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Sea World or Universal IOA at Christmas?

Sea World Orlando: I am asking for advice on which park to choose for a Christmas vacation.

From Camille Kirk
Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:42 AM
We are planning a trip to Orlando the week before Christmas. We will definitely do Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, but we have an extra day to do one more park. I am wavering between Sea World and Universal IOA. I really want to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but I am concerned that my 3 year old daughter and my 70 year old mom would get bored quickly.

We could do Sea World for about $100 less (with the $5 child ticket offer and Georgia resident ticket rates), and I wonder whether Sea World might be better for a little girl and her Grandma.

We really like Christmas events and enjoy seeing the decor at the parks.

So which should we pick? Grinchmas or Shamu?


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From David L.
Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM
considering Seaworld is much cheaper, i would go there. Also, there isn't much to do for elderly at IOA. have a great trip!

From Tyler Bell
Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:49 PM
definetily IOA,IOA will give you more for your money also you there are more attractions.Also IOA is beautifuly lit up at night.SeaWorld is like half the size of IOA after a while SeaWorld can get a bit boring.Both are great parks but the smarter choice would be IOA.

From Tyler Bell
Posted July 12, 2010 at 1:58 PM
Also IOA at Grinchmas time is beautiful.Also you can leave IOA and eat lunch at CityWalk then you can renter the park.Universal also has great deals for on site hotels.Go on www.universalorlando.com and look up deals for florida and georgia residents.it is in the tickets section.SeaWorld food is ok to good. Mythos at IOA has won the best theme park insider award for the best themened restraunt many times for the best full service resraunt.Mythos food is really good from expirence.

From David L.
Posted July 12, 2010 at 2:14 PM
Sea World is Actually bigger than IOA. There fore you may have a little more walking. IOA has too many rides that most elderly can't ride and Sea World only has a few. Harry Potter wouldn't cater towards the elderly or the really young. Seaworld has great shows and animal exhibits that everyone can enjoy. Seaworld also has a Christmas festival. You should have fun either way but you will have more fun for you money at seaworld even if they were the same price. this has all the christmas activities at seaworld: http://www.christmasinorlando.com/sea-world-christmas

From BRAD REYNOLDS
Posted September 8, 2010 at 7:03 PM
I have two young children (2 an 5). They have been to Disney and
Universal several times but the park they both enjoy the most is
Sea World. They love the shows, the animal exhibits, several age
appropriate rides. Easy access with close parking and a water park next door (aquatica). We all love this park.

From Pyra Dong
Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:16 PM
However nice Grinchmas is at IOA... I think the overall enjoyment at Seaworld will be MUCHO BETTER! (plus you'll save some $$$ on admission)

The Christmas shows are ehhhh at Seaworld, but your girl will love the OTHER shows... not to mention the kiddie area of Seaworld is MUCH larger and more interactive than the Jurassic area of IOA. And the entire group will definitely enjoy the animal exhibits.

From Jenny Rees
Posted September 10, 2010 at 4:18 AM
The sesame street christmas show at seaworld is excellent. It really leaves you with the holiday feeling...although I love Grinchmas too and wouldn't be able to resist a peek at Harry Potter, especially seeing the snow capped Hogwarts at that time of year. I went to IOA last year with my parents, both aged 60. Dad rode the Hulk with me and it saw him off for the rest of the day. Luckily he had already roee Jurrasic Park, Spiderman and a selection of rides in Whoville. Decisions, decisions...Whatever you do, you will have a great time.

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