I started a new job in January, so long vacations haven’t been possible. But I always need a break from NY, even if it’s a weekend – and this past one I went to Orlando with my boyfriend. We decided to go to SeaWorld as it seemed like one of the most manageable 1 day theme park options which would allow for some leisurely exploration without too much pressure to run around. There were barely any crowds and we didn’t wait more than 15 minutes to do anything – usually less. We ended up having a perfect day, and here are a few of my favorites!
Kraken was an awesome rollercoaster! It’s towards the back of the park and you sit in the seat with your feet exposed. It was a super fun and smooth twisting ride. In contrast was the Manta which was my least favorite. The roller coaster dips you forward so you are facing the ground. The position is uncomfortable and you literally spend the whole time in such an odd view that you don’t really know what’s going on. I was pretty sure that I was going to hit trees a few times, but I would say it was more of a confused ride than a thrilling one.
Antarctica is a one of the newer attractions/areas of the park which is pretty cool. There’s a ride within the igloo compound that first brings you into a room with a short intro to a penguin story. You then enter another room with lines for a wild or mild interactive experience where you see the life of the penguin firsthand. Think of it as a teacup type vehicle that goes into a few rooms where you view step by step the penguin life. I wasn’t that impressed, but the best part was the end where you left the ride/movie experience and entered one of the most awesome penguin exhibits I’ve ever seen. There were different types of penguins and great volunteers to educate us on penguin life.
Aside from the penguins, my second favorite live animal experience was the turtle one. I love turtles – an obsession that started when I swam with sea turtles in Barbados about 2 years ago. The exhibit led you through another movie experience – this one was a 360 theater movie story of a hatchling and its experiences post birth.
Where to eat? I recommend Shark Cove. It was pricier than some of the other options, but it was a nice haven away from the hot sun and rides. You dine underground alongside a shark tank. Really relaxing experience, and got us recharged to do a bit more.
Although walking around the park all day can get exhausting, we wanted to do something active at the park, and decided to try the flamingo paddle boats. It’s $5 per person for 20 minutes. The parameter for the paddle boats was pretty small, but I still enjoyed it and it was nice to see real life flamingos in an area by the pond too.