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Seaworld at Christmas
We often visit our villa in Orlando in early December. To visit at this time of year has many advantages for example air fares are usually much cheaper so sometimes it is possible to get an upgraded seat for nearly the same price that you pay for an economy seat in holiday periods. All the Christmas decorations and festivities are already in the Parks which are much quieter as they usually do not start to get busy until approx 18th December. The restaurants are also quieter so no long waits for a table and of course when you return home it is Christmas!
We visited Seaworld in the first week of our holiday. The car parking is now $14 but as my Father has an Annual Pass we could park for free. We had one day passes but on the attendant’s advice went straight to the Information window to get a ticket for a second day’s free entry. On our first visit which was early afternoon we visited a few of the usual attractions finishing with Believe at the Shamu Stadium and as we finished crossing the bridge on our way home we saw the beginning of the Dancing Trees celebration on the lake. They looked beautiful but we were going to meet friends for dinner and could not stop to watch. This is when we decided we would pay our second visit on the last afternoon of our holiday.
We went to Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas. I had not realised before that at this time of year they run the usual Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island during the earlier part of the day and on this particular day the Christmas one had two evening showings. No matter how many times you visit Seaworld it is always best to check your map when you get to the Park to check the shows and their times. The guy who follows people and mimes as usual was very funny before the show started and the show itself with the elves was cheesy but very funny. We left there with a real Christmassy feel.
We did not go to this but on the same day Shamus Believe Show was on during the day and there were two showings of Shamu Christmas Miracles in the evening.
On every visit we go to Blue Horizon which we think is the best show at Seaworld the Christmas evening performances appeared to have more dolphins at the beginning of the show as well as more trapeze artists during the show.
It was a cold evening so we did not go on the coasters but did go to see The Polar Express at Wild Artic where is addition to the Polar Bears we saw Santa Claus.
The Dancing trees were fantastic. They were conifer trees of all sizes brightly lit up dancing to the music their lights going on and off as the music blared; if ever you are at Seaworld at Christmas you must make sure you see these.
We were about to leave the Park when we noticed signs for a Christmas Market and I have written another guide about this as it was well worth a visit.
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