We had a great time....really. Minimal fighting between the parents and all 5 kids, which really, with 7, that's pretty good......7 very different personalities. The kids are tired, but they said it was worth our money. :) Good thing Grandma let us use her condo trade to stay here or it would be a vacation a lot closer to home and less expensive. They're very fortunate, so are we.
We got there a little before 9:30 and the gates opened at 10. We immediately went to feed the dolphins again. Jaemin LOVED the dolphins. Then we road a couple of rides and watched Shamu. We did stop for the sea lion show for a minute, but Jaemin was confused and kept asking where the lions were. He was expecting these big ferocious beasts....ya know. Jaemin was pretty impressed with Shamu too. We didn't get wet, but he did like waving to him. At one point the whale stuck his tongue out at us and Jaemin stuck his out, back at Shamu. It was pretty cute. Jaemin liked spending time in the kiddie ride section. Apparently he loves roller coasters! One of his all time favorite places in the park was standing in the splash zone of Journey to Atlantis. He could wait there all day since every 5 minutes you get drenched by the ride. I mean sopping wet, but he loved that. Another day with nothing but a 20 minute nap. I must say he did pretty well overall with only a couple minor melt downs. We didn't watch anymore shows.....just road rides all day. While it wasn't a packed park, the Quick Queue tickets still got us in a little quicker than plain ole' waiting. You could tell when a show let out because the water ride lines would get much, much longer. They probably bought us about 5 more rides each. Which made it worth it. I will say that the rides are WAY too far away from each other. Moreso than the Orlando park, which meant these passes were worth even more because we could just turn around and go back through the exit and reride that much quicker before moving onto the next ride. The boys made the most of the day and rode the heck out of the roller coasters and from time-to-time would meet up with us to ride some water rides together.
We also bought 2 refill drinks for $8 and $7. This allows us to fill up for $.99 as much as we want as opposed to $2.69/drink and split it between all 7 of us. They don't really let you bring things in, so we managed to get in 2 waters, but they quickly turned warm and the drinking fountains weren't very cold. Even buying water was expensive and we can use our refillables when we go back to Aquatica on Friday. In all it was $550 for the 2 days for 7 people. No one got in free, we came out with a tshirt for Jaemin and a bracelet for Cole. We did take advantage of the bracelets you can get where you give them your credit card and the rest of the day you don't need to find it back. They just scan your bracelet. This will come in even more handy at Aquatica. Who wants to carry that stuff around a waterpark? We can lock everything else up (the keys and wallets) for the day.
Great time.....5 minute drive from our condo. Came back to salami sandwiches and we're off to swim again tonight. Jaemin, however, it WORN slick and will be staying in for a movie with Brian. :)