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First Timer's Guide to SeaWorld Orlando

First Timer's Guide to SeaWorld Orlando

    Visiting Orlando recently? If so, SeaWorld is most likely at the top of your vacation itinerary. There are more than 30 family-friendly attractions, rides, shows, exhibits and exclusive park experiences. From Shamu to beluga whales, polar bears, bottlenose dolphins, rays and sea turtles - marine life abounds at SeaWorld Orlando. In addition to see these amazing sea creatures up close, you also can experience some really cool coasters at the same time. SeaWorld Orlando is absolutely a must-visit for families with kids, thrill-seekers, and animal lovers. To make the most of your day at the park, be sure to check out the first timer's guide to SeaWorld Orlando before you go.

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SeaWorld Orlando Basics

Address:  7007 Sea World Drive Orlando, FL 32821

Opening Time: Open daily; hours vary depending on the day of the week and holidays. Most days opens at 10:00am, closes at 6:00 pm.

SeaWorld Orlando Tickets Prices

Single-Park Ticket 1+ Day in Advance for $84.99 (Save $20)
Two Park Ticket for $104.99 (Save $45)
Enjoy two parks for $52.50/park at any combination of SeaWorld theme parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.
Three Park Ticket for $119.99 ( Save $50)
Enjoy three parks for $40/park at any combination of SeaWorld theme parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.
Four Parks: Unlimited Visits + Free Parking for $189.99 (Save $30)
Enjoy all four Florida parks for $47.50/park and get unlimited visits for 14 consecutive days and free parking at any combination of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.

SeaWorld Orlando Annual Passes

Bronze Annual Pass for $133.88
12 months of visits to SeaWorld Orlando with blockout dates. Includes popular event line-up, including Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean, Halloween Spooktacular, and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  50% off general parking. 10% off dining and shopping
Silver Annual Pass for $181.88
12 months of visits to SeaWorld San Diego. Includes popular event line-up, including Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean, Halloween Spooktacular, and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  FREE general parking. 10% off dining and shopping.
Gold Annual Pass for $217.88
12 months of visits to SeaWorld San Diego. Includes popular event line-up, including Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean, Halloween Spooktacular, and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  FREE preferred parking at select parks when available. 15% off dining and shopping.
Platinum Annual Pass for $361.88
Unlimited visits for 12 months to 11 parks - includes SeaWorld & Aquatica Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Williamsburg and Sesame Place. Includes popular event line-up, including Seven Seas Food Festival, Electric Ocean, Halloween Spooktacular, and SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. FREE preferred parking at select parks when available. 15% off dining and shopping.

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Directions to SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Location

From the North (Downtown Orlando, Universal Studios, Sanford, Deland, Daytona):
Take I-4 West to exit 72 (Beachline Expressway/FL-528/Airport). Once on the Beachline, take the International Drive exit (exit #1). At traffic light, turn left. (You will be driving on International Drive.) At the second light, turn right onto Central Florida Parkway. The entrance to SeaWorld is on the right hand side of Central Florida Parkway.
From the East (Cocoa, Cape Canaveral, Titusville Area):
Take FL-528 (Beachline Expressway) west to the International Drive exit (exit #1). Make a left on to International Drive. Make a right onto Central Florida Parkway at the second traffic light. The entrance to SeaWorld is on the right hand side of Central Florida Parkway.
From the West (Lake Buena Vista/Tampa):
Take I-4 East (toward Orlando) to exit 71. This is the SeaWorld exit. Bear right onto Central Florida Parkway when exiting ramp. The main entrance to SeaWorld is on the left hand side of Central Florida Parkway, at the sign for SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando Car Rental

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Parking Prices for 2019

General Parking Pass for $23.47/ea
General Parking is free for Silver Annual Pass Holders
Preferred Parking Pass for $32.86/ea
Purchase preferred parking online and reserve parking closer to the entrance. Preferred Parking is free for Gold Annual Pass & Platinum Annual Pass holders
Express Park Entry + Preferred Parking for $59.99/ea
Start your day sooner with up close parking and VIP entrance to the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Map 2019

SeaWorld Orlando Map 2019

"Must See" Animal Exhibits

Dolphin Cove is one of the largest interactive dolphin pools in the world, where you can see dolphins play and jump above the water, or see them gracefully swim in the underwater viewing area. You can get an opportunity to feed and pet them.


