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Pretty Sure My Birth Stone Is A Seashell {SeaWorld}


As many of you have probably noticed, we have been spending quite a lot of time at SeaWorld these days. Mike is an animal educator at SeaWorld in Orlando, and is absolutely incredible at his job. Honestly, if I can just brag for a second, this man knows so many interesting facts about every single animal they have there, and shares this information in such a fun and riveting way. You'd be lucky to bump into him during your visit there. 

SeaWorld is a great place to visit when coming to Orlando, because not only is it an amusement park with rides and really cool animal experiences, they also are often hosting various events, like the one happening now, the Seven Seas Food Festival & Concert Series. If you know anything about me, this girl loves to eat, and so this festival was perfect for me. 




The lanyard like the one above is the best way to experience as many food dishes with the smallest price tag. With the lanyard, each dish is around $4-$5, whereas without it, it can be $6.50+, so totally worth it. You also can bring the lanyard back anytime during the festival, so you don't need to use all 20 dishes in one day. Highly recommend it, along with your refillable cup you can purchase anywhere in the park for free refills the day of. 


Food time (full menu found here)! We have tried several of the dishes at this event, and in my top, must try, category are the following-

Bacon & Chedder Hushpuppies

Key Lime Pie Fritters Topped with Mango Whipped Cream

Fried cheese with guava sauce

Tinga de Res Taco  -Slow Cooked Shredded Beef in a Tomato Chipotle Sauce
I also have to throw this last one in here even though it is not apart of the food festival, it's just that good and served in the park everyday, the Pulled Pork BBQ fry cone!




Next food festival category is food that was still really great, and very much enjoyed-
Wiener Schnitzel Slider- Breaded Pork Cutlet Topped with Beer Sauerkraut and German Mustard (also enjoyed the pretzel wrapped bratwurst from the same stand, we just don't have a photo of it) 
Traditional Cuban Slider-Served with Plantain Chips and Mojo



Hawaiian Pineapple Dream Cake -Pineapple Cake Topped with Cream Cheese, Whipped Cream and Pineapple & Frozen Mimosa (lumpia in the photo was also good, just a small portion)

Banana Foster Cheesecake Cones  
and the loaded mini donut bites, topped with Chocolate, Caramel, Whipped Cream, Nuts, and a Cherry



If you come for the food, you stay for the concerts. We have had the pleasure of watching some of our favorite performers, like Frankie Valli, absolutely smash it live in person.




We also got to see The Fray, 98 Degrees, Andy Grammer and some other incredible performers. 






Of course when we are not enjoying the festival activities, we are feeding the stingrays and the sea lions, or just visiting the animals-one of my favorite pass times. 

(and meeting special animals during the 5k run, which Mike placed 2nd in!)...



Also, make sure to stop by the new Sesame Street area! It is a beautiful area for children (and adults) to play through sensory exploration. Also, make sure to check out Cookie Monster Cookie, which is a blue sugar cookie, enveloping a chocolate chip cookie, and delicious!



Say hello to some of Sesame Street's most famous friends either wandering the streets, or during the new parade!



Oscar even found us a new home to move into!

If you are planning to visit SeaWorld, check out our 1 day itinerary to make sure you get to do and see it all, located here

Also having a festival of their own is Universal Studios Mardi Gras, where the beignets and king cake are a flowin, and boy, are they good!
  
If you stand in the front, you might even be lucky enough to go home with armfuls of beads during their beautiful parade!
We had actually ended up at Universal as a total fluke. We were spending the day at Volcano Bay waterpark, (which is totally stunning, really fun, and probably one of my favorite water parks in Orlando), and realized our ticket was for all three of the Universal parks, and decided to stop in for a butterbeer. 




In other news, Mike and I have been still trying to figure out what is next for us in our beautiful adventure. We are still hoping to maybe venture overseas for a bit longer, however, no official update on that yet. In the meantime, I will be opening Kiss Me Kate, performing as the Dance Captain, at The IceHouse Theater, which is almost sold out for every performance! Super excited to be in a musical once again, as it's been way too long since the last one. 





Also, pretty excited to announce I will be making my debut in Orlando Fringe Festival this year! I have yet to perform in this old, Florida, tradition, and I am excited to join the cast of an original musical production being submitted this upcoming Spring. 

We were very lucky to have some of Mike's family come down and visit us recently as well, and staying on property at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, we had a fun little staycation. 

(Fun fact: the first time I ever went to Disney World, I was 3, and my family stayed at this resort. I have some fond memories of chasing seagulls on the bridge behind me).

While his family was in town, we visited Disney's World Wide Sports for the Disney Marathon merch, and were surprised by how insanely busy it was. Instead we met Moana and Anna and Elsa and enjoyed being inside from the rain.




And what's a little staycation without some Disney dining?! However, I would not recommend doing back to back buffet dinners as we did with dinner at Trails End and breakfast at Boma. I did not have enough space to store the amount of POG juice I actually wanted to drink, and that is absolutely not ok.

Family not so much visiting, but on Spring Break, means more play time at Universal Studios! It was super busy because Spring Break crowds, but we managed to do a lot of things we don't normally, which made it extra fun.









In another, weird, fluke situation, I ended up having some of my boo-tiful friends from Hong Kong visit, and we all met up at Magic Kingdom to celebrate. We had the best time meeting characters, eating all the snacks, watching the parade, and my new favorite thing ever-watching the fireworks on Dumbo at the end of the night.





miss this grotto <3

Gaston's Tavern maple cinnamon roll


Although we had to ride Dumbo like times in a row to see the whole firework show, no one else was on it, and they did not make us get off. I thought I might throw up by the end from all the spinning, but it still was so incredibly magical, and I highly recommend it. 




Orlando has so many wonderful things to offer, and we love having the chance to try and see and do it all. Looking for more Orlando recommendations? Check them out here!

Not in Orlando, but still in Florida is a small day trip to Sarasota! Mike and I drove down to Sarasota for an audition, but ended up staying to check out the beautiful Lido Key Beach. 


We also stopped for dinner at Yoder's Amish Restaurant for the most delicious homemade food and especially peanut butter pie! 


Where is your favorite place to stay-cation?



Check out our 1 day SeaWorld Orlando itineraries here!
Check out our Orlando recommendations here!

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