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Old 04-12-2012, 01:15 PM   #16
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I was getting similar calculations. I believe it is the large locker but not positive. I figured between those and the savings for the luau (which we were doing anyway) we would actually make money by "renting" the cabana.
I just called Aquatica and inquired about the locker size. "Jaime" at the call center says that she believes it is a small locker that is included in the standard cabana. Apparently there is also a second locker in the cabana with no lock (which would then just be unsecured storage).

She also confirmed that you can cancel without penalty 24 hours or more in advance, should your plans change or the forecast be infavourable. Less than 24 hours in advance and they will rebook you for another date at no charge.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:43 PM   #17
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OP - do you know if the 50% luau discount is only with Cabana rental or with attendance at Aquatica?
I called to book our cabana yesterday and was told that the discount is reserved for those getting a Cabana. Now for those planning on going, you can only book using the discount on the day you have your cabana and if they have availability. So if your going during peak times and if that dinner sells out then you will not be able to go

I think the Luau sounds like fun but we are going to wait until the Sunday we get there in May to book ours for that Wednesday night. It is a nice to do but not a have to do for us so we are going to take the chance and go only if we can get the discount.

I just didn't want anyone to have their hearts set on going and not be able to because all the seats were gone. I do not know if this sells out in adavance or how far out it might sell out during peak times.
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thanks for the updated info on the luau
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #19
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Bit the bullet and booked for the last week of August .

Now to keep those fingers crossed for pleasant waterpark weather (read: no hurricanes!!).
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I just called Aquatica and inquired about the locker size. "Jaime" at the call center says that she believes it is a small locker that is included in the standard cabana. Apparently there is also a second locker in the cabana with no lock (which would then just be unsecured storage).

She also confirmed that you can cancel without penalty 24 hours or more in advance, should your plans change or the forecast be infavourable. Less than 24 hours in advance and they will rebook you for another date at no charge.
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I called to book our cabana yesterday and was told that the discount is reserved for those getting a Cabana. Now for those planning on going, you can only book using the discount on the day you have your cabana and if they have availability. So if your going during peak times and if that dinner sells out then you will not be able to go

I think the Luau sounds like fun but we are going to wait until the Sunday we get there in May to book ours for that Wednesday night. It is a nice to do but not a have to do for us so we are going to take the chance and go only if we can get the discount.

I just didn't want anyone to have their hearts set on going and not be able to because all the seats were gone. I do not know if this sells out in adavance or how far out it might sell out during peak times.
Thank you both. That information is VERY helpful. We are going the week of May 14th. Not sure if that is considered "peak" time or not. I'm thinking we may take the chance on waiting until the day we get our cabana to book the luau. That is quite a hefty discount. I'm not sure if the luau sells out ahead of time but I have heard that they assign seating based on when you book.

Thank you both again. I appreciate you sharing the information.
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Received an email reply from SeaWorld with the official size of the lockers (among a couple of other things):

"Thank you for contacting our SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment family of parks. We appreciate your questions; they are valuable in helping us improve our high level of service that we strive to provide.

1. Our cabana lockers are 19 inches deep, 2 ft wide and 21 inches tall.
2. Our cancellation and refund policy is as follows: we will provide a full refund with a minimum of 24 hours notice of the date of the scheduled cabana rental. We will also be able to rebook your reservation if you notify us within 24 hours of your scheduled cabana rental. Unfortunately, there will be no refund in this case or if you do not arrive at your cabana on your scheduled date or if you notify us after the date of your rental.
3. The 20% discount you receive is on merchandise items only and does not include culinary purchases"

So now we know!
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I'm wondering how much the passholder discount is in August too...we are going to Orlando the 3rd week of August
Discount is 10% off whatever the rate is for that period.
The rates change based on time of year (and popularity).

As for the Luau, I would risk it.

In my opinion it is good but not great.
Food is ok (Dessert is just aweful) and the show is fun.
Food is not a buffet, they bring you a plate with all three foods just like at a regular meal (or any large event).
It is indoor, so you lose the Luau on the beach feel.

It was worth it for 50% off price, but definitely not worth it at full price.
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Discount is 10% off whatever the rate is for that period.
The rates change based on time of year (and popularity).

As for the Luau, I would risk it.

In my opinion it is good but not great.
Food is ok (Dessert is just aweful) and the show is fun.
Food is not a buffet, they bring you a plate with all three foods just like at a regular meal (or any large event).
It is indoor, so you lose the Luau on the beach feel.

