Saturday, 19 May 2012

SeaWorld at Christmas

Blue Horizons Dolphin Show
SeaWorld was one of the highlights of our holiday in 2011. We we quite lucky that we visited leading up to Christmas, as we were able to experience the lights, fireworks and special shows and performances put on to celebrate the Christmas festivities.

As our hotel was situated next to SeaWorld, getting there was a synch. We could have walked there in a few minutes if we had chosen too.

However as the coach stopped outside our hotel (Double Tree by Hilton at SeaWorld), we hopped on and we were there in a couple of minutes.

One thing you notice about America is how helpful everyone is, even the bus drivers. They will ask the passengers if they have the correct tickets, answer any queries and they make sure everyone is informed of the return times from the theme parks.

Seaworld Sea of Lights
On arrival, we made our way to the entrance. Once inside the park we grabbed ourselves a free park map and guide. These guides are essential for planning your route, especially if it is your first visit to SeaWorld.

As with most theme parks in Orlando you quickly realise the size of the area, and more than a single day is often required to fully explore the park and its many attractions & rides. There is so much to see here, with something to suite all ages and tastes. Some of the highlights of this fantastic park are:

  • One Ocean (featuring Shamu the Killer Whale and his friends).
  • A'Lure The Call of the Ocean (Acrobatic stage show).
  • Blue Horizons (A show featuring acrobatics, dolphins and birds).
  • Clyde and Seamore take Pirate Island (A funny show featuring Sea Lions & Otters) A great show for the kids.
  • Dolphin Cove (Interact with these amazing marine mammals).
  • Sky Tower (Get a birds eye view of SeaWorld and take some great snaps).
  • Shark Encounter (Walk through an underwater viewing tunnel to see all kinds of Sharks).
  • Manta (Experience one of the most thrilling rides in the park).
Seaworld Christmas Iceskating
Of course, this is just a few of the rides and attractions the park has to offer and there are many more to experience in this theme park.

As it was the Christmas period when we visited, we were treated to some additional seasonal shows. These included Shamu's Christmas Show, an Ice Skating Extravaganza (see picture to the right) and The Polar Express where Jessica got to meet Santa.

During the evening an amazing sea of Christmas Trees are switched on as they light up the large lake in the centre of the park, as flash on and off and change colour to the rhythm of the music being played. It was pretty amazing to actually be there and experience this light show.