Took my mom walking at SeaWorld to continue her birthday celebration. I first went to Guest Services to get her a birthday button but they were out of them. Instead they gave her a voucher for a complimentary feeding tray at the seals and sea lions, which I thought was pretty cool. Inside the entrance we walked straight over to the large, colorful flowerbed near where we got our picture with the Shamu character.
We started our usual walking route and almost immediately ran into some friends whom we knew from back the Terrific Tuesdays days and who also walk SeaWorld regularly. We sat and chatted with them for a bit before heading off again. We stopped to check out a keeper who was showing a nine year-old New Caledonian Crested Gecko named Flapjack who seemed very comfortable with being handled. We continued our walk and then stopped at the sea lions where my mom said she didn’t want to feed them. I picked up the tray, fed three of the sea lions and gave the last piece of squid to a little boy standing next to me so he could feed them as well. He didn’t believe it at first and was smiling the whole time he was holding the squid and still after he tossed it to one sea lion.
We walked around the back of the Park, stopped to check out the construction progress of Manta, the new roller coaster opening later this month, and then came across a new beach/surfer-themed food service area called “All Fried Up” that will be serving Mexican food, including Baja fish tacos, shredded beef tacos and shrimp cocktails. I’m really looking forward to trying all three of those.
We continued walking but stopped a few more times to check out the new Manta additions before finishing our route and heading out of the Park.