Sea World is undoubtedly the most versatile of the four theme parks. However, at $50 for children, and $80 for adults, it is not a cheap way to spend the day, especially for families. I myself, purchased the VIP Pass, which gives me unlimited access to Sea World, Wet n' Wild and Movie World until the end of June 2013, a far better deal.
The first thing to note about Sea World is that it does not offer a wide variety of rides. Not being an adrenaline junkie myself, this suited me fine. The Viking Revenge Flume Ride is all the thrill I need.
The main thing I like about Sea World is the animal attractions. It has been some time since I have visited the park, and I was excited to see the new Penguin Encounter Exhibit. I was not let down; the penguins reminded me strongly of those from Happy Feet.
I was also lucky enough to visit one of the Polar Bears while it was being fed. It was amazing to see how it was able to jump out of the water, but I do feel like it needed more room. Given that they are rather large animals, it would be nice to see them in a larger enclosure. It was also sad to note, that at the time, the polar bear did not have many toys. I can't help feel, that it might be a boring life for the magnificent creature.
Despite the fact that I have seen the Dolphin Show numerous times, it still remains to be my favourite. I love dolphins, and it is great to see the trainer and the animal having fun. This show is both educational and entertaining, and must be put on your to do list when visiting the park.
Sea World, like many other parks, is expensive. I was keen to feed the rays at Ray Reef, but was put off by the fact that this cost and extra $7. I felt that this should be included in the admission, given that prices are already high. The food is also expensive, and there is not a lot of variety.
I also think that many of the animal exhibits could have daily shows, similar to those at zoos, where trainers talk about animal behaviour, or even feed their animals. Given that this park is built around animal attractions, there are little informative shows on them.
There are only two free interactive features within Sea World, the Touch Pool, and Ray Reef. Perhaps giving guests the opportunity to interact more with the animals would boost the parks popularity.
Overall, Sea World is a family friendly park that would be particularly suitable to anyone willing to spend the money. It offers diverse animal exhibits, rides, and is a fun day out. I would recommend purchasing a VIP Pass for locals, as this would be the most effective way to explore the theme parks. VIP passes are $99.99 and can be purchased online, or at the gates (a $10 charge applies for tickets purchased at the gate).