At the end of the holiday now and we are theme park Veterans. We paid extra for parking so that we could park closer to the entrance. We upgraded our tickets to the no queue options, all expensive, but we know by now that these really make the difference.
We walked in and headed straight to the Shamu (Killer Whale) show. We walked passed people looking for seats in the boondock sections and found a seat in the ‘premier’ area. (Thank you upgrade ticket). The show was great. The killer whales were impressive. The handlers had to do some pretty silly dancing and the music about love and everyone being part of one world was very cheezy. The oddest experience though was that before the show, the trainer came out and asked all ex and serving military personnel (and US Allies) to stand and then everyone clapped for the heroes.
We saw the other shows and had fun getting very very wet on the water rides. Our clothes are still soaked the next morning. We are both a bit sunburned. None of the shows had shade and in fact there was very few shaded areas in the entire park.
One of the little bits that did add to the day was the water ride. There are hoses attached to the wall and for 25 cents people watching can fire extra water at the riders on the attraction. Someone did this to us and we both had great pleasure after the ride in firing our hoses at others.