Orlando Travel Guide - MustSeeOrlando.com
A Visit to SeaWorld Orlando
Written by Staff Writer - 06/14/06


 
SeaWorld Orlando picture

Introduction

SeaWorld is one of the major non-Disney theme parks in the Orlando area. It is owned by Anheuser-Busch, who also owns Discovery Cove, the “swim with the dolphins” park. Unlike any of the Disney theme parks, SeaWorld’s main feature is sea-life, with the most famous attraction being Shamu the Killer Whale. Similar to the Disney theme parks, SeaWorld has a variety of shows and rides. On our most recent visit to SeaWorld, we met my niece, along with her husband and two children (4 and 6 years of age).

To get the most out of your day at SeaWorld, it’s best to plan ahead. Determine which shows, rides, exhibits are most important to you. It’s unlikely that you’ll have time to see everything. When you arrive at SeaWorld, pick up a park map at the entrance. NOTE: During the summer months, the park stays open later in the evening, giving you more time to take in all the fun.

Shows

Since the shows are offered at specific times during the day, you should first take a look at these and try to pick out those that are most important to you. We decided on three shows:

  • Believe
  • Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island
  • Blue Horizons

“Believe” is the new killer whale show at SeaWorld, starring “Shamu” and fellow killer whales. This is a beautifully arranged show, highlighting the trainability of the Killer Whales, the talent of the trainers, and the pure trust between the whales and the trainers. As with most of the shows, watch out for the benches with the “Splash Zone” signs. If you sit here, you’re almost guaranteed to get splashed -- the kids love it!! Believe is located at Shamu Stadium.

The "Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island" show has been around for quite awhile. Although we’ve seen this show several times, we chose this one for the little kids because the story about the pirate is one they can understand and laugh at (some of the other shows are more artistic). While the sea lions, walrus and weasel are always amazing and hilarious, the trainers could use some acting lessons! Clyde & Seamore are located at Sea Lion and Otter Stadium.

“Blue Horizons” is the new dolphin show at SeaWorld. As much as I admire the talents of the trainers and acrobats, I was very disappointed in this new show. Previously, the dolphin shows were jam-packed with great jumping feats, through hoops and over ropes, and the unison of the dolphins was amazing. With this new show, it seems the dolphins are taking a back-seat to the “cirque du soleil” type acrobatics and colorful flying birds. I appreciate the artistic nature of this production, but I went to see the dolphins and was let down. If you see this show, be prepared for its highlight to be the choreography of the acrobats and the colorful birds flying overhead. Blue Horizons is located at the Whale and Dolphin Theater.

While walking along the boardwalk in front of the Bayside Stadium, we were lucky to catch some of the water show “Fusion”. At this show, you’ll see a variety of water stunts, such as a dance of brightly colored kites orchestrated by jet-ski riders. From the boardwalk vantage point, you can enjoy the show without having to find a seat in the stadium.
There are several other shows to choose from. Be sure to check the SeaWorld website for descriptions of the shows scheduled on your visiting day!

Attractions

Throughout the park, you’ll find various animal exhibits, such as the dolphin cove and the dolphin nursery, the manatee rescue, the shark exhibit, the penguin encounter and more. If it lives in the water, you’re likely to find it at SeaWorld. A good plan is to visit these attractions between the scheduled shows you have decided to attend.

Play Time

Your day at SeaWorld wouldn’t be complete without a water roller coaster ride at “Journey to Atlantis”. It’s both a roller coaster (with a 60-foot drop) and a water attraction (you’re sure to get wet, maybe even soaked). Another SeaWorld attraction is a journey to the “Wild Arctic” in a simulated helicopter. If you’re brave enough, you can try “Kraken”, the floorless roller coaster.
When you’re ready for a rest, but the little ones are still full of energy, head over to Shamu’s Happy Harbor for children’s rides, slides and a maze of climbing fun. Note: When the children are climbing on the four-story structure of rope nets and tunnels, keep an eye on them. It’s easy to lose sight and the little ones may have a hard time finding their way down.

