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Happiness Starts Here
The weather is warming up. Spring is in the air. This is the perfect time of year to experience some Village Roadshow theme park fun while also taking advantage of amazing deals.
One of these deals is Sea World's Red Hot Sale. Stay between 17 July and 16 September 2016 and enjoy unlimited entry into Sea World, Movie World and Wet 'n' Wild for only $179 per night twin share.
Situated just behind Sea World, Sea World Resort is just a short walk to the theme park, Broadwater and Main Beach. A monorail also connects guests to the park.
The rooms are large, updated and colourfully decorated.
Sea World Resort Hotel Room
The resort has plenty of activities to keep the family entertained. Unwind by the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage or work out in the gym. Children love splashing around in the SpongeBob SplashBash aquatic adventure playground, meeting popular Nickelodeon characters and dancing under the musical water fountain at the nightly light show.
Don't miss the Dolphin Discovery Presentation, a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of a training session. If you have ever wanted to pat a dolphin, upgrade to the dolphin encounter.
Feel the silky rays glide under your hand and the squishy sea cucumbers in the interactive exhibits at Shark Bay and Ray Reef.
The dolphins, a star attraction, perform breath-taking feats in the new "Affinity" show.
Cool off at Castaway Bay where you can jump aboard one of the Battle Ships and get soaked in a water fight; climb, crawl and clamber through the Sky Fortress or conquer your fear of heights on the Sky Climb.
To add more excitement to your day, ride out a storm on the Storm Coaster, Sea World's newest roller coaster.
Once in the arena, Christine Anu's stirring rendition of "The Dreaming" displays across a large screen before horses thunder across the sand. Cattle, dogs, a donkey and even horses do-si-do-ing to Lee Kernaghan's hit "Boy's from the Bush" entertain the audience.
Enjoy legendary bush tucker - a creamy pumpkin soup, succulent eye fillet and apple pie served with cream and salted caramel sauce while listening to Banjo Paterson's "Clancy of the Overflow". The serving speed is impressive - staff can serve 1000 meals in 8.5 minutes.
Tributes to legendary Australian characters including Red Dog, May Wirth and Tom Kruse coupled with stunning visual effects ensures this is a show to remember.
You may even be lucky enough to be chosen to participate in lawn mower race during the battle between Warrego Station and Bobong Plains.
Discounted tickets can purchased at Sea World and Con-x-ion provides return shuttle transfers from the resort.
Warner Bros. Movie World
Calling all thrill-seekers. This is the theme park for you! Be flung 60 metres into the sky on the Batwing Spaceshot, travel from zero to 100 kilometres in two seconds on the Superman Escape roller coaster or explore a haunted house aboard the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster.