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Snowy-girls
06-13-2009, 03:47 PM
DAY 1 HERE (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2196129)

Cast
Me-Michelle 34yrs.Planner,Loves Disney,Tink,Seuss Landing+kid's rides.Hates Height's,Backwards Stuff,Spinning+Getting Wet,

Dh-Tony 30yrs.Likes Disney,Loves IOA,All rides-the faster the better.

Dd7-Chloe 7yrs(will be 8 over there).Loves Tink,HSM,Cinderella.Hates Spinning rides.

Dd4-Emily 4yrs.Loves Tink,HSM,Stitch,Cinderenda+Shamoose.Hates Loud noises,fireworks.
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DAY 2-APRIL 2nd.
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I woke at 2-50am,and this turns into a regular occurence.I drifted on+off until 5am-and eventually gave in+got up.The girls+Tony followed soon after at 5-30am,we washed,dressed+went down to reception to buy our 14 day I-Ride Trolley passes-$16 each adult+the girls are free until the age of 12yrs.We had a leisurley walk down to IHOP,a bit nippy this morning-but would go on to be a very hot 85deg :goodvibes,arriving at 7-20am we were the only ones in there,after about 10mins of playing Soiltaire whilst wating for our food another English family arrived+it stayed empty like that until we left.
Tony--Bottomless Coffee Pot,Chicken Fajita Omelette,Breakfast Potatoes+3 Pancakes smothered in whipped topping+blueberries.

Me--Orange Juice,Rooty Tooty Fresh 'n' Fruity-consisted of 2 Bacon,2 Sausage,2 Fried Eggs+2 Pancakes smothered in Strawberry Compote,Whipped Topping+Maple Syrup.

Girls--Orange Juice each,and shared a Rooty Tooty.
Total inc Tip $38.

