|7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
|9AM–6PM 9AM–6PM 9AM–6PM 9AM–6PM 9AM–6PM 9AM–9PM 9AM–9PM
My wife and I absolutely LOVE Seaworld. We originally went on our honeymoon in 2013 and we have been back twice since then, most recently this week. Every time we feel more familiar with the park and we both feel like its a pretty easy place to navigate. Lots of signs posted, plus maps available readily. Last year we did the dolphin encounter and that was really cool. This year we decided to do a bit more and did the Expedition Tour on our second day and the Wild Arctic animal encounter the third day of our trip. We can highly recommend both of these. The tour was great and would be really good for a first time visitor. You get your own guided tour of the park with a guide who knows not only everything about the park, but about the animals as well. We got very lucky and ended up being the only two people on our tour, so it was like a private VIP tour. Our guide was Jared and he was excellent at pacing the tour to our desires, explaining everything, answering all questions and being super nice and accommodating in every way. He really went out of his way to make sure we got the experience we wanted. This tour includes the All Day Dining Deal and Quick Queue in the price, so its a great deal overall. The Wild Arctic encounter was also really great. We got to see and touch seals and beluga whales, as well as feed the whales and an amazing walrus named Garfield. The guide for that tour was also fantastic and did a great job. My wife and I dont ride roller coasters or thrill rides, so for us this park it all about the animals. We cant recommend it highly enough. The only caveats we would make are - visit in the spring (if you can) so the temperatures arent ridiculous. If you are there in the summer, there are lots of indoor spots to duck into and cool off. You will need to, as it can get very hot. Also if you plan to eat more than one meal, the All Day Dining Plan is a good option as it allows each person to eat once an hour, all day for one price. Since theme park food prices are high, eating more than once means you will get your moneys worth. Also, we noticed that the penguin attraction gets the busiest and its worth checking out. Try to do that first, or get a quick queue to not wait in line so long. If its a very hot day, this is a good place to cool off too. The penguin habitat is COLD. There is a small aquarium called the Manta Aquarium that is worth checking out, as they have many cool sea creatures... such as leafy sea dragons. Its easy to miss so if you cant find it, ask a park worker and they will tell you where it is. Lastly, if you are there around 1pm, head over to Shamu Stadium and walk around the back to the orca viewing area. Thats the best time to try to catch the orcas and you can see them underwater, up close. Its a really cool experience.
We are new season passholders and went last week. This was my first visit in a few years, and nothing really changed aside from adding Mako and taking away free range dolphin enounters (not sure why, and it was disappoining to see that they nickel and dime you just to touch and see them up close.) $20 average parking, but free to passholders. The parking lot is a little disorganized; partly from the inconsiderate drivers, and partly from the poor caution cone placement. Cars are led in single file, but they fan out to any spot once the cones open. Being our first visit of the season we opted for quick queue and and the unlimited meal plan, which is a little pricey, but cheaper in the long run for food and convenient so you open your time up for shows. Quick queue is too pricey to do it every time, but the unlimited meal pass is a steal, and well be doing it every time. Money is the real door opener. The more money you have, the more you can do since they charge for just about anything but water. The park is extremely informative and the staff assigned to animal areas are very knowledgeable about their station and the importance of their role. For example, at the turtle trek, the girl in the mic knew every fish I asked her about, and gave fun facts. Another example of a happy employee is The elderly lady with the mic by the baluga whales. She was extremely friendly. The quick service staff however, isnt as friendly. A happy day at a theme park can quickly be ruined by the sour face of an overheated employee. The outside staff are extremely sweaty and look tired. They are expextedly irritable. I think they need better air in the Florida heat. The shows were very fun and action packed. The performers thrive on the reactions of the crowd. They seem like they really enjoy working with the animals. And finally, the animals. The tanks are almost immaculate, and the animals look healthy (Im no marine biologist.) I love sea world. Regardless of how I made this post sound, its my favorite park in Orlando.
Customer service is NOT the best. They take their sweet time and it doesnt matter that the line grows longer and longer. I know that some people in customer service can be chatty, but they dont usually hold up the line either. This wasnt the problem. They didnt chat with customers, they didnt even ask how their day was or smile or anything that goes synonymous with customer service. They had the attitude of, "I get paid by the hour not by the customer." This was the soda stands. The rides are a bit more ridiculous, although some of them at least smile when you approach them, they really dont want to answer any questions. They want to just point to the line you get into. No communication. We were a party of seven, the two youngest were months old and two years old. I asked does the stroller go in the line for rides? She points to the line thats for rides. I respond, yes I know there is one for rides and one for walk through, but do we take the stroller or park it? She reasons unless the stroller is a wheelchair it has to be parked. Mind you there are NO designated stroller parkings for rides near by. I tell her oh okay, well he is four months old so no not a wheelchair and smile. She smiles back and says "okay" she watches us park the stroller and walk into the line for RIDES. Smiles and says have fun. The wait was 40 minutes. Not terrible for a theme park. We wait an hour and a half not the 40 minutes as directed. When we finally reach the end they tell us the little one is too small for the ride. Even to it on someones lap. They HAD to step out and walk. Basically come here in a small group, dont visit during hurricane season all rides start shutting down around three in the afternoon, dont expect to ride rides. Come for the morning, enjoy the animals, and leave when its time to eat. If you want any of those other things go to another park up the street. Highlight of the day, watching the penguins, feeding the sharks, walking through the aquariums.
The Garcia family
Ok so seaworld is entertaining. They have the Dolpin encounter, Dolphin days (a show which is absolutely beautiful ! ) I didnt get to see all the shows because Of the times but I seen the sea lions show; light up the night (orcas) and Pets ahoy which is so adorable!!! I highly recommend you see that especially if its hot when you go because it is indoors and you get to cool down out of the sun. Which btw on a hot day you can get a heat stroke out there easily so stay hydrated !!! There are about 3 big roller coaster rides and a kids Section with moderately scary rides for them and a splash pad where the Kids can get wet and cool off. There is dipping dots EVERYWHERE but they are so expensive! They have plenty of places to eat with a pretty wide variety of food options for a park. The spice mill is good with an all American menu and moderately priced, the Seafire Grill has pretty good tex Mex stuff like fajitas and black beans and what not... The Sharks Underwater Grill is pretty good, it is all seafood, which each plate is like $30 and the kids menu has chicken fingers (and what not) includes dessert and a drink for $13 and I dont even know how much the drinks were but we are a party of six (2 adults, 4 kids) so our tip was included in the check which after drinks and 1 app we paid over $180 so if you want to go there get ready to fork over some cash ! Youre paying for the experience its really cool seeing the sharks swimming round and round while you are waiting for your food , I even forgot to start eating but once I started it was Delicious! So also the penguin ride and exhibit is adorable a definite must see !!! My advice wear light clothing if its hot and bring water sprayer with fans attached because it gets REALLY HOT! if you are all about the thrill this might not be for you but if you like everything shows exhibits animal encounters and rides than you will enjoy yourself.