A number of kid friendly additions have happened at Sea World. Parkz heads down on a pleasantly warm arvo to check it out.
Beach Break Bay
Sesame St Beach has dropped it's branding, and is now rethemed as Beach Break Bay, using Sea Worlds own merchandise characters.
The Sea Climb was closed for maintenance, owing to damage by a drunken pelican.
The Beach Dump Trucks....Carrying a bit of an environmental message....Where can we get one of the sharks with floaties!?
Beach Dump Trucks signage.
So, are the the trucks the kids are riding in responsible for this dumping?
Ths penguin is about the 3rd being to occupy Dexter & DeeDee's old fountain over its lifespan.
Big Bird has been replaced by a Polar Bear at the big bounce attraction.
The carousel looks like it's being hit by a tsunami.
The Air Sea Explorers....Subs or Planes? You decide.
Missing the Batman simulator at Movie World. Don't worry, Sea World has you covered!
The Continental BBQ stand now sells Frozen Coke.
The Photo Lab now resides at the front of the park in the covered plaza area.
Cool lighting at the photo lab counter.
In its last maintenance period Jet Rescue was repainted.
Sea Viper is under annual maintenance, giving us a unique view of the train.
Presumably the tennis ball stops the wheels from rolling.
And one last shot, showing the trailerised arrangement of the wheels.
The penguins are undergoing their own annual maintenance...molting.
Nickelodeon has recently become the main kids IP at the park, with the old photo store becoming all things Nick.
Doras Best Friends Adventure's has replaced the Sesame St Beach Party show.
The monorail is now wrapped up to promote the Nickelodeon attractions at the park.
The other side of the train is Dora the Explorer themed, rather than Spongebob.
The relativley short lived Happy Feet 3D Has been replaced by SpongeBob Squarepants 3D.
This show is short lived in its own way however...It only lasts for around 5 minutes!
The show can be seen at a number of theme parks worldwide, and is mainly intended for motion simulators (As can be deduced from the duration and the style of animation during the show) but it has been used in static cinemas too.
The big new attraction at Sea World is SpongeBob Parade Pants. At the time of writing it runs at 4:15 pm, so well worth sticking around for, or popping into Sea World for the afternoon.
The show kicks off with fountains, bubbles, and a few fish driving boats towing jellyfish kites.
Spongebob has carelessly taken the boat of the parades head honco...This can't be good.
Meanwhile everyone else begins to roll in.
Spongebobs careless boating manages to bring the parade to a standstill. Sandy is not impressed.
Mr Krabs is caught up in the delay.
Seeing the crowd, Mr Krabs realises the hold up is a buisness opportunity to sell his Krabby Patty burgers to the crowd. Cue the giant note flags.
The evil Plankton soon shows up. This could be his chance to steal a Krabby Patty for its secret recipie.
Plankton attempts (sucessfully) to hypnotise everyone with a song in order to carry out his plan.
Patrick, being a starfish, doesn't have a brain of course, so is unaffected by hypnosis. He is able to switch off Planktons float and cause all the rest to "snap out of it ".
Spongebob, Sandy & Patrick convince Plankton that having fun is better than being evil.
So let's dance!
And fly kites!
This parade isn't high culture according to Squidward.
And frustration continues that the parade is still held up by Mrs Puffs damaged float at the front.
Thankfully a solution is in sight. Patrick and Spongebob turn up on a couple of Jellyfish, which they use to jump start the parade again.
It is difficult to capture in photos, but all floats have plenty of detailed moving parts to spot, right down to individually moving tentacles on the jellyfish.
The parade is able to roll out again, and runs out of the arena and loops around on the path in front of Penguin Encounter.
The boats make another appearance whilst the parade is doing the turnaround.
The floats return for one last pass.
Overall a very solid production. The songs are a bit of a highlight and help make the show entertaining for adults (Particularly "Barnacles", a song about swearing!)
See you later Bikini Bottomites.
See you later from Parkz too. Good night Sea World!