Alexander: Hey, peeps! Let’s get wet!
Our little 3-park trip to Orlando actually started here at Sea World Orlando; the park was Sean’s top priority for his first visit to Florida.
We’re awfully fond of our SeaWorld here in Southern California – how would Sea World Parks’ most prominent park compare?
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Jounrey to Atlantis, Sea World Orlando’s cardinal coaster, gives a much more entertaining ride than its Californian and Texan siblings. A detailed dark ride sequence starts your journey, followed by a series of drops and other surprises.
Until recently, the ride featured a story of some kind. I’m not sure what it was, but nowadays the scenes are purely decorative. I’m fine with this, as rides that force a story come off as cheesy. A ride like Journey to Atlantis doesn’t need to be anything more than a good-looking ride with a theme of adventure.
We enjoyed a viewing of Sea World Orlando’s rendition of “One Ocean.” This show was recently replaced with the educational, and superior, demonstration: The Orca Encounter, at our SeaWorld San Diego park.
The orcas here are younger than the ones in San Diego; they’re still getting to know themselves as performers. The smaller size of the younger orcas makes the orcas in San Diego look a lot more impressive when leaping out of the water. That is not to say that these orcas aren’t absolutely beautiful.
Take a good look, folks! This Shamu-themed kiddie coaster will have a different look come next year! Shamu’s Happy Harbor/ Sesame Street Bay of Play is by far the least good looking area in the park, but next year that will change!
Sean and I were able to enjoy the dark ride for the first time together. Surprisingly great ride considering I’ve never really heard about it; lots of cool technology at work to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
We were lucky that Kraken VR had bit the dust before our visit. We’re kind of tired of the VR thing and, by and large, we think it’s run its course. Kraken is a stellar ride and still one of the best of its kind – the last thing it needs is VR to muddle the experience.
We’d planned to see Dolphin Days, but we used our time to eat at Sharks instead. It also gave us time to check out Orlando’s version of Wild Arctic (whose Star Tours-style simulators are severely aged and animal exhibits are severely underpopulated.)
Thanks, SeaWorld Orlando, for an amazing day! We can’t wait to come back again and again!
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