Up when the alarm went off at 6:30 this morning so we could grab breakfast on the way to Aquatica. Breakfast was at Denny's again - $27 with the Eat & Play card discount. We had 2 grand slams & 3 $2 pandakes (2 pancakes), 1 coffee & 2 milkshakes (?!).
It was such a cold & windy day!!! Typical!!! Off to aquatica for 9am opening. Hmm got there & the hours had changed so it opened at 10am!!! Doh!!! Lesson learnt- check the park opening hrs closer to the time we visit. Aquatica website advertises that the opening hrs may change.
We thought we would go to SeaWorld over road to do a couple of things before going into Aquatica. Somehow I got dragged onto Manta & Krakken!!! Oh I didn't really enjoy them but I'm a bit of a chicken. The rest of the fam LOVED them both!!! They reckon Manta ties with RRR as best coaster. We noticed how much quieter SeaWorld was in comparison to the Disney parks we'd been to lately! Off to Aquatica to freeze our butts off!!!! Haha. Lined up fo about 10 mins at guest services fo our cabana. Got our wrist bands & off we went.
Now I don't want to whinge but the cabana was a big disappointment!!! It was really just a gazebo & was tucked away in a dark spot....which would be fine if the light worked but it didn't :( We were told someone would fix it but they never did while we were there. The towels were tiny & would just dry a small child!!!! Anyway we went off & did a few slides before deciding we couldn't stand the cold anymore!!!!! The wave pool showed 19c (66F)!!!!
That's damn cold for us Queenslanders!! Lol.
So we got changed & thought we would just head out and suck up the $100 we'd spent on the cabana. It didn't really matter anyway, we'd paid for it before we left home so it was money already gone. The cabana lady asked why we were leaving so soon & when we said we were freezing & the tiny towels wouldn't keep us warm she got her manager. The manager agreed that the towels are pitiful and the weather freezing and seeing we weren't there long she gave us a full refund for the cabana!!! We were not expecting that & were thrilled!!!! We will defs go back in on a warmer day to experience all the slides we missed. We won't book a cabana though lol.
Home to grab magic bands & off to AK for first time!! It was now lunch time and everywhere was super busy so we just got waffles at the waffle stand. $25 for 2 serves of waffles, 2 waters & a coke float. The kids wanted to do Expedition Everest as their first AK ride so as there was no fp available before 6pm we decided to line up. It said 50mins but was more like 40. We all really enjoyed it :) Our photo was a classic as DH & DS were in front of us girls & had their arms up.....DH totally blocked me lol. Too funny haha.
After Everest we headed to do Dinosaur. DS spotted Primeval Whirl & wanted to do it. DH took him on & as DD & I hate spinning we looked in the store opposite. DS was a bit disappointed in PW. The line up for Dinosaur said 40mins & it was 3:05pm. We really wanted to see the parade at 3:45 but joined the line hoping the line wouldn't take that long. Phew...it didn't. We were off by 3:30. It was fun :) So much like Indiana Jones in Disneyland. Luckily we still managed to find a spot for the parade. We were in partial shade behind a family that was sitting down right on the line!! Good score :)
The parade was meh....well to us anyway but we really aren't paradey type people lol but I just wanted to see it. We left straight after the parade. Man how big are the Disney parks car parks!!!!! This was our first time driving to a park and wow....massive!! We didn't lose the car though thank goodness :-)
Home to finally have a relax around our own pool. The water was warm but not too warm so the kids spent a good hour in. DH went for a jog as he reckons he is putting on too much weight lol. Ha I'm just going to worry about it when I get home! I'll get back into my Insanity workouts then.
We all showered and DD drew a restaurant out of a bowl as we couldn't decide where to go haha. She drew out TGIF's. Off we went to the 192. There was a 15 minute wait for a table which was fine....usually a good sign of a good place to eat ;-) Our food was all yummy but wow they defo needed more staff on. It took a very long time for us to place our order let alone actually get our food! DS was so hungry after our very small lunch that he could barely sit up!
I had Hibachi chicken skewers with rice, DH had mixed grill, DS had chicken tenders and fries and DD had a bolognaise pasta dish. We had 2 sodas, 1 water & 1 beer - $95 incl tip. Home then to relax a bit more before our early start tomorrow. DD has a BBB appointment followed by the 4 of us having breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table. Watch this space....I'll let you know what we think.
Thanks for reading along :-) If I can help anyone with any questions, I will try my best ;-)