Discussion in 'Sea World Orlando' started by drew81, Aug 15, 2012.
Anyone ever attend Sea World's Christmas event? What was it like?
I didn't know they had one.
It's actually really good. They do the Christmas stuff only on the weekends until the week before Christmas, when it goes daily. Unlike Disney where only one section of a park is highly decorated, Seaworld decorates a majority of the park. Each year they have added more lights and last year even a new show. The shows that were offered last year were Shamu Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice and the new show O Wondrous Night. They also retheme the Wild Artic Ride to the Polar Express. They have christmas Trees in the lagoon that they have dance to the music at certain times of the night along with a Christmas Market. It's definitely worth checking out
This year expect to see more Xmas decor around SeaWorld in concordance with BGT's CT.
SW has stepped up its game the past 2 or 3 years, really made Christmas a time to visit. The Christmas trees in the lagoon and the real life nativity show by themselves would justify a visit. The whole park is transformed with decorations, there is live music scattered throughout the park, they even update the menus at their quick-serve restaurants.
we went last year and we loved it.
You'll love it more this year. More items are being added.
I vistied once a few years back during Christmas, and it was very nice. I've heard its just gotten better and better with each passing year. I'm very tempted to go back this Christmas.
They have a lot of great christmas decorations around the park, Offer a sesame street show set up for the holiday season, Have a special version of the shamu show set to family time and celebrating the season, a whole show talking about the birth of a child as seen from the animals point of view (done in puppetry like avenue Q) and a lot of family friendly activities around the festival areas stretching from the front gate past wild arctic (which is set up and running the Polar Express) and down past the children's section of the park to the odyssey theater in the back and then down the seaside shopping area back to the front of the park. The rest of the park offers seasonal food and mild decorations.
Just bumping this up.
I've been reading through the Sea World site for their Christmas celebrations, and I can't figure out if it's just the Wondrous Night show that is offered on weekends only up until the week before Christmas, or is it all of the shows (Polar Express, Sea of Trees, etc.)?
All the shows will be offered only on the weekends until the week before Christmas where it goes to every day. Polar Express is the only thing that will operate every day since it is a ride overlay.
Thanks for the info!
We went today to scout some things out (and ride of course) since we're taking my mom tomorrow, and I have to say we were really impressed. Lots of Christmas decorations and music - can't wait to se the shows tomorrow. We bought AP's in September, and will definitely be going back.
We went back last night and enjoyed it. I personally didn't care for the O Wondrous Night show, but the rest of the park was a lot of fun. Great decor, and lots of music everywhere. The Polar Express overlay is very well done, and we all enjoyed the holiday Shamu show.
Glad to hear someone has ventured to the other outstanding offerings (meaning other than UNI) in OTown!
Yeah, I'm bad!
I was blown away by SW. The entire park is decorated. Very impressed.
Went on Sunday and here's what I thought.
First thing -- EVERYTHING is decorated in the park. A minor sign with penguins has them decked out in Santa hats and scarves. Garland and ornaments and lights are everywhere. The counter-service restaurant we ate at had a Christmas tree inside, garland and decorations around the room. Christmas music played everywhere. We saw two separate groups of live entertainment with musicians playing carols. S'mores and hot chocolate for sale. And then there's the shows...
-The Polar Express overlay -- I think the film in the simulator is lifted directly from the Polar Express movie. But considering I don't like Wild Arctic very much, I thought this was a nice treat. The preshow that sets up the simluator has a nice steam effect that goes the extra mile. The simulator doors are themed to the train. Tree branches hang over the loading area.
-The Clyde and Seymour Christmas Show -- that mime who does the preshow for all the Clyde and Seymour shows is one of the best entertainers I've ever seen in a theme park. Guy deserves every penny he gets. And the main show was funny, Muppet-style humor.
-The Sea of Trees show -- liked this a lot. The trees use LED lights, I guess, that can change colors, produce different designs.
-Winter Wonderland -- ice-skating show that was fantastic. Some very talented skaters here. The guy swinging the girl in the finale, with her head inches away from the ice. The crowd audibly gasped and then errupted in applause and a standing ovation.
-Fireworks show -- had fireworks, water fountains, and the lighted trees working in sync. Compared favorably to Illuminations, I thought.
Overall, if I was going to go to a park for Christmas festivities, I think SW would be my choice. Candlelight at Epcot is always nice, but a pain to see because of the crowds. Lights at DHS is impressive, but it's not something that takes hours to see. SW definitely offers more.
We were there Friday, and although we didn't stay for the fireworks, I agree with you whole heartedly. The only thing we didn't care for was the Wondrous Nght show, but the rest was great. Loved those little "falling" lights in the trees.
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