Eating

There are a variety of eating choices throughout the park, from a quick bite on the run to a full-service restaurant. Your choices are many and varied -- pizza, seafood, deli sandwich, fajitas, etc. And of course Anheuser-Busch products are sold throughout the park.

For special dining options with entertainment, you have a couple choices. First, the Seafire Inn Restaurant features the Makahiki Luau, offering a feast of luau favorites served family style and an authentic Polynesian show. (Pricing is about $46 for adults and $30 for children.)

Second, you can choose to Dine with Shamu. This was our choice and we couldn’t have been more thrilled. The first pleasant surprise was that all the tables were set up on a patio along-side the Shamu pool. It’s a very intimate setting, with all tables having a great view. The killer whales swim around while you are eating your dinner and sipping your Anheuser-Busch beer (included) or soft drink. After a quite delicious buffet-style dinner, a trainer described what it takes to become a trainer at SeaWorld, and we learned more about the killer whales and how they are trained and saw the results of their training in a very personal setting. The kids were excited to get up-close with Shamu and friends and they were treated to their own buffet of kid-favorites. I must comment that the Dine with Shamu staff is excellent!! After several visits to SeaWorld, this was my first dinner with Shamu, and I’ll definitely do it again. (Pricing is about $37 for adults and $19 for children.)

Another specialty dining experience is the Shamu and Crew Character Breakfast. The kids can get autographs and hugs from a fluffy Shamu, a dolphin or a penguin while enjoying a buffet-style breakfast. (Pricing is about $15 for adults and $10 for children.)

Note that you need reservations for the Makahiki Luau, Dine with Shamu and the Shamu and Crew Character Breakfast. Book early - you can do it online!!

See our Orlando SeaWorld attraction page for a location map and other information.

Additional Info

SEAWORLD WEB SITE
Take a good look at the SeaWorld website (see link below) to get a general idea of all that is possible, and be sure to print out the Show Schedule. You will need to input the specific date you plan to visit SeaWorld to ensure an accurate schedule. You can also take a look at the Park Map and try to plan the sequence of your day, though the website map is a little difficult to navigate.

Web Links: Official Web Site
  Interactive Map of Park
  Show Schedules
Pricing: Check website for regular pricing, promotional discounts, multi-day and multi-park discounts and Florida resident pricing.
Toll Free: (800) 327-2424
Local: (407) 351-3600
Location: 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
 



Purchase SeaWorld Tickets at a Discount!
SeaWorld® Orlando Ticket
1-Day Ticket
From $86.99 USD

Spend a day at SeaWorld® Orlando, come face-to-face with the ocean's most fascinating marine animals. More than 30 family-friendly attractions, shows & rides!
  Learn More.


Discount Car Rentals

 Universal 2-Park/7-Day Ticket
 2-Day Dolphin Swim + Everglades
 Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride
 Kennedy Space Center-Everglades
 Daytona Int'l Speedway+Airboat
 Go Orlando Card

Go Orlando Card - Unlimited Admission at over 50 Attractions & Tours
The 'Go Orlando' Card
One Low Price
50 Attractions & Tours
On Sale - Order Now!



POPULAR ORLANDO ATTRACTIONS

Blizzard Beach Water Park
Discovery Cove
Disney - MGM Studios
Pirates Dinner Adventure
SeaWorld Orlando
Typhoon Lagoon
Universal Studios Florida
Islands of Adventure
Wet 'n Wild

See our Orlando Attractions Map


MUST SEE ORLANDO
HOTELS: Hotel List | Hotels by Location | Hotel Quick Picks | Hotels Map
ARTICLES: Guide to Epcot | Guide to Seaworld | Magic Kingdom Orlando Guide
ATTRACTIONS: Attractions | Attractions Card | Attractions Map | Day Tours | SeaWorld Visit
OTHER: Neighborhoods | General Info | Resources | Transportation | Airports | Maps
 SITE: Site Map | Contact Us | Home

Cities: Miami | New York City | Southwest Florida

Inquiries: info@mustseedestinations.com
A Member of the Must See Destinations Network
© Must See Orlando 2017