We love IHOP,there pancakes are truly scrumptious,our waitress was very attentive+was great with the girls.We kept our receipt+popped into the little gift shop next door for our free gift-and he gave both the girls a dolphin bracelet each-he also said 10% off anything you like.So we had a nosey+Emily found a Lilo soft toy to go with her Stitchy,a bargain at $5.We strolled back to the hotel looking in some other gift shops along the way.We got a Taxi to Walmart :cool1:,oh boy have i been waiting for this :laughing:,$14-which i thought was a little steep.We went straight to the electrical desk to get our Net10's activated and then we began our trolley dash.We loaded up with Mountain Dew,Dr Pepper Cherry,Lays,Ruffles,Hershey Bars,Egg Rolls,Muffins to name a few items.I had a nosey at the birthday cakes whilst the girls+Tony were looking at toys.We left Walmart $109.62 lighter,got a Taxi back+arrived at the hotel at 12-30pm.
Me+Tony was'nt all that hungry,but the girls snacked on crunchy cheetos+banana muffins.Whilst Emily slept until 2pm,Tony+Chloe watched Hannah Montanna+i packed the bag ready for Seaworld+the girls first suprise of our trip :yay:.
We used our I-Ride passes and got to Seaworld at 3pm.We went straight to the Ray's for a stroke,i was really looking forward to this,and i was very happy to know that Emily wanted to parcitipate as this is the first time she has done anything like this.She was a little nervous to start with,but once she settled she thoroughly enjoyed it,until a huge ray came past and splashed her straight in the face-she was not very happy then.
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We made our way to see the Dolphins,but we did'nt get to stroke them as they were being fed up in the now closed in area where you pay each to feed them.
Next we made our way to Shamu's Happy Harbour,this was'nt built the last time we was here,we went straight to the lockers as you can't take anything on the Shamu Express ride,these cost 50cent i believe.We queued for what seemed like forever in the blazing/burning sun-aprox 50mins :scared1:-and there is no undercover queuing here-just a few parasols dotted about.Now as we were getting closer i could see that this tame little kiddy coaster did'nt look so tame after all :eek:,i was a little worried about Emily not liking this,but more worried about me not liking it :scared1: :lmao:.Me+Chloe boarded our very TINY Shamu+Tony+Emily was in front of us,the next thing i knew i was being blasted to kingdom blinkin come :scared1:,poor little Emily was screaming+crying+i was yelling at her 'it's ok baby it will be over soon-brave girl'.Chloe was cracking up at me giving out little yelps as i was jolted this way and that+Tony,well i think he could'nt wait for it to finish+run away from us as quick as he could from embarrasment :rotfl2:.When we eventually came to a halt,i was quick to get off+pledged 'never again',Chloe still could'nt stop laughing,and poor Emily was shaking like a leaf,crying her eyes out saying over and over again 'i don't like it'.So this was the great fun we had on our first family ride together :rotfl:.
Next was Swishy Fishies-Seaworlds version of Teacup's,now bear in mind me+Chloe don't do spinning,but we braved it for Emily's sake.We got in after aprox 20mins-rather like squished fishies,and me+Tony held onto the disc so it would'nt spin out of control and then we were off-oh my lord we were going like the clappers :laughing:,and trying to hold onto the disc so we never spun was proving to be very difficult.Chloe-yep you guessed it-was cracking up-she ended up loving spinning rides from here on in,i hated it+was nearly throwing up+yep poor Emily screaming-'i don't like it'.Now only 2 rides down,and were scaring Emily for life with rides :sad2:.
We got off+made our way round to Jazzy Jellies-i had legs like jelly so i sat this one out,they queued for aprox 20mins.This was a gentle ride which the girls really enjoyed :thumbsup2.
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It was getting close to our suprise so we got our stuff out of the lockers and had a nosey around the park+took some pictures.The girls were getting hungry and asked when are we going to eat-so this was my cue to tell them there suprise+a first for all of us-were going to 'Dine With Shamu' :yay:.Well the girls were so excited-but Emily thought we had to actually get in the pool with him :cutie:,and was quite dissapointed when we explained to her that we did'nt.Our ressie was 6pm.
Now i had booked+paid($136.32-not inc tip)for this 4months out on the day our date was released,and it paid off-as when we checked in at 5-40pm the guy said to me 'wow you booked early-you have a poolside table :cool1:,so i was very happy.We had our picture taken,which is included in the price+came in a cardboard folder.When we entered the pool area,we were shown to our seat and i was over the moon as to where we were sitting-a perfect view :cool1:.Our server took our drinks order 2 Bud's+2 Coke's+told us to help ourselves to the buffet which was set up inside.There was so much to choose from+it all looked so fresh+appetising-i was glad i did'nt have any lunch in the hotel.
Tony-Roast Turkey,Mashed Potatoes,Fried Chicken,Bread Roll,Beef Stew+Veg.
Me-Same as Tony but without the Chicken.
Emily-Roast Turkey,Mash,Veg,Hot Dog,Rice+Bread Roll.
Chloe-Fried Chicken,Rice,Pasta+Bread Roll.
The food was delicious,hot+very tasty-contary to what i have read on the main dis boards+another forum.
As we were half way through our main the show started with the trainers talking all about the whales+Shamu showing us all what he can do :worship:.These are truly magnificent creatures,we was all in awe.We got a little splashed on our feet but nothing major.We got some great photo's but most of them ended up on the disposable camera as the batteries in our other one died.
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Snowy-girls
06-13-2009, 03:48 PM
The desserts were REALLY good,we got 2 big platefulls of Strawberries,choc gateaux,strawberry gateaux,profiteroles,gummi bears and black+white M&M's to share.Me+Tony ended up with another 2 Bud's each-hic.
This is a show we would deffinatley do again,we were in there aprox 1 hour.We left a generous tip+left very full.
The park was closing at 8pm tonight so for the last hour we wandered around taking some pictures and looking in the gift shops-the girls bought themselves a soft toy each+nik naks out of their daily allowance,and Me+Tony bought ourselves a frame-$19-16 inc tax, for our Dine With Shamu photo.
We got the I-Ride back to our hotel+arrived about 9pm.The girls shared a bath+where in bed by 9-45pm.By the time me+Tony showered,ironed clothes for tomorrow+re-packed the bag for tomorrow,had some Mountain Dew+we crawled into bed at 11-25pm.
Some random pics from today
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk81/snowy-girls/PICT1642.jpgI love Emily's face in this one.

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http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk81/snowy-girls/PICT1654.jpgWaiting to be seated at Dine With Shamu.

http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk81/snowy-girls/PICT1656.jpgManta having a test run.

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Coming Up On Day 3-A Rather Wet Magic Kingdom-Stay Tuned :thumbsup2.

wickesy
06-13-2009, 04:04 PM
Bad Mummy taking Emily on all the scary rides :laughing: :hug: Bless her for thinking she had to get into the pool to have dinner with Shamu.

We went into IHOP for the first time this year and really enjoyed our breakfast in there.

