Dine w/Shamu - anyone try it recently?

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  1. mrebuck

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    Has anyone done the Dine with Shamu experience since it reopened this month? Any reports?

    We are going on 8/13, and I'm trying to figure out whether to see the One Ocean show before the meal. One Ocean is running at noon, 2:30 and 7:30 that day. That means the show will be going on when we get seated at 2:45. Should we go to the noon show? Or should we wait and "watch" the show from the Dine w/Shamu venue?
     
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  4. Lindy Loo

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    oh good question. we go too on the 17th!!! :-)


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  5. mrebuck

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    If no one responds before then, I'll try to get online and post what we find out on 8/13.
     
  6. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Dine with Shamu on 8/13 is now listing seating times as 12:15 and 5:30 pm. The 2:45 time slot is gone.

    Looking forward to your review upon your return, as we are planning on going on our Christmas trip. I wonder when they will release December dates?
     
  7. mrebuck

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    I just called Sea World reservations. I was concerned that they were removing the 2:45 event and replacing it with 12:15 or 5:30. I spoke with a reservation agent and a supervisor, both of whom guaranteed that they were still having the 2:45 event. (That is definitely one guarantee I would not bet money on.) I would not be surprised if I showed up at Sea World that day and am told that I had been moved to another time slot, and then I show up for that slot and get awful seats. I am trying to remain positive that it will all be fine, but am having a hard time. If anyone else calls and gets a different answer, I'd appreciate hearing it.
     
  8. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    Maybe they are still keeping the 2:45, and using it for pre-booked ressies or walk-ups? I was just going by what was noted on the website.....they have extended the ability to book online reservations to the Labour Day weekend in September (previously, I think the furthest out that was available was August 19th) and changed the times to offer the two slots instead of only one in the mid afternoon.

    I hope the later slot (5:45) continues to be offered, or even later yet for the holiday season. I would prefer that our "big meal" of the day not be for lunch if possible.
     
  9. chiamarie

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    I wouldn't bet money on their guarantee; the people that work in the call center rarely ever step foot in the park, and are clueless as to what is going on there.
     
  10. Lindy Loo

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    Oh no im worried. Ive booked fri 17th, online, as we r from the uk. Confirmation says 2.45.... Surely it wont just change??? They have my e mail. Honestly if i didnt read these boards, i would be clueless. Argh ive planned around this now!!!
     
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    I called again. I spoke with another CM who at least seemed to know what I was talking about when I said originally there was one seating at 2:45 and now it shows two seatings at 12:15 and 5:30. He said that if I was confirmed for 2:45, they would definitely honor that reservation. He told me I could switch to one of the others if I wanted to, but I like the 2:45 time so I'm didn't switch. I feel a little better about this conversation, though, than my last one. Last time, they had absolutely no clue what I was talking about. I'm going to take my chances.
     
  12. Lindy Loo

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    Thank you for the update. I have emailed ti check again! I hoped as we were quick to book, we would get seats right at the front. Friends did this meal a few yrs ago, only booked week b4. Didnt get good seats and were told its first come basis. As they had kids. She said it was just.ok and wouldnt do again unless at front.
     
  13. zaz

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    Hi everyone,

    Did this last week. We had booked first so we had a table by the windows. I was a tiny bit disappointed as the trainers seemed to hang on the left and right sides; and we were right in the middle, by the windows. When I went, as the return of dine with shamu is so recent, the second row was not used.

    THe buffet was good.

    We went at 2:45. From the dine with Shamu location, you cannot see the One Ocean show. I somehow though we could.

    I was a bit confused too when I came in the park. If you have your e-mail confirmation, you do not need to recheck in when you come in the park. You go do your day, and about 15 min. before the meal, you go at the podium. THey will send you to take your picture and then you go wait to go in. The door open right at 2:45. There is already a shamu in the pool; others will join them as well. You can ask questions to the trainer.

    It was good and fun; and we would do it again.
     
  14. mrebuck

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    Thanks for the update. We are really looking forward to this - just 2 weeks away for us now!
     
  15. Lindy Loo

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    Thanks for the info... can you ask the trainers questions?
    My DD asks, is there the black and white M & Ms please?
     
  16. Lindy Loo

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    Just got a phone call from seaworld. No more 245 meal. I could choose from 12.15 or 530. We are there 17th aug.
     
  17. mrebuck

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    What? I am calling now . . . and I am not happy. I called twice and was "guaranteed" both times that the 2:45 show would go on as booked.
     
  18. Lindy Loo

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    Sorry! I was called by mellissa who said the trainers had moved the times? As i said we go fri 17th so maybe your date is ok ??? Good luck x
     
  19. Lindy Loo

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    Sorry! Hope your day is okay mellisa from sea world said the trainers had changed the time good luck
     
  20. mrebuck

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    No call from Sea World for me, but I'm sure they will be calling. Just hung up with yet another CM - this time Kay - who once again said there is no need to worry. They have not cancelled 2:45 on my date. I bet I get a call within a day or two. When I do, I think I'm going to just cancel the whole reservation unless they can guarantee me that we'll be in the first row (which I'm sure they won't). At this point, I'm sure my seats wouldn't be very good. (I did ask again whether they could tell me how many people had already booked at the other times. They told me they could not.)
     
  21. mrebuck

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    Did you ask about where you would be seated - whether they just would put you next in line on the list or whether they'd bump you up?
     

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