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Best SeaWorld Shows

SeaWorld Orlando has a total of five live shows as displayed below:

One Ocean at Shamu Stadium – This is the trademark Shamu show that you automatically think of when you think SeaWorld. Unfortunately the show has been scaled back quite a bit since the accident that occurred in 2010, which killed a female whale-trainer.

Blue Horizons – This is a very fun dolphin show that takes place at the Whale and Dolphin Stadium.

Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island – This is probably my favorite show alongside Pets Ahoy. Clyde and Seamore are a comedic sea lion duo, which will definitely have your whole family laughing. The production is located in the Sea Lion and Otter Stadium.

The Nautilus Theatre – This is one of the more overlooked shows, but If you’re a fan of Cirque du Soleil, you’re going to love this production. The shows rotate regularly, but always feature top-notch acrobatics. The show features a lot of action and some guests find it necessary to catch a second show just to take it all in.

Pets Ahoy! – Another one of my must-sees every time I visit the park. This is an indoor show so it’s best to take a mid-afternoon break to cool off and watch the show. Pets Ahoy features talented pets, which are all rescued from local pounds. It’s amazing to think that most of these dogs and cats would have been put down, but are now performing daily in this fun production.

With very little planning you’ll be able to catch all five shows in one day, but if you’re pressed for time I’d recommend One Ocean, Clyde and Seamore and Pets Ahoy. Remember to save Pets Ahoy for the middle of the day when you can escape the Florida heat.

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Tusker House Review

Tusker House Review: Is It Worth The Price?

Earlier this week the lady friend and I dined at Animal Kingdom’s Tusker House buffet for dinner. The Tusker House is located in the Africa region of Animal Kingdom and is surprisingly large once you get inside the building. The other-half has dined there before, but this was my first time. I have heard friends and random guests name Tusker House the best buffet on Disney property and was unbelievably excited to finally experience this taste of Africa first hand. While I walked away feeling completely stuffed, I was a little disappointed.

First off, my main disappointment came from the price. Dinner at the Tusker House costs $35 per person. For that price I am expecting a lot and unfortunately the restaurant didn’t pack the punch for that price tag. I’m well aware that any Disney restaurant is overpriced and this experience just added more confirmation to that belief. It’s not that the food wasn’t good, but there wasn’t a whole lot of variety and I found myself eating the same things over and over, simply wanting to get my monies worth.

Would I consider dining at the Tusker House with kids? Never! Remember this is supposed to be based in Africa and the menu reflects that. Hummus, salmon, and tabbouleh are all staples on the buffet line and there isn’t much for kids besides mac and cheese and PB&Js. Why bother paying top dollar for unlimited peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when you can carry a few Smucker’s Uncrustables in your purse. Now I should add that for breakfast and lunch the characters are out for meet and greets with guests so that may be worth the price if you’re desperate to dine with the characters. Just remember you can always save the cash and dine elsewhere and still see the characters at the numerous meet and greets located throughout the parks.

As far as ambience is concerned this is a very well designed restaurant with the buffet set up to look like a central market. Upon walking into the restaurant I was initially unaware that I was standing next to the buffet and thought the area was a real market for Disney merchandise. All Disney restaurants set out to transport you to that far away destination, but very few accomplish this as well as the Tusker House.

Overall would I recommend the restaurant to others? It’s hard to say, on one hand I don’t think it’s worth the price, but for a certain guest who is seeking something different and willing to take the splurge, I’d say go for it. I certainly wouldn’t make a special trip to Animal Kingdom just to dine there, but if you’re already in the park you may find it worth it.

If you’ve dined at the Tusker House let us know your opinion below in the comments.

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