Looking forward to more. :goodvibes

Jets fan
06-13-2009, 04:08 PM
Great day. I noticed your pic of Pirates Golf - am so envious as I love it there. Will definitely try dining in Seaworld next time now!

Tina

Lizzybear
06-13-2009, 05:13 PM
Aww poor Emily, what with the thorough airport search and the scary rides bless her! princess: Sounds like a nice chilled first day, love IHOP for breakfast and have to eat there every time we visit the US :thumbsup2

jjk
06-14-2009, 03:52 AM
what a lovely Day Michelle, we love playing solitare at ihop too :goodvibes

strawberry blonde
06-14-2009, 04:34 AM
Seems like you had a great day. Seeing the photos makes me wish we were there now.

Roll on day 3:surfweb:

Gaynor
06-14-2009, 05:46 AM
A great day and lovely photos.
I think i'd like to try dining with Shamu, it sounds really nice :)

irongirlof12
06-14-2009, 06:00 AM
what a fab day- I thought that the ride was going to freak my gilrs out as well but they were ok, some of these smaller coasters are worse that the biggies - glad you recovered :thumbsup2

disney13
06-14-2009, 06:21 AM
Great 2nd day trip report. Love the photo from iHop.

Seems like Dine with Shamu is a must on our next trip.

Andy :)

mandymouse
06-14-2009, 09:14 AM
What a great day and lovely photos too. The dine with Shamu sounds like lots of fun

It can only be about 6 years ago, when I used to scream my head off on Goofy's Barnstormer (I was petrified of any kind of coaster), but now I love Kraken, The Hulk and all the big rides. You'll probably start enjoying them when the girls start riding them too :thumbsup2

jen_uk
06-14-2009, 09:26 AM
Great day, Dine with Shamu sounds fab, love all the pics :thumbsup2

Nix
06-14-2009, 11:50 AM
What a great day! This report realy invokes memories for me of when I first went to Orlando with my parents (I believe I was 5!) Really looking forward to the nest part!

cap'njack.
06-15-2009, 05:24 AM
What a wonderful day!

Your dine with Shamu looked soooo cool! I love the picture of the girls outside of Ripley's...I loved that place when we went there, glad it's still.

raph_b
06-15-2009, 06:18 AM
but Emily thought we had to actually get in the pool with him

I absolutely love that! so cute - but what a great idea, I'd love to have dinner in the pool with Shamu :) I think Emily could be on to something there....

Sounds like a lovely day Michelle, the girls look so happy in all the pictures.

I'm impressed you managed to keep the dining with Shamu a secret until the actual day.

Roll on day 3 ;)

jamjar84
06-15-2009, 07:43 AM
Great report. Sounds like you had a great time. :)

I didn't realise that Seaworld had all the kiddie rides, are they new? :)

Looking forward to the next part. :)

Snowy-girls
06-15-2009, 08:09 AM
Thanks everyone for reading+leaving me comments,they are much appreciated :hug:.At least i know i am not boring anyone+you're enjoying what i write :thumbsup2.x.

Also a few of you mentioned Dine With Shamu-you will not be dissapointed if you decided to try this.It was a fantastic experience,with great food.Also there was other food choices available-not just what my family ate.x.


Aww poor Emily, what with the thorough airport search and the scary rides bless her! princess:
I know-poor thing but i am afraid it does'nt stop there :eek::sad2:.x.

what a fab day- I thought that the ride was going to freak my gilrs out as well but they were ok, some of these smaller coasters are worse that the biggies - glad you recovered :thumbsup2
I am such a wuss :rotfl:,even on the kiddie rides http://www.wdwinfo.com/images/smilies/blush.gif .x.

It can only be about 6 years ago, when I used to scream my head off on Goofy's Barnstormer (I was petrified of any kind of coaster), but now I love Kraken, The Hulk and all the big rides. You'll probably start enjoying them when the girls start riding them too :thumbsup2
I still scream my head off on Goofy's Barnstormer :lmao:,somehow i can't see me being as brave as you Mandy :worship:,but i hope i am wrong :thumbsup2.x.

I absolutely love that! so cute - but what a great idea, I'd love to have dinner in the pool with Shamu :) I think Emily could be on to something there....

I'm impressed you managed to keep the dining with Shamu a secret until the actual day.
I reckon we could be the dinner though.
I done well+kept all the suprises, a suprise :thumbsup2.x.


