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Old 01-04-2009, 01:04 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Getting ill with the Maguire's!!! Trip report, Day 6…..Seaworld again!

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Me = Claire (33), massive Disney fan, chief planner…(a little on the OCD side ) obsessive shopper, addicted to scrapbooking and very impulsive which doesn’t bode well for our credit cards!

Hubby = Lee (34), not a massive Disney fan but still enjoys it, adrenaline junkie, easy going and the sensible half of our partnership!


Saturday 6th December 2008.

I had a really bad nights sleep and spent pretty much all night awake having hot & cold sweats, constant coughing, (I was actually vomiting as I was coughing so hard) struggling to breathe as my nose was so blocked. I think I kept Lee was awake most of the night too….poor thing kept asking if he could doing anything to help. About 6am I took a second lot of night-time tablets (can’t remember what they were called) and finally got a few hours sleep. When I woke about 10ish I forced myself to get up and showered as I was so disappointed that the holiday was being ruined.

We went out about midday, stopping at a camera shop on I-drive as Lee wanted to get a tripod for the camera (I forgot to pack ours) to take some night/firework pictures. Next door was an Edwin Watts golf shop so he wanted to have a look in there too….he didn’t get any golf stuff but he did get a nice pair of sunglasses for $40.

We then went straight onto Seaworld, it was a lovely warm day again a beautiful blue sky. As soon as we entered Lee said he was really hungry so we decided to see if we could get a table at Sharks Grill. We have eaten here a few times & although it is expensive it is probably the best food option available in the park. We were lucky & told to come back in 20 mins, so we hung around and went through the shark viewing tunnel & then I fed the small sharks outside the restaurant….well the big fish ate all the fish rather than the sharks!

We went back up to the desk and they told us to take a seat in the waiting section, we were called after a few minutes and given a table in the second row right by the tank. I had the Filet Mignon steak and asked for fries as I didn’t like the potato choice that came with it. Lee had Filet Mignon & Lobster combo which was served with a Lobster Risotto & Crab cake. For dessert I had Caged White Chocolate Mousse (which was too rich & I didn’t eat much) & Lee had Coconut Neapolitan. Both meals were very nice.

I am sorry to say that I did remember to take photos of these meals however all of our photos from today (Day 6) have somehow been lost. I am absolutely gutted as it was all the good photos of the special Miracles Shamu show, Blue Horizions & the Christmas decorations at the waterfront. Neither of us can figure out what has happened but they have definitely gone for good!

After lunch we checked the show times on the map and it was almost time for A’Lure, I don’t know if this is a new show but we have never seen it before. The show had acrobats (kind of Cirque du Soleil but no where near as good). It was ok but I wouldn’t rush to see it again. We then went over to Stingray Lagoon & Lee fed them….I have done this before but they were really splashing today and fighting over the food so I let him have the pleasure!!!

It was almost time for the Blue Horizons show so we made our way over and got some good seats. Lee went to get a drink so I could take some more tablets whilst we waited for the show to start. It is such a good show and we have seen it several times now but it is still just as entertaining as the first time we saw it. Obviously I haven’t got any photos but here are a few from our 2006 trip:

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False killer whales:




We then went over to Kraken to see what the queue time was like, it was walk on so Lee went on (there was no way my head could of handled it), we both love this ride and realised it was the first time he had been on it in the dark.

We walked over to the Waterfront to see the Christmas lights and took some photos using the tripod – they were much better than the one’s we took on Day 4 but you’ll have to take my word for it! Here are some taken on my little compact camera and they are very grainy so my apologies in advance:

This wreath was about 12 feet wide:


This snowflake was approx 8 feet:


The Waterfront decorations & Santas sleigh:






We walked back up to the Shamu Stadium & took our seats for the ‘Miracles’ show.........Cont'd below....
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:07 PM   #2
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About 15 minutes before the show started they played Christmas carols and had the words on the screen, it was so much fun as everyone was singing along and it was such a great atmosphere. The cameramen were picking people out in the crowd and showing them on the big screen in the usual way too. : After about 10 minutes they stopped the carols and a guy playing on the Saxophone came out and walked down to the front section of the splash zone area.



Although he was good & I admire anyone who can play any musical instrument it wasn’t the right time or place as he went on for too long and was playing sombre songs that really killed the atmosphere that had built up from everyone singing.

However saying that as soon as the show started everyone was clapping & it didn’t affect the show which was fantastic. I love the night time shows as they seem so much faster. Here are some pics (again from when we saw it on day 4) and again I apologise as I had the camera on the wrong setting and am useless at taking night time photos.













This guy got some serious airtime!


Halfway through they had a gospel singer come out, she was really good:


It was a fabulous show & the reason we went back to Seaworld today. I have yet to go through the video that Lee recorded and if I can figure out what to do I will try and upload a film, although it probably won’t be until I finish my trip report.

Once the show finished we watched the fountain display in the lake which was timed to music.





Then we slowly made our way to the exit and drove back to the hotel. We were feeling hungry as it was 9.30pm so we decided to try The Kitchen, which is one of the restaurants at the hotel. Thankfully we were seated straight away as I was so tired. I ordered a three cheese pizza & Lee had a half chicken with mash, carrots & asparagus. We both thought it was nice, I haven’t noted how much it was but definitely cheaper than room service would have been.

We went back up to the room about 10.45pm, set an alarm call for the morning & then I dosed myself up with medicine and went straight to sleep. I was exhausted from the lack of sleep last night that I fell asleep as soon as my head touched the pillow.

Coming up in Day 7 - Calling hotel Security, I am so sorry Officer & Busch Gardens!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for posting, very much enjoying your reports.

Terrible shame you felt so bad overnight but at least you were able to have a good day out at Sea World and as I said in your other report I especially liked seeing the Xmas photos of Sea World with missing that park out this time.

I hope everything was okay at the hotel with your calling hotel security the next day. A cliffhanger if ever there was one.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:57 PM   #4
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amazing piccies again Claire,I have never been to seaworld at Christmas but think we will this year
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #5
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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Great day Claire,what a shame about your pics .
Can't wait for tomorrow-what did you do .x.
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glad you managed to get a good sleep after the great evening at seaworld


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Your photos are great Claire. We didn't go to see SeaWorld in the dark and it looks lovely. We really enjoyed the Blue Horizons show the other day too, those parrots fly very close to the audience though
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We saw this show on Christmas Eve - it was a perfect way to end the evening
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Sounds like a really good day at Sea World and lovely photos again.
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Seaworld looks lovely at Christmas - I am quite impressed as I am not Seaworld's biggest fan at the moment.

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I love seaworld, thanks for sharing Claire.
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