Zanstabar

Current State of Sea World

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Sea World used to be one of my favourite parks on the Gold Coast. It has a beautiful location and was home to many of my childhood favourite attractions. A recent trip to the park had me in disbelief as to what had happened to it. A janky carnival ride sits in the middle of the park, the shows just aren't as engaging and entertaining as they once were, and any form of atmosphere has gone. Has Sea World only recently become a mess? Or am I just blinded by nostalgia?

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18 minutes ago, Zanstabar said:

Sea World used to be one of my favourite parks on the Gold Coast. It has a beautiful location and was home to many of my childhood favourite attractions. A recent trip to the park had me in disbelief as to what had happened to it. A janky carnival ride sits in the middle of the park, the shows just aren't as engaging and entertaining as they once were, and any form of atmosphere has gone. Has Sea World only recently become a mess? Or am I just blinded by nostalgia?

Bikash happened to SW and now he has control of it all.

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I've drafted three different replies here. there's so much to say about what Sea World was, what it is, and what it should be.

I'll just say 'everything Joz said below is right' and leave it at that.

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Just a reminder -

15 hours ago, AlexB said:

'everything Joz said below is right'

 

7 hours ago, joz said:

Ah now I feel like I'm duty bound to explain what's wrong with the place lol

Probably would have been quicker to explain what was right...

 

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Dr @joz, I wasn't expecting you to come through with that dissertation on the fall on Sea World. When I visited last I started to wonder whether the park has always felt poorly executed and that my childhood memories clouded that view. Your post puts everything into perspective, especially things I didn't even consider. 

So I guess the next question is "What will bring the magic back to Sea World?" and "Does management want to bring the old Sea World back?"

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Stood outside SW about a year ago...a few weeks before they announced  the coming new attractions and to be honest, the entrance was looking very sad.....GC Parks need serious global partners for $$$ and skill sets they just don't have....exception being Movieworld, overall it still scrubs-up pretty well and hasn't butchered itself.....yet! SW, I think [hope] can and probably will find its way back...as for DW......touch-n-go......let's hope so, a much improved reopen Log Ride would be a start....we'll soon know.

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21 hours ago, Zanstabar said:

Dr @joz, I wasn't expecting you to come through with that dissertation on the fall on Sea World. When I visited last I started to wonder whether the park has always felt poorly executed and that my childhood memories clouded that view. Your post puts everything into perspective, especially things I didn't even consider. 

So I guess the next question is "What will bring the magic back to Sea World?" and "Does management want to bring the old Sea World back?"

...employ @joz

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A wheel would have been perfect for where Vortex is going. It might not have suited that theme, but it works for that area. Hopefully they pull the Vortex off. And I would love to see a spinning coaster, which could be a perfect family attraction. Something likes Crush’s Coaster at Disney Studio Park Paris.

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TIL that Sea World Resort is still branded as 'Sea World Resort & Water Park' despite the water park being demolished several years ago and only a small (very small) water play structure and standard resort pool remaining.

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But with every council in Australia installing a splashpad in their downtown area and calling it a waterpark, you kinda have to give them a pass on that one, right?

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2 hours ago, themagician said:

They now aren’t even showing the full version of the Seal Guardians show

What does a “Behind The Scenes” version of that show looks like? There isn’t any crazy effects, intricate sets to elaborate on etc. What exactly as they showing you that is “behind the scenes?”
 

who asked for a behind the scenes version of what was already rubbish? 

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I saw this, its essentially a training run. They showcase different elements of the show and how they train the seals to do those parts.

I think the one I saw, they were literally training a seal as it was refusing to do some parts and wasn't doing other parts correctly.

I found this more interesting and there was enough 'Seal Tricks' to keep my 6 year old entertained.

 

They also did some extra tricks that aren't in the show which was cool.

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