Photo TR: San Diego Zoo and Sea World

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Photo TR: San Diego Zoo and Sea World

Postby robbalvey » Mon Sep 26, 2005 10:53 am

Hey everyone! Elissa and I made a quick trip down to San Diego this weekend with Bethany and Dallas. Not too much to report, just your basic San Diego stuff. A few hours spent at the Zoo and we also did the brass ring carousel on Saturday. Then Sunday was Sea World. I'm not going to do too much of a written trip report because I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but I do have one rant....

"What does the word SOAK mean?"

Obviously people have NO IDEA, and no matter how many warning they give about the "Soak Zone" at Sea World, in fact they even have an audience participation song about it before the dolphin show, these idiots sit down in the soak zone, and then when the first wave of water comes, you see them all scatter and move to higher seats, trampeling over people wreaking havoc, etc.

C'MON PEOPLE!!! What do you THINK is going to happen when you sit in the "SOAK ZONE???" Are people really THIS stupid? Apparently the answer is in fact YES, because EVERY SHOW we went to, as soon as the water started flying into the audience all hell broke loose.

I really think we saw some of the worst displayes of stupidity in humanity this weekend.

/rant.

Ok, onto the photos and a big thank you to PhishyBrewer for the Sea World tickets!
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First stop, San Diego Zoo! I don't quite get what all the hype over this zoo is. I mean, it's nice and all, but it's just a zoo.
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Dallas gives the zoo his approval.
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We saw some Koala's for our Australian friends, and who knows, maybe we'll be seeing these guys in person soon! ;)
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The Meerkat's were a hit for us....
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...well, at least for Elissa!
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This guy's just chillin' in the sun waiting for all his hunnies to come over and hang with him.
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This guy looks JUST LIKE ROBB!!!
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The best part of the day! Capybara's!!!!!
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For those of you who don't know, these are GIANT RODENTS!!! RatTums would have been proud!
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It's a good thing there are these signs....
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...it's a bad thing that Robb can't read! =)
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"Hey, anyone want an ICEE?"
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Genetic splicing is in full effect at the San Diego Zoo. Here is the "three-assed Zebra."
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Time to take the skyride over to the reptiles.
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Yay for big tortoises!
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Double YAY for the water turles having sex!
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Just outside the zoo is one of the few remaining brass ring carousel's in the world.
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We all like the horses....ESPECIALLY Elissa! ;)
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Can Elissa get the brass ring?
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No! Because Robb got it! "...and all I got in return with this pretty little ticket."
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Now THAT is my kind of carousel! Gigidy!
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"Camel Toe."
More photos to continue below.....
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Postby Louise » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:00 am

What the hell did you do to the giant turtle things to get them to actually walk?! I've never been to San Diego but every time I've seen those things anywhere they're just kinda lying there... I've always wanted to poke them to see if they're dead.

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Postby Stitch » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:04 am

Now THAT is my kind of carousel! Gigidy!


All I have to say to that is "Heh heh ... allllriiiight" :lol:

Nice trip report, I really liked seeing all the different animals ... a nice change of pace from coasters.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:06 am

Is it me, or is the meerkat waiting for his "hunnies" a female?
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Postby Stitch » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:07 am

Well here at Theme Park Review we are accepting of all life styles :lol:
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Postby robbalvey » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:12 am

And how here are the Sea World photos....
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Our day started at Journey before the line got too long.
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"If you are a mutant with four feet, stand here."
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"This one isn't as good as Florida!"
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From here it looks pretty.
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And the "elevator lift" is the coolest part of the ride.
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The rest of it took a themeing lesson from Six Flags Magic Mountian.
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Weird. Atlantis looks a lot like a parking lot and water pumps!
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Still, it's a fun ride...just nothing special.
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I can kind of see why the city thought it was "ugly!"
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The new Clyde and Seymour show included mermaids!
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The Sea Turtles here are just chillin...none of them having sex...yet!
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Dallas is all "I want to pet a dolphin!"
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Yes, it's time to pet the large rubbery sea creature.
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it's a Sky Tower. It goes up, it goes down, and you see stuff....it's a Sky Tower!
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Yay! It's time for the Shamu Show!!!!
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Wow, there sure are a lot of whales here!
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Time for some whale surfing!!!
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"Hey Shamu! Up here! It's your cousin Betty!"
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"Hello, I am an idiot. I didn't realize that you would get WET in the soak zone, and I though it would be a brilliant idea to bring my infant BABY there!"
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Lots of Shamu's doing flips and random whale-type things.
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"Man, that looks fun...how can I try out for the show?"
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The best part of the day...PENGUINS!!!!
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Everyone agrees, it's not about Shamu, it's about these little guys!
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"Yo, what's up. I'm a penguin...check me out!"
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OMG!!! QUICK!!! CALL SECURITY!!! Shamu escaped and is going to EAT that child!!!
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This Sea World has that "Stuck in the early 1980s Epcot" look to it.
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"Can I trade Robb for two of these?"
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I'd like to see Robb do that!!!
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And yes that IS the SOAK ZONE you are sitting in! Why, because you will get SOAKED!!!!!
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And here is it! You've all been waiting for it! The most amazing thing ever!!!
ELISSA AND SHAMU!!!! YAY!!!!
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We all say "Thanks to Phishy! We owe you a beer next time we see you!" (well, ok, the kids didn't say that, but...you know what I mean!) =)
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Hey genius, this is why is says "SOAK ZONE!!!"
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Postby Erik Johnson » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:19 am

Was Elissa trying not to bust out laughing because she was getting her picture taken with Shamu?
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Postby Stitch » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:41 am

I really want to see the Clyde and Seymour show, I saw parts of it on a special the travel channel had on Sea World Orlando and it looked awesome. By the way I am surprised at you Robb, all those animals and not even one "Gimme some candy" quote :lol:
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Postby ParkTrips » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:44 am

I haven't been around long, but I think Robb has this "thing" with fat chicks =) God knows how many "whale" photos there are on this site from parks -- with or without sea creatures.

The SD Zoo Carousel had a ring catch? Hmm... I missed that when I was there. I missed out on Atlantis too, it was still under construction :-(

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Postby BarryH » Mon Sep 26, 2005 11:49 am

It seems like a lot of ACErs were at the park that day. :lol:

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