasn’t nearly as good as the mini pork sliders that came in the kids meal! But the one thing about the food here, it is reasonably priced and good. We did get the Souvenir Drink Cup for $6.99 because all refills for the rest of the season are only $0.99. Yeah we thought this was a good deal.
We did walk through the Shark Encounter, and that was really neat, could have done it twice, but wanted to get to Shamu’s Happy Harbor for the babies before the storm came in.
Now I did learn a couple of really great tips that I wish I had known before hand for Shamu’s Happy Harbor. Like they have a Baby Care Center! Now it isn’t staffed, and they don’t sell anything. But they do have a kitchen, a changing table room, rockers, and even a nursing room if you need it. Oh and bathrooms with kid size potties! Next time we will go there first to change them kids into their swimsuits instead of out in the open, as well as dry them off and change them back into dry clothes! There is a vending machine out front of the BCC that sells diapers and what nots if you need it.
On our way out we went through the Wild Artic, because our stroller works as a wheelchair, we didn’t get to do the whole ride/tour thing, but that is ok, all we wanted to see were the animals. The polar bear was asleep, but Carson could still see him and that was neat. Seeing the Beluga Whales swim around, now that was really cool.
Also – Sea World does offer a Guest Assistance Pass, and Stroller = Wheelchair pass. We didn’t really need the guest assistance part, just the ability to keep the stroller with us for Carson. I was afraid they didn’t have one and we would have a LONG day of doing a lot of nothing, but I was pleasantly surprised when I asked for help. I will say though, the staff in the shows were not too friendly with us about it, and we didn’t end up going to any shows. We will try some next time.