is a 200-acre marine-world adventure park that features amazing animal encounters, world-class shows and thrilling rides. Guests can explore the mysteries of the sea and interact with marine life, or experience new state-of-the-art water rides that include out of this world special effects. Other things to enjoy in the park include dining on The Waterfront and midway-type games at The Game Room. Nine restaurants are available at SeaWorld, ranging from full-service to cafeteria-style. Services available at the park include strollers and diaper changing and baby nursing areas, wheelchairs, lockers and climate-controlled pet kennels. Twenty-four hour automated teller machines, taxi and bus parking are also on site. SeaWorld Orlando is open year-round, with extended hours during the summer and holidays. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 4 and FL 528 (the Bee Line Expressway,) just 10 minutes south of downtown Orlando and 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport.
SeaWorld Address and Phone Number
6600 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, FL 32821-8008
SeaWorld Orlando Rides and Attractions
SeaWorld Orlando is easy to navigate – you can start in any direction you want. Attractions include shows and animal attractions, thrill rides, dining and other special attractions like Shamu’s Happy Harbor, a “just-for-kids” play area with a splashy water maze and slippery slides. There are also seasonal shows, such as the Fusion and Mistify Fireworks.
Shamu is one of the most famous animal attractions at SeaWorld, where “The Shamu Adventure” is hosted by Jack Hanna, and “Shamu Rocks America,” has trainers and killer whales performing astounding feats with dazzling theatrical effects to a rock ‘n’ roll beat. At the Odyssea, the wonders of the sea come to life in a 30-minute show that transports guests from the surface of the sea to the depths of the ocean. Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island is SeaWorld’s comical tale of pirate adventures on the high seas – along with help from Clyde the sea lion and a harbor seal who is the latest cast member. Blue Horizons is a new all-dolphin show that takes you into a world of acrobatic dolphins. Also don’t miss wonderful animal encounters such as the Penguin Encounter, Tropical Rain Forest, Dolphin Cove, Turtle Point and Manatee Rescue.
SeaWorld is also home to the fastest, longest, tallest and only floorless roller coaster in the region. Unlike traditional floorless coasters where the seats are suspended from a track above, “Kraken” provides a pedestal type of seat, allowing you to sit positioned high above the track, with nothing over your head but the sky, or ground, depending where you are at in the ride. Passengers are placed in open-sided seats with only shoulder restraints to hold them in, and feet, arms, flip flops, glasses and pocket contents fall freely during the ride, so you may want to consider renting a locker near the entrance of the ride to hold your valuables. “Journey to Atlantis” has been called “the future of theme park thrill rides,” and combines a roller coaster/water ride with dazzling special effects. For a complete change of pace, enter a frozen wonderland at “Wild Arctic,” where you will board a jet helicopter for an unforgettable, motion-based flight to a remote research station on the Arctic. Get ready to come face to face with real beluga whales, walruses and two polar bears named Klondike and Snow.
Four graduates of the University of California Los Angeles founded the first SeaWorld in 1964. The original idea was for an underwater restaurant, but when that was determined to be technically unfeasible, the concept grew into a marine zoological park on 22 acres along the shore of Mission Bay in San Diego. A second SeaWorld park was built in Aurora, Ohio (near Cleveland,) in 1970 and the park in Orlando opened in 1973. The largest park opened in San Antonio, Texas in 1988. Over the years, SeaWorld has grown into one of the largest and most respected marine zoological parks in the world. The parks are accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association - recognition that these facilities have achieved high levels of animal husbandry techniques; medical care; and management competence in their zoological exhibition, collections, public education, and park operations.
SeaWorld Orlando Map (click on map for larger view)