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All of the ~Splashin'~ Details for Your Next SeaWorld Orlando Trip

by Mommy Frog on August 19, 2021 242 Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening - PinterestAre you ready for some tail flippin' fun while riding thrilling coasters, zipping down waterslides and meeting wild animals? The SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment locations in Florida reopened in June 2020 after temporary closures due to COVID-19 with new policies and procedures, some of which are still currently in place. This lineup includes SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island. We've made quite a few visits (and will continue to hop back) so we can keep you informed as things change!

We feel fortunate that we've been able to watch holiday fireworks at Busch Gardens Tampa and trick-or-treat at SeaWorld Orlando. What we've found impressive about the SeaWorld Parks events is that each event feels the same as past years despite the modifications. Also, we CANNOT WAIT until Ice Breaker launches its first guests at SeaWorld Orlando and Iron Gwazi debuts its makeover at Busch Gardens Tampa. Tad especially has been watching both of the rides' progress, and he hopes to be among the first frogs to ride them when they open later in 2022.

If you're planning a trip to any of the SeaWorld Parks in Florida anytime soon, here is everything you can expect!

SeaWorld Orlando | Busch Gardens TampaAquatica, Discovery Cove & Adventure Island

What You Should Know About Visiting SeaWorld Orlando

Arriving at the Park

As of May 6, 2021, temperature checks have been phased out. Instead, you'll go through the usual bag check at security (which has plexiglass to protect both guests and ambassadors) and the entry turnstiles (which are now touchless — an ambassador scans your tickets through plexiglass). There are no paper park maps. Instead, you can scan a QR code to download a map on your phone.

Face Coverings and Relaxation Areas

Based on the recently announced guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Discovery Cove are all modifying their policy regarding face coverings. Face coverings will no longer be required outdoors. The parks will not require proof of vaccination, but ask guests to respectfully comply with the revised policy. Likewise, it is recommended that all guests wear a face covering while indoors.

SeaWorld Reopening - Mask Enforcement Ambassadors

Rides and Attractions

Some rides, attractions and play areas remained closed, including:

  • Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin (penguin exhibit is open)
  • Sky Tower
  • Wild Arctic (animal exhibit is open)

Animal Exhibits

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening - Sea Lion

You can watch the dolphins play with toys from the main sidewalk or the underwater viewing area. Public feedings for the stingrays and sea lions have resumed after not being initially available in June 2020.

Restaurants and Retail Shops

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening - Altitude Burgers

Ambassadors and guests are both protected by plexiglass at the registers. Contactless payment is highly encouraged, but cash payment can also be accepted. At restaurants, tables and chairs are sanitized frequently. Select restaurants may be closed or have limited availability until further notice. Flamecraft Bar and Glacier Bar may have a limited menu available.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Reopening Guidelines

Busch Gardens Tampa - Kumba

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has implemented similar park health and safety measures to protect employees, guests and animals. These include health and safety guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, such as face coverings for unvaccinated guests.

Overall Park Enhancements

  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own face coverings, but masks are available for purchase.
  • Contactless payments are encouraged, and plexiglass has been installed in high-traffic areas.
  • Cleaning and sanitization is increased significantly in high-contact areas, including numerous hand sanitization stations.
  • Employees have received new training on new park operating procedures, which includes guidance from the CDC and health advisers.

Specific Enhancements to Key Operational Areas

  • Guest Arrivals and Ticketing: There are enhanced cleaning protocols in arrival areas.
  • Restaurants: Tables and chairs will be sanitized frequently. Additional grab-and-go options have been added.
  • Animal Exhibits and Interactions: Certain tours and interactions are limited to one party at a time.
  • Public Spaces: Hand sanitizer stations have increased throughout the park, as well as consistent signage.
  • Rides and Attractions: Hand sanitizer is available at the entry and exit points of all rides, and the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing ride vehicles is increased.
  • Parades and Meet and Greets: Certain parts of parades and meet and greets are limited or removed. Character interactions and photo opportunities are modified.

Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove and Adventure Island Tampa Policies and Procedures

SeaWorld Orlando Reopening - Discovery Cove

Aquatica and Discovery Cove in Orlando and Adventure Island in Tampa have increased cleaning and sanitization of high contact surfaces, such as ride vehicles, rafts, tubes and life vests. To ensure physical distancing, guest capacity is limited in pools and lazy rivers, and lounge chairs are spread out appropriately. All rafts and ride vehicles are limited to a single party, so groups will not be mixed together.

Be sure to check the schedules for each respective park! Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove may be closed certain days of the week and their operating hours are subject to change. Adventure Island — now a year-round water park — reopened March 12, 2021.

We hope you'll find this information hopful as you plan your next visit. Do you have any questions about the reopening procedures at the Florida SeaWorld parks? Let us know in the comments below. And don't froget, you can save some green when you purchase SeaWorld Orlando tickets through Undercover Tourist.

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Aug 5, 2020 at 11:41 p.m. Alpal Says...

Love SeaWorld! I’d love to go!

Aug 5, 2020 at 11:37 p.m. Teri Finegan Dalco Says...

one would think that water parks with all the chlorine would be somewhat safer than other places too, since it is self bleaching

Aug 5, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. Fran Landry Says...

Lots of great information so thank you!! Would love to win!!

Aug 5, 2020 at 1:35 p.m. Ryan Says...

While I've been to Orlando several times, SeaWorld was one of the places we just never went to. I think the new procedures are about as good as a theme park can get, within the parameters of the "new normal" without making the experience alien and threatening. Good luck to them, keeping their doors open!

Aug 5, 2020 at 12:20 a.m. Donald Says...

Would love to win!

Aug 4, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. Linda C Says...

I love SeaWorld!

Aug 4, 2020 at 9:20 p.m. Rebecca Simons Says...

Last time we went to Orlando Sea World we had the best time. We make incredible memories with our kids.

Aug 4, 2020 at 8:57 p.m. Stephanie Colclough Says...

Sea World is great....Cant wait to return.

Aug 4, 2020 at 4:53 p.m. Jessica J Says...


Aug 4, 2020 at 3:55 p.m. Michael Says...

I would love to go back, liked Sea World in 2019, but will wait for the social distancing and mask nonsense to go away. When Theme Parks get more like normal will come again without all the CDC crap.

Aug 4, 2020 at 1:38 p.m. Meredith Says...

Beautiful park, love the shows and rides! Haven't been in a few years but look forward to revisiting again soon.

Aug 4, 2020 at 1:04 p.m. Elisa Says...

I haven't been to Sea World in years and my two kids have never gone. Would love to take them there.

Aug 4, 2020 at 3:05 a.m. Bridget Tatum Says...

I'm so ready to get back in the swing of things. Can't wait to travel again with my family!

Aug 4, 2020 at 2:24 a.m. Cathy Le Says...

Can’t wait to visit after the pandemic is over.

Aug 4, 2020 at 1:50 a.m. Nancy Ann Klein Says...

I am excited to get back to the theme parks! I am glad that the theme parks are outlining exactly what measures they will take to ensure everyone's safety.

Aug 3, 2020 at 9:51 p.m. Ryan F Says...

I haven't been to SeaWorld since I was a kid. My son would love to go!

Aug 3, 2020 at 9:47 p.m. Dániel Bíró Says...

yes thank you

Aug 3, 2020 at 9:47 p.m. Dani Says...


Aug 3, 2020 at 7:53 p.m. Heidi135 Says...

I have never been to Seaworld in Orlando. Last time I was at Seaworld was in 2000.

Aug 3, 2020 at 7:52 p.m. Heidi Pisle Says...

I have never been to Seaworld in Orlando last time I went to Seaworld was in 2000!

Aug 3, 2020 at 6:39 p.m. Taylor Gallop Says...

I’m excited to go back to SeaWorld! I haven’t been since I was a really young girl! I’m excited to visit again! ????

