Sunday, June 13, 2010

A day at Sea World

My family spent Saturday at Sea World. On the plus side, there's a whole heck of a lot to do. My kids' favorites were Sea Lions Live, Shark Encounter, and the rides and climbing equipment in Sesame Street land. The Sea Lions Live show was particularly good, enjoyable for young and old. The redheaded star on 6/12 deserves a raise.

On the other hand, the efforts of the park designers to extort money are so, so tacky. Food costs a fortune, which I can accept, but fountain drinks don't come with lids or straws, so you can either risk spilling a jumbo coke on yourself, or buy a new drink at each destination. The meat at the smokehouse restaurant was great big globs of fat.

The Shamu show features a movie about a kid and his precious (ugly) carved necklace and some sort of vague message about believing in . . . something. As you exit, vendors pressure you into buying the necklace.

The Sea Lions Live show (which again, was otherwise excellent), features an extended scene about people (and an otter) buying a Pepsi:

If you want a decent seat at the shows, you have to get there at least 20 minutes early. During that time, there's no entertainment at most of the shows, including the Blue Horizons show that's so popular you have to get a wristband when you enter the park. So, for at least 20 minutes, you have to sit there entertaining your kids - - all so vendors can hawk shockingly priced merchandise:

All in all, it was a satisfying day, but I definitely rank it far below Disneyland and Lego Land as Southern California destinations.