Sunday, July 21, 2013

Florida - Sea World - 6/14/2013

Sea World is a nice change of pace from the Disney parks.  It isn't nearly as crowded for starters, although there was a good sized crowd there the day we visited.  Ride waits at Sea World are more like 20 minutes rather than the 2 hours at Disney.  The shows are held in large amphitheaters that seat thousands of people so there is very little wait to get a seat and you don't have to worry about getting as seat as long as you are there 15 minutes or so before the show starts.

Food is very expensive at Sea World.  Sigrid purchased an all you can eat/drink all day pass which saved us a ton of money.  We were at the park long enough to eat twice.

Tyler and Petra both rode this coaster.  I think it was called The Manta.

We saw both the Orca and dolphin shows and really enjoyed them.

Sea World trainers used to ride the Orca's and physically interact much more with them in the past.  A couple of years ago a trainer was killed while performing in front of a crowd in the stadium.  This capped years of injuries and close calls by other trainers and forced Sea World to eliminate any close contact between the Orca's and humans.  Trainers do not enter the water while the Orca's are there.

The Orca's thoroughly wet down the first 15 rows of the stadium by splashing water over the barrier walls with their talks.  They cup their talks for maximum efficiency.

Tyler and Petra were completely soaked but loved it.

The observation tower is a landmark for Sea World.

I didn't know that Jodie Foster worked at Sea World.

Amazing how high out of the water the dolphins can get.

After the dolphins wowed us, then the human's took to the air in a trapeze show.

Don't miss Sea World if you go to Orlando.  Up next is Fort Walton Beach, FL as we make our way home.

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