There has been a lot of backlash and publicity (negative) lately about parks like these that keep large marine animals in captivity. It’s understandable that many people are VERY passionate about this. However, when we went to SeaWorld Orlando with my son it was an opportunity to teach him and encourage his love for these beautiful animals!
SEAWORLD ORLANDO ATTRACTIONS & ANIMALS
We got to SeaWorld right around 9am and we were able to see all of the animal attractions and three shows before leaving at 5pm. The only ride attraction we went on was Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. The actual ride that takes you to the new Penguin encounter was mediocre, but Antarctica is all that it was hyped up to be! Those penguins are having a blast in their new habitat!!
We fed and pet the manta rays and my son and husband participated in the Dolphin feeding! I would recommend getting involved in this way especially if you have kids!
We really liked all of the exhibits at SeaWorld but my son thought the 3D TurtleTrek movie was a little too intense. It is a pretty cool experience, but if you have fearful little ones it might not be the best idea!
We ate at the Spice Mill and the food was surprisingly good (expensive but good)! The chocolate cake was AMAZING and there were a lot of choices. Burgers, chicken fingers, salads, fresh deli sandwiches, fruit, cakes, etc. There was plenty of inside and outside seating (we chose to sit outside because the weather was beautiful and the surroundings were relaxing)!
We saw three shows while we were at SeaWorld Orlando. Blue Horizons, One Ocean & the Clyde and Seamore show!
Blue Horizons was my favorite show. This show featured dolphins, birds and acrobats! It was very entertaining and full of excitement.
One Ocean is the Orca whale show. The SeaWorld announcers kept referring to them as Killer whales which sort of bothered me! I thought the show was good (the whales are beautiful) but the show seemed like it was lacking continuance (I’m not even sure if that’s the word I am looking for)… it was lacking something.
And of course, last but not least… the Clyde and Seamore show. Those sea lions are so cute and funny! I thought the best part of this show was that the sea lions weren’t cooperating so the trainers had to go with the flow and change the show a bit.
I commend SeaWorld for doing an amazing job on their shows! My son NEVER took his eyes off of any of the shows. As you can see below, he was very into it!
I do have ONE complaint: The PLAYGROUND. Who ever thought this playground was a good idea was a moron. The playground is this HUGE netted area with tubes and slides and ladders… and there are a MILLION exits. If you get separated from your child they can end up anywhere and good luck finding them. There is a sign that warns that you might lose your child and guess what… you probably will. We did.
Disney’s playgrounds are all surrounded so that you only have one exit. If you lose your child then you can stand by the exit and wait for them (or designate someone else to do that while you search). It was impossible to do at this playground! If you are a parent to small child, I’d skip the playground.
Overall, I’m still a fan of SeaWorld. I’m not going to get into the politics or ethics of it all. We are planning a trip back in May of this year to check out the coasters! My Theme Park Junior Advisor has been DYING to ride and review them! Stay tuned this summer for my updated blog on SeaWorld Orlando!