SeaWorld Orlando opened December 15, 1973 and today is America's 10th most-visited theme park, but ranking first behind the Disney and Universal parks. In recent years, the park has added seasonal food and music festivals as it looks to boost repeat attendance from locals.
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New for 2023
Pipeline: The Surf Coaster - A next-generation Bolliger & Mabillard stand-up coaster, with a 110-foot height and top speed of 60 mph.
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Mako★ ★ ★
A 4,760-foot Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster with a 200-foot drop and top speed of 73 mph. Height requirement: 54 inches
Manta★ ★ ★
A 3,359-foot Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster with a 113-foot drop and top speed of 56 mph and four inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
› Read Gareth H's review of Manta.
A Premier Rides Sky Rocket that reaches 93 feet and 52 mph on 1,900 feet of track. Height requirement: 54 inches
Journey to Atlantis
A dark ride built around a Mack Rides water coaster. Height requirement: 42 inches
A 4,177-foot Bolliger & Mabillard floorless coaster with a 144-foot drop and a top speed of 65 mph and seven inversions. Height requirement: 54 inches
Sesame Street Land
SeaWorld's children's area offers a collection of kiddie rides including Super Grover's Box Car Derby, a Zierer Force children's coaster.
Sesame Street Party Parade
SeaWorld's daily parade, featuring Sesame Street characters
Intamin river rapids ride with an elevator lift and 40-foot drop.
SeaWorld's iconic observation tower
SeaWorld Orlando's "animal connections" include the Orca Encounter, Dolphin Adventures, and Sea Lion & Otter Spotlight presentations and the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, Dolphin Cove, Jewel of the Sea Aquarium (tropical fish), Manatee Rehabilitation Area, Manta Aquarium, Pacific Point Preserve (sea lions), Shark Encounter, Stingray Lagoon, and Wild Arctic (walrus and beluga whales) animal habitats.