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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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Jul 30, 2020 at 4:10 a.m. John Sweeney Says...

Not sure on safety

Jul 30, 2020 at 2:42 a.m. bn100 Says...

looks fun

Jul 30, 2020 at 2:27 a.m. jack lewis Says...

gosh i cant wait to get back to Florida!

Jul 30, 2020 at 12:43 a.m. Natasha Says...

It’s helpful to know what to expect.

Jul 30, 2020 at 12:34 a.m. Tony Platz Says...

Never been there but would like to .

Jul 30, 2020 at 12:31 a.m. Ivette Says...

Can't wait to visit!

Jul 30, 2020 at 12:03 a.m. Crystal Reynante Says...

Looks cool!

Jul 29, 2020 at 11:41 p.m. Lisa Chesnut Says...

Thanks fro sharing all about the park reopening, I am so glad these parks are reopening it helps make life get back to being a little normal

Jul 29, 2020 at 11:09 p.m. Ron Ablang Says...

Even though it's mostly outdoors and there should be less crowds (due to controls by the staff) it is still too dangerous to expose my family.

Jul 29, 2020 at 11:08 p.m. Sara V Says...

Sounds like a fun time!

Jul 29, 2020 at 9:45 p.m. Colleen Owens Says...

As a Florida resident of 23 years, I know when I need theme park info or discounts to come to undercovertourist!

Jul 29, 2020 at 9:43 p.m. Mathew Breinlinger Says...

We can't wait!

Jul 29, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. Jill H Says...

My daughter and grandchildren are planning to go in December, so this info gives head's up on what to expect.

Jul 29, 2020 at 6:36 p.m. jenifer Says...

This is amazing!

Jul 29, 2020 at 6:31 p.m. Rachelle Edwards Says...


Jul 29, 2020 at 6:07 p.m. Carolyn Hesse Says...

Sounds like so much fun!

Jul 29, 2020 at 5:09 p.m. Misty Says...

This would be a great trip after all of this pandemic chaos calms down. My kids would LOVE it!

Jul 29, 2020 at 4:46 p.m. KariLorr Says...

Thanks for the handy guide. I'm glad they are making these precautions.

Jul 29, 2020 at 3:56 p.m. Chris D Says...

Love the masks!

Jul 29, 2020 at 3:13 p.m. bryan deege Says...

the whole country needs to reopen.

Jul 29, 2020 at 2:46 p.m. Shanna Says...


Jul 29, 2020 at 2:08 p.m. Love Thy Neighbor Says...

Can't wait to visit

Jul 29, 2020 at 1:53 p.m. Fight Fake News Says...


Jul 29, 2020 at 1:29 p.m. VA to FLA Says...

I would love to visit!

Jul 29, 2020 at 1:04 p.m. Dave the Wave Says...

great advice

Jul 29, 2020 at 12:48 p.m. P Muldowney Says...

So thankful for you. Thanks for the safety precautions. Can't wait to visit again. The world needs the joy you bring.

Jul 29, 2020 at 12:43 p.m. Brittany Rose Says...

Hoping we can visit in 2021!

Jul 29, 2020 at 12:36 p.m. MelBG Says...

Never been, would love to go ❤️

Jul 29, 2020 at 12:21 p.m. Kimberly Anderson Says...

Cannot wait to get back to Florida again and be able to forget things for awhile

Jul 29, 2020 at 10:01 a.m. Jodi S Says...

Looks awesome!!

Jul 29, 2020 at 7:27 a.m. Diana Says...

What an amazing getaway with a family!

Jul 29, 2020 at 5:07 a.m. BDC Says...

Thanks for all the great advice!

Jul 29, 2020 at 2:22 a.m. Shawnie Says...

Hoping to win to visit SeaWorld, we’ve never been!

Jul 29, 2020 at 12:37 a.m. Leah Edwards Says...


Jul 28, 2020 at 11:21 p.m. Jay-Jay Says...

Thanks for the updates! It never occurred to me that all 4 parks would be closed on different days during our visit this October.

Jul 28, 2020 at 11:03 p.m. Debbie Dietz Says...

Really wish I could be there.

Jul 28, 2020 at 4:45 p.m. Jessica Says...

looks great, can't wait!

Jul 28, 2020 at 3:55 p.m. Tina Says...

I have not been since I was a kid! I would love to go back!

Jul 28, 2020 at 3:11 p.m. Rose Says...

I can't wait to head back to SeaWorld! I’ve never been to Discovery Cove but would love to bring my family!

Jul 28, 2020 at 1:45 p.m. Stacey Grantham Says...

Our new normal, but still love going to theme parks.

Jul 28, 2020 at 8:18 a.m. Jeanette denning Says...

I had no clue you all we're around , love to win ????????????❤❤

Jul 28, 2020 at 3:46 a.m. Alison Says...

Thank you for all the info! I can’t wait to get back to visiting Orlando! :)

Jul 28, 2020 at 1:46 a.m. Music Dude Says...

Love Undercover Tourist! Save money and so convenient!

Jul 28, 2020 at 1:16 a.m. VickiS Says...

I'm impressed how the theme parks are maintaining safety measures during the Current Unpleasantness

Jul 27, 2020 at 9:38 p.m. Lela Says...

Haven't visited Sea World yet, but would love to plan a trip!

Jul 27, 2020 at 9:24 p.m. Erik Says...

Looks safer now than ever. Can't wait to take the fam down to see everything.

Jul 27, 2020 at 9:07 p.m. Jessica White Says...

It’s been FOREVER since I’ve been to Sea World as a child. I have such wonderful memories there and it fueled my desire to be a marine biologist when I grew up!

Jul 27, 2020 at 7:05 p.m. jackie Says...

Hoping to be able to visit soon. My kiddos (and I ) would love to have this experience.

Jul 27, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Irina Says...

We can't wait for our visit

Jul 27, 2020 at 6:25 p.m. Vanessa B Says...

Looks like they are trying to keep it safe as possible. Planning a trip soon!

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