Manta Aquarium features ten aquariums inhabited by more than 3,000 marine animals, including different species of rays and a giant Pacific octopus.

Explore the habitat of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®, where you can see five species of penguins.  You'll get to watch them waddle about on land or glide effortlessly through the chilly water.

Manatee Rehabilitation Area: SeaWorld is not just an exciting park for visitors; it's also a haven for sick and injured sea creatures. Inside its Rescue Center, orphaned or otherwise disabled marine animals are nursed back to health—including manatees. You'll learn more about this gentle creature's plight in the wild and how you can help make a difference.

At Shark Encounter, experience a rare, up-close look at prehistoric predators whose ancestors dominated the sea over 450 million years ago—long before even dinosaurs walked the earth.

TurtleTrek is more than a simple viewing area. The pavilion includes a 360-degree, 3D theater that tells the story of sea turtles' journey from the beach to the sea and back again. From there, walk through several interactive exhibits, including underwater viewing of sea turtle and manatee habitats.

Most Popular Shows & Presentations

One Ocean takes place in Shamu Stadium, which is named after the first orca that performed at SeaWorld San Diego. In this watery stadium, several of the large black-and-white killer whales and their trainers show off a variety of stunts.

Dolphin Days features several Atlantic bottlenose dolphins performing high-flying jumps, and other stunts, along with their trainers.  The front of the dolphin pool is see-through, so the audience can also see the dolphins’ antics underwater, too.

Sea Lion High: A New Class: Go to the head of the class in SeaWorld's fresh new take on a day at Sea Lion High. Those lovable sea lion stars, Clyde and Seamore, are back in school and this semester the SeaWorld Mime is ready to join the fun. From the antics of Opie Otter to the splash-tastic water effects, Sea Lion High is once again your SeaWorld destination for laughs.

Pets Ahoy features pets that were all been recovered from pet rescue facilities around Florida. The show includes cats, rats, a pig, ducks, doves and dogs performing on stage and even above the audience.

Best Rides & Roller Coasters

Named after fastest species of shark, Mako is a 200-foot, 70-mph B&M coaster that runs over more than 4,000 feet of track.  It boasts a number of airtime hills, as well as a unique new feature dubbed the "Hammerhead turn" (a tight U-turn to the right).

Kraken is a floorless model coasters features a 144-foot drop, as well as two loops, a dive loop, a zero-G roll, a cobra roll and a corkscrew. Themed to ancient, mythological underwater beast of legend, this 150 foot tall coaster with seven inversions dives in and out of cracks in the Earth, past waterfalls, and through tunnels, splashing bystanders with plumes of spray.

Themed as a "flying ray," Manta is a 140-foot-tall Bolliger & Mabillard Flying Coaster that runs on 3,359 feet of track, reaching a top speed of 56 mph while going through four inversions, including an 98-foot-tall pretzel loop. While you are waiting to board, you'll walk through an aquarium with floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing, filled with stingrays, tropical fishes, an octopus, live coral, and much more.

Journey to Atlantis debuted in 1998, as SeaWorld's first thrill ride. This exciting flume ride/roller coaster hybrid treats you to more than its share of surprises as you explore dark, watery passageways through the sunken city before being flung from its gates down a thrilling plunge into the waters below.

The 400 foot tall Skytower at SeaWorld offers unparalleled, seabird-style views of Orlando with a retro-style ascent to the pinnacle of the structure behind glass-paned windows.

Hotel near SeaWorld Orlando

The price of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando At Seaworld starting at $99. A mile from SeaWorld Orlando, this casual hotel flanked by casual restaurants is 2 miles from Interstate 4 and 5 miles from Walt Disney World Resort. It features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and self parking. Free continental breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided.

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The price of SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld low to $79. Across the street from SeaWorld Orlando, this relaxed all-suite hotel among eateries is also 6 miles from Walt Disney World®. A restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and a free theme park shuttle are also provided.

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Indulge your daredevil side at SeaWorld Orlando!

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