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Although there is so much to see in Orlando - and after three weeks we did loads - our family favourite was Seaworld. More relaxing and laidback than the other parks (although Islands of Adventure should not be missed!) We had many days wandering around Seaworld and would highly recommend it for all ages.
A favourite of our teenage daughter was feeding the stingrays. They are beautiful creatures that seem to love being petted and are so much fun to feed. (we fed dolphins too, but loved the stingrays!) Stingrays "suck" the food from your hand. It's a great hands- on experience and costs $5 for a small tray of shrimp.
We found the best place to see the dolphins was the underwater viewing platform. It's also a great place to shelter from the rain! The dolphins press right up against the glass and even seem to give "kisses" through the glass if you make raspberries against it. Just make sure you clean the glass first with a wetwipe! My 13 year old son had three dolphins "kiss" through the glass when he did this. I think they are curious and must hear the noise or feel the vibrations. After seeing the dolphins you can walk across to the horizon stadium to watch their fantastic performance in the dolphin show.
We LOVED the Clyde and Seamore show. Arrive early (30mins before) if you want to watch the mime make fun of everyone. So nice to see someone be the opposite of politically correct. Mind you, if you don't want to be mocked yourself, make sure you are in the seat and not walking in 15 minutes before the show. Especially watch the parody in the evening, when Clyde and Seamore make fun of all the other shows. Very funny:)
Shamu is still awesome - maybe cheesy, but we enjoy that. It is well worth getting splashed as you really feel you are a part of the show. Take a towel with you to dry off afterwards.
Pets Ahoy is great fun too - especially if you enjoy domestic animals. The only show I would not really recommend is A'Lure. If you are short of time, skip this one in favour of any of the others.
The Cypress Bakery have the biggest cinnamon rolls I have ever had, and pretty reasonable in price too. A nice break to sit and have coffee and cake and watch the world go by. We only ate a main meal in the park once and it was not good at all. Very mass-produced food at rocket high prices. Rather eat at Cypress, then leave the park for your main meal.
The Kraken rollercoaster was brilliant. It took me two weeks to work up the courage to go, but then went on it about 10 times! Hubby and kids loved the Manta, but I did not like the upside-down feeling. They said it felt like flying, but I felt claustraphobic. For the Manta, I held the bags! Journey to Atlantis is a good ride for younger kids - bit boring for teenagers. I would not recommend Wild Arctic. It's a simulated ride, but very bumpy and we all felt motion-sick by the end of if.
Queue's can be very, very long in peak season, but if you get there when the park opens the queue's are much shorter. We tended to do the parks early, came back to hotel for afternoon, then went back to the parks in the evening. This way our average queue time was 15 minutes - and we were there over 4th July week - which is peak.
If you have an Orlando Flex Ticket, or equivalent, you can use the same parking ticket between the parks without paying extra.
To end the day, go to the Bayside stadium for an amazing firework display. There is some entertainment before the fireworks and you can sit in comfort and watch both the fountains and the fireworks. If it seems busy, head toward the seating area that is farthest away from the Shaum stadium. It is much quieter and always seemed to have seats free.
All in all, Seaworld is just amazing! We absolutely love it!

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