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

SeaWorld's new coaster for 2022 is Ice Breaker, a Premier Rides Sky Rocket that reaches 93 feet and 52 mph on 1,900 feet of track. Height requirement: 54 inches
Read Russell Meyer's review of Ice Breaker

  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
    Journey to Atlantis

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.

SeaWorld's children's area is Sesame Street, which offers a collection of kiddie rides including Super Grover's Box Car Derby, a Zierer Force children's coaster.

Other notable attractions include SeaWorld's Sky Tower and the Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin dark ride and exhibit.

Shows and Animal Habitats

Top Recommendation

  1. Sesame Street Party Parade
    SeaWorld's daily parade, featuring Sesame Street characters
    Sesame Street Party Parade

Other attractions include the Orca Encounter, Dolphin Adventures, and Sea Lion & Otter Spotlight presentations and the Dolphin Cove, Pacific Point Preserve (sea lions), Shark Encounter, Turtle Trek 360, Wild Arctic, Stingray Lagoon, and the Manatee Rehabilitation Area animal habitats.


Top recommendations

  1. Sharks Underwater Grill
    Table service steaks and seafood with underwater viewing of the park's shark habitat
    Sharks Underwater Grill
  2. Voyager's Smokehouse
    Counter service wood-smoked barbecue


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