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Robert Niles

SeaWorld Orlando offers free dining and front-of-line access to draw hotel visitors

Published: August 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

If you can't decide between the free front-of-the-line ride access offered by the Universal Orlando hotels or the free dining plan offered at Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando would like to offer you... both.

Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld's new vacation packages include both the All-Day Dining Deal and QuickQueue Unlimited for vacation packages booked at one of the park's six "on site" hotels:

  • Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld
  • Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld
  • Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld
  • Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
  • SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld

The packages also include free transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and the Universal Orlando theme parks. (No free transportation to Disney, though.) SeaWorld's also offering a third night free on a two-night hotel stay, along with the free dining, for packages booked at several other partner hotels.

SeaWorld's facing the toughest market right now, among the Orlando-area theme parks. Disney's got four decades of inertia as the market leader behind it and Universal's got the momentum of Harry Potter. SeaWorld has... a rethemed Shamu show (with the trainers still out of the water) and some evening entertainment and drink festivals. Nice, but hardly enough to compete with Disney and Universal without discounting. So SeaWorld's combined the best of its competitors' hotel discounts in the hope that will draw some Orlando visitors to its parks.

As I mentioned above, Walt Disney World is continuing again this year its late summer tradition of offering free Disney Dining plans to visitors who book on-site hotel packages for the fall. You can find details about that and other deals on the Disney World special offers page.

And, as always, you can find a link to that page, as well as to other theme parks' special offers pages, on our Theme Park Insider tickets deals page.

Replies (3)

Michael Owen

Published: August 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM

An interesting offer, but I don't see it being enough to make any sort of dent on the occupancy rates at either Disney or Universal.

Front of the line access is nice, but it isn't as valuable at SeaWorld as it is at Universal, with arguably only Kraken, Manta and Journey to Atlantis needing a QuickQueue during the peak periods.

The dining plan over at Walt Disney World works because even if guests only spend one day per-park that's still four days in which the dining plan can be used. Those who book SeaWorld vacation packages are likely to only spend a day, possibly two, at the park with the rest of their time being dedicated to Disney, Universal and other Orlando destinations.

Manny Barron

Published: August 18, 2011 at 2:02 PM

This sounds sweet. I stayed at the SpringHill Suites at Sea World Orlando last summer, and enjoyed my stay and with this new offer I can't wait to visit again. Plus the free transportation to Universal is pretty nice too, although a bit surprising.
Anthony Murphy

Published: August 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Not suprsied. I would think the Seaworld hotels kinda get pushed to the side. Its a shame since I have heard that are actually pretty nice

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