It was worth it for 50% off price, but definitely not worth it at full price.
Thanks for your advice. I think I will take your advice and chance it. I agree, that is a pretty hefty price tag (full price) for the luau. We have a bunch of restaurant.com gift certificates for Orlando area restaurants and have the 99 cent kids meal at T Rex/Rainforest so we have a backup if the luau is full.
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Thanks for your advice. I think I will take your advice and chance it. I agree, that is a pretty hefty price tag (full price) for the luau. We have a bunch of restaurant.com gift certificates for Orlando area restaurants and have the 99 cent kids meal at T Rex/Rainforest so we have a backup if the luau is full.
If you have kids, I would skip the luau.
Only once chance to get up. Otherwise kids will have to sit and be quiet for a long time.

We enjoyed T Rex, ended up making two stuffed Dinosaurs at the Build-a-Dino workshop.
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If you just want some shade, there is also the option of reserving an umbrella and two chairs. Depending on when you go, it can cost as little as $19.99. We're doing this on our upcoming trip in a couple of weeks. DH has no interest in water parks and will just sit and read. Last year we arrived mid-day and walked all around the park looking for a shaded area, so it's worth it to us to pay a few dollars and have a reserved spot. We never stay more than a few hours, so we wouldn't get much use out of the cabana.
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If you have kids, I would skip the luau.
Only once chance to get up. Otherwise kids will have to sit and be quiet for a long time.

We enjoyed T Rex, ended up making two stuffed Dinosaurs at the Build-a-Dino workshop.
I do have children, a DD9 and DS4. Do you happen to remember how much the stuffed Dinosaur was?

Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions. It is very much appreciated.
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I do have children, a DD9 and DS4. Do you happen to remember how much the stuffed Dinosaur was?

Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions. It is very much appreciated.
$18-20 if I recall.
But lots of accessories and clothes you can buy.
They also have a Camo Dino that I saw a bunch of boys get.
My wife got dotty.

If you want to look ahead you can go to
http://www.buildadino.com
or to keep from spoiling the surprise wait until you get there.

Also, if you can not get an advance reservation, try calling or walk-up, they usually have reservations.


It is a Build-A-Bear, so you pick out, stuff and give it a name.
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If you just want some shade, there is also the option of reserving an umbrella and two chairs. Depending on when you go, it can cost as little as $19.99. We're doing this on our upcoming trip in a couple of weeks. DH has no interest in water parks and will just sit and read. Last year we arrived mid-day and walked all around the park looking for a shaded area, so it's worth it to us to pay a few dollars and have a reserved spot. We never stay more than a few hours, so we wouldn't get much use out of the cabana.
One thing of note is that you have to have a chair for each person, so if you have three people, you can not rent just two. You have to buy two sets.
If you have just two folks, I recommend the chairs (closer to all-you-can-eat food), but three or 5, cabana is probably better deal, especially if you need locker.
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$18-20 if I recall.
But lots of accessories and clothes you can buy.
They also have a Camo Dino that I saw a bunch of boys get.
My wife got dotty.

If you want to look ahead you can go to
http://www.buildadino.com
or to keep from spoiling the surprise wait until you get there.

Also, if you can not get an advance reservation, try calling or walk-up, they usually have reservations.


It is a Build-A-Bear, so you pick out, stuff and give it a name.
Thanks...AGAIN.

I didn't realize it was the same franchise as Build A Bear. My children have Build A Bear gift certificates...I wonder if they will honor them? Thinking I will bring them just in case. This is something my DS4 will really want to do.
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We went April 18th

Arrive about 10 minutes early but lines were not long. Soon as we got in we headed over to get our wrist bands for the cabana I rented. We also signed up for the family picnic. The one thing about the picnic everyone had to get the same meal. We ordered sub, brownies and we could get either water or soda. They also offered 50% off Seaworld's Luau. The catch is you have to take advantage of the 50% off that day. You could go anytime during your stay but you must book it that day. We booked it for Thursday.

The Cabana was quiet and well shaded. It came with 6 towels,12 waters, a locker and a fridge. Well worth the $. We had a meeting point if we got separated,wanted to read and a place to eat without crowds.

Pic of Cabana


Went down the slide with the dolphins. Nice marketing gimmick but only rode it once. Didn't really see the dolphins but there is an observation area



Went down a few slides and the lazy river on tubes. Our favorite was Rollin Rapids using the life vests



I will say this about the Luau and this is my opinion

The food sucked and the entertainment was just OK. My wife's opinion was it was not worth if it was 75% off. The couple we sat with left as soon as they tasted the food.
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