I did just go yesterday to their Seven Seas Food Festival, and was actually fairly impressed with the quality of presentation. The booths and detail, as well as the passport book listings are all on par with Epcot's Food & Wine--maybe even better, as the lines are shorter. I also liked that they had "food ambassadors" available throughout the event to answer any questions and keep eating areas tidy. And the ability to buy tasting cards in increments of 5, 10, or 15 items is another big plus.
That said, a few of the food items didn't impress us too much. But many were very tasty indeed. I'd go again. Park also seemed relatively busy. Submarine Quest remains SBNO... probably a wise choice, though I sort of wanted to experience the awfulness of that first hand.
On a side note, Manta continues to do 3 train operation, which is great. I feel it's one of the most underrated rides in SoCal. And it's always fun to get to ride a skyway again. Props to the crew there, they really had the line moving very quickly!
I went to check out the seven seas food festival with my girlfriend who got sick on saturday (absolutely not food related, she has a chronic condition) and didn't eat much and had to go home early. This left me with basically two 15 item punch cards and wine tasting all for myself which I wen back and finished off on Sunday since she only had a one day pass and still wasn't feeling well. I was very impressed, and the other guests I chatted with also were very impressed by the food festival. Things I ended up getting twice, the candied bacon cheesecake, the grilled lamb slider, the warm brie and duck confit, the potato ravioli, and the Jamaican Spare rib. Also really liked the lamb chop lollypop and cave-aged humboldt fog cheese.
On Saturday around 11 AM the new metal detectors caused a huge security line that took around 30 minutes to get through with lots of walking. Sunday I showed up a bit later than that but there was no line.
Electric Eel was doing test launches with employee volunteers. Looks fun, they sounded like they were having a blast.
I learned that I guess when its busier they only let the quick queue leave things in the cubby on Manta. I had a small bag with 2 cups in it and didn't get stopped at the entrance but at the ride they made me use a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, but let me come back up the quick queue line so I didn't have to wait again.
Friends, I have some EELectrifying news! Electric Eel, our thrilling new coaster, is now scheduled to open to the public even earlier than we expected. The big day is May 10! I’m all charged up! #EELectrified #SeaWorldSanDiego
I just saw that on the local papers website. I might try and right it opening Thursday!
In the papers story on this though they wrote
"The coaster represents the second phase of SeaWorld's new Ocean Explorer attraction, which has as its centerpiece a three-minute submarine ride that gives riders the sense of being deep-sea explorers."
Aren't they referencing the Submarine quest ride and isn't that SBNO? I don't even see it listed online as an attraction, never seen it open, and it's never listed as a closed attraction at the parking entrance.
edgeboy wrote:^I was in the park about 10 days ago, and it was SBNO then. To my knowledge, that's the current status of the ride, though I don't think anything "official" about it has come from the park directly.
This isn't anything new for SeaWorld Parks, as of late anyway. Kraken Unleashed is still advertised all over Orlando (billboards, flyers, etc.) and the VR was removed as of January 20th (tho could return-hopefully not). I've seen them in Tampa as well when I was there 3 weeks ago. Talk about false advertising. While it does state on the website that it is currently running without the VR experience, you have to go to the ride's page to actual read that, which 9 out of 10 likely don't do or notice.
I got in line about 1220 and waited 30 minutes. The line has some nice benches to sit on but it needs more shade....looked like the quick queue had more shade umbrellas for some reason.
First time on this type of ride. Pretty unique and different. Don't really like the collars. From watching it I was still a bit disoriented when on the ride. Some good thrills, usually going upside down isn't very thrilling to me but I like the way this one goes slow through the inversion and you see (I was in the back) the rest of the train going through it first and then there is a pretty nice drop. Thumbs up, want to ride it again but the line does seem pretty slow moving.
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