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The Glowing Guide to SeaWorld Orlando's Summer Spectacular

by Mommy Frog on May 27, 2023 Orlando

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You know the Frog Family can't resist a special event or festival at any of the Orlando theme parks! SeaWorld Orlando is one of our favorite places to check out limited-time shows and exclusive offerings because it always splashes up something truly out of the ordinary. SeaWorld does such a toadally terrific job of highlighting its ocean theme. That's why we're excited to share that SeaWorld Orlando is hosting Summer Spectacular on select dates from May 27 to Sept. 4, 2023, with more fun than ever before!

Summer Spectacular - Surf Holiday Finale

Summer Spectacular Dates

Keep an eye out! Summer Spectacular varies between taking place daily and on weekends only. Generally, the park closes at 10 p.m., but on select nights, it may only stay open until 9 p.m. (typically Sundays) or later at 11 p.m. (specifically over the Fourth of July weekend). Be sure to check the calendar before your visit to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun! Summer Spectacular is taking place on the following nights in 2023:

  • May 27-29
  • June 2-4, 9-11, 16-30
  • July 1-31
  • Aug. 1-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
  • Sept. 1-4

Summer Spectacular Exclusive Entertainment

Ignite Fireworks

Summer Spectacular - Ignite

See the sea in the skies with SeaWorld Orlando's very own fireworks extravaganza! Fireworks inspired by under-the-sea beauty and color ignite the sky for your viewing pleasure. That's not all — fountains, music, lasers and fire combine to produce a spectacle that is sure to captivate your senses. Fireworks can be seen from all over the park, including Bayside Stadium, the Waterfront and the Orca Encounter Pathway. However, if you want the full experience, the dancing fountains and lasers are best viewed from the stadium. Showtimes vary by day so be sure to check the park hours and experience times for the day of your visit!

For an additional cost, frogs can even enjoy an all-inclusive hoppy hour on Saturday nights, featuring specialty cocktails and Mediterranean-inspired food. You'll then get to end the night watching "Ignite" from a private waterfront patio!

Club Sea Glow

Summer Spectacular - Club Sea Glow

Be sure to pack your dancing shoes when you visit Electric Ocean! Dance the night away during the last two hours of the day at Bayside Stadium. This family-friendly "dance club" environment hosts a world-class DJ and impressive performers that embody colorful ocean vibes. The DJ mixes music for all ages, making it easy to dance and sing along to — adult frogs croaked along to JLo's "Let's Get Loud," while the tadpoles danced to "September" from "TROLLS."

Leap and I switched between getting down with the tadpoles and fellow aquatic life on the dance floor and relaxing on the stadium seats. Our webbed feet really enjoyed the break! We also loved watching the various entertainment acts that populated the dance floor, such as the energetic Bayside Spinners.

NEW! Surf Holiday at Nautilus Theater

Summer Spectacular - Surf Holiday

This summer, Nautilus Theater has transformed into Pipeline Pier where a sunsational party is taking place! Join Dylan Dreamboat, Coral and Winston for an inspiring story of conservation as they celebrate the beauty of our oceans and learn the importance of working together to preserve the precious lifeforms that call them home. Grab a beach ball and load up on SPF! This is one musical experience you won't want to miss!

Fourth of July Weekend Celebration

On Independence Day, even the ocean is celebrating! Electric Ocean's "Ignite Fireworks" will feature a patriotic grand finale in honor of the holiday. Head on over to SeaWorld June 30 through 4 to get in on all the festive celebrations hoppening Fourth of July weekend!

