I would highly recommend going in late march/early april. The flowers are in bloom and absolutely beautiful!
Tip: If you fly into town with young kids in tow... keep that huge plastic bag the airlines wrap your carseat or stroller in. It's just perfect to use either as a parka or to wrap backpack/goodies in so they don't get wet on the rides.
Peeves - Obviously the staff are low paid workers - not the brightest bunch in the crowd. I watched one guy try to manage the lines at the Atlantis ride and it was a joke. Boats went out half full, the lines were a mess - it was really very annoying and avoidable. However, once on the ride - it was a blast. I actually took my 3 1/2 yr old who is 43" tall and he had an awesome time! I was more freaked out than he was... in fact, my husband and i were scared to death and couldn't breathe during the first drop - he loved it! Kids...
We arrived at 10am - no lines, easy to get in. Went to the dolphin show first, that was great. The Pet show was good - amazing what they can get animals to do. Ate lunch at the healthy cafe - M on the map - $9 for a sandwich with pasta salad. Okay, the wrap was much better! The shamu show was packed, and really great, but i was worn out by then. Before you head down into the seats - there is a covered walkway to your right where you can walk to teh back of the tanks and see the whales swimming around. I'd recommend this - that was fun. But if you want a show - a really awesome show - sit in the middle of the arena in the lower area. SOOOO cool, I only wish I could have sat there. Next time. So we left a bit early - which was really smart. We headed over to the Atlantis ride and stood in line for probabaly 45 mintues (idiot employees) but once we got on the ride, it was super cool! I'm SO glad we got there when we did, because once we got off , the ride broke! Not to mention the line was extremely long by then. Hot dog.
We headed out of the park at 4:30 = what a long day. But when you pay $150 for three people - there was no way I was going home early.
Tip: If you have a SW Airlines rapid rewards card, you save $20 on up to four tickets. We saved $37 bucks!!!!
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