“Well, ya comin’?”
“To the North Pole, of course! This is the Polar Express!”
Upon entering SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, it did indeed feel as though we stepped into magical winter wonderland. On a cool crisp Florida evening, dazzling lights and snowflakes cascaded around my family in The Christmas Market. My girls (Allana and Emmalynn) and their cousin (Meghan) happily danced in the drifts of snow bubbles. Grandma and Liam giggled and played in the snow too.
Then, the animal ambassadors told us that the sea lions, Clyde and Seamore, desperately wanted Santa to stop at Sea World this year, so we scurried on our way to Clyde and Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas to offer some Christmas cheer. With the help of their trainers, an elf, an otter and a walrus, they managed to make everything merry in time for Christmas.
We couldn’t leave the park without riding the Polar Express and visiting Santa, so next we hopped on The Polar Express Experience located in the Wild Artic. The train ride was a bit intense for our girls, but we arrived in one piece and with our dinner still down.
We knew we had finally reached our frigid destination from the icy cold habitat we encountered once we exited the train. A beluga whale greeted us and guided us on the way to Santa. The elves and Santa were very excited to see us. Santa thanked the girls for traveling so far to see him and for staying on the nice list this year. Although they were star struck by jolly ol’ St. Nick, they remembered to share their Christmas wish lists with him.
As we made our journey back home, we ended the evening with a big bang and a breathtaking view of SeaWorld’s Festive Fireworks and Dazzling Lights choreographed to joyous holiday music. And as the Sea of Trees shined over the center lake, their reflection glistened twice as many trees over the water.
Many other Orlando amusements parks charge an additional fee to participate in such extravagant holiday festivities, but all this magic and wonder is included with a SeaWorld admission every weekend night in December until the first weekend in January.
Once my girls heard that, they begged to go back this weekend with the whole gang again, of course.