Trip Start Nov 17, 2010
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Days Inn, International Drive

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Right now I’m sitting in my bed.  We had the most amazing day.  Seaworld was great, not as big as I remember and completely unfamiliar, but I think that’s because its mostly rides that I remember and there aren’t really any there.  So we set the alarm for 7:30, but kept putting it on snooze because we were so tired from the long Greyhound trip.  The first thing I did when I gt up was go outside and feel that georgous Florida sunshine.  The weather has been amazing all day:)
We ate at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) and got asked on a date by the waiter,  He gave us his cell phone number, but neither of us has a cell phone at the moment.  The pancakes I had were lovely  Then we caught the I-Ride trolley down to Seaworld.  On the trolley ride, real excitement kicked in for the first time.  You know, the kind where you have butterflies in your stomach?  When I saw the big ‘Seaworld’ sign outside the park I could barely control myself.  Katie and I seemed more excited than the 9 year old kids that were there.  We ran….yes, ran into the park.  The first thing we did was go on ‘Manta’, which is like Air at Alton Towers, only better….more intense.  It was my very first time on an American roller coaster!  Last time, I was 9 and didn’t go on any.  So I got the ride photo as a souvenir. 
We decided we wanted to watch 3 shows…The whale and dolphin show, Clyde and Seamore take on Pirate Island and the Shamu Show.  The dolphin show was at 13:15, so we went on Kraken, the other rollercoaster.  It was pretty intense!  I couldn’t believe how much more scary it was being so high up…the rides at altern towers don’t go very high at all.  It’s mental how much scarier they suddenly become when they are really high!  It was great though.  After Kraken, we got our stuff out of our locker and went to watch the dolphin show, which also had acrobats and dancers.  It was pretty good. 

We went on Journey to Atlantis after, which was right next door.  This was good, we got soaked!  The weather was great though, so we dried off quickly. I wanted a necklace with an Orca on it, and in the Atlantis gift shop I found one that I loved….but I said I’d go back after looking in Shamus gift shop.  So then we walked around looking for food.  It is surprisingly difficult to find food in Seaworld…unless you want crips or ice cream.  Clyde and Seamore was at 15:15.  The plan was to get food and then go to Shamus gift shop for a look, and go back to the Atlantis if necessary.  Then to go back and get the ride photo from Manta.  We didn’t do any of this before Clyde and Seamore.  We got caught up looking at the Orcas and the Shamu Stadium!  They were amazing….2 of them we hovering right by the glass looking at us.  I could have stayed with them all day (Orcas are my favourite animal in the world) but we had stuff to do….so of we went to Clyde and Seamore.  As we sat in the audience, there was this mime guy who was kind of showing people where to sit, but mostly just walking along behind people mocking them, much to the delight of the audience.  He was hilarious!  I was amazed that he had the attention of the whole stadium, because he didn’t really stand out or anything.  He was just down at the front, but he was so funny!  The show was funny too.  I remember watching ‘Hotel Clyde and Seamore’ when I was 9.  It was great 

So now it was our mission to find food.  We found some, but I didn’t eat mine…I fed it to some big birds.  We went in the shark encounter, and walked around a bit, and then we only ad half an hour to go back and get our Manta photo and the jewellery I wanted, so we split up.  I got the jewellery (there was only 1 necklace left!), Kate got the photo, and then we met up and went to the Shamu Stadium.  The show was great, but shorter than I executed.  I recorded the whole thing.  There was some very touching footage at the beginning before it started.  It was showing how everything on the Earth is one big family.  They showed 2 people smiling and it said ‘sisters’ and went on to show all kinds of different animals: - 2 lions playing…(cousins), 2 fighting dear …(inlaws), a lizard…(brother), a hatching bird…(daughter), a big penguin with a baby…(father) and finally a picture of our Planet with the word ‘Mother’ and then the world ‘Earth’ added after.  It really was beautiful…the message was to look after our mother earth because she is our home and how we all live here together, with every animal just as important as the other.  It was an ad for Seaworld Conservation. 

After the Shamu show, we came out of the stadium into darkness.  We had great fun taking pictures of all the lights, and then got the I-Ride to Ponderosa Steakhouse where we had dinner.  $10.95 for sirloin steak and all-you-can-eat buffet.  It was crazy, a feast fit for a king.  It even included dessert, and free soda refills.  So we got stuffed our faces, and then made our way home via some shops, which we went in.  I bought 2 new bikinis and a top to sleep in which says ‘Orlando, Florida’ on it.  We also got some teabags, milk and juice from Walgreens. 

So we had a great day, and we’ll have another one tomorrow.  We are going to Magic Kingdom…I’m lovin’ it.


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Graham on

Did you manage to get on the big screen again in the Shamu stadium? !!

dave on

Wow! what a great day. That brought back alot of happy memories. xx

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