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Sea World and Aquatica Both in 1 Day... Need Advice!

Sea World Orlando: Where do we start our day at? Any and all opinions please!

From Nick Dakuginow
Posted May 4, 2011 at 7:12 AM
We are heading to Sea World and Aquatica this Saturday. Hours of operation for Sea World is 9-7, while Aquatica is 10-5.

The things we want to do at Sea World are the new One Ocean Show, times for that are 12:30, 2, 6:30. I'd like to get in Journey to Atlantis. Perhaps Manta, not sure how waits are, I'm guessing they'd be long, so I don't want to make that a MUST since we're trying to get the water park in as well, even though I'd definitely like to check it out soon. We can skip Kraken. And other than that, maybe just try to touch the dolphins, look at Penguins, sting rays, and that's about all on the must do list at Sea World.

At Aquatica, we'd like to do everything. I've been there last year in May and the waits don't get crazy long for the slides.

Question is, where do we start our day?

I'm thinking we should just start the day at Aquatica since even though Sea World opens up an hour earlier than Aquatica, I think we'll be given too little bit of time at Aquatica since our main priority at Sea World is One Ocean, which starts at 12:30. I figure by the time we're done that and head to Aquatica, it'll be about 1:20.

So, should we start at Aquatica at 10, and probably get done the water park at around 2ish? Then spend the rest of the day at Sea World?

I'm also assuming if this is the plan of attack, we should bring an extra set of clothing after we dry off before heading to Sea World?

Please, any and all opinions wanted, I've been to both of these parks before, but haven't done both in one day. Thank you!


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From Ashleigh Noad
Posted May 4, 2011 at 9:03 AM
Hi there, I've done both of these parks in one day with similar operational hours in August, a fair few times. Crowds were still pretty heavy.

We leave Aquatica (freshly clothed) at about 3/4pm in the afternoon and headed straight to SW. Last year, in 2009 Manta had a 30-40 minute wait but this died down as the evening continued and the attraction was still relatively new at the time so this wait may be reduced now. Kraken has always been a walk-on for me past 6/7pm, no idea why! Maybe I am just lucky. JTA again has a smaller que as the evening carries on as people tend to not want to get wet! I think you'll have plenty of time to do the major rides and see some of SW's exhibits. However, we have only ever seen Shamu Rocks in the late evening, so I'm not sure how much time One Ocean would take out of your schedule.

Good luck!

From chris lincoln
Posted May 4, 2011 at 10:44 AM
This is great info, im taking a similar trip in july. Are the lines at aquatica really bad?

From Nick Dakuginow
Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Thank you Ashleigh, gives me a better peace of mind for time spent, I really appreciate it (as I'm sure Chris does as well!).

And Chris, the lines when I went to Aquatica weren't bad at all, we got there when the park opened, did every slide without more than a 5 minute wait. Of course, later on in the afternoon, the lines build, but nothing too insane from my experience last May.

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