Sea World in Orlando combines a marine zoological park with thrilling roller coasters.
Best examples of the latter: Kraken Unleashed, Mako and Manta. Plus the spectacular new exotic water ride Infinity Falls with the world’s tallest river rapid drop (watch the video!).
Sea World is a fresh and interesting (additionally fact-packed) park with lots of exciting fun. A park that has changed a lot in recent years and has several sister facilities in the Orlando area.
Combining interesting marine environments with really cool roller coasters guarantees a perfect day for the whole family, fun for all ages. A day to remember.
Sea World was meant to be an underwater restaurant
Like the other Orlando giants, this is also a park that originates in California where the original Sea World was meant to be an underwater restaurant in San Diego. Instead it became a water park focusing mainly on teaching the wildlife of the sea. Although it was the Sea World water shows that initially established the park as one of the major theme parks in the world.
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Sea World started in Orlando 1973, two years after Disney World opened the gates. The park is run by SeaWorld Park & Entertainment, which is also behind the exclusive sister park and neighboring Discovery Cove as well as Busch Gardens north of Tampa. Sea World also owns Aquatica, one of many water parks in Orlando, and has recently opened Sea Life on International Drive.
Just like in other parks during the peak season it may be smart to do the opposite as everybody else, namely walk around the park in the reverse direction to the majority of the visitors. This reduces the risk of long queues and at best eliminates the worst congestion.
Note: At Busch Gardens Tampa, which is supposed to have Florida’s best roller coaster, you get a special price on combination tickets from the Official Ticket Center. The same applies to Aquatica and Discovery Cove.
For tropical adventures at Discovery Cove (with a dolphin swim) different rules apply: You get all other Sea World parks for free!
Sea World has seven “seas”
At Sea World, we are not talking about areas – here are seas, seven with the entrance itself.
Port of Entry
– starting point and where to decide in which order to walk around.
Sea of Shallows
– with the well-known Dolphin Theater, although this section has far more than just dolphins. There are plenty of other aquatic animals, from alligators to turtles and manatees. The design is made Key West style. This is where we find one of the park’s roller coasters: Manta.
Sea of Legends
– with the Kraken Unleashed, a really tough roller coaster, underwater and over 100 km/h. Recently changed to a virtual experience. This lake is a lot about the myth of Atlantis, the sunken city. Journey to Atlantis the ride is named.
Sea of Ice
– which is in Antarctica, but now with New Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin as the main attraction. Here you can follow a young penguin on its way home and the ride ends with a penguin exhibition.
Sea of Delight
– a quiet section with the park’s view tower, The Sky Tower. Here are most of the park’s restaurants.
Sea of Mystery
– which has the tunnel under the shark lagoon as the main attraction, and also with the Shark Encounter Exhibition and Shark’s Underwater Grill. Mako is another roller coaster that emphasizes Sea World’s focus on fast-paced adventures.
Sea of Fun
– with Shamu theme and activities for the youngest. Shamu Express is a small roller coaster that suits the youngest.
Sea of Power
– which has famous killer whale shows. Wild Arctic is an indoor attraction with whales, walrus, seals and polar bears.
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