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June 9, 2011
From journal Kid Weekend in San Diego
San Francisco County, California
November 1, 2010
March 20, 2007
From journal AAA Girls at Seaworld
May 19, 2005
From journal San Diego
by JM Kraemer
June 19, 2002
The schedule for night shows varies, so plan your visit accordingly if you want to see some of them. Except for Shamu's House of Douse, they have a more carnival-like feel to them than the daytime shows.
The opportunities to touch and feed animals including dolphins, batrays, and starfish are worth their weight in gold. SeaWorld evidently knows that because 4 miniscule fish for the dolphins cost $3.50, and they tend to be stolen out of one's hand by seagulls.
The penguin exhibit, manatee rescue, and shark tunnel are among the best sites in the park and deserve second or third viewings, or just a nice long rest on a seat in front of one of the tanks.
Most of the smaller aquariums are lovely and well designed, although most don't contain all the fish listed on their signs, and many contain unidentified fish.
Consider taking the behind-the-scenes tour, especially if Melissa is your guide. You'll see some sea mammals and turtles who are enjoying a day off or being nursed back to health. You'll also have the opportunity to pet a baby shark.
The rides may be the least interesting attractions in the park. Shipwreck Rapids requires a warm day to be remotely enjoyable, and enemies, friends, and strangers alike can buy the opportunity to squirt you with a water cannon when you are at your most vunerable on the raft. The Wild Arctic hydraulic ride offers you the option of motion-filled or motion-free transportation to the arctic, followed by a wonderful opportunity to view wildlife native to the area. Unless you have a cast-iron stomach, take the motion-free ride and then enjoying viewing the animals.
From journal Critters & Deserts - A Week in the San Diego Area
March 14, 2001
November 5, 2010
From journal saying "Hi" to Shamu
Saddle Brook, New Jersey
March 2, 2007
From journal La Jolla (the Jewel)
April 4, 2005
by wanderer 2005
June 24, 2005
The skyride has a great view of the park and attractions, but it’s very high over the park. It’s also an extra cost not included in the park ticket. Wild Arctic is a virtual ride that takes you on a mock helicopter ride through the arctic. It's my favorite ride, but it does move and jerk around a lot. The skytower ride takes you over 200 feet above the ground and slowly rotates. This ride also has an extra cost and is not included in a park ticket. On a clear day, you can see a hundred miles in any direction.
Now for the shows: Pets Rule is great for kids of all ages. Cats, dogs, birds, and even a pig dance and balance themselves on beams. Keeps kids entertained.
Cirque De La Mer is Cirque De Soliel on water. VERY neat acrobatics. I think that people of all ages would enjoy it.
The Clyde and Seamore show uses live seal lions and is also great for all ages.
Last but not least is the Haunted Lighthouse movie. It’s in 4-D and can be a little scary for real young ‘uns, because it’s about ghosts.
The manatee rescue and the penguin encounter were my favorites. Sea World has over 300 penguins, both cold-water species and Magellan penguins, which are from warmer locations like Argentina. The manatee rescue is one of only three such rescues in the U.S. where the mammals can be rehabilitated and returned to the ocean. These mammals are simply beautiful.
In the Wild Arctic exhibit, walruses, Beluga whales, seals, and polar bears are the main attraction. It’s like walking onto the North Pole with all the faux snow. VERY cool--literally--as you pass thru an ice tunnel. Bring a sweater.
As far as food, there’s plenty of it, but of course, it’s a little pricey. I suggest bringing a water bottle in with you. Water is upwards of $5, so save yourself a little cash. Shipwreck Reef Café is set up like a cafeteria, and they have lots of choices. It’s in the rear of the park, across from the Shipwreck Rapids ride. Nice seating along the ride.
Dine with Shamu is a special menu for dinner or breakfast where you can have have your meal in the Shamu stadium, next to Shamu’s private pool. This attraction requires reservations and I believe is around $14.95/$11.95 for breakfast and $32/$18 for dinner.
Sea World also has special Shamu ice cream bars available all over the park: vanilla, whale-shaped ice cream covered in chocolate. YUM!
From journal Down by the Sea