VIP Tour of Sea World Orlando

Sea World Orlando: Is it worth the extra $100/person?

From Midge Bentley
Posted February 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM
Considering the VIP Tour at Sea World Orlando. Has anyone had experience with this tour? Is it worth the extra $100/person?

From Bruce Lane
Posted February 10, 2010 at 10:25 PM
That's a hard question to answer. What's "worth it" to one person will be an utter waste of cash and time to another.

Example: I happen to think Discovery Cove's so-called "Dolphin Encounter" is one of the best examples of how NOT to run a dolphin interactive program (and a grossly overpriced one at that) on the planet.

I have that opinion because I've traveled extensively, visited numerous zoos and oceanariums, and have experienced nearly a dozen dolphin 'swim-with' programs at other parks, both in and out of the US. I've also served as a volunteer trainer's assistant at two parks (Oklahoma City Zoo and Sick Flags Magic Mountain, the latter back when they still had a dolphin show).

That exposure has given me very high expectations of any dolphin interactive program. Only two programs have even come close to meeting those expectations, and both are based in Mexico.

So, in summary: I would never even consider spending that much for a "VIP tour" at any SeaWorld park (heck, you'd have trouble convincing me ANY SeaWorld park is worth a visit, period).

However, someone who's never been exposed to any such thing (and who is unfamiliar with SeaWorld's true nature) might consider it a perfect and worthwhile opportunity.

There's simply no way to tell short of taking the thing, and venturing an opinion based on your own perspectives and experience.

To me, it's not worth the risk (of dollars).

Happy travels.

From James Rao
Posted February 13, 2010 at 4:09 AM
On the other hand, I love SeaWorld: it has some great rides, wonderful shows, and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. If I had the extra money to blow, the VIP Tour would be a great way to see the best the park has to offer while avoiding big lines and long waits. It also gives you access to Dolphin feedings and other VIP benefits, that while possible for non-VIP visitors, are somewhat difficult to accomplish in a single day of touring due to show schedules and crowds.

However, with the extra money, you can just buy another night at the hotel and visit the park on two consecutive days. A decent two-day touring plan should afford you the opportunity to see and do everything at a very leisurely pace.

From vernon griffin
Posted February 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM
Sea World and Busch Gardens do everything with ecellence. I have done tours at BGW and BGT. I love them. I would definitly do it.

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