SeaWorld is a wonderland of ocean animals, rides and dazzling shows located in Orlando, Florida in the United States. SeaWorld Orlando opened on December 15, 1973 and combines a marine-life based zoological park with world-class thrill rides.
Off course that part of the park’s beauty is possibility to interact with several animals like mantas, sharks, dolphins, stringray’s and pelicans. And the main attraction at the park still is Shumu’s “One Ocean”, a show of sea life. But there also are new rides for the adrenaline junkies like us: Manta roller coaster where you ride in a horizontal position (almost like flying), Kraken is a mega coaster and Turtle Trek, a 20 minute adventure in the new 3D 360 dome theater, a unique experience.
On May 2013 the park opened Antarctica Empire of the Penguin, a state-of-the-art interactive ride that will take guests on an exciting journey through the dangers and wondrous beauty of the Antarctic as they follow and mimic a young penguin’s adventures. Also in 2013 the park suffered a lot of criticism because of Blackfish documentary about lifespans of whales in captivity.
In 2016 the park opened Mako, a hypercoaster named after the fastest species of shark in the oceans. The ride is dubbed the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the Orlando area.
Located at one end of the word famous International Drive, SeaWorld Orlando hosted in 2010 an estimated 5.1 million guests, ranking it the ninth-most visited amusement park in the United States. The park opens all year but sometimes suffers from Floridian inclement weather.For 2017 SeaWorld Orlando is preparing its first digitally enhanced ride experience, the Kraken Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coaster. This will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida where riders embark on a deep-sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken.
When we visited in October 2012 rained punctually at 17 pm and all the outdoor rides closed immediately. But the park also benefits a lot from Florida’s tropical climate as the park have luxuriant flora.
The main entrance of the park features a Florida-inspired theme with lush tropical landscaping and a large artificial freshwater marina with a themed iconic lighthouse.
Also SeaWorld Orlando runs many promotions that can save you money, so check online or at the gates for your discount or several day passes.
Despite the out of proportions Black Fish controversy Seaworld Orlando is one of my favorites parks in the world and a must visit attraction in Orlando.
By Ana Alegria and Carlos Canaes. Updated: 9/06/2017
Location: 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, United States
Tickets: From 55USD
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