On this third time around to SeaWorld another few weeks after my previous visit I decided to start early in the day and stay late if needed to find the last batch of penny machines. The entire drive over to the park my youngest daughter kept saying she wanted to see sharks. So I make sure that our first stop once we got through security was over to the shark exhibit.
This type of exhibit is pretty common now among aquariums where you are surrounded by the tanks.
Once nice feature is that when you do make it to the large main tank with the sharks, there is a moving walkway which prevents people from blocking the pathway. This keeps everyone moving through, but at a nice leisurely pace so you can take some nice pictures or have the sharks swim along with you. After we were done with the sharks we headed into the far side of the park that we hadn’t visited before.
A strange sight in the middle of Florida were ice glaciers, and snow. This was all themed to be like you were in Antarctica and is where we found the Empire of the Penguin exhibit.
Once inside where you can see all the penguins I will admit it’s freezing in there. This obviously is for the comfort of the penguins, but since we were wearing t-shirts and shorts we didn’t stay inside too long. As we exited of course we found ourselves in a penguin themed gift shop.
The shop wasn’t too big, but did have a penny machine located inside. It’s kind of around the corner, and I think that if we didn’t go through the penguin exhibit I may not have noticed it was here.
With these pennies pressed and stored away we headed out the far side of “Antarctica” and heard the familiar screams / laughter from a water flume ride. Here at SeaWorld they have one called Journey to Atlantis..
I’m not a fan of getting soaking wet in a theme park and avoid these water drop rides most of the time. My sister loves Splash Mountain so when her family is in town visiting I’ll join her on that one just like when we were kids.
On this visit I decided to try to stay dry so we just stood by and watched a few boats go down the large drop and get drenched at the bottom. When you are looking directly at this ride if you turn 180 degrees you will see the above three machines just waiting to be used.
The first machine on the left side was labeled around the Journey to Atlantis ride but strangely the penny designs didn’t have anything to do with that ride.
The machine in the middle of this trio was themed around the Kraken which is another intense roller coaster nearby.
The third machine has designs of some seals. This is probably due to the Pacific Point Preserve area of the park back near Antarctica.
Before we headed on I wanted to make a quick stop into the gift shop for the Journey to Atlantis ride. Whenever I’m hunting for penny machines Disney has met pretty trained to look inside souvenir stores. Unfortunately there weren’t any penny machines there but they did have a small little aquarium. As we wandered around the store I also found a pressed penny booklet that I just had to get.
I’ve posted in the past that I store all my pressed coins in 2×2 cardboard holders inside three-ring binders. However that still doesn’t stop me from collecting these booklets. I have a large plastic container in my house just filled with them.
A little further past the Journey to Atlantis ride was a pit stop area with some restrooms. We made the stop but only because two more penny machines were located here.
One machine is by the women’s restroom and the second by the mens. I’ve never been a fan of having penny machines hear restrooms as they just end up being used to lean on, or people loitering around them. Most are nice enough to move aside when asked, and more often than not you also get a group of kids wanting to see how the machine works.
While using this second machine I did have a nice family give me a heads up about some other penny machines near by. We chatted for a bit about pressing coins and also let them know about TEC (The Elongated Collectors) Club which they were unaware of. Wishing each other well on our collection we split up and went in search of the last few machines.
Taking the instructions from my new friends we headed over to the TurtleTrek and Manatee rehabilitation area.
Turtles are cool, but there is nothing like a manatee. I’m still fascinated by these creatures. There was a staff member near by giving a little presentation about some of their newest additions.
Two orphaned baby manatees. It was a heartbreaking story that is always sad to hear. People just not paying attention with their boats and these slows moving animals. The two just don’t mix. But these little ones were being well taken care of and they were just really fun to watch.
After visiting with the baby manatees I headed back over to the Turtle area and found the next penny machine. By this time we had explored almost the entire park, but we had one last area to check out.
Dolphins, how could I have forgotten about dolphins. At the top of the tank they do have feeding times where you can help feed the dolphins. Or for a better view of these amazing mammals you can go to the underwater viewing area.
If you walk down the pathway towards the viewing area is where we found the last two penny machines.
The machines are on either side of the pathway, but because this is both the entrance and exit to the viewing area and of course with the popularity of dolphins this area does get a little congested.
It had been another busy day but we enjoyed every moment of it. After visiting with the dolphins for a little while we headed back towards the front of the park. We had visited every corner and gift shop of the park and found all the penny machines currently available.
SeaWorld definitely has a lot of offer and we will be back hopefully before too long. With a total of 24 machines each with 4 penny designs that’s a total of 96 pennies. Most of the machines do have the ability to make change if needed but I always recommend coming prepared whenever possible. This would be a massive project to try to collect all of these during one visit, but not completely out of the question. I’m not sure you would have time for much else. As I mentioned there is a lot to see and do here so take your time and enjoy it.