SAN DIEGO SEAWORLD
Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
89Trip End Jun 28, 2013
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We arrived at SeaWorld just prior to 10.00am and, like the zoo yesterday, it was really quiet.
We took the opportunity to knock off a couple of the more popular rides and pretty much got to walk on to both of them without having to queue.
The first ride was a roller-coaster called 'MANTA' as in manta-ray. On the way to the ride, you walk past a whole lot of manta-rays and sting-rays. As the ride seated only 2, side by side, Wendy opted to sit next to a strapping young fellow
Surprisingly, both Danielle and Wendy managed to get through the ride which featured the usual twists, turns and upside down bits, without any fuss or screaming. Wendy did a bit of praying apparently as she was heard to say "Jesus Christ" part way through the ride.
The second ride, 'Journey to Atlantis' was like a log flume/rollercoaster all in one and we all ended up getting soaked. We initially were only damp as we came to the steep bit at the bottom near the end but unbeknownst to us there was a water cannon at the bottom where people can pay $5 to shoot people as they go through. This little shit was ready and waiting for our arrival and doused us all. Luckily it was yet another hot sunny day and we should dry really quickly, or so we thought.
Our next stop was the first of 3 shows we had planned to see. It was the 'One Ocean' Killer Whale show featuring Shamu and several other Killer Whales, including a baby. We were seated in what is classed as the 'soak zone' because you may end up getting a bit wet. On the plus side, you are closer to the action
These animals are incredible to watch but I have mixed views about these parks. On one hand they are great for us tourists and for research purposes but on the other hand these huge animals should be roaming the world's oceans and not be confined to these tanks. Interestingly, due to a couple of high profile accidents in recent years, the trainers no longer ride the whales or play with them in the tanks as part of the shows.
The show was amazing with some fantastic tricks performed by these graceful animals. Part way through the show, the whales come up to the audience's side of the tank and, using their massive tails, splash the crowd up to about 15 rows deep. We went from being pretty damp to looking like drowned rats.
The crowds were now starting to arrive in their droves and things were getting busier. Saturated, we headed to the 'Shipwreck Rapids' ride. A sign warned us that we WOULD get wet on this ride. To late, we were soaked already. We had to queue for about 25 minutes which still wasn't to bad all things considered.
This ride was just like a big inner tube tyre that seats 8 people which bounces down fast running river rapids. The good news is not all of us got wet. The bad news was one of us did and it was me. My girls were laughing there arses off. Me, not so much.
We then headed over to our second show, 'Blue Horizons', which featured dolphins, birds, acrobats and divers
We had planned to go to the 'Madagascar Live' show (as in the kids movie) but couldn't get in as it was full so we flagged it and headed over to do another ride.This was a simulator ride called 'Wild Arctic Ride', and like most simulator rides, it was pretty lame. It was based on you being in a jet helicopter flying through the Arctic to a base up there. On the way to your destination you encounter various animals, bad weather and have a couple of close encounters. It was a bit bollocks but we did get to see a huge walrus, a polar bear and some Beluga whales on our way out.
We were all pretty hungry and decided to grab some lunch instead. We walked around for about 45 minutes trying to find something that appealed to all, without success. We ended up settling on a dirty old hotdog and a Bud. Shit food washed down by shit beer. Even Danielle hated her Bud - just kidding :)
We played a couple of arcade games and won Danielle a couple of soft toys before visiting the Shark Encounter exhibit which wasn't hugely exciting. We then headed to our third and final show - The Sea Lions and Otter Show. This show was a comedy and was bloody funny.The guy entertaining the crowd before the show started was a scream and the show itself was great also
We were pretty much done and jumped on the shuttle back to the hotel. Wendy had got wind that their was a mall nearby that was open until 9.00pm. Seasoned shopping veteran that she is.
After a rest for a couple of hours, we all headed down to the Fashion Valley Mall. There was a Tiffany there. Shit ! Needless to say, that was our first stop. I had bought Wendy two necklaces from Tiffany's flagship store in New York but one didn't fit. Unfortunately, they didn't make them any bigger and getting some additional links put in it would mean it would have to be sent away for up to 2 weeks so that wasn't an option. It was her intention on this trip to buy a a new platinum etoli band to match a ring I had bought her from Tiffany in Sydney several years ago. We decided to see if they would allow us to return the necklace and put the credit towards the new ring which they agreed to do.
Wendy raced back to the hotel to get the necklace and in the meantime I took Danielle shopping to Macy's to look for a dress. After trying on about 7 different things, she settled on a dress and a denim vest. We headed back up to Tiffany and met Wendy who had returned and was just finalising the paperwork and getting her new ring. In my absence the cheeky tart had got some bloody earrings as well ! She was a happy little camper though :)
The mall closed at 9.00pm, thank god, and we headed across the road to P F Changs Chinese Bistro for a late dinner
Our dinner was fantastic and very much appreciated given our very long day. We ordered a taxi back to the hotel because we had done plenty of walking today already but the bastard never turned up. After waiting about half an hour we ended up walking back. Dead on our feet, it was all over red rover.
Over and out !