I didn't realise that Seaworld had all the kiddie rides, are they new? :)
Shamu's Happy Harbour opened in 2006,as well as the 3 rides i listed there is also Ocean Commotion,Sea Carousel+Flying Fiddler.Also a giant netted play area with bridges,ropes,tunnels etc..It a fantastic area for children :thumbsup2.x.

thelittlemermaid83
06-15-2009, 02:29 PM
What a wonderful day Michelle.

I would love to do dine with Shamu. Looks like you all had a blast.

Chilly
06-16-2009, 04:47 AM
Poor Emily. Dine with Shamu sounds great.

The Fetherstons
06-16-2009, 05:33 AM
Wow Michelle what another fab day:goodvibes
Love your photos and Dine with Shamu looked great, what excellent seats you had .
Really enjoying your reports and photos looking forward to reading more:thumbsup2

Snowy-girls
06-17-2009, 04:58 AM
Thanks again everyone,i am really enjoying writing my reports for you all :hug:.x.


what excellent seats you had .

Yes,they could'nt have been more perfect,that's what looking about 20 times a day every day,looking for the date i needed to become available done for me :thumbsup2.x.

jamjar84
06-17-2009, 05:27 AM
Shamu's Happy Harbour opened in 2006,as well as the 3 rides i listed there is also Ocean Commotion,Sea Carousel+Flying Fiddler.Also a giant netted play area with bridges,ropes,tunnels etc..It a fantastic area for children :thumbsup2.x.
Thanks :)

Ah, I had heard SHH being mentioned, but I probably didn't notice it as we had no children when we were there 2 years ago. That will probably be the first place we go on the next visit as we have DD now. :lovestruc

Snowy-girls
06-17-2009, 05:32 AM
Thanks :)

Ah, I had heard SHH being mentioned, but I probably didn't notice it as we had no children when we were there 2 years ago. That will probably be the first place we go on the next visit as we have DD now. :lovestruc

No problems :goodvibes.I am sure she will love it.It was a blistering day when we went,and it did'nt help that the ride queing areas were not undercover,just a few parasols dotted aroud.x.

darthtatty
06-17-2009, 05:46 AM
lovely day there and great pics.xxx :)

jockey
06-17-2009, 06:05 AM
Lovely day, we went to Dine with Shamu back in Nov 07 and loved it. We are going to do it again in Jan. Like you I too booked really early. it ensures you get the best seats!:)

Snowy-girls
06-17-2009, 06:09 AM
Lovely day, we went to Dine with Shamu back in Nov 07 and loved it. We are going to do it again in Jan. Like you I too booked really early. it ensures you get the best seats!:)

Since you went then,the only change is the Trainers no longer come to your table for you to ask a question.Hope you get a great table again :thumbsup2.x.

T16GEM
06-17-2009, 08:58 AM
Shamu's Happy Harbour opened in 2006,as well as the 3 rides i listed there is also Ocean Commotion,Sea Carousel+Flying Fiddler.Also a giant netted play area with bridges,ropes,tunnels etc..It a fantastic area for children :thumbsup2.x.

:rotfl:DH Nearly got stuck in one of the rope tunnels when he went on this with DD! She wouldn't go on her own (she's a bit little anyway).

It's a shame that Emily didn't like the Shamu Express, Shelby loved it this year, she was practising her screaming before we got on it!

I love the sound of your pancakes too at iHop, we haven't tried there so we may have to just to have some of these! I'm sure my DH would love what your DH had too!

natalielongstaff
06-17-2009, 09:20 AM
poor Emily :hug: hopefully she will get braver as she gets older !

Snowy-girls
06-18-2009, 05:41 AM
:rotfl:DH Nearly got stuck in one of the rope tunnels when he went on this with DD! She wouldn't go on her own (she's a bit little anyway).

It's a shame that Emily didn't like the Shamu Express, Shelby loved it this year, she was practising her screaming before we got on it!

I love the sound of your pancakes too at iHop, we haven't tried there so we may have to just to have some of these! I'm sure my DH would love what your DH had too!

:lmao:-sorry to laugh about your Dh,but i can just imagine that.

You can get just pancakes on there own-an endless stack with so many different toppings.They are so scrummy :worship:.
I still don't understand how someone could eat a chicken fajita omelette at just gone 7am :sick:,Tony does have a cast iron stomach though :lmao:.x.

poor Emily :hug: hopefully she will get braver as she gets older !

Oh i hope so,i hope she does'nt end up with a fear like i have of the big rides.x.

jowan
06-18-2009, 07:08 AM
Bless Emily, so cute how she thought you got in the pool.

