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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:38 pm

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular is included with park admission, and decidely kid-friendly. Luckily for Erik & Smisty, though, you don't actually have to be a kid, or have one, to participate!

[Note: Instead of the normal two people responsible for the photos you are about to see, in this update, there are three: Erik, Misty, and Erik's mom. But, as usual, I'm too lazy to give individual credit. So, yeah, some of these were taken by my mom, and are being used with permission, I suppose. (Hey, mom's fault for not watermarking, you know?)]
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Entering the park, Dolly the Dolphin was posing for photos. Sadly, this is the last you'll see of Smisty for a little while in this update, as she had to leave to go to work.
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The event doesn't start until noon. Unfortunately, this contributes to some crowd control issues once it actually does begin.
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Ta-da! Bayside Pathway gets hit especially hard once the event begins, and I recommend starting at Sea Garden, on the other end, if you go.
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The first candy station you encounter sports a whopping line for most of the day. Splitting these two employees and their candy anemones would no doubt help--but really, the event just needs to start when the park opens. Having said that, the line does move very quickly, and there are plenty of candy stations further in with much, much shorter lines. Trick or treat smart, kids!
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I brought my mom, in case anyone questioned my trick or treating worthiness.
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Besides candy, there are kid-oriented games...
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...and lots and lots of characters!
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Did I mention characters?
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This dogfish guy was really cool. First he asked me if my Shamu bowl was my lantern, then he recited the entire Green Lantern oath. (Yes, that is my idea of "cool.")
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There were special food tents set up in Bayside, since there was so much going on there.
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But who needs food when there's candy?!
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Candy madness!
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On the stage of Bayside Stadium, Abby Cadabby has a maze set up.
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Well, she calls it a maze. There are no options or dead ends though, so really it's just a path with walls.
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Anyway, it seems that Abby has lost her magic wand, and you must help her find it, or the vengeful spirits of Halloween will eat all these cute children! (Good thing there's a smart adult like me around to save the day!)
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Grover, you're an idiot. It's not in the wall. Seriously, you're embarrassing yourself.
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I totally knew it was in the pumpkin.
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Good old Oscar, the voice of reason on Sesame Street.
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See, look, she has her wand back.
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An overview of the "maze." Because *you* demanded it!
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What's this? Cookie decorating?!
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Yes, please!
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For $5.50, you get everything in the lunchbox, and an apple juice or milk.
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Allow me to show you how it is done.
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Are you not entertained??
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Oh, noooooo!!!
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By the Wild Arctic gift shop is an event information counter. (Because that's where I would put it. Right in the middle. I'm sure people will save their questions about the event until they make it here.) And also, there's this guy with a thing.
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They call this the Frozen Fun Zone. I call polar bears dressed as superheros and Pirate Shamu totally awesome.
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"All these old pumpkins are just going to rot after Halloween. Let's feed 'em to the bears!"
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Speaking of pumpkins, these "pumpkin fish" are everywhere.
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*Human* Pumpkin Fish!
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Damn.It.
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Time for more candy!
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Okay, so the entire day, I never saw one guest, besides me, with one of these Shamu candy bowls. Perhaps they are a tad overpriced at $10?
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"Costumed characters? Yeah, I think there's some over that way."
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Mom opted for the free candy bag. And the dude with four arms.
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"I think I'm a grasshopper or something. I play the saw."
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"Form of...a tree!" (Wait, that was the Wonder Twins, not Green Lantern. Speaking of which, I wonder how Misty is doing at work....)
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Oh, hi Misty! How's it going?
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Lots of cool stuff at the Sea Garden.
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Like this mermaid!
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Starfish!
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Jellyfish!
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And employees who hand out bags of candy!
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Erik finds some candy absurdly unguarded. Good thing anemones have no natural defenses!
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You gotta have people on stilts.
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The Water Front area, being kind of involved in Spooktacular, but not really, is decorated for Fall.
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The Mediterranean Stooges (as I call them) have a special Halloween-themed street show.
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And the mums are out.
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But this is how it's really connected to Spooktacular: a special Sesame Street show in the SeaPort Theater. (Can you spot the sign's missing letter, kids?)
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Yes, it's "Countdown T Halloween!"
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The plot involves the Count being sad because he was alone on Halloween or something. But don't worry, it can be fixed by singing and dancing!
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I'm not sure it's appropriate to describe the person who has the most stage time as having 'stole the show,' but this human chick was awesome. Like, if she were The President, the USA would have no problems. Go see the show just for her.
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Dancing skeletons help cheer up the Count, which is totally normal.
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Big finish!
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Cool show. Honestly, I'm not sure why, but SeaWorld seems to be the only park with shows I actually like.
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Dude, they handed out peanut butter.

SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular: It should open with the rest of the park, but it's still really cool.
Last edited by Electerik on Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:01 pm.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby SharkTums » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:59 pm

Thank you so much for this report!!!

We've always been to Sea World during the 'season' but never done the actual event. Seems like it may be perfect for kids around KT's age. Is there anyway you can scan or take a closeup of the event map so I can totally understand what you mean about where to start the 'treat trail'?

Also, I saw some kids in costume, I'm assuming it's encouraged for kids to dress up? Parents?

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:42 pm

^ Kids are encouraged to come in costume, or as they are. We did see *some* parents in full costume, and lots in semi-costume (ears, hats, wings, that sort of thing), so it's clearly allowed--but I honestly don't know if it's "encouraged" for adults or not.

The Sea Garden (labeled as "Underwater Fantasea" on the event map) is definitely where you should start, and then work backwards. (If you're unfamiliar with the Sea Garden, it's basically what replaced the Clydesdale barn--or, more accurately, the fenced-in grassy area next to the barn--after the horses moved out.)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby SharkTums » Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:49 pm

^Perfect thanks!

Also I forgot to mention that 'fishing' game you have a picture of is AWESOME, I have never seen it at any park other than Tusenfryd!!! Glad it's making its way to the states.

Oh, one more stupid question...the path that the trail is on seems like a pretty main path...can you just randomly get candy at some of the locations or can you only join in at one of those two spots marked on the map? Like can we leave the path to go play in Shamu's Happy Harbor or once we're committed to the path, we're committed!

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:25 pm

^ Yes, you can come and go as you like, enter, exit, backtrack, come back later, do any or all of it again, whatever.

One pesky thing: Abby's maze is on the stage of Bayside Stadium, but the "main path" is at the mid-level. Which means, if you're pushing a stroller or wheelchair, you have to backtrack a ways to get from the maze back to the main path. (Of course, on foot, you can just walk up the stadium stairs.) Sadly, I didn't think to get a photo illustrating this point. Then again, I can't think of any way they could have avoided this, short of not having the maze in that location.
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby dandaman » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:05 pm

I remember going last year and getting that same peanut butter packet, only they had a banana cart in the area as well and I combined the two. Damn, that was good. Also couldn't believe it was an event for anyone, even without kids; my friend and I did a double-take when we were offered candy bags and essentially given carte blanche on developing Type II diabetes as quickly as possible. (Save for the banana.)
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby moinab » Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:32 pm

Wow!!! They have really stepped this up, since the last time we were there, in 2003! :br
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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:05 pm

I still think they should have a Sesame Street Character haunt. that would be pretty cool

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby BarryH » Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:47 pm

Great photos!

I love Sea World's Spooktacular, but I've never seen the Countdown to Halloween show.

One year they were handing out banannas down the candy trail. Were such delictable delights available this year?

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Re: Erik & Smisty's Florida Oddventures

Postby Electerik » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:42 am

Bananas, yes. My understanding is that they were supposed to be handed out this year--and may yet be--but there was some delivery-related problem that prevented it that first weekend.

Oh, and there were two different peanut butter options: regular, and dark chocolate!

Hilltopper39 wrote:I still think they should have a Sesame Street Character haunt. that would be pretty cool


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