SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando

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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Roller coasters

  1. 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.
  2. Mako
    A 4,760-foot Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster with a 200-foot drop and top speed of 73 mph. Height requirement: 54 inches
  3. Kraken
    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
  4. Journey to Atlantis
    A dark ride built around a Mack Rides water coaster. Height requirement: 42 inches

SeaWorld's new coaster for 2021 will be Ice Breaker, a Premier Rides Sky Rocket that reaches 93 feet and 52 mph on 1,900 feet of track.

Other rides

The top recommended non-coaster ride at SeaWorld Orlando is Infinity Falls, an Intamin river rapids ride with an elevator lift and 40-foot drop.

Other notable attractions include SeaWorld's Sky Tower, the Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin dark ride and exhibit, and the new Sesame Street land, with its collection of kiddie rides, including Super Grover's Box Car Derby, a Zierer Force children's coaster.

Shows and animal habitats

  1. Sea Lion High ★ ★
    Pinnipeds go back to school in this comedic show.
  2. Sesame Street Party Parade
    SeaWorld's daily parade, featuring Sesame Street characters
  3. Winter Wonderland on Ice
    One of SeaWorld's Christmas-only entertainment specials
  4. Dolphin Days
    The latest iteration of the park's dolphin show
  5. Orca Encounter
    A demonstration of behaviors and insight in the world of SeaWorld's orcas (aka killer whales)

Other shows and animal habitats include Turtle Trek 360, Wild Arctic, Shark Encounter, Stingray Lagoon, Pacific Point Preserve (sea lions), Dolphin Cove, and the Manatee Rehabilitation Area.

Dining

Top recommendations

  1. Voyager's Smokehouse
    Counter service barbecue
  2. Sharks Underwater Grill
    Table service steaks and seafood with underwater viewing of the park's shark habitat
  3. Spice Mill
    Counter service burgers and sandwiches

Map

SeaWorld Orlando is located off Interstate 4, just south of the 528 Beachline Expressway - in between the Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando resorts.

Nearby hotels

Strategy

Get your tickets in advance, then reserve your date to visit, as both are required before you come to the park.

As always, plan to arrive at the park before its posted opening time in order to be one of the first inside. Then go straight to Manta and ride that coaster before heading to the back of the park for Mako. After that, go ride Kraken and Journey to Atlantis before crossing the park for Infinity Falls. That gives you all the top rides in the park with what should be plenty of time left to watch any shows or animal exhibits you want at your convenience.

SeaWorld's Quick Queue upcharge front-of-line pass is rarely needed if you want to get on all the park's top rides in one full day, but it can be helpful if you are in a rush and only have a few hours to visit.