SeaWorld® Orlando Overview
We frogs feel right at home in this tropical paradise of a theme park that features animal attractions, exhibits, aquariums and shows. While there are some world-class rides at SeaWorld® Orlando, it is the animal shows that most people come to see. Show times are staggered throughout the day, typically starting in the late morning and ending in the late afternoon. During Summer Nights and Christmas Celebration, the park is open later and features additional shows and a fireworks finale. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to show time for the best seats.
The longest waits in the park can be found at Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®. The park’s newest attraction is a mostly tame family ride that ends inside in the spectacular 30-degree penguin habitat. The viewing area allows guests to see the penguins up close in a natural habitat and watch them above ground or underwater! We recommend heading to Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® at park opening.
Nearby Kraken®, a monstrously good coaster, also sees high waits, especially during the busiest times of the year, followed by Journey to Atlantis®, a combination dark and water ride, whose wait times spike during the hottest months. Manta®, one of the very best coasters in all of Florida, doesn’t usually see waits as high as Kraken® or even Journey to Atlantis® because of the fear factor. You thrill seekers will love it! We visit these rides first thing in the morning and then the animal exhibits on the west side of the park, including TurtleTrek®, before moving onto the Waterfront area, and finally to Shamu’s Happy Harbor and the Wild Artic® Ride attraction.
We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes ahead of official park opening. Guests are typically allowed early entry but held in the main entrance area until official opening. Planning a day at SeaWorld® is largely dependent on the number of available shows and show times. For this reason, we’ve included the following list of park priorities.
SeaWorld® Orlando Ride Priorities:
SeaWorld® Orlando Show Priorities:
SeaWorld® Orlando Exhibit Priorities:
SeaWorld® Orlando Attractions with a Single Rider's Line
1-Day SeaWorld® Orlando Touring Plan
We’ve created this one-day touring plan for SeaWorld® Orlando so you can experience the most popular rides before the day’s shows begin, and allow yourself time to experience the shows, aquariums and exhibits. This plan assumes you do not have Quick Queue Unlimited, and are starting at park opening and finishing in the evening. Because the number of SeaWorld® shows and show times vary depending on the season, it’s possible you will need to adjust the touring plan to fit current show times. We recommend checking SeaWorld®’s website a few weeks before your visit to see the expected show schedule.
- Ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®
- Ride Journey to Atlantis®
- Ride Kraken®
- Ride Manta®
- Visit Dolphin Cove®
- Visit Stingray Lagoon®
- Watch Blue Horizons®
- Visit TurtleTrek®
- Have lunch at Voyagers Smokehouse or Spice Mill Burgers at 12:50 p.m.
- Watch Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High
- Visit Pacific Point Preserve®
- Watch Pets Ahoy®
- Ride Sky Tower
- Visit Shark Encounter®
- Visit Shamu’s Happy Harbor
- Ride Wild Artic® Ride
- Visit Shamu® Underwater Viewing
- Watch One Ocean®
- Visit Dolphin Nursery
More Orlando Theme Park Touring Plans:
Walt Disney World® Resort:
Magic Kingdom® Park | Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park | Disney's Hollywood Studios® | Epcot®
Universal Orlando® Resort:
Universal Studios Florida® | Universal's Islands of Adventure®