SeaWorld for Dinner
Once I got off work last night I high-tailed it to the Gaylord Palms, the gorgeous hotel in Orlando where my dad is staying on business for the week.
After making the 30 minute drive to the hotel, I met my dad in the lobby and we waited for a shuttle to take us to SeaWorld, where his company was hosting a dinner event for their employees and customers (and some lucky dates, like me!).
I hadn’t been to SeaWorld in several years, and was excited to check out the marine animals and enjoy a delicious dinner with my dad.
Upon our arrival we were greeted by a huge sealion named Clyde.
He was such a litte big ham. Clyde made the funniest noises, kissed his trainer and stuck out his tongue. He was fun to watch!
While making our way to the dinner pavilion, my dad and I grabbed some drinks. I had an ice-cold Michelob Ultra.
My dad’s company planned the event really well because there were several different buffet tables piled with food so the guests didn’t have to wait long at all.
I filled my plate with shrimp, crab claws, roasted vegetables, grilled salmon and salad.
I went back for thirds (yes, thirds) of the crab claws. They were delicious and already cracked for you! Doesn’t get much better than that.
Once dinner was over, we headed to Shamu Stadium for the Shamu show.
When I was an intern, the Shamu show running at the time was called Believe and really focused on the relationships between the trainers and the whales. It was a beautiful and moving show.
The Shamu show now running is called Shamu Rocks and wasn’t quite as good as the previous show. Likely due to the tragic events involving a trainer back in February, the trainers did not get in the water with the whales at all.
My favorite part of Shamu shows in the past was watching the interaction between the people and the whales. They seemed so happy together. Watching the whales jump and splash by themselves this time honestly made me feel sad for them. 🙁
Still, the whales truly are amazing and we enjoyed watching them and ooh-ed and ahh-ed our way through the show with the rest of the crowd.
After the show we headed to another area of the park where they had games, a band, karaoke, drinks and dancing.
While listening to music and talking to my dad and his coworkers, I ate Shamu. 😉
Ice cream on a stick reminds me of childhood. It’s always so creamy, cold and delicious. You gotta eat it fast though!
We hung out for an hour or so before heading back to the shuttles.
On our way out we passed some very energetic flamingos.
They were so pretty and very active for so late at night!
Within 15 minutes, the shuttles had us back at the hotel. I hugged my dad goodbye and thanked him for such a fun night!
It was such a treat to see my dad and attend the function hosted by his company. I wish we could’ve had more time!
I’m off to shower before heading to an Invisalign appointment this morning. Catcha later for breakfast! 😀