Thursday, October 29, 2015

Planning your day at SeaWorld Orlando

We always enjoy our visits to SeaWorld Orlando! Planning your day is key to getting in as many of the attractions as possible.  Keep in mind that it is best to to arrive at each theater 10-30 minutes prior to the indicated show time, depending upon how busy the park appears, to ensure seating together with your family.

See photos from our first family visit HERE.

About the rides
SeaWorld's rides are generally best to get done first thing in the morning to avoid the mid-day rush. The park's longest lines are typically at its newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.  This is a rather short dark ride followed by a visit to the park's penguin habitat.  Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin may not be a favorite among young children due to the lengthy wait, frigid temperatures, and darkness. 

If you plan to visit Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, it is best to start your day there.  Your next stops should probably be the following:
  • Manta
  • Kraken
  • Journey to Atlantis
Be aware that you may get soaking wet during the Journey to Atlantis ride. 
Rides and attractions for small children, such as the carousel, are easy to access at any point in your day.
Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High®
11:00 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:30 PM

Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High is an all-new sea lion comedy adventure. Sea lions, walruses and otters take the stage for this aquatic-themed high school show where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper).

Blue Horizons®
10:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:30 PM

This theatrical show features dolphins, tropical birds and acrobats. Blue Horizons is a quite popular show and my personal favorite.  Arrive to the stadium 30 minutes before showtime to be sure you get a seat. 
Park Location: Dolphin Theater

One Ocean®
12:15 PM, 2:00 PM, 5:00 PM

The majestic killer whales make this show a favorite for many. My three year old Miss Cupcake was so excited about the vivid colors, vitality, and the global rhythms of the ocean in this all-new Shamu show, One Ocean®. 
Park Location: Shamu Stadium
Pets Ahoy®
10:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:45 PM

Dogs and cats, ducks and doves, potbellied pigs and more star in this cute show! Pets Ahoy® is sure to be a hit with young children.  It is amazing to experience the wonderful connections that happen when animal trainers turn their attention toward these ordinary animals.  I love that all of the animals used are rescues.
Park Location: Seaport Theater
*Show Schedules Subject to Change. Please check show times at Park on the day of your visit.

Where to eat
SeaWorld sells an All-Day-Dining Deal.  This costs $32.99 for adults and $17.99 for children 3-9.  This option allows you to enjoy two courses every time that you go through the line at its restaurants.  You are welcome to make as many passes through the line as you would like.  The All-Day-Dining Deal is available for purchase on the website or at the park.

Click HERE to see more of our family adventures!

Planning a visit to SeaWorld Orlando?
Individuals with Florida teacher's license receive a FREE year pass.
Toddlers under the age of 3 are always free.

See park map HERE.

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