First, we picked up a little souvenir for Ellie: a bracelet with her name on it. They actually had "Ellie," not just "Elizabeth!" So obviously we had to buy it.
Modeling her super-stylish new Shamu ankle bracelet. Also, yes, she's totally rocking jellies.
Then, we circled the park in search of photo ops we may have missed the day before.
Left: I liked these jellyfish topiaries in the kids' area! Right: She hates scenic views.
Shamu leaving his mark in the bushes
As I'm sure everyone knows, hotel check-out time is 11:00, which is not too far off from Ellie's nap time. So, by the time we arrived at the park, it didn't take much walking around before Ellie settled in for her midday nap.
We continued on our way and went through the shark exhibit, which was very cool. I love the aquariums you can walk through, so you can see the fish/sharks swimming all around and above you.
Ellie is very excited about the shark exhibit.
In the aquarium...again, Ellie is riveted.
Seals and sea lions
Hoping for a snack
The mama and baby are way back in the corner - can you see them?
Just munching on some carrots, having a blast
Next up: the dolphin and bird show, which was my favorite of all the ones we saw. The "bird" portion was mostly people dressed as birds performing a variety of dives and other acrobatic feats, with a few real birds used to accent the whole thing. And of course, who doesn't love dolphins? I thought the whole thing was beautiful and very cool. Ellie also was entranced.
Bird acrobats and divers
Going for a ride
Nice form, dolphins.
Three crazy eels, all stuck in one pot
Ellie checking out the fish
Hanging out for some sort of dolphin encounter
Hey guys, what's up?
Also, I can't let all these recaps pass by without mentioning how very "Dad-like" Eric was looking on this trip: loaded up with a backpack to carry all the family essentials, camera slung over his arm (or sometimes even around his neck), park map at the ready. Nailed it.
Dad Eric leading the way
After our second round of dolphins, we had one tuckered out baby on our hands. So, it was time to bid farewell to Sea World.
She Shamu-ed till she dropped.
Ellie may have been tired, but you're never too tired for a Shamu toy to keep you occupied on the drive home.
Hi there, friend.
And that's it! Our two-day mini-vacation to Sea World Orlando was a smashing success. We had a great time and everything went as well as we could have hoped. We have a big trip coming up next week (more details on that in my next post!), and this was an excellent trial run for that - you know, the whole "traveling with a toddler" thing. But the best part was just having two fun-filled days away with my fabulous family.
Happy family at Sea World
I just really kind of like those two crazy kids, you know?