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Surfers Paradise Theme Parks

Shae had been asleep, and Kai had his buried in his Nook – neither had seen the signs to Sea World that appeared seemingly every 100m from near Brisbane.  As we drove up the ramp to the entrance we gently woke Shae and suggested Kai look around.  Sea World.  But it still did not dawn on them.  I asked if they would like to stay.  Big smiles and a resounding “Oh Yeh!”.  Shae’s question:  “does it have a flushing toilet?”

Lindy had booked a Cudo deal back in Mission Beach.  We were lucky enough to snag a room for the 10-15 November.  5 nights in a bed.  For Kai and Shae, it is the first proper bed they have slept in since leaving Melbourne in January.

Kai’s response:  “This is as good as Lego!” (only much more expensive!!!!).  He admitted it was better than Lego after I told him we had tickets to three theme parks:  Sea World, Wet & Wild and Movie World.  And we would be eating at the “Back up the truck” buffet most nights.

The verdict:  the boys liked Movie World best.  I did all the big rides and enjoyed them, even though I am not one for theme park rides.  My favourite was the Superman ride… it really feels like you are about to fly off as you come over the  big hill.  You cant argue with 4.2 to -1.0 Gs.

Movie World!

Movie World!

It really did feel like you were taking off as you hit the top

It really did feel like you were taking off as you hit the top

About to tackle the Justice League

About to tackle the Justice League

Tweety Ride

Tweety Ride

Excuse me sir, can I please see your licence?

Excuse me sir, can I please see your licence?

Unfortunately Shae could only go on a limited number of rides due to his height. Probably just as well… his favourite was the roller coaster.  Kai has really flourished here and I’ve really enjoyed watching him conquer his fears by going on the big rides.  He did Batman with Lindy.  Lindy screamed the whole way up. Actually, I think Lindy screamed on everything she went on.

Lindy - screamed all the way to the top.  And back down.  And back up...

Lindy – screamed all the way to the top. And back down. And back up…

The boys loved the parade and the characters, and enjoyed the 4D movie Ice Age.  What is 4d?  Moving seats, wind and, well, you feel the snot when one of the mammoths sneezes.  I’ll leave it there.

4D Movie - Cooool Shades

4D Movie – Cooool Shades

Suffering Suckertash...

Suffering Suckertash…

Sea World is still a favourite for all of us.  Rangers Kai and Shae love anything with wild-life, and I guess that includes Sponge Bob.

Shae and his mate Sponge Bob

Shae and his mate Sponge Bob

Ranger Kai retested the water park at the resort and gave it a resounding thumbs up.  “The bucket is big.  It knocked me off my feet.”  Though he had one suggestion:  “It takes too long to fill the bucket.  If it was faster, they could have a higher rate of buckets/hour meaning and increase in happy kids”.  Hmmm.  We’ll pass that one onto management.

The bucket was big, but the lip of the shed disrupted the flow and reduced it's force, according to Ranger Kai

The bucket was big, but the lip of the shed disrupted the flow and reduced it’s force, according to Ranger Kai

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Shae hit the Sponge Bob light show.  +50 kids screaming “Aye Aye Captain” and “Sponge Bob Square Pants” at the top of their lungs while running around in the water park.  Quite a sight.

SpongeBob Light and Water Show... where's Wally?

SpongeBob Light and Water Show… where’s Wally?

... There he is...

… There he is…

Of course we love all the shows and displays at Sea World.  The highlights were the baby Polar Bear, watching the Polar Bears feed, the aquarium and the penguins.

Is it just me, or does this remind one of Monty Python's "Meaning of Life"

Is it just me, or does this remind one of Monty Python’s “Meaning of Life”

Shark

Shark

...and this reminds me of the start of Nemo

…and this reminds me of the start of Nemo

Water Dragon we found on the side of the path in Sea World

Water Dragon we found on the side of the path in Sea World

Always a favourite:  Dolphin Show

Always a favourite: Dolphin Show

Seal Show

Seal Show

Roarrrrrr!

Roarrrrrr!

Baby Polar Bear, Henry, with mum

Baby Polar Bear, Henry, with mum

Wotcha lookin' at?

Wotcha lookin’ at?

Bags not going in to find out what is in the bin...

Bags not going in to find out what is in the bin…

Wotcha lookin' at?  Penguins with attitude!

Wotcha lookin’ at? Penguins with attitude!

We also went to Wet and Wild.  Kai and I set about getting to every ride in the park and almost succeeded.  The only one we missed was the Tornado.  We waited an hour to go on Kamikaze which you do on a float together.  As Kai is lighter, he had to go at the front, and backwards.  He screamed.  I thought he was crying when we got to the bottom, but he was laughing so much and wanted to go straight back on.  In the end he even went on Mach 5, and received many high-5s from the admiring teenagers at the bottom.   We had a lot of fun.  No photos, unfortunately… too wet!

It was my birthday.  Lindy organised Kids Club for Kai and Shae (which they absolutely loved) while we went out to dinner.  I got a very funny e-card involving singing hamsters, which the kids sang to the whole time we have been here.  I went on a snorkel in the aquarium – I loved the graceful, elegant eagle rays, the gentlemanly hump-head wrasse, the black-tipped reef sharks zooming crazily around the tank while the white-tipped sharks lazed on the bottom or in reef crevices, and the leopard shark which always seemed near-by.  The only disconcerting thing were the screams from the rides when swimming with so many sharks…

Me snorkelling in the aquarium

Me snorkelling in the aquarium

Now we went to the buffet three nights.  Not sure how I feel about these places.  They feel a little obscene.  Too much food.  We have the kids the rule that they could only take what they could eat.  Other rules were “no jumping or running, and no desert until we have all finished our dinner”.  They boys did well for the most part and only took what they could eat.  And they could eat a lot of desert.  But after travelling around Australia and noting that most of the country fold and travelling parents and kids being fit and relatively slim, it was hard not to notice how overweight many of the people were here.  A generalisation, I know… but it is very noticeable.  How did I fair?  I tried to eat modestly and succeeded on the first and third nights, slightly over-eating on the second night.  I had only one desert on the first two nights, but had two on the third.  Report card:  a solid B.

Our boys always seem to stand out.  Like our experience in Treasure Island in Fiji where Big Mamma recognised Kai and even remembered his name the second time we went, one of the staff asked us if we had been there last year.  She had recognised the boys from 18 months ago!

Again, we had a great five days here at Sea World.  As usual when about to leave a place, Shae asked “Are we going tomorrow?”  “yes, we are” we responded.  “Oh, I dont want to go.  Can we stay longer?  Maybe another couple of weeks?”.  Usual answer:  “no”.

I dont know if I could come to these places during peak times.  Spending an hour in a queue for a 3 second slide or a 30 second ride (ie. 7-8 in a day) does not make sense to me.  A bit like skiing Thredbo on a weekend during the school holidays.  But we managed to avoid most of the crowds and had a good time.  Actually, we had a great time.  Sea World is well set up for families.  In Shae’s words to another child he was talking to:  “Our room even has a shower!”.

Big storm hitting the gold coast hinterlands... almost Summer!

Big storm hitting the gold coast hinterlands… almost Summer!

 

And guess what Lindy found… another camel!!!

Another Camel!!!!

Another Camel!!!!