SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld takes families below the surface, above the waves and beyond their expectations. More than 200 acres of up-close animal encounters, thrilling attractions and lavish performances immerse guests in the mysteries of the sea. Whether riding a flying manta ray, getting drenched by Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving astounding thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld. Overview SeaWorld immerses guests in the mysteries of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, amazing attractions and rides and unforgettable performances. Whether riding a flying manta ray, getting drenched by Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving astounding thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld. Visitors find out what it’s like to spin, glide, skim and soar like a giant ray as they experience the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world on Manta. A seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride, Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create. Location Intersection of Interstate 4 and FL 528 (the Beachline Expressway), 10 minutes south of downtown Orlando and 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport. Park Hours Open year-round from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours during summer and holidays.  Allow a full day to see all shows and attractions. Admission Ages 10+ $79.99 (plus tax); Ages 3-9 $71.99 (plus tax); Ages two and under are free. Prices are subject to change without notice. Purchase your tickets here. Conservation SeaWorld’s animal rescue team is on call 24/7 to rescue and care for injured, orphaned or ill marine animals, including manatees, dolphins, birds and sea turtles. In fact, more than 18,000 animals have been rescued by the SeaWorld parks in the past 45 years. The ultimate goal of each rescue is to return the animal to the wild. Guest Services Strollers, wheelchairs, two-way radios, lockers and indoor, climate-controlled pet kennels are available for rental. Wheelchair seating is available at all facilities. Diaper-changing and baby-nursing areas, first aid, foreign currency exchange, automated teller machine, taxi and bus parking are all found on site. Dining “Sharks Underwater Grill” is a full-service, upscale restaurant that immerses guests in an underwater world to dine with the denizens of the deep. The “Floribbean-style” menu blends Caribbean and Florida fare with an emphasis on seafood. Priority seating can be arranged by calling (888) 800-5447 or by visiting the host stand at the restaurant. "Makahiki Luau" is a nightly celebration at The Waterfront’s Seafire Inn filled with ancient customs, rhythmic music and dance, authentic costumes and the delectable cuisine of the Pacific Islands. Reservations are required; call toll-free (888) 800-5447. Rides: “Manta” is a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride. The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, Manta already is topping the list of don’t-miss 2010 theme park attractions. “Kraken” – Orlando’s only floorless roller coaster – is themed after a massive, mythological underwater beast unleashed from the depths of the sea. Riders’ feet dangle as they travel in open-sided seats, riding on a pedestal above the track at speeds of 65 mph to heights of more than 140 feet. “Journey to Atlantis” is an edge-of-your-seat water-coaster -- part water ride, part roller coaster -- thrill ride that plunges guests into the middle of a clash for the lost city of Atlantis. Riders encounter spine-tingling thrills, including two of the steepest, wettest and fastest drops to be found at any theme park in the world. "Wild Arctic" takes guests on a thrilling, motion-based flight over the frozen North where they are enveloped in the beauty, exhilaration and danger of Arctic exploration. Stepping from the simulated jetcopter experience they enter a frozen wonderland with live beluga whales, walruses, harbor seals and polar bears. Shows “One Ocean” is SeaWorld’s all-new new killer whale show, debuting late spring. The show connects guests to the sea, and killer whales, with a new level of energy and excitement while it educates and inspires them to make a difference in this world. “Blue Horizons” is a breakthrough theatrical spectacular that showcases graceful dolphins and false killer whales, a rainbow of exotic birds and an entire cast of world-class divers and aerialists draped in elaborate costumes. The vivid imagination of a young girl sets the stage for an emotional adventure to experience the power of the sea and the elegance of flight. “Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island” stars the park's hilarious sea lions, otters and walrus in a swashbuckling adventure and a sensational tale of lost loot, pirate plunder and misadventure on the high seas. “Pets Ahoy!” is a comical show featuring the talents of a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, rats, skunks, pot-belly pigs, and other animals performing a series of uproarious and amazing skits. Most impressive is the fact that nearly all of the fabulous four-legged celebs were rescued from animal shelters before they found their fame at SeaWorld. “A'Lure … The Call of the Ocean” tells the spectacular tale of the Sea Sirens, whose hypnotic calls have lured fisherman into their underwater lairs for centuries. It's a mariner’s story that comes to life with flying athletic performers, gravity-defying aerial tumblers and amazing silk yo-yo artists. Animal Attractions “Key West at SeaWorld” spans five acres and celebrates the legendary mystique and animals of the Florida Keys while it immerses guests in the quirky, carefree ambiance of America's southernmost city. Guests may feed and touch dolphins in a tropical lagoon with rolling waves, a sandy beach, underwater viewing and naturalistic coral reef -- as well as feed stingrays and see endangered sea turtles up-close. “Manatee Rescue” submerges guests in the beautiful underwater world of the endangered Florida manatee. All of the manatees in this habitat have been rescued by SeaWorld’s animal rescue team, and those who become healthy enough will be returned to their natural habitat. The attraction was named best new zoological exhibit in the country by The American Zoological Association (AZA). “Pacific Point Preserve” is home to California sea lions and harbor seals. The 2½-acre naturalistic setting duplicates the rocky Northern Pacific coast. “Shark Encounter” takes guests underwater, surrounding them with the spine-chilling denizens of the deep, including eels, barracuda, venomous fish, and sharks. The 60-foot shark tunnel in SeaWorld's Shark Encounter attraction is formed of acrylic panels weighing up to 5,000 pounds, and able to support the pressure of more than 500 tons of water. “Dolphin Nursery” is home to dolphin mothers and their newborn calves. “Penguin Encounter” is home to more than 200 penguins and puffins. Featuring six species of penguins -- king, gentoo, adelie, macaroni, chinstrap and rockhopper -- the animal habitat is kept at a chilly 30 degrees and the water an icy 45 degrees. Six thousand pounds of snow fall daily inside the naturalistic habitat, which is reminiscent of the Antarctic’s rocky cliffs and frigid waters. Guests ride a 120-foot-long moving walkway through the frozen wonderland to watch the playful birds cavort both above, and under the water. Other Attractions Shamu’s Happy Harbor - “Shamu’s Happy Harbor,” a children’s play area at SeaWorld, features fun for the entire family. “Shamu Express” is the park’s first family-oriented roller coaster. Themed after SeaWorld’s famous killer whale, the “Shamu Express” thrills children and parents alike while traveling down more than 850 feet of track at 26 mph. “Jazzy Jellies” lifts and spins families in over- sized seats, while “Swishy Fishies” enables adventurous youngsters to spin around a giant waterspout. Shamu’s Happy Harbor also features the “Sea Carousel,” the “Flying Fiddler,” a giant fiddler crab that descends vertically in a quick series of short drops and “Ocean Commotion,” a fanta-sea themed tug boat that swings passengers side to side. SeaWorld’s littlest guests can explore four stories of colorful climbing nets and tunnels, nine slippery slides and a splashy water maze.