The show/dinner sounds great

Pinky166
06-18-2009, 07:18 AM
After a busy few days I am going to get all caught up on TR's today. ::yes::

I knew you would love Dine with Shamu. :banana: We have done it twice now & it certainly pays off to book as soon as the days are released. :thumbsup2

I can't wait to try IHOP this trip. Great photo's.

Nubbedy
06-19-2009, 03:15 PM
Dine with Shamu sounds lovely - something I would definitely try in the future.

arieljasmine
06-19-2009, 04:40 PM
I love your pic of the girls next to the tank, it reminded me of a promotional pic of Seaworld :thumbsup2

I'm so glad it's not just me who is scared by the kiddie coasters! I haven't done that one but I was petrified on the Barnstormer :eek:

Laur's xx

florida sun
06-20-2009, 11:53 AM
Great day and lovely photos:goodvibes

Snowy-girls
06-21-2009, 04:07 PM
I can't wait to try IHOP this trip.
You will love IHOP :thumbsup2.x.

I love your pic of the girls next to the tank, it reminded me of a promotional pic of Seaworld :thumbsup2

I'm so glad it's not just me who is scared by the kiddie coasters! I haven't done that one but I was petrified on the Barnstormer :eek:

Laur's xx

That is exactly what i thought when we got the pics developed :thumbsup2.
So glad i am also not the only one who gets scared as well :laughing:,i still let out little screams on Barnstormer,Woody Woodpecker you name them i scream/yell on them :lmao:.x.

Pegasus928
06-27-2009, 02:52 AM
We went to IHOP for the first time earlier this year and can't wait to go back.
We also have Dine with Shamu on our planner so will have to start looking for the date when we can book.
Michelle do you have a link that shows when the dates are available to be booked?
Another good report :thumbsup2

Snowy-girls
06-27-2009, 06:58 AM
We went to IHOP for the first time earlier this year and can't wait to go back.
We also have Dine with Shamu on our planner so will have to start looking for the date when we can book.
Michelle do you have a link that shows when the dates are available to be booked?
Another good report :thumbsup2

We love IHOP,just a shame we only managed it once this trip :eek:.

Try this link http://commerce.4adventure.com/EStore/Scripts/Skins/SWF/DiningBookNow.aspx?selectedsellinggroupid=12187 which will take you straight to the booking page,there is a little drop down box to the right which will show you the dates-at the moment it's only going up to July 27th.
Full payment is taken at the time of booking-you can do it on this page online-or you can phone them-i phoned as you can request a central poolside table-although it does go on how early you book in advance.x.

This link http://www.seaworld.com/sitepage.aspx?PageID=593 will give you an idea of the food served.x.

Pegasus928
06-27-2009, 08:16 AM
We love IHOP,just a shame we only managed it once this trip :eek:.

Try this link http://commerce.4adventure.com/EStore/Scripts/Skins/SWF/DiningBookNow.aspx?selectedsellinggroupid=12187 which will take you straight to the booking page,there is a little drop down box to the right which will show you the dates-at the moment it's only going up to July 27th.
Full payment is taken at the time of booking-you can do it on this page online-or you can phone them-i phoned as you can request a central poolside table-although it does go on how early you book in advance.x.

This link http://www.seaworld.com/sitepage.aspx?PageID=593 will give you an idea of the food served.x.

Thanks Michelle. I have already seen that page but thought that with you booking 4 months out there may be somewhere else I have missed.
Have saved it to my favourites now anyway.

Claddagh
06-28-2009, 07:54 AM
Really enjoying your trippie. You have beautiful kids. :)

Snowy-girls
06-28-2009, 02:42 PM
Thanks Michelle. I have already seen that page but thought that with you booking 4 months out there may be somewhere else I have missed.
Have saved it to my favourites now anyway.

You're right when i booked it was a few months in advance,but it looks like this has been stopped :confused3,maybe because i was booking for Easter :confused3.Try giving them a ring,they may advise you when to call back.x.

Really enjoying your trippie. You have beautiful kids. :)
Thank you very much,thanks for joining in :thumbsup2.x.

Ware Bears
08-06-2009, 06:34 PM
What a lovely day ~ your Dine with Shamu meal sounds great. :goodvibes

We're fans of Ihop too ~ we went to one at St Pete Beach last trip and loved it.

jackieleanne
11-11-2009, 12:45 PM
Aww bless Emily thinking you had to get in the pool to eat with Shamu. What a great day I loved your accounts of your ride experiences and I can't wait to get onto day 3.