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Christmas at Seaworld - Orlando / Florida Guide

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Seaworld has become one of our favourite parks. We find it very easy to get round, and the wonderful Shamu show, ‘Believe’ and the dolphin and whale show, ‘Blue Horizons’ always give me goose bumps. Added to that, the beautiful landscaping, tropical plants and glinting lakes are simply magical – combine this with Christmas music and carols and you have a wonderful start to the holiday season.

But at Christmas, Seaworld, like so many other parks, becomes even more magical. This year, Seaworld Orlando has added something new – a ‘Sea of Trees. ’ There are 74 Christmas trees, some as tall as 30ft, which have been placed along the water’s edge. Each tree is decorated and lit with hundreds of lights, and these lights are choreographed to flash on and off in time to an orchestral soundtrack. I can’t wait to see this as I am sure it will be a great addition to the normal decorations. There has also been an increase in Christmas decorations throughout the park, and this includes the area near the entrance to Seaworld, as well as the area immediately surrounding the huge Shamu Stadium.

One of the things which we always enjoy at Christmas is that fantastic simulator, ‘Wild Arctic, ’ which, in the run up to Christmas is transformed into the ‘Polar Express Experience. ’ ‘The Polar Express Experience’ was first seen at the park in 2007, and this attraction is based on a film, starring Tom Hanks, which was inspired by the children’s book, ‘Polar Express, ’ by Chris Van Allsburg. This simulator ride tells the story of a young boy who is lying awake on Christmas Eve waiting to hear Santa’s sleigh. He is awoken by the deafening sound of the Polar Express arriving, and this takes him on an amazing adventure to the North Pole.

After a three minute pre-show, the Polar Express recreates classic scenes from the movie. This is a multi-sensory experience involving music, lighting, sound, motion and scents, where guests are transported to the North Pole. When they step off the train they arrived at the frozen North Pole, complete with a tall Christmas tree, a sleigh weighed down with presents, and a village complete with Father Christmas. Of course guests can then journey past the Beluga whales, walruses, polar bears and seals at Wild Arctic.

In 2009, Seaworld introduced a new and spectacular Ice Skating show, ‘Winter Wonderland on Ice, ’ which begins in November at the Bayside Stadium, and continues on certain nights throughout November, December and January. There are, of course, talented ice skaters to wow the crowds, as well as brilliant fireworks and soaring water fountains.

For those who love Clyde and Seamore there is a special holiday show, ‘Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas, but I think my favourite has to be the Shamu Christmas – Miracles’ show. Lasting around 22 minutes, this show will really help you celebrate Christmas with a feeling of peace and hope.

There are even snow flurries down at the Waterfront. All of these Christmas extras commenced on November 26th and can be enjoyed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. On December 17th this increased to every night, and this is until January 2nd, 2011. If you are lucky enough to be in Orlando at Christmas time, then don’t miss Seaworld, as each year they improve and expand their holiday attractions.

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