On our recent Gold Coast trip we scored a great deal for Sea World Resort hotel which also gave unlimited access to the attached theme park.
Rooms at Sea World are very family and kid friendly with 2 queen sized beds able to accommodate 4 people and bath tubs in the rooms. Our room was clean and neat and had a small seating area outside. TV’s have free kids channels. Room service is available for exhausted theme park explorers and the hotel is very quiet at night once all the kiddies are in bed.
There are several dining options at the resort but be warned they are not cheap if you are on a tight budget. If you have a car there are several restaurants nearby at Mariners Cove Marina but too far to walk with small children.
There are character meet and greets in the hotel lobby at 9am every morning. During our visit two of the Ninja Turtles popped in one day and Boots the next. You can meet the same characters in the theme park but seeing them in the hotel sure saves queuing.
On our day of check in, we arrived at 9am for the character meet and greet in the lobby, dropped our bags with the concierge for storage, collected our our theme park tickets from the tour desk and were in the park by the time rides open at 10am. We stayed in the theme park until after check in time at 2 when we went to our room for a rest. This maximized our time in the park and made the most of the morning character visit. There is direct access to the theme park through the hotel gift shop. You can choose to walk into the resort or for novelty factor, take the monorail.
Keen little swimmers are more than catered for with a huge swimming pool PLUS the hotel is home to its own Nickelodeon themed water play park where kids can splash and get drenched with SpongeBob Squarepants and Patrick with Dora and Diego looking on. (The hotel’s water park is closed for some of the winter season so check before booking if its open on your dates.)
The vibe of Sea World Resort is super exciting for kids but still relaxing for adults.
Look out for great deals including accommodation and theme park entry and go for it! You wont regret it.