SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef

SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef

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SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:04 AM »
Explorer's Reef


The Explorer's Reef opened in 2014 and serves as SeaWorld's entrance plaza.



The exhibits in the Explorer's Reef are designed to make guests feel that they are walking under and through an over-sized coral reef.


Cleaner Fish






The Cleaner Fish exhibit, like all the exhibits in the Explorer's Reef, is a hands-on experience, where you are allowed to touch and interact with the fish.



Guests are encouraged to place their hands in the tank to let the Cleaner Fish, "clean" them.



The Cleaner Fish are actually cleaning the dead skin cells off your hands and arms.



Lacking any teeth, the fish vibrate their "lips" to do the cleaning. And it tickles.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2018, 10:24 AM by shyguy »
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Bamboo Sharks)
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 03:32 PM »
Bamboo Sharks






The second species of fish on display at the Explorer's Reef are the Bamboo Sharks.



Like the other exhibits here, it's a hands-on exhibit.



In case you're unsure, this sign says it's okay to touch the sharks.



A White-spotted Bamboo Shark.



A pair of Brown-banded Bamboo Sharks.



Colorful "coral-reef" planters surround the exhibits.



These Epaulette Shark eggs are on display.






There are three species of bamboo sharks represented in two different tanks. Brown-Banded Bamboo Sharks, White-spotted Bamboo Sharks, and Epaulette Sharks (the ones with the large spot).
« Last Edit: June 14, 2018, 03:36 PM by shyguy »
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Horseshoe Crabs)
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 01:30 PM »
Horseshoe Crabs



One of the ugliest sea animals is the Horseshoe Crab. And here, you can see them up close and touch them, if you like.



Horseshoe crabs have been around for 450 million years, sometimes being referred to as "living fossils."



I thought this pair was dead, but apparently, Horseshoe Crabs like to flip over and lay around on their backs.



Landscaping around the exhibit.
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Horseshoe Crabs)
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2018, 08:44 PM »
 "apparently, Horseshoe Crabs like to flip over and lay around on their backs."

   Ha! I never knew that about horseshoe crabs. Although, there's a lot I don't know about horseshoe crabs. I did know they were referred to as 'living fossils' though. I'm not aware of any other kinds of crabs that like to lie on their backs. (Are they working on their tans?). I would've thought they were dead as well. (Um, are you sure they're not dead?) I enjoy these excursions to SoCal parks. Thanks shyguy. My first post, by the way. :up:

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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Horseshoe Crabs)
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 09:49 PM »
"apparently, Horseshoe Crabs like to flip over and lay around on their backs."

   Ha! I never knew that about horseshoe crabs.
Well, that's what the attendant at the exhibit said. Maybe it's only these two particular crabs. :P And I did see them moving, so no, they weren't dead. I do know if they get stranded on their backs out of the water, they can die. But these two were under the water, so I assume they weren't in any danger. I hope not.

I enjoy these excursions to SoCal parks. Thanks shyguy. My first post, by the way. :up:
Thanks for posting and welcome to The Turnstile Tribune and SGW. :)
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Coral Market)
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2018, 05:05 PM »
Coral Market






The Coral Market offers sandwiches, pastries, baked goods, fruit, assorted beverages, and coffee by Starbucks.



The front counter display case.



Starbucks Menu






Also located in the Explorer's Reef entrance plaza is Sea Pixels photo shop...



Guest Relations,



...and the Stroller Shop.
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Pretzel Shop)
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2018, 02:26 PM »
Pretzel Shop






The Pretzel Shop offers specialty pretzels as well as sandwiches, soft drinks, Icees, and Starbucks coffee. It's a great place to grab a snack or a light lunch.



Many items are self serve.



Coca-Cola self serve station.



Icees, anyone?










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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Pretzel Shop)
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2018, 06:41 PM »
From the self-serve pic, I decided that the Giant Bavarian was placed there just for me. :drool: Then I saw that it was the most expensive thing on the menu... figures. :mad:

Going over these images again, I'm struck by the amount of theming and detail they put into everything in this park. Somebody there must know what they're doing.

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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Pretzel Shop)
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2018, 07:06 PM »
I had the Bacon Pretzel Twist with cheddar cheese sauce, which made a great light lunch. With most of the entries at the other counter service restaurants averaging around $10 and up, I thought it was a pretty good deal at $5.99.
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (SeaWorld Store)
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2018, 02:58 PM »
SeaWorld Store



The SeaWorld Store is the park's biggest souvenir shop. It features a large selection of T-shirts, hats, plush animals, beach accessories, mugs, jewelry, and the usual theme park souvenirs.



























Sesame Street plushies!



An outdoor display features more Sesame Street merchandise.



SeaWorld begins its new pin trading program.



Is this Shamu, or just a generic Orca entertainer? It's very confusing in this day of political correctness.
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (SeaWorld Store)
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2018, 06:08 PM »
I'm surprised they have an orca entertainer at all. :mellow: Do they still have live orca shows?... I seem to recall reading that they still do, but will discontinue the shows when the current batch of orcas, um... leave. :-\

I like the yellow/orange column lights that look like rising underwater bubbles (or are they octopus tentacles? Or...)

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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (SeaWorld Store)
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2018, 06:26 PM »
I'm surprised they have an orca entertainer at all. :mellow: Do they still have live orca shows?
Yes. They have the Orca Encounter show, which "highlights their natural behaviors". I haven't seen it yet, but it doesn't sound that much different from the old shows. ;)
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Seaside Coffee & Bakery)
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2018, 03:34 PM »
Seaside Coffee & Bakery






If you're looking for a lite snack, a tasty treat, or a Starbuck's Frappuccino, then the Seaside Coffee & Bakery is the place to go.



This small counter service facility offers a large selection of baked goods, cookies, snacks, gourmet coffee, a lite lunches.



Freshly baked cookies and muffins.



A refrigerator full of assorted cold beverages, fresh fruit, and yogurt, surrounded by all types of chips.



And if you're in the mood for Starbucks...
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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Seaside Coffee & Bakery)
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2018, 04:24 PM »
These photos are awesome!  I'll be saving these as reference for when I inevitably attempt a SeaWorld park.

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Re: SeaWorld - Explorer's Reef (Seaside Coffee & Bakery)
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2018, 06:28 PM »
These photos are awesome!  I'll be saving these as reference for when I inevitably attempt a SeaWorld park.
Thanks. Part of my goal for the Turnstile Tribune is to have a large reference library of photos from many different types of parks and attractions that I'm hoping will be useful for virtual theme park designers like yourself. :)
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