I was surprised to see that people were disappointed with this park. My son and I go here for a great day that is far less hectic than the Disney and Universal parks. There is a good variety of things available to appeal to many people. The shows are terrific. By the way, the Clyde & Seamore night show is completely different than the daytime show. It is a very funny parody of all the daytime shows, and I highly recommend going to both the daytime and night-time shows. There is a great kids play area with a splash park. My kids have long since outgrown this section, but it still looks quite fun for those of appropriate age. For those who like thrill rides, they have those, too. I really like that there are so many great shows. It gives us a chance so slow our roll a bit while still enjoying great entertainment.
In addition to being such an enjoyable park, it is also far more affordable than the Disney or Universal parks. The entrance fee is not only cheaper, but you can get a return day for free. The food is better and also cheaper than the other parks. You can also get a souvenir cup for $7 with 95 cent refills. We usually just bring a bottle of water and single bottle drink mixes, though. We refill the bottles at the water fountains (can be found by all the restrooms). The park doesn't have any problem with this. They also allow snacks to be brought in.
A few areas sell food for the animals for what I consider to be a bit expensive, but the animals are enjoyable to watch anyway. You can also touch the rays in the stingray area. They also have several sinks at each area that does this. There has always been plenty of soap and hand sanitizer at these stations. For those that can afford it, there are a lot of animal interaction programs as well.
My son and I have also been to this park in the winter. It was a bit different, and just as enjoyable. One thing of note is that the Wild Arctic ride (a movie simulation ride) is transformed into the Polar Express. Not only do they change the film, but the whole walkway is transformed. Even the room where the ride takes place is changed to look like the inside of the railroad car. It is very cute.
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