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Seaworld is one of the many themeparks that i would recommend if you plan to go to Orlando. The animal shows are really great! The killer whale SHAMU will show his talent and skills to entertain you but prepare to get wet if you plan to sit in the front row. The sealion & dolphin shows are equally entertaining.
They also have other animal shows which features dogs, cats and other mammals. Make sure to grab a copy of the brochure for the schedule of the shows.
Also, within the park you will find aquariums & exhibits to better understand the life of the marine animals.
And just in case you never had enough of the rides in Disney or Universal, Seaworld also offers fun rides to better enjoy the park.
when you buy a day pass ticket they usually give 2nd visit free. You just have to go to the customer service counter to validate your tickets and they will issue a new one (valid for the nexty 13 days after first use) with your names on it.
This place is definately worth a visit. It is expensive but if you take into account that you get a 7 day pass ot Seaworld or Busch, its not to bad. I found it very emotional when I actually got to kiss our dolphin. The layout of the park is very good and it never gets crowded.
ok, I admit it. I love seaworld. I have always been fascinated watching marine life. Seaworld does a great job. It has aquariums, dolphin and orca shows and a couple of rides, like the world famous Kraken roller coaster.
check out my seaworldtravelouge for more details.
cost is about $50-60, and worth every penny.
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Sea World has the greatest aquariums and the only place I have ever seen whales perform. They seem to enjoy doing it too.
In recent years they have added some rides. I like the Journey to Atlantis ride, it is a lot like Splash Mountain as Disney. They just added a large roller coaster a few years ago.
Don't forget to look at the Manatees. They are my favorite Floridian animals and you might never see one anywhere else.
I would go directly to the rides, if you want to avoid standing in line.
Sea World has a great playground for kids. They would spend hours in there, and you might not see them for hours, if you just let them go. So, I would go there last.
Clyde And Seamore Show
A very funny and entertaining show following the fortunes of the Hotel Clyde and Seamore. The cast comprises of sealions, walrus and an otter with a bit part played by the human handlers, in a slapstick comedy on land and in water.
The animals are in charge of the Hotel and the humans are the brunt of many a joke and end up getting a good soaking.
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Dolphin and Porpoise show
A superb show of acrobatics from the animals and their trainers. Some people question this sort of activity but the facilities and the love for the animals shown by the trainers is excellent .
Look out for the specially selected member of the audience as well.
The Shamu Show
This is a definate must see. Who would have thought an animal as big as a Killer Whale could jump so high. BEWARE though, what goes up must come down, and when SHAMU comes down you are likely to get a good soaking if you are sat in the front few rows.
Shamu the Killer Whale performs all kinds of tricks with his handler, it is amazing to watch as he jumps, twists, spins and splashes around.
Ray Encounter Pool
This gives you an opportunity to get close to some fish from the seabed and touch them. I`m not sure what sort of rays they are but you can get close to them if they want to get close to you.
Also on show are some baby rays.
Manatee up close and personal
See a resident of Florida up close without endangering it. The Manatee is a beatiful animal but is in danger of extinction through no fault of its own. Propellors on boats are the main cause of death for the Manatee in the wild but here you can see them safe in a close replica of their natural habitat.
They look as though they would be big and clumsy animals but they just seem to glide through the water effortlessly.
The Manatee eats greenery and when they are fed at Sea World you can see their noses out of the water searching around for food on the surface of their pool.
KILL YOUR SPEED NOT THE MANATEE
Well, actually I don't like these kind of parks but Sea World is an exception for they support programs for the prevention of cruelty to animals. So, I think spending one's money on a Sea World ticket is a good thing actually, at least it seems so.
Besides visiting several shows, the most famous / popular is probably the one of the killer whale Shamu, you can learn a lot about all kinds of anmials living in the sea here.
