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Overview of SeaWorld's Ride Accessibility Program

by Leap on January 19, 2016 16

Disability Tips for the Park - Disability Access for Disney World Attractions

We've covered Disney and Universal's disability programs, and today we're covering SeaWorld! Like Disney, SeaWorld's disability policy has changed in recent years. If you're heading to any of the SeaWorld parks soon with a disabled person, you'll need to know as much as possible about the park's accessibility program to ensure a fun and stress-free time.

SeaWorld Orlando - Overview of SeaWorld's Ride Accessibility Program

SeaWorld offers the Ride Accessibility Program (RAP), which gives special access for those who cannot wait in a conventional queue; the pass is now very similar to the way Universal's and Disney's passes work. The RAP allows you to schedule return times at attractions so you aren't waiting in a long queue. When you return for your scheduled time at an attraction, you'll access the ride through an alternate queue, usually the exit or the Quick Queue. Let's hop right into the overview!

Overview of SeaWorld's Ride Accessibility Program

Where do I enroll in the Ride Accessibility Program?

Once you arrive at SeaWorld, go straight to Guest Services. If you're in Orlando, Guest Services will be found on your left in the row of buildings after you enter. While in San Diego, Guest Services will be on your right, and if you're in San Antonio, you'll find it right before you enter the park.

How do I get the RAP?

While at Guest Services, you'll discuss your disability and accommodation needs. Like always, you're not legally required to bring doctor's proof, but it could help make things go more smoothly. If you meet the requirements, you'll be given the pass.

Manta - Overview of SeaWorld's Ride Accessibility Program

How does the RAP work?

The pass has the major attractions listed that require a return time so you aren't stuck waiting in the regular queue. You can experience the attractions not listed by going through an alternate queue (usually the exit or the Quick Queue). If the wait time for an attraction is less than 15 minutes, then you'll be directed through an entrance to ride. If it's more than 15 minutes, you'll be given a return time.

What do I do once I've received RAP?

Once you've been given RAP, go to the first attraction you'd like to experience. Depending on if the wait time is more or less than 15 minutes, you'll either be given a return time or be directed to the alternate entrance to ride.

If you have to return at a designated time, you can go experience other attractions, grab a snack, rest, etc., then return at the time and show the pass to the employee.

Can I have more than one return time at once?

Yes! This is probably the biggest difference between SeaWorld's program versus Disney's and Universal's. You can have more than one return time on the pass.

What if the park is extremely busy and I'm constantly getting return times?

If you happen to be at the park when it's extremely busy and wait times are more than 15 minutes, then we recommend looking into the Quick Queue Unlimited pass at SeaWorld. With the pass, you can hop onto some rides in between return times.

Hopefully this overview of SeaWorld's Ride Accessibility Program gave you some useful information! If you have any questions at all, please let us know in the comments below!

Related: Overview of Disney's Disability Access Services Card

Related: Full List of Disability Access for Disney World Attractions

Keep hopping!

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Jul 28, 2019 at 9:04 a.m. Beth anders Says...

We did not have a positive experience at seaworld Orlando. My son recently broke his tibia. He has no weight bearing restricts on his left leg. He rented wheel chair at sea world he asked if there was anything else he needed. There was no mention of this m of this disability pass mention. He was able to go on infinite falls once but then attempted to ride the ride the a second time only to meet an employee who got right in his face an told him to prove he was disabled. This employee never mentioned the disability pass. Very disappointed in SeaWorld and their staff

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Jul 30, 2019 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

That IS disappointing to hear, Beth! We are so sorry that you and your son had this experience!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 4, 2019 at 8:33 p.m. Mary Podschweit Says...

I have a brain injury and a service dog. My husband, Matt, and I would like to celebrate our 27 the anniversary on Thursday the 25th of July at SeaWorld SanDiego. Have a nice dinner at the park. I am slow.

Here's my questions.

Can I bring my service dog (life giver)

Second: is there a golf cart we can use while at the park.

Thanks for your time

MK

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Jul 9, 2019 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary!

While there aren't golf carts for rent, there are wheelchairs or ECVs (scooter). You can rent online ahead of time, and you may bring a service animal with you. Have a great time celebrating - hoppy anniversary!

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Jun 27, 2019 at 4:31 p.m. JAmie Says...

just wanted to say thanks! this article was more helpful than Sea world phone customer service! 20 mins on the phone with no real answers.

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Jun 27, 2019 at 12:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

We are so hoppy to help, Jamie!

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Apr 8, 2019 at 9:11 p.m. Tee Says...

I have a lung disease and I’m on a portable oxygen do sea world have motorized scootered?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 8:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tee!

They sure do! You can learn more here.

Leap

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Mar 6, 2017 at 12:46 p.m. Judy Says...

We are an older couple. My husband is on a wheelchair. We would love to attend the park but need to know if there is wheelchair accessible exhibits won't be going on any rides so RAP passes are not needed.

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Mar 6, 2017 at 7:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hello Judy,

The SeaWorld Orlando Accessibility Guide, put together by SeaWorld, has all the information you need on accessing shows and exhibits.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jun 7, 2016 at 6:55 p.m. michelle ibbetson Says...

My daughter 9 year old is a diabetic. Is there a refrigerator inside the park for me to store her insulin?

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Jul 18, 2016 at 10:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Call ahead of time to be sure; there is a First Aid station and Guest Services that should help with accommodations.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 4, 2016 at 4:40 p.m. Dana Says...

Is Sea World still offering this accommodation? We have been hearing that they changed their policies in trace the years, and that now, a special aconidations pass costs 50% that of a regularly priced ticket.

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Jul 14, 2016 at 9:55 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dana,

As far as we know, SeaWorld is still offering this accommodation. Take a look here!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 27, 2016 at 5:53 a.m. melissa Says...

i recently had surgery on my shoulder and will be in an imobalizing cast while we are at seaworld wil there be muvh for me to do? also my son is type 1 diabetic and has severe lows and highs, would this pass work for him? wil the rest of the family have to wit in line? making us all to get seperated?

thanks for a quick reply.

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Mar 1, 2016 at 12:17 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melissa,

There are plenty of animal exhibits and shows you’ll want to see! You can definitely try for the pass; the pass covers the whole family so everyone can stay together.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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