I have a friend who is nuts about SeaWorld. For the past several years she has purchased season passes for her family of five and they visit the park several times a year. You probably think they live in San Antonio, right? Nope. They are in Houston and make a road trip to see Shamu every spring and fall and several times in the summer.
In fact, Debi, her husband and three kids just got back from a visit over Thanksgiving break. While I went to SeaWorld during Halloween (which was awesome!) I wanted to hear all about her trip and what’s new and different during the Christmas holiday.
(I decided to do this post “interview style” and I’m not gonna lie….I felt all Katie Couric – ish)
Still Living The Dream (SLTD for short….that’s ME!): Debi, you’re nuts over SeaWorld. What’s up with that?!
Debi: We LOVE SeaWorld. It’s one of the few places that my 16 year-old daughter, nine-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son all enjoy.
SLTD: Even though you live in Houston, you have purchased season passes for the past several years. Is it worth it?
Debi: I’m very frugal. SeaWorld gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Since we go many times a year…it’s very affordable.
SLTD: How else do you save money when you visit the park?
Debi: We get great deals on hotels through priceline.com and a lot of hotels have shuttles to the park so you don’t have to pay for parking.
A while back we bought the refillable drink bottles and popcorn container and we bring them each time for free ice-water or $1.00 soda refills and $1.00 popcorn refills.
SLTD: Don’t you get bored after going to the park so many times?
Debi: No….there’s always a new show or attraction and the park does it up for Halloween and Christmas with special events and entertainment.
SLTD: I went to SeaWorld for Halloween and had a blast. They had trick or treating, special decorations and shows that my kids loved. Tell me about what’s different at SeaWorld for Christmas.
Debi: First of all, while we love summer time at SeaWorld, fall and spring are great times to go because the park isn’t as crowded.
SLTD: I know! My kids loved that the lines were shorter and the park was calmer when we went at Halloween.
Debi: We rode The Great White in the front seats three times in a row without waiting and only had to show up about five minutes before the Shamu show to get a good seat!
SLTD: Was the Shamu show Christmas related?
Debi: Yes – so cute. All of the shows were. My favorite was the sea lion and otter “countdown to Christmas” show. So stinkin’ cute! But there were a lot of other cool things there, too.
SLTD: Tell me more! (picture me with my hand on my chin as I inch up in my seat and give an inquisitve look to Debi!!)
Debi: Jenn, you’re a dork.
SLTD: Yes. Yes, I am. But go on.
Debi: Well, different areas are decorated in different themes. By the park entrance there was the pathway of lights where you can stroll along and meet different characters dressed up and take free pictures.
By the Shamu roller coaster was the candy cane forest and there is a little, cute cartoonish type house where you can get hot cocoa.
Debi: And there are a lot of strolling entertainers like people on stilts dressed up like elves and nutcrackers, carolers and Christmas marachi band.
SLTD: And what about the big guy? Was he there?
Debi: Yes, Santa is at SeaWorld and for just $11 for two people, you can have milk and cookies with him.
SLTD: My kids would love that!
Debi: We had a blast and stayed all day on Friday (from noon to 9:00 p.m.) then came back on Saturday. The park is SO pretty at night with all the lights.
SLTD: Anything else?
Debi: Oh, be sure to check out the 4D movie featuring Polar Express. It’s about 20 minutes long and so cool. The “ride” moves and the room gets foggy . It’s like you’re really on the train.
SLTD: Will you be getting passes again next year?
Debi: YES! Especially since Aquatica is opening in the spring. My kids are SO excited.
SLTD: I know! We checked out SeaWorld’s unique water park in Orlando a couple months ago and it’s unbelievable. I’ll be posting more about all that the water park will offer on my blog soon.
Debi: I’m jealous!
SLTD: Of my good looks or charming personality?
Debi: We’re through here!
SLTD: Love ya, Debi
Debi: Loving ya, back!
Did I miss my calling or what?! I should be on 60 minutes with my “in your face” interviewing techniques that probe for the honest answers. I swear I saw Debi cry during our talk. Tears of joy, no doubt!
So are you ready to kick the holidays into gear with a trip to SeaWorld? I have a family four-pack of tickets to offer one lucky Still Living The Dream reader. All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite holiday tradition. Tickets are good until January 2012 for the SeaWorld San Antonio location only. One winner will be selected at random on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
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