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I was really lucky to take my friend’s daughter with me to review Sea World in Orlando. She and I decided we would leave all the others for the day to check out this rather large park. Our tickets were at “Will Call” which if you are traveling here I suggest getting to the Park early for parking and to get a place in line at the ticket counter. They allow early entrance to most places throughout the park, so my advice is to be early! The park fills up VERY quickly and you will wait in line. Luckily we arrived a half an hour early.
They offer a Free map and I suggest you take advantage because like I said it is a rather large Park. We decided to start with a few exhibits and aquariums because she was a little scared of the rides. I also want to mention if you have little children 5 and under they do supply you with FREE tickets for them. Check out all the information about this Preschool program here.
First we stopped and saw some Flamingos.
We took a gander in the small aquarium housing Seahorses.
They also had a Sting Ray underwater tunnel. I was trying to convince her that she wanted to touch these amazing creatures! Whilst I was there I did shoot a video of our day, check it out HERE.
We decided to try our first ride of the day. Empire of the Penguin is a” majestic grandeur of the South Pole, seen through
the eyes of a penguin named Puck on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind
family adventure ride”. We choose the “wild” encounter and I thought the story was rather cute but the end of the ride really topped it for me.
You enter into a open enclosure with penguins. They are jumping, swimming, splashing, diving and just overall having fun. I have never been this up close and personal with real penguins before, what a treat. They even follow you around and play with you!
If you want to see their 250 penguins including four different species
check out the LIVE Cam here.
It is rather cold in this part, I suggest maybe a set of gloves because you are in the Arctic weather after all.
After a few rides we headed to see a show on the Blue Horizon stage. This is a timed show so try and get seats early. Also make note of the “Splash” zones. These are NO JOKE, you will be soaked not sprayed.
The story is of a young girl named Marina as she discovers the secrets of the sea and sky
in a mesmerizing blue world of adventure and wonder. This unique,
theatrical spectacular features dolphins, tropical birds and acrobats”. My favorite bird was the Vultures! They are HUGE and I have never seen them trained before, blew me away!
It was a rather long show but the staff did a great job of entertaining you. I would definitely recommend to see it if you are visiting the park.
Moment of truth time. All day I was trying to get her to work up the courage to touch a sting ray with me. This is my favorite part and the thing I looked forward to the most! They house more than 200 rays—some with wingspans up to 5 feet—spend warm days gliding through their habitat’s peaceful waters.
I think after seeing all the shows, aquariums and baby aquatic animals she finally gave in without hesitation!
We stayed here for a good hour and a half just feeding the Sting Rays both big and small. Neither one of us ever wanted to leave. The park does supply sanitation stations for you once you do decide to stop touching and feeding these amazing creatures.
Last up was a few gift shops and the Shark Encounter!
It has a moving walkway to take you under the sharks.
Once out you can actually feed them.
What we liked: The aquariums are extremely clean and well kept. The animals are well cared for and have plenty of space to roam, swim and enjoy life. I noticed the animals were all paired or grouped which was nice to see. Grounds are clean and free of garbage which is amazing considering the amount of people they house daily. Bathrooms were easily accessible and labeled both in person and on the map given. Our favorite spots were the Kraken ride, Sting Ray Lagoon and the Penguin encounter!
What could be Improved: The only thing I will say is the gift shops are priced on the expensive side. I wanted to grab my five year old a stuffy, they ranged from $19 and up for a small sized one. Keep that in mind when bringing kids!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars!
Park Information: Ticket prices here,