SAN DIEGO SEAWORLD

Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
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Trip End Jun 28, 2013


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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We were all up early again for another full day of activities. Today we were tackling San Diego SeaWorld. Our free shuttle wasn't picking us up until 9.30am so we had a bit more time up our sleeves this morning. We shot down to the hotel restaurant for another fry-up brekkie.

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. I shall do the same when it is my turn and I see some bikini-clad hussy by herself :)

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 do a bit of praying though 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 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 another hot sunny day so we expected to dry really quickly, or so we thought.

Our next stop was one of three shows we had planned to see. First up 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. We were starting to dry out nicely after our previous ride in the hot sun as the show started.

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 massive, yet 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 too 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. This show was pretty cool also and we actually stayed dry although some people didn't. The divers and acrobats were doing somersaults in and around the water and they had people flying around on wires and trapezes. Meanwhile, there were dolphins, birds and some other type of whale doing their tricks. In this show the trainers did get in the tanks with the dolphins and the whale, riding them, skiing on them and getting shot up into the air by them. Cool !

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 of us, 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. The Sea Lions were pretty clever imitating their trainers and the otter was pretty cute.

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 walked 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 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. We didn't see Sheldon from 'The Big Bang Theory' there though, despite it being one of his favourite restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory, where Penny works, was next door :)

Our dinner was fantastic and very much appreciated given our 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, we couldn't wait to hit the mattress.

Over and out !
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