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We saw the Pets Ahoy! show. Unlike past shows, several of the animals were not ready to perform. For example the cat failed to drop the "NO" sign in front of "VACANCY" in front of the top window. One of the cats climbing the top high wire kept pausing. The show was awkward and poorly prepared.
My daughter loved a dish she had at Voyager in October, pasta with Alfredo sauce. We went to Voyager and there was no Alfredo sauce. My wife wanted baby back ribs. Only when we went to order, none were ready. It would have been a 15 minutes wait. This is unacceptable, especially at the prices given for this food. I saw a sick looking, thoroughly unappetizing grilled chicken strips lying over greens unattractively falling over the edge of the bowl, obviously made several hours before or the night prior, not fresh. Salad dressing was uncovered in little black cups, ready for somebody to sneeze on. There was no way I would pay $8.50 for that mess. It was not even during the peak lunch hour. This was at 2:00 P.M.
As I read the map I did not see "Hospitality House" but instead, where it had been, there was "The Terrace." A sick, sinking feeling dawned on me that there would be no more beer samples. Sure enough we went over to the Terrace and saw that they were selling beer for $1.99 for 12 ounces and $3.99 for a pint, which makes absolutely no sense. The larger size is one third more expensive per ounce than the small size.
The general condition of the park was not as sparkling, clean or nice as it had been when AB owned it. There were a lot of leaves on the walkways. There seemed to be nobody cleaning up, although I saw one person with a motorized vacuum.
I am very disapppointed with my experience at the park. Due to this, I visited Guest Services and canceled my passports on the spot. I am sure that I am not the only one who did this. I hope that more passport holders will cancel to send a message to bring the park back to what people expected of it.
What time were you eating food? Normally the food is pretty decent until you get towards the end of the day at wrap up time!
Regarding Pets Ahoy.
Animals do what they want to do. You really can't blame Seaworld if the cat didn't drop the banner!!
And hours? Its pretty dead around here right now, even with the Holiday weekend. 7pm is an hour later than the rest of the week and consiidering Universal has their Mardi Gras Celebrations at the same time I think its a good closing time.
Overall I'm sorry you didn't have a good time, but, apart from the obvious lack of free beer, nothings really changed at the park. The management is the same, the staff are the same and the processes and procedures are the same.
Maybe you went in on a really bad day!
FYI, do you have the Platinum Flex Pay pass?
I think that any class of restaurant has a duty to provide decent,attractive and edible food no matter what time of the day. If they are open for business and willing to take your money then they have to provide what is on the menu. Although I also feel that if you want freshly prepared food then you have to be willing to wait 15 minutes for it to be cooked. You can't have it both ways.
As for non-performing animals then , once again, it's not good enough to offer " Cats do what they like" as an excuse. They've advertised a show to see trained animals perform and you have every right to expect to see just that. Not a bunch of untrained moggies running around.
My family ran the Ringling Bros Circus in Florida for many years and trained a variety of animals. If my Uncle Tommy's Bengal Tigers had " done whatever they wanted" he would have died a lot sooner than he did.
Trees , unlike trained cats , will do whatever they like.
I miss the free beer samplers too but, today ,nothing comes free anymore.
I've read about the pricing at the former Hospitality House a couple times now and still shaking my head. There's no souvenier glass or premium beer for the higher price? It almost sounds like a typo by the sign-maker they decided to just go with.
I, for one, certainly hope that cat that didn't flip the "no" sign was euthanized after the Pets Ahoy show ended. It's clear that InBev doesn't have the support of the working felines, and they're going to have to make an example of this disloyal cat.
Publicly fire the cat, then euthanize it.
These were shelter cats to start with, so it's great that we got the lazy, aimless critter off of public support. But now the economy blows. I'm not interested in having to support another homeless cat. It's bad enough that we're going to have to pay for the octo-brood.
Any animal that doesn't perform to Vegas show standards could be euthanised and sent over to the new all you can eat buffet, fried up and served along side a $1.99 (or $3.99 pint for morons) beer.
Saves it going to one of the local take aways and being served up as #34 with fried rice.
Gives the animals the care and attention they need, nay deserve, and provides help to local causes!!!!
My life is a blur sometimes, visiting parks and watching cable TV programs about the parks.
Not sure whats reall anymore :)
Manta's underwater viewing area has one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life. A Giant Pacific octopus. He's a baby now but he will easily outgrow the tank he now occupies. This purple guy is an escape artist and his tank has to be bolted shut otherwise out he comes. Exceptionally cool fish. Must see. Superbly done, this area really amazes most guests, myself and my wife included.
Sea Lions tonight had 2 shows and has been updated from last year. Shamu Rocks also 2 shows.
New night fireworks show this year called Reflections. Seaworld opened up the Bayside Stadium for viewing. You don't have to stand to watch it like last years Mistify. Lots of fun.
Seaworld was hitting on all cylinders Saturday. That park is really shining this summer. Open from 9 am until 10 pm each night, Seaworld delivered another outstanding experience at their beautiful, clean park. Great job to all who work there. Thanks folks.
I really like Seaworld and it's always encouraging to hear positive things about it.
During the warmup for Shamu Rocks, they play Apollo 440's great song Stop The Rock and the cameramen pan the audience. There were the usual kids dancing and people jumping around to the music but then the camera hit on 2 guys holding up a big Lakers banner. The whole audience in Shamu Stadium rained down boos on these 2 but they held their banner aloft nonetheless.
Takes some guts to come into the heart of Magic country and take the abuse that comes with waving a Lakers banner. Not the same as waving a Red Sox banner in Yankee Stadium but still...
I have always been impressed with the upkeep of the park, the animals and the message of SeaWorld. Glad to hear about the positive things going on there.
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