A couple of weeks after my first visit to SeaWorld I finally got some free time to go back and pick up where I left off. There were still quite a few penny machines here somewhere and I was determined to find them.
I headed back towards the Mako roller coaster but turned in towards the Shark Underwater Grill & Bar. This is a restaurant that is similar to the Coral Reef in Epcot if you have ever visit it. Basically you get to eat a table service meal in front of a large aquarium tank. This one as the name would imply has quite a few sharks keeping their eyes on you while you eat.
Just outside the Shark restaurant is an area that you can feed sharks at certain designated times during the day. Now I will admit you won’t be feeding great white sharks, instead they are much smaller and friendlier.
Located in this area are two penny machines. One at each end of the feeding tank.
During feeding times this area can get a little crowded, and it was hard to use these machines as people were completely surrounding them. But if you go during a non-feeding time they are pretty easily accessible.
Just down a short walk away is the other big roller coaster this park is home to called Manta. This is a coaster that has you flying kind of like superman underneath a Manta Ray ride vehicle. It looks really cool, but would be way out of my league.
Just outside the entrance / exit to Manta is a small little gift shop, and directly across the walk way is where I found the next penny machine.
There is a second penny machine just down the pathway towards the Flamingo exhibit.
It was getting a little late in the afternoon and I was supposed to meet my father over at the Orlando Convention Center to check out the Auto Show. So unfortunately I only had time for a couple more machines. There was one place I remember having a few machines years ago and thought I would stop by.
The Sting Ray lagoon and Feeding area is one big touch tank, and they do have staff nearby willing to answer questions and give presentations about the rays.
This first machine is located right in front of the lagoon as you walk up towards it. The machine seemed like it needed a new dose of grease in the gears as it was really squeaky. The hand crank was pretty tough to turn, and as you can see by the coins above they were rolling short. I actually tried using this machine a few times over a couple other trips and the set pictured was the best of each coin. Hopefully they will get someone out there to do some service on it.
There are quite a lot of rays available in this tank. If you reference the times guide for the park you can find out when the feedings take place and for a small fee can help feed them.
At the back of the lagoon are some sinks so you can wash your hands after feeding or touching the sting rays. This is also the area where you can buy the food during feeding times. Back here is also where you can find the second penny machine.
This machine was working much better than the one out front. With this second batch of pennies pressed my second visit was about over. I headed back out of the park and eventually made it over to the convention center for the auto show. Unfortunately there were not penny machines there (what were they thinking!).
SeaWorld was definitely growing on me and I couldn’t wait to get back. There was another whole area I hadn’t checked out yet, more sea creatures to visit and of course a few more penny machines to find.