Tonight the family went and had Dinner with Santa! The kids were super excited to see Santa and Daddy and I were super excited for the food! LOL
If you don’t know we are currently annual pass holders at SeaWorld. The kids are loving going with family and friends; riding rides, seeing shows, feeding the animals; and of course getting slushees!
When the early Black Friday sale came out we saw this experience and thought it would be fun for the kids. Then Corey read the menu and I said “book it! It’s sounds delicious.”
I am not sure if this was the only event or if the had other times and/or dates it was offered but the Saturday before Christmas was what was available. The park was PACKED! We arrived around 3:30pm and parked in one of the last 3 rows! It was a hick to get to the front entrance. As we were leaving we saw that there were people in another overflow parking across the the street! Wow!
We went to see the Sesame Street Christmas Parade and the Orca Encounter before heading over to wait in line for Dinner. There were so many people we had to walk single file while pushing the stroller.
The line went into the “backstage” area and was under a nicely decorated pavilion. The tables had red table clothes and were numbered with toy blocks. They had servers for drinks and bussing tables. Ours was a sweet young lady named Ashley! There were three buffet lines around the outside of the pavilion and the lines moved pretty quickly for about a 100 people in attendance. The food was fantastic! Turkey, sweet potato casserole, green beans, spinach artichoke dip with tortilla chips, prime rib, roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, and mixed greens salad.
For the kids the offered; hot dogs, Mac and cheese, chicken tenders, and corn.
Oh and you cannot forget dessert! Flan and Christmas sprinkle sugar cookies! (This could have been way better, but it tasted fantastic)
I thought that Santa would come out and just take pictures but they did a little show first! These adorable elves came to the stage and talked about how amazing Santa is and all the different names we call him! Then they invited us to do a Christmas sing a long. They had screens on either side of the stage with the words on them. The last song we sang was “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.” And would you know, Santa came to the stage! He was filled with the Christmas spirit and interacted with all of us front the stage.
He invited us to listen in as he read a story that happened a few years ago! “‘‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” After he read the story the elves came out into the audience and invited each table up to the front of the stage to take pictures with Santa! Our table was towards the end of the line so we were able to sit and watch him with each family! He took his time to talk to all the kids and make jokes with the parents and made each family feel super special!
Over all it was a wonderful experience! The kids had a blast and did a great job sitting and waiting their turn to meet Santa! The staff or Ambassadors as they are called were friendly and helpful and the entertainment was outstanding! The volume was just right and the performers were adorable!
Do I think it was worth the price we paid? No. Would I do it again next year? I think so.
If you have been to this event please let me know what you thought. If you have questions about this event annual passes or other things SeaWorld please feel free to ask!
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