Summer Spectacular Concert Series

SeaWorld's concert series is returning to the Nautilus Theater every Saturday and Sunday, July 8 through Aug. 6. The best part? These electrifying performances are included with your regular admission! Here's the full lineup:

  • July 8: English Beat
  • July 9: Little River Bend
  • July 15: Pop Evil
  • July 16: Foghat
  • July 22: Don Felder
  • July 23: Rodney Atkins
  • July 29: Maddie & Tae
  • July 30: Jesse McCartney
  • Aug. 5: A Flock of Seagulls
  • Aug. 6: Skillet

Summer Spectacular Dining

Summer Spectacular - Surfs Up

Discover savory snacks, signature drinks, leapin' lagers and delicious desserts all summer long! Dig into a hearty Street Corn Carnitas Hot Dog or indulge in some mouthwatering beignets. (I always opt for the Bananas Foster ones. YUM!) There are 10 Summer Spectacular food and beverage booths located around the park:

1. Flats

  • Pepperoni
  • Meat Lovers
  • Margherita
  • Strawberry Margarita — Rock n Roll Strawberry Tequila, Lime, Triple sec, garnish with strawberry
  • Surfs Up — Blue Curaçao, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Rum, garnish with a lemon wheel
  • The Beach by Whispering Angel Rose

2. Coaster Cocktails

Summer Spectacular - Ice Breaker

  • Pipeline — Bacardi Rum, Tito's Vodka, Hendricks Gin, Orange Juice, Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine
  • Mako — Milagros Tequila, Lime Sour, Blueberry, Pineapple
  • Kraken — Tito's Vodka, Midori, Green Apple, Pineapple Juice
  • Ice Breaker — Spiced Rum, Passion Fruit, Lemonade, Sprite

3. Sand Bar Snacks

  • Chili Cheese Fries — Sidewinders fries, Sharp Cheddar sauce, Chili and lime sour cream
  • Barbeque Brisket Fries — Sidewinders fries, Hickory smoked Barbecue brisket, Sharp cheddar sauce, pickled red onion and sliced jalapeño
  • Impossible Chili Cheese Fries — Sidewinders fries, Sharp Cheddar sauce, Impossible Chili and lime sour cream
  • Frozen Wild Berry Daiquiri — Wildberry Puree, Bacardi light rum, strawberry/blueberry garnish
  • Banana Paradise — Monin Banana syrup, Bacardi Dark, Triple Sec, lime juice, pineapple juice, water, garnish with a lime wedge

4. Nathan's

  • Street Corn Carnitas Hot Dog — All beef foot-long hot dog, Smoked pulled pork carnitas, Street corn, Remoulade sauce, Cotija cheese and Tajin

5. Café de Mar

  • Pretzel
  • Churro
  • Chipotle BBQ Turkey Legs
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Piña Colada
  • Orlando Vice

6. Grey Goose Tasting Hut across from Infinity Falls

  • Grey Goose Strawberry Lemon Grass
  • Grey Goose White Peach Rosemary
  • Grey Goose Watermelon & Basil
  • Watermelon & Basil Vodka Lemonade — Grey Goose Watermelon & Basil Vodka, Lemonade garnished with a basil leaf

7. New Orleans Corner

Summer Spectacular - Beignets

  • Po Boy Chicken — Crispy Chicken, Creamy Cole Slaw, Remoulade Sauce
  • Po Boy Shrimp — Beer-Battered Shrimp, Creamy Cole Slaw, Remoulade Sauce
  • Caramel Beignets — Beignets, Powdered sugar, Caramel
  • Bananas Fosters Beignets — Beignets, Powdered sugar, Bananas in a Caramel Sauce
  • Purple Haze
  • Turbo Dog
  • Hurricane — Bacardi Dark Rum, Passion Fruit, Orange Juice

8. Beer Garden near Glacier Bar

  • Jai Alai
  • Orange Blossom Pilsner
  • Sweet Water 420
  • Bud Light
  • Sierra Nevada Little Hazy IPA
  • Yuengling

9. Bayside Stadium

  • Souvenir Popcorn Bucket
  • Surfboard Pretzels
  • Cotton Candy
  • Bottled Soda, Water
  • Bottled Beer
  • Nutrl Seltzers

10. Smugglers

  • Pipeline — Bacardi Rum, Tito's Vodka, Hendricks Gin, Orange Juice, Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice, Grenadine

Summer Spectacular offers a super cool way to experience the marine park in a whole new light with the whole family. Are you excited to "sea" what's hoppening at Summer Spectacular? Let us know in the comments!

Related: Full Lineup of SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Events in 2023

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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