Should you wish to see all the photos I took that day, please see HERE.
My daughter's birthday is today (Happy Birthday baby!) and she absolutely LOVES dolphins. So I upgraded the AP's and added Sea World and Aquatica (Nbodyhome's fault) and off we went for the day to SW.
Now I haven't been to SW since I was about 4 or 5, so it was like a brand new park for me!
The entrance is very pretty and inviting, really started off the marine theme well.
Shamu! I thought the taxidermy was a little inappropriate.
*sings* Walk like an Emperor Penguin.. (Walk Like an Egyptian...no? I didn't think so either. LOL)
Plush, plush everywhere but nothing quite unique.
(My mother's complaint while shopping was they had the same merchandise in every shop.)
Look! A themed mister! How cool is that!
We stopped by Turtle Point, but as you can see, this pelican decided he wanted the spotlight.
Next we stopped to feed the stingrays, they weren't very hungry as a couple hundred other guests had the same idea before we got there.
YOU CAN'T SEE ME!
(Isn't this bird just beautiful?)
Wow, now THAT's the way to sell beer!
Next up was Dolphin Cove, where $6 for 3 fish, you too could feed the dolphins. Both girls were very excited for this as neither of them had ever touched a dolphin before.
Hold your fish above the water, not above the pool wall.
Jump Flipper! Jump!
This one knew what time it was, he was the first into the feeding area.
Yes, I would like the smelly fish and tomorrow, just in case you forget, smelly fish then too. SQUEAK!
They also have this wonderful underwater viewing area for the dolphins.
Who doesn't love a manatee?
Looks like we got there just in time for lunch.
Our next stop was The Journey Into Atlantis, one of the few ride attractions in the park. Removing myself from a "Disney" state of mind, I enjoyed this attraction, it had 2 fun drops and a roller coaster type shot through the dark which was awesome. It was also HUUGGE! Very cool and very intimidating.
Needless to say, the girls got soaked.
After grabbing a bite to eat at this place called, "Voyagers," we passed by these interesting character performers, who were moving around to some really neat New Age music.
Our next ride was the Sky Tower, which is probably my favorite attraction in the park.
The Views are Spectacular!
Future location of a roller coaster (so I'm told)
Is that the Swan and Spaceship Earth in the distance? Yes it is!
An aerial shot of the new water park, Aquatica.
Flamingo paddle boats! Too cute.
Stay tuned, coming up, a playful whale and some icy cold temperatures! Brrr!!