We went opening weekend of the new Aquatica - had a great time. We were ambitious and did Sea World and Aquatica on different days - not good for out-of-shape folks like us, but we lived, we lived with sore calves and sunburns, but we lived. :)
Where we were frustrated was with the food lines - RIDICULOUS.
There were a couple cashiers who were just standing-unused.
Also if you know that 3 of your 5 food choices come with french fries, there should be a steady stream of fries. Sea World could learn from Sams Club or busy drive-through windows on this one. Use the portable POS system, get the orders out of the way, and let people get through the line to pick up and pay.
There were long lines on some rides, you should expect that.
You shouldn't have to expect that the food lines would be longer than ride lines.
Proper planning in my opinion would be the more time guests spend on rides, the more likely they are to have a great time and look forward to coming back.
We will come back - but the "looking forward" part ... that's a bit more apprehensive.
The lines at the remainder of the Sea World park were shorter, we probably could have left Aquatica, gone into Sea World, ate and gotten back to playing - faster than we waited in line.
So if things haven't changed in that regard - be aware -- but you'll still have fun, and lots of it.
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