Sea World San Diego

Posted on July 15th, 2011 by Jean

On the second day of our San Diego vacation, we visited Sea World. Sweet ticket deals are available on their website.
 
We entered the park at 9am and made our way to the Dolphin Encounter. The trainers were whistling, making arm movements, and sending the dolphins from one side of the tank to the other. We enjoyed watching the dolphins, and felt such joy just being in the park.
 

 
As we left the dolphins, we ran into some Sea World mascots. It took a lot of coaxing before our youngest agreed to stand near the penguin with the creepy eyes. Too bad we didn’t see the super-cuddly & cute Shamu mascot.
 

 
Making our way to the park’s Sesame Street Play Zone, and we rode all three kiddie rides.
 

 
Now we were ready for a thrill, and headed to Atlantis, the water roller coaster. It turned out to be a little too intense for our oldest daughter. There’s an elevator that the roller coaster cars enter to be brought up the tower for another drop. It was very loud and dark in there, which sent our daughter into a panic. With tears streaming, she finished the ride, only to find out the ride broke down. We were stuck in our seats for about ten minutes until employees made their way to us and released the seat-bars holding us in.
 
Finally free, we sat on a nearby bench. Hubby and youngest went in search of cotton candy to bring the smile back to our oldest’s face. We sat, enjoyed the candy, and people-watched before entering the Arctic Zone. We passed the ride & movie portion, and went directly to the animals. The belugas had a baby one year ago, and it was just darling! The walrus now had 2 short tusks (3 years ago it had one long & one short).
 

 
Just found out some facts about the baby beluga. Her name is Pearl! Her adoptive mother is Allua.
 
Next stop, the Calypso Smoke House for lunch! The kids had chicken & fries on commemorative Shamu plates, while hubby and I split a sampler plate. It was all delicious and worth every penny.
 
Now you’d think we’d be refreshed and energized after stopping for lunch, but quite the opposite happened. The kids started complaining that their feet hurt. Not wanting to leave the park just yet, we noticed a show was underway, and climbed the stairs to available seats. The show was called Blue Horizons, combining “sea & sky”. We watched as costumed performers bounced like yo-yo’s on wires. Tropical birds flew across the stadium, pilot whales and dolphins swam and leapt.
 

 
Trying to fit in one more experience prior to leaving, hubby took youngest on the Rip Tide ride while oldest daughter and I shopped for last minute souvenirs.
 

 
As we made our way to the exit, we heard barking – sea lions and seals. You can buy fish to feed to them. Some lay around, some swam, and others begged (barked) for food.
 

 
We were really dragging now, after just 3.5 hours in the park. We got our hands stamped just in case we wanted to return that evening, but for now we wanted to relax in our hotel room.
 
To be continued.
 
β€’ How long do you typically last at a theme park?
β€’ Have you ever been stuck on a ride?
β€’ What is your favorite animal at Sea World?

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17 Responses to "Sea World San Diego"

  1. I’ve never been to San Diego but really would like to make it there one of these days. Looks like you had a great time! And Sea World looks amazing πŸ™‚

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    Jean Reply:

    It’s really a beautiful park, Charlotte. I hope you and your little one get to experience it one day.

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  2. We’re going to San Diego in August. My mom lives there and I’m also going to Blogher. Really looking forward to it, but not to the long drive from SF.

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  3. You’re going to have a fantastic time, Mami! Mama Mary is also going to Blogher, and lives in San Diego. Do you know her?

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  4. What a fantastic trip, Jean! So fun to go through your photos (you always do such an amazing job putting them together) and hear about your time at the theme park! We took our kids to the Baltimore aquarium recently and really missed seeing the dolphin show. Their two baby dolphins died within a week of each other, so they stopped the show for a few weeks until the other dolphins felt better and they had a better handle on what happened / why they died. A few of the employees told us that the other dolphins were really depressed. πŸ™ Anyhow, so glad you enjoyed the show, the park, and I look forward to hearing more about your trip to one of the most beautiful cities in the US! πŸ™‚

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    Jean Reply:

    Thanks Heather! Oh, that is so sad about the dolphins in Baltimore. I’m so sorry. I’m sure dolphins do feel depression.
    Just one more night & day to recap. Thanks for swinging by.

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  5. That looks awesome! I never last very long at a theme park. πŸ™ I’m a big ol’ party pooper. Between the rides, greasy food and the inevitable Ohio heat and humidity I’m ready to call it quits after 2 hours! Wanna take my family on your next trip? They’re ready to trade me in!

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    Jean Reply:

    Hi Mindy – Sure, I’ll take your family! You poop out after 2 hours? Sounds like me at the beach. LOL!

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  6. Looks like oh so much fun! Sorry to hear about getting stuck on the water coaster ride …that’s so tough when kids are scared. Love your photo collages by the way – such an awesome way to display the events of the day πŸ™‚ I’m now really ready to go to San Diego!

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    Jean Reply:

    Thank you so much, Angie. I hope you get to San Diego soon. It’s such a treat to visit that town.

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  7. Those penguins are kind of creepy. Poor Pearl. The look on her face…lol.

    I typically can last all day at an amusement or theme park.

    I think I’ve been stuck on a roller coaster before, but only for a few minutes.

    I dig the dolphins at Sea World most.

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    Jean Reply:

    The penguins were kinda creepy looking. It took a ton of coaxing to get Pearl to stand next to them. At one point, she was over with the photog, and the rest of us were with the penguins. I mean, who would choose an anonymous photographer over family? LOL!

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  8. Looks like a fantastic vacation! I love the photo collages you always put together.
    I love theme parks. We arrive when they open and leave when they close. We were stuck on a boat in Pirates of the Caribbean at DW in Florida. We haven’t been to Sea World, but I don’t have a favorite marine animal. There are so many!

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    Jean Reply:

    Thank you Tammy! I can’t wait til my girls want to spend the entire day at a park. OMgosh, you got stuck on the Pirates ride? Yo ho ho ho… did you hear that song over and over again?

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    Tammy Reply:

    LOL! Yes, we heard the song repeat for half an hour!

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  9. Wow Jean, the pics you got are great. Your question is a hard one, I love so many of the animals there. I have to say the Polar Bears are one of my favorites them and the Killer Whales. What can I say, I’m an apex predator kind of girl. Next time you come down you’ll have to email me so I can take you all behind the scenes.

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    Jean Reply:

    Thank you for the invite! We bought the 2-day passes, and only used 1 day, so you never know. We might just show up before the end of the year. πŸ™‚

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