Sea World/Universal Questions

Sunday, March 28, 2004 11:00 AM
I am going to be going to Orlando tomorrow, and I just have a few questions.

1. Crowds. How do you think they'll be? It really doesn't matter at Universal, as we're staying at on on-site hotel.

2. Closed rides at Universal. I know that Dudly's is closed, but any others?

3. Sea World. What would you reccomend to see? Any things to avoid? I haven't ever been to Sea World (except when I was 2) so, I have no idea what to do there.


Sunday, March 28, 2004 11:15 AM
Ride Kraken, Atlantis and you have to go see the Shamu show, if it's open.
Sunday, March 28, 2004 11:49 AM
Well, If you don't mind having a bad selection (I mean more than one coaster - well two if you include atlantis), go to sea world. Because Sea World is a family park, people don't go for the thrills and consequently there is never more than a 5-10 (10 MAX) wait for Kraken, which is a great ride. Almost all the public schools in the greater metropolitan area are out right now, and so I have no idea about the rest of the country (MN) but this is spring break time. Expect big crowds, but since you're staying at Universal it shouldn't be a problem. And if you want to make the drive down, Busch Gardens is better than anything they have in Orlando....coasters wise. Montu is great, kumba is good, a tad rough though. And Gwazi, and scorpion are always worth seeing.
Sunday, March 28, 2004 12:47 PM
Definatly ride Kraken and if you really want to experiance the best ride posible you have to go front row, simply becuase Kraken is floorless. It is definatly worth the extra wait. I also suggest the sea lion show. It is very hillarious. Of course the dolphin show and the Shamu show are musts. My main point is go front row on Kraken it is a must. Overall if you have an interest in sea life you should pretty much enjoy all of sea world. If you are there for excitment I suggest going just for Kraken, Journey to Atlantis and the main shows like Shamu.

P.S. Don't miss the dolphins. (not the show but where you can touch them. It is 100% free, and a great experiance)

Sunday, March 28, 2004 12:59 PM
Yup, that's right! Although everyone will tell you /not/ to ride Kraken, be defiant and ride it anyway.
Sunday, March 28, 2004 5:38 PM
Kraken is delightful, certainly. I'd recommend going to Wild Arctic (simulated helicopter ride to an arctic research station, and the display for polar bears, beluga whales, walruses, etc.) early on -- it will open at 10am (the park opens at 9am), but gets the longest line in the park, after Journey to Atlantis.

Feeding the dolphins is a great experience, but you really need the fish to do well at it and get the chance to touch them. It's $4 for four fish, but realistically it's worth it if you're into that. You can also feed stingrays, sharks, and sea lions, all at similar prices, but it's not worth it for other than the dolphins.


Sunday, March 28, 2004 8:16 PM
What hotel? hit up hard rock at the pool, ill be there!!
Monday, March 29, 2004 7:23 AM
Turbo, I'm staying at the Royal Pacific Resort. Oh well. Maybe I'll see you down there.

Anyways, thanks for your comments. I think we'll really enjoy Sea World, and Universal is always a blast.

Monday, March 29, 2004 9:20 AM
definetely hit up hard rock, it is very close
Monday, March 29, 2004 10:35 AM
Royal Pacific is Yucky. Okay enough hatin'. Um.. I would still expect some lines at Universal mostly because this is an exceptionally crowded week and that the front of the line doesn't help as much since Royal Pacific (because its huge and cheap) opened. Still expect fifteen minute waits on Spidey, MIB, etc., although the coasters won't be so bad.
Monday, March 29, 2004 6:38 PM
Stayed at Hard Rock last year during Easter week and while the parks were packed, Express was 5 minute wait, tops, including Spiderman.

Staying at Royal Pacific again this year after a huge disappointment at the Hard Rock. That four day disaster has provided plenty of good stories so it's all good. Interesting that Stitch refers to a $239/night hotel as cheap, though.

Monday, March 29, 2004 8:02 PM
Sorry, I meant "cheaper." And yes, I am an arrogant rich snob.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 7:02 AM
Frankly, I'd rather go a different week and stay at a far cheaper hotel, not worrying about lines because there are none. But I suppose it is worth it if you have no choice about when to go, especially with school events that draw many different groups of students.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 7:15 AM
Actuallly, when I went a couple of years ago to Disney the week before Easter the crowds were not that bad (the Mountains/major thrill rides had 1.5-2 hour wait mid day but nothing else approached that) and the parks are open super late (MK-midnight, MGM-ten) which gives you more time at night. I would not think twice about going again during that time.

However, our last day was the Monday after Easter (Easter in Epcot the day before was wonderful, we had no lines on anything but Test Track) and the park was "packed to the gills," so I assume that the week after Easter is the bussiest week of that holiday.


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