Way, way, way back I went to SeaWorld in Cleveland. That park isn’t even there anymore, but I know I loved it as a kid. Now, exploring Orlando I pass by SeaWorld all the time. When I saw commercials for their Christmas Celebration and some friends said it is a really good time, I knew I had to go.
So I bought tickets and headed over to the park that was crowded, but not overly so. It was easy to explore all the corners of SeaWorld Orlando as I was fully immersed into Christmas surrounded by three million lights.
Though all of the lights are pretty, the trees on the lake that are decorated and sometimes light up according to music that plays are the star of the show. It was magical to look at them from every angle as I walked around the lake. The highlight of the night was probably walking across the lake on a bridge to see everything up close. The lights are pretty dazzling and on the clear night, the moon overhead served as an added bonus.
There are souvenir shops around every corner with cute collectibles, and food and drink options are plentiful, even if they are pretty standard theme park fare. Rudolph and the Yeti make an appearance and some of the rides were still in operation even though the sun had set. Rest assured, I did not get on the rides. I’m not that adventurous 😉
I am adventurous enough to try my hand at some classic carnival games, even though I am not great at them. A friend we were with crushed it at the water gun and gave me the Eevee she won. And Eevee and I matched, so that’s a win in and of itself.
I did see some of the ice skating show, which was pretty cool. It’s included with admission, so that’s a nice perk because it’s not inexpensive to go to SeaWorld, and there is only so much to do. We covered about two thirds of the park with little effort, although we did get in some pretty good steps. Watching the rays in a tank was a nice break to chat and wait to take positioning to see the fireworks.
A nice worker, they were all quite nice, told us the best viewing location and he wasn’t kidding. I should point out, I’ve never really seen fireworks up close and personal. Mostly on television, from rooftop bars, and now I can see some out the windows in my house, but none of those compare to having giant fireworks basically explode right over your head.
My body shook with each boom and it felt like they might come down on us, but they, of course, did not. Though the show was short, clocking in around seven minutes, it impressed with big, glittery fireworks and water features. If they made the show a little longer, it would be much more satisfying.
Still, I’m so glad I checked out the holiday festivities at SeaWorld and I would recommend them to anyone, particularly if you are looking for something a little lower key than Disney or Universal. It was a swimmingly good time 🙂
This post is more about SeaWorld than my outfit, but I wore an easy, breezy dress, my most comfortable platforms (before you make fun I was the ONLY one not complaining about my feet), and I brought a wrap. Good thing, because that breeze kicked up, especially around the lake, and it was chilly. But being in the park definitely warmed my heart <3