Theme parks. Holidays. Family. They all make me happy. It’s true.
I had seen every other park at Christmas for the holidays except for SeaWorld. That is not the case anymore!!
I’m sooo glad I made this comment on Twitter because, volia! Tickets appeared! So this past Saturday, my parents, Jeff and I spent the day walking around and looking at all the fantastic lights and shows.
We took a million pictures in front of the tree and the HUGE snowman.
Then we hit up Manta. It was the first time my dad had ever done it. And my mom…well…she held everything. From the sound of my dad screaming “THIS IS AWESOME!”, I’m pretty sure he liked it. A lot.
We stood around watching penguins for quite a while. They are funny little things, without even trying. Their waddling makes me laugh. And then when they dive into the water, even better!
Since we were still waiting for the lights to come on and the holiday shows to start, we stopped in to see the seals, Kraken, Shark Encounter, A’lure and rode the Polar Express. All were delightful!
After downing a hot chocolate and bundling up, we headed over to see Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas. I love the silly humor of this show normally and the Christmas version wasn’t a let down. So funny! And the I-4 joke… AWESOME!
We then high tailed it back to the other side of the park to see the Sea of Trees. Phenomenal!
After a refill on the hot chocolate, we got our seats for Shamu Christmas – Miracles. And what a miracle it was.
SeaWorld provided Christmas carols to be sung. Boy did my parents take advantage of this (see the video for the true fun that was had! *video coming soon*)
After a few songs.. the show started!!
I found this guy hanging out by the elf workshop – I hope he was telling them what to bring me!
Merry Christmas from SeaWorld and myself! You should definitely go check out this celebration!! You’ll thank yourself! I don’t know what kept me from this event for so long! You have until January 2nd, 2011 to see this fantastic display of lights and Christmas shows.
They invited Twitter people to take part in a #splashup at their water park – Aquatica.
Everyone that RSVP’d got the royal treatment. Before we even walked into Orlando’s newest water park, we were given an awesome pen, the coolest mister ever and sunscreen.
My favorite thing that I was handed… THIS! (It truly doesn’t take much to make me happy..)
It’s a 2gig USB drive that included facts on some of SeaWorld’s new projects, such as the After 2PM pass. What the pass is: you pay for a day in the park and for 2, yes TWO, dollars more you can upgrade your ticket is you can get in every day for the rest of the year after 2PM. No blackout dates and all the fun that you want. Less than $50 can get you 6 months of water play! YES PLEASE!
Aquatica has over 30 slides and the ones that I was able to do were amazing! We put our stuff down and headed straight for Omaka Rocka, the newest ride. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a ride where there is water pouring DOWN on me. I was turned and tossed on my float and passed from wall to wall. It was sooo crazy! I loved it. It was probably my favorite ride of the ones we were able to do.
Next was Dolphin Plunge. Where you, the rider, go flying THROUGH the Commerson’s dolphin play area. It was fun and it’s cool to watch others go through the tube and see the Commerson’s dolphins playing.
We then took on the lazy river and the NOT-so lazy river. The not-so lazy river is called Roa’s Rapids. It is about 4 times faster than a normal lazy river. It was quite a good work out and you have to be ready to yell “SORRY!” as you fly by someone after running into them. Oops!
I’m pretty we may have had the MOST fun in Walkabout Waters. I’m also pretty sure it’s for kids. But heck, we dumped water on people (don’t worry, no one was hurt.. everyone is there for the same reason!), rode a slide, climbed some rope contraption thing, got pushed around by kids and had LOTS of water dumped on us.
There are a couple of slides I still want to take on. Maybe next time.
Oh and SeaWorld treated us to their Banana Beach Cook-Out, which is an all you can eat special at the water park. And a couple of animals. Yay! Thanks SeaWorld!!
PS – Shamu, if you’re reading this.. I’d really like an updated shirt since mine is vintage now…seriously. Honestly vintage. “I Follow @RealShamu” being on my shirt totally dates me to over a year ago.
On Monday, May 4, 2009 (one day before Manta was opening for the public preview!) the Manta Fever VIP Preview happened.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, everyone that has a strong urge to fly like a manta and a strong stomach, you MUST get yourself to SeaWorld as fast as your wings can fly and get on Manta! It is an amazing ride like no other.
Now that I’m a pro at it, having done the ride 4 times that night, I can officially say — Manta is the BEST! I love all roller coasters in the Central Florida area, but NOTHING compares to the feeling of laying down and flying over SeaWorld!
Here is my video of that night which includes the SeaWorld President talking about Manta and the whole attraction and also video of the ride! Yes, the WHOLE ride! Here’s ALL you have to do to watch this video:
1. Put your computer on the ground (or somewhere where you will be able to see it from the ground.
2. Lay on the ground, on your stomach, and make sure to lock your feet into the leg harness.