Friday, June 27, 2014

Road Trip: SeaWorld Orlando #VisitOrlando

So this is a super-fun post (series of posts actually) to write! I don't get to go on vacation much - just with work and money - but recently my friend Adventure Mom invited me to ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Our first stop after the flight was SeaWorld. I'll address the pink elephant right off the bat - I know about the documentary. I love love love animals. But I went. I don't know all the details but I've never been to any SeaWorld and wanted to see it for myself.

It's really a big park and there are a ton of animals to see. We checked the show times right off the bat and were just in time for the start of the dolphin show - so we ran to catch that. Amazing! So much fun. The trainers are super-outgoing and the dolphins are adorable. It's really amazing that they can train these guys like this. So cute!

Next up - turtles. Okay - well the rest of my party went on a ride - I hung out and watched our stuff. (You can't take ANYTHING on the rides - and the lockers aren't cheap.) While waiting I met this adorable little British boy and he was waiting with his grandma. He looked at me - in his ADORABLE baby British accent - and said "Do you want to see the turtles?" Um yeth. So I looked at turtles and birds with my new buddy.

Adventure Mom + kids rode the Manta - it's a hella-ride and as big as stuff at Kings Island. It was a thrill ride for sure and they all loved it.

Next up was the Penguins! There were some long lines at Seaworld for the attractions - it was a 45 minute wait for the penguins. There was a bit of a "ride" once you were inside - it was sort of like a tilt a whirl without the work.
After the ride portion - you got to see the real penguins! It was pretty neat because there was open air between you and them.  There's me and a little buddy!

Last up was the show you really come to Seaworld for - Shamu! They actually have a bunch of Killer Whales and they are amazing creatures. The height of their jumps is amazing. They're very talented. (Beware of the splash zone.) This show - compared to the dolphin show - is really about the animals. The dolphin show had a bit of a "story" - this was trick - trick - trick.

The pure size and magnitude of these animals is amazing. It's an impressive stadium too. These - as opposed to the other rides/attractions - have plenty of room in them.

All in all - a great day was had. We really enjoyed SeaWorld - I'm more of an animal nut than my friends were - so I could have definitely stayed longer - but it was a lot of fun.

Disclosure: Our trip was provided by Visit Orlando and Allegiant Travel.  All opinions are my own. 
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