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Hey friends! First, I just want to tell you how much fun we had on our vacation. We spent 4 full days in Disneyland, a day at Sea World, a day at the San Diego Zoo and on top of that, Disney Daddy and I had a 5 hour date night in Disneyland.
While to some people it seems crazy to do something besides Disney during their vacation, I wanted to see if it was worth it to travel down to San Diego (80 or so miles) to add a day at Sea World to our vacation.
The first thing we did when we got to Sea World was lathered up the sun screen. Since we knew we would be sitting in the sun a lot.
We checked out the show schedule. It was going to take a lot of planning to hit all of the shows, but we figured it out. So the first thing we did was head to the Sea Lion and Otter show. This show is cute, funny, and very enjoyable.
After that we checked out some more of the hands on stuff. The Ray pool was a huge hit with the Goof. You can feed the Rays (which we did not do) and touch them to. Sea World has staff at all of these locations to teach about the animals as you interact with them. This was a lot of fun.
After the Rays, we headed over to Discovery Cove to hang out with the Dolphins. I remember in 2007 we got to feed the dolphins. That was a very memorable moment for us and our friends, so I was bummed to hear that they had discontinued the feedings. But they did have a free Dolphin Connection. It was a lot of fun, and The Goof got to touch a dolphin.
During the Dolphin Connection, they talked about how they do medical check-ups on the dolphins, talked about the dolphins habits, likes, and more. It was a great experience.
We headed to the Shamu show “One Ocean” a little bit after this. I remember the Shamu show from 2001 being, well, Awesome! To be quite honest, I was a bit disappointed in the Shamu show this time. It was fun watching the people in the splash zone get soaked, but other than that, I don’t know. I felt like they didn’t talk much about the animals, and they just had them go around and splash people, and the trainers stood there dancing around to music. It was still good, just not what I remember, or hoped for.
The highlight of our day was next though. Everything the Shamu show wasn’t this show was, and more.
We headed over to the Blue Horizon’s pavilion to catch what we thought was simply the Dolphin show. We really expected it to be the same show we saw in both 2001 and 2007, where an audience member is picked to come touch a dolphin, falls in, only to reveal it is actually a trainer, etc.
We were VERY pleasantly surprised with the new show. This show reminds me of something Disney would put together. It had a story line, costumes, music, choreography, and on top of all of that, animals. Not just Dolphins either. They included birds and more.
We can not say enough good things about this show. This show, the Sea Lion and Otter show, and the hands-on exhibits definitely made it worth while to travel down to San Diego.
We ended our night with the Bayside Skyride which we happened to go on right at sunset. It was an amazing few and a lot of fun to go over the bay to end the night.
Some rides that looked amazing that we did not get to do this time are Journey to Atlantis (have done this one- AMAZING), Shipwreck Rapids (have done this one as well, is your typical river rapid ride), and Manta. Manta is new. It looks like so much fun.
So is Sea World worth the trip down from Disneyland? I definitely would add it to my vacation if I were to do the Southern California City Pass. This pass is only $59 more than a Disneyland 3-day Parkhopper ticket. That is already cheaper than your admission into Sea World for a day. It gives you a 3-Day Parkhopper in Disneyland, a day in Sea World and a day at Universal Studios.
I would also visit Sea World during my San Diego trips. It is definitely worth it to spend a day there. If you plan on going more than one day, I would suggest the annual pass as it is an amazing deal. (Currently under $150 for an annual pass.)
Have you visited a Sea World Park? What was your favorite part?