I'm glad you enjoyed a tasty Thanksgiving! I am not a fan of pumpkin pie (or pumpkin anything ) so thanks for eating my piece for me!! SO glad to hear you had such a great day at DC!! Did you end up purchasing any of the dolphin swim photos? That's pretty crummy about the daybeds, though. Awesome that they refunded you the fee . I'm hoping it will be at least a touch cooler when we arrive later this month, but if not, we'll definitely just stick to the regular loungers and umbrellas. Not that we tend to sit much on our DC days but we always have good intentions to! The all-image photo key is digital access to all your photos from the entire day....any that are taken during the dolphin swim, in the aviary, or anywhere in the park. He is currently on his way! Making rather miserable time, unfortunately.....traffic through Toronto has been slow and difficult....but he will hopefully arrive sometime around midnight. The hockey game is Thursday! Can't wait! Glad to hear that you got to see your Braves play after all! Did they win? Yay! The Braves did win! Yes, our kids aren't our kids very long, are they? You blink and they're all grown up . Like the old saying goes, "the days are long but the years are short". Thank you . Did you celebrate the holiday with your extended family at your parents' cottage? So sorry that SeaWorld was a bust for you......but thrilled that you thought DC was worth the money! There really is no place like it! We've always said we want to do SeaVenture but for some reason, never have taken the plunge (pardon the pun ). We'll have to make that a must-do on a future visit. Did you use their underwater cameras to take any photos? We hadn't decided to rent a golf cart for our Fort Wilderness night, but it sure sounds like an appealing idea . I wonder if they have any still left to reserve? We did a private horse and carriage ride there a few years ago but our driver was SO chatty . I'd love to take in the lights without any incessant jibber-jabber LOL. Oh no, they lost?? What a bummer. I must have mis-read the post above.....I thought you saw a winner. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself regardless of the outcome. I am so sorry to hear that the storm is poised to pass through your community. Please stay safe, and check in with us all when you can. I am sure everyone will want to know that you're all faring okay. Kind of annoying that you couldn't get that kind of action from guest services initially, though . I'm glad that the manager assisted you, but a comment card?!?!? Sheesh. Oh Ruthie, you know I've said it before, but it needs to be said again: you, sweet girl, are good for the soul . Okay, if Tony and Ruthie agree to co-star, I might rethink my initial rejection. Perhaps we could all join in and give the Dis podcast crew a run for their money? Look out Pete, there might be some new competition in town . Did you happen to buy the photo package? Any pics you can share? We were able to meet some animal ambassadors and feed the birds in the aviary on our DC day in May as well. I do know that DC has introduced several new "extras" that go even further into the up-close opportunities over the course of the spring and summer, but as far as I know, all the regular stuff is still included with standard admission. If there is anything different when we visit later this month, I'll be sure to let you know . I think our super-low-price day is only because numbers are so low.....with all the special Halloween events at the Orlando parks, I suspect that DC gets overlooked for MNSSHP, HHN, and other seasonal specialties. I doubt we will EVER see a $99 dolphin swim rate again. SeaWorld has indeed introduced a new tiered annual pass program, much like Universal's tiered offers. Unless prices increase substantially after their introductory period, I'm actually quite pleased by the program that SW has put together. We haven't decided if we will renew yet or not.....its still too soon to decide what path we want to take for next year's trips....but if we do, it will likely be one Gold pass (for the photokey and extra in-park discount) and one Silver.