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San Francisco County, California
November 5, 2010
From journal saying "Hi" to Shamu
Saddle Brook, New Jersey
March 2, 2007
From journal La Jolla (the Jewel)
by smmmarti guide
October 17, 2002
A card, a cut-up, the life of the Shamu party, hosted twice a day seven days a week, Shamu is a master at wooing the public with his whalish ways. He slides across the reviewing stand on his tummy, tail held skyward, flippers straight out for "aren‘t-I-wonderful?" emphasis. After taking the trainer for a ride through the giant tank, he begs playfully for a few more buckets of fish. Then the bad boy of saltwater splashes sheets of the cold, wet stuff on the audience with his giant flippers as he circles the arena. He disappears for a long period of time then breaks through the water unexpectedly, propelling his gigantic but graceful frame far into the air with a double gainer and half twist. A second trainer dives into the water with his party friend and proceeds to surf on Shamu’s back, followed by barrel-rolls finally hitching himself on Shamu’s nose while being hurled into the stratosphere as he performs his final and most impressive leap from the water.
Way back when, the original Sea World had exclusive rights as the only place to see killer (Orca) whales splashing about like family pets in a backyard pool. That is, a 50 million-gallon, 55 degree saltwater pool. In public, trainers pet and stroke, joke and tease with the magnificent animals helping to develop a personna that is as lovable, enduring, and recognizable as Lassie. The trainers likewise have the image of perennial pollyannas, cloned offspring of wide-toothed "Up With People" performers or something so ultra clean cut they must come straight from Pleasantville. But of course, killer whales are wild animals and trainers are serious, educated marine biologists and athletes to boot.
Though Shamu was necessarily "replaced", the image hasn’t changed over time and Sea World has expanded to include multiple theme parks developed as part of the Anheuser Busch corporation. But Sea World isn‘t reallyonly Shamu. You will also find penguin falls, the sea otter and seals exhibit, and the stupendous dolphin show with its own star, Dolly.
Wild Arctic is a newer attraction of Sea World that provides a glimpse into life under the northern seas and ice flows. After taking the thrilling (wink) ride that simulates a visit to the arctic with a landing on a glacier, a visit to a remote outpost and a fall down a steep crevasse (!), you wander through a simulated wilderness outpost. The wonder of all this is that it smells of ice and snow and icicle drip under the canopies. It is refreshingly cool during the heat of summer, one secret to its popularity. Another wonder is the white beluga whale in the tank with underwater viewing area at the end of the attraction.
The penquins, seals, dolphins, and sharks are all wonderful additions to the park. Yet, somehow they still seem only to be the honor court supporting the main event, Shamu.
From journal Pleasantville, with a nude beach
April 19, 2006
We stayed with a friend there and headed to SeaWorld in Mission Bay. Parking was $10, and it's definitely good to get there early. Admission was $53/Adult and $43/Child 3-9 without a coupon. We had the option to buy the Fun Pass for the same price, which was good for unlimited entry to the park until December 31, 2006. Again seeing everything in 1 day would require a lot of coordination and cooperation. The kids enjoyed watching the dolphin and Orca whale shows. Their favorite was the sea lion and sea otter show. The performance was loads of laughs and had a lot of interaction with the audience. The penguin and shark encounter was neat but crowded.
Guys should check out the Anheuser-Busch hospitality center for beer tasting, with two complimentary samples for guests 21 or older. There was decent-priced food at this location, and it was tasty, too. We were again limited to some of the rides, as we had small children, but the Journey to Atlantis looked like it was a blast. It would be good to go on when it's super hot in the summer. Height restrictions were 42 inches on the rides. I definitely would go back again to see other stuff we missed.
From journal Crazy for California
March 4, 2006
From journal Back to the Boathouse!
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
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
From journal San Diego
NORTH AURPORA, Illinois
February 6, 2007
SeaWorld is my favorite place in the entire world. I was so excited to visit this particular SeaWorld because it is the original one. The first thing we did at SeaWorld was participate in the DIP program, which is dolphin interaction. We got to put on wet suits and get into the water with the bottlenose dolphins. The experience is amazing and I have never felt so excited in my entire life. I would do this activity over and over again.
There is plenty to do and see at SeaWorld. You can learn about all types of animals like killer whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees, sharks, penguins, and so much more. When we went it was the 4th of July week and every night they had a special show with Shamu that ended with fireworks.
The best way to prepare for a trip to SeaWorld is to decide how many days you want to visit. Being as crazy as I am, we went 3 out of the 7 days that we were in San Diego, so it made the most sense to buy a season pass. The season pass only cost about $50 more than regular admission and we got to come back everyday for free and we also got a discount booklet for food and gifts, which totally saved me hundreds of dollars!! I recommend this to everyone! Everybody of all ages will enjoy this. It's really an experience you must enjoy for yourself.
From journal My 21st Birthday Trip
West Jordan, Utah
August 25, 2006
Sea World also has a new roller coaster ride. I was unable to go on it, but my husband had a blast. You do get a little wet on it.
From journal San Diego, California