After the show the performers return which is an oddly anticlimactic way to end the Aquacolour Spectacular. It'd perhaps make more sense to give them the farewell they deserve before the show, not after.
The show however is visually stunning and makes great use of the lake.
The only criticism of Aquacolour Spectacular might be that it feels a little too pre-packaged, rather than a show that captures the heart and soul of Sea World and Carnivale.
The show this year is shorter and also cuts out some of the more extraneous elements like the jet-pack performers, which results in a show that feels a little more focused.
The Aquacolour Spectacular show this year starts with a display of fire twirling.
And it wouldn't be Carnivale without that rage-inducing spacing between letters. Some day they'll realise that the R and A are meant to hang under the adjacent N and V.
Sea Jellies Illuminated illuminates the front of the park.
The apple pie is confusingly served ice cold instead of warm, which undermines this otherwise enjoyable dessert.
The key lime pie is great and definitely true to Carnivale's original brief of delivering vibrant food offerings that are a bit off the beaten track for Australians.
The dessert options are unchanged from last year with key lime and apple pies.
Pulled beef burger.
Southern fried chicken .
By concentrating the whole event on the Plaza, the event feels busy but it perhaps overwhelms the performances when at any given point there are more people queuing for food or looking for a table than there are soaking up the atmosphere.
A handful of nights in January just isn't enough. A park this beautiful and close to Surfers Paradise should open its doors for more night events throughout the year.
The old Movie World floats sit rather unloved at the front of Sea World, detached from the rest of the atmosphere and excitement.
Staple props of past Carnivales return.
The children's rides of Nickelodeon Land always look great after dark.
Sky Flyer's structure dominates the skyline at night.
The ride is vibrant, though rather out of place at Sea World.
Sky Flyer puts the carnival in Carnivale for 2019.