My family spent a week in Orlando from June 27 through July 3. we spent one day at Sea World.
We headed straight back to Shamu's Happy Harbor. I have learned from past experience that the smartest thing to do is get all the kid's rides out of the way while everyone is in the first Shamu show. You can usually ride them more than once before the first show lets out. The stadium is right next to Happy Harbor and when that first show lets out it's like a flood of 5,0000 people, and most head right for Happy Harbor.
The Sea Carousel
I can't ride this one because of my vertigo.
See those clouds? After we were finishing up all the rides the bottom fell out and it pretty much rained off and on all day.
On to the sharks!
Not a shark....
That green thing is not a plant, it is a sea dragon.
Now, for some strange reason, in the middle of the shark exhibit building is a small corner dedicated to frogs. We had fun playing find the frog in the cases because some of them were really good at blending in.
Next it was on to the penguins.
We decided to eat at the only table service restaurant in Sea World....Sharks.
The restaurant has the tanks on one side that are the same as seen from inside the Shark Encounter exhibit.
Beef En Croute
(translation: metloaf wrapped in pastry)
Mixed grill plate
I just had a salad and bruschetta
The girls had pasta that came with a cute little gummy shark.
That gummy shark didn't have a chance!
Weather only a duck could love....
After lunch we decided to walk all the way back across the park to work off some of our lunch and go explore Wild Arctic.
At this point we went back outside and it was raining heavy again so we decided to call it a day.
I took a panoramic from the boardwalk of the waterfront.
I then decided I wanted to at least see the new coaster Manta. After watching it a few times I decided I was riding that! I was the only one who would so I checked the time...only a 15 minute wait. I was there! This is the first horizontal coaster I've ever done. It was the most intense experience I've ever had on a coaster. The one major loop, you are going backwards and upside down. I can at least say I did it but I don't think I will ever do it again.
We didn't do any of the shows and never even made it into quite a few sections of the park. This park could easily take 2 days if you wanted to watch all the shows, see all the animals and ride the rides. We bought the Fun Card so we will be going back again this year.