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Polar Express returns to SeaWorld, plus a Shamu Christmas

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The Polar Express Experience has rolled into SeaWorld this holiday season and will continuing through Jan. 4, 2009. SeaWorld’s Wild Arctic has been transformed into the fabled Santa Town taking guests on a magical trip to the North Pole.

The Polar Express Experience is based on the Warner Bros. Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment film, inspired by the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Classic scenes from the movie are recreated in a multi-sensory experience immersing passengers in special lighting, scent, sound and motion effects. Upon arrival guests find themselves within a winter wonderland surrounded by holiday cheer, beluga whales, polar bears and giant walruses.

Across the way, just as the evening stars appear, families can join Shamu for a magnificent holiday show: Shamu Christmas … Miracles. This special showing runs nightly through Dec. 30. Shamu Stadium will illuminate with bright lights and glowing candles as Shamu splashes to celebrate the holiday season.

Dazzling families for the holidays this year at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium is the Orlando Philharmonic. From Dec. 26 through Dec. 30, jovial scores from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, The Polar Express will fill the air. After the concert, an array of fireworks will paint the night sky.

While strolling around SeaWorld’s lake or through The Waterfront’s holiday-themed gift shops and restaurants, families can wander along a winter scene as snow flurries fill the air and fountains dance to the sounds of Christmas.

Also igniting the spirit of the season is the Makahiki Christmas Luau, a South Seas-style festive celebration including island cuisine keeping with the ancient holiday traditions of the Pacific Islands. Songs of the season are reinterpreted with Polynesian rhythms, music and dance. Makahiki Christmas Luau continues through Jan. 4, 2009 (except Dec. 25). Park admission is not required. Prices for the holiday Luau are $46 for adults and $29 for children (ages 3-9)

Click Here to see our holiday photos from SeaWorld last year.

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