Vote of the week: Whom would you like to meet at SeaWorld?
Last summer, I spent the day
at SeaWorld San Diego and had the chance to get in the tank
with the park's Beluga Whales.
As part of this year's Theme Park Insider roadtrip, I'm mulling what other behind-the-scenes things I can bring to you this year. But the cool thing about SeaWorld's animal interaction programs is that they're open to anyone. (Anyone in decent health, doesn't mind hanging around large marine mammals, and can pay the fee, of course.)
You can find which programs are now available by visiting SeaWorld.com, clicking to your park, then looking for the "Animal Interactions" link.
Which brings me to this week's vote. Assuming the fee were no object, which animal would you most like to get in the water with? Note that Shamu is not an option. SeaWorld might let you shake Shamu's
hand fin, but no one but the pros gets in the tank with the killer whales.
(The poll options are based on current interaction options, listed at the three SeaWorld parks.)
Let's talk about behind-the-scenes tours and events at theme parks, in the comments. Have a great weekend!
I did the dolphin thing at WDW and enjoyed it. I would love to be with the sea lions. Sharks and Whales....not so much though my husband would love to be with them.
Robert writes: but no one but the pros gets in the tank with the killer whales.
How do you know they aren't? That soundtrack's pretty loud... ;-)
At the SeaWorld in Japan, you can interact with the orcas still. Just thought I'd let ya'll know. Not sure if it's owned by the Busch Corp. though.
At this moment in time, I want to meet "@realshamu" The guy, or guys, are very very funny!!
I have not had the opportunity to meet any of these great creature personalities. So any chance to interact would be great...even the sharks.
Sharks, baby. Dolphins are overrated. Sharks are the only creatures listed that were amazing enough to have a John Williams theme written for them.
A few years back I did the killer whale trainer for a day program at SeaWorld Orlando. We had a lot of close interaction. We did get in the pool with them, but on the other side of a gate - we fed them fish through the gate. (They told us to make sure we tossed the fish rather than try to hold it for the orca to take; they said this was to ensure we didn't lose a limb.)
I have to vote for sharks, I am equally terrified, amazed and intrigued by them and will be doing the shark deep dive on my visit in November. I probably do actually prefer all the other animals, but I do have a strange fascination with sharks.
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