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real nice shows
ofcourse shamu (if you are in the splashzone you get terrible wet).
plan what you want to do
it is very much for one day
we missed that we can feed the dolphins.
we had a flex ticket (seaworld, universal studios, (u.s.)island of adventure, wet 'n wild (we liked the disney waterpark more than wet 'n wild)
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*FREE BEER* yes thats right, at Sea World Orlando you can taste beer for nothing as it is owned by Anhauser Busch the company that makes Budweiser. The down side is you aren't allowed to drink too much (yeah right) and the stronger the beer the smaller the serving you get. Some are quite nice but others are downright horrible, but who am I to complain when I didn't have to pay for the round.
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Seaworld - The money
First thing to know is that Seaworld tickets are a bit pricey (more than you'll be paying for Disney). Possibly they justify this because some of the money goes towards very good causes (The Seaworld Orlando Rescue Team is one of the best in the country) and because a one day ticket gets you back in the next day for free.... the chances of wanting to go back the next day are......possibly on the slim side!
If you have very small people you will be wanting to hire "strollers" which are again pricey. Then somebody will jump out at you to take your photo - the first of many throughout the day - which you can later purchase should you so desire (and of course for families - how often do you get a nice family shot?!?!).
Before you can get any further you'll be buying fish for the rays who are frankly not that interested. One did take a fish from me but I think I just got lucky!
Dolphins - Now, who could possibly resist feeding the dolphins? Especially children... and let's face it how many chances are you realistically ever going to get to get this close to dolphins? The dolphin feeding is worth it. They are hungry, playful, can be touched and are just absolutely fantastic creatures who you will fall in love with at once.
Time for a snack? Ooh dear - food's gonna cost ya!!!
Souvineer shop...actually quite surprised because they had pocket money toys for kids which were good value.
There is no denying that Seaworld is a fantastic place and somewhere that you can really get to see a lot of animals that possibly you otherwise wouldn't be able to. Added to that are the shows which demonstrate some amazing talents. You will have a very fantastic day - we did... but as well as leaving the park utterly exhausted, we also felt that every which way we turned there was somebody requiring more of our money!
This is probably going to be the most expensive (of the theme parks etc..) day out!
a rough idea - in 2004 adult/child $54/44 (under 3's free), $8 parking and $4 per fish food
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Feel like a marine biologist for a day
As a marine biologist, I always have mixed feelings about visiting places such as Sea World or aquariums where large mammals are held captive. However, Sea World Orlando does a rather fine job at keeping them occupied, well-fed and seemingly healthy. They have recently added three rides (roller-coaster style) as well as an interactive simulator pod (beware all ye who get seasick!). The shows such as the Shamu Show are fabulous and just all around good entertainment.
Expect to spend the whole day if you see all the events; possible to do half-day but make sure you get a copy of the schedule and check show times as certain shows only run twice a day. We chose to visit on a Friday and there was a fair bit of crowd, especially in the afternoon past 12pm. Expect long lines for the popular attractions.
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Seaworld, great for all the family.
Seaworld is a must see when in Orlando, so much to see and do. You'll need a whole day for this place. Crocodiles, Polar Bears, Manitees, Killer Whales and Dolphins to name a few. There are also some rollercoaster rides here for good measure but the emphasis is on marine life. Don't miss the spectacular Shamu show, this Killer Whale is world famous and the show is amazing. Be sure to get a seat in one of the first 14 rows as that's the "soak zone", you will get absolutely soaked by Shamu and friends but it's well worth it. Once you're out of there you'll soon dry off in the hot sunshine. There are plenty of places to eat and prices are not too bad. Lots of restrooms and plenty of picture opportunities. If I remember rightly, I payed around $65 to get in here, you can save a few bucks by buying you tickets in advance online but I guess I'll know that for next time. Be sure to see the Polar Bears and Walrus, the sheer size and power is amazing. Also check out the Manitee rescue area. This was the first time I've seen these close up and they are absolutely amazing. Be sure to also check the Sting/Mant Ray area out, you can buy feed to feed them.
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