Aug 3, 2020 at 6:13 p.m. Fletch Says...

Good info! My girlfriend would love to visit

Aug 3, 2020 at 4:11 p.m. Alberto Alonsi Says...

We want to have a great time with my wife and sons! They love Sealife!

Aug 3, 2020 at 4:04 p.m. Alberto Alonso Says...

wow I want so bad to go with my family! My sons love the animals in general

Aug 3, 2020 at 12:46 p.m. KAREN MEAD Says...

Seaworld is a great family park and I welcome any and all chances to visit!

Aug 3, 2020 at 12:05 p.m. Melanie Says...

I cannot express how excited I am for Sea World to reopen!! I trip here would be cherry on top for the perfect summer end!!

Aug 3, 2020 at 1:25 a.m. Junae Ariel Says...

I can’t wait to go back! I think the parks are doing amazing with social distancing and keeping everyone safe.

Aug 2, 2020 at 8:59 p.m. QueenBG Says...

I never knew that SeaWorld had so much. I thought it was just the animal shows and aquarium because that's all they portray in movies and TV shows.

Aug 2, 2020 at 8:48 p.m. Chris Kingdon Says...

Sound super fun!

Aug 2, 2020 at 7:28 p.m. jerry hardie Says...

hello I have never been to Florida I hear all the hype about its amusement parks and have been very eager to visit.

Aug 2, 2020 at 7:16 p.m. Melissa M Says...

Travel by plane is on hold now with a young toddler. But still can't wait to bring our daughter to visit all of the Sesame Street fun!

Aug 2, 2020 at 7:15 p.m. Linda C Says...

My grandson loved Sea World when we took him there a few years ago, and I sure hope we can take him again!

Aug 2, 2020 at 4:12 p.m. Joy Chadwick Says...

I would love to visit the Orlando site after its demand safe for all!!!

Aug 2, 2020 at 3:59 p.m. Kelly Smith Says...

Id love to go here

Aug 2, 2020 at 3:34 p.m. Michelle DeLarwelle Says...

Would LOVE the opportunity to return to SeaWorld

Aug 2, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. Kendrah S. Says...

haven't been to Sea World since I was a kid and would love to take my kids❤❤

Aug 2, 2020 at 1:26 p.m. Carrie Says...

Sea world!????

Aug 2, 2020 at 12:21 p.m. Eh Says...

It makes sense

Aug 2, 2020 at 9:24 a.m. Walrus Carp Says...

It's awesome to see all of the safety precautions being put in place at the Orlando parks.

Aug 2, 2020 at 8:54 a.m. Esteban Says...

Thank you sou much, amazing info!

Aug 2, 2020 at 5:58 a.m. nicky Says...

I cannot wait to go back!

Aug 2, 2020 at 3:56 a.m. LB Says...

I hven't been to seaworld in forever! Love it though.

Aug 2, 2020 at 3:01 a.m. Rosanne Says...

It's nice we wouldn't be squeezed in with others in line

Aug 2, 2020 at 1:49 a.m. KRISTINA CEJA Says...

Would love to visit SeaWorld since our Disneyland vacation isn't looking too promising :)

Aug 2, 2020 at 1:36 a.m. Katrina J Says...

I'm glad they are re-opening so people can go for a good time. Also, happy to see the safety measures put in place while we all try to adjust to this new normal.

Aug 2, 2020 at 1:01 a.m. Kelly Young Says...

Looks awesome!

Aug 1, 2020 at 11:54 p.m. Colleen Schilinski Says...

We are so ready for Sea World - Thanks for the heads up !!

Aug 1, 2020 at 10:34 p.m. Betsy Myers Says...

Very valuable info. here!

Aug 1, 2020 at 8:51 p.m. Cynthia Mahoney Says...

Never been to Flordia, would love to take my two young grandsons and my son who have never been to a theme park,

Aug 1, 2020 at 8:32 p.m. FatmanOSU Says...

I miss Busch Gardens. Love the roller coasters.

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