We never miss Christmas at Sea World and neither should you! My absolute favorite thing to see is the Sea of Trees, where over 100 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes, making a dramatic display around SeaWorld’s center lake. Mia counts the days until she can take a ride on the Polar Express to see Santa Claus at the Wild Arctic exhibit.
Sea of Trees
The daily shows, like Clyde and Seamore and Shamu show, are transformed with a holiday twist. A Sesame Street Christmas is a great show for the little ones and all ages will enjoy watching the world-class figure skaters amaze the crowd.
If you get to Sea World during the Christmas season you can get your Fun Card to come back throughout 2013. It’s the best deal for sure – $89 and $81 for kids 3-9. A whole year of family activities are lined up for you and already paid for ahead of time. Just Kids is coming up in January and there’s always Summer Nights and Halloween Spooktacular.
And now for good news… I am giving away four entrance tickets to a lucky winner to enjoy Christmas at Sea World! (The tickets need to be used prior to December 31, 2012)
To Enter: All you need to do is comment on this post telling me a sea creature who you think might be on the naughty list. There are no right or wrong answer here! Just a little holiday fun.
For Extra Entries: Follow @mammamiafl on Twitter and tweet the contest daily for extra entries. You need to leave a comment letting me know you did so for the entry to count.
Winner: The winner will be randomly selected from the entries on Wednesday, December 5 at 3 pm.
I just uploaded photos from our most recent Sea World Christmas visit to Instagram! Be sure to follow me!
*Sea World provided four tickets to be given away on The Mamma Mia Blog. All thoughts and opinions about Sea World are my own.
We’ve been doing Sea Word’s annual Spooktacular for a few years now and each year seems just a little more Spooktacular!
Sea World Halloween Spooktacular
The Spooktacular festivities are taking places weekends in October (now) from 12 – 8 pm and entry is included with admission. We take advantage of the annual pass offer every year so the Spooktacular is a no-brainer when it comes to Halloween activities for us in Orlando.
The fun colorful characters and scenery really make Spooktacular for me and my girls. Oh, and the bubbles… There are bubble machines in every direction. The elaborately costumed sea creatures are super friendly and I’ve never run into a long line for a photo opp. This year, the Spooktacular fun spills over into Happy Harbor, where kids can partake in the usual Harbor fun and hop on a Spooktacular train ride.
We had a chance to catch Sesame Street Countdown to Halloween, which you can see at different times daily, before we started our trick-or-treat adventure. My little one was mesmerized by her Sesame Street friends all dressed up for Halloween.
Coming from a Spooktacular expert, here are my top tips:
- Don’t do Spooktacular right at noon. Waiting till late afternoon is best – cooler and less crowded.
- Sea World provides treat bags for collecting goodies so leave your trick or treat bags at home unless you really want to lug them.
- Make sure you take the path for Penelope’s Party Zone – lots of crafting fun and a dance party (think top fun dance hits, limbo and hula hooping waterside) your little ones will love.
- Bring a change of clothes if you are going in costume and plan on seeing some other sites. Not fun being splashed by Shamu in costume.
Go forth and be spooky!
Great news! There’s a new Weekday Pass from Aquaticathat allows you and your family to enjoy unlimited weekday access through Dec. 31, 2012.
We are big Sea World fans so Aquatica is basically a shoe-in on our local favorite activities list. Aquatica takes guests in, over and under the water with some super cool water rides and animal encounters with Commerson’s dolphins, exotic birds and more!
I know as a full-time working mom, weekday passes to attractions aren’t always worth the money, but Aquatica is open until 7pm and even 8 pm most weekdays during the summer!
With the Weekday Pass
, guests can play every weekday this summer, and for the rest of the year, for just $59.99 plus tax. There’s even an option to purchase a weekend day for just $15 when you show your Weekday Pass at the front gate. (This is an awesome option!)
Guests can experience Aquatica’s 38 thrilling water slides, rivers and lagoons, side-by-side wave pools and two interactive water playgrounds designed for the littlest of swimmers.
For more info visit Aquatica’s website.
The news of Sea World’s TurtleTrek, opening this spring, excites our family more than you could ever know! Turtles have always been a beloved creature in our home. Not that we don’t love all creatures, but the turtles hold a special place in our heart.
TurtleTrek will walk Sea World guests through the life of a Sea Turtle. From hatching on a sandy beach to their extremely long life journey. The cool part is that you’ll be viewing the journey in a giant 360 degree dome and in 3D! (The first ever of its kind in the world!!) The film goes way beyond the concept of high definition – think 26 million individual pixels at 60 frames per second. Yeah… That’s some serious reality there. Want to be a hero for the turtles? This new attraction will tell you just how you can do that.
I’ll pipe down now and let you enjoy a sneak peek in the webisode below.
Sea World's TurtleTrek
P.S. ~ Sea World is offering a Pre-School Pass this year for children under five! Yes, that means a free annual pass for your kiddos to enjoy TurtleTrek any time they want.
You are seeing the advertisements and hearing the buzz about SeaWorld’s new killer-whale show, “One Ocean.” Check out my review of the show at The Theme Park Mom.
We never miss Sea World’s Christmas celebration, and lucky for us Sea World is taking the seasonal celebration to a different level this year with added shows and attractions. Mia and I had the chance to enjoy the festivities last Friday evening. While we were limited on time due to the freakishly cold FL weather and the fact that I gave birth 2 weeks ago, we had a great time and plan to go back with our annual passes before Christmas.
New This Year…
Sea of Trees – Guests will discover 75 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes, making a dramatic display around SeaWorld’s center lake. I have to quote Mia in regards to the Sea of Trees, “Mom *long pause* this is a special moment.” Truly one of the most AMAZING, beautiful and unique things I have ever seen.
Sea of Trees
The Christmas Market – Located on the park’s Bayside Pathway, guests can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights. Hot chocolate in a Sea World refillable mug recommended! Annual pass holders will receive 20% in the park through Christmas! So, get your holiday shopping on.
Returning from last year’s festivities are Shamu’s Christmas show, Miracles; The Polar Express, where guests jump aboard a trip to the North Pole to visit Santa; Winter Wonderland on Ice, skating show choreographed with dancing fountains and fireworks; Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, a hilarious sea lion duo make sure Santa doesn’t miss them this year.
Mia and her friend Kai at Seamore and Clyde Show
Countdown to Christmas
Tip: Those interested in a Sea World annual pass… Buy now and get three months free!! I plan on taking advantage for sure.
Sea of Trees and Marketplace photos courtesy of Sea World Orlando