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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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Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 1, 2020 at 4:03 p.m. Ryan Burt Says...

Nice

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Aug 1, 2020 at 2:27 p.m. Farrah Says...

Hoping to visit during winter break

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Aug 1, 2020 at 1:59 p.m. Airicck Says...

Shamu!

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Aug 1, 2020 at 12:48 p.m. Robin Says...

Love it

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Aug 1, 2020 at 12:06 p.m. Jamie Hoffman Says...

Haven’t been to Sea World since I was a kid! I know a lot has changed! My friend highly recommends it! Would love to take our kids!

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Aug 1, 2020 at 10:59 a.m. Joy Marish Says...

Would love to win, I've never been before.

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Aug 1, 2020 at 7:39 a.m. Lindsay Says...

Can not wait to visit Seaworld again❤️❤️

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Aug 1, 2020 at 7:19 a.m. Brandi Burns Says...

GREAT INFORMATION THANKS

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Aug 1, 2020 at 5:02 a.m. Ozlo Says...

Hi

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Aug 1, 2020 at 4:16 a.m. Heather M Says...

We have been wanting to visit Sea World for years!

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Aug 1, 2020 at 2:55 a.m. Mallory Says...

Very excited to get back to the parks!!

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Aug 1, 2020 at 2:47 a.m. Frankie Says...

Never been to sea world, and I’ve been living in Florida my whole life. I’ve heard of the hype and would absolutely love to go!

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Aug 1, 2020 at 1:59 a.m. Kat Says...

I would love to visit SeaWorld! It's awesome!

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Aug 1, 2020 at 1:04 a.m. Wyntear Rutledge Says...

So excited to go back safely!

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Jul 31, 2020 at 11:01 p.m. Dorie Griggs Says...

I would love to visit!

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Jul 31, 2020 at 10:17 p.m. Shelly Says...

Looking forward to visiting next year.

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Jul 31, 2020 at 10:07 p.m. Sparkle hopson Says...

I love all your tips and great deals

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Jul 31, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. Salina L Says...

Sea world Orlando is one I haven’t experienced ever!! I love the CA one and would love to visit the Orlando one and fall in love with that one as well!!

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Jul 31, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. Melissa Says...

I'm 35 and never been on a vacation out of town. I would love to take my girls on a family trip to FL

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Jul 31, 2020 at 1:33 p.m. Mary Jo Says...

Would love to visit Sea World in Orlando!

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Jul 31, 2020 at 12:20 p.m. Christy Hubley Says...

I love how your site is sharing all the new info. My kids have never been so we may venture there in 2021x

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Jul 31, 2020 at 5:16 a.m. Raymond Kimmell Says...

That's a very nice place

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Jul 31, 2020 at 3:25 a.m. Tammy H Says...

I hope they are able to open safely with people contributing by doing what they can to protect others.

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Jul 31, 2020 at 3:13 a.m. Patrick Macalalad Says...

Fantastic!

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Jul 31, 2020 at 3:12 a.m. Tracy Z Says...

I like that they have a face mask relaxation area!

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Jul 31, 2020 at 3:09 a.m. April Says...

Seaworld has always gone above and beyond for there guest. So it's no suprise to me that they are taking extra measures to keep everyone safe. Looking forward to being able to go soon.

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Jul 31, 2020 at 2:53 a.m. Debora Says...

Can always count on you for up-to-date info.

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Jul 31, 2020 at 12:37 a.m. Dongyu Says...

Cool!

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Jul 30, 2020 at 9:42 p.m. Daniel Scott Says...

I'm glad that they are taking all the safety precautions for patrons and staff.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 9:38 p.m. Ruth B. Says...

It's been over 10 years since I have been to SeaWorld Orlando. I can't wait to visit during Spring Break 2021.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 9:07 p.m. Judith Bayer Says...

Looking forward to taking our grandchildren

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Jul 30, 2020 at 7:57 p.m. SorayaM Says...

I have not visited SeaWorld in over 20 years. It is long over due to pay a visit.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 7:27 p.m. Sheila Gagnon Says...

Havent been in years would love to

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Jul 30, 2020 at 7:11 p.m. Jennifer L Says...

Would love to visit Sea World!

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Jul 30, 2020 at 6:26 p.m. Christina moore Says...

I would love to take my granddaughter to SeaWorld

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Jul 30, 2020 at 5:56 p.m. Cara Thomson Says...

So exciting!!

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Jul 30, 2020 at 5:54 p.m. laura falcon Says...

hope my luck is good

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Jul 30, 2020 at 5:50 p.m. FRANK FALCON Says...

Hope to win

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Jul 30, 2020 at 5:41 p.m. Susan Morris Says...

I really appreciate the parks taking these extra precautions! Thanks to Undercover Tourist for keeping us informed!

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Jul 30, 2020 at 4:53 p.m. Frankie Pinnix Says...

I’m so happy things are beginning to reopen! Our family loves ???? Disney ????❣️

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Jul 30, 2020 at 3:57 p.m. Julian A Says...

So glad things are opening back up! I bet the animals get lonely when everything is closed.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 3:55 p.m. Julie Says...

We love Sea World..Such a great article on it...

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Jul 30, 2020 at 3:36 p.m. Deborah McClure Says...

I love visiting the theme parks, but I think I'm going to wait a while.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 2:57 p.m. joe dunne Says...

always nervous about bit 'things' opening seems americans don't have the discipline to do whats needed to keep them safe

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Jul 30, 2020 at 2:44 p.m. Kelly VanAuken Says...

Thanks for the great info.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 12:48 p.m. Steven Long Says...

It would be awesome to see my grand babies reaction to all the amazing attractions.

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Jul 30, 2020 at 11:49 a.m. Donna Petry Says...

So much fun!! My kids would love it!

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Jul 30, 2020 at 11:18 a.m. Braden J Says...

great article

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Jul 30, 2020 at 10:21 a.m. Brittany Gilley Says...

Thanks for the info

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Jul 30, 2020 at 5:37 a.m. Thomas Gibson Says...

Thanks for the update. I live a few hours away and want to take my daughter.

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