Enjoying the Little Things at SeaWorld

Jungle Jack HannahToday my son and I are going to SeaWorld. Sure, we’ll stop by the Nautilus Theater to hear “Jungle” Jack Hannah for the 1:15 show (read more about it here), but our main goal is to stroll around together, just taking in the sights and enjoying the “little things” we love about SeaWorld.

I remember when my son (now 6) was just learning to walk. When he waddled up to the step along the edge of the Stingray Lagoon, our hearts melted. Wow, our big boy could get up there himself! And boy did he laugh when they splashed his little face.

SeaWorld Mommy with Daniel at Stingray LagoonWe spent a lot of time around that lagoon. When kids are little, there is a lot of emphasis placed on “tactile” learning. He sure got a lot of that! From the silky smoothness of the ray, to the cool water splashing on us. Occasionally we found stingray dental plates and we’d hold them in our hands and Daniel’s eyes would get SO big at this item so tiny.

Today, when the park is bustling with extra visitors for their very special guest, we’ll say HI, but to me, the most special guest is my boy. He’ll hold my hand as we enjoy getting splashed, and as we take in all we can while he’s still a “little thing,” though he won’t be for much longer….

Jack Hanna Makes Special Guest Appearance at SeaWorld

Jungle Jack Hannah

Jack Hanna will make a special guest appearance at SeaWorld Orlando September 14-15. During “Jack Hannah Weekend” guests will get to meet the expert himself and his amazing animal friends.

Fans of “Jungle” Jack know him from his Litton Family Weekend Entertainment program Jack Hannah’s Wild Countdown Saturday mornings (usually around SeaRescue, one of our other favorite programs, and Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin!). You may also know him by following his adventures as director emeritus for the Columbus Zoo. (Follow him, as I do, on Twitter).

Jack will be speaking in the Nautilus Theater for two shows each day: at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Seats are on a first-come-first-served basis, and are available with park admission with no additional cost. His co-stars in the past have included clouded leopards, penguins, eagles, and kookaburras. Who KNOWS what exciting friends he’ll bring along this time!

New this visit: Dinner with Jack Hanna – Sept. 14 & 15, 5:00 p.m.

Chef Colon makes some outstanding menu items for Dine with Shamu!

Chef Colon makes some outstanding menu items for Dine with Shamu!

At the Dine with Shamu® on this special weekend, you’ll meet Jack Hanna and some of his special friends up-close and personal! Guests will enjoy some delicious menu offerings (we’ve been impressed with the food at this venue!) while being entertained and educated by Jack himself. Adults (21 and over) will also enjoy one free adult beverage and each family will receive a complimentary photo with Jack. To top it off, attendees will get special reserved seats at the 3:15 show at the Nautilus Theater. Tickets for anyone over 10 is $59. Tickets for kids 3-9 cost $49. Children under 3 are free, but require a reservation. Pass members receive a 10% discount.

Breakfast with Jack Hanna at Sharks Underwater Grill® – Sept. 14 & 15, 9:00 a.m.

SeaWorld Orlando Sharks Restaurant

At Sharks Underwater Grill® (our favorite restaurant at SeaWorld), Jack will teach guestsabout some of his favorite animals and will have a question and answer time. This VIP experience features a hearty breakfast, a family photo with Jack, and special reserved seats at the 1:15 p.m. show. Cost is $49 for those 10 and up, and $39 for children ages 3-9. Children under 3 are free but require a reservation. Pass Members receive 10% discount.

Will you be joining Jack at SeaWorld? Save this free FaceBook cover photo and tell everyone about this great opportunity to see Jack Hannah in person.

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