This review of seaworld I should from a family vacation August following a 6 year gap in visit. July 2010 being of previous visit.
The park seems desperate to emulate the Disney Universal Crowd, rather than differentiate. I love seaworld, despite blackfish, and love the conservation elements of the park. In August the park seemed understaffed with the closure of the children's area whilst the killer whale shows were on, staff seemed to be redeployed to the showcase attraction. No signage but rides and net climb roped off.
A general maintenance problem saw many rides closed during our few days there. MAKO was a great new ride but I had heard little of this new attraction before my arrival in the sunshine state. Colossal queues for food, they continually pushed the photo key package despite no signage telling you how much!. I love Disney photopass but the abundance of photo opportunities is what makes it worthwhile.
In order to cease its decline and I think sea world needs to do the unimaginable and stop trying to be like Disney/ Universal. Step out and be different - stop charging for parking! Remove the many unnecessary gift shops and focus on the animals, make them the stars of the park again!
Btw Discovery Cove is awesome but looking tired as USC aquatics