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Sea World 2005
I love Sea World! Although I was a bit disappointed with the Dolphin show last time around and the fact that the Bayside Stadium had been lying idle for a few years, my wife and I decided to buy Annual Passes. A no-brainer really. Single day tickets costs $63 (less 10% if you are a “Senior”), although you do get a second day free (to be used within 7 days if you are not a Florida Resident). However a Silver Passport is only $100 (less 10% discount for Seniors). So, for our $90 we get; unlimited entry for a year, free parking ($8 per day), a dedicated entry lane! – so no queuing to get into the car park, and 10% discount off all food and merchandise purchases. As I say, a no-brainer if you intend to visit more than twice a year.
On entry to the park it is easy to follow the flow, which tends to go left towards the Whale and Dolphin Stadium, “Journey to Atlantis” and “Kraken” – Sea World’s two “thrill” rides. However we prefer to take a right turn between the Candy Shop and the Ice Cream Parlor, to head for the Dolphin Nursery. This time there were three young dolphins (one only a couple of weeks old) together with their mums and aunties. In addition to watching the young frolic with their elders you can usually take part in a question and answer session with a couple of the Staff.
Next stop was Turtle Point (how does that old chap with one front flipper go in a straight line!) and then onto Blue Horizons the new show in the Dolphin Theatre. What a pleasant surprise! The new show is even better than when we first went in 1998. More dolphins, new tricks – superb.
This is not the only new/ updated attraction at Sea World. The Atlantis Bayside Stadium now features “Fusion”, a mix of interactive beach games, dance & excellent water ski display, while Seamore and Clyde (in the Sea Lion & Otter Stadium) now present an evening show which parodies many of the parks attractions – so it’s a good idea to visit as many as possible before seeing this show! The day is completed with the brand new “Mistify”; a water, laser & firework spectacle – a bit schmaltzy and perhaps not up to the high standards of the similar show at Epcot, but entertaining nevertheless.
All this plus Shamu, free beer at the Budweiser Hospitality Center and so much more, makes Sea World a place I will go back to time and time again.
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