Sea World Tips and Tricks
Sea World is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. It features marine mammal parks, oceanariums, and rehabilitation centers owned by SeaWorld Entertainment. Sea World Orlando is popular around the globe and welcomes all visitors’ who are enthusiasts of experiencing its marine life-themed attractions, exhibits, rides, and shows. SeaWorld Orlando has been divided into seven separate entertainment areas known as “seas,” which you move through by foot, along well-labeled pathways where each one celebrates a different aquatic theme.
Planning your trip beforehand never goes wasted and deciding on what shows you want to see before will help you plan the rest of the day. If you haven’t been at SeaWorld before you might have a thought of SeaWorld as a place to see animals, not to experience rides but let me tell you the rides are one of the best things to do at SeaWorld Orlando.
As for avoiding long lines on a budget there is no way around the old but true way. Get to the park when it first opens and make a beeline for one of the attractions likely to have the longest lines: Empire of the Penguin, Infinity Falls, and the coasters, Manta, Kraken, and Mako. If possible, take a midday break when the park is generally the most packed. Enjoy a long leisurely lunch or plan to watch shows at this this time. If you are able to spend a little more there are some great upgrades to consider. “Signature Show Seating & Quick Queue Unlimited” is an additional $50.00 (rate varies by season) allows you to get to the front of the line at all the popular rides and shows unlimitedly. You do need to arrive to the show 15min prior to the show time to receive your reserved seating. Another upgrade of $39.99 per adult and $19.99 per child (ages 3-9) is the “All-Day Dining Deal” which allows you to eat and drink (1 entrée, plus 1 side or dessert and 1 soft beverage or ice tea) as often as once every hour all day long! Lastly, who wants to meet and greet a Dolphin up-close? The “Dolphin Encounter + Feeding” cost $25 per person (rate varies by season) and allows you to touch and feed and get a picture with a dolphin on this 15 minute encounter!
- Here is breakdown of the seven “seas” in SeaWorld and what to find in each area!
- Sea of Ice: One of the park’s main attractions, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins, is housed here. This exhibit and ride allows for those not interested in the ride to skip that portion of the experience. For those wanting to ride you also get a choice: Mild or Wild.
- Sea of Delight: This area includes a sub area named “The Waterfront” which resembles a seaside Mediterranean village. But this area is most famous for it 400-foot-tall Sky Tower ride which takes you to the top observation tower in a double-deck rotating pod to get a birds eye view of the park and Orlando. Lastly you will also find sea lion and otter viewing stations in the Sea Of Delight.
- Sea of Shallows: From its name you might have guessed it right; the shallow water animal exhibits are housed in this area as well as the Dolphin Theater, the Manta rollercoaster (mimics the gliding on a manta ray) and the Turtle Trek (a dome theater show). You also don’t want to miss Key West at SeaWorld, designed to mimic the architecture and seascape of this Floridian island! Exhibits in this area include rays, turtles, dolphins, manatees, flamingoes and much more.
- Sea of Legends: This area is based around two hugely popular roller coaster rides where thrill seekers will definitely want to spend time here: “Journey to Atlantis” a roller coaster boat ride and “Kraken” a floorless roller coaster! This means flip-flops and sandals definitely are not allowed. The ride features a total of seven inversions including two vertical loops, a dive loop, a spiraling camelback (zero-g roll), a cobra roll, and a corkscrew.
- Sesame Street Land: This is mainly an activity park for younger children, and has a junior rollercoaster, climbing frames, and a water play area. A Sesame Street at SeaWorld area with familiar characters and backdrops from the TV show is also operational now.
- Sea of Power: This area of the park is famous on its own, and home to Shamu Stadium, where the iconic orca shows take place. Next door is the Wild Arctic indoor pavilion that is a combined attraction, including a motion simulator followed by an indoor animal exhibit. The exhibit includes beluga whales, harbor seals and Pacific walrus.
- Sea of Mystery: Shark Wreck Reef and Shark Encounter can both be found here, and are among the park’s most popular attractions. Plus “Mako” a Bolliger & Mabillard steel hypercoaster opened in 2016, which makes this area of the park very popular! This hypercoaster is billed as Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster. It goes up to 73 miles per hour and up to 200 feet high. Even if you are not into thrill seeking this area also includes the “Sea Garden” which is landscaped with themed structures made from trash found on beaches.
Obviously on your visit you might be searching for good food also, mentioned below are the famous cuisines and restaurants:
- Dine With Shamu: This is one the premiere experiences in SeaWorld because when else can you dine next to a killer whale? While you eat from a delicious buffet the whale trainer will talk about some of the most interesting characteristics of killer whales. There are two certainties and one possibility with this dining experience. The two certainties are that you will have a memorable time and you must pre-book or else it will sell out. The possibility of this experience is you may get wet while you eat from the whales jumping about!
- Shark’s Underwater Grill: If you want to try one of the best restaurants in Orlando you must visit this award-winning restaurant! Not only is the food amazing but also it features a wrap-around floor-to ceiling aquarium fill with mysteriously majestic sharks to marvel at while you dine.
- Seafire Grill: Located at the Waterfront allows you to overlook the lagoon and has simple but classic meals such as fish and chips, pasta bowls, Caesar salads and veggie wraps.
- Seaport Pizza: for all the pizza lovers out there take a break from the thrills and recharge the whole family with mouthwatering pizza. Its menu is simple and you can’t go wrong with wood-fired pizza for even your pickiest eater!
- Terrace Garden Buffet is the only all-you-can-eat-buffet. Everything from pizza to pasta to salads and dessert. It closes 90 minutes before the park does so plan accordingly!
- Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen: You have never had homemade pretzels like this before. Its great for a quick lunch on the go and offer an array of flavors from sweet, to savory to their famous Mama’s Meatball Pretzel. Don’t forget to wash it down with a refreshing craft beer or frozen cocktail they can serve to go!