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Just half-day for Sea World - worth it?

Sea World Orlando: Or do I need a full day or more?

From Alvaro Reyes
Posted June 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
I just switched my Orlando Hotel to new one near Sea World cause i found an unbeatable price, the initial plan were just US and IOA, we only have half day free, we will be arriving to the hotel at 12 pm , just wondering if that half day will reach to visit Sea World? thank you


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From Brian Emery
Posted June 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM
If you only see one show and hit the better rides you will be fine… But that is a lot of money for a ½ day at a park..

If I only had ½ day – I would hit IOA and hit WWHOP..

Just my opinion..

From Alvaro Reyes
Posted June 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Actually we are arriving saturday around 12 pm and staying sunday and monday, Sunday is reserved for USF and monday (less crowded i guess) IOA,

Instead of staying saturday at the hotel or go shopping i was considering Sea World, or can you make me another recommendation ?

BTW thanks

From Anon Mouse
Posted June 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM
I went to Sea World in San Diego, but there are similarities to Florida.

Sea World has many shows. Since you'll be arriving late, catch the shows ASAP. See the highlights, which means the dolphin (Blue Horizons) and Shamu (One Ocean) shows. You can skip the sea lion and pet shows. See the new rides and exhibits. The older rides are worth skipping.

It is worth going back if you have time. They are mostly a day park, but they have added night time shows.

I went to IOA and USF a few years ago. I recommend you see Harry Potter at IOA first, then USF by park hopping. Universal Studios didn't hold my interest. IOA is definitely better.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 19, 2012 at 9:33 PM
1/2 day is doable, but its a park that has lots to explore. You can get most of the highlights in 1/2 day.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM
If you're thinking about spending the latter half of a day at a theme park, look into what tickets they sell to convention-goers.

SeaWorld does require a convention badge for its discounted tickets, though. Disney seems to have more of a 'we'll-trust-you' policy, though.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted June 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Its my favourite park so I say a full day but - as you are staying near Seaworld, a lot of their partner hotels provide free quick queue's. (Mine does) And this acts as your fast pass forr Manta, Journey to Atlantis, Kraken. It may help if you only have the half day.
We just ask at the front desk for ours.

From Charles Frizzell
Posted June 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM
I sell the convention theme park tickets, The SeaWorld convention ticket is for after 12pm, and also allows for a second day free of admission after 12pm. Robert is correct, the parks can ask for proof of your convention attendance, but from my experience they are not strict on the guests, but those of us who are allowed to sell the tickets. If we are found to be selling them to non-convention attendees we can lose our ability to sell those tickets.

From Brian Afdahl
Posted June 26, 2012 at 2:34 PM
Depending on when you go the park may be open till 10 or 11. I say go for it. Even if you miss a few of the shows. I believe the rides and just seeing all the different marine life is worth it. If you happen to live near one of the other park that is in the same family of parks, maybe you should look at a silver or platiunum pass.

From Nick Orlando
Posted June 26, 2012 at 3:11 PM
If it is a choice between doing SeaWorld as a half day or not going at all... then go to SeaWorld. It is a fantastic park, and while you won't be able to see everything in a half day, it is still worth your time!

From Alvaro Reyes
Posted June 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM
Thanks for your responses

After reading some posts i´ve tried to manage my time and probably this will end up the sea world discussion, because i consider HSF a better option than sea world( If NOT, please tell me, i can be wrong). Now i am considering Going to USF saturday half day but getting an express pass for it, i GUESS USF can be done in half day using an express pass, , then leave the whole sunday for IOA an the whole monday for HSF What do you think ? thanks again

From robert morris
Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:46 AM
Since Sea World is open till 10pm for the rest of the Summer, I would not consider it a half day.

But focus on Sea World's two coasters, Turtle Trek, Pets Ahoy,Blue Horizons, Shamu and if you catch one Sea Lion Show make it the night version.

Wild Artic & Atlantis are nice but better rides can be found at Universal

Feeding Dolphins and especially Seals is always fun

From Brian Afdahl
Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM
HSF?? Sorry but what park is that?

From Alvaro Reyes
Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:14 AM
Hollywood Studios Florida lol, sorry about that ! I meant Disney Hollywood Studios DHS instead of HSF

From Neil Basabe
Posted June 29, 2012 at 8:48 AM
Por el nombre espero entiendas en nuestro idioma. Sea World lo puedes ver en medio dia. Es un parque que Yo utilizo para refrescarnos en verano en medio de una semana fuerte de parques grandes y de muchas personas y largas filas. Como dice Robert ahora abren hasta las 10pm asi que es un dia completo. Pero en realidad es mejor ir a DHS siempre que ir a Sea World. Ahi tienes a Star Tours, Tower of Terrors y es excelente para niños pequeños. Espero esto te ayude y que disfrutes!

From Alvaro Reyes
Posted June 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Gracias Neil, revisando los horarios de los parques haré Hollywood Studios el medio día del sábado, ya que le parque está abierto hasta las 9pm, por lo menos me dará el tiempo para ver las atracciones mas importantes, saludos y gracias.

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