coasterbill wrote:To me this is a no-brainer. Why have a kids area themed to a damaged brand when you could theme it to the strongest intellectual property you own and actually market it and sell some merchandise?
Just curious, Outside of Sesame Place; Do any of the Busch/SeaWorld parks market/advertise that they have the Sesame Street characters? I don't remember SeaWorld San Diego or Busch Gardens Williamsburg advertising them.
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Tonight Theme Park Review was invited to visit SeaWorld Orlando for a preview of this year's Seven Seas Food Festival! The event returns for its second year at the park with new and returning food options available to enjoy throughout the park during weekends from February 17th through April 15th. Like with the previous year (and the festivals that preceded this) the event also features additional entertainment in the festival area near Bayside Stadium including a lineup of artists that will perform for guests during the event weekends.
With other parks seemingly dominating the food and wine festival market, it is feels like SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival carves its own path with reasonable portion sizes, moderate prices and a combination of adventurous and more conservative menu items to appeal to guests of all tastes. The event menu will expand towards the tail end of the season with Latin flavors being offered in tandem with a series of concerts with Latin artists.
Overall, I continue to be impressed by this event year over year in that the standout food offerings and reasonable prices combined with the existing value of a day in the park make this well worth the visit!
The event guide provides a full listing of all food and beverage items offered during the event along with the locations where you can get them.
SeaWorld offers Food & Beverage Sampler lanyards for guests planning to try multiple items. These lanyards are a great deal in that they standardize the price of all items (including alcoholic beverages) to the point that you can save a little bit of money on each item.
Over in the backside of the festival area are two themed booths where were able to start our sampling.
The presentation of some of these food options were awesome! Here is the Pineapple Tofu Poke Bowl from the Polynesian Market!
Just let the glorious sight of this pork belly sink in...
And a look at the finished product! Cinnamon slow roaster pork belly with a sweet plantain mash!
Shrimp Mac and Cheese!
A delicious lobster roll and a seafood ceviche.
The Sea Scallops Provencal were among our favorites we sampled tonight!
The Key Lime Martini is a must try for any key lime lovers!
The Guinness Chocolate Mousse is delicious too!
Lamb being prepped...
So many great items to choose from!
Even more choices!
There's no shortage of beverage choices during the event either!
Caramel Corn and Ice Cream? A match made in culinary heaven!
A look at the Asian Market in the festival area of the park.
The Brazilian Market's items were all highlights of our evening.
Pricing for the different Food & Beverage Sampling Lanyards.
Some great local breweries get in on the festival action with many unique beers available on tap throughout the park.
The event markets are set up throughout the park in convenient locations so that guests can enjoy these offerings as a part of their total park visit.
Fresh crab cakes being prepared...
The candied papaya looked delicious!
The Wild Boar Smoked Cheddar Sausage at the Florida Market.
The Bananas Foster Cheesecake Cone is definitely a unique offering.
Fresh calamari coming up!
If you'd believe it, SeaWorld has introduced the chocolate covered soft pretzel for consumption during the event!
The Hawaiian Pineapple Dream Cake was a favorite of mine last year, so I was happy to see it return this year.
Over at the Flamecraft Bar you can find lots of local brews on tap!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
We were a little early for this festival this year, but it's always a great time. I'm definitely jealous. I always look at SeaWorld as a great "chill out" day and an awesome compliment to the fast paced Disney and Universal parks. There's nothing better than sitting in the sun by the lake, listening to live music, eating awesome food and drinking a craft beer while thinking about the poor bastards shoveling snow back at home.
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