When we got to SeaWorld, we were met by a line all the way out to the parking lot. We had already purchased our tickets, but this was the bag line. Everyone had to funnel through two small lines with a couple of guys checking bags for outside food and weapons. It was hot. It was humid. It was miserable. Luckily it only lasted about 30 minutes.
Once we got inside, we made a beeline for the noon Shamu show. The crowd was pretty light since everyone else had gone off to ride the roller coasters or had stopped at the Azul show. While the boys grabbed us seats, Wendy and I went to get something to drink. Of course we had to buy souvenir mugs for
The Shamu show was great. They had four Killer Whales performing and the crowd was going wild. Underneath the pavillion it was fairly cool as well. The girls watched the show for a while, but in the end, it was the dip-n-dots that really captured Emmy's interest.
We walked around and took in the sights for a while. The girls were really warm, so Jason and Brad took them through the Sesame Street Bay of Play to cool off. They loved it!
We made an appearance at the Elmo Rocks show. Marlee LOVED it because she loves Elmo and watches him on TV. Emmy was about ready for a nap so she was more interested in lying down on the dirty ground. She did eventually get up and watch a little of the show. They had fans going that circulated a nice breeze, so we all really enjoyed it.
After a couple of attempts, we finally got seats at the Azul show. This is probably my favorite show at SeaWorld. The combination of birds, divers, synchronized swimmers, and Beluga Whales is mezmorizing for someone of any age. Any show that can keep a rowdy two-year-old transfixed for twenty minutes is golden in my book.
After this show, we decided to find something to eat since it was already late afternoon. Imagine our surprise to find all of the restaurants packed with lines out the door. At this point we made the decision to go see the dolphins, sharks, and penguins and go back to the hotel. The girls only had a little while left without a good meal and we were all a little hot and tired by that point.
We hit the dolphin bay first. This is Bradley's absolute favorite part of the park. If we let him, he would spend his entire day laying on the side of the pool reaching into the dolphin pond trying to coax them over to the side. I think he was secretly thrilled that Emmy seemed to really enjoy it as well. She laughed and giggled as the dolphins swam by and she shrieked when they threw their ball near her.
She had everyone around us laughing when she looked up at Bradley as a dolphin swam by and said, "that dolphin bit me Dadddy!" Brad tried to reason with her and explain that it never touched her, but she stayed firm in her story. She even tried to show him the part of her finger that was hurt. We may need to have another serious discussion about why lying is a bad thing.
Next we all headed over the penguin building. Unfortunately, I did not read the fine print on our park map, so I did not see that they turn the lights out in the penguin building at 3:30 for the day to simulate their natural habitat this time of the year. So...we spent about fifteen minutes soaking up the cold AC and watching a dark aquarium of moving objects. Did I mention that they had cold air conditioning?
Our last stop was a visit to the shark aquarium. It was amazing. Every time we go to SeaWorld, I am taken aback when we walk in and I see how tall and wide the aquarium is. Emmy remembered Shark Week so she was quick to say, "Here Sharky Sharky."
She also spotted a clown fish in one of the little aquariums on the way out and yelled out Nemo until Bradley took her over to see him. Such. A. Sweet. Girl.
Once we had our fill on gazing upon the majesty of the sharks, we made our way out of the park. Some of us traveled a little faster than others. We also had to take the obligatory group picture at the entrance. This would have been a much nicer picture if we had sunglasses and not empty stomachs.
SeaWorld was a much longer post than I had expected, so we will have to do a Part 3 of this series I